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.

***

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.

***

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

The Journal, Wednesday, January 17

Hey Folks,

Out to the Hovel at around 5:30 this morning. For newcomers, the Adobe Hovel is a storage building about 200 feet from my house. The walls are earth and about three feet thick.

There’s no Internet there, so it makes an excellent writing environment. In fact, I leave my writing ‘puter out there most of the time on an ancient old folding card table.

I wrote for a session, then back to the house to check on things around 7. Back out for another session around 8:30, then back to the house at about 10. I’ll do one more session later.

I’m still cycling through stories, but also adding a lot of new stuff in various places. The novel is shaping up nicely.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Dean’s offering a new summer coast workshop. If you’re interested, take a look at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/new-summer-coast-workshop/.

Fiction Words: 2615
Nonfiction Words: 150 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2765

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 34804
Total fiction words for the year………… 34804
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6260
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 6260
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 41064

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, 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, Monday, January 15

Hey Folks,

I planned to make yesterday the the 12th writing day of the current novel. But I decided to take the day off. As it turns out, today will also be a day off.

I hope tomorrow will be the 12th writing day. The novel is going fine when I tend to it, but my recent life roll had a little larger impact than I expected.

And then there was a second one waiting when I got back from New Mexico. At least it was lesser in intensity, though no lesser in importance. Just things to take care of. You know the deal. Life always wins.

For folks newer to this Journal, all calendar days figure into the overall average. For example, thus far this year my average (arithmetic mean) yield has been a little less than 2000 words per day of new fiction.

But I only count actual writing days in the accounting below. The average for actual writing days is just under 3000 words per day. Either way, I’ll take it.

I plan to be back up to speed tomorrow, but we’ll see what the day brings.

See you then.

Of Interest

If you still would prefer a traditional publishing contract, there’s hope for an actual Good contract. See Kris Rusch’s “The Small Traditional Publishers (2017 in Review) 2” at http://kriswrites.com/2018/01/10/business-musings-the-small-traditional-publishers-2017-in-review-2/. Don’t let the length scare you away.

Via The Passive Voice, if you use Facebook you might want to see “Media is collateral damage” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/media-is-collateral-damage/.

See Anne R. Allen’s “The One Thing That Will Kill Book Sales…” at http://annerallen.com/2018/01/kill-book-sales-10-ways/. (As with most things I find on Ms. Allen’s site, I recommend you take this article with a hefty grain of salt, especially her points 5, 6 and 7.)

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

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… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 29349
Total fiction words for the year………… 29349
Total nonfiction words for the month… 5950
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 5950
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 35299

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, January 13

Hey Folks,

Well, leave it to fate for interesting stuff to happen while I’m on the road.

See (or listen to) “25 Book Promotion Tips” at http://blog.smashwords.com/2018/01/25-book-promotion-tips.html.

For ideas on how one writer’s mind works, see Dean’s “One More Adventure Day” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/one-more-adventure-day/. It’s very short, but interesting.

I wrote a little on the novel last night, but nothing to mention. More to keep my hand in than anything else, I think.

By the way, I now have books available in nine different bundles, ranging from SF to action-adventure to romance to westerns. To check out these incredible values (newest at the top) see http://harveystanbrough.com/bundles. Thanks for looking!

Today will be a drive up to look over my old early childhood stomping grounds, then the memorial service, then the drive back to Arizona. If all goes as planned, we’ll (my son and I) will get back tonight and I’ll be back writing tomorrow.

See you then.

Of Interest

See above.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 170 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 170

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… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 29349
Total fiction words for the year………… 29349
Total nonfiction words for the month… 5650
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 5650
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 34999

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, Thursday, January 11

Hey Folks,

Slow start to the day but a few great emails from friends. Thank you for those.

I frittered away the first few hours with nothing of any importance (other than those emails). I moved out to the Hovel at around 8:45. I wrote much of what appears below, then started on the novel at around 10.

Especially for the newer readers of this Journal, a bit about process today. I recommend hose of you who have been with me for awhile read it too, though. I might say something you need to hear, or say it in the way you need to hear it.

This novel has an odd feeling to it. A couple of factors figure into that.

First, as many of you know, all novels write differently. That’s to be expected since the characters and/or situations are different so they present differently from the beginning.

Second, much of this one is cycling, my method (adapted from Dean Wesley Smith) of revision. I hasten to add that cycling (or revision) is not the same as rewriting. I’ll explain shortly.

Reading for pleasure and writing into the dark (which means without a predetermined plan because I don’t want to bore myself to tears) have one major thing in common: both happen while the subconscious mind is at the forefront. The critical conscious mind is stilled for that time.

That’s what makes cycling different from rewriting. Rewriting is done with input from the conscious mind, and as Ray Bradbury once said, nothing good in fiction ever came from the conscious mind.

So as I cycle through I’m Just Reading (reading for pleasure) and operating from my subconscious. I read on my computer screen, and allow my fingers to rest on the keyboard.

Occasionally as I read, a character says something different or new, or some new event occurs that I didn’t see when I wrote the “first draft.” So I add the new dialogue or the new event on the spot, then go back to reading. I don’t think about it (conscious mind). I just type it and move along.

This is a wonderful way to revise because the entire process is based in the subconscious, creative mind. That’s the distinction.

When I’m writing something brand new, I write for about an hour — maybe 900 to 1200 words — then take a break. When I come back from the break, I cycle through that 1000 words, often adding nothing at all, then continue to put new words on the page. And when I reach the last word, I’m finished and I move on to the next project.

The current novel is a little different because it’s based on several short stories I wrote a very long time ago. I don’t usually revisit what I’ve written — and even when this novel is finished I’ll leave the short stories out there to continue making money — but this particular situation begged to be a novel.

So in this case, I started with the 32000+ words (see Brought Forward below) of the combined short stories. They are all thematically connected and sequential.

I started reading through them (cycling) for pleasure and allowed my subconscious to play as necessary. The 24000+ words I’ve added in the first ten days (see below) are all new words.

But because I’m cycling, the going is a little slow. I’m turning out an average of 2400 words per day. Normally in ten days I would have finished a novel. If I finish this one in 20 writing days (I only report writing days below) I’ll be thrilled. If I finish this month, I will be happy.

Because I’m cycling through this one from the beginning, it’s taking a little longer. I look very forward to emerging from the last original short story so I can once again set my subconscious free and let my fingers fly.

And I’m very glad you’re all along for the ride. (grin)

***

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By the way, I’m calling this (tentatively) The Origin Novel because I believe it will give birth to a new hero. Something I believe we could all use.

***

By 1 p.m., in two sessions, I had a little over 1300 words.

My wife is off this afternoon, so I’m gonna take the rest of the day. Some shopping, some packing for the trip.

There probably won’t be a Journal tomorrow, Saturday or Sunday. I’ll try to write while I’m on the road. If I do, I’ll report numbers here the next time I post to the Journal.

Back soon.

Of Interest

See “Adventures” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/adventures/.

Fiction Words: 1358
Nonfiction Words: 810 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2168

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 29349
Total fiction words for the year………… 29349
Total nonfiction words for the month… 5480
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 5480
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 34829

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, Wednesday, January 10

Hey Folks,

A personal good-news item that might be of some interest:

My wife and I have been married for almost 34 years. When we married, I brought three children to the mix and she brought one. We never used or allowed the term step-anything (son or daughter, brother or sister). We saw no reason to differentiate among the children. After all, the situation was no fault of theirs.

For various reasons, I was never able to adopt our eldest son, who was originally named Jason Griffith Smith. Also, Jason’s maternal grandfather passed away a few years ago, and he was the last of the Griffith line.

Yesterday, I was suddenly made very glad that I had never adopted Jason. On his own and with our blessing, he changed his name, legally, to Jason Stanbrough Griffith.

In one masterful stroke, he both honored his dad’s (my) last name and is now able to continue his grandfather’s line.

As you might imagine, given the tragedy that occurred for our family only a few days ago, this rebirth of sorts was a refreshing lift to our spirits.

***

From the Wisdom From an Old Man department: Never drink lemonade you didn’t squeeze yourself.

***

To the Hovel and the novel at around 9:15. Just under 1000 words in the first session, then a break to check on the babies.

Back to the Hovel later, and ended up with a pretty good day of writing.

I’m probably not going to work on Autobiography or the short story for awhile, so I’ve dropped them from the daily count below.

Back soon.

Of Interest

See “PRH Buys Rodale Books Assets” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/prh-buys-rodale-books-assets/. Especially if you’re still using or chasing a traditional publisher, you want to see this.

Fiction Words: 3297
Nonfiction Words: 300 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3597

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 27991
Total fiction words for the year………… 27991
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4690
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 4690
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 32681

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, Tuesday, January 9

Hey Folks,

Well, due to recent events, I’m shuffling my writing. For the first time I can remember, I have three works in progress: The Origin Novel (tentative title); “Storytellers,” the first short story of an eventual collection that will be titled The Less-Relatable Tales of a Desperado; and Autobiography, another novel I started this morning.

The Origin Novel will continue as the primary work, occasionally but barely abated, because it’s what I want to write. I’ve wanted to write it for several years, but realized that fact only recently.

The short story and the ensuing eventual collection is on the back burner for awhile. I suspect I’ll finish it eventually because it’s a Good Story, but not right now.

Autobiography is another novel that I’ll write in two parts. The first part will be about the most significant person in my own life (fictionalized), the one who set my foundation. The second will be about me and my life from the time I joined the Marine Corps. I might add a third part about how it would go if I did it over again.

This morning I wrote a kind of structure, putting down facts that I’ll expand later. I’ve never started like that before, but that’s what it wanted.

***

Finally to the Hovel at around 8:30. I wrote a bit more on Autobiography, strictly because some thoughts occurred and I wanted to get them put down.

My friend came over and I went with him to inspect the well that feeds my house (the water pressure’s been surging), then to help him throw a tarp over some hay.

Finally back to the Hovel and finally to The Origin Novel just before 10.

A few short sessions and a few phone calls later, and by 1:30 I had only slightly over 1000 words. So today will be a light day, of sorts. All told, I’ve already surpassed my dail goal, so I’m taking off the rest of the day to begin fresh tomorrow.

There probably won’t be a Journal on Friday or Saturday and maybe Sunday this week as I’ll be on the road.

Back soon.

Of Interest

See http://www.sfwa.org/2018/01/infringement-alert/.

Fiction Words: 3592
Nonfiction Words: 370 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3962

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

Writing of Autobiography (tentative title)

Day 1…… 2398 words. Total words to date…… 2398

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

Day 1…… 1304 words. Total words to date…… 1304
Day 2…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 24694
Total fiction words for the year………… 24694
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4390
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 4390
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 229084

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, Monday, January 8

Hey Folks,

Be sure to see the “Of Interest” section today. There’s a lot of valuable information there.

***

I had to catch my breath this morning for a moment. A blogger named Ola Kowalczyk, on her website (Ebook Friendly), posted a “Worldwide Map of Copyright Term Length” and cited Wikipedia.

The map makes it appear that copyright law is changing in the US. (Don’t worry, it isn’t.)

Currently a copyright expires 70 years after the death of the author.

But according to the map she posted, beginning with works published in 2019, copyright will expire 95 years from the date of publication. (This is actually part of the current law for works created “under hire.”)

Naturally, I clicked the Wikipedia link beneath the photo. And I found that copyright law is NOT changing, that it’s still the life of the author plus 70 years.

So where’d Ms. Kowalczyk dig up the other graphic?

I scrolled down in the “File History” section on the Wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:World_copyright_terms.svg). The earliest image file — dated 23 July 2012 and posted by a user nicknamed “badseed” (f that gives you a clue) — is the one Ms. Kowalczyk chose to use.

The more important question is why Ms. Kowalczyk chose to post that particular image.

There are six images in the history. All but one, the earliest one, shows the correct information. It seems she wanted willfully to mislead people.

And that’s just annoying. Isn’t there enough trouble and fake news to go around in today’s world?

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I started on the novel at around 9. I wrote around 600 words, then headed up to the house to tend to some laundry I’d started earlier.

As I finished folding one load and was putting the second into the dryer, my wife drove up. She brought news that my father’s youngest brother, who was 80 and in ill health for some time, passed away last evening.

A life roll. So the writing was put on hold for awhile as I contacted some others who would want to know.

My Uncle Bill served a stint in the National Guard. Afterward, he married his childhood sweetheart and served as a forest ranger for the US Forest Service.

He spent most of his life where he lived, in the beautiful Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico, but was also a firefighter who helped battle forest fires all over the United States. The guy was a hero in my book. He had a very unique, very dry sense of humor and he will be sorely missed.

I probably will have a few days off in the coming week, but for now, back to the novel.

Back soon.

Of Interest

Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch have come up with a series of “New Pop-Up Weekender Workshops.” They’re shorter and more intense than the usual online workshops but longer than the lectures. Read about them at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/new-pop-up-weekender-workshops/.

Now for some freebies:

If you’ve considered signing up for Dean’s lecture on Pen Names, you can see the first video free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKanXRxtyek. Just over 11 minutes. This is a great lesson in the history of pen names and publishing overall.

There’s another excellent take on pen names by Michelle Campbell-Scott at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoILCDyN1OE. Just over 17 minutes.

I urge you to check out Dean’s first lecture (free) on Being a Prolific Fiction Writer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH1wz-YnFe0. A little over 7 minutes.

Finally, if you do nothing else today, check out the first video of Dean’s best lecture (in my opinion), “Heinlein’s Rules” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24K_YIhsYUY. It’s a little over 10 minutes and chock full of gems from about the 2 minute point.

You’ve heard me talk about Heinlein’s Rules, and you can get a free copy by clicking http://harveystanbrough.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Heinleins-Business-Habits-Annotated.pdf, but if you haven’t bought into it yet, I strongly advise you to purchase Dean’s lecture. It literally was the lecture that started me on my writing career.

There’s also an interesting article titled “Now Users Can Create Their Own…” at http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3608965.

Fiction Words: 2354
Nonfiction Words: 700 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3054

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

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

Day 1…… 1304 words. Total words to date…… 1304
Day 2…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 21102
Total fiction words for the year………… 21102
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4020
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 4020
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 25122

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