The Journal, Tuesday, 12/20

Hey Folks,

Probably today will be a nonwriting day, and possibly a non-copyediting day as well. My son will be here in a couple of hours to help me buy, register, etc. a Toyota Tacoma 4WD pickup. I suspect much of the day will be devoted to that and visiting. I don’t get to see my children nearly as much as I like.

Still, for resources alone, this is a Journal entry you don’t want to miss. Read on.

UPDATE: Yep, nonwriting, nonediting day. Just got back around 4. I have a Toyota Tacoma now, but it was an endurance trial. (grin)

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Before I forget, yesterday Joanna Penn posted “Seven Years And 300 Episodes. Creative Lessons Learned…” at I’m not big on podcasts, so I read the transcript.

Some great stuff there, including some great ideas you can try for yourself, new ways to distribute your work, etc.

But I was disappointed to see her and her guest (Mark Lefebvre, Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations at Kobo) go political.

It is nothing short of incredulous to me that the political left, for whom the watchword is “tolerance,” are among the least tolerant people on Earth. Witness the ongoing remarks, riots, terrorist acts, plans to disrupt the upcoming inauguration, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseam.

There are people whose job is to comment on political goings-on. Entertainers, myself included (as some have pointed out), are not among them.

Of Interest

At Dean’s site, Artistic Freedom and Being a Victim (

Dean’s daily post, 12/19/16 Daily, also deserves separate mention. Find it at

Finally, here’s an interview with Dean by Carl Slaughter of File 770, “a major science fiction journal of news and opinion”:

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Today’s Writing

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 360 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 360

Writing of “”

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 21254
Total fiction words for the year………… 700948
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11110
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 269010

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 969958

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)
Day 5…… 73 pages. Total to date…… 229 (+54)
Day 6…… 40 pages. Total to date…… 269 (+59)
Day 7…… 36 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+60)
Day 8…… XX pages. Total to date…… 305 (+25)

4 thoughts on “The Journal, Tuesday, 12/20”

  1. I’m sick of all the politics showing up where it’s not supposed to. I recently unfollowed a science fiction site because I was seeing too many political articles. If I subscribe to a SF site, I want SF. But lately that seems like a hard concept for people to understand.

    • I would think an SF site would have a moderator who would keep articles and comments on point. That being said, what is deemed appropriate is entirely up to the judgment of the reader/subscriber. I have noted that most “acceptable” political rants flow in only one direction.

    • I also find it interesting that they seem astounded that writers “keep writing.” Do they find it equally interesting that mechanics keep working on cars or carpenters keep fashioning cabinets out of wood? Thanks Linda.

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