Clunking Along

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* Clunking Along
* Every Novel Writes Differently
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“Genetic control will be the weapon of the future.” Jeanette Winterson

An appropriate topic for a novel as our own federal government recommends and moves toward mandating “vaccines” that will alter the recipient’s RNA

“Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dalí

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Clunking Along

Of course, I do realize how fortunate I am to have several computers whereas some have none. This is sort of the equivalent of a guy like Vince Gill owning several guitars.

But the new computer (which is excellent) came with a wireless keyboard that is… well, clunky is the nice way to say it.

The keys travel well over a quarter-inch, and to make matters worse, they stick on the way down. In other words, it’s of the poorest possible quality. Which, sadly, is exactly what I expected when I ordered the computer. When did we communally decide it was all right to cheat each other? When did we decide being cheated was a normal, acceptable part of an “honest” transaction?

But that’s a topic for another post and another website.

As I’ve trained myself to do, I set up the excellent-quality computer and gave quiet thanks that I wouldn’t have to return it. Then I used the clunky keyboard to order a new one. It’s scheduled to arrive sometime today. As for the current one, I won’t even try to sell it. It isn’t worth the price of postage to mail it.

Every Novel Writes Differently

and this one is no different. On Saturday I wrote 2880 words in one and a half chapters before I realized the first chapter felt sort of good (shrug) but the second chapter reads like a code book from some remote island in the second world war. Something just isn’t right.

So I decided to scrap the whole thing and start over. I’ll write today and begin reporting fresh tomorrow.

Football is over until next Sunday, so the week should hold very few distractions. (Lord, please don’t make me pay for having written the previous sentence.)

By the way, there is still one full set of 6 seminars on DVD and eight individual 3-hour DVDs for sale. You can find them at https://hestanbrough.com/the-daily-journal-archives-gifts-dvds/.

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Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “The worst sentence structure on the planet” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/the-worst-sentence-structure-on-the-planet/. I couldn’t begin to agree more.

See “The Patent Law Origins of Science Fiction” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/the-patent-law-origins-of-science-fiction/. I list this mainly because it talks about Hugo Gernsback, lauded by many as the father of science fiction.

See “In-Person Workshops” at https://deanwesleysmith.com/in-person-workshops-3/.

The Numbers

The Journal…………………………………… 470 words

Writing of Wes Crowley: Deputy US Marshal 2 (WCG9SF4)

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

Total fiction words for January……… 36822
Total fiction words for 2023………… 36822
Total nonfiction words for January… 14570
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 14570
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 51392

Calendar Year 2023 Novels to Date…………………… 1
Calendar Year 2023 Novellas to Date……………… 0
Calendar Year 2023 Short Stories to Date… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 72
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)………………………………… 8
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)………………… 217
Short story collections……………………………………………… 31

Disclaimer: I am a prolific professional fiction writer because of my zen-like non-process. If you want to learn it too, either hang around or download my Journal Archives at https://hestanbrough.com/the-daily-journal-archives/, read them, and try WITD for yourself. For the time being, the archives are free.

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