The Journal: Licensing and Everything Else

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Topic: Licensing and Everything Else * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “I’m thankful there are people out there who read what I write and who like what I make. I’m very lucky, and I know it.” Neil Gaiman Topic: Licensing and Everything Else DWS has said many times that licensing is a process, one that takes time. It has occurred to me that how long it takes from concept to actual production seems even longer when compared to the ability of today’s writers to write … Read more

The Journal: Happy Gathering Day and “On Platitudes”

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Happy Gathering Day * Topic: on Platitudes and “Just write the next sentence” * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “Any day that starts with you seein’ the sunrise and ends with you seein’ the sunset is a pretty good day. If what happens in between ain’t big enough to interfere with those two events, it’ll wear off.” Wes Crowley Here in the States it’s Thanksgiving Day, a major holiday. Ostensibly, it’s a day set aside to count our blessings and express our gratitude for those … Read more

The Journal: More on Shared Worlds

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Topic: More on Shared Worlds * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “The toughest thing we do as artists is trust our own vision. If we don’t, we will not end up with a long career. … What good writers do is make familiar stories new, so new in fact that they seem breathtakingly original.” — Kristine Kathryn Rusch And for those of you who write in series, this one really struck me: “When you’re writing in your own world, you don’t go for the details … Read more

The Journal: Take Two on Writing Sloppy

In today’s Journal * OMG Alert * Topic: Take Two on Writing Sloppy * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Every now and then Dean mentions The Copyright Handbook by Stephen Fishman from NOLO. It’s an essential investment for a writer. At the moment, NOLO is having a 50% off sale on everything they offer, including The Copyright Handbook. Visit Use the promo code BF50 when you order. Plus, at the moment the handbook is on sale for only $39.99. Which means if you use the code, you can get the book for only twenty bucks. Topic: Take … Read more

The Journal: Write Sloppy?

In today’s Journal * Yesterday * Topic: Write Sloppy? Umm, No. * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Yesterday, I wrote a few hundred words, then took a break. I meant to come back and write more, but I didn’t. I also read Dan Baldwin’s bloggette, “Advice Worth Ignoring, in which he related a tale about a successful author who advised beginning writers to “Just write a bad book. Start with something that’s subpar, and learn. It’s extremely fulfilling….” Honestly, that infuriated me. And it quickly gave rise to today’s topic. Topic: Write Sloppy? Umm, No. As a successful … Read more

The Journal: Writing Sales Copy

In today’s Journal * An excellent example * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers If you’d like to see an excellent example for now NOT to write sales copy (your book description), take a look at what the publisher did to describe Steven Pressfield’s latest novel, 36 Righteous Men. I saw an ad for the novel in CrimeReads, and I clicked through. What the hey? It’s Steven Pressfield, right? So I might as well at least read the blurb. And I did. And I won’t buy the book. Rather than enticing me to buy the book (that’s the job … Read more

The Journal: Some Thoughts on Structure

In today’s Journal * Getting back in the habit * Topic: Some Thoughts on Structure * A side note * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers I’m trying to get back in the habit of building this Journal through the day, writing fiction, and then posting everything at once in the afternoon. To that end, I’ve added the daily update for my WIP back into the numbers below. Hard as it may be to believe, I started Blackwell Ops 7 way back on August 7. Yet in all that time, yesterday was only the 17th writing day for that … Read more

The Journal: Story Gestation

In today’s Journal * Dean Wesley Smith * I actually wrote * Topic: Story Gestation * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Dean Wesley Smith has announced he’s going to shut down sign-ups for both the Licensing Transition learn-along and the Shared Worlds class on December 8. Just sayin’. I actually wrote 1700 words on the Blackwell Ops 7 novel yesterday. I keep thinking I could just set it aside and forget it, but the story’s too good to ignore. So I’m back at it again. I was going to share a comment I left on a post (see … Read more

The Journal: The Internet

In today’s Journal * This is me, griping. * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers This is me, griping. You might want to skip it and goe straight to “Of Interest.” Apparently, an al-Quaeda operative (or other bad guy) deep in a cave in Afganistan can talk clearly on demand by cell phone to a contact on the planet Jupiter. Yet if a gnat passes gas in Mississippi, my internet doesn’t work in Arizona. For the past two days, the internet’s been down in the Hovel. It’s hard-wired with a cable that isn’t supposed to be affected by moisture … Read more

The Journal: Complying with Consumer Laws and Stuff

In today’s Journal * Topic: Complying with Consumer Laws and Stuff * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Topic: Complying with Consumer Laws and Stuff California, I suppose in an attempt to keep up with Europe, has recently enacted the “California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)…, a new data privacy law that applies to certain businesses which collect personal information from California residents. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.” Now no less an authority figure than Google itself tells me I have to “prepare for CCPA,” ostensibly by enabling some form of restricted data processing. Which, … Read more