The Journal, Sunday, 6/25

Hey Folks,

Well, the best laid plans, etc.

An unexpected trip popped up for tomorrow morning. We’ll leave here around 6 for a 10-hour turnaround to Flagstaff to pick up Bryan.

Job Corps finally decided they have a slot for him. They called a few days ago (did I tell you that?) while I was in New Mexico.

Originally, Mona was going to drive to Casa Grande (about 3 hours) to meet Roy and drive Bryan back here.

But due to circumstances, Roy can’t do that now, so we’ll drive to Flagstaff to get him. Then on Tuesday, I’ll drive him into Tucson to his new digs at Job Corps.

Today, and Writing

So no writing today. In fact, I’m posting this a little early to keep the posting streak alive. I’ll try to punch in the “Of Interest” section before we leave.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Dean offers some thoughts on challenges. This is very good. See “Challenge Thinking” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/challenge-thinking/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 160 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 160

Writing of

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13830
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 103810
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 441767

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 577 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 176

The Journal, Saturday, 6/24

Hey Folks,

Not a lot to report today. It’s Saturday and I’m still clearing decks to prep for the upcoming challenge.

This morning so far I made more tweaks on the main website. Then I moved over and made a few tweaks on the Writing in Public website.

After that, I worked on this website, The Daily Journal, to include creating a new header. I also narrowed it a bit and revised some of the colors. Finally I made some major revisions on the MailChimp side of things.

Now I’ve been to the store (with Mona) and am about to go back over to mess with the Writing in Public website again.

Speaking of Writing in Public, Linda Maye Adams is about to embark on a similar challenge at her website. Check out her site at http://lindamayeadams.com/.

Hey, thanks to Alison for mentioning that moving the tag cloud on the main site wouldn’t be a bad idea. And to Gary for mentioning that when he swipes stuff off a blog post, he’d prefer it would have a white background rather than yellow. (grin)

Keep ’em coming. If any of you have any recommendations regarding any of the three main websites (HarveyStanbrough.com, HEStanbrough.com or HStanbrough.com) please let me know.

Today, and Writing

Yeah, no writing today. Still doing prep work with regard to the sites. And with regard to my subconscious, I think.

A few days ago, I had a story idea. The next day, three or four occurred to me. Yesterday and today they’ve been almost nonstop.

It’s a little like being nagged by a two year old, but I’ll take it. (grin)

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Mark Coker of Smashwords says in this year’s survey he found a lot of gold. See the survey at http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/06/smashwords-survey-2017.html/. Note: This is a slideshow. The actual survey begins on page 25 of 111. The summary of key takeaways begins on page 101.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 330 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 330

Writing of

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13670
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 103650
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 441607

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 576 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 176

The Journal, Friday, 6/23

Hey Folks,

Well, here we are back at HEStanbrough.com. Yep, I’ve moved the Journal back over here. Much more on that in the topic below.

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Thirty-three years ago today Mona found out I’m a much better judge of women than she is of men. That’s when we tied the knot, and she hasn’t figured out how to untie it yet. (grin)

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The first gem I took from Dean’s current post (see “Of Interest”) when I started reading was this: “Challenges get me focused for short bursts of time on writing.”

There you go. That’s the reason to establish a challenge. A personal challenge creates focus.

If you have a go at a challenge, at worst you’ll fail to success. Meaning you’ll have more work when the challenge stops than you would have had without it.

And if you succeed outright, you’ll have even more work out there plus the knowledge that you accomplished something you weren’t sure you could do.

Topic: Decluttering and Revamping My Writing Business

The plan for the day is to revise and tweak websites. I’m posting this as a topic in case it gives some of you an idea or two:

StoneThread Publishing — I’m giving up on StoneThread Publishing as a separate entity.

StoneThread was designed to give discounts to booksellers and private readers. Thus far (after almost two years) not one bookseller and few, if any, readers have taken advantage of it.

I’ll retain the name as my publisher, of course, unless I get a really good offer.

HEStanbrough.com — This is the once and future home of The Daily Journal.

I’m sending the Journal back down to the minor leagues beginning today. (grin) Those who are subscribed shouldn’t notice a difference.

I moved the Journal to the main site almost exactly two years ago in hopes of garnering new subscribers. But that hasn’t happened, so away it goes. This move will help declutter the main website. From now on, only the Pro Writers blog posts will appear on the main site.

Also, as more Topics from The Daily Journal become Pro-Writers blog posts, there will be less overlap on the main site.

HarveyStanbrough.com — This is my main website. First, I’m simplifying the menu (I started that yesterday). If you have a moment, take a look and let me know in the comments what you think.

I’m also transfering everything from StoneThread Publishing (individual book pages, etc.) over to this main site. Then I’ll link the StoneThread URL to the main site. I should be finished with this process in a few days.

Now to one more website and the challenge I mentioned above:

HStanbrough.com — This is the new Writing in Public site. This is my modern-day effort to recreate what Harlan Ellison did in that storefront display window several decades ago.

Only those who subscribe to HStanbrough.com will witness my efforts to write short stories (and maybe novellas and novels) “in public,” posted one scene or one chapter at a time.

Everybody who watches NASCAR or Indy car racing watch for one of two reasons: To see whether their favorite driver will prevail or to witness the wrecks first hand.

Wanna see me succeed and watch as I’m building stories? Subscribe. Wanna see me crash and burn? Subscribe. (grin)

Either way, I’ll be glad to have you along.

But don’t dawdle. The new Writing in Public challenge will begin on July 1 at the latest. But knowing me, there’s a good chance it will begin sooner than that.

Today, and Writing

No fiction writing again today, but I made a lot of headway on the websites.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

See Dean’s “Another Crazy Challenge For Myself” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/another-crazy-challenge-for-myself/. I haven’t read it yet (as I write this), but I suspect it will jump start me.

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

Writing of

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13340
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 103320
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 441277

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 575 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 176