The Journal, Monday, 5/15

Hey Folks, Back to writing sometime today. Maybe a short story, maybe a novel start (or both). I also have in mind two good series characters. Each has a great name and a strong personality. One is male and one female. Not because I want to keep things equal, but because that’s who they are. I also have some other pressing things to do, not the least of which is extending the roof of the carport … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, 5/13

Hey Folks, Wow, am I ever aware that half the month’s almost gone. (grin) Kind’a adds to that challenge of writing at least one novel per month, doesn’t it? But I’ll do it or my name isn’t Delbert McCrory. Or something. And wow again, I almost forgot to post to the Journal today. Huh. It’s almost 10:30 as I write this, and I’m only now posting to it. Anyway, taking time out for family stuff yesterday, … Read more

The Journal, Friday, 5/12

Hey Folks, Well, probably this will be another nonwriting day, and maybe a nonwriting weekend. It’s early (7 a.m.) but I have to change oil in a car, pick up things in town, clean out the same car, then wash it and do a bunch of other stuff. All of this is to prepare for a visit from some of my children and grandchildren tomorrow morning. So life things. Still, I won’t post this until this … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 5/8

Hey Folks, Well, nobody has perfect days all the time. This has been a rough weekend. And apparently, it continues. I’m out of sorts this morning and a bit frustrated. I don’t like starting the day this way, but I’ll work through it. After all the moving stuff and then breaking an axle on my Tacoma and paying to have that fixed, last night my writing ‘puter flashed a message: Battery almost depleted. Plug in soon. … Read more

Setting Goals — 2016 Is Almost Here

Hey Folks, If you’re a human being with dreams and aspirations, this is a great time to be thinking about what you want to attain or achieve in 2016. If you’re a writer, that means thinking about goals. At the minimum I recommend setting a daily writing goal, one that automatically resets at the beginning of each time period. If your goal is to write 1000 words per day and you meet or exceed it, great. … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, 12/12

Hi Folks, This was mostly a non-writing day. I wasn’t really planning it to be a day off, but that’s how it turned out. So about 2:30 p.m., I called it. Suffice it to say I really need to start getting two to three hours of writing done while the world is quiet in the early morning hours. Then no matter what happens the rest of the day, at least I got something done. The Day … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 8/25

The Day Thanks to storms disrupting the clock at the head of my bed, I rolled out at 1:30 this morning, but thinking it was 2:45. So much for battery backups in the clock. (I never use an alarm, but have the clock there so I can see what time it is when I get up.) Despite the alleged battery backup, when it turns off, the clock reverts to midnight and starts keeping time from there. … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 8/5

The Day Back on schedule, rolled out about 2:45. Actually, staying on schedule wasn’t difficult. Although every other state in the vicinity (north/south) was intelligent enough to stay on Central Time, Indiana’s legislature voted several years ago to put most of the state on Eastern Time (Doh!). But it worked out well for me personally. I went to bed around 10 p.m. local time (7 my time) and got up around 5 or 6 a.m. local … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 7/23

The Day Rolled out about 3. Checked email and did some website maintenance and updates. Turned a quick 3 mile walk. Went out to the shed and loaded a bunch of my youngest son’s stuff into the pickup for the trip north. Really looking forward to the road trip. Sam Turner from SSA and RWA sent me a very interesting survey comparing readers’ choices in 2015 vs. 2013. There’s a lot of good information there if … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 7/22

The Day Rolled out about 2:30. No walk again today and maybe no writing. I have to be in Sierra Vista to visit my mechanic at 9 a.m. We’ll see how the day unfolds from there. I could have written earlier, but I didn’t. Well, I did write, but nothing good. During my waking up time, a comment on Facebook set me off. I spent the next three hours writing some nonfiction spurred by the comment. … Read more