The Journal, Sunday, 10/22

Hey Folks,

Tomorrow — Another Memorial Day — On October 23, 1983 the Barracks in Beirut was bombed. Please remember.
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I didn’t roll out until 4:15 this morning after watching the Yankees sigh their last for the season last night. Oh well. What a powerhouse they have for the next few to several years.

We have a trip to Sierra Vista scheduled for today. I’ve already decided (at 8:20 a.m.) that I won’t write any fiction today. Still in deck-clearing mode. I wouldn’t want to bump into myself in the fog.

Soon, as a friend would say, all will be well. Then I’ll slip back into the groove of this thing I do and we’ll see where it takes me.

Semi-frigid outside this morning at 39 degrees. T-shirt weather when I lived in Indiana, but heavy coat weather out here where the heat thins the blood. (That’s silly, of course, but it sounds right doesn’t it?)
***

I’ve thought recently about writing a book on personal physics.

It’s long been suspected that different worlds are ruled by different sets of physical laws.

It has NOT long been suspected (by anyone but me) that the same is true of the various personal worlds right here on this planet.

But it makes perfect sense.

After all, we each have our own gravity (often depending on the situation in which we find ourselves), are the center of our own universe for purposes of observation (always), are stable (or hey, maybe not) to varying degrees, and so on.

And that, I believe, explains how one person can appear to be the scatterbrained purveyor of a life-long soup sandwich yet accomplish everything he sets out to accomplish while adding more to his personal plate of stuff-to-do with pretty much every passing day, and why another person can be focused and concise and clear-minded, yet accomplish zip-point-squat.

Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not complaining.

I’m just trying to postulate a new theorum here, one that has to do with a personal physics. A set of personal physical laws that, other than a passing nod to Gravity and a begrudging acknowledgment of the need to sleep and thus be rejuvenated, completely trumps the laws of physics for the overall planet.

When you read the entry on DWS in today’s “Of Interest” you will understand more about why I believe individualized personal laws of physics exist.
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Wow. See the second item in “Of Interest” below.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “A Job By Another Name” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/a-job-by-another-name/.

Good old Amazon is at it again. See “Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives” at https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/amazons-hall-of-spinning-knives/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 430 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 430

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11270
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 163953
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 610561

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 692 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Saturday, 10/21

Hey Folks,

Well, I spent much of the morning on the Jerry Jenkins website I told you about yesterday.

Here are my recommendations:

— take advantage of the free giveaway for signing up for his newsletter. You can always unsubscribe later.
— take advantage (with a grain of salt, as always) of the appropriate blog posts and other items listed on his Resources page.
— take advantage of his blog, which I finally found at https://www.jerryjenkins.com/blog/.
— be careful of spending money. Like many of these sites, it exists primarily to upsell you on other products.
— avoid getting a Writers Guild membership. It does NOT include any of the courses on the site. The Writers Guild is basically a forum in which you can glean advice from people who have zero or very little idea what they’re talking about. So caution there.
— before you shell out the bucks for any of the courses, be sure to read the course description.

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I also rediscovered Chris Fox’s website (see “Of Interest”). I ordered his ebook, 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter. Mostly out of curiosity. (You can get it free at his site for signing up for his nonfiction newsletter, but I didn’t want to sign up. Besides, it was only $1.20 at Amazon.)

I thought I might write today, but that’s not going to happen. Not just yet.
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However, reading roughly half of 5,000 Words Per Hour reminded me of several things I used to do back when I was being very productive. It also encouraged me to begin doing them again.

Chief among those things was having a dedicated writing space. That consists of not only a physical location, but a dedicated computer and chair so that when I approach that computer and that chair in that location my subconscious knows it’s time to play.

Mr. Fox, I and others espouse that theorum, and I know it to be true at least in my own case because it worked so well for me for so long.

So I spent part of the afternoon prepping a new place. It isn’t The Adobe Hovel. Then again, it doesn’t harbor scorpions and burrowing animals and things that bite sandaled toes beneath the desk.

I’m not promising myself when I will begin writing fiction again, but when the urge hits, the place will be there. Onward.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “Introducing the Smart Author Podcast” at http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/10/smart-author-podcast.html.

“When You’ve Lost Your Passion for Writing” at https://www.jerryjenkins.com/youve-lost-passion-writing/. A couple of good tidbits and some things I didn’t know.

I kind of like Chris Fox’s style. Stop by and take a look at http://www.chrisfoxwrites.com/. Especially check out the menu items on his For Writers tab.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 440 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 440

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10840
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 163523
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 610131

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 691 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Friday, 10/20

Hey Folks,

I love finding new resources, and I was handed one yesterday. A guy who represents another guy sent me a link to the second guy’s work and asked me to look it over.

There are so many scams in this world, at first I thought this was just another one. It wasn’t.

I looked it over briefly yesterday, then added two links to my website, one on Character Development under Writers’ Resources and one pointing to Jerry Jenkins’ website. That one’s under both Writers’ Resources and Quick Links.

Then this morning I spent a couple of hours reading different things on his website. It was time well spent.

When you have time to browse for awhile, check out the website of NYT bestselling author Jerry Jenkins.

Check out his Courses while you’re there, and maybe even his Writers Guild. But whatever you do, be sure to check his Resources tab. Some great stuff there.

His website is https://www.jerryjenkins.com/.
***

Not even thinking much about fiction today. I’m just gonna allow myself the time I need to drift through this major change. I have to admit, I didn’t think it would be this disruptive.

But regardless of expectations, what happens happens and it goes the way it goes and we deal with it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Digital Reader, see “A Book Ban Like No Other” at http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2017/10/book-ban-like-no/. The utter idiocy of some people is simply unbelievable.

Visit Linda Maye Adams’ blog for some great items of interest at http://lindamayeadams.com/2017/10/20/adventures-around-the-web-october-14-20-2017/.

If you’re interested in the upcoming “Orionid Meteor Shower 2017” see https://www.space.com/34373-orionid-meteor-shower-guide.html.

Almost forgot to check Dean’s site. He says he’s coming “Back To Regular Programming” (soon) at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/back-to-regular-programming/.

Via The Passive Voice, see “An Exemplary Mouse” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/an-exemplary-mouse/. I still have the very first wireless mouse I ever bought. I’ll stick with that one for now.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 310 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 310

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10400
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 163083
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 609691

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 690 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Thursday, 10/19

Hey Folks,

Enjoyed a brief conversation with a dear friend from Dallas this morning. That was a pleasant surprise. Thanks Robert.

Of course, in my current state I probably sounded grouchier than normal, though I don’t think I actually was.

Part of our discussion was about my current endeavor to leave cigars behind. And in that, I’ve had an even more recent epiphany.

If I had a cigar stashed away somewhere and happened across it, there’s a very good chance I would at least light it and take a couple of puffs before putting it out.

Of course, that would re-set my struggle and make my subconscious mind believe, erroneously, that I am not serious about quitting after all. So no, I don’t want to do that.

But that led me to think about when I stopped smoking cigarettes. It was the same sort of thing then.

And then I realized even if someone walked up and offered me a cigarette, I wouldn’t take it. Even as badly as I want a cigar, I have zero desire to smoke a cigarette. Isn’t that weird?

Both are nicotine delivery systems, and cigarettes actually deliver a lot more than that in the form of carcinogens.

But I don’t want one. At all.

And that gives me a great deal of hope.

My stopping smoking cigarettes all those years ago was so complete and so final that even now, when I’m going through withdrawals from cigars, I don’t want a cigarette.

So if I stick to my guns, there’s at least a good chance when all of this is over I won’t want a cigar anymore either. And that’s just a really cool motivator.
***

I actually wrote a little fiction today. I wrote the beginning of what I thought would be a short story (around 700 words), then realized I’d already told that story in “The End Game,” back in June 2016.

It wasn’t exactly the same, but it was the same idea, the same general events and probably a very similar outcome. So it was a different story, but similar enough that once I recognized it, it was too boring to write again. (grin)

I know that story isn’t going anywhere, so I’m not counting the words.
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Re my WIP, I just don’t know. I really like the series character so I want to write this story. I might have to write yet another (a third) new opening and use the current secondary character elsewhere in the novel or not at all.

Or I might have to set the current WIP aside completely, write a new opening for a new story with the series character, and go from there. Then I can go back and finish the other WIP later, or not.

We’ll see.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “The History of the Ampersand” at https://medium.com/black-lion-banner/the-history-of-the-ampersand-c81839171940.

Dean’s Kickstarter campaign is finally over for the revival of Pulphouse Magazine. Maybe he’ll get back to writing now too.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 510 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 510

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10090
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 162773
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 609381

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 689 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Wednesday, 10/18

Hey Folks,

Not sure what the day will hold. I’ve been a bit depressed lately, mostly because I’m allowing myself some remembrances of a camaraderie I’ll never know again. Sigh. I miss it like air.

I mentioned this to an acquaintance a few days ago and he said, “Well, at least you have the memories. Not everyone has them.”

Well duh.

Of course, what he said is true, but it didn’t help. Not that it was intended to, I suppose.

When he said that it reminded me of the scene in Men in Black in which Agent J caught Agent K looking at a Google Earth image of his wife in her garden.

Agent K quickly closed the scene, and Agent J began with, “Well it’s better to have loved and lost than—”

And Agent K turns on him with some simple but profound advice. “Try it.”
***

The coyotes were yowling out around the home place this morning. My little girl stayed close. Good girl.

Well, it’s late morning and thus far all I’ve accomplished is messing with my Android phone (an old Motorola Razr). It’s already been degraded so a lot of stuff won’t work on it, but because I use it primarily as a TELEPHONE I don’t mind.

I’d almost talked myself into getting a new phone soon and being “connected” all the time, but why? I don’t want to be connected all the time.

The other day I went to the store (about 10 miles away in the next town) and forgot my cell phone at home. When I realized I didn’t have it with me I actually felt FREE.
***

Weird. I haven’t even looked at the WIP for the past several days. Haven’t even opened it to look at it.

I guess I will when the time comes. Until then, I’m not going to worry about it.

Of course, the novel-per-month thing is in the back of my head. But that doesn’t really bother me either.

I think maybe it’s kind of a been-there-done-that sort of thing. I know it’s possible to write a good novel-length story in less than a month (even two, if I pushed) because I already have.

So there’s nothing there to entice me other than simply writing the story. And that can be done in any length of time.

Possibly part of my current fugue is due to my cigar cessation endeavor. Mixed in with the other stuff, of course. Not a big deal. Just indulging in a little self-psychoanalysis. (A buddy in Dallas and another one in Tucson, having read that previous sentence, thought “emphasis on ‘psycho’,” I’ll bet.) (grin)

Anyway, back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Digital Reader, see “The delusions continue” at https://madgeniusclub.com/2017/10/17/the-delusions-continue/. Excellent article.

Also see, for a bit of SF history and even instruction, “When Science Fiction Grew Up” at http://conceptualfiction.com/whenscifigrewup.html. There is also a series of essay links vertically along the right side of this article.

Still wondering how to publish an ebook on Amazon’s KDP platform? Honestly, there’s nothing difficult about it, but if you need to, see “KDP Jumpstart Guides Authors…” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/10/17/kdp-jumpstart-guides-authors-steps-publishing-book/.

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

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 9580
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 162263
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 608871

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 688 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Tuesday, 10/17

Hey Folks,

Well, I emailed DWS yesterday about CreateSpace closing their online store. He wrote, “Saw it. No books ever sold out of there anyway, so no great loss.”

So there’s another take on it for you.
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I was going to recommend James Scott Bell’s column over at The Kill Zone Blog, but I decided not to. The title is “Use NaNoWriMo to Repo Your Mojo.” All well and good. But if you go look it up on your own, PLEASE take it with a huge grain of salt.

I’m glad NaNoWriMo exists, and I’m glad so many people have fun with it. Though I suspect the number of professional fiction writers who got their start from NaNo is extremely low, probably hovering somewhere around zero.

The one massive thing I actively DON’T like about NaNoWriMo is that it actually encourages poor writing and holds that ugly practice up as a Good Thing. It isn’t.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Just get the words down, then come back and fix them later. But what’s wrong with getting the words down To The Best Of Your Ability the first time? How is that a bad thing?

Incredibly, even James Scott Bell apparently advocates writing sloppily the first time through, which is hands-down the stupidest advice I’ve ever heard. Again, why would ANYone write poorly intentionally? For that matter, why would anyone do ANYTHING poorly on purpose just so they could come back and clean it up later?

Am I just being a grouch here? I mean, has doing something to the best of your ability somehow become passe?

It reminds me of that old saying: There’s never enough time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it over. Well, there you go.

Bell also actually writes in the article, “It’s a major accomplishment to finish a novel. To do it in one month is astounding.” Again, astoundingly, head-shakingly ridiculous.
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Today has been a bits and pieces day. Today has been fragmented. I took a vehicle title in to get it switched over this morning, mailed another one out, then swapped out a license plate. All of that pretty much wraps up what was going on yesterday. Finally.

I’m the kind of guy who likes to have things settled. Whether in my favor or not, settled is good. Settled means it’s off my plate and I no longer have to think about it. Settled means I can move on with other stuff.
***

I actually dreamed writing last night. I don’t think I was in my current WIP — or maybe I was in and out of it — but it felt like I wrote for much of the night.

Whatever the story, it kept taking off on tangents. I was up through about Chapter 49 when I woke up a little after 3. That was a very good night. A wonderful night.

Do I remember the dreams? No.

But that’s all right. Whatever I was dreaming is “in there,” so it’ll come out when it’s time.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

For a LOT of declassified documents on a range of topics, see The Black Vault at http://www.theblackvault.com/. (This is under Writers’ Resources on my website now too.)

Just for fun, via The Passive Voice see R. Heinlein’s take on “Writing” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/writing-5/.

Dean’s Pulphouse Magazine Kickstarter is winding down. If you’re interested in jumping in, see “36 Hours or Less Left” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/36-hours-or-less-left/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 550 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 550

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 9050
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 161733
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 608341

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 687 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Monday, 10/16

Hey Folks,

Here we go. The first day of the rest of my writing life. (grin) And I’m going to start it in Sierra Vista at a brake shop. So my restart on writing might be one day late. We’ll see.

In major news from the department of Well That Sucks, via The Digital Reader, see “CreateSpace to Close its Web Store” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/10/13/createspace-close-web-store/.

Note that this estore closure does NOT affect CreateSpace’s other services. For more on that, I recommend you read the original announcement at CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/Help/Index.jsp?orgId=00D300000001Sh9&id=50139000000oxUN.

The biggest immediate impact is that CS pays (well, has paid) an 80% royalty for books sold directly through its estore. Amazon, true to their greedy form, pays a whopping 60%.

This will further widen the gap between authors who already sell a lot of copies and authors who don’t sell as many. I predict it will also burden already struggling print cover designers and interior layout folks.

This causes me to rethink (again) whether going to paper with my books is really all that important. The dwindling royalty makes the $100 I spend for cover and layout considerably larger. Hmmmm.

Damn. And the thing is, I just want to write. So maybe that’s my answer too.
***

Wow. If ever I needed something to soothe my nerves, it was this afternoon.

The day began with my little girl bringing in a packrat. She doesn’t kill them. She just watches them. I’m convinced she’s looking for a friend, someone who will play with her. (In the front yard, she runs with [not chases] rabbits.) But whatever.

I had to get the thing out of the house.

I thought I had done that, and several minutes later I let her outside again. But the idiot packrat remained close by where I let it out.

She grabbed it by the scruff of the neck (like carrying a kitten) and headed for her safe place, under the bed in our bedroom.

So I followed her in there, ran her and her stepsister out, then conducted a meticulous search for the packrat.

Turns out she took her little friend with her and let it go out in the yard. So over all, that was about an hour and a half I’ll never get back.

Then the trip to Sierra Vista to get the brakes repaired on my son’s car. On the phone it was to take about three hours if I could get it there before 9 a.m.

I got it there at 8:15. It was on the rack by 8:20. And it stayed right there on the rack for four straight hours. Then it descended and went next door for an oil change. I finally got back home around 1:30.

Will I write today?

Um, no. I would love to suck the south end out of a northbound cigar, but I won’t do that either. If I did, the frustration would still be there, only then it would be smokey and frustrating. (grin)

No, I’m gonna do zip for the rest of the day, watch a ball game this early evening, then sack out.

And I’m not going to tempt Fate again by saying something stupid like “tomorrow I start writing again.” That’s just crazy talk. I’m seeing that tempting Fate doesn’t generally work out well for me.

So I’ll write again when I sit down and write again. Then, once again, I’ll be a writer. Until then, I’ll be a something-elser.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “FBF [Frankfort Book Fair] marred by violent political altercations” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/fbf-marred-by-violent-political-altercations/.

Frankly, I was surprised TPG didn’t comment on this article, as he often does. So anyway, I’ll comment.

The first-ever book-length poetry collection published as an ebook was mine. It was (is) called Lessons for a Barren Population, and it was nominated for the Book of the Year Award at the Frankfort Book Fair in 1996 or 1998. It didn’t win.

And now that great fair, like everything else, it seems, is all gone to politics. Why don’t people just get over themselves? Frankly, when someone begins to opine about something of which they very obviously have zero first-hand knowledge and zero practical experience, I stop listening. Or as I like to put it, “Your right to free speech doesn’t guarantee you an audience.”

Also from The Passive Voice, for a story idea, maybe, see “In the future” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/in-the-future/.

And from Harvey’s Department of Well, No Sh*t, see “School District Pulls To Kill a Mockingbird: It ‘Makes People Uncomfortable'” at http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/10/14/mississippi_school_district_pulls_to_kill_a_mockingbird_because_it_makes.html.

My opening comment concerning the source department was meant for Arne Duncan, who saw fit to tweet about this toward the end of the article. Ahem. Pretty cheeky tweet IMHO.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 720 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 720

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 8500
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 161183
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 607791

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 686 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Sunday, 10/15

Hey Folks,

I’m really missing (fiction) writing, storytelling, and it will be good to get back to it tomorrow in whatever form it takes.

For me, being immersed in a good story as it develops is like that moment when you smile and sigh as you’re sinking into a tub of hot water. It’s just that good.

One more visiting day with my son and his family and one more day of baseball to see whether the Cubs will tie the series with the Dodgers. I’ll continue following the LCSs tomorrow, etc. but watching games will be secondary to writing.

Oh wow. I nearly broke my Journal posting streak today. I was just in here checking on something else and happened to remember I hadn’t posted it yet. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “Napoleon’s Traveling Library” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/napoleons-traveling-library/.

Also via TPV, see “What copyright does not protect” at https://ucomm.wsu.edu/what-copyright-does-not-protect/.

See “Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States” at https://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain. (Get a free PDF download at https://copyright.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/2017-08/publicdomain.pdf.)

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 200 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 200

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7780
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 160463
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 607071

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 685 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Saturday, 10/14

Hey Folks,

Just want to take a minute to say thanks for hanging in with me.

When you write a daily blog like this, and especially when you’re determined to share the less-than-good along with the good, you’re going to have some off days.

I’m kind of proud of what I’ve done here for the past two-plus years. I’ve written every single day, even when that writing was only in this Journal.

Thus far, I’ve written one novel every month for this calendar year. (It isn’t lost on me that when I get back to writing on Monday, I’ll have exactly one-half of this month left.)

And I’ve tried to keep the Journal interesting otherwise with occasional Topics of interest to writers and with items in the “Of Interest” section below.

I intend to keep going in that regard as long as I can. But none of it would mean anything without an audience, so thanks again for being there.
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Enjoyed Game 1 of the ALCS last night. Rolled out a little late this morning.

I’ll probably spend the balance of the morning with my son, messing with the 4-Runner. Then this afternoon and evening, more baseball.

I think some younger folks don’t appreciate baseball the way some older folks do. Sportscaster Howard Cosell once called baseball “two minutes of excitement crammed into three hours.”

But that’s kind of the allure of it for me. Moment by moment, the initial draw isn’t what IS happening but what might happen.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See Linda Adams’ “Adventures at the book sale” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2017/10/14/adventures-at-the-book-sale/. Made me hungry to start visiting book sales.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 280 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 280

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7300
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 159983
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 606591

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 684 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Friday, 10/13

Hey Folks,

Okay, I’m never again doing anything that’s personal-world earth-shattering while I’m in the middle of writing a novel. Losing a bunch of days to a magical, mysterious haze while writing a novel is not a good thing.

A lot of the haze is gone this morning. So my thought that the primary part of the trial would take three days seems to have held up. However, I’m still a bit foggy headed, and it comes and goes.

Another son and his family are coming to visit this weekend. They’ll arrive later today and stay through Sunday morning.

So I think I’ll take a few more nonwriting days. With any luck, I can dive back into writing on fresh on Monday. In the meantime, I’ll keep this Journal going and as interesting as I can.

I’ll be doing what some like to call “writing related” things. I’m considering putting together a boxed set or two of my mystery/suspense novels.

I was thinking of reading over my current WIP too, but I’ll hold off on that until I know I’ll have time to play. At that point, I’ll read over it and go if it goes or set it aside and write something else if it doesn’t.

If I write something else, probably it will be the same series character with a different crew around him. Anyway, that’s all supposition at this point.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “A Brief History of the ‘Danse Macabre’” at http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/danse-macabre-david-pumpkins-art-history.

Via Linda Adams, see “Write Like a Girl” at http://writerunboxed.com/2017/10/07/write-like-a-girl/. Very good article.

Also via Linda, I also enjoyed “Here’s How Not to Critique Romance Novels” at https://jezebel.com/heres-how-not-to-critique-romance-novels-1819188174. At least right up until the author of the article herself invoked a stereotype in the second sentence from the end of the article. So close. (grin)

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 300 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 300

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7300
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 159983
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 606591

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 684 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182