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, Friday, 6/16

Hey Folks, I’m adding this note late: I’ve decided to serialize my novella, Jobs Like That, over on the Writing in Public website at If you’d like to receive an email each time a new installment is posted, drop by there and sign up for a free subscription. This thing is heavy on detail and grounding the reader in the scene. For genres, it’s heavy on action-adventure with a considerable chunk of romance tossed in. … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 6/15

Hey Folks, Well, there y’go. Half the month is almost gone already. Kind of two topics in the post today. Read down through the “Today and Writing” section for some craziness. Topic: More Thoughts on Challenges I was telling someone a day or two back that any 30-day time period is still 30 days even if it doesn’t start on the first of a calendar month. Duh. I’ve pretty much decided when I finish with the … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 6/13

Hey Folks, Topic: Foiled, Sort Of, By Technology Well, I called off the challenge I extended earlier re writing in public. Thus far I haven’t found a WordPress plug-in that will email multiple postings per day from a blog to subscribers. Much less from multiple feeds. As my friend Robert pointed out awhile back, writing in public is still writing in public even if nobody’s being notified or watching. And I very much enjoyed my abbreviated … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, 6/10

Hey Folks, Yesterday I outlined how “writing in public” positively affected my writing. This morning, I had an exciting idea. You already know I’m preparing a website for my next Writing in Public challenge. It should be good to go before July rolls in. Those who are interested in reading stories or novels as they develop will subscribe. Then each post will be emailed to them as it’s posted. I’ve decided to open that challenge to … 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, Thursday, 6/8

Hey Folks, First, before I forget, awhile back the editor of a magazine in Mexico asked me to write a short story for her magazine. I did and submitted it. She loved it and asked permission to translate it. Of course, I said yes. If you’re interested, here’s the link to the story in Spanish in the magazine EstePaĆ­s: I’d be happy to send a copy of the English original to anyone who wants it. … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 6/7

Hey Folks, Not a lot to report today. Topic: Day 7 of the Challenge Well, the challenge is rolling along. I feel like I’m settling into this thing. By that I mean I’m not frantic, “worrying” about coming up with story ideas, etc. The conscious, critical mind repeatedly attacks in various ways. But once I recognize it for what it is and set it aside, I’m able to get back to writing. Today’s story went really … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 6/6

Hey Folks, Well, just last night I was saying I might as well stay up later and get up at a more normal time. The staying up later part isn’t that difficult, but the other is much easier said than done. That’s all right. Easing into the day today. As I write this it’s almost 9 and I’ve done nothing relative to writing. I did go to the grocery early. I like to get there when … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 6/5

Hey Folks, Well, through my first weekend and the challenge is still on track. And 1/6th over after today. (grin) Harder than it looks. Then again, I know what it is to dig a ditch, so…. The more I think about it, the more I think I’m going to move this Daily Journal blog back over to another website. My main website feels cluttered, and I haven’t had more than a couple of new signups for … Read more