The Journal, Thursday, 9/3

Rolled out a little before 2 this morning.

I’ve done practically nothing this morning other than tend to the babies (two kits and a chihuahua), visit Facebook etc.

The bug seems to be going away finally. Woohoo! I walked as a kind of test to see what I could do. Made almost 6 miles out a wash and back. Admittedly the sand was moist from all the rain so well-packed and good walking. Only slogged in a few places. Really nice. So I think I’m over whatever creeping crud has held sway over me for the past several days. I should be able to get back to my fiction writing soon.

The rest of today I’m going to devote to packing for my upcoming trip and to writing nonfiction. (See today’s Topic for more information.) So another planned day of no fiction writing.

Oh, by the way, be sure to keep an eye on DeanWesleySmith for the next few days. He’s supposed to begin posting chapters of his new nonfiction book (FREE) on Heinlein’s Rules. I strongly urge you to read them. And be sure to look at it today for sure. He put up a post on Pulp Speed and it’s extremely good on several levels.

Okay, I also very strongly recommend this article by Kristine Kathryn Rusch:

Topic of the Morning: The Unintentional Streak — Possible?


I didn’t intend to create a streak with this blog, but I think maybe I have.

Yesterday I announced that this blog probably wouldn’t be here for the next few days because I’ll be out in the boonies with my bud, Michael Badouin. That’s pronounced Bad One, I’m sure, especially since it’s a pseudonym and we can pronounce our pseudonyms any old way we want.

Although he might say it’s pronounced bad – oo – WIN. To which I would say poTAYto poTAHto when what I actually meant was poTAYto ORange. Anyway….

I also mentioned before that streaks have power. They have a life of their own. Turns out that’s true even for unintentional streaks.

Even though I wasn’t trying to create a streak with this blog, It Wants To Continue even while I’m gone. The thought of leaving a few days blank is just annoying.

So I’m going to at least write a topic for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then pre-post them. That’s the nonfiction writing I mentioned earlier. That will give you something of interest (maybe) to read and it will keep my unintentional streak going.

I could just post “placeholder” posts with no real significant content, but when I visit Dean’s blog and see one of those, I feel kind of cheated.

And I realize these will be sort of placeholder posts, but at least there will be something there for your money, right?

Besides, my friend Tyron Love just subscribed, and I can’t let him start off with a few blank days  in a row, can I? Well, can I? Of course not.

So you may expect to see this blog in your mailbox toward the close of each day for the foreseeable future.

Does anyone else out there enjoy the taste of jalapeno slices when they’re slurped off a toad’s head?

Never mind. I just was overcome with a sudden urge to write a series of words that probably have never been written before.

Michael would understand.

Today’s Writing

No fiction writing today.

I’m devoting Thursday to writing the topics for the next few days for this blog so I can pre-post them. That and putting together more blog posts for the Pro Writers blog.

Fiction Words: XXXX

Writing of Book 9 of the Wes Crowley saga

Day 1…… 3213 words. Total words to date….. 3213 words
Day 2…… 1046 words. Total words to date….. 4259 words
Day 3…… 1858 words. Total words to date….. 6117 words
Day 4…… 1023 words. Total words to date….. 7140 words
Day 5…… 1587 words. Total words to date….. 8327 words
Day 6…… X943 words. Total words to date….. 9270 words
Day 7…… 1084 words. Total words to date….. 10354 words
Day 8…… 1056 words. Total words to date….. 11410 words
Day 9…… XXXX words. Total words to date….. XXXXX words

I’m gonna leave up the numbers for ol’ Wes while my subconscious continues to turn the story over. If it doesn’t perk up and get with it pretty soon though, I’ll send Wes out behind the barn to think about what he’s done while I’m writing some other stuff.