NOTE: I’m trying something today with this blog post. I’m sending it from my main website at HarveyStanbrough.com. If it goes only to those who are signed up specifically for this journal, then it’s all good. If you are reading this and you are NOT signed up for this journal (formerly FrostProof808.com), please accept my apologies. Thanks.
Rolled out a little after 2. Wow. July just kind’a snuck up on me. Even as I was posting this note yesterday, I didn’t equate 6/30 with the end of the month.
My goal for the month of June was to mimic the month of May in word count and get 80,000 words. I didn’t. I fell short by about 14,000 words, but I’ll take 66,000 and call it good. (grin)
I have to get labs done at 7:30 this morning for a doc appointment next week so I didn’t want to start anything with the novel yet. So I continued working on websites a bit this morning, tweaking here and there. By the way, if any of you would like to talk about websites, themes, plugins etc. just email me. I’ll help in any way I can.
So web stuff for the first two and a half hours of the day, and then I came here to do this. I’ll finish what I’m gonna do here, and then go over to the main blog and write at least one post (maybe two or three) and schedule it for publication. I like to stay a little ahead over there so I don’t have to worry about it.
Then I’ll go do the labs and then back here to write.
Wound up working with the website again. Sigh. The day’s nearly over for me so I’m gonna prep this for the test I mentioned in the opening sentence.
Topic of the Night: Writers’ Conferences
I was invited to speak at the Missouri Writers’ Guild conference in Kansas City next April. They want me to present in two breakout sessions (45 minutes each) and then teach a master’s class on the final day. They’re paying me pretty well plus airfare, hotel and food, so yeah, I’m going. (grin) It’ll be kind of fun after not having presented at a big deal conference for so long.
At one time, I presented at 18 in a year. That was rough. Anyway, I say that so you understand where I’m coming from here. I’ve presented at a lot of conferences and I’ve always given attendees something of value. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case at all conferences or with all speakers.
Many speakers have no problem taking the fee and then dropping names for half their presentation time, telling attendees all about the famous people they’ve met.
Other speakers will do the same thing and then spend half the presentation time hyping their own books or other products.
Yet others simply don’t know what they’re talking about. Some people take a great deal of pleasure in teaching things they don’t know. Perhaps it makes them feel better about themselves or something. I don’t know. There are FAR more of this kind of presenter at conferences now than there used to be, probably because of the money crunch.
But my point here is just this: Before you attend a conference, do your research. Unless it’s Breadloaf or the Iowa Writers’ Conference or something like that. Do your homework. Look up the presenters. What have they accomplished, especially in the topic they’re presenting?
Actually, the same goes for speakers at any gathering of writers. If you go and listen and buy into bad information, it’s really difficult to dislodge that and replace it with valid information.
I think it was Mark Twain who once said it’s much easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they’ve been fooled.
So hey, be careful out there.
Weak start to the month. I’m not stuck or anything. Allowed my attention to be diverted by this new bright, shiny obejct. (grin) Back on the writing tomorrow.
Fiction words: 1052
Writing of Book 8 in the Wes Crowley saga
Day 1…… 4125 words. Total words to date…… 4125
Day 2…… 2624 words. Total words to date…… 6749
Day 3…… 2766 words. Total words to date…… 9515
Day 4…… 1412 words. Total words to date…… 10927
Day 5…… 3441 words. Total words to date…… 14368
Day 6…… 1052 words. Total words to date…… 15420
Total fiction words for the month…………… 1052
Total fiction words for the year……………… 406398