The Journal, Thursday, 6/22

Hey Folks, Well, I’m back in St. David. Left Alamo this morning around 2:30 a.m. and got here at around 8. It was a good trip, and very enjoyable, but I need to get back to what I do. Although I hoped to write while I was gone, it just wasn’t in the cards. For one thing, on the travel days I was tireder than I used to be after a trip like that. On the … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 6/21

Hey Folks, Well, zero fiction writing yesterday. Frankly, the trip took more out of me than I expected it to. No AC in my pickup currently, so it was six hours of heat, being buffeted by the wind, and noise. (grin) A true adventure. And it was only six hours, but it’s been a long time since I did a road trip of any significant length. Anyway, so last night, after squaring away a few things … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 6/19

Hey Folks, Well, I’ve taught my grandson Bryan about as much as I can teach him. I expected the situation to resolve this week one way or the other. But my part in it resolved yesterday. At my son’s invitation, Bryan chose to go north with him to Flagstaff, a much larger area with great opportunities. If Job Corps calls and he decides to still go with them, I’ll arrange to get him to Tucson. If … Read more

The Journal, Sunday, 6/18

Hey Folks, Okay, first, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I hope you have a great day. I’m sending this out early, and then I plan to have a good day myself. Topic: Website Stuff This morning I worked to revise the postings on my new Writing in Public blog at I deleted the old email plugin and added a new one. Then I scheduled Jobs Like That (the novella) to repost … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, 6/17

Hey Folks, My son is down from Flagstaff, so I thought this would be a nonwriting day, but it doesn’t feel like a nonwriting day. So I guess we’ll see. Topic: Falling Off Heinlein’s Rules Wow. I’m so close to falling off Heinlein’s Rules it isn’t even funny. And not the ones you would think of first (Rules 1, 2, or 3). I’m all set to fall off of Rule 4. Frankly, it would be a … Read more

The Journal, Friday, 6/9

Hey Folks, One astute reader noticed I wrote that the files I was waiting for were mailed on June 30. So, um, that would be almost a year ago. They were mailed on May 30. In this situation, it still feels like a year ago. I corrected it. (Thanks, JGV) Topic: End of the Challenge Unfortunately, yesterday was the last day of the challenge. Another friend (Thanks, RS) mentioned privately I could write a couple of … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 5/31

Hey Folks, Yay, the last day of May! Okay, but more than likely today will be a nonwriting day. I’m going to treat it like that from the beginning. In fact, today for me is Idea Day. I’m gathering ideas for the stories I’ll start writing tomorrow for my June Challenge. For details, see Mona and I have to be in Tucson at 8 a.m. for her first appointment, and then she has another one … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 5/30

Hey Folks, Unsure what the day will hold. But my son is safely ensconced in his new life in Flagstaff, my wife goes to her job today, and my grandson is still mired in “hurry up and wait” mode. So probably I’ll start a new novel. (grin) I’m excited about the new series for which the the novel I just finished will provide the basis. BUT… I’m kind’a jonesing to write in a different genre. Or … Read more

The Journal, Sunday, 5/28

Hey Folks, Well, today or tomorrow I should finish my WIP. This will be my 25th novel (plus 3 novellas). My son’s still visiting at least part of today, so that and other things will decide whether I finish today. Reflecting Reflecting back on May, I kind of wish I’d been able to have the writing days (10) all in a row. I could easily have gotten ahead on my goal of writing 15 novels on … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 5/24

Hey Folks, Whew! Had a pretty good party yesterday on a picnic table under the shade of a desert ash tree in the front yard. Mostly it was my son and grandson, me, music videos on my computer, and Negra Modelo. My wife came out a few times, and my neighbor stopped by for a little while. By and large, I don’t drink alcohol to any extent. I usually have a six pack in the fridge, … Read more