The Journal, Tuesday, 8/8

Hey Folks,

Well, I got a good night’s rest last night. Still not feeling up to par, but a little better maybe.

I decided to offer the ebook edition of The Rise of a Warrior to users of Facebook (and you) free of charge. You can read a description of the book at http://harveystanbrough.com/the-rise-of-a-warrior/.

The Rise of a Warrior is a stand-alone book, but it’s also chronologically the first book of the Wes Crowley series. All you have to do is email me to let me know whether you want Kindle, .epub or .pdf.

Thus far (about 6 hours into the offer) I’ve had one email from one guy who took me up on it. (grin) If anybody out there wants it, let me know.

This is a promo thing I’m doing. I’ll keep the offer open for probably a week.

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Started a new online workshop with DWS this morning. As is usual, I learned something even in the introductory week. The course hasn’t yet paid for itself but it probably will by the end of next week’s session.

I’m being intentionally vague about this, but after I’ve finished the workshop I’ll tell you which one it was and critique it here. As is the case with most of his craft workshops, I expect to learn things I can use across the genres.

Today, and Writing

I rose at my normal time and wheedled away the entire morning. Still not feeling fully up to speed, so I haven’t pressed anything. In fact, I read quite a bit this morning, a nonfiction titled “I Hear You Paint Houses.”

The book is based on interviews with a man who claims to have been complicit in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. He was also one of Hoffa’s two closest friends.

The book is incredibly detailed, with many facts about the man’s personal experiences from childhood up through World War II (thus far). So I guess I could say I spent the morning doing research. (grin)

Finally, a little after noon, I put down my Kindle and came to write this stuff and then maybe write a little fiction.

No, I tweaked the header on my website, then the header on my HarveyStanbrough.com Facebook page. Simplified the text. An hour and a half later, I decided to make this a nonwriting day and maybe read some more.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Of possible interest, see “Adobe Spark” courtesy of The Passive Guy at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/08/adobe-spark/. I’m thinking this might be a handy way to create book covers for some of you who want to give it a shot. There’s a direct link to try Spark (it’s free) at the bottom of his post.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 460 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 460

Writing of “” ()

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 13581
Total fiction words for the year………… 376559
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3510
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 122620
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 499179

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 620 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Monday, 8/7

Hey Folks,

A little under the weather today. Nothing serious, just blah. Not sure how much writing I’ll get done, if any. Feels like a day of doing zip.

I added my most recent novel, a whodunit mystery, to the website. You can see it at http://harveystanbrough.com/the-implications/.

Topic: Ebook Editors (actually, formatting programs)

This stuff was going to go into “Of Interest” but it’s too important. Especially for those who are new to ebook publishing or thinking about ebook publishing.

If you fit either of those categories, or if you are frustrated with your current formatting process or software, here are a few articles I strongly recommend you read.

One: “How to Use Reedsy’s Book Editor to Format Ebooks and Print for Free” at https://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-use-reedsys-book-editor-to-format-ebooks-and-print/.

I’m not wild about the “‘for’ free” appelation, but the article itself is pretty good. I won’t be using Reedsy myself because

1. It’s browser based. There’s no program to download and I’m more of a want-it-on-my-computer kind of guy.

2. I’m happy with MS Word for my formatting. But I’ve been at it a long while so it’s easy-peasy.

Two: In light of my second note above, here’s a link to my free “The Essentials of Digital Publishing,” which explains in detail how to format your Word .doc for submission to Draft2Digital, Smashwords, et al (who then convert your .doc to .epub, .mobi and .pdf): http://harveystanbrough.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/DPubV2X.pdf/. I sold a bunch of copies for $10, and this is free. Just sayin’.

Three: For another article on using MS Word as a formatting platform, see “Book Production Advice: How to Format an Ebook using Microsoft Word” at https://selfpublishingadvice.org/book-production-advice-how-to-format-an-ebook-using-microsoft-word/. I’ve read it. It’s pretty good, but only for formatting ebooks.

Four: If you’re a Mac user, I recommend Vellum as I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. It’s not available for PCs, but you can read “Production: Vellum as a Formatting Tool for Print” at https://selfpublishingadvice.org/vellum-for-print/.

Five: Finally, if you’d like a simple but thorough guide into the ins and outs of Microsoft Word, check out my free blog series “Microsoft Word for Writers” at http://harveystanbrough.com/microsoft-word-for-writers/. Nothing I hate worse than receiving a manuscript for editing and seeing that the writer still used the Tab bar or the space bar to indent the first line of paragraphs. Ugh.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out way early again. Not sure why, and I didn’t feel well. I thought I might start another story, but if I wrote something today it would be just to put words on a page. So calling today a non-writing day.

Went to the grocery and the post office, did a load of laundry, read a little, watched some TV. Stuff like that.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See the stuff in the Topic above.

Via The Passive Voice, see “Note to All Creatives: Marketing is Your Job” at https://medium.com/the-mission/note-to-all-creatives-marketing-is-your-job-6c4adecc38bf/.

Also, an article about one part of the decline of humanity (in my opinion). Like cursive writing, doing math without calculators, and dictionaries beginning to insist that “imply” and “infer” are interchangeable, there inevitably comes a time when it’s easier to change the technology than to teach skills to those who use it. See “The End of Typing: The Internet’s Next Billion Users Want Video and Voice” at https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-end-of-typing-the-internets-next-billion-users-will-use-video-and-voice-1502116070/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 500 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 500

Writing of “” ()

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 13581
Total fiction words for the year………… 376559
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3050
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 122160
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 498719

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 620 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Sunday, 8/6

Hey Folks,

Not sure what the day will hold, but at least I got some writing done and finished the story.

Today, and Writing

I rose way early, a little before 2, so the girls could spend some time outside before the kids and grandkids get up. (My babies spend all their time under my bed when anyone’s visiting.)

I started writing at 4. Did a lot of cycling back to add in small details (verisimilitude, that) and wrote a little over 1400 words to finish the story. Probably no more writing today, and that’s fine.

After the visit I’ll watch some baseball.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

At Dean’s place, of particular interest, there’s still room in all of the online workshops for August. I can’t recommend these enough, folks. In fact, I’m enrolled in one this month. Details to follow. See http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/store-and-auction/.

Fiction Words: 1450
Nonfiction Words: 150 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1600

Writing of “Going Home” (short story)

Day 1…… 3109 words. Total words to date…… 3109
Day 2…… 0802 words. Total words to date…… 3911
Day 3…… 1450 words. Total words to date…… 5361 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 13581
Total fiction words for the year………… 376559
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2550
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 121660
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 498219

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 619 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Saturday, 8/5

Hey Folks,

Well, not a lot going on today. One of my sons and his family are visiting, so the day will flow as it’s supposed to.

Today, and Writing

Rose early, finally started writing at around 5, got around 800 words done before visiting started. I’ll get back to it later, depending on what the children decide to do.

Well, not gonna get anymore writing done today. I’m a little annoyed with myself that I wasn’t able to find the end of the story today. Maybe tomorrow morning.

See you then.

Of Interest

Nothing again that I saw unless you’re interested in attending Dean’s Master Business Workshop on the coast in October. Then check his site at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/smiths-monthly-issues/.

Fiction Words: 802
Nonfiction Words: 130 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 932

Writing of “Untitled” (short story)

Day 1…… 3109 words. Total words to date…… 3109
Day 2…… 802 words. Total words to date…… 3911

Total fiction words for the month……… 12131
Total fiction words for the year………… 375109
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2400
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 121510
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 496619

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 618 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Friday, 8/4

Hey Folks,

Back in June when I was writing a short story every day, I had a few I wanted to turn into novels. I’m going to glance back over those today.

If I find something that runs with me, I’ll write it.

If I don’t, I’ll start writing a short story every day again (beginning today) until I hit on an idea that wants to be a novel. (grin)

TOPIC: ISBNs, Copyright, etc.

I’m astounded by the general lack of knowledge of writers about the writing business as evidenced by some of the questions I receive.

This morning a friend wrote to ask whether he could use the CreateSpace (hereafter, CS) ISBN if he had the book printed by someone else. (No. Every edition of a book has to have a separate ISBN.)

CS charges no upfront fees. The only fee is a per-book charge of around $2 to $3 per book, and that’s your cost if you order copies of the book to sell yourself. Personally, I see no reason to even do that.

If you charge enough to put the book on Extended Distribution through CS, it will be listed through Ingram et al and offered for sale in all the various catalogs.

It will also show up in any Amazon (B&N, Kobo, etc.) search right alongside the ebook. And THAT’S the main reason I offer my books in paper. For the price comparison.

If you order a bunch of copies because you want to “hold your book in your hand,” you’re costing yourself money. If you have a venue where you can sell them yourself (speaking engagements, indie bookstores, etc.), you’ll make a tidy profit.

But otherwise, for copies sold through Extended Distribution and normal channels, you’ll make about $2 in royalties (about 10%) per copy sold.

Your ebook, on the other hand, will earn you a whopping 70-80% of the list price, depending on the venue.

The paper edition of one of my books sells for $15.99. For every paper copy that sells, I earn about $2.

The ebook edition of the same book costs $4.99, a much more attractive price. For every ebook copy that sells, I earn between $3.50 and $4.00.

In the same email, my friend asked whether he has to send a “hard copy” to the Library of Congress. He said “I know at one time all publishers, including self publishers had to do this.”

Again, no. And no, they weren’t. Nor do you need an LCCN (Library of Congress Catalogue Number).

The LCCN, which by my estimate 99.83652987% of novice authors/publishers fret over, doesn’t even ensure that your work is in the actual Library of Congress.

Most novice writers, from what I’ve been able to discern, believe they either “have” to have an LCCN or that having one will somehow cause their work to be enshrined in the Library of Congress. Neither case is true.

Requesting and purchasing (yep, it costs money) an LCCN only ensures a listing in their catalogue, which again does absolutely nothing to benefit the author or the work.

For questions on copyright, see the US Copyright Office at http://www.copyright.gov/.

Today, and Writing

Got up late this morning (for me) at around 4 and spent the first couple hours doing nothing much. Normal email and FB and the topic above.

Didn’t find a June story to run with, so I knocked out a couple thousand words on a new story. Breaking about 9 to do a little yard work (mowing) on the part that’s dry.

Finished with the yard (it’s probably an acre but mows like 5 acres) in a little over an hour. Now to finish the short story for today. Then I think I’m gonna take some time off to watch baseball. (grin)

Well, the game starts at 11. So I’ll get a shower, watch the game and finish the story later today.

Well, I went back to the story for awhile, but it seems to want to be either a long short story or maybe a novella. We’ll see.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nada today.

Fiction Words: 3109
Nonfiction Words: 680 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3789

Writing of “Untitled” (short story)

Day 1…… 3109 words. Total words to date…… 3109

Total fiction words for the month……… 11329
Total fiction words for the year………… 374307
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2270
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 121380
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 495687

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 617 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Thursday, 8/3

Hey Folks,

Well, the curator giveth and the curator taketh away. One of the bundles my work was going to be in was deleted by the curator. I think maybe he scheduled it too soon (August 15). Anyway…

Topic: Creating .epub and .mobi Files… Uh, No

In “Of Interest” today, Nate Hoffelder (The Digital Reader) mentions that Amazon has released a Kindle Create file creation tool as an add-in for Microsoft Word.

He goes on awhile too about creating .epub files, for which there are various programs.

Maybe I’m missing something, but I just don’t understand why this would matter, ever, to a writer. Even when I was eformatting for other folks, I did all the formatting in Microsoft Word. I’ve never created a .mobi (Kindle) or .epub (everything else) file.

When I upload my MS Word document to Draft2Digital, D2D automatically generates a clean, validated .epub file and a clean .mobi (Kindle) file that I can use any way I like. In fact, that .epub file is the one I upload to BundleRabbit.

The fact that you can upload your .doc or .docx file to D2D is exactly why I wonder why ANYbody in this day and age would opt NOT to publish to ebooks as well as paper.

Yes, I DO understand that if you create your own .epub and .mobi files manually, you can control more of the formatting, etc. Like adding drop caps, etc.

But I also know that on most e-readers, final formatting is up to the reader. So all the hours the “writer” (turned “formatter”) spent formatting his .epub or .mobi file can be negated in half a heartbeat. Dropcaps gone. Orientation changed. Font faces and sizes changed.

Besides, I’d rather spend those hours writing. Or, you know, rolling a sheet of paper into a cone and poking myself in the eye.

If anyone out there knows what I’m missing (i.e., a good reason to spend time creating .epub and/or .mobi files), please let me know.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out a little early this morning. Even after doing the email and Facebook thing (and writing the above), I turned to the novel for the first session at 3:30 a.m.

Well, this is gonna be one of those books. I wrote most of a new chapter, then just stopped. There were a few interruptions, but I’m used to those. I can be interrupted, take a few minutes to an hour or longer off, and come right back to the novel and pick up as if I’d never left.

But not this morning. What I wrote this morning wasn’t right. Now, this isn’t me reading it and being critical. This is my subconscious, as I’m writing, saying I’m not getting the right words on the page. Or maybe not in the right order.

So I’ll move what I wrote this morning to the end, put it in the “Cuts” section, and make another run at it in a little while.

Nope. The whole time I’ve had in the back of my mind that this would be a novel. It isn’t. It’s about one event. It’s a short story.

Oh well.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “The joys of volunteering for Distributed Proofreaders” at https://teleread.org/2017/08/02/the-joys-of-volunteering-for-distributed-proofreaders/. Just in case it’s your cuppa tea.

Via The Digital Reader, “Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word Released” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/08/02/kindle-create-add-microsoft-word-released/. Note that both tools are currently in Beta (testing) phase.

Fiction Words: 2389
Nonfiction Words: 580 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2969

Writing of “Pancho & Lefty: An Alternate Ending” (short story)

Day 1…… 2738 words. Total words to date…… 2738
Day 2…… 1975 words. Total words to date…… 4713
Day 3…… 2389 words. Total words to date…… 7102 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 8220
Total fiction words for the year………… 371198
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1590
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 120700
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 491898

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 616 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Wednesday, 8/2

Hey Folks,

There is a LOT of good information in “Of Interest” below. Be sure to check it out.

A couple of days ago I announced here (to my friends) that I had another request for one of my books for a bundle. It happened again yesterday after I filed the Journal for the day. Too cool!

And then today, I received requests to include three more of my books in bundles. WAY cool! (grin)

By February, I’ll have books in

  • Dystopia (current, A Rough New World);
  • Guns of the West (current, No Kind’a Time and “A Turning Point for Charlie Pilsen”);
  • Cowpunchers and Gunfighters (August 15, Commanche Fire);
  • Gumshoes (October 2, Without a Clue);
  • Remembering Warriors (January 1, Rise of a Warrior); and
  • Frisky February (February 1, The Overall Effect of Them). I am STOKED!

So one more reason to be glad I’m writing what I want to write, and writing across genres.

If you aren’t in BundleRabbit yet, get there!

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Below in “Of Interest” is an article on Legal Myths. I recommend it. However, I disagree with the author re the need to register copyright.

I personally do not register my copyright with the copyright office. If I did, I probably would do so one year at a time.

I would bundle all my writing for 2016 (for example), title it “Works of Harvey Stanbrough, 2016” and register it for one fee. But I don’t even do that. I publish works soon after they’re finished, and the publication date should be ample proof.

Today, and Writing

I worked a little on a handout for the upcoming Storytelling at Depth workshop. Still a couple of spots open.

Did some other stuff, a lot of online playing, etc. Around 10:30 I moved to the novel.

I didn’t feel good about the opening I wrote yesterday, but I wasn’t sure why. This morning I realized I’d started too late in the story.

So today I wrote a new opening, then cycled through the whole thing.

I was also interrupted a LOT today, but all of it was good interruptions.

Three times I was interrupted by curators requesting my books for inclusion in bundles at BundleRabbit. As an added bonus, one of my friend Alison Holt’s books was ALSO requested for one of those bundles! And I think she only uploaded it today. How cool is that?

So not a big writing day today, but I feel back on track with the novel and good about everything else.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “5 Legal Myths That Writers Still Fall For, Debunked” at https://www.bookworks.com/2017/04/legal-myths-debunked-writers-authors/.

Wow. Check the comments at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-finished-challenge-made/#comments. There are a lot of “congrats” but a few meaty ones too.

I’m not wild about the full title you’ll find, but check these “10 Brutal Truths” at http://thepowerofideas.ideapod.com/10-brutal-truths-life-will-help-get-shit-together/. Not directly related to writing, but SO pertinent. Well done, other than the title.

Check Dean’s “A New Day” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/a-new-day/. Toward the bottom, he offers both an audio and a video of a podcast he just did. It’s chock full of gems. I strongly recommend it. (I prefer the video.)

Finally, while I was watching the podcast above, I also stumbled across “Being Prolific as a Fiction Writer” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH1wz-YnFe0/. Again, I strongly recommend it. A lot about the history of writing here.

Fiction Words: 1975
Nonfiction Words: 550 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2525

Writing of A Kindness (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2738 words. Total words to date…… 2738
Day 2…… 1975 words. Total words to date…… 4713

Total fiction words for the month……… 5831
Total fiction words for the year………… 368809
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1010
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 120120
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 488929

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 615 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Tuesday, 8/1

Hey Folks,

Well, five are signed up for the writing intensive now. Three slots left, and one more would-be attendee is thinking about it.

Today I’ll endeavor to finish my July novel. (grin) Whenever I finish, I’ll have 8 novels or novellas at the beginning of the 8th month of the year.

With my annual goal of 15 novels or novellas on the year, I’m going to plan to write two novels per month for August, September and October. Absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be able to do that.

During August also I’m prepping for and teaching the intensive, and I’ll begin another online workshop with Dean to keep advancing my own skills. All in all, wow do I ever love this life.

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I’ve talked a lot about Draft2Digital, a distributor for ebooks. They’ve added Overdrive now to their distribution list, helping writers get into a boatload of libraries. Check it out at https://draft2digital.com/blog/.

Today, and Writing

I started writing (inside) at about 8:45. By 9 I realized the last chapter I wrote yesterday was a false ending. And it was actually longer than the last chapter I wrote today. (grin) Go figure.

I ditched it.

I sat back for a minute, then put my fingers on the keyboard again. A little less than an hour later, I’d written 1118 words and the thing was done. And it’s tight.

I’ll take a break now, then start the next one.

Started writing again around noon. All I had was a mental image of two guys in a military truck in a foreign country in a driving rain watching something. The driver wanted to be there. The passenger did not.

A little over 1100 words in the first hour. Then I wanted a cigar so I packed up and headed for the Hovel. Turned on the swamp cooler out there, lit a cigar and hammered out another thousand words.

Then the squirrels who live in the wood and junk pile just outside the door of the Hovel started sounding off with a bark that sounds like birdsong.

I got up and went outside. I said, “Little Bit, are you out here?”

She came walking out from under the travel trailer we use as a spare bedroom. So now I have cat-alarm squirrels.

I packed up and headed back to the house.

At 2:50, I returned to the story.

I wrote ’til around 3:30, then called it. Good day.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Read Dean’s “Novel Four: Finished. Challenge Made!” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-finished-challenge-made/. Be sure to read the bold face stuff too below the post. That starts with “Total for Challenge.”

Via The Passive Voice, see “The Power of the Unlikeable Protagonist” at http://writerunboxed.com/2017/07/01/the-power-of-the-unlikeable-protagonist/.

Fiction Words: 3856
Nonfiction Words: 460 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4316

Writing of A Kindness (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2738 words. Total words to date…… 2738

Writing of The Implications (formerly tentatively titled Graham’s Road)
362978
Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928
Day 13… 4125 words. Total words to date…… 29053
Day 14… 1118 words. Total words to date…… 30171 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 3856
Total fiction words for the year………… 366834
Total nonfiction words for the month… 460
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119570
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 486404

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 614 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Monday, 7/31

Hey Folks,

The Last Day of July! Woohoo! Today I’ll finish my 26th novel. With any luck, I’ll begin the 27th. Well, I might wait until August 1 just to be honest about it.

Today, and Writing

Headed out to the Hovel at around 10. Struggling a little as I head for the end game on this one. The characters tossed up one more twist. Very weird.

So I wrote awhile, then cycled back through almost the whole book to make sure everything fit. Then I wrote some more, cycled back some more, and wrote some more.

Well, I found the end, but I didn’t finish. Mea culpa. Guess I’m not as bulletproof as I thought. Tomorrow I will have missed one month in my goal to complete a novel every month. But I think I won’t mourn too long. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing today.

Fiction Words: 4125
Nonfiction Words: 150 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4275

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928
Day 13… 4125 words. Total words to date…… 29053

Total fiction words for the month……… 25021
Total fiction words for the year………… 362978
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 482008

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 613 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Sunday, 7/30

Hey Folks,

Cool. I woke this morning to a request to include yet another of my books, Rise of a Warrior, in a bundle at BundleRabbit. Not only is it a good stand-alone novel, but it’s also the first book in the Wes Crowley series. Uh, yeah. I’ll do that. (grin)

If you don’t have your work listed with BundleRabbit yet, why not? Check it out at http://bundlerabbit.com. The account is free, and every time your story or book is bundled, you gain access to new readers.

And yes, you can upload short stories and collections as well as novellas and novels. Just do it already.

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Still a few slots open for the writing intensive. As a reminder, it’s on Wednesday, 16 August, here in beautiful downtown St. David.

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I actually sacked out early last night and rose early this morning. Feels good to be back on track. I spent the first couple of hours playing, looking at parlor-sized (3/4 sized) guitars online.

But I don’t think I’m gonna buy one just yet. I still have stories to tell, and I really don’t have time for more than one passionate pursuit.

Today, and Writing

To the novel at 6. I’m getting anxious to have this one over and done. That string of three-digit word counts is bugging me.

Ran into another problem with the situation. I know the end is close, but I also don’t have a clue where it is. Exciting but frustrating too.

I’m pretty sure now I won’t wrap this one until tomorrow. I won’t rush the ending either, but I don’t think I’ll need to anyway. As I said, it feels like I’m in the proximity.

Worked on it off and on during the day, mostly in 15 and 20 minute bits. Around noon I took a couple hours off to watch the Cubs play the Brewers. Then around 2:20 I headed out to the Hovel (first time since I’ve been back) to put in at least one solid session today.

Little girl’s been really needy today, following me around and so on. Right now she’s under the bed (thunder in the area) so I went to the Hovel.

I have to find a way to get to the Hovel more often. All day in those short bits, I wrote about 1700 words. In one hour and a half session in the Hovel, I wrote the rest. Wow. That’s the power of having a place where your subconscious is trained to write.

I think I could have written more too, but I worked myself into a corner and ran out of time. I might need to rethink what time I post the Journal. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via Linda Adams on her Facebook page, you’re cheating yourself of a great time if you don’t read “Self Publishing Destroys the Universe at https://medium.com/@kevintumlinson/self-publishing-destroys-the-universe-9b4cb0276518/. It’s a little long, but a ton of fun.

See Dean’s “Novel Four: Day Four” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-day-four/. Incredible. Here I am struggling to finish a single novel of only around 30,000 words (maybe) and he’s about to finish his fourth 40,000+ word novel of the month.

I don’t compare myself to Dean, but I do use him for inspiration and to realize what’s possible. (grin)

Fiction Words: 3725
Nonfiction Words: 550 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4275

Writing of Graham’s Road (short novel)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928

Total fiction words for the month……… 25021
Total fiction words for the year………… 362978
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 482008

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 612 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179