The Journal, Friday, January 19

Hey Folks,

Well, the ending of The Origin Novel snuck up on me this morning. I figured it would be at least a few more days, but I turned a corner and there it was.

It’s now titled The Keeper of the Promise, with The Origin Novel as the subtitle.

As you know, much of the process on this one was me cycling back through stuff I’d already written. I started with five short stories. When the dust cleared, I had cut two complete short stories that didn’t figure into the novel (or did so only peripherally) plus about another 3,000 words.

Then I added another 33000 new words to round the story out into a novel.

Now, unlike my usual process, I’m going to sit on this one for a few days, then read over it again to make sure it all flows. (Because of all the stitching together.) I might add or cut another few words here and there, but for the main, it’s finished.

This was an interesting exercise, but not one I’d like to repeat in the future. (grin)

Anyway, I already have an idea in mind for the next novel with all-new characters. But for the rest of today, I have household chores to catch up on, and then some reading.

With any luck, I’ll be back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing today that I could find, but I do encourage you to visit The Killzone Blog at https://killzoneblog.com/ and Jordan Dane’s website at http://jordandane.com/.

Fiction Words: 1042
Nonfiction Words: 250 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1292

Writing of The Keeper of the Promise: The Origin Novel

BF…………… 32658 words.
Day 11… 1358 words. Total words to date…… 58305
Day 12… 2840 words. Total words to date…… 61145
Day 13… 2615 words. Total words to date…… 63760
Day 14… 1857 words. Total words to date…… 65617
Day 15… 1042 words. Total words to date…… 66659 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 37703
Total fiction words for the year………… 37703
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6870
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 6870
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 44573

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, January 18

Hey Folks,

Be sure to hit the “Of Interest” section below. There’s a lot there. It will seem overwhelming, but I read all of the info there in less than an hour. Either way, you don’t want to miss it.

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Well, the water heater started leaking last night. One of those times I’m glad I’m renting instead of buying. The owners know us well and trust us, so we do pretty much anything we want to the house and the property, but when big expenses come up (like replacing a water heater) that’s on them. It’s all good.

I moved out to the Hovel a little early this morning at 5. I put down about 600 words then headed back up to the house to shower and spend some time with my wife before she heads off to work.

Still chilly here, in the low 20s overnight and with around 60 for a high, with a cold north wind that feels like it’s blowing off a block of ice. I count my blessings though, that I’m here and not on the icy plains or in the refrigerator of the midwest.

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Well, kind of a slow day for writing. I got one more good session, then helped the landlord install the new water heater, then ran back out to hammer away a little more. Not the day I’d hoped for, but I’ll take it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

For a much more in-depth explanation of Dean’s new coast workshop see “I Wasn’t Clear” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/i-wasnt-clear/.

See James Scott Bell’s “What’s the Deal on Dreams in Fiction?” at https://killzoneblog.com/author/jimbell.

See John Gilstrap’s “Internal Monologue” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/01/internal-monologue.html. I especially like this one because he talks in some detail about italicizing unspoken thought.

Then see Jordan Dane’s “5 Key Ways to Balance Internal Monologue with Pitfalls to Avoid” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/01/16773.html.

Finally (for The Kill Zone blog) see PJ Parrish’s “The Agony and Ecstasy of Starting Over” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/01/the-agony-and-ecstasy-of-starting-over.html.

See “How To Brief A Cover Designer” at https://kobowritinglife.com/2018/01/16/how-to-brief-a-cover-designer/.

As a resource, see the list of “The Book Designer” article categories at https://www.thebookdesigner.com/articles/.

And strictly for nostalgia, see “Goin’ by Fats’ House” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/01/goin-by-fats-house.html.

Fiction Words: 1857
Nonfiction Words: 360 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2217

Writing of The Origin Novel (working title)

BF…………… 32658 words.
Day 1…… 2689 words. Total words to date…… 35347
Day 2…… 2636 words. Total words to date…… 37983
Day 3…… 3189 words. Total words to date…… 41172
Day 4…… 2525 words. Total words to date…… 43697
Day 5…… 2609 words. Total words to date…… 46306
Day 6…… 2455 words. Total words to date…… 48761
Day 7…… 1341 words. Total words to date…… 50102
Day 8…… 2354 words. Total words to date…… 52456
Day 9…… 1194 words. Total words to date…… 53650
Day 10… 3297 words. Total words to date…… 56947
Day 11… 1358 words. Total words to date…… 58305
Day 12… 2840 words. Total words to date…… 61145
Day 13… 2615 words. Total words to date…… 63760
Day 14… 1857 words. Total words to date…… 65617

Total fiction words for the month……… 36661
Total fiction words for the year………… 36661
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6620
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 6620
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 43281

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 0
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182