The Journal, Wednesday, November 8

Hey Folks,

Well, I believe (knock on wood) the worst of the cigar madness is behind me.

Something in my mind sort of snapped late yesterday, leading to a lot more clarity than I’ve enjoyed in a while. I hope it stays that way.
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I wrote for a little while, just some dialogue between two wise guys over a poker hand, something to get my hand in.

One wise guy is complaining that his associates think he doesn’t understand the concept of LOL all that well.

The other asks him for an example.

The first one says, “Oh. Well, I mean, say I’m workin’ a blade into this numbers guy an’ I say, ‘Hey, this is a STICKY situation, ain’t it? LOL.’ Now how is that not appropriate?

“I mean, a ‘sticky’ situation? You get it, am I right?

“Or since I gotta hit him with the knife several times, you know, to be sure, maybe I say ‘Hey, it’s almost like you’re STUCK in time, eh? LOL.’ Eh? Eh? You see where I’m goin’ here, am I right?”

He looks away, takes a drag off a cigarette, mumbles, “An’ they say I ain’t got the concept.” He shakes his head and looks up at his friend. “Seriously, can you believe that or what?”
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Otherwise I installed the Opera browser on my business computer. Firefox was just dragging it down too much. But get this: Opera imported all my bookmarks, etc. from Firefox and I didn’t even have to ask. It’s a quick browser that, at least so far, doesn’t eat up a lot of CPU or memory.

I also revised my website a little more, again, still fine-tuning it to be a writer’s website. This time I got rid of the left sidebar, put everything in the right, and widened the right sidebar from 25% to 30%.

On the writing side, I began conceiving of a new set of goals, and a new overall annual goal that will rival Dean’s AND remain realistic. Not ready yet to announce it.

We have a big weekend coming up with two of our sons and their wives and children visiting, so looking forward to that. I suspect by Monday I’ll be ready to focus on fiction writing again.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

I hoped to have something here today, but frankly I didn’t see anything I thought was worth sharing.

Fiction Words: 1133
Nonfiction Words: 410 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 410

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… 3740
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 171803
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 623483

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 710 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

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