The Journal, Tuesday, 11/29

Hey Folks,

Whew! Rolled out a little after 4 this morning, and had an email requesting a list of my books. When I tried to reply, the email bounced. Uh oh.

So I set to work trying to figure out why I couldn’t reply from “”

Finally, almost three hours later, I figured out how to correct the problem. Narrowly avoided a disaster there. But I did avoid it and I learned something in the process. So that would be a win.

After that I finished fine-tuning the list of available titles from StoneThread Publishing (Nick Porter, Gervasio Arrancado, Ray Sevareid, Eric Stringer and me) and emailed it to interested parties. If you’d like a copy of the list, Click Here. It was fascinating to think I wrote most of that stuff in the past two years.

Then I created a new Christmas Sale page on both and and posted the whole thing to Facebook. I did some other little things while all of that was going on. Now I’m gonna take a break (9:30-ish) and then turn my hand to my real job: writing something.

Well, as I read through some of the original Snubbing the Gods, I realized it wasn’t two separate stories: it’s three. This is gonna be fun once I get it sorted out. Three short stories minimum, three novels, or some combination of the two.

Let me ‘splain.

Sometimes (this is only the second time for me) a character who starts out as a secondary character suddenly grows a skin and hair and a personality. He becomes another protagonist, or antagonist.

That’s what happened here. So I think I’m off and writing again, although I don’t have even a clue what to call this particular story. So for now, it’s tentatively titled Ray Acuna after the protagonist.

I took the segment of Snubbing the Gods that introduced Ray Acuna (about 400 words). I read over those first few paragraphs. Then I tossed the whole thing and started over.

So Snubbing the Gods is officially shelved. DOA. Gone. Kaput.

Ray Acuna is shown below. It feels good to be back on track.

Of Interest

Not much over at Dean’s place today. Nothing else that I saw.

This came in late. Over at Kris’s site, Some Holiday Fun (

Today’s Writing

Not a lot, but a lot more than lately. After I read a little about Ray Acuna and got solidly in the character’s head, I put my fingers on the keyboard and wrote what came. Learning all sorts of new things about him and people he knows. Way cool.

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: 2058
Nonfiction Words: 430 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2488

Writing of Ray Acuna (tentative title)

Day 1…… 2058 words. Total words to date…… 2058

Total fiction words for the month……… 20787
Total fiction words for the year………… 675942
Total nonfiction words for the month… 17930
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 256770

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 932712