The Journal, Wednesday, 2/1

Hey Folks,

For those who wonder (and thanks for your comments), my grandson Bryan is doing well.

He’s working into a routine, spending about 4 hours per day reading and doing some self-study toward his GED.

Yesterday he also started looking around and applying for jobs online. That is primarily to take up some of his current spare time vs. playing an online game he’s fond of.

He recognizes his own weaknesses and limitations and is seeking to improve. Instead of giving in to his desire to play the game during every spare moment, he wants to find something else to balance that time. His idea. My encouragement. He’s a good kid.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out WAY late at almost 4:30 this morning. Wow. 10 hours of sleep. I don’t remember the last time I did that.

Still a little under the weather (allergies, I think, and sinuses) but not a big deal at all. Actually, when I feel a bit poorly it motivates me to write. Nothing like a good jab of mortality to urge a guy to action.

Around 9 a.m., to the Hovel to write. I hit about 600 words in the first hour. Then I stopped to do some world-building (in a few drawings on a sheet of paper with a pen.

When that was completed, it was clearer in my mind and I transferred it to the novel. This is a blast! So by 11 I had only a little over 1000 words, but it’s all good.

Another thousand words on the day, then up to the house to start a load of laundry. And a brief walk while that’s washing.

Well, not an auspicious beginning for the month. I hate to start a month on a low note. Missed my daily word count goal, but I’m tired so stopping a little early today.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

As has been the trend, great comments on Official Approval Fear at

Then see End of Month Catching Up at Not a lot there, but when you’re referring folks elsewhere, y’never know what they might find that will help.

For those of you interested in SF, NASA has done a study on how prolongued exposure to space travel affects the human body. See

Fiction Words: 2294
Nonfiction Words: 350 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2644

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 2294
Total fiction words for the year………… 94904
Total nonfiction words for the month… 350
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 20040

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 114944