The Journal, Friday, February 16

Hey Folks,

My apology in advance for the long post. I promise, it’s worthwhile.

After I signed off yesterday I listened to a few more videos from the “Writing Thrillers” workshop. Good stuff.

Today I’ll probably finish the workshop, then work on some new book pages for StoneThread Publishing. Eventually, each major book we publish will have its own page.

The pages for the novels and short story collections (or most of them) are finished. I only need to add a few of those and then code a new page for each nonfiction book.

But back to the workshop for a moment.

I already know a lot of what I’m hearing in the Thriller workshop, but reminders are good too. And I knew hardly any of it a year or two ago. Yet I thought my writing was good. More on that in the tied-in topic below.

I finished the workshop around 1 p.m. All I can say is Wow. I didn’t think anything could unseat Dean’s “How to Write Science Fiction” workshop for the sheer number of writing gems and excellent insight and advice.

But this “Writing Thrillers” workshop completely eclipses it. I recommend it highly.

I’ll spend the rest of the day working on the StoneThread Publishing website. I might write a bit tomorrow early. Then it’s a few days off for a camping trip near a thousands-of-years-old pueblocito.

I won’t post while I’m gone, obviously, and I’m not going to worry about pre-posting anything. Just be sure to check the KillZone blog and Dean’s blog, and I’ll see you again on Monday or Tuesday.

***

All of this workshop stuff reminds me again of the woman who emailed me a year or so ago asking for a critique of her work.

After some back and forth (I generally don’t offer critiques), I read her story. It was only six pages.

I invested some time (free) and offered a constructive critique in the form of a series of short questions in imbedded comments scattered over the first couple of pages of her manuscript.

Topic: Character, Setting, and Grounding the Reader

In the opening of any story (scene, etc.) you must hook the reader and take them to depth. That means within the first 200 – 500 words, the reader should connect with the POV character in some way AND be firmly grounded in the setting. More on that later.

The story I was to critique opened with a husband on an exercise bike in the living room of their home. His wife came in and they started talking. The conversation went on for three pages.

At no time did I learn what the husband or wife looked like or what they were wearing. I have no idea whether they were young or older, trim or heavy, wet or dry.

I didn’t know anything about the setting except that there was an exercise bike of some sort in the living room and the guy was sitting on it as they talked.

I have no idea what other furniture, if any, was in the living room, whether there were any windows or doors or a fireplace, or whether there was anything on the walls.

(No, wait. As the story opened, the wife DID “walk into” the living room and saw her husband on the exercise bike, so there must have been at least one door.)

But I don’t know whether she came in from outside or from the kitchen. If there was a kitchen.

I don’t know whether the floor covering was carpet, hardwood or tinfoil. Or even whether there was a floor. I have no idea whether it was day or night. There were no clues.

I have no idea why the exercise bike was in the living room, though I kind of assumed he was watching TV as he pedaled. But I have no idea whether there was a TV in the room either. Or a potted plant. Or whether he pedaled, for that matter. There was no movement.

I have no idea whether the temperature in the house was warm or cool. I didn’t hear an air conditioner or fan running, or the exercise bike, for that matter.

The only sounds were the disembodied voices of the characters. There was no sense of setting, no sensation of movement, even on the exercise bike. It was talking heads on a white background, minus the actual heads.

So I made a few suggestions, posed as brief questions like “What’s he look like? What’s she wearing? Can you describe the room?” etc. I explained about grounding the reader, and so on.

In her quick reply, the author wrote only, “I’ll take this under advisement.”

Oh. Well, good for you.

She also told me that “usually critiquers make a point of finding something good to say.”

Umm, I’m pretty sure she had me confused with her mother. Liking something unconditionally is Mom’s job. Mine is to write and, to a lesser degree, to attempt to pass along what I know.

Okay, to that end…

Folks, when you open a story, you MUST pull the reader to depth quickly.

Spend 200 to 500 words naming and describing the POV character and allowing that character to provide his/her opinion of the setting.

And remember that opinion MUST be filtered through the POV character’s physical senses. After all, the story comes from the character, not the writer.

As a quick example, say the setting is a formal library in a mansion and the deceased owner had a habit of smoking a pipe filled with black cherry tobacco while he read.

The reader doesn’t care whether you, the writer, think the room stinks or is aromatic. But what the POV character thinks about the room reveals part of who he/she is and enables the reader to connect.

When any given POV character encounters the smell, one might wrinkle her nose and frown or say something snarky. Another might smile slightly and think of her father, who also smoked a pipe.

In that opening 200 to 500 words, invoke all five of the POV character’s physical senses and let him use those to provide his opinion of the setting.

The lighting is dim or bright (happy or glaring, etc.); the wingback chair, which is covered in human skin, is repulsive or interesting or even enticing; the paneled walls evoke a warm, comfortable feeling or are closing in. You get the idea.

This technique, this opening, will both reveal part of the POV character’s character and enable the reader to see, hear, taste, smell and feel the setting. It will pull the reader into the POV character’s head.

And your reader will be firmly hooked. THEN you can allow the plot to advance, get into the action and so on without risking losing the reader’s interest.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “Radish Fiction” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/radish-fiction-a-new-income-source-for-writers-plus-changes-to-amazon-kindle-worlds.html. There’s a bunch of stuff about Amazon Kindle Worlds first, but you can scroll down to Radish Fiction. It’s worth the short read, and it has nothing to do with radishes. (grin)

See “Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers” at https://www.salon.com/2013/04/04/hugh_howey_self_publishing_is_the_future_and_great_for_writers/.

Dean has upped the ante on his new Kickstarter. See “North by Northwest Kickstarter Getting New Rewards” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/north-by-northwest-kickstarter-getting-new-rewards/.

Fiction Words: XXXX (novel revision over the past week)
Nonfiction Words: 1180 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1180

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 6300
Total fiction words for the year………… 44456
Total nonfiction words for the month… 5560
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 13580
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 58036

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Thursday, February 15

Hey Folks,

I realized today, I’ve been writing fiction over the past few days. Not a lot, relatively speaking, but as I read over my previous novel, I’ve added to it. A lot.

I finished my journey over the novel this morning and it’s much better for it. That’s because I never allowed the conscious mind to intervene.

I added 3895 words to it (that is now reflected in the fiction totals below), but I also realized a few things that will be important for at least the first sequel. (grin)

I call this effort a revision. It was something more than cycling, or it was cycling through the entire novel.

I still don’t advocate “rewriting” although that’s that’s the term that some will apply to my efforts over the past few days. I don’t even advocate re-reading anything you’ve written, although I made an exception in this case.

This story, you will remember, began as a series of short stories. The first pass was to combine those into a novel. Then I sent it to my first reader.

He found only a handful of recommendations (8) to make, and none of them had to do with content (per my instructions).

This last pass was to round out the story into a novel. I added a great deal of depth of description, always from the POV character’s viewpoint and including the POV character’s opinion of the setting.

I don’t foresee ever having to use this method again, but for this particular novel, it was right.

Especially if you don’t have a first reader, I DO still advocate (strongly) reading your finished work aloud. As you do, allow your fingers to rest on the keyboard, and when a character tells you to include something, do it.

But remember, that’s always done as a function of the subconscious, creative mind.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Check out John Gilstrap’s YouTube channel, “A Writer’s View of Writing and Publishing” at https://www.youtube.com/c/authorjohngilstrap.

His website is interesting too, at http://www.johngilstrap.com/. He’s also one of the bloggers at the KillZone blog.

Fiction Words: 3895 (novel revision over the past week)
Nonfiction Words: 340 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4235

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 6300
Total fiction words for the year………… 44456
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4040
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 12400
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 56856

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Wednesday, February 14

Hey Folks,

Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Well, I’m learning a lot about writing thrillers from reading Jack Higgins and Lee Child. But I’m all about cutting learning curves (mine and other’s) so this morning I also signed up for Dean’s “Writing Thrillers” online workshop.

It’s a classic workshop, meaning no homework, but it’s also half-price at only $150. Six weeks of instruction, and I’ll get through it in a week or so. Probably I’ll work on that whenever I need a break from prepping my latest novel for publication or working on the StoneThread Publishing website.

Another good thing about Dean’s having moved his workshops to Teachable.com is that once you buy one, you can revisit it whenever you like and as many times as you like. Great value.

I don’t mean for this to sound like an advertisement. It’s just that if you want to invest in your writing, his workshops are a great way to go.

To the degree that I’m able, I’ll review the workshop for you re its value once I’m finished with it.

***

I worked on my previous novel (reading over it) until around 1 p.m., then decided to listen to the first week of videos in the Thriller workshop.

That took only about a half-hour, so I listened to the second week too. Already well worth the money.

Then back to the reading of the novel. Very cool. I even came up with a couple of ideas for sequels. (grin)

***

If I may ask a favor, if you enjoy this Journal and/or my Pro Writers blog over on the big site, would you spread the word to your writer friends? Maybe even mention it in a meeting if you’re in one of those groups? Much appreciated.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

OMG. See “Hollow Point Bullets & Other Stuff” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/hollow-point-bullets-other-stuff.html. And thanks to John Gilstrap for this excellent article.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 320 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 320

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4040
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 12060
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 52621

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Tuesday, February 13

Hey Folks,

Not sure what’s going on in my head currently. I have to slow down, I know that much. Probably today I’ll try to finish getting StoneThread Publishing up to par, and then do the necessary things to publish my previous novel.

I gave up on the notion of reading it to my wife. We’re both too tired in the evenings for that sort of thing.

When I do return to writing, well, I’m kind of losing interest in my WIP, The Age Exchange. Not really, but sort of.

The thing is, I’m itching to write a true thriller. I love writing action and convoluted story lines, and thrillers are mostly non-stop action and convoluted story lines.

So that itch has morphed into a possible desire to make The Age Exchange an SF thriller, which would be really cool. But to do that, I have to let the basic premise boil around in my head for at least a few more days.

In the interim, if another thriller crops up, I might set aside the WIP and come back to it after I write what would then be the new WIP.

I have two ideas for thriller series at the moment (plus the one-off that would be The Age Exchange).

One began with “what would I do if I could do it over” thought re my own life, and the other has to do with the sequels I mentioned yesterday.

Not sure which of those (or perhaps something else entirely) I’ll write when I start again, but I do know for now it’s important to slow down, do things that are necessary. Those include gtting StoneThread Publishing done, then designing a cover, formatting and publishing Keeper of the Promise.

I plan to keep publishing this Journal every day too even through this brief non(fiction)-writing period, so we’ll see.

Well, as of noon-thirty all I’ve done is read through Keeper of the Promise. About a third of the way through, converting the necessary text to italics, etc. After I finish that (probably tomorrow) I’ll move on to StoneThread Publishing and put that behind me.

Okay, so I’m gonna go ahead and post this and get on with it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “The Latest Trends In Cover Design: Think Pink?” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/the-latest-trends-in-cover-design-think-pink.html. Remember, these are suggestions, not ironclad rules. (grin)

Linda Maye Adams touched on something that’s been bugging my obstinate self for awhile in “Apologizing for What’s in Our Stories?” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2018/02/12/apologizing-for-whats-in-our-stories/.

For some great humor, see “I Am the Very Model of a New York Times Contrarian” at http://amp.slate.com/culture/2018/02/i-am-the-very-model-of-a-new-york-times-contrarian.html. I was amazed to find this on Slate.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan (I’m not) you might enjoy “Infographic: Getting from A to B like Harry Potter” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/02/12/infographic-getting-b-like-harry-potter/.

To see the value of a regular schedule, see “Still Having Sleep Issues” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/still-having-sleep-issues/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 480 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 480

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3720
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 11740
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 52301

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Monday, February 12

Hey Folks,

My excellent first reader, Kenneth Flowers (krf1952@gmail.com) got my 28th novel back to me via email yesterday with his feedback. I’m such a fortunate guy.

He said he looks forward to the sequels, which served to remind me I wanted to write some sequels, that Keeper of the Promise was only the origin novel for a series. (grin) So there’s that. At the moment I’m deep in an SF novel, and then I hope to take a shot at writing a thriller. But sequels. Yes.

I spent most of yesterday working on the StoneThread Publishing website and reading another thriller by Jack Higgins. The guy’s a master of the genre. Wow.

Today I’ll be going over Keeper of the Promise to apply Kenneth’s few recommended changes. I’ve also decided to change all unspoken thought in this novel to italics. For this one, it just makes sense. And then the balance of the day, I’ll probably work on StoneThread Publishing again. Should have it finished in a few more hours.

By the way, if you aren’t subscribed to the Pro Writers blog over at HarveyStanbrough.com, be sure to check the post tomorrow. It’s all about the italics thing.

***

Change of plans. My wife agreed to listen as I read Keeper of the Promise to her. I can make any adjustments as I do that. It’ll take a week, an hour or two per evening, but it frees up my time now to do other things.

Also, as I mentioned above, I still have some work to do on StoneThread Publishing too, but it’s nothing essential, so I thought I might get some writing done on my WIP.

Change 2: When I got out to the Hovel, Microsoft gave me a Gates Suppository in the form of a major update on my writing ‘puter. Truly annoying. You can go back and undo any update they add, but you can’t simply deny them the update in the first place.

By the time the updates were finished, I was out of sorts. I jotted down a few words that I don’t want to lose (for the WIP), then turned back to another Jack Higgins novel and read.

Back in a day or two.

Of Interest

See “Stuff That Takes Readers Out of a Story” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/stuff-that-takes-readers-out-of-a-story.html#comment-59228.

Via The Passive Voice, for fun, see “Top Ten Peeves of Creative Writing Teachers,” a guest post by Melodie Campbell on Anne R. Allen’s website at http://annerallen.com/2018/02/top-ten-peeves-of-creative-writing-teachers/.

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

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3240
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 11260
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 51821

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Saturday, February 10

Hey Folks,

Wow. You know I recommend using Draft2Digital as one of your ebook distributors. Part of the reason is the smooth user interface on their website. Another (big) reason is that they are teamed with Books2Read to provide a Universal Link for your book.

Ostensibly, this means you can post that Universal Link on your website, Facebook or wherever. When would-be readers click the link, it shows them all the stores where your book is available. They they can click on the link for their favorite store to buy your book.

All well and good, mostly.

Purely by accident, I found out this morning that the Universal Link for one of my books led to only one retailer, and a minor one at that.

At first I thought I’d have to manually add each retailer myself, a very time-consuming process.

Then I saw a “Rescan Now” button. I pressed that and it rescanned and added stores it had missed before.

Still, I have over 200 publications. So I have an email in to Books2Read asking whether there’s a way to do a bulk scan. I doubt there is, but I’m hopeful.

Anyway, if you use Draft2Digital as one of your distributors, be sure to check your universal links from time to time.

***

Because Dean’s considering buying books from indie publishers for his North by Northwest bookstore, I’m standing up the website for StoneThread Publishing again. I’ll spend most of the day on that.

Probably my author site will remain pretty much as-is, with all the novels, etc. there as well. And even though my short story collections will be featured at StoneThread, the individual short stories themselves will be only at my main site.

You can see the StoneThread Publishing site at http://stonethreadpublishing.com. And like most publishers who sell direct, STP will offer discounts.

Back in a day or two.

Of Interest

See “Top Five DIY Book Layout Mistakes” at https://booklife.com/create/art-design/06/28/2015/top-five-diy-book-layout-mistakes.html.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 340 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 340

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2810
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 10830
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 51391

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Friday, February 9

Hey Folks,

Well, another good “Of Interest” section today.

Today will probably be another non-(fiction) writing day for me. I’ll work on the copyedit I started yesterday on my wife’s memoir, and then I’ll probably round out the day by reading. Still resting up fron January, I think.

Topic: About Publishing and Publishers

A young writer got in touch with me earlier today to ask my recommendation on publishing. She mentioned that she was “talking to a publishing company that is a subsidiary of Hay House.”

I didn’t look up the company, but a little bell went off in my mind. I believe Hay House is one of the companies that charges writers an up-front fee to publish their work. If they don’t, their “subsidiaries” almost certainly do.

I told her, and I will tell you (again), “I recommend indie publishing 100%. You can pay someone to design a cover and do the eformatting (and/or layout for paper publication), but after that you don’t pay anyone anything and your royalties belong only to you.”

For an overall guide to indie publishing (self-publishing), click http://harveystanbrough.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Quick-Guide-to-Self-Publishing-FAQs.pdf. This is a good little book, and it’s free.

And if you’d like a by-the-numbers crash course on digital publishing, click http://harveystanbrough.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/DPubV2X.pdf. This one is a little outdated (and it’s also free), but it will teach you how to format and submit your work to various distributors.

Some writers are still in the agent chase, though I will never understand why. Hiring an agent is tantamount to giving the guy who cuts your grass once every two weeks 15% ownership of your home.

If you’re still seeking a “traditional” publisher and aren’t wild about negotiating contracts, I recommend finding a good intellectual property rights lawyer and paying him or her to negotiate the contract for you.

Better yet, learn copyright and do it yourself, perhaps with an IP attorney in the wings to advise you.

Either way, I will never advocate paying any company up front to publish your work. Period. A few that spring to mind are Booklocker, Wheatmark, AuthorHouse, etc.

And before you sign ANY contract, READ IT or better yet, have your IP attorney read it. Giving any publisher “all rights” (print, electronic, etc.) to your work for the life of the copyright is just foolish, even for what appears to be a good advance.

Just ask yourself, what is your intellectual property (your copyright on a story or novel) worth to you over your life plus 75 years?

Now, a personal example: if a traditional publisher wanted one of my novels, even all rights for the life of the copyright, and wanted to pay me say $250,000.00 up front, I might be interested. But no amount short of that. And that would be only for the one novel. And that’s just me.

That’s the amount that would pique my interest, and signing that contract would leave me with 28 other novels to sell.

You’ll have to set your own price based on your own needs.

Back in a day or two.

Of Interest

Check out Dean’s post, “Flying In the Face of Common Knowledge” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/flying-in-the-face-of-common-knowledge/.

See Kris Rusch’s post on “Confidential Business Information” at https://kriswrites.com/2018/02/07/business-musings-confidential-business-information/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 520 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 520

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2470
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 10490
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 51051

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Thursday, February 8

Hey Folks,

Good stuff in “Of Interest” again today.

Well, mostly a day off today. Mona will be at work this morning. While she’s doing that I’ll be working on a copyedit of her recent memoir. That will probably take up the morning and part of tomorrow.

Otherwise, I’ll spend an hour or two reading today.

Then this afternoon we’re going to Sierra Vista for a combination of shopping and just getting away for a few hours.

Of Interest

See “Eight Ways to Tell if Your Author Site Has Been Hacked” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/02/07/eight-ways-tell-author-site-hacked/.

There’s a cute video re Dean’s new Kickstarter campaign. See “We Have Liftoff… North by Northwest Kickstarter” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/we-have-liftoff-north-by-northwest-kickstarter/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 120 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 120

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1950
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 9970
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 50531

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Wednesday, February 7

Hey Folks,

Not sure what I’ll do today for writing, other than this. We’ll see. In the meantime, Dean and Kris have come up with two new workshops. See “Of Interest” below.

As it turned out, I wrote a blog post for HarveyStanbrough.com. Almost a thousand words. Some of you will like it. It’s titled “The Use of Italics, Revisited.” I moved the other pre-posted ones out, so the new one will post next Tuesday.

Well, also as it turned out, today I finished cycling through the short story that I’m turning into a novel. It took about two hours (so two sessions) and in that time I added a little over 1100 words.

Not too bad for cycling. When I return to the WIP in a day or two, I should be able to get back up to speed. Very interested to see where this is going to go.

See you in a day or two.

Of Interest

Check out “Two Brand New Workshops and Special Offer” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/two-brand-new-workshops-and-special-offer/.

See “Avoid Burnout With Strategic Breaks” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/avoiding-burnout-with-strategic-breaks.html.

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Fiction Words: 1120
Nonfiction Words: 1180 (200 Journal, 980 Blog)
So total words for the day: 2300

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1830
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 9850
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 50411

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Tuesday, February 6

Hey Folks,

Mostly today I’m posting this Journal to pass alone the “Of Interest” section below.

We got home on Sunday around one p.m. It was good to settle in without scenery flashing past the car windows. Of course, there were little chores to do, mostly unpacking, etc.

On Monday, I was up early and actually wrote a little on the current WIP, but not enough to really talk about. Just a little cycling, during which I added only a couple hundred words.

My wife headed back to her job, and I suppose I could have spent a lot more time with the story. Instead I spent the balance of the day taking care of household chores and getting reqacquainted with my little cat girl.

I’d explained before we left that we’d have to be gone for a few days. I speak to her as if she were a little six year old human, and she seems to understand. But she was still a little annoyed for an hour or so.

Still, every time I sat down at my desk, she would jump up and walk between me and the computer, raising her little head for a kiss on her way by. Sweet girl.

Once the chores were done, I was all but worn out, so I sat down and started another Jack Higgins novel. Wow. What a writer that guy is.

Probably, today will be another day of rest. I’m playing it by ear. One day soon I’ll sit down and start writing again, and things will flow as they did before. But for now, no rush.

See you in a day or two.

Of Interest

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

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 1285
Total fiction words for the year………… 39441
Total nonfiction words for the month… 650
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 8670
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 48111

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182