The Journal, Saturday, December 2

Hey Folks,

I didn’t plan to post again this soon. With my return feeling imminent, though, I figure what harm could it do.

A friend wrote to me privately. In his email, he mentioned the desk, said he’d like to see it and wondered whether maybe it has magic powers.

Actually, it might have. I thought I’d share my expanded response to him with you.

My Desk

As I mentioned yesterday, my desk is walnut, stained naturally in a warm medium brown. The finish on the leading edge of the large surface shows some wear, primarily in four places: where my forearms rest while I’m typing and where the previous owner’s elbows/forearms rested when he was writing longhand. More on that later.

The top of the desk, which is solid walnut and almost two inches thick, looks like the deck of an aircraft carrier. It’s five feet wide and almost three feet deep.

Originally, the desk had five drawers. Two were shallow lap drawers, each 18″ wide and 2″ top to bottom. They were also as deep as the desk.

The other three drawers are in a single pedestal down the right side. Each of those is 14″ wide and 5″ top to bottom. They also are as long as the desk is deep. So tons of storage.

It just occurred to me, in that way the desk is like a giant treasure box. (All boys, it seems, regardless of age, must have a treasure box. It’s similar to a woman’s hope chest, I suppose, but it relies on actualities and memories rather than possibilities.)

I loved the two wide, deep lap drawers, but when I cut 3″ off the legs to lower it to “computer desk” height, I had to remove the lap drawers and their support so I could get my legs under the desk. Sigh.

But if I hadn’t done that, the desk would be too high, putting my arms at an awkward angle for typing. That can cause all sorts of problems.

I didn’t want to cut the desk down, and that’s why I first moved it out. Then recently I remembered it’s MY desk and I bought it so I could write novels on it. So any modifications are fine. Modifying it is better than having it sit in storage collecting dust.

I saw a stamp somewhere on the underside of the desk that identified it as having been built in the 1930s. If memory serves, according to the lady we bought it from, it was already a writer’s desk when her husband bought it, though the first writer’s name escapes me, if she even mentioned it.

Then her husband, a novelist, bought it. As I recall, that was in the early 1950s. He wrote several novels on it longhand. He also wrote tech manuals.

When he passed away, we attended the estate sale and bought the desk from his 92 (I think) year-old widow for $250.

When I told her I was a writer and novelist, she was very pleased and tears came to her eyes. “Then I know it’s going home,” she said.

So yes, it very probably is magic. 🙂

***

I probably won’t post for a few more days.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “A New Story…” at https://electricliterature.com/a-new-story-by-the-master-of-hardboiled-detective-fiction-1ff845e9479a.

Dean’s offering to be a first reader for other writers again. The upshot is, participants get him as a reader (with feedback) free and two online seminars besides. See https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/want-to-be-challenged-i-am-doing-it-again/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 580 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 580

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… 1360
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 176913
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 630675

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, 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, Sunday, November 12

Hey Folks,

Well, the last day of the visit of two of my sons, their wives, and five grandchildren (3 knights-in-training, 2 warrior princesses). It’s been something akin to exhausting, but also great fun watching the cousins run and romp and play together.

On the adult side, we’ve all shared good visits, mixing and matching and drifting among each other.

Today will be a day of final visits and hasta-la-laters, then laundry etc. to move back toward a semblance of normalcy. For what’s left of the day, I’ll watch Casablanca for the billionth time (and enjoy it).

Tomorrow, my life as a fiction writer resumes. Finally. (grin) I hope to announce a new challenge, one that actually interests me. I still have a few details to work out so that it’s interesting, easy to follow and of practical use.

See you then.

Of Interest

Dean continues on his challenge with “Day Two: Still Flying” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/day-two-still-flying/.

Via The Passive Voice, see “Oliver Sacks on the Three Essential Elements of Creativity” at https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/11/09/oliver-sacks-the-river-of-consciousness-the-creative-self/.

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

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… 4550
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 172613
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 624293

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 714 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, Thursday, November 9

Hey Folks,

Tomorrow marks the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy Birthday and Semper Fi to any Marines out there.

Sometime tomorrow, I’ll get off by myself and drink a toast (probably a shot of Beam Devil’s Cut) to those brothers and sisters who are no longer with us.

To those who are still around,

May your days be vibrant,
your evenings calm,
your heart safe and warm at home.
Semper Fi
***

The air is damp and chilly this morning. Probably around 40-some degrees, but damp so it feels colder. We got 3/10ths of an inch of rain night before last, and then were socked in with heavy, San Francisco type fog for a few hours yesterday morning.

I prefer the damper air. It’s very good for breathing, at least in my case.
***

Not much going on today. Mostly just prepping for the visit with two of our sons and their families.

Otherwise I’m reading and periodically checking online for items that might be of interest.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

DWS is offering a great deal. See “Holiday Offer for Workshops” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/holiday-offer-for-workshops/.

Via The Passive Voice, see “The People in Your Office” at http://kriswrites.com/2017/11/08/business-musings-the-people-in-your-office/.

Because I have a friend who was slandered (and maybe libeled, I don’t remember), see “Taylor Swift is Threatening to Sue a Blog for Calling Her a White Supremacist” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/11/taylor-swift-is-threatening-to-sue-a-blog-for-calling-her-a-white-supremacist/.

I wasn’t surprised, frankly, to see the ACLU standing up against Ms. Swift given their severe lean to the left side of the political spectrum. They tend to be all about the Constitution when they can use it to pummel someone on the Right.

But I was somewhat surprised to see TPG’s comment and those of a few others. I suppose, now, we can say (or publish) whatever we want about whomever we want and are protected by the first amendment. Just like that, libel and slander are protected speech. Huh. Who knew?

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 330 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 330

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… 4070
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 172133
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 623813

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 711 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 4

Hey Folks,

In “Of Interest” below, I mention a Smashwords podcast. It’s all about how to work with beta readers. As such, it extolls the virtues of letting readers into your work and (I’ll bet) mentions none of the downsides.

You all know that I often employ a first reader. That’s one avid reader who knows exactly what to look for (specific places where confusion ensues, inconsistencies, and OBVIOUS wrong-word issues IF they pop out at him) and what to leave alone (literally everything else).

Sometimes, with some stories, I ask Kenneth to look for certain overall things: Is there too much description? Is the story too vague? Too anything? Not enough something?

But even when I do that, I never ask-for (or want) his advice on how to fix anything. He understands that and he’s good with it.

So if you use a first reader and the two of you are clear on a set of strict guidelines, that’s fine. In fact, I recommend it. In fact, I recommend Kenneth (krf1952@gmail.com).

So what are the downsides of using beta readers?

The first and biggest, to me, is that using beta readers is the latest thing. The latest craze. I’m lucky, I guess, in that I’ve never been big on chasing after the latest craze. Like writing in all lower-case or omitting quotation marks around dialogue or not using punctuation at all or using beta readers.

So here, just to play devil’s advocate, I’m going to point out a few more downsides. Consider them food for thought.

1. If you allow ten people to read your book, all ten will give you different input. (Of the ten, two or three will LOVE your book, two or three will HATE it, and the others will think it’s all right. And chances are, none of them will tell you the truth.)

2. Input from one reader will often directly contradict input from another. In that case, whose advice do you take?

3. Most advice from beta readers, no matter how it’s disguised, will boil down to how they would have done it.

4. The biggie — why would you ever allow anyone else, especially someone who’s never written a novel, to influence how your novel is written?

Of course, every writer is different, and I’ve heard that a lot of writers swear by beta readers. So there y’go.

As the Big Mick just said, “Hey, whatever you wanna do. I got my own mountain to climb.”
***

Had a slow early morning, then a leisurely trip to Sierra Vista, then home. I’m going to read today, and maybe do some thinking, but I’m not going to write fiction.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, I encourage you to read “The Pendulum May Be Swinging Away from Fair Use” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/11/the-pendulum-may-be-swinging-away-from-fair-use/. Read TPG’s comments, then maybe click through and read the original post. But read TPG’s comments.

Maybe to make up a bit for “8 Things…Fight Scenes” in yesterday’s Journal, via The Passive Voice see “Q&A: Uneven Balance is a Tension Killer” at http://howtofightwrite.tumblr.com/post/165745299548/qa-uneven-balance-is-a-tension-killer. If you don’t read it all, scroll down to the 12 “rules of action.” This seems a great deal more realistic than the thing from yesterday.

And finally, see “How to Work with Beta Readers” at http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/11/how-to-work-with-beta-readers.html. Remember your salt shaker, please.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 560 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 560

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… 2280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 170343
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 620890

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 706 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, Thursday, 11/2

Hey Folks,

Hmm… a meandering, personal-thought journey in today’s Journal….

I’ve still been thinking about challenges, but I think that’s almost over.

I thought about a challenge in which I would write at least one opening per day during the month of November.

If the opening took off, I’d write it. If not but if it piqued my interest, it would go into my Openings file. Either way, I’d still have to write a new opening every day.

But something didn’t feel quite right about that. Mostly it felt too contrived, probably because it was.

The main thing, I think, is that I don’t feel like I need to push or be pushed. I feel like when it’s time, I’ll write again. In short, I don’t want to force it.

That’s kind of an epiphany. So I’ll think about this challenge a little more.

No. I’m certain I won’t do the challenge, at least not as I first conceived of it.

Maybe I’ll make a few adjustments and then do it. Like if an opening takes off, I won’t write anymore openings until I’ve finished the story that took off. That might be all right.

But again, if I don’t want to force the issue, what’s the real purpose?

Maybe I’ll just forget the whole challenge silliness and trust that when I’m ready, the words will be there. (grin) We’ll see.

Okay, I called it “challenge silliness.” But back when I was first starting out, especially with writing novels, challenges were a very important part of that.

The various challenges I took-on drove me to the keyboard and kept me writing. Without them I probably never would have written a whole novel, much less 27 of them.

But today I don’t really need to be driven to the keyboard. Today when I get an idea that feels good, I just sit down and write. I break about once an hour, but otherwise I just write until I’m through the scene or chapter. Or too tired to keep going.

I stop with a jagged edge, then come back to it the next day, write my way out of the jagged edge and continue on. So maybe I’m beyond needing challenges. Is that possible? I do know that when the challenge is only about numbers, it no longer interests me because I’ve been there and done that.

And I have the kind of personality that rebels against being artificially psyched up or motivated.

Even back in high school when we were required to put our hands in the center of a circle, count one-two-three and yell “Team!” I was almost embarrassed. I just wanted to go play football already. I mean, does that sort of nonsense really help anyone?

It’s prevalent enough even in professional sports that I suppose it does, but it never did anything but annoy me. For me, it’s right up there with someone saying (with all good intentions) “I know you can do it.”

The truth is, the person “knows” no such thing. Again, artificial encouragement.
***

I was reading more of Stephen King’s take on writing in story introductions here and there.

SK writes into the dark, and he writes very fast, usually holding himself to four clean pages (around 2,000 words) per day When He’s Writing.

He also engages in cycling, going back over what he’s written each day, though I think I read somewhere that he’s more of a “taker-outer” than a “putter-inner.” (I’m definitely a putter-inner.)

Anyway, when SK isn’t writing, he’s mulling, observing, listening, reading and waiting. And when it’s time to write again, he writes.

A couple of days ago, I put up a quote of his here: ““Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.”

The thing is, when he has something to write, he gets up and goes to work. When he doesn’t, he doesn’t.

It isn’t that he’s “taking time off” between books. It’s that he doesn’t have anything to write.

That’s kind of how I’m feeling recently. And more and more, I think that’s probably all right.

You’ll note, maybe, that I’ve removed the accounting for Pulp Novel 5 from the Journal. It’s officially stalled at something over 13,000 words. Should it revive at some point, I’ll put it back. I promise.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Wow. Via The Digital Reader, see “Interactive Ebooks? Almost…” at JA Konrath’s blog at http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2017/11/interactive-ebooks-almost.html.

Also via The Digital Reader, see “8 Tips on Pricing Kindle Ebooks” at https://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-price-an-ebook/. Note: I offer this only as additional information. Her tips look pretty good to me but nothing really new.

See “Lifelike ‘Sophia’ Robot Granted Citizenship to Saudi Arabia” at https://www.livescience.com/60815-saudi-arabia-citizen-robot.html. Yeah. This is not a joke.

Today I refer you to The Passive Voice website for a lot of interesting things. Visit http://www.thepassivevoice.com/. Enjoy.

Finally see Dean’s “False Start on Challenge” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/false-start-on-challenge/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 780 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 780

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… 1380
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 169443
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 619990

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 704 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, Tuesday, 10/31

Hey Folks,

Happy Hallowe’en.

I’d planned to return to my WIP novel today, but didn’t. Other things took priority, but it was still a good day. No more pushing it. I’ll write when it’s time.

In the meantime, a brand new bundle launched today. The Trouble Comes Calling bundle contains my mystery novel, The Platinum Blond Perturbance. You can see the ad for the bundle at the top of the left sidebar on my website. The photo will take you to the bundle page.
***

“I’m not really that knowledgeable about police work. The real story is in the psychology of the characters.” ~ James Lee Burke

Worked on my website a little more this morning. I’m always trying to tweak it closer to being a writer’s website. I think it’s pretty much there. Take a look and let me know what you think.

The changes today were pretty big, so I thought I’d outline them for you here.

The main blog is still there, of course, but under the Home tab. As a related aside, I’ve thought about publishing a post occasionally on a Friday about my characters or my WIP or whatever. Then again, this Journal kind of covers the bases for that.

I got rid-of or reconfigured pretty much every tab. The new tabs for the long fiction are The Wes Crowley Saga with a drop-down menu, then Mystery/Action/SF with a drop-down menu.

It was kind of neat, grouping the non-Wes Crowley books. I found out I have 8 mystery novels, 6 Action-Adventure novels or novellas, and 7 Science Fantasy novels. Weird. I don’t remember having written that much. (grin)

After that is the Short Fiction tab with a drop-down menu. Then come the Writing Books, then For Writers with a drop-down menu, then my bio and personas.

Under the For Writers tab are Copyediting, Audio Lectures, Writer Resources, and Free Stuff.

Like I said, the change (or rearrangement) was pretty extensive.
***

I’ve come to understand that I’m motivated by the novels of Stephen King and James Lee Burke. I mention those two specifically because I know they write in much the same way I do. They just write off into the dark.

When asked by an interviewer, “How do you approach writing a new novel?” James Lee Burke replied, “I never know where a book is going. I have no plan. They just evolve and I incrementally discover the story.”

And King has said publicly he tries to make a habit of turning out four good pages per day (about 2,000 words). When he writes, he does nothing else.

So why am I motivated specifically by these two? Because even as I’m lost in the story, on some subsurface level I’m aware that they’re allowing the characters to shine through. They’re putting their fingers on the keyboard and trusting what comes. And what comes is amazing.

Soon, fingers crossed, I’ll get back to doing the same thing. But for today, no fiction writing. I’m going to read.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

If you read “A Story About Piracy” via The Passive Voice, you will be glad you did. See it at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/a-story-about-piracy/.

For an interview with James Lee Burke, see http://www.januarymagazine.com/profiles/jlburke.html.

To get JA Konrath’s The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing in PDF, visit http://harveystanbrough.com/downloads/ and click The Newbie’s Guide To Publishing.

Via The Digital Reader, see “Create an Ebook Cover with Spark and Canva: Which is Better?” at https://publishdrive.com/ebook-cover-with-spark. I mention this one mostly for the links in the article. Well worth the time to read and play.

Check out Dean’s “Catching Up And Pulphouse Fun” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/catching-up-and-pulphouse-fun/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 610 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 610

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… 15380
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 168063
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 617505

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 702 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, 10/29

Hey Folks,

Well, I didn’t stay up for the whole game last night but I still woke up later than my usual time. Sorry to see that Houston lost their first home game in the post season.

Plus although I’d like to watch a seven-game series, I was also kind’a hoping Houston would wrap it up at home.

This morning I tweaked my website again. Most notably, I changed the home page back to the ProWriters Blog, moved the bundles into the left sidebar, and moved Writer Resources onto a dedicated page.

And frankly, that’s about all I did today.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “Amy Tan on Writing and the Secrets of Her Past” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/amy-tan-on-writing-and-the-secrets-of-her-past/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 130 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 130

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… 14220
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 166903
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 613511

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 700 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, 10/28

Hey Folks,

Getting back in the habit of walking every day. Only a mile, but still. I’ll increase that later to maybe as far as three, but I won’t go nuts with it like I did a couple years ago.

Today started out pretty good. Had to clear a clogged outside drain. That was okay, but then it turned into a lot of other stuff that was mostly unnecessary. Had to do it to see that it was unnecessary though.

So I had a few of those wasted hours, where I might as well as rolled them into a ball and tossed them out the window. I don’t like hours like that.

Switched a lot of little stuff around in my office too. The writing desk and chair and ‘puter are across the (small) room behind me now, against the opposite wall.

My Internet router was in the window sill (the sills are around a foot deep) and it’s now across the room on an old chest of drawers. We routed the cable down the wall, around a table and past my desk and my guest chair, then past the chest.

It all looks a lot better. I don’t do much Fung Schway (yeah, I know that can’t be how it’s spelled) but I’m not in it for “flow” anyway. I just want the place to look a little more inviting and feel better.

Oh, and after the changes, my kitten approved so that’s pretty much that. (My office is her primary house, so….)

AnNeeWay, I’m gonna read away part of the afternoon (started a novel yesterday by JA Konrath) and then watch Game 4 of the World Series beginning at 5 my time.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “Smart Author Podcast Launches with Four Episodes” at http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/10/smart-author-podcast-launches.html. Then listen to the podcasts.

More ugliness from the people with the Big Money. Via The Passive Voice, see “Stealing Intellectual Property” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/stealing-intellectual-property/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 330 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 330

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… 14090
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 166773
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 613381

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 699 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, 10/25

Hey Folks,

Well, trying to use the camping trailer as a writing hovel just isn’t going to work. It’s constantly too cold or too hot and there are myriad other problems I won’t go into here.

I’m just gonna have to bite the bullet and do my writing in my office. I’ll have to let the separate small desk and the separate, dedicated writing computer constitute my “space,” and that will have to be enough.

I think I’ll also add a different, dedicated chair. Sitting in the same chair to write fiction that I use when I’m browsing the Internet can’t be a good idea. I know it seems only a very minor difference, but what seems minor in the conscious world can be huge trigger to the subconscious.

Went to bed early last night and got up late this morning to make up for it. In all, I slept, mostly, for 10 hours. I don’t remember the last time I did that.

I’ve written quite a lot over the past few days. But none of it interested me after the initial scene. Still, it feels as if the break in the dam is getting closer.

There have also been a few times when a strong idea popped into my head when I was in the middle of doing something else. Each time the idea left before I sat down to write it.

I’m not worried. I’ll do what I do when it’s time to do it. Until then, I’ll do other things. Like read.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

All of the following are via The Passive Voice:
See “California Rescinds Autograph Mandate for Booksellers” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/california-rescinds-autograph-mandate-for-booksellers/.

See “First, forget inspiration” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/first-forget-inspiration/. Short, but oh so sweet.

See “John Grisham reveals his biggest money mistake” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/john-grisham-reveals-his-biggest-money-mistake/. I would still be pursuing that agent.

Via The Passive Voice but at The Digital Reader, see “Seven WordPress Plugins for Author Bookshelves” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/10/25/review-roundup-seven-wordpress-plugins-author-bookshelves/. Wish I’d seen this a few years ago. (grin)

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 340 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 340

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… 12960
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 165643
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 612251

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 696 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