The Journal, Wednesday, 12/7

Hey Folks,

Well, I lost a long-time subscriber to this Journal yesterday. Being a kindly and gentle woman, she gave her reason for leaving as “too many emails.”

I appreciate that, but I admit thinking for a second, “Then why not delete some of the others?” (grin)

Seriously, I appreciate all of you who choose to hang in there. Whether you read or skim the Journal every day, “save” it and read it once a week or so, or don’t subscribe but receive it via RSS feed. Even if you just drop in from time to time to see what’s here, thank you. You are my life blood.

As for the lady who chose to leave, I wish her well and I do hope she drops in from time to time to pick up what she can.

Some Numbers

I noticed last night after I posted the Journal that I’m probably going to make a million words this year (January 1 through December 31).

Of course, that’s both the fiction and the Journal, but still. Crazy to think I’ve put that many words through these fingers.

I’m also actually annoyed that I probably won’t make even 750,000 in fiction during the same calendar period. That goal is a little over 60,000 words away. So I could make it, but probably not. I’d have to churn out an average (mean) of 3000 fiction words per day for the next twenty days. If I got a good story (or it got me) that would be fairly easy. But I’m not gonna count on it.

As I mentioned here a few days ago, I also am working on a different calendar, from October 19, 2016 through October 18, 2017. So I’m also looking forward to seeing what I can do with that.

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I forgot to watch and listen to the Week 6 videos from the POV workshop yesterday. So I did that this morning (and took voluminous notes) in addition to doing a bunch of little stuff.

I recommend this workshop. As usual, Dean taught more than he meant to. I’m pleased to report I already knew a lot of what he talked about, but even unintentional validation from a long-term professional writer is a good thing.

Of Interest

Again I recommend reading the comments on Dean’s topic from yesterday, Artistic Choice and Making Money (

Today’s Writing

Got to the writing late. I finished a couple of rough spots in A Rough New World (formerly Ray Acuna) around 12:30.

Well, I got a little over 1700 words done on a VERY strange short story. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

Fiction Words: 2134
Nonfiction Words: 420 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2554

Writing of A Rough New World (427 words, done)

Day 1…… 2058 words. Total words to date…… 2058
Day 2…… 3752 words. Total words to date…… 5810
Day 3…… 1934 words. Total words to date…… 7744
Day 4…… 1587 words. Total words to date…… 9331
Day 5…… 2158 words. Total words to date…… 11489
Day 6…… 1038 words. Total words to date…… 12527
Day 7…… 3364 words. Total words to date…… 15891
Day 8…… 0427 words. Total words to date…… 16318 (done)

Writing of “The Dawning of Dexter Murfee Nettleson” (short story)

Day 1…… 1707 words. Total words to date…… 1707

Total fiction words for the month……… 12215
Total fiction words for the year………… 691909
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4440
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 262340

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 954249

2 thoughts on “The Journal, Wednesday, 12/7”

  1. Hi Harvey-
    Just wanted you know that I appreciate your journal and read it faithfully everyday, even if I don’t respond or add anything. As one who tries to post on my blog at least every three days, I appreciate the effort it takes to do what you do.
    I also appreciate the fact that you so freely share your extensive knowledge with us.
    Best and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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