The Journal, Tuesday, February 13

Hey Folks,

Not sure what’s going on in my head currently. I have to slow down, I know that much. Probably today I’ll try to finish getting StoneThread Publishing up to par, and then do the necessary things to publish my previous novel.

I gave up on the notion of reading it to my wife. We’re both too tired in the evenings for that sort of thing.

When I do return to writing, well, I’m kind of losing interest in my WIP, The Age Exchange. Not really, but sort of.

The thing is, I’m itching to write a true thriller. I love writing action and convoluted story lines, and thrillers are mostly non-stop action and convoluted story lines.

So that itch has morphed into a possible desire to make The Age Exchange an SF thriller, which would be really cool. But to do that, I have to let the basic premise boil around in my head for at least a few more days.

In the interim, if another thriller crops up, I might set aside the WIP and come back to it after I write what would then be the new WIP.

I have two ideas for thriller series at the moment (plus the one-off that would be The Age Exchange).

One began with “what would I do if I could do it over” thought re my own life, and the other has to do with the sequels I mentioned yesterday.

Not sure which of those (or perhaps something else entirely) I’ll write when I start again, but I do know for now it’s important to slow down, do things that are necessary. Those include gtting StoneThread Publishing done, then designing a cover, formatting and publishing Keeper of the Promise.

I plan to keep publishing this Journal every day too even through this brief non(fiction)-writing period, so we’ll see.

Well, as of noon-thirty all I’ve done is read through Keeper of the Promise. About a third of the way through, converting the necessary text to italics, etc. After I finish that (probably tomorrow) I’ll move on to StoneThread Publishing and put that behind me.

Okay, so I’m gonna go ahead and post this and get on with it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “The Latest Trends In Cover Design: Think Pink?” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/the-latest-trends-in-cover-design-think-pink.html. Remember, these are suggestions, not ironclad rules. (grin)

Linda Maye Adams touched on something that’s been bugging my obstinate self for awhile in “Apologizing for What’s in Our Stories?” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2018/02/12/apologizing-for-whats-in-our-stories/.

For some great humor, see “I Am the Very Model of a New York Times Contrarian” at http://amp.slate.com/culture/2018/02/i-am-the-very-model-of-a-new-york-times-contrarian.html. I was amazed to find this on Slate.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan (I’m not) you might enjoy “Infographic: Getting from A to B like Harry Potter” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/02/12/infographic-getting-b-like-harry-potter/.

To see the value of a regular schedule, see “Still Having Sleep Issues” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/still-having-sleep-issues/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 480 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 480

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3720
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 11740
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 52301

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, Tuesday, January 16

Hey Folks,

Not a lot to report today. We had a quick trip to Sierra Vista to resolve the second life roll. Fortunately it turned out to be a much less eventful than it might have been.

I wrote early this morning for an hour or so, and then a bit more after we got home. Those numbers are displayed below. Feels good to be back to the novel.

See you then.

Of Interest

Linda Maye Adams posted “Perfectionism and Reading Fiction” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2018/01/15/perfectionism-and-reading-fiction/. See what you think. I might tackle this topic myself in a day or two.

You might check out The Passive Voice at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/. I saw nothing specifically to point out, but something there might interest you.

Dean’s posts recently have been very short in deference to his trip to Las Vegas. He’s back. You might want to browse the past few posts at http://deanwesleysmith.com.

Fiction Words: 2840
Nonfiction Words: 160 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3000

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 32189
Total fiction words for the year………… 32189
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6110
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 6110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 38299

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

The Journal, Sunday, January 7

Hey Folks,

Wow, strange day. I usually write a lot of what will become the day’s Journal entry early, then add to it off and on through the day.

Today was supposed to be another nonwriting day, but it turned out about like yesterday did.

But with a unique twist.

I was working on my current work in progress when an idea sprang into my head. It was a morbid little thought, one more suited for my person Eric Stringer than for me. Or maybe even for my character, Charles Claymore Task. Charlie would love it.

Anyway, for about an hour, I abandoned the big WIP to start the second one. The first will result in at least two novels, and I hope several more. But that’s all up to the characters.

The second, the one I started today, will result in a collection of short stories — a morbid collection of morbid stories, unless I miss my guess — called The Less-Relatable Tales of a Desperado. We shall see.

So I’m writing this at the (slightly early) end of my day. Oddly, I actually made my word count. Again, for what was to be a nonwriting day, not too bad.

Back soon.

Of Interest

See Linda Maye Adams’ “Respecting the Writing, Respecting Yourself” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2018/01/07/respecting-the-writing-respecting-yourself/.

On a somewhat related note, maybe, via The Passive Voice, see “Searching for the Self-Loathing Woman Writer” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/searching-for-the-self-loathing-woman-writer/.

Fiction Words: 2645
Nonfiction Words: 240 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2885

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

Writing of “The Storytellers,” the first story in The Less-Relatable Tales of a Desperado

Day 1…… 1304 words. Total words to date…… 1304

Total fiction words for the month……… 18748
Total fiction words for the year………… 18748
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3320
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 3320
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 22068

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

The Journal, Saturday, December 30

Hey Folks,

As part of my prep for 2018, over the past month or so I’ve been developing a new way to brand my covers. Specifically, the author name part.

Here’s the way my author name will appear on covers into the future:

The background will blend with the cover. Of course, the font colors and the background behind my first name also are adaptable. You’ll see this in a cover below.

Branding is all about making your work easier for readers to find. That’s why one precept of cover design requires that, even in the thumbnail version, both the title and the author name should be readily visible.

Dean Wesley Smith and myriad others whose last name is much shorter than their first (or than their first and middle) have an advantage. When they line the names up right, the last name is prominent. (See any of DWS’ covers to see what I mean.)

I could do something similar if I added my middle name. But the font for my first and middle name wouldn’t be much smaller than my last name. The two combined, including the space between them, is only 13 characters. My last name is 10 characters all by itself.

But I don’t want to use my middle name anyway, so not a big thing. I just had to come up with some other way to brand my covers with my name to make my work easier for readers to find and recognize.

When I first published the novel, The Consensus, here’s the cover I created for it. I felt something wasn’t right about it, but I was in a hurry, so I let it ride.

As you can see, both the author name and the title are very difficult to read. Partly that’s because of the font color, but it’s also because of the font choice (for the author name) and the font size. Notice too how “squeezed-in” the author name looks. It doesn’t look comfortable.

Recently I was looking over some of my published works online, and that cover slapped me. Ugh. And only a few days ago I finalized my new author name logo. So I decided to rebrand the cover on the spot. That’s it below on the left.

As part of the rebranding, I changed the font color to more accurately reflect the lighter color on the cover. I also increased the size of the title, and of course added the new author name logo.

What do you think? Is the cover better or worse?

So as I write off into 2018, I’ll also be rebranding the covers of my novels and novellas, and of course branding all my new work.

Back soon.

Of Interest

For those of you who listen to podcasts, check out “Smart Book Marketing Starts with a Solid Foundation” from Smashwords at http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/12/smart-book-marketing-starts-with-solid.html.

Linda Maye Adams, in her “2017 Writing Year in Review,” talks about several workshops she took from DWS. You might check it out at https://lindamayeadams.com/2017/12/30/2017-writing-year-in-review/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 490 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 490

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… XXXX
Total fiction words for the year………… 453762
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7700
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 183253
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 637015

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 16

Hey Folks,

Okay, I’ve figuratively traveled some twisted, warped subterranean depths over the past month or so. In that time, I’ve tended to (or dealt with) a lot of tasks that have little if anything to do with writing in any specific way. In fact, they touch writing only in that they added to my general overall experience. I won’t bore you with details.

Suffice it to say some of them are tasks that are common in the human experience. There also were a few that I’m glad are not common in the human experience, at least where my friends are concerned.

Now I’m in a place from which I can look back and see that I’ve encountered hand- and footholds here and there that are bringing me nearer the surface all the time.

The most recent of those was today’s blog post from Linda Maye Adams, which you can see at http://lindamayeadams.com/2017/12/16/calling-time-out-on-writing-in-public/.

It rocked me a bit, frankly, as a kind of indirectly shared experience. But I want to thank her publicly here for posting it, chiefly (and first) because of her candor, and secondly because she pointed to another post, one by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

You can read that one in its entirety at http://kriswrites.com/2017/12/06/business-musings-sustainability/.

As some of Ms. Rusch’s posts are lengthy, I especially recommend you skip down to the subhead “Scheduling.” Depending on your own experience, you might also want to read the subheads “Attitude” and “Product” above that and “Cash Flow” below it.

But for my particular situation, “Scheduling” (prefaced with Linda Maye Adams’ post) is what I needed to see. If that wasn’t the final leg-up I needed to pull myself from the subterrain, it was one of the last few.

So I thank Ms. Adams for her candor and join her in recommending you read that post, or at least that part of it. It’s pure gold.

Back soon.

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

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… 2460
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 178013
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 631775

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, Monday, November 13

Hey Folks,

Well, this should be an interesting week. This is a convergence week for me, when several different events, sequences, and changes are coming together to consume blocks of time.

I went to Benson this morning to renew my driver’s license and combined that with a shopping trip to settle our cupboard and refrigerator accounts after this past weekend. By the time that and a couple other necessary chores were done, that was the morning. It’s now approaching noon.

On Wednesday morning, I have to head for Sierra Vista (Fort Huachuca) to renew my military ID card, and while I’m there I’ll take care of a few other things I need to get done as well.

Then on Thursday afternoon, I’ll go back to Sierra Vista for an eye appointment. Mona will be with me for that one since my eyes probably will be dilated. Ugh.

So this will be a fragmented week at best.

I keep saying I’m going to talk about my new challenge, but this edition of the Journal is getting long so I’ll plan to do that tomorrow. I know you’re waiting with bated breath. (grin)

Topic: Content Marketing

In “Of Interest” today, Linda Maye Adams talks about writing free for discoverability. I want to say, for the record, I don’t write free.

And why should I? Why should any of us give away our work for “exposure”?

After all, have you ever heard of a mechanic, even when he’s opening a new garage, offering his services free just to get his name out there? Or a plumber? Lawyer? Doctor? Fine artist? Musician?

So why should we?

So again, I want to say, for the record, I don’t write free.

But I can’t.

This Journal goes out every day and has done for almost the past two years. And I’ve been posting to one website or another (often two or three at the same time) most often on a weekly basis since around 1998.

I also occasionally donate an article (usually a reprint of a posted article) to a writers’ group magazine.

Of course, that’s all nonfiction.

But I can’t even say I haven’t offered up fiction free. Remember my 70+ week streak of publishing a new short story every week, free, on my website?

I’ve also donated novels and even whole series to various groups and individuals, all without being paid with anything but “exposure.”

So I’m not really in a position to cross my arms over my chest, set my chin and advise against giving away work for exposure.

There’s enough piracy out there that you’re giving away a lot of your work anyway. The title of one recent article in The Guardian (a worthless rag IMHO, but still) reads, “We’re told to be grateful we even have readers.”

What I will say is this: Be intelligent about your charity.

• There’s nothing wrong with using “free” or “steeply discounted” TEMPORARILY to interest readers in a series.

• There’s nothing wrong with sharing what you know, especially if you enjoy doing so and feel you have an appreciative audience.

• There’s nothing wrong with occasionally giving away something you’ve written for whatever reason you choose.

But frankly, the term “writing for exposure” smacks of a scam to me, especially when it comes from a major publisher (like HuffPo). Outfits like that make tons of money from your writing, but they’re ethically and morally bankrupt when it comes to sharing the wealth, a concept you would think a place like HuffPo would understand and eagerly endorse.

But back to the topic for a moment. Over the course of my free short story of the week, that gambit had no measurable effect on sales. Nor did any of the other times I gave away my writing. Not once.

The few times I’ve offered novels free, either on my websites, in my blog posts, or at retailers, I also saw no significant effect on sales.

If I tried “content marketing,” I think my own rules of thumb would be

• If the market to whom you’re submitting your work is making money on it, so should you;

• Look over the market (paying or not) carefully to be sure your work won’t be published among stories that are poorly crafted compared to your own; and

• Check the “reach” of the market. If you’re writing for exposure, be sure the market has more than a handful of subscribers.

Beyond that, if you figure it out, let me know.
***

For the rest of today, I’ll begin a copyedit on a lengthy work, I’ll read a bit, and I’ll work out the final details on the challenge so I can write about it here tomorrow.

See you then.

Of Interest

Thanks to Alison Holt (see https://alisonholtbooks.com/) for pointing me to this movie trailer of great interest to writers: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6225520/.

See “Discoverability Adventures: Week 2” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2017/11/12/discoverability-adventures-week-2/.

See “A List of Fonts by Women” at http://www.victoriarushton.com/fonts-by-women.

A special treat for you who follow this journal. See “Betty Boop for President” (a film) at https://archive.org/details/BettyBoopForPresident_201310.

You can see many more BB videos at https://archive.org/search.php?query=betty+boop&page=2.

And finally, straight from Backwards Bizarro World, see “New York graffiti artists triumph over developer who destroyed their work” at https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/09/new-york-graffiti-artist-win-lawsuit-5-pointz. There is no mention of the so-called “artists” having defaced the legal owner’s property to begin with. Ahem.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 880 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 880

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… 5430
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 173493
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 625173

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 715 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, Monday, November 6

Hey Folks,

I am annoyed to no end when some machine or program thinks it knows better than I what I want. Of course, the machine can’t be held to fault. Nor, these days, can the humans behind the machines because there’s no way to contact or, ahem, engage the humans directly.

Of course, if I were regularly screwing up people’s lives that much just as if it were a pleasurable past time, I wouldn’t want anyone to be able to get hold of me either.

Increasingly, “updates” (ostensibly “improvements”) are foisted upon us whether or not we want them. And this is all strictly because the [Fill in the Blankety Blank] Company wants it that way.

Yeah? Well it’s MY money I’m spending. What about what I want?

Yesterday a message popped up in a small box on the lower right corner of my screen. It read “Updates are available for Office 365. Click this message to begin updates.”

I was busy, so I clicked the X in the corner of the message to close it instead. I’d get back to it when I was at a stopping point.

But the program went ahead with the updates anyway.

I do have Office 365 installed, but I also have Microsoft Word 2007 installed. I did that myself a long time ago (10 years?) in a separate folder, etc. to save the computer becoming confused.

And I did it for a reason, primarily so I could use the Photo Editor that came with that wonderful program. With an earlier round of “improvements” Microsoft “improved” the Office Suite by removing the photo editor.

When Microsoft “improved” Office 365 yesterday, they somehow mananged to access my installation of Office 2007 and reinstall it OVER Ofice 365. This despite my previous installation having been in a separate partition of the hard drive.

They actually sought it out, found it, removed it, then reinstalled it over the newer program.

Then for good measure, they changed all my defaults. So when I opened a spreadsheet, it opened with Excel 2007. When I opened a Word document, it opened with Word 2007.

I finally had to completely uninstall Office 2007. I had no idea whether doing so would maul my entire Office installation since Bill Gates’ minions had mixed and matched them.

In the end, I was able to restore Office 365 as my default program for Excel, Word, etc. But of course, now my photos open with Paint.

I still have Photo Editor on my writing ‘puter. I’ll try later today to re-install it on my business ‘puter.

The typical response to such affronts is “Well, you can always use blah blah blah.”

Yeah, I KNOW I can do use some other program, but I already HAD the program I wanted to use. I bought it, paid for it, and some nameless, faceless corporation summarily removed it. Is there anyone left in America who does anything other than roll over anymore?

The first thing I did after I uninstalled Office 2007 was to disable updates to Office products. Period. And those are the only choices. You can have updates or you can disable them, but you can’t pick and choose which ones to install, when to install them, etc. It’s all or nothing.

And that’s fine. I’d rather have no updates than some I don’t want.

Okay, rant mostly ended. Grates on me that we’re careful not to lose our freedom of choice to politicians, then hand it over lock, stock and rubber duck to the corporations AND pay them for the privelege.

The whole thing puts me in the mood to download Corel WordPerfect and start using it again. Hmm. In case you’re interested, see http://www.wordperfect.com/en/product/office-suite/.
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Dean has moved all his online workshops to Teachable. I mention it because now when you sign up for a workshop with him, you have access to it forever. (Used to he allowed access for about two weeks after the course ended.) This is significant. If you’re interested, see https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/yeah-all-november-workshops-on-teachable/.
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Working with my computers and reading today. No fiction writing. Soon.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See Linda Maye Adams’ “The Search for Discoverability” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2017/11/06/the-search-for-discoverability/.

And remember that the main thing you can do to enhance your discoverability is create more product (write more stories and books). The more you have “out there” the easier it is to find.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 750 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 750

Writing of ()

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 1105
Total fiction words for the year………… 450547
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3130
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 171193
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 621740

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 708 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