The Journal, Saturday, 1/28

Hey Folks,

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 2:30 again, but the kitten let me sleep uninterrupted. Apparently she didn’t feel the need to knead on my bicep to soften it up before she lay down. (grin)

Normal early routine, then out to the Hovel by 3. I had Internet from the house (weird, but good). I remembered I hadn’t sent the new story to a new donor so I did that, then updated the Short Fiction page on my website to include the new short story.

All of that took an hour. But I have coffee and cigars, so I just stood up and stretched a bit, then visited Dean’s site to read comments. That took awhile. Up to the house to let the pets out.

Finally to the novel at 5:20, and up to the house around 6:30 for a visit and more coffee. Only several hundred words in the first session today.

At almost 5000 words in (total), I finally did some world-building. For that I make notes on a Notepad document. I also caught up with my reverse outline on the same document. I should have done that yesterday.

The rest of today I’ll work back and forth between the notes and the novel. Of course, as the novel progresses I’ll need to make fewer notes.

Over the next few hours, a couple of breaks to change clothes and swap coffee for tea. It’s 9:15 now and I’m back to the novel.

At 10:30, a break.

Well, that turned into a long one. I ate lunch and helped my wife at the house a bit. Now, at 12:20 back to the novel.

1:30, made my word count for the day and it’s Saturday, so going to take the rest of the day.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Twenty great comments on Dean’s “More Questions” from yesterday at Love the “plan not play” analogy. There’s also a question in one comment that illustrates the person hasn’t been around Dean’s site very long. Or mine at all. (grin) See if you can find it. Finally, if any of you have questions re anything you see in these responses, and if you don’t want to write Dean or comment for some reason, feel free to email me.

Then check his “Questions and Lecture Announcement” at His lectures are excellent, by the way. I’ve listened to several. Questions on any of them, feel free to ask.

Fiction Words: 4003
Nonfiction Words: 420(Journal)
So total words for the day: 4423

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 82730
Total fiction words for the year………… 82730
Total nonfiction words for the month… 18200
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 18200

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 100930