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?)
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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, 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/.
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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, 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, Sunday, 10/8

Hey Folks,

Not a lot to see here today. I thought I might return to the story today, but I’m not going to.
It’s been a tiring and emotional day, just family stuff. Two big-deal (to me) baseball games coming on, so I’m gonna watch those.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See Dean’s “Anthology Workshop Surprise” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/anthology-workshop-surprise/. If you write short fiction, you could potentially earn enough from sales to editors at this workshop to make back your investment. Just sayin’.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 100 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 100

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 11282
Total fiction words for the year………… 445428
Total nonfiction words for the month… 5350
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 158033
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 603461

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 679 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, 10/6

Hey Folks,

Well, another long post, but one I think you’ll find is worth it.

First, while searching for something else, I ran across an article titled “Master of Magic Realism Harvey Stanbrough is Offering a Free Short from His Collection of Cantina Tales.”

You can see the brief article at https://davidjrodger.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/master-of-magic-realism-harvey-stanbrough-is-offering-a-free-short-from-his-collection-of-cantina-tales/.

I remembered I had left a ‘thank you’ note in a comment below the article. I never received a reply or a follow-up comment.

This morning I clicked the home page of that WordPress.com site, and I learned that David J. Rodger passed away the same day that post about me went public.

I had never heard of David before he was kind enough to mention me in his blog.

I haven’t read any of his work, but I intend to order some today. To read a bit more about David J. Rodger and his books yourself, please check his main website at http://www.davidjrodger.com/.

Guest Topic: Pricing in 2017

The following is excerpted from Dean Wesley Smith’s blog post this morning. You can read the full article at the link in the “Of Interest” section below.

Electronic Pricing… Novels

Genre matters. Range from $3.99 to $6.99, with romance being on the lower side, mystery on the upper side.

Length does not seem to matter at all.

All the studies have shown that you get above $6.99 and you start hitting price resistance for electronic books unless the book is something really special.

You go below $3.99 and you leave yourself no room for discounting or short-term sales.

You get down into the 99 cent area and you are in a trash ghetto.

And yes, I do know about the stupidity of ever-free. Just say no.

[….]

Electronic Pricing… Short Stories

[….]

A general rule of thumb of short fiction… Genre does not matter. Length does matter. Exactly opposite of novels.

Under 3,000 words, 99 cents or $1.99. I would favor the $1.99 to stay out of the trash pile.

Over 3,000 words, $2.99. (I know some writers who are doing $3.99 and making fine money on short fiction, but I like the $2.99 as a good balance.) [Editor’s Note: The $2.99 or higher price point also gets you a 70% royalty at Amazon too, vs. 35%.]

Over 10,000 words, $3.99 and above 20,000 words price it as a novel in the genre and call it a short novel. [….]

Paper Pricing… Novels

The old general rule of $2.00 profit in extended distribution in CreateSpace has become meaningless. [Editor’s note: If you remember, I mentioned this extended distribution only a day or two ago. Ignore what I said, and go with this instead.] Get your price down as much as you can. Under $10 is the best for trade paper. $12.99 is fine as well. Above that you hit resistance unless the book is longer.

Length not only matters, it causes [your cost] to go up. You have no choice, but try to keep the [price] down as low as possible.

[B]ookstore distribution [is] a folly in 2017 because as Author Earnings have reported, almost 80% of paper books are sold online these days.

[….]

Keep the price low as possible, especially in romance. Very price conscious group.

Paper Pricing… Short Stories

Yes, why not do a paper edition of your stand-alone short story? It’s free to do, easy with Vellum to lay out, and makes your $2.99 electronic price look pretty good with the $4.99 paper there linked. [….]

Audio Pricing

Not getting anywhere near audio. You are on your own. But do realize there are new players on the field in audio. Go slow and learn them and give them a chance to grow some.

That’s it.

2017 sure has made things a ton easier. The drive of pricing to hit the bottom leveled out a few years ago and now we are stable.

And if we indies keep our prices in those ranges, it makes those traditional electronic prices look downright stupid. And more readers will go to indie books.
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A couple of quick, related things — In the original post, Dean talks about using IngramSpark to try to get Ingram to list your book IF you follow his advice and don’t go with Extended Distribution at CreateSpace (so you can keep your price low).

So One, I guess IngramSpark is a thing and that it’s part of Ingram. I stand corrected (and surprised).

Two, if you DO still go with Extended Distribution (and the required higher price) at CreateSpace, your book will be offered in many more stores than “just Amazon.”

Most of my sales are in ebooks and most come through Amazon.

Now, you might think I’d visit CreateSpace later today to lower the prices on all of my paper novels.

Nope. I’m gonna leave them right where they are and in Extended Distribution.

So will my books be overpriced, even for trade paperbacks?

Sure. But price also goes to perceived value, and mostly I publish in paper only so readers will see the price comparison between paper and ebook when they look up my books.

In other words, I use paper only to drive the purchase of ebooks. I think I’ll continue in that vein.
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I found Dean’s thought on pricing longer fiction very interesting, that genre, not length, is what matters. I have a question in to him via email.

After I hear back from him, I’ll post my own new pricing guidelines in case you might find them of interest.

UPDATE: Dean responded, and he said pretty much what I expected. I’ll post my new personal pricing guidelines as a topic in a day or three.
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Today will be a light writing day probably. My son and his family are coming to visit for the weekend, so I have preparations to make. Grocery, laundry, stuff like that.

Finally back from doing chores just before noon. Now to the novel for a little while. There are also division baseball games on today, so… (grin). But I’d like to advance the novel a bit before I go to that for the day.

Okay. I got the story back on track. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

See you then.

Of Interest

See “Pricing Silliness and a Learning Lesson” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/pricing-silliness-and-a-learning-lesson/.

From The Digital Reader, see “Author Website Checklist” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/10/05/author-website-checklist-2/.

Fiction Words: 1407
Nonfiction Words: 1000 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2407

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 11282
Total fiction words for the year………… 445428
Total nonfiction words for the month… 5090
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 157773
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 603201

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 677 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, 10/4

Hey Folks,

Well, this is a long post.

Awhile back, Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader mentioned that soon Google will begin prioritizing sites (in search results) that are secure (https vs. http). As a result, I was going to spend part of the day today converting my main website over to https.

But the more I read, the more I suspect SSL is primarily a necessity for monetized sites, which mine is not. Everything on the site itself is free, and anything that can be ordered goes through a secure site elsewhere: Amazon, B&N, PayPal, etc.

The cost involved in installing SSL myself isn’t all that great, but it’s a seemingly involved process that would take a professional web designer two to three hours. So it would probably take me three to four hours.

Then there’s the fact that my site still hasn’t migrated from my web host (ehost) to the new host (JustHost), to which ehost sold out. Therefore an SSL certificate is not currently available to me, so I can put off this process for awhile.

So the reason I wrote all of that: Does anyone out there have knowledge of SSL and converting a site from http to https? If so, please email me.

Topic: Print (Paper) Books (a word to the wise)

If it’s important to you to put your books out in paper, you have to do so via POD (print on demand) unless you are extremely well-heeled and can afford to send an order (10,000 books or so) to an offset printer.

My choice for POD is CreateSpace. Always has been, always will be. Yes, it’s an Amazon company. I don’t care.

I pay a designer, Kat MaGee at https://daringcreativedesigns.com/ to turn my covers into paper covers and to design the interior layout of my paper books. It costs me $100 per book. It’s an investment, and it’s my only cost. CreateSpace costs nothing. In fact, Kat even uploads them to my CS account for me.

Awhile back, a friend told me he’d heard a speaker say “in public” that books published through CreateSpace are not available at Barnes & Noble and other brick and mortar stores. My poor BS Detector almost exploded.

That is a bald-faced lie. So if you hear that, disregard it.

To make your CreateSpace books available for order by brick and mortar stores, you have only to select Expanded Distribution on CreateSpace. You should also set the price so that you earn at least a $2.00 royalty. (Yeah, that’s a measly two dollars. Not a typo.)

The price will seem high to you, but that’s because you devalue your own work and you’re comparing trade paperbacks (your books) to mass produced mass-market paperbacks.

You can set your price too low, then order a trunkload and sell them yourself, but then you aren’t concerned about whether they’re in B&N anyway. So why not set the price to get Extended Distribution and then sell the ones in your trunk at a “substantial discount” (or not)?

Anyway, that speaker also recommended a printer called Ingram-Spark. That tells me she has an iron in the fire. A dog in the hunt. Maybe stock options. Hey, she might even own the place.

At any rate, Ingram-Spark is NOT affiliated with Ingram, the distributor, and shame on them for leaching off the Ingram name. I have a feeling it’s just another scam aimed at writers.

Now, Ingram (the distributor) DOES have a printer in its family. The name of that printer is Lightning Source.

Lightning Source does pretty much the same thing CreateSpace does, but they charge a fee. CreateSpace does not. (CS does have paid services of which you can avail yourself, but there’s no reason to.)

So if you want to publish your books to paper, I strongly recommend using CreateSpace. If you want to pay money to have your books published to paper, use Lightning Source.

CreateSpace puts out an excellent product. In my case, I publish to paper only so shoppers at Amazon, B&N, etc. can see and compare the print price with the ebook price. In other words, I use print books to drive ebook sales.

This sort of thing really annoys me. When someone sets herself up as an authority figure and then delivers intentionally misleading information, it makes me wanna chew wheels and spit nails.

If I ever attend an event where she says that in public, you can bet I will call her on it. Also in public.

A Brief Factoid

To earn only $1,000,000 (ONE million dollars) in a single year, you would have to work 365 days, 16 hours per day (that 5840 hours). And you would have to earn $171.23 per hour.

Think about that the next time you hear a professional baseball player gripe about the “long season” or the next time you see an NFL or NBA player disrespect the very nation that enables them to be so rich.

(And we can’t really cite “Freedom of Speech” because they aren’t allowed to speak their mind on myriad other topics.)
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Re my WIP, I don’t have the patience I used to have. My strongest urge is to simply drop it and move on to something else.

But I really like the main character.

So this morning I’m going to review some notes, then read over the WIP from the beginning and try to discern where it took a wrong turn into a dead end.

My main problem is that I’m not trusting the process. Been there before. I’m allowing things I’ve learned recently (conscious mind) to leach into the writing so that I’m watching for those things (again, conscious mind) and allowing the story to grind to a halt as I add them.

So there y’go. Again I find myself wanting to get back to the basics of writing. Writing a story like this is so much fun that grinding to a halt is really annoying.

So that will be today. It’s currently 6:15 a.m. We’ll see how the day turns out.
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Well, by 10 (while doing several other things) I went back through some of the videos of a recent workshop and even added to my notes, then went over the more pertinent notes.

I also wrote a topic for tomorrow (I’ll count those words tomorrow) and mentioned I’m going to switch back over to my dedicated writing computer and why.

I made the switch today, then had to wait for Dropbox to sync about a b’jillion files. Now it’s almost 1 p.m. and I’m just about to begin reading over my WIP to see where it slipped off the deep end.

Oh wow. I found the problem. Major, major critical mind stuff. So I’m cutting a lot. And I don’t really care. I’m just glad I was able to save this WIP and especially this character. (grin)

I’m also writing a little, but I doubt the new stuff will add up to more than a few hundred words. It’ll take a couple more hours to finish going over this, and that’s about all the time I have left in the day.

Okay, so officially I’m calling today a nonwriting day. I’ll include any new writing with tomorrow’s count.

UPDATE: I wrote a lot more than I thought I would, considering. I’ve amended the totals below. (grin)

See you then.

Of Interest

To stir thought, see “What’s the Best Way…?” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/10/03/whats-best-way-create-distraction-free-writing-environment/.

See “Found: A Lost Dictionary of Slang…” at http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/anthony-burgess-slang-dictionary. I started a dictionary myself years ago and have added to it ever since, one akin to Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary.

From Space.com, see “Best Space Books and Sci-Fi” at https://www.space.com/28973-best-space-books.html. They have five separate lists, including one of the best SF. I’m not on it. Oh darn. (grin) But the four nonfiction lists look pretty good. I added four new links to my website that begin with “Books” under Writers’ Resources.

Two of Dean’s posts made the cut today. See “Novel Structure Workshop Announced” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-structure-workshop-announced/ and “One Time Science Fiction Cover Branding Workshop” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/one-time-science-fiction-cover-branding-workshop/.

Fiction Words: 1840
Nonfiction Words: 1320 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1320

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 8682
Total fiction words for the year………… 442828
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2980
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 155663
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 598491

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 675 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, 10/3

Hey Folks,

Rolled out on time this morning and went through my usual routine, albeit in 47 degree weather. It wouldn’t be bad, but there was a light breeze. Brrr.

For my first sojourn outside this morning I was in sweatpants, a long-sleeved thermal shirt, and a thick, hooded zip-up sweat shirt. (grin) It wasn’t pretty, but it was dark, so….

And to think when I was living in Indiana I was running around outside without even a t-shirt on in 30 degree weather. Of course, I was wearing pants ’cause the cops get picky over stuff like that.

After making my rounds of the Internet, I read what I’ve written on the WIP thus far to my wife. She liked it, but then, that’s part of her job. (grin)

I wrote for awhile, then broke away and wrote a blog post for the big blog. It will go live Friday. It’s part of the expansion of the main site from a Writers’ Resource to a Writer’s Resource AND a Writer’s Website.

Back to the novel at around 10:30.

Well, I hit a glitch. I won’t talk about it here because I don’t think doing so would help anyone else, but I’m temporarily stalled in the novel.

Way too early in the story for nonsense like this. I’m not worried about it, not to the point of fretting or anything. I have nine novels on the year, and I don’t doubt that before the end of October I’ll have 10 or 11.

But for the rest of today, I need to just forget about it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See Dean’s “Working On Pricing Post” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/working-on-pricing-post/.

Fiction Words: 1370
Nonfiction Words: 890 (280 Journal, 610 main blog)
So total words for the day: 2260

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 6842
Total fiction words for the year………… 440988
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1660
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 154343
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 5953311

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 674 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, 9/28

Hey Folks,

Well, I can recommend about 2/3 of James Scott Bell’s book on “dazzling dialogue.” I picked up a couple of things from it. If you buy it, I strongly recommend you don’t read the section on punctuation.

Sorry to have to say, but the guy has no idea what he’s talking about in that regard. None. Much of what he writes in the last segment of that book (from the bit on punctuation to the end) is actually harmful.

The section rekindled within me the desire to update Punctuation for Writers and publish a new edition. I’ll be doing that soon.

I can’t and don’t recommend his book on “Voice.” It might work (by which I mean, make sense) for some, but not for me in any way. It left me a little disappointed, frankly.

I hope the marketing book will be more helpful.
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Rolled out around 3, spent some time reading and some time on the Internet. Then I worked on my website a bit. I moved “Short Fiction” under “Books” in the menu and created a dedicated page for bundles I’m currently in.

I still want to add descriptions to that page, but otherwise I’m pleased with the result. It’s a step toward a writer’s website rather than an instructor’s website. (grin)

Finally got the page updated and finalized a little before 9.

I started writing a little after 10 and finished the last two chapters right at noon. This one’s finished.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “Pulphouse Kickstarter is Live” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/pulphouse-kickstarter-is-live/.

Just incredible. See “It’s Official: Russia And The US Will Work Together on The First-Ever Moon Station” at http://www.sciencealert.com/russia-and-the-us-are-going-to-space-together-again.

And for any horror writers out there, “This Newly Discovered Giant Rat Species” at http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-discovered-a-new-species-of-giant-rat-and-it-s-so-cool.

Fiction Words: 1559
Nonfiction Words: 300 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1859

Writing of Loose Ends (novel)

Day 1 – 15……………………… Total words to date…… 34735
Day 16… 1146 words. Total words to date…… 35881
Day 17… 1102 words. Total words to date…… 36983
Day 18… 3723 words. Total words to date…… 40706
Day 19… 1650 words. Total words to date…… 42356
Day 20… 1422 words. Total words to date…… 43778
Day 21… 2108 words. Total words to date…… 45886
Day 22… 1554 words. Total words to date…… 47445 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 54526
Total fiction words for the year………… 434146
Total nonfiction words for the month… 15243
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 151643
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 585789

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 669 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, 9/24

Hey Folks,

Rolled out on time this morning, spent some time waking up, then hammered out around 1500 words by about 7:30. Some time off for family stuff now, and back to the novel later in the day.

Around 10, back to the novel.

Another break around 11, then some baseball and back to the novel. Turned out to be a pretty good day, especially for a Sunday.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

More comments on Dean’s Sacred Cows post at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/killing-the-sacred-cows-of-publishing-beta-readers-help-you/#comments. To see the new stuff, scroll down to K. Vale Nagle.

Via The Passive Voice, see “7 Free Online Tools for Writers and Authors” at http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2017/7-free-online-tools-for-writers-and-authors/. (I haven’t checked this personally yet.)

Fiction Words: 3723
Nonfiction Words: 120 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3843

Writing of Loose Ends (novel, working title)

Day 1 – 15……………………… Total words to date…… 34735
Day 16… 1146 words. Total words to date…… 35881
Day 17… 1102 words. Total words to date…… 36983
Day 18… 3723 words. Total words to date…… 40706

Total fiction words for the month……… 47787
Total fiction words for the year………… 427407
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13633
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 150033
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 577440

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 665 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 8
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Saturday, 9/23

Hey Folks,

Rolled out a little late this morning even though I went to bed on time. Catching up, I guess.

I actually wrote a little on the novel (after breakfast the usual early morning wandering around the Internet), but my wife’s ready to head for SV soon, so it’s a shower and a shave and be back in a bit.

Well, “a bit” turned into about five hours. Then Internet to square away a botched order, etc. Finally back to the novel at 1:40.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

I recommend reading the comments on “Beta Readers” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/killing-the-sacred-cows-of-publishing-beta-readers-help-you/#comments/.

And do see “Well, That Was Fun” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/well-that-was-fun/. It’s a very short continuation of yesterday’s post.

For any SF writers out or would-be moon colonists out there, see “What is Space 4.0?” at http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Ministerial_Council_2016/What_is_space_4.0. Tons of interesting links there too.

And via The Passive Voice, see “Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain” (grin) at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/09/starting-your-day-on-the-internet-is-damaging-your-brain/. You can click through but The Passive Guy’s take on the article is excellent. NOTE: I DID find this interesting enough to consider altering my early morning ritual. If you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Also via TPV, see “Danielle Steel’s Desk Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen” at https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/09/danielle-steels-desk-is-unlike-anything-youve-ever-seen.

Fiction Words: 1102
Nonfiction Words: 220 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1322

Writing of Loose Ends (novel, working title)

Day 1 – 15……………………… Total words to date…… 34735
Day 16… 1146 words. Total words to date…… 35881
Day 17… 1102 words. Total words to date…… 36983

Total fiction words for the month……… 44064
Total fiction words for the year………… 423684
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13513
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 149913
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 573597

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 664 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 8
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182