The Journal, Monday, 1/30

Hey Folks,

Almost. The month is almost over. Yay. I’m tired of seeing the number in Total for the Year matching Total for the Month. It’s like nothing’s moving.

Today begins the GED course of instruction for my grandson. The plan is to write this morning, then begin his schooling later today.

Well, during a brief break I looked over the GED course materials. There’s not a lot for me to do at first beyond basic supervision. There’s a lot of reading. So I need to be more available. But I also need to continue to pursue my own goals.

To that end, I decided to move my writing ‘puter up to the house for the foreseeable future. The transfer will enable me to be available to my grandson while also continuing to get my own writing done with as little change in my routine as possible. (Same keyboard, etc.)

I can’t be sure how much the writing might suffer, but at least this situation makes hitting my goals more of a moving target. So more fun. (grin)

Today, and Writing

Rolled out a little after 2 after a very short night. Spent awhile waking up, then to the Hovel about 2:40.

Then I spent close to an hour trying to identify and silence a mouse whose sole purpose in life seemed to be scratching on the loudest box he could find.

I finally found and moved the plastic chest full of small drawers (I keep carving slabs of rock in them) that he was scratching on, then shooed him away. Peaceful now just before 4, finally, so to the novel.

I took a brief break around 6 and the GED stuff in the Intro occurred. Initially I went back to the Hovel to write. But with the GED situation on my mind, little progress there.

I moved my writing ‘puter to my home office at 7, then came here to write all this, then take care of some other things.

8:30, back to the novel

Well, going the wrong way on my word count goal but I actually got more done today than I expected to with the new goings-on, so I’ll take it. I suspect it’ll take awhile to work into this new schedule.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See Dean’s The Fear of a Real Paycheck at

Fiction Words: 3124
Nonfiction Words: 390 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3514

Writing of Will Perkins (novel, working title)

Day 1…… 4219 words. Total words to date…… 4219
Day 2…… 4003 words. Total words to date…… 8222
Day 3…… 3383 words. Total words to date…… 11605
Day 4…… 3124 words. Total words to date…… 14729

Total fiction words for the month……… 89237
Total fiction words for the year………… 89237
Total nonfiction words for the month… 19320
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 19320

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 108557