The Journal, Saturday, 11/26

Hey Folks,

Well, the transition from to with the Journal seems to have been flawless. No problems reported as yet.

I rolled out around 3:30 this morning but did very little for the first 4+ hours other than email, Facebook and games.

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The floor of our house, with the exception of the bedroom and the two offices, is Saltillo tiles. The house itself is rammed earth. Think adobe, but without bricks.

The external walls are close to three feet thick. But the ceiling is a normal ceiling with a steel roof above it. It’s insulated, but not as much as it would be if the roof were of the same construction as the walls.

So when it’s hot, the walls absorb the heat, then radiate it through the night. In the summer time, the floor tiles offer a cool respite on the feet.

But in the winter, the walls absorb and radiate the cold, and the floor does the same. So this morning we pulled all the winter rugs from beneath the bed and unrolled them in strategic locations through the kitchen, living room and bathroom.

For all of that and my silly waste of the first few hours of the day, I didn’t get to my writing until 9 a.m. Later today, during breaks, I intend to work a bit on my 1987 Toyota 4-Runner and maybe a bit on yet another outside office.

Of Interest

Not much of interest today that I’m aware of, other than a new Recommended Reading List over at Kris Rusch’s site (

Basically, the world is returning to semi-normal after Thanksgiving Day. Tempered, of course, by the oncoming rush of Christmas.

Today’s Writing

As anyone following this mess knows, yesterday I restarted a novel I allowed to stall about a month and a half ago. I don’t usually do that, but with over 22000 words into a good story, I decided to have a go at it this time.

A couple of days ago, on Day 11 of writing this one, I cycled back a bit to add necessary sensory details, but I also wrote a new scene. Then yesterday I did some more cycling (for a description of Cycling (hint: this is NOT the same as rewriting and it has nothing to do with bicycles), please see and scroll down a few lines to Cycling.

Today, as I’m able with all the other little life stuff going on, I’m cycling again as well as writing new stuff. Today’s effort also requires some copy/pasting and stitching together a few scenes. I’ll be very glad when this process is finished and I can just move forward with the novel.

Very few new words today, but that’s all right. Part of the process with this novel. Probably I’ll have one more day like this before the novel takes off.

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: 670
Nonfiction Words: 500 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1170

Writing of Snubbing the Gods (tentative title)

Day 10… 2829 words. Total words to date…… 22264
Day 11… 2493 words. Total words to date…… 24757
Day 12… 2099 words. Total words to date…… 26856
Day 13… 0670 words. Total words to date…… 27526

Total fiction words for the month……… 17668
Total fiction words for the year………… 672823
Total nonfiction words for the month… 15470
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 254310

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 927133