In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Recommendations * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “The World Health Organization announced yesterday it would begin referring to the monkeypox virus as ‘mpox,’ the result of a six-month effort to find a nondiscriminatory alternative to avoid stigma. … [C]ritics argue mitigation efforts were hampered by false stereotypes associating the virus with Africa and primates.” from the news source 1440 (Sigh. You really can’t make this stuff up.) “Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it. Ignorance may deride it. Malice may distort it. But there it is.” Winston Churchill Recommendations I’ve made these recommendations … Read more

An Email, and You Who Disagree

In today’s Journal * An Email * You Who Disagree, I Understand * Of Interest An Email I recently received an email from an instructor at the Star Fall Arts Center thanking me for one category of my writer resources at Then she asked me to list another resource there. She provided the link and said it “covers everything from inspiration and outlining all the way to editing and proofreading.” It was one of those unbelievably comic moments during which, had it happened face to face, I might have put my palm on her forehead and said, “Um, have … Read more

What Matters, Picture Manager, and Publishing

In today’s Journal * Does It Matter? * Microsoft Office Picture Manager * Publishing * Of Interest Does It Matter? You Decide for You After I posted the link in the last item in “Of Interest,” I wrote “See PG’s take.” You might also want to see my comment. I can forgive PG his minor lack of grammar knowledge (since he is not a professional writer) but I wonder whether I should be asking him (and errant English teachers around the world) to forgive me for knowing something they don’t know? What PG called “run-on” sentences were not run-on sentences … Read more

20Books Vegas 2022 and Other Stuff

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * 20Books Vegas 2022 * Daily Word Counts * Favorite Writing Spots * Of Interest Quote of the Day “Between exhaustion from completing a readable draft of a novel on deadline and the confusion caused by having too many critical voices in my head (thanks, workshop), I didn’t know where to begin, let alone how to get to The End of something.” Matthew Duffus (emphasis mine) 20Books Vegas 2022 For any of you who might be interested, the first video for the 2022 20Booksto50k conference in Las Vegas is up. See “20Books … Read more

A New Wes Crowley Novel

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * A New Wes Crowley Novel * Adobe Walls * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles M. Schulz (Today is Schulz’ birthday.) “Before I came here I was confused about this subject. Having listened to your lecture I am still confused. But on a higher level.” Enrico Fermi A New Wes Crowley Novel For my new novel, I’ve started another Wes Crowley story. For anyone who’s new to this Journal, my first novel was about Wes Crowley, … Read more

The Novel

In today’s Journal * The Novel * New Goal * The Great Pretender * Of Interest The Novel A very happy Thanksgiving indeed. (grin) The novel wrapped yesterday at 57,535 words after I cut just under 5,000 more words and wrote maybe a hundred words to wrap it. But I thought it would be silly to add more “cuts” to the totals under Numbers and then try to figure out exactly how many new words I wrote to wrap the story, so instead I’m just reporting the final count here. If you’re keeping score, I cut around 14,000 words out … Read more

Happy Thanksgiving

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Happy Thanksgiving * It’s All Substack * The Great Pretender (preview) * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “I’ve brought you something to wear over your dress and I do not want to hear your views on killing animals to provide coats for the wealthy. I have it on the best authority that these ermine committed suicide.” Ann Cristy “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.” Karl Lagerfeld “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky That last one … Read more


In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Welcome * Fear * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.” Billie Jean King “In Heinlein’s Rules, Product Focused writers have trouble with Rules #1,#2, and #3. Process Focused writers have a horrid time with Rules #4 and #5.” Dean Wesley Smith Welcome to my hometown friend Leslee E. and several other new subscribers since I started posting to Substack. Fear Most writers who are steeped in the myths are also mired in the fear of rejection. They are what … Read more

Why Does Anyone Believe Anything We Say?

In today’s Journal * Why Does Anyone Believe Anything We Say? * Of Interest Why Does Anyone Believe Anything We Say? A fiction writer, by definition, is a liar for hire. Why does anyone believe anything we say? Lawrence Block (IMHO, with Stephen King the other Stage 5 writer working today) even came completely clean. He wrote a nonfiction book titled Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers. (The paper edition is actually less expensive than the Kindle edition at the moment.) I understand there’s an unwritten agreement, that it’s all right, even preferable, to lie … Read more

Substack and the Novel

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Substack * The Novel * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn of falsehoods.” Robert A. Heinlein (Thanks to Dan Baldwin) “Common sense is not so common.” Voltaire “Re common sense, what’s common to some is a luxury to others.” Yours truly Substack I’m setting up a substack again to see what I can do with it. As a result, this Journal will be coming to your email inbox again. I hope that’s more convenient for those of you who still … Read more