The Journal, Wednesday, January 10

Hey Folks,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back soon.

Of Interest

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

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

Writing of The Origin Novel (working title)

BF…………… 32658 words.
Day 1…… 2689 words. Total words to date…… 35347
Day 2…… 2636 words. Total words to date…… 37983
Day 3…… 3189 words. Total words to date…… 41172
Day 4…… 2525 words. Total words to date…… 43697
Day 5…… 2609 words. Total words to date…… 46306
Day 6…… 2455 words. Total words to date…… 48761
Day 7…… 1341 words. Total words to date…… 50102
Day 8…… 2354 words. Total words to date…… 52456
Day 9…… 1194 words. Total words to date…… 53650
Day 10… 3297 words. Total words to date…… 56947

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

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 0
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

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