The Journal, Wednesday, 3/29

Hey Folks,

Well, yesterday the doc appointment took only all morning vs. all day. It went well. We got home around 2.

I did get back to the novel around 3. I cycled back through what I wrote a couple days ago then started a new scene. I added only around 200 words. Just wasn’t into it.

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Something fun for you. Know why I write fiction? ‘Cause reality is entirely too weird. See
If they’d saved this story for April 1, nobody would have believed it. I don’t want to believe it anyway.

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Sometime in the past I mentioned Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn. I focused on a post from her blog in “Of Interest” below.

Also there’s a free education in her podcasts and podcast transcripts. Check it out at As always, use what works for you, makes sense to you, and discard the rest.

Of the 314 listed podcasts, I copied the URL for 14 transcripts and 17 podcasts into a Notepad document for future reference. Later, as I read (or listen) through them, I’ll glean what’s useful and toss what isn’t. Mining gems.

In case you didn’t know, you can save a URL without clicking on the link. Just right click. Then from the dropdown menu, click Copy Link Location. Then paste that into the document of your choice.

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Today is my grandson’s 22nd birthday. As a special gift, he and I and my buddy Dan are going camping this weekend. We’re leaving Friday morning, so that cuts one more day off the novel. Sigh. But it’ll be worth it.

So I’ll either finish it today or tomorrow or I’ll finish it after I get back.

If I finish it on time, I will have written two novels in a month, one in 10 days and one in 7 or 8. (The bad side of that is it means I had 13 or 14 nonwriting days this month.)

If I finish it after I get back, I fail in my challenge to write two novels in a month (shrug). But I’ll still have two new novels and there are other months. (grin)

Either way, from this experience I’ve learned a couple of major things: One, that even with bad days, I write an average of 3500 words per day. Two, that writing two (or even three) novels in a month isn’t all that difficult.

When I try it again, I’ll do a bit of planning and deck-clearing first, though. Duh. (grin)

Today, and Writing

Rolled out a little before 4. Almost immediately I set about exploring the stuff from The Creative Penn (see above).

Finally out to the Hovel around 7:30. To the novel shortly thereafter.

An unremarkable day. I took a break about every hour, and a short walk (a mile) at around 11:30.

Well, I have a real shot of finishing this novel tomorrow, depending on how long it wants to run. A little over 5000 words today.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

At The Creative Penn, Can Changing Your Book Covers Really Help You Sell More Books?

Also, browse the topics on her Podcasts page at

Fiction Words: 5401
Nonfiction Words: 530 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 530

Writing of The Pyramid Killer

Day 1…… 0978 words. Total words to date…… 978
Day 2…… 3630 words. Total words to date…… 4608
Day 3…… 3764 words. Total words to date…… 8372
Day 4…… 3826 words. Total words to date…… 12198
Day 5…… 2521 words. Total words to date…… 14719
Day 6…… 4109 words. Total words to date…… 18828
Day 7…… 5401 words. Total words to date…… 24229

Total fiction words for the month……… 56690
Total fiction words for the year………… 208556
Total nonfiction words for the month… 19900
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 56490

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 265046

1 thought on “The Journal, Wednesday, 3/29”

  1. What’s that saying… Ah, yes. Mark Twain: “It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” Sometimes real life makes NO sense. Like nuts wanting to regulate cow farts. So many things I see in real life, if I were to write about them, I’d be accused of writing things that are “impossible” and “unrealistic”. Screwy world we live in.

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