The Journal, Tuesday, December 5,

Hey Folks,

A few days ago, a friend sent me an email: “You think too much.”

I could only respond with a smiley face.

I do understand why “you think too much” would appear to readers of this Journal to be true. After all, the point of the Journal is to bare the most intimate details and thought processes of my writing life, with the ultimate goal of maybe cutting the learning curve a bit for you, the subscribers.

But I assure you, I only think “too much” here, in this Journal. And really, I don’t know that I’m thinking too much as probably sharing too much.

I’m very aware that one of my weaknesses has been conveying too much information (TMI), whether speaking aloud or in nonfiction writing like this Journal. I’ve been that way since my early childhood, so I doubt I’ll change now.

For example, my wife often says I’m “too specific.” When she asks where something is, I might say it’s “near the back right corner of the third drawer from the top in my desk.”

I just can’t bring myself to offer up a soup sandwich like “It’s in my desk” or “It’s in a drawer in my desk.”

I actually want to say “…the third drawer from the top in the pedestal in my desk” but I assume the prepositional phrase “from the top” adequately implies that the drawer is in the pedestal. (grin)

Of course, I’m joking. But I’m not exaggerating. I DO think like that, but I would elaborate on it only here. You know, by way of explanation.

And, as Bill Shakespeare might say, “There’s the rub.”

That “by way of explanation” thing is why I elaborate to such an elaborate degree (isn’t English wonderful?). I prefer to leave no room for misunderstanding, a hopeless goal where human beings are involved if ever there was one.

So think too much? Maybe, maybe not.

Share too much? Definitely. If I didn’t, there would be no basis to believe I think too much. (grin)

***

Thanks to my friend, Robert Sadler, for the excellent poem he wrote as a take-off on my “desk” essay from a few days ago. Absolutely excellent.

I almost wrote a few days ago that Dean seems as stalled as I am. Kind of eerie. You can see the culmination of that in https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/auction-and-other-fun-things-today/.

Then today, he began offering a new nonfiction book (this after he has planned to write two novels in December). This will be an important book for some of us, especially given the gems Dean often drops along the way seemingly without even realizing it.

Dean’s new offering will be a book for writers on ways to beat critical thinking. To see the announcement and the introduction, please visit https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/beating-critical-voice-for-fiction-writers/. He plans to post succeeding chapters on his blog, so I hope you’ll follow along.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t already visit Dean’s site every day as part of your routine, and if you’re serious about your writing, please do so. The existence of this Journal (and by extension, my “Of Interest” section) is not guaranteed.

I probably won’t be back with another edition of this Journal unless and until I start writing fiction again.

Finally, in lieu of the “Of Interest” section, for an excellent article on scene structure, see “A Scene Template For New Writers” (don’t let the title throw you) at https://killzoneblog.com/2017/12/a-scene-template-for-new-writers.html.

IF YOU HAVEN’T established a habit of visiting the sites I mention regularly here, you can always find them in my Quick Links (left sidebar of my main website) and/or on the Writer Resources page on that site.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 600 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 600

Writing of “”

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXX (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… XXXX
Total fiction words for the year………… 453762
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1960
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 177513
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 631275

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, December 2

Hey Folks,

I didn’t plan to post again this soon. With my return feeling imminent, though, I figure what harm could it do.

A friend wrote to me privately. In his email, he mentioned the desk, said he’d like to see it and wondered whether maybe it has magic powers.

Actually, it might have. I thought I’d share my expanded response to him with you.

My Desk

As I mentioned yesterday, my desk is walnut, stained naturally in a warm medium brown. The finish on the leading edge of the large surface shows some wear, primarily in four places: where my forearms rest while I’m typing and where the previous owner’s elbows/forearms rested when he was writing longhand. More on that later.

The top of the desk, which is solid walnut and almost two inches thick, looks like the deck of an aircraft carrier. It’s five feet wide and almost three feet deep.

Originally, the desk had five drawers. Two were shallow lap drawers, each 18″ wide and 2″ top to bottom. They were also as deep as the desk.

The other three drawers are in a single pedestal down the right side. Each of those is 14″ wide and 5″ top to bottom. They also are as long as the desk is deep. So tons of storage.

It just occurred to me, in that way the desk is like a giant treasure box. (All boys, it seems, regardless of age, must have a treasure box. It’s similar to a woman’s hope chest, I suppose, but it relies on actualities and memories rather than possibilities.)

I loved the two wide, deep lap drawers, but when I cut 3″ off the legs to lower it to “computer desk” height, I had to remove the lap drawers and their support so I could get my legs under the desk. Sigh.

But if I hadn’t done that, the desk would be too high, putting my arms at an awkward angle for typing. That can cause all sorts of problems.

I didn’t want to cut the desk down, and that’s why I first moved it out. Then recently I remembered it’s MY desk and I bought it so I could write novels on it. So any modifications are fine. Modifying it is better than having it sit in storage collecting dust.

I saw a stamp somewhere on the underside of the desk that identified it as having been built in the 1930s. If memory serves, according to the lady we bought it from, it was already a writer’s desk when her husband bought it, though the first writer’s name escapes me, if she even mentioned it.

Then her husband, a novelist, bought it. As I recall, that was in the early 1950s. He wrote several novels on it longhand. He also wrote tech manuals.

When he passed away, we attended the estate sale and bought the desk from his 92 (I think) year-old widow for $250.

When I told her I was a writer and novelist, she was very pleased and tears came to her eyes. “Then I know it’s going home,” she said.

So yes, it very probably is magic. 🙂

***

I probably won’t post for a few more days.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “A New Story…” at https://electricliterature.com/a-new-story-by-the-master-of-hardboiled-detective-fiction-1ff845e9479a.

Dean’s offering to be a first reader for other writers again. The upshot is, participants get him as a reader (with feedback) free and two online seminars besides. See https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/want-to-be-challenged-i-am-doing-it-again/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 580 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 580

Writing of “”

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXX (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… XXXX
Total fiction words for the year………… 453762
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1360
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 176913
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 630675

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, November 17

Hey Folks,

Topic: On Describing Setting

How much description in setting is “too much”?

Here’s a rule of thumb: If the description is something you, the author, are adding, it’s too much; you’ll bore the reader to death. If it’s the POV character’s opinion of the setting that he absorbed through his own physical senses, it will be just right and the reader will be hooked.

Every character (like every human) has a unique POV that is determined by his or her physical senses (including any limitations or enhancements of those senses) and filtered through his or her past experiences.

The physical senses provide the setting; the past experiences provide the opinion of the setting. Both are necessary.

Description of a setting is not offered as a laundry list of bland facts bereft of opinion. We don’t write, “The room was paneled in walnut. The floor was covered with a thick red carpet. The whole place smmelled of cherry pipe smoke.” (An author might bring that into a story.)

But if we give it to the POV character, he will give us his opinion of it. That’s what makes it interesting to the reader.

According to one POV character, the walls are panelled in a warm brown, welcoming wood. Unfortunately, the floor is covered in a god-awful bordello carpet and the place reeks with the filthy stench of smoke.

According to another, the heavy wooden walls make the room feel closed in, and the carpet looks like hungry flames licking up out of the floor. The only saving grace is the sweet scent of cherry pipe smoke wafting through the room.

And another would see (hear, smell) it entirely differently.

Can you have more than one POV character describe a single room? Of course. Everything depends on your story.

Just remember that any description of setting that is filtered through the POV character’s physical senses and delivered with his or her opinions is never too much.

And anything that you, the author, feel like you “should” add will probably be too much.

(If you cycle back through and the character notices something he/she didn’t notice before, feel free.)
***

Well, a couple of things….

1. I’m off the challenge. I just wasn’t feeling it. Really, I wasn’t feeling it from the beginning.

I probably won’t even publish the story I wrote yesterday. It wasn’t fun, and it wasn’t anything good. It was the result of a guy trying to force something, and that never turns out well.

Writing was fun for me right up until I stopped writing in the middle of a story back in July.

After that I wrote and published two more novels (The Implications in August and Loose Ends in September), but when I started the novel for October, I stopped writing it too.

I think maybe I need to go back to the one in July and either follow Heinlein’s Second Rule (Finish what you write) or throw it out completely, then move forward again from there.

I’ll at least go back and look at it with that in mind. Then as I move forward, I’ll look at some others I started and didn’t finish until I get back to the present. Same thing, either finish them or throw them out.

But I’m not going to do it under additional meaningless pressure. I’m doing a lot of other non-writing things just now as well, including a couple of copyedits, some family things, and so on.

So I’ll take care of those writing things as I’m moving through the other things.

2. In the meantime, it seems silly to keep publishing the Journal every day even when I’m not writing. So as of today, I’m letting it go for awhile. I hasten to add that I expect to be back.

When I come out of this on the other side, I’ll pick up publishing the Journal again, probably. But for now, as I said, it just seems silly.

After today, if I have something to convey that I believe you will find useful, you’ll get a copy of the Journal in your email.

But if you don’t, just know I’m fine. I’m just doing what I gotta do.

When I come back, I’ll be immersed in fiction writing again. Until then, thanks for hanging in there.

Of Interest

I suggest you check Dean’s place at http://deanwesleysmith.com each morning. It doesn’t really take more than a minute or two to determine whether the day’s entry is worthwhile.

I also recommend subscribing to Linda Maye Adams’ blog at https://lindamayeadams.com/.

Finally, I recommend you check the Writers’ Resources page on my website from time to time. I add links to it often. See http://harveystanbrough.com/writer-resources/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 780 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 780

Writing of “”

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXX (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 4320
Total fiction words for the year………… 453762
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7490
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 175553
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 629315

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 719 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

‘Til we meet again. Adiós.

The Journal, Thursday, November 16

Hey Folks,

Okay, so my challenge is a copycat of Dean’s current short-term effort.

UPDATE: Not a copycat, not quite. My short-term challenge is at least one short story per day for the rest of November. If I miss one day, my challenge is busted.

Dean’s challenge apparently was to write 20 short stories in the last 20 days of November. Not quite the same thing as having to write one per day. If he misses a day, he can simply make it up later. (See “Of Interest” below.)

In my case, I’m doing this primarily to jumpstart my writing again. I’ll write at least one short story every day for the rest of November, beginning today. So 15 short stories in 15 days.

I hope a good novel start comes from all of this too, but either way, it should be fun.

The big thing I gleaned from the short interview with Harlan Ellison yesterday was that we write to entertain ourselves. We don’t write for the audience, and we owe them nothing beyond the completed work. I kind of like that.
***

I was up at 3, but I did practically nothing of any importance until around quarter to 9. After that I put in a load of laundry.

Around 10 I moved to the writing ‘puter. By noon I’d finished “Mistaken Identity,” a story about a gunfight in an old west saloon.

At about 1:20 I have to head for Sierra Vista for an eye appointment. Hope I don’t cut my short stories this close anymore.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “The Importance of Rest” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/the-importance-of-rest/.

See “When Music You Wrote Becomes a Hate Speech Soundtrack,” not so much for the original post, but for The Passive Guy’s advice following the OP. It’s on copyright, and it’s excellent. See it at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/11/when-music-you-wrote-becomes-a-hate-speech-soundtrack/.

Fiction Words: 2082
Nonfiction Words: 290 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2372

Writing of “Mistaken Identity” (challenge story 1 of 15)

Day 1…… 2082 words. Total words to date…… 2082 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 4320
Total fiction words for the year………… 453762
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6710
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 174773
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 628535

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 718 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, November 15

Hey Folks,

I started the day (and this Journal) with a brief write-up about an interview with Andy Weir, best-selling author of The Martian and now Artemis.

Some of his responses in the interview put me in mind of the film Idiocracy. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend it. More of the world that’s conveyed in it becomes real every day.

But the write-up sounded curmudgeonly even to me, so I replaced it with this. Frankly, I thought the guy sounded like a moron, and I decided I probably don’t want to risk buying his books.

But you can decide for yourself. You can read his interview at https://www.space.com/38725-artemis-andy-weir-author-interview.html.
***

Well, it’s already a wonderful day. I took care of a few things in Sierra Vista, and then returned to Saint David to check my mail. There was a complete collection of back issues of the old Pulphouse Magazine (c. 1991 – 1995) waiting for me. I am in Hebben.
***

I still haven’t hit on anything for a new challenge yet.

Dean’s current “little” challenge is to write a short story every day for what remained (at the time) of November. He started on November 11, so that would be 20 stories in 20 days.

I’ve decided to jump into that just for the heck of it. I’ll write a short story every day for the rest of November. Should be a piece of cake. After all, I don’t have near as much going on as Dean does. So 15 stories in 15 days. If I’m having fun at the end of that time, I’ll just keep going with it.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Not a lot out there on the Web today. If you’re interested in Dean’s progress on his story-a-day goal, you might stop by and check his second close call in as many days.

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

Writing of ()

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 2238
Total fiction words for the year………… 451680
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6420
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 174483
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 626163

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 717 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, November 14

Hey Folks,

Well, again today I’m not going to publish my upcoming challenge. Frankly, I’m not certain yet what form it will take.

For the new folks who’ve recently joined us here on the Journal, welcome. To bring you up to speed, I’ve been a very prolific writer (by most standards) but have experienced something of a slump off and on for the past few months.

This morning, like a jolt of electricity, I realized the reason for the slump. More on that in a bit.

The last story I finished was a novel titled Loose Ends. That was in September. I published it on October 12, after my first reader had a go at it. But I have to tell you, it seems as if it were a year ago.

At times like this, I look back at numbers. They don’t always show what I’d like to see, but they don’t lie. And my spreadsheet tells me I’ve had a far less-than-productive year.

My fiction production started out well with a 92,000-word January. That fell off to a still somewhat respectable 59,000 words in February and 56,000 in March.

It dropped to 39,000 in April, and enjoyed a slight resurgence to 45,000 in both May and June.

But from there it took a nosedive to 25,000 words in July (that’s also when my seeming slump started), then to 16,000 in August before surging back up to 54,000 in September. Much of that was the novel Loose Ends.

But in October my engine stalled again and my production dropped to 15,000 words of fiction. Thus far in November, I’ve written hardly any fiction.

Somehow, in the midst all of that, I managed to eke out 7 novels, 2 novellas and several short stories in over 451,000 words.

Still, I feel like a slacker. Ugh. And worst of all, I haven’t been able to figure out what’s going on. Well, as I mentioned earlier, until now.

This morning, while searching for a particular blog post for a friend over on my main website, I came across a post titled “Epiphany.”

I took a moment to read it and realized exactly what went wrong: I fell off Heinlein’s Rules. Or more to the point, I allowed conscious-mind garbage to shove me off Heinlein’s Rules.

It happened in the midst of a story I was writing back in July. I’ve been struggling ever since.

Now I’ve long considered myself an “adherent” of Heinlein’s Rules. They really are simple, but incredibly difficult to follow.

The first rule is, “You must write.” The second is, “You must finish what you write.” See? Simple to say. Not so easy to do.

If there were a Rule 6 to Heinlein’s Rules, I suspect it would be “If you attempt to follow these Rules, you WILL occasionally fall off.” What’s worse, when you do fall off, it takes awhile to realize it. In the meantime, a kind of mental paralysis sets in.

If you don’t have a copy of Heinlein’s Rules, you can get an annotated copy free at http://harveystanbrough.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Heinleins-Business-Habits-Annotated.pdf.

I’m not coming back just yet. I have some other things to do. But now that I know what’s going on, I’ll be back to fiction writing soon. And I’m able to breathe again.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

PLEASE read “Important. And Pass It On” at http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2006/10/important-and-pass-it-on.html.

If you like, see “Epiphany” over at http://harveystanbrough.com/pro-writers/epiphany/.

See “Story Four a Slight Miracle” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/story-four-a-slight-miracle/. Interesting.

Well, here you go. In a continuation of yesterday’s topic (and via The Digital Reader), see “Author Blogging 103: Guest Blogging, or How to Write for Exposure” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/11/13/author-blogging-103-guest-blogging-write-exposure/.

Note: For some reason Nate added, “You can find links to several good posts in the comments of this blog,” but I saw only two comments on that particular post and neither of them contained a link. So I’m not sure what he was talking about there.

Anyway, for those of you who pursue “writing for exposure,” best of luck. Frankly, beyond what I already do, I’d rather just spend the time writing fiction.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 690 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 690

Writing of ()

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 2238
Total fiction words for the year………… 451680
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6120
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 174183
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 625863

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 716 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, November 12

Hey Folks,

Well, the last day of the visit of two of my sons, their wives, and five grandchildren (3 knights-in-training, 2 warrior princesses). It’s been something akin to exhausting, but also great fun watching the cousins run and romp and play together.

On the adult side, we’ve all shared good visits, mixing and matching and drifting among each other.

Today will be a day of final visits and hasta-la-laters, then laundry etc. to move back toward a semblance of normalcy. For what’s left of the day, I’ll watch Casablanca for the billionth time (and enjoy it).

Tomorrow, my life as a fiction writer resumes. Finally. (grin) I hope to announce a new challenge, one that actually interests me. I still have a few details to work out so that it’s interesting, easy to follow and of practical use.

See you then.

Of Interest

Dean continues on his challenge with “Day Two: Still Flying” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/day-two-still-flying/.

Via The Passive Voice, see “Oliver Sacks on the Three Essential Elements of Creativity” at https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/11/09/oliver-sacks-the-river-of-consciousness-the-creative-self/.

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……… 2238
Total fiction words for the year………… 451680
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4550
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 172613
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 624293

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 714 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, November 11

Hey Folks,

To all the veterans out there and the spouses who support them, I hope you have an enjoyable and thoughtful Veterans Day. Or as we in the Marine Corps call it, Hangover Day. (grin)

I’ll be back with regular, longer posts beginning on Monday, so thanks for hanging in there with me.

It’s been something around 3 years since I started this, and most of you have been here from the beginning.

Then I broke the streak (not sure how long it even was) and started again almost two years ago. In 16 more days, this blog will have posted every day for two years without missing.

Of course, DWS has gone around 1400 days without missing. (I checked his blog yesterday, but didn’t find the running total he used to post.)

But other than his and mine, are there any other daily blog posts out there about writing? Just curious.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Please see “The Voice of Women Veterans” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2017/11/11/the-voice-of-women-veterans/.

See “Off the Ground and Flying” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/off-the-ground-and-flying/. (For the really interesting stuff, scroll down to “Short Story Challenge.”)

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

Writing of ()

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 2238
Total fiction words for the year………… 451680
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4390
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 172453
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 624133

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 713 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, November 10

Hey Folks,

This is mostly a placeholder post, but with some good stuff in “Of Interest.”

It’s early morning and cold (well, chilly at 40°). Let the ladies outside for awhile since they’ll spend most of my sons’ visit hiding under the bed.

Anyway, posts for today, tomorrow and Sunday probably will be pretty sparse. Thanks for hanging in there.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

I’ve been remiss recently in posting items of interest from James Scott Bell. See “Be Productive, Persistent, and Professional” at https://killzoneblog.com/2017/11/be-productive-persistent-and-professional.html.

I also recommend “What is Originality?” at https://killzoneblog.com/2017/10/what-is-originality.html.

See “Adventures Around The Web November 4-10, 2017” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2017/11/10/adventures-around-the-web-november-4-10-2017/.

See “Starting Challenge Tomorrow” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/starting-challenge-tomorrow/.

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

Writing of ()

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 2238
Total fiction words for the year………… 451680
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4190
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 172253
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 623933

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 712 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, November 9

Hey Folks,

Tomorrow marks the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy Birthday and Semper Fi to any Marines out there.

Sometime tomorrow, I’ll get off by myself and drink a toast (probably a shot of Beam Devil’s Cut) to those brothers and sisters who are no longer with us.

To those who are still around,

May your days be vibrant,
your evenings calm,
your heart safe and warm at home.
Semper Fi
***

The air is damp and chilly this morning. Probably around 40-some degrees, but damp so it feels colder. We got 3/10ths of an inch of rain night before last, and then were socked in with heavy, San Francisco type fog for a few hours yesterday morning.

I prefer the damper air. It’s very good for breathing, at least in my case.
***

Not much going on today. Mostly just prepping for the visit with two of our sons and their families.

Otherwise I’m reading and periodically checking online for items that might be of interest.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

DWS is offering a great deal. See “Holiday Offer for Workshops” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/holiday-offer-for-workshops/.

Via The Passive Voice, see “The People in Your Office” at http://kriswrites.com/2017/11/08/business-musings-the-people-in-your-office/.

Because I have a friend who was slandered (and maybe libeled, I don’t remember), see “Taylor Swift is Threatening to Sue a Blog for Calling Her a White Supremacist” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/11/taylor-swift-is-threatening-to-sue-a-blog-for-calling-her-a-white-supremacist/.

I wasn’t surprised, frankly, to see the ACLU standing up against Ms. Swift given their severe lean to the left side of the political spectrum. They tend to be all about the Constitution when they can use it to pummel someone on the Right.

But I was somewhat surprised to see TPG’s comment and those of a few others. I suppose, now, we can say (or publish) whatever we want about whomever we want and are protected by the first amendment. Just like that, libel and slander are protected speech. Huh. Who knew?

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Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182