The Journal, Tuesday, 8/1

Hey Folks,

Well, five are signed up for the writing intensive now. Three slots left, and one more would-be attendee is thinking about it.

Today I’ll endeavor to finish my July novel. (grin) Whenever I finish, I’ll have 8 novels or novellas at the beginning of the 8th month of the year.

With my annual goal of 15 novels or novellas on the year, I’m going to plan to write two novels per month for August, September and October. Absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be able to do that.

During August also I’m prepping for and teaching the intensive, and I’ll begin another online workshop with Dean to keep advancing my own skills. All in all, wow do I ever love this life.

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Today, and Writing

I started writing (inside) at about 8:45. By 9 I realized the last chapter I wrote yesterday was a false ending. And it was actually longer than the last chapter I wrote today. (grin) Go figure.

I ditched it.

I sat back for a minute, then put my fingers on the keyboard again. A little less than an hour later, I’d written 1118 words and the thing was done. And it’s tight.

I’ll take a break now, then start the next one.

Started writing again around noon. All I had was a mental image of two guys in a military truck in a foreign country in a driving rain watching something. The driver wanted to be there. The passenger did not.

A little over 1100 words in the first hour. Then I wanted a cigar so I packed up and headed for the Hovel. Turned on the swamp cooler out there, lit a cigar and hammered out another thousand words.

Then the squirrels who live in the wood and junk pile just outside the door of the Hovel started sounding off with a bark that sounds like birdsong.

I got up and went outside. I said, “Little Bit, are you out here?”

She came walking out from under the travel trailer we use as a spare bedroom. So now I have cat-alarm squirrels.

I packed up and headed back to the house.

At 2:50, I returned to the story.

I wrote ’til around 3:30, then called it. Good day.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Read Dean’s “Novel Four: Finished. Challenge Made!” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-finished-challenge-made/. Be sure to read the bold face stuff too below the post. That starts with “Total for Challenge.”

Via The Passive Voice, see “The Power of the Unlikeable Protagonist” at http://writerunboxed.com/2017/07/01/the-power-of-the-unlikeable-protagonist/.

Fiction Words: 3856
Nonfiction Words: 460 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4316

Writing of A Kindness (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2738 words. Total words to date…… 2738

Writing of The Implications (formerly tentatively titled Graham’s Road)
362978
Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928
Day 13… 4125 words. Total words to date…… 29053
Day 14… 1118 words. Total words to date…… 30171 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 3856
Total fiction words for the year………… 366834
Total nonfiction words for the month… 460
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119570
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 486404

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 614 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Tuesday, 7/18

Hey Folks,

If you aren’t distributing through Draft2Digital.com (D2D) yet, here’s another reason to do so.

I received an email this morning saying D2D has partnered with Findaway Voices to provide audio books starting, actually, today.

To read about this innovation, visit https://draft2digital.com/blog/d2d-partners-with-findaway-voices-to-provide-an-alternative-to-acx-starting-7182017/.

Of special note, if you use Findaway Voices via D2D, the former even waives their normal $49 admin fee. Worth checking out. Best of all, it gives readers one more way to find your work, and it gives you one more trickling stream of income.

Today, and Writing

I did little or nothing but reading and researching the stuff in “of Interest” below during the first few hours of the day.

I did get a pretty decent photo of the thumbnail moon early this morning and post it to Facebook. You can see that on my page at https://www.facebook.com/harvey.stanbrough/. Worth the effort if you like pictures of Miss Luna.

Went to the grocery at around 7. Then back to check Facebook, email, etc. Mowed part of the yard (the tall part) and didn’t get to the Hovel until after noon.

Man, this story is teaching me what Dean means when he says a novel is “twisted.” Whew!

A pretty good day of writing, though I didn’t hit my daily goal. Just got started too late. But I’ll take it.

Of Interest

Via The Digital Reader, see “Neo: A Word Processor for Authors” at http://www.hughhowey.com/neo-a-word-processor-for-authors/. Even though Neo is a dream for now, there are some gems in the article and in the comments.

If you’re looking for a distraction-free text editor, check out “7 Distraction-Free Writing Environments for Authors” at https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2011/07/7-distraction-free-writing-environments-for-authors/.

For those of you with WordPress websites, also via The Digital Reader, see “Four things I learned at WordCamp DC” at http://valiantchickendigital.com/blog/four-things-learned-wordcamp-dc/.

See Dean’s “Novel Three: Day One” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-three-day-one/.

I haven’t fully understood it yet, but take a look at “Digital marketing scales…” from Mike Shatzkin via The Passive Voice at http://www.idealog.com/blog/digital-marketing-scales-create-new-opportunities-capable-publishers/.

Fiction Words: 2675
Nonfiction Words: 320 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2995

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757

Total fiction words for the month……… 10575
Total fiction words for the year………… 348532
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7530
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 115360
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 463892

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 600 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)……………………………… 179