Not a long post today. A little under the weather again here.
During my morning reading, I got stuck for a little while on an opinion columnist named Ian O’Doherty. He writes for the newspaper, Independent Ireland.
I enjoy his columns not because I agree with everything he says (I don’t) but because his arguments are well-reasoned and well-written. In case you’re interested in a foreign perspective, I’ve included a link in “Of interest” below.
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My most recent post over on the other blog is The Only Five Comma Rules You’ll Ever Need (http://harveystanbrough.com/pro-writers/the-only-five-comma-rules-youll-ever-need/).
I was pleasantly surprised at the response I got from that one. There were a couple of comments on the post itself, as well as several emails. I even got one request to reprint it in The Write Word, the newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors.
I’m always a little surprised when that happens. If you haven’t seen it, you might stop by to take a look.
Today, and Writing
Rolled out right at 3, then spent four hours on reading email, Facebook and newsletters. Chief among the latter was a columnist a friend told me about. He’s the columnist I mentioned above.
Finally to the novel around 8. Yesterday I cycled a little bit and then wrote two new chapters. Today, probably, will be mostly cycling, checking timelines and stitching some things together.
These are usually things I save for the end game on my novels, but this novel took such a major twist yesterday that the process is necessary at this early stage.
So my writing effectively gound to a near-halt for today. Once the stitching is finished and the timeline works, I can move forward with the rest of the story.
Might have a little more cycling and stitching to do tomorrow too. I’m just not feelin’ it today. Hey, some days you eat the bear….
If you’re interested, Dean talks more about the estate he’s helping liquidate in http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/big-estate-move/. I tend to read pretty much everything he writes since I get so much from him, and probably half of that comes when I’m not expecting it.
If you enjoy reading well thought-out opinion columns, I recommend visiting http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/ian-odoherty/are-irish-politicians-stupid-or-do-they-just-think-we-are-35401761.html as an example. Other columns by Mr. O’Doherty are listed below that one under Read More.
Fiction Words: 1721
Nonfiction Words: 360 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2081
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
Day 5…… 3373 words. Total words to date…… 18102
Day 6…… 2294 words. Total words to date…… 20396
Day 7…… 3102 words. Total words to date…… 23498
Day 8…… 2578 words. Total words to date…… 26076
Day 9…… 2111 words. Total words to date…… 28187
Day 10… 2561 words. Total words to date…… 30748
Day 11… 4073 words. Total words to date…… 34821
Day 12… 1721 words. Total words to date…… 35648
Total fiction words for the month……… 18440
Total fiction words for the year………… 111050
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4220
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 23910
Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 134960