The Journal, Monday, 9/21: Streaks

Rolled out around 2:30. Answered some emails, then just messed around awhile with Facebook and watching the weather come north.

My short story of the week, “The Day They Came,” will post today. I hope you’ll enjoy it if you’re in an SF frame of mind. For me, that’s the signal that I need to write a short story to post next Monday.

Okay, I’m gonna talk about streaks again. Why? Because they’re important. They’re important because they’re powerful, unless you’re stupid enough to strip them of their power for some silly reason.

I had a great streak going. I wrote and posted at least one short story per week for 69 weeks. In all, I wrote 73 stories during that time. Quite a streak. Even DWS said it was one of the longer ones he’d heard of.

Then I stopped. The streak ended with “Death of a Persona.” No excuse. It isn’t like I wasn’t able to keep it going. For some stupid reason I just decided to end it.

I kept posting one story a week in the interim (some of my magic realism stuff), and on Monday, August 10 I started a new challenge and a new streak with “Pete and Repeat.”

No wait, that isn’t right. I just checked. The week after I wrote and published “Pete and Repeat,” I posted another older one, another MR story.

So my new streak began the following week, September 7, with “Paper Hearts.” So next Monday will be the fourth week in a row that I’ve written and published a new short story in this new streak. Four isn’t nearly as good or as impressive as 69, but I did it to myself, so it’ll have to do.

Hey, it’s all good. Y’gotta start somewhere. Anyone wanna join me?

My short-term goal with this one is to write and publish at least one new short story for 70 weeks in a row, surpassing my previous streak.

But my long-term goal is to take Bradbury up on a dare: write and publish at least one new short story every week for the rest of my life. And yes, I hope I hit the short-term goal a LOT sooner than I hit the long-term one. (grin)

Plus sometime in the future I want to duplicate DWS’ July 2015 feat by writing one short story every day for a month. (grin)

Okay, when you get about two minutes, maybe three, check out this very well done cartoon strip on Dreaming vs. Doing. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Slowing down again for some reason today. With all the drizzle, I thought this would be a great day for writing. Yet at this point (10:30) I’ve written just over 1000 new words.

My Current Goals and Challenge
My goals are to write 3,000 words of publishable fiction per day and at least one new short story per week. Stay tuned.

Today’s Writing
Well, after a slow start, the novel surged forward. I also found two new POV characters. What else can I say?

This is the most fun I think I’ve ever had. (grin)

Fiction Words: 4261

Writing of “Norval Babineaux” (SF novel)
Day 1…… 3405 words. Total words to date….. 3405 words
Day 2…… 1487 words. Total words to date….. 4892 words
Day 3…… 4139 words. Total words to date….. 9031 words
Day 4…… 1516 words. Total words to date….. 10547 words
Day 5…… 2942 words. Total words to date….. 13489 words
Day 6…… 4261 words. Total words to date….. 17750 words

Total fiction words for the month………… 41158
Total fiction words for the year…………… 506199