Heinlein’s Rules Redux

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* Heinlein’s Rules Redux (you want to read this)
* I didn’t write much
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Muhammad Ali

“Recent experiments on mice have shown that aging is reversible and can be moved forward and backward in time.” a subheadline from the 1440 Daily Digest

Heinlein’s Rules Redux

I think I mentioned awhile back that Garry Rodgers, a regular contributor at TKZ, invited me to write a guest post on Heinlein’s Rules for that online journal.

I assented and went back and forth about what I should contribute. Then I remembered awhile back I wrote a series of five blog posts in a row here at the Journal, all on Heinlein’s Rules. I originally offered those posts as a faux interview. But they were based on questions from a real interviewer who later changed her mind and decided not to run the piece because it was too long.

So sometime in the next couple of months, Garry will post my guest blog post over in TKZ. That post will be an excerpt taken from those five posts I wrote here on the Journal back in March of 2021.

As I was putting together the excerpt, it struck me that it would be a good idea to offer that entire short series of posts as a single document. Hence, you can now download, free, “What Heinlein’s Rules Mean to Me” by clicking https://harveystanbrough.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/What-Heinleins-Rules-Mean-to-Me.pdf.

Even if you were around to read the original posts or even if you’ve already downloaded the archives, you might find this a valuable addition to your writer’s library.

I didn’t write much while my youngest son was visiting this past weekend, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the current novel wraps today.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “Happy Public Domain Day 2023” at https://killzoneblog.com/2023/01/happy-public-domain-day-2023.html.

See “Not Writing? Have You Ego-Trapped Yourself?” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/not-writing-have-you-ego-trapped-yourself/. If you can’t bring yourself to try WITD, this might be of use to you.

See “The Half-Madness of Prince Harry” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/the-half-madness-of-prince-harry/. Fiction isn’t always advertised as fiction. Sometimes it’s delivered as half-truths and innuendo.

See “20 Chucklesome Slang Terms From the 1910s” at https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/1910s-slang-terms.

The Numbers

The Journal…………………………………… 380 words

Writing of Wes Crowley: Deputy US Marshal (WCG8SF3)

Day 11… 4502 words. Total words to date…… 30311
Day 12… 1098 words. Total words to date…… 31409
Day 13… 2743 words. Total words to date…… 34152
Day 14… 2785 words. Total words to date…… 36937
Day 15… 3372 words. Total words to date……40309
Day 16… 1297 words. Total words to date…… 41606

Total fiction words for January……… 31898
Total fiction words for 2023………… 31898
Total nonfiction words for January… 10610
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 10610
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 42508

Calendar Year 2023 Novels to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2023 Novellas to Date……………… 0
Calendar Year 2023 Short Stories to Date… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 71
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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