The Journal, Thursday, 6/22

Hey Folks, Well, I’m back in St. David. Left Alamo this morning around 2:30 a.m. and got here at around 8. It was a good trip, and very enjoyable, but I need to get back to what I do. Although I hoped to write while I was gone, it just wasn’t in the cards. For one thing, on the travel days I was tireder than I used to be after a trip like that. On the … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 6/21

Hey Folks, Well, zero fiction writing yesterday. Frankly, the trip took more out of me than I expected it to. No AC in my pickup currently, so it was six hours of heat, being buffeted by the wind, and noise. (grin) A true adventure. And it was only six hours, but it’s been a long time since I did a road trip of any significant length. Anyway, so last night, after squaring away a few things … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 6/20

Hey Folks, Traveling a bit later today, so I’ll post this early. If I have a chance to update it later, I’ll do so. If not, well, at least there’s this. I expect to write the whole time I’m gone. Well, each day that I’m gone. That will provide a bit of a challenge in itself. I think maybe I’m gonna put together a Kickstarter campaign. Definitely going to look into it. I have an idea … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 6/19

Hey Folks, Well, I’ve taught my grandson Bryan about as much as I can teach him. I expected the situation to resolve this week one way or the other. But my part in it resolved yesterday. At my son’s invitation, Bryan chose to go north with him to Flagstaff, a much larger area with great opportunities. If Job Corps calls and he decides to still go with them, I’ll arrange to get him to Tucson. If … Read more

The Journal, Sunday, 6/18

Hey Folks, Okay, first, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I hope you have a great day. I’m sending this out early, and then I plan to have a good day myself. Topic: Website Stuff This morning I worked to revise the postings on my new Writing in Public blog at I deleted the old email plugin and added a new one. Then I scheduled Jobs Like That (the novella) to repost … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, 6/17

Hey Folks, My son is down from Flagstaff, so I thought this would be a nonwriting day, but it doesn’t feel like a nonwriting day. So I guess we’ll see. Topic: Falling Off Heinlein’s Rules Wow. I’m so close to falling off Heinlein’s Rules it isn’t even funny. And not the ones you would think of first (Rules 1, 2, or 3). I’m all set to fall off of Rule 4. Frankly, it would be a … Read more

The Journal, Friday, 6/16

Hey Folks, I’m adding this note late: I’ve decided to serialize my novella, Jobs Like That, over on the Writing in Public website at If you’d like to receive an email each time a new installment is posted, drop by there and sign up for a free subscription. This thing is heavy on detail and grounding the reader in the scene. For genres, it’s heavy on action-adventure with a considerable chunk of romance tossed in. … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 6/15

Hey Folks, Well, there y’go. Half the month is almost gone already. Kind of two topics in the post today. Read down through the “Today and Writing” section for some craziness. Topic: More Thoughts on Challenges I was telling someone a day or two back that any 30-day time period is still 30 days even if it doesn’t start on the first of a calendar month. Duh. I’ve pretty much decided when I finish with the … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 6/14

Hey Folks, I keep feeling like I need to take a day to create covers and promo docs for the last nine short stories I wrote. Then I need to distribute them and ship them off to BundleRabbit. I’m ever aware that each day I wait is a day that story isn’t able to accumulate sales. Usually I do all that stuff as I go, often the same day I write the story. But in the … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 6/13

Hey Folks, Topic: Foiled, Sort Of, By Technology Well, I called off the challenge I extended earlier re writing in public. Thus far I haven’t found a WordPress plug-in that will email multiple postings per day from a blog to subscribers. Much less from multiple feeds. As my friend Robert pointed out awhile back, writing in public is still writing in public even if nobody’s being notified or watching. And I very much enjoyed my abbreviated … Read more