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 8

Hey Folks,

Well, I believe (knock on wood) the worst of the cigar madness is behind me.

Something in my mind sort of snapped late yesterday, leading to a lot more clarity than I’ve enjoyed in a while. I hope it stays that way.
***

I wrote for a little while, just some dialogue between two wise guys over a poker hand, something to get my hand in.

One wise guy is complaining that his associates think he doesn’t understand the concept of LOL all that well.

The other asks him for an example.

The first one says, “Oh. Well, I mean, say I’m workin’ a blade into this numbers guy an’ I say, ‘Hey, this is a STICKY situation, ain’t it? LOL.’ Now how is that not appropriate?

“I mean, a ‘sticky’ situation? You get it, am I right?

“Or since I gotta hit him with the knife several times, you know, to be sure, maybe I say ‘Hey, it’s almost like you’re STUCK in time, eh? LOL.’ Eh? Eh? You see where I’m goin’ here, am I right?”

He looks away, takes a drag off a cigarette, mumbles, “An’ they say I ain’t got the concept.” He shakes his head and looks up at his friend. “Seriously, can you believe that or what?”
***

Otherwise I installed the Opera browser on my business computer. Firefox was just dragging it down too much. But get this: Opera imported all my bookmarks, etc. from Firefox and I didn’t even have to ask. It’s a quick browser that, at least so far, doesn’t eat up a lot of CPU or memory.

I also revised my website a little more, again, still fine-tuning it to be a writer’s website. This time I got rid of the left sidebar, put everything in the right, and widened the right sidebar from 25% to 30%.

On the writing side, I began conceiving of a new set of goals, and a new overall annual goal that will rival Dean’s AND remain realistic. Not ready yet to announce it.

We have a big weekend coming up with two of our sons and their wives and children visiting, so looking forward to that. I suspect by Monday I’ll be ready to focus on fiction writing again.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

I hoped to have something here today, but frankly I didn’t see anything I thought was worth sharing.

Fiction Words: 1133
Nonfiction Words: 410 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 410

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… 3740
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 171803
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 623483

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 710 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, 11/1

Hey Folks,

Wow. November already. For that matter, 2017 already. What happened to 1978? Just sayin’.

I failed to mention yesterday that we had a little visitor.

In the pre-dawn pitch, I was at my outside desk when I heard a sound that seemed not part of the usual early morning sounds.

I grabbed my torch (I like the Brit “torch” so much better than “flashlight”) and went looking for my kitten.

As I stepped past the southeast corner of the house, I shined the light to the west.

Toward the southwest corner of the house, something was sniffing at the base of the double doors that lead from my bedroom into the back yard.

When I shined the light on it, the head moved and a pair of eyes shone back at me. But it was too black to be my kit and it was too small to be Hannah, my wife’s cat. Besides, Hannah was still in bed.

Thinking it must be one of the neighborhood toms, I stamped my right foot and yelled “Git!”

It blinked a time or two, then stuck its fluffed-out tail straight up in the air and turned around to leave.

In that flash of time, the broad white streak up its tail filled the beam of my light.

At that point — and I am thankful — the story ends. The visitor wandered off to the west, the aroma around the back of my house no worse for wear.
***

Out east of my house where I usually walk there are a few planted cottonwood (grandfather) trees. Until recently, the man who owns the little strip of land on which they stand was keeping them watered with a buried PVC system.

But the PVC kept breaking, I guess, and leaks kept springing up, so eventually he turned off the water to the whole row.

The two nearest my house had become oases for local wildlife. But for the past week, they’ve been dying.

At first I thought they were simply going dormant with the advent of autumn. But when I started walking again, I noticed the ground around them was dry.

My landlady knows the guy well, so I’d meant to ask her whether she might ask him to turn the water back on to the few trees that are (maybe) still viable.

I hadn’t seen her until this morning. She said she would talk with him. Then she asked whether, for the time being, I could rig up something to run from her water source at the back of the corral. Maybe I could at least run water to the “big” tree at the corner. (This cottonwood is well over a hundred feet tall and very full.)

So instead of walking this morning I spent a couple hours gathering old garden hoses, inserting new washers, and running a system. As it turned out, I was able to run water to two cottonwoods, so we’ll see whether we got to them soon enough. I hope so.

Cutting off water to ANYthing out here is just counterintuitive, or should be. And that’s a very nice way of expressing the red-hot thought that’s usually in my mind on this topic.
***

Well, I wrote right at a thousand words in a crazed hour today, but the thing didn’t go anywhere. It wasn’t on the WIP. Not sure what’s going on with that.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “Indie Authors on Indie Authorship” at http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/10/indie-authors-on-indie-authorship.html. Frankly, I didn’t read this. I thought some of you might be interested.

Fiction Words: 1105
Nonfiction Words: 600 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1705

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…… 2834 words. Total words to date…… 13071
Day 9…… 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… 600
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 168663
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 619210

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 703 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, 10/30

Hey Folks,

This morning, in a piece I was reading online, I saw this: “In my opinion, less is more, just as it is when you’re writing, period.”

Oh dear god. I can almost see him primping.

Every time I hear a writer say “Oh, in writing, less is more,” I want to suggest they write nothing at all then. Based on their reasoning, their canon of work should expand exponentially.

But I can’t bring myself to do it. The vacant-eyed, slack-jawed stare that would ensue as the moron wondered whatever in the world I was talking about might be just enough to send me over the edge.

Hey, carpe jugulum.

And either the author of the article (James Ledbetter) or one of the bon vivants featured in the article tossed in a “try and weed out” where he or she meant to say “try TO weed out.”

The preposition “to” followed by a verb forms what is called an infinitive. Now, class, what do we call the conjunction “and” followed by a verb?

Yes, that’s right. A blatant illustration of ignorance.

Yeah, I know. Picky. But these things matter. You’re either a professional or you aren’t.

And the truth is, you don’t have to write a word of fiction to prove yourself a pretentious, condescending snob, uttering ridiculous platitudes that have zero meaning beyond the rhythm of the syllables themselves.

Hey, anything to add emphasis to that pinkie raised alongside the teacup or wine glass, eh?

Then again, the article was in the New Yorker, so maybe pretentious and condescending fits.

At any rate, I’ll ‘try and’ ignore my desire to hold the writer responsible for what he puts on the page. Instead I’ll ‘try and’ understand that he knew what he meant to say and so should I. After all, if the reader misunderstands, that’s the reader’s fault, right? Right? (Umm, no.)

Oh, the name of the article is “When British Authors Write American Dialogue, or Try To.” Perhaps it should have been titled “When American Essayists Write in the American Language, or Try To: Illustration of a Failure.”

Maybe before the New Yorker continues paying Mr. Ledbetter the big bucks, they should require him to ‘try and’ learn how to use the language.
***

I actually wrote fiction today. I’m not sure why. I thought I’d look back at the novel I started, read over it and see where it goes.

It went pretty well, actually, within itself. But I still don’t get a feeling that it wants to run to a full story.

Since today is the 30th and I have one more day in this month, I’ll give that one more day to this same story and see what happens. If it doesn’t take off, maybe I’ll shelve it and begin something new.

I really enjoy writing the two major characters currently in the WIP but I don’t know that they enjoy being written. Know what I mean? Maybe I’m intruding and they aren’t ready to tell this story yet.

Who knows… maybe my subconscious, realizing it’s under the gun, will cough up some good stuff. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Some interesting stuff in Dean’s “Some Clutter Gone” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/some-clutter-gone/. For my money (at the risk of the pot calling the kettle seared), he fiddled around with his website as an excuse—albeit a worthwhile one—to put off writing until his challenges begin.

Via The Digital Reader, see “Checklist: Eight Items to Include in an Author’s Book Listing” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/10/29/checklist-eight-items-include-authors-book-listing/.

Also via The Digital Reader, see the rant-starting “When British Authors Write American Dialogue, or Try To” at https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/when-british-authors-write-american-dialogue-or-try-to/.

Fiction Words: 2834
Nonfiction Words: 550 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3384

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…… 2834 words. Total words to date…… 13071

Total fiction words for the month……… 15296
Total fiction words for the year………… 449442
Total nonfiction words for the month… 14770
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 167453
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 616895

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 701 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, 10/14

Hey Folks,

Just want to take a minute to say thanks for hanging in with me.

When you write a daily blog like this, and especially when you’re determined to share the less-than-good along with the good, you’re going to have some off days.

I’m kind of proud of what I’ve done here for the past two-plus years. I’ve written every single day, even when that writing was only in this Journal.

Thus far, I’ve written one novel every month for this calendar year. (It isn’t lost on me that when I get back to writing on Monday, I’ll have exactly one-half of this month left.)

And I’ve tried to keep the Journal interesting otherwise with occasional Topics of interest to writers and with items in the “Of Interest” section below.

I intend to keep going in that regard as long as I can. But none of it would mean anything without an audience, so thanks again for being there.
***

Enjoyed Game 1 of the ALCS last night. Rolled out a little late this morning.

I’ll probably spend the balance of the morning with my son, messing with the 4-Runner. Then this afternoon and evening, more baseball.

I think some younger folks don’t appreciate baseball the way some older folks do. Sportscaster Howard Cosell once called baseball “two minutes of excitement crammed into three hours.”

But that’s kind of the allure of it for me. Moment by moment, the initial draw isn’t what IS happening but what might happen.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See Linda Adams’ “Adventures at the book sale” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2017/10/14/adventures-at-the-book-sale/. Made me hungry to start visiting book sales.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 280 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 280

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… 7300
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 159983
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 606591

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 684 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, 10/13

Hey Folks,

Okay, I’m never again doing anything that’s personal-world earth-shattering while I’m in the middle of writing a novel. Losing a bunch of days to a magical, mysterious haze while writing a novel is not a good thing.

A lot of the haze is gone this morning. So my thought that the primary part of the trial would take three days seems to have held up. However, I’m still a bit foggy headed, and it comes and goes.

Another son and his family are coming to visit this weekend. They’ll arrive later today and stay through Sunday morning.

So I think I’ll take a few more nonwriting days. With any luck, I can dive back into writing on fresh on Monday. In the meantime, I’ll keep this Journal going and as interesting as I can.

I’ll be doing what some like to call “writing related” things. I’m considering putting together a boxed set or two of my mystery/suspense novels.

I was thinking of reading over my current WIP too, but I’ll hold off on that until I know I’ll have time to play. At that point, I’ll read over it and go if it goes or set it aside and write something else if it doesn’t.

If I write something else, probably it will be the same series character with a different crew around him. Anyway, that’s all supposition at this point.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “A Brief History of the ‘Danse Macabre’” at http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/danse-macabre-david-pumpkins-art-history.

Via Linda Adams, see “Write Like a Girl” at http://writerunboxed.com/2017/10/07/write-like-a-girl/. Very good article.

Also via Linda, I also enjoyed “Here’s How Not to Critique Romance Novels” at https://jezebel.com/heres-how-not-to-critique-romance-novels-1819188174. At least right up until the author of the article herself invoked a stereotype in the second sentence from the end of the article. So close. (grin)

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

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… 7300
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 159983
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 606591

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 684 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, 10/9

Hey Folks,

Well, we had a good visit with our youngest son and our oldest grandson. Also very much enjoyed watching the baseball games yesterday, especially Cleveland at New York. Even though Cleveland chose to put off sending New York home until today or until they make them travel back to Cleveland first. (grin)

Today it’s back to writing. For anyone who cares about nominal personal nonsense, today is also my last day as a cigar smoker.

I have three left, including the 1/3 that’s currently clenched between my teeth. I figured it’s only fair to my wife that I do the Nicotine Withdrawal Shuffle while she’s at work tomorrow through Friday.

I realize I should be curled into a fetal position in a shadowy doorway in a seedy neighborhood in major metropolitan area, but where I am will have to do. The whole thing wasn’t properly staged.

And now, as promised and just as if it matters to anyone but me, here’s…

My Updated Fiction Length and Price List for 2017/2018

First, a few explanatory notes —

1. In everything below, I’m talking about indie publishers, like you and me. All signs indicate the traditional publishing model (the agency model) is dead or dying across the board.

I’m also talking here about ebooks. If you want to deal with print, see my excerpt from Dean’s post at http://hestanbrough.com/the-journal-friday-106/. And remember that DWS’ pricing guidelines are for trade paperbacks, not mass-market paperbacks.

2. As DWS mentioned a few days ago, in short fiction, Length, not Genre, matters in pricing.

In long fiction, however, Genre, not Length, rules in matters of pricing. This is a major change for me and one I had a little difficulty getting my head around.

To mitigate that “lost at sea” feeling, it helped me to remember that most well-selling genres have general length guidelines (e.g., Westerns are most often around 40,000-50,000 words).

It also helps to remember that dedicated readers of a particular genre have come to expect certain price points (e.g., most Romance readers are used to paying around $3.99 regardless of the length of the novel).

3. DWS also mentioned, in response to a comment, that the terms “novelette” (long short story) and “novella” (between a novelette and a short novel) have no meaning for readers. I agree. However, to add two more price levels that pertain to Length in short fiction, I use the designations for myself as a publisher.

All of that comes into play in what follows:

For short fiction, Length, not Genre, matters:

To 2999 (Short-short Story)………………………………1.49
3000 to 6999 (Short Story)………………………………..1.99
7000 to 14999 (Novelette or Long Short Story)…2.99
15000 to 24999 (Novella)………………………………….3.49

For long fiction, Genre, not Length, matters:

Romance……………………..3.99
Western……………………….3.99 – 4.99
SF/F……………………………..3.99 – 4.99
Mystery, Suspense……….4.99 – 5.99
Thriller (big book)…………5.99 – 6.99

The pricing variations above (for me) afford room to take into account pricing for Length. For example, Cozy Mysteries generally are short novels or novels. Mysteries and those that crossover into Suspense generally are novels or long novels.

So the second tier below illustrates my own divisions for length. I suspect this is a kind of security blanket for me:

25000 to 44999 (Short Novel)
45000 to 69999 (Novel)
over 70,000 (Long Novel)

Will these change? Possibly. And of course you should feel free to use this (or not) as only a guideline.

Hope this helps.
***

Rolled out late, mostly intentionally, mostly as a time-management technique because I have only three cigars left. (grin)

I browsed the Internet, added the “Of Interest” stuff, then wrote most of this Journal entry.

Spent a couple of hours while it was still cool outside pre-cleaning a car I just got. Now it’s almost 10 and I’m headed to the novel for awhile.

Well, I keep ekeing out these little writing days. The novel is moving along fine, a spurt here, a spurt there. I’m not worried about it. This one just isn’t writing in 3,000 – 5000 word chunks.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “Author Pen Names: 5 Reasons they’re a Bad Idea in the Digital Age” at http://annerallen.com/2017/10/author-pen-names-digital-age/. Great article.

Strictly for fun, see “10+ Times Writers Took Book Dedications To Another Level” at https://www.boredpanda.com/creative-book-dedications/. There are actually 57 dedications.

Fiction Words: 1180
Nonfiction Words: 670 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1850

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6020
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 158703
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 605311

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 680 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, Saturday, 10/7

Hey Folks,

Well, it’s Saturday. A very short post today, maybe making up for the longer ones recently.

Today was to be my first day as a nonsmoker (leaving cigars behind) but I thought that might not be fair to my visiting grandchildren. (grin)

So I’ll make a trip later to Tombstone or Sierra Vista to buy enough sticks to get me through the weekend. I’m looking forward to leaving the habit behind me.

Ah, after the sun came up, I found out my son and one adult grandson are here, but the little ones aren’t. So maybe I’ll buy just enough cigars to get through today (since I already had one this morning).

Anyway, nonwriting day today and probably tomorrow. I’m not worried. The novel story is in a good place, so I can easily jump back in pretty much at will.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

If you’re interested in space stuff, I encourage you to visit https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ and browse awhile. Excellent.

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

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… 5250
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 157933
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 603361

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 678 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