The Journal, Friday, 10/20

Hey Folks,

I love finding new resources, and I was handed one yesterday. A guy who represents another guy sent me a link to the second guy’s work and asked me to look it over.

There are so many scams in this world, at first I thought this was just another one. It wasn’t.

I looked it over briefly yesterday, then added two links to my website, one on Character Development under Writers’ Resources and one pointing to Jerry Jenkins’ website. That one’s under both Writers’ Resources and Quick Links.

Then this morning I spent a couple of hours reading different things on his website. It was time well spent.

When you have time to browse for awhile, check out the website of NYT bestselling author Jerry Jenkins.

Check out his Courses while you’re there, and maybe even his Writers Guild. But whatever you do, be sure to check his Resources tab. Some great stuff there.

His website is https://www.jerryjenkins.com/.
***

Not even thinking much about fiction today. I’m just gonna allow myself the time I need to drift through this major change. I have to admit, I didn’t think it would be this disruptive.

But regardless of expectations, what happens happens and it goes the way it goes and we deal with it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Digital Reader, see “A Book Ban Like No Other” at http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2017/10/book-ban-like-no/. The utter idiocy of some people is simply unbelievable.

Visit Linda Maye Adams’ blog for some great items of interest at http://lindamayeadams.com/2017/10/20/adventures-around-the-web-october-14-20-2017/.

If you’re interested in the upcoming “Orionid Meteor Shower 2017” see https://www.space.com/34373-orionid-meteor-shower-guide.html.

Almost forgot to check Dean’s site. He says he’s coming “Back To Regular Programming” (soon) at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/back-to-regular-programming/.

Via The Passive Voice, see “An Exemplary Mouse” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/an-exemplary-mouse/. I still have the very first wireless mouse I ever bought. I’ll stick with that one for now.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 310 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 310

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… 10400
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 163083
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 609691

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 690 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, 10/19

Hey Folks,

Enjoyed a brief conversation with a dear friend from Dallas this morning. That was a pleasant surprise. Thanks Robert.

Of course, in my current state I probably sounded grouchier than normal, though I don’t think I actually was.

Part of our discussion was about my current endeavor to leave cigars behind. And in that, I’ve had an even more recent epiphany.

If I had a cigar stashed away somewhere and happened across it, there’s a very good chance I would at least light it and take a couple of puffs before putting it out.

Of course, that would re-set my struggle and make my subconscious mind believe, erroneously, that I am not serious about quitting after all. So no, I don’t want to do that.

But that led me to think about when I stopped smoking cigarettes. It was the same sort of thing then.

And then I realized even if someone walked up and offered me a cigarette, I wouldn’t take it. Even as badly as I want a cigar, I have zero desire to smoke a cigarette. Isn’t that weird?

Both are nicotine delivery systems, and cigarettes actually deliver a lot more than that in the form of carcinogens.

But I don’t want one. At all.

And that gives me a great deal of hope.

My stopping smoking cigarettes all those years ago was so complete and so final that even now, when I’m going through withdrawals from cigars, I don’t want a cigarette.

So if I stick to my guns, there’s at least a good chance when all of this is over I won’t want a cigar anymore either. And that’s just a really cool motivator.
***

I actually wrote a little fiction today. I wrote the beginning of what I thought would be a short story (around 700 words), then realized I’d already told that story in “The End Game,” back in June 2016.

It wasn’t exactly the same, but it was the same idea, the same general events and probably a very similar outcome. So it was a different story, but similar enough that once I recognized it, it was too boring to write again. (grin)

I know that story isn’t going anywhere, so I’m not counting the words.
***

Re my WIP, I just don’t know. I really like the series character so I want to write this story. I might have to write yet another (a third) new opening and use the current secondary character elsewhere in the novel or not at all.

Or I might have to set the current WIP aside completely, write a new opening for a new story with the series character, and go from there. Then I can go back and finish the other WIP later, or not.

We’ll see.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “The History of the Ampersand” at https://medium.com/black-lion-banner/the-history-of-the-ampersand-c81839171940.

Dean’s Kickstarter campaign is finally over for the revival of Pulphouse Magazine. Maybe he’ll get back to writing now too.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 510 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 510

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… 10090
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 162773
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 609381

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 689 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, 10/17

Hey Folks,

Well, I emailed DWS yesterday about CreateSpace closing their online store. He wrote, “Saw it. No books ever sold out of there anyway, so no great loss.”

So there’s another take on it for you.
***

I was going to recommend James Scott Bell’s column over at The Kill Zone Blog, but I decided not to. The title is “Use NaNoWriMo to Repo Your Mojo.” All well and good. But if you go look it up on your own, PLEASE take it with a huge grain of salt.

I’m glad NaNoWriMo exists, and I’m glad so many people have fun with it. Though I suspect the number of professional fiction writers who got their start from NaNo is extremely low, probably hovering somewhere around zero.

The one massive thing I actively DON’T like about NaNoWriMo is that it actually encourages poor writing and holds that ugly practice up as a Good Thing. It isn’t.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Just get the words down, then come back and fix them later. But what’s wrong with getting the words down To The Best Of Your Ability the first time? How is that a bad thing?

Incredibly, even James Scott Bell apparently advocates writing sloppily the first time through, which is hands-down the stupidest advice I’ve ever heard. Again, why would ANYone write poorly intentionally? For that matter, why would anyone do ANYTHING poorly on purpose just so they could come back and clean it up later?

Am I just being a grouch here? I mean, has doing something to the best of your ability somehow become passe?

It reminds me of that old saying: There’s never enough time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it over. Well, there you go.

Bell also actually writes in the article, “It’s a major accomplishment to finish a novel. To do it in one month is astounding.” Again, astoundingly, head-shakingly ridiculous.
***

Today has been a bits and pieces day. Today has been fragmented. I took a vehicle title in to get it switched over this morning, mailed another one out, then swapped out a license plate. All of that pretty much wraps up what was going on yesterday. Finally.

I’m the kind of guy who likes to have things settled. Whether in my favor or not, settled is good. Settled means it’s off my plate and I no longer have to think about it. Settled means I can move on with other stuff.
***

I actually dreamed writing last night. I don’t think I was in my current WIP — or maybe I was in and out of it — but it felt like I wrote for much of the night.

Whatever the story, it kept taking off on tangents. I was up through about Chapter 49 when I woke up a little after 3. That was a very good night. A wonderful night.

Do I remember the dreams? No.

But that’s all right. Whatever I was dreaming is “in there,” so it’ll come out when it’s time.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

For a LOT of declassified documents on a range of topics, see The Black Vault at http://www.theblackvault.com/. (This is under Writers’ Resources on my website now too.)

Just for fun, via The Passive Voice see R. Heinlein’s take on “Writing” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/writing-5/.

Dean’s Pulphouse Magazine Kickstarter is winding down. If you’re interested in jumping in, see “36 Hours or Less Left” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/36-hours-or-less-left/.

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

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… 9050
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 161733
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 608341

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 687 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, 10/16

Hey Folks,

Here we go. The first day of the rest of my writing life. (grin) And I’m going to start it in Sierra Vista at a brake shop. So my restart on writing might be one day late. We’ll see.

In major news from the department of Well That Sucks, via The Digital Reader, see “CreateSpace to Close its Web Store” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/10/13/createspace-close-web-store/.

Note that this estore closure does NOT affect CreateSpace’s other services. For more on that, I recommend you read the original announcement at CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/Help/Index.jsp?orgId=00D300000001Sh9&id=50139000000oxUN.

The biggest immediate impact is that CS pays (well, has paid) an 80% royalty for books sold directly through its estore. Amazon, true to their greedy form, pays a whopping 60%.

This will further widen the gap between authors who already sell a lot of copies and authors who don’t sell as many. I predict it will also burden already struggling print cover designers and interior layout folks.

This causes me to rethink (again) whether going to paper with my books is really all that important. The dwindling royalty makes the $100 I spend for cover and layout considerably larger. Hmmmm.

Damn. And the thing is, I just want to write. So maybe that’s my answer too.
***

Wow. If ever I needed something to soothe my nerves, it was this afternoon.

The day began with my little girl bringing in a packrat. She doesn’t kill them. She just watches them. I’m convinced she’s looking for a friend, someone who will play with her. (In the front yard, she runs with [not chases] rabbits.) But whatever.

I had to get the thing out of the house.

I thought I had done that, and several minutes later I let her outside again. But the idiot packrat remained close by where I let it out.

She grabbed it by the scruff of the neck (like carrying a kitten) and headed for her safe place, under the bed in our bedroom.

So I followed her in there, ran her and her stepsister out, then conducted a meticulous search for the packrat.

Turns out she took her little friend with her and let it go out in the yard. So over all, that was about an hour and a half I’ll never get back.

Then the trip to Sierra Vista to get the brakes repaired on my son’s car. On the phone it was to take about three hours if I could get it there before 9 a.m.

I got it there at 8:15. It was on the rack by 8:20. And it stayed right there on the rack for four straight hours. Then it descended and went next door for an oil change. I finally got back home around 1:30.

Will I write today?

Um, no. I would love to suck the south end out of a northbound cigar, but I won’t do that either. If I did, the frustration would still be there, only then it would be smokey and frustrating. (grin)

No, I’m gonna do zip for the rest of the day, watch a ball game this early evening, then sack out.

And I’m not going to tempt Fate again by saying something stupid like “tomorrow I start writing again.” That’s just crazy talk. I’m seeing that tempting Fate doesn’t generally work out well for me.

So I’ll write again when I sit down and write again. Then, once again, I’ll be a writer. Until then, I’ll be a something-elser.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “FBF [Frankfort Book Fair] marred by violent political altercations” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/fbf-marred-by-violent-political-altercations/.

Frankly, I was surprised TPG didn’t comment on this article, as he often does. So anyway, I’ll comment.

The first-ever book-length poetry collection published as an ebook was mine. It was (is) called Lessons for a Barren Population, and it was nominated for the Book of the Year Award at the Frankfort Book Fair in 1996 or 1998. It didn’t win.

And now that great fair, like everything else, it seems, is all gone to politics. Why don’t people just get over themselves? Frankly, when someone begins to opine about something of which they very obviously have zero first-hand knowledge and zero practical experience, I stop listening. Or as I like to put it, “Your right to free speech doesn’t guarantee you an audience.”

Also from The Passive Voice, for a story idea, maybe, see “In the future” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/in-the-future/.

And from Harvey’s Department of Well, No Sh*t, see “School District Pulls To Kill a Mockingbird: It ‘Makes People Uncomfortable'” at http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/10/14/mississippi_school_district_pulls_to_kill_a_mockingbird_because_it_makes.html.

My opening comment concerning the source department was meant for Arne Duncan, who saw fit to tweet about this toward the end of the article. Ahem. Pretty cheeky tweet IMHO.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 720 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 720

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… 8500
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 161183
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 607791

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 686 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, 10/15

Hey Folks,

I’m really missing (fiction) writing, storytelling, and it will be good to get back to it tomorrow in whatever form it takes.

For me, being immersed in a good story as it develops is like that moment when you smile and sigh as you’re sinking into a tub of hot water. It’s just that good.

One more visiting day with my son and his family and one more day of baseball to see whether the Cubs will tie the series with the Dodgers. I’ll continue following the LCSs tomorrow, etc. but watching games will be secondary to writing.

Oh wow. I nearly broke my Journal posting streak today. I was just in here checking on something else and happened to remember I hadn’t posted it yet. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “Napoleon’s Traveling Library” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/10/napoleons-traveling-library/.

Also via TPV, see “What copyright does not protect” at https://ucomm.wsu.edu/what-copyright-does-not-protect/.

See “Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States” at https://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain. (Get a free PDF download at https://copyright.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/2017-08/publicdomain.pdf.)

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 200 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 200

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… 7780
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 160463
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 607071

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 685 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, 10/5

Hey Folks,

Well, another long post today. Sorry about that. (grin)

It turns out I wrote quite a bit yesterday, considering. I revised the total yesterday before the Journal posted, and today’s numbers are current.  I don’t remember the last time I had such a great day as yesterday. It’s like someone turned on a light.

One thing I realized was that my current WIP isn’t “just” a PI-noir novel but a PI-noir suspense novel. That’s what it was wanting to be, and that’s where I took the wrong turn.

Topic: Writing Environment

The post by Nate Hoffelder in “Of Interest” yesterday keyed this post. It started me thinking (again) about my own writing environment.

As most of you know, I like the idea of a dedicated writing computer without Internet, games, etc. Why? Because when you sit down at a computer that’s dedicated to your fiction, it keys your subconscious that it’s time to play.

But when writing fiction I also enjoy the ease of hopping online for a moment to check a reference, etc. And I am able to do that without being drawn to check emails, Facebook etc.

For the better part of two years I did that in a structure I call The Adobe Hovel. It’s basically a stacked-mud storage-room structure about 150 feet from my house.

I put a LOT of short stories and novels through my dedicated writing computer out in that Hovel.
Unfortunately, the distance combined with the 3-foot thick walls, put the Hovel JUST outside the range of my WiFi.

So to “jump online” I had to use my phone’s hotspot, and that takes time, another distraction. It also involves data, and that gets expensive. Then a family of scorpions moved into the Hovel and I moved back to my home office.

I also have an outside desk, a plastic-coated wire-frame desk just outside my office window, where I write quite a bit. Of course, it’s within range of WiFi, so it’s all good.

But awhile back, I decided to try to do everything on one computer. My “new” Lenovo. I chose that one mostly because the battery lasts close to 5 hours vs. a little over an hour on my old HP computer.

But I’ve struggled with writing on the new computer. The keyboard has a slightly different feel, the screen is a different configuration, and so on. Just little things, but things that almost continually interrupt my writing.

And recently I’ve realized I’m more prone to spending longer online (email, FB, etc.) or playing a game on the new computer than I was on my dedicated writing computer.

So yesterday I switched back to my dedicated writing computer. And I had the best day I’ve had in a long time.

No doubt part of that was because I took the time to cycle back through the WIP and let the characters tell me where I took a wrong turn. But part of it was because I felt like I was Home again.

I also ran the power cord through the window so I won’t have to worry about the battery. (grin) And once again I can say writing fiction is the most fun a guy can have with his clothes on.
***

I rolled out late this morning after watching the wildcard baseball game last night. Great game.

I was chomping at the bit to get back to the story. I looked it over again. Turns out I cut a little over 2000 words, so a little more than the new number of words I wrote yesterday.

Anyway, I read the revised version to my wife. She didn’t miss any of the stuff I cut during my cycling session yesterday. Some of what I cut probably will make it back into the novel later.

I wrote around 400 new words this morning, then stopped to take a look at a manuscript a guy sent me for which he wants me to provide a copyedit.

Then for some reason my writing ‘puter went glitchy, so I dealt with that for awhile. Finally I restarted it and everything’s fine again, but that ate up a couple of hours.

I was headed back to the novel a little before 11 when I received notes on the previous one from my first reader, Kenneth Flowers. I can’t say enough about how good this guy is at being a pure first reader. If you need one, email Kenneth at krf1952@gmail.com.

NOW back to the novel. (grin) It’s a little after 12.

Well, I’m a little disappointed. It’s not being the big day I was expecting, but good enough I guess. I was so impressed with the technique I realized yesterday that I practiced a lot of the same thing today. (grin)

I let the writing rip for awhile (subconscious), then went back and checked (conscious) to be sure I was applying what I learned recently. Then I allowed myself to touch it on the way through (subconscious again). It’s coming along.

This will definitely be a learning novel, and I think it will be a plateau novel. It will take me to another level. And I’m not bragging here. As with any art form, there’s a natural progression.

A musician learns how to make that particular note, a painter how to create the exact shade, and a writer how to add just enough description (always through the POV character’s senses) without drowning in it.

From what I’ve heard, the first million words of writing novels gets you to the point you’re more or less a “novelist.” After that, if you continue to learn and apply what you learn, from time to time you attain a new level as certain epiphanies occur.

By my count, this will be my fourth transition.

I read a lot, and I judge my own work against that of some of the authors I whose work I read. There are a few who put out a quality I still feel like I’ll never approach.

But at the moment I’m closing in on the quality of craft of one of my favorite authors (James Lee Burke). I’ve surpassed a couple of best-selling authors. I won’t mention those names publicly. If only I were a master at marketing. (grin)

In the meantime, I’ll keep hacking along at whatever speed I can manage.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “Text-only news sites are slowly…” at https://www.poynter.org/news/text-only-news-sites-are-slowly-making-comeback-heres-why. This is VERY good news.

And it might be time to get on Instagram. Again via The Passive Voice, see “The Instagram Poet Outselling Homer Ten to One” at https://www.thecut.com/2017/10/profile-rupi-kaur-author-of-milk-and-honey.html.

Fiction Words: 1193
Nonfiction Words: 1110 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2303

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 9875
Total fiction words for the year………… 444021
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4090
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 156773
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 600794

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 676 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, 10/2

Hey Folks,

First and foremost, my heart goes out to the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas, and my unbridled rage to the shooter. Damn him.

Rolled out way late this morning. Almost 5 a.m. That’s a couple of hours late for me.
Partly though it was a choice. As I work toward snapping off my cigar-smoking habit at the end of this week, the later I get up the easier it will be to smoke fewer cigars per day so my current stash will last through Friday.

I can’t say I’ll be sorry to see the little monsters go. Since I made the decision over a week ago to stop being so selfish, I’ve enjoyed exactly two of the several cigars I smoked.

The rest tasted, as one friend so wittily described them, like “a rolled up batch of stinkweed held together with duct tape and bailing wire.” (Thanks, DB.)
***

Got a little writing done this morning before 8 a.m. on yet another fiction that sprang hard into my head. It ricocheted around awhile, propelled by a very light discussion of religion (not spirituality) and belief vs. truth on Facebook.

Don’t know whether the opening I wrote will go anywhere. It isn’t any easier playing God in a fiction than it is in real life. (Been there, done that, found it way too much responsibility.)

But it was 800 words of sheer fun (see “God Piece” below). The good news is, if it goes anywhere at all, it’ll be a novel. Far too much to play with to be a short story. Or a short anything.

In fact, I don’t think I could finish it in a month, so I’ll probably save it for sometime next year.

In the meantime, I’ll push it to the side and get back to the for-sure PI humor-noir novel I started yesterday. Onward.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Digital Reader and Open Culture, at “the Flickr account PhotosNormandie, you can browse and search over 4,300 high resolution photographs from the pivotal Normandy campaign.” See https://www.flickr.com/photos/photosnormandie/with/37364227366/. I’m not clear on whether some or all of these are in the public domain or otherwise royalty-free. Browsing some of them brought back memories of my time in the Corps.

Also see “People Are Weird About Books” (and I even left a couple of comments) at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/09/29/people-weird-books-attempts-improve-fix-books-web-browser-proves/.

Via The Passive Voice, “Remove Watermarks Online?” is an interesting read. See https://artlawjournal.com/watermarks/.

Just for fun, if you think you know the “10 Commandments,” check http://disinfo.com/2010/02/the-ten-commandments-we-always-see-arent-the-ten-commandments/.

Fiction Words: 2967
Nonfiction Words: 430 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3397

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

Writing of “God Piece”
Day 1…… 0800 words. Total words to date…… 800

Total fiction words for the month……… 5472
Total fiction words for the year………… 439618
Total nonfiction words for the month… 770
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 153453
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 593071

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 673 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, 9/24

Hey Folks,

Rolled out on time this morning, spent some time waking up, then hammered out around 1500 words by about 7:30. Some time off for family stuff now, and back to the novel later in the day.

Around 10, back to the novel.

Another break around 11, then some baseball and back to the novel. Turned out to be a pretty good day, especially for a Sunday.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

More comments on Dean’s Sacred Cows post at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/killing-the-sacred-cows-of-publishing-beta-readers-help-you/#comments. To see the new stuff, scroll down to K. Vale Nagle.

Via The Passive Voice, see “7 Free Online Tools for Writers and Authors” at http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2017/7-free-online-tools-for-writers-and-authors/. (I haven’t checked this personally yet.)

Fiction Words: 3723
Nonfiction Words: 120 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3843

Writing of Loose Ends (novel, working title)

Day 1 – 15……………………… Total words to date…… 34735
Day 16… 1146 words. Total words to date…… 35881
Day 17… 1102 words. Total words to date…… 36983
Day 18… 3723 words. Total words to date…… 40706

Total fiction words for the month……… 47787
Total fiction words for the year………… 427407
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13633
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 150033
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 577440

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 665 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 8
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Saturday, 9/23

Hey Folks,

Rolled out a little late this morning even though I went to bed on time. Catching up, I guess.

I actually wrote a little on the novel (after breakfast the usual early morning wandering around the Internet), but my wife’s ready to head for SV soon, so it’s a shower and a shave and be back in a bit.

Well, “a bit” turned into about five hours. Then Internet to square away a botched order, etc. Finally back to the novel at 1:40.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

I recommend reading the comments on “Beta Readers” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/killing-the-sacred-cows-of-publishing-beta-readers-help-you/#comments/.

And do see “Well, That Was Fun” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/well-that-was-fun/. It’s a very short continuation of yesterday’s post.

For any SF writers out or would-be moon colonists out there, see “What is Space 4.0?” at http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Ministerial_Council_2016/What_is_space_4.0. Tons of interesting links there too.

And via The Passive Voice, see “Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain” (grin) at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/09/starting-your-day-on-the-internet-is-damaging-your-brain/. You can click through but The Passive Guy’s take on the article is excellent. NOTE: I DID find this interesting enough to consider altering my early morning ritual. If you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Also via TPV, see “Danielle Steel’s Desk Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen” at https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/09/danielle-steels-desk-is-unlike-anything-youve-ever-seen.

Fiction Words: 1102
Nonfiction Words: 220 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1322

Writing of Loose Ends (novel, working title)

Day 1 – 15……………………… Total words to date…… 34735
Day 16… 1146 words. Total words to date…… 35881
Day 17… 1102 words. Total words to date…… 36983

Total fiction words for the month……… 44064
Total fiction words for the year………… 423684
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13513
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 149913
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 573597

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 664 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 8
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Tuesday, 9/19

Hey Folks,

For awhile, occasionally I’ve included links to articles on Science Alert. Recently I’ve come to believe it’s more of a populist rag with sensational, click-bait headlines than a valid source of stimulating information.

So I looked around.

If you’re interested in space and science, try https://www.space.com/. If it looks interesting to you, you can sign up for any or all of three separate newsletters:

Space.com newsletter, headlines about the space program, space tourism and more.

LiveScience newsletter, the day’s science news covering space, animals, health, environment, technology and history.

TechNewsDaily newsletter, technology news and information for non-geeks.

If you’re interested in exploring our own solar system, I recommend Solar System Exploration at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/. I didn’t see a way to subscribe, so I’ll be visiting this one regularly.

And finally, you can find all things NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/.

All three of these are listed with the subheading Science under Writers’ Resources in the left sidebar of my website.

If you haven’t visited in awhile, that would be a good place for you to explore too. A lot of great stuff there. Just sayin’.

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An early trip to the grocery for stuff for supper tonight, then home. But I spent a lot of time just playing, on my website, then on FB.

Finally to the writing around 10. For at least the first part of the writing day, it will be the same process I was following yesterday.

Well, when I get to the novel it will be the same. (grin) I spent the next hour and a half writing a nonfiction article called “On Addiction.” I published it as a note on Facebook.

I’ve decided I have to give up smoking cigars, and I decided to make the decision public so it will maybe help other addicts too. If you don’t do Facebook and you’d like a copy, send me an email.

In fact, a little later I think I’ll come up with a cover and distribute it to Smashwords, Amazon and D2D as a free publication. I’ll also add it to my main website as a page under the Free Stuff tab.

Now, a little before noon, I’m finally opening the novel. I’ll be doing more adjusting and stitching together, so I expect a low word count for today.

But that’s all right. Just the way this one’s going together. And I have a feeling once the stitching is finished and I have the timeline right, it’ll be a race to the finish.

It’s almost 2 p.m. now. I think a lot of the stitching is finished, and I’ve added only about 200 words. That’s good, though, because I didn’t have to stitch much. (grin)

I also think I’m going to have to cycle all the way from the beginning and read through to get back into the flow of the story.

Welp, I always feel like crap when I don’t get much writing done. I did a ton today but very little was in new fiction words. There’s (almost) always tomorrow.

See you then.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Guy, see “Where Crime Fiction Meets the Talmud” at https://electricliterature.com/where-crime-fiction-meets-the-talmud-6f62214a5da8.

Articles to titillate the imagination. See LiveScience at https://www.livescience.com/.

More articles to titillate the imagination. See Space.com at https://www.space.com/.

Fiction Words: 1012
Nonfiction Words: 550 (Journal) 1230 (“On Addiction”)
So total words for the day: 2790

Writing of Current Novel (novel, working title)

Day 1…… 1781 words. Total words to date…… 1781
Day 2…… 2678 words. Total words to date…… 4459
Day 3…… 1142 words. Total words to date…… 5601
Day 4…… 2460 words. Total words to date…… 8061
Day 5…… 1302 words. Total words to date…… 9363
Day 6…… 3182 words. Total words to date…… 12545
Day 7…… 3775 words. Total words to date…… 16320
Day 8…… 3147 words. Total words to date…… 19467
Day 9…… 2780 words. Total words to date…… 22247
Day 10… 3614 words. Total words to date…… 25861
Day 11… 1514 words. Total words to date…… 27375
Day 12… 3452 words. Total words to date…… 30827
Day 13… 1747 words. Total words to date…… 32574
Day 14… 1012 words. Total words to date…… 33586

Total fiction words for the month……… 40667
Total fiction words for the year………… 420287
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11450
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 147850
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 568137

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 660 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 8
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182