The Journal, Monday, 3/6

Hey Folks,

Okay, venting alert. But this also morphs into a kind of topic.

Down in the “Of Interest” section, you’ll find that Dean and Kris are bringing Pulphouse magazine back.

Stage One of my automatic response was good for them. I was glad to hear it. Still am, actually. An additional publication = another stream of revenue for them.

And during Stage Two, which I admit followed closely on the heels of Stage One (because yes, I’m just that self-centered and hungry as a writer) I was Hyper-Glad.

In fact, I was nearing the point of Eerily Giddy.

Until he mentioned (twice) that he wasn’t taking submissions. And then he insisted “Don’t even ask.”

Oh. Okey doke.


  • when I read a blog pretty much religiously, and
  • the primary focus of that blog is the craft of writing, and
  • that blog’s primary audience is writers who are deadly serious about that craft, and
  • the publisher of that blog suddenly announces the revival of a magazine that showcases short fiction, um
  • I hope and expect to be able to submit stories to that magazine.

I mean, otherwise, why announce it?

Well, business. Okay, business. They’ll even be doing a Kickstarter drive. They want subscribers. I get that.

I also get that having writers all over the world virtually clasp hands with you and jump up and down with joy to help celebrate your accomplishments is a Good Thing.

But back to reality for a moment. The very first rule of business I learned about writing WAY back in the day is that writers should support venues where they intend to submit their work.

I’m not saying we should subscribe only to venues that actually publish our work, but we should support venues to which we plan to submit our work.

If you intend to submit work to Asimov’s or SF&F or Hitchcock’s or any other venue, yes, you really should subscribe and then read each issue cover to cover.

But subscribing to a magazine that gives you zero chance of publication?

As Dean often says, “Uh, no.”

Just sayin’.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 4, after waking at 2:30 and fully expecting to get up. But the little girl was awake too. I stayed in bed for “a few more minutes” to put her back to sleep and… well, the rest is history.

After I climbed up out of the groggy reawakening, I visited Dean’s site, posted in “Of Interest” and wrote the rant above.

I gotta get back to my novel so I feel good again for awhile. But I won’t do that ’til around 10:20 or so after I get back from taking the grandson to work. In the meantime, I watered the few trees and bushes and set the sprinkler on the front yard.

Got back and decided to make myself some breakfast before I go write. Got that done and to the Hovel (and the novel) around 11.

Well, not nearly as good a day as I’d hoped. Went to pick up Bryan, then had to run by the store. Got back and had a chance to watch the USMC Silent Drill Team and, well, some things just take priority. (grin)

So I kind of ran out of time on the day.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Dean’s back with some exciting (for him) news: “Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Is Coming Back!” See

And repeated from yesterday, if you want to learn a TON about writing, please consider buying THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF PULPS. You can find it at Amazon, in paper or Kindle, at

Fiction Words: 2089
Nonfiction Words: 600 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2689

Writing of Novel One (tentative title, natch)

Day 1…… 3442 words. Total words to date…… 3442
Day 2…… 2089 words. Total words to date…… 5531

Total fiction words for the month……… 5531
Total fiction words for the year………… 157397
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2790
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 39380

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 196777