Someone at Google Sucks

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * The Novel * Someone at Google Sucks * Of Interest Quote of the Day “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Isaac Asimov The Novel I’ve settled on the next novel. It will be SF, The Stirchians, the long-awaited (ha) sequel to The 13-Month Turn (description here). I offer the description because you can get The 13-Month Turn free in .mobi, .epub, or .pdf for a limited time by emailing me at (note the new email address) or at my … Read more

Challenge Time?

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * The Novel * Topic: Challenge Time? * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “So [my] new challenge, starting October 1st, is two novels a month for the last three months of the year.” Dean Wesley Smith Ahem. I’d like to note for the record, I set my adjusted goal for the rest of this year before I read what you see above in Dean’s post for today. (grin) “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Truman Capote (born on this date, 1924) “New robotic drug capsule drills through mucus … Read more

I Can Write Anywhere. Wheee!

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Oops * I Can Write Anywhere. Wheee! * Trust the Characters; Write the Next Sentence * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” T. H. Huxley “You better live every day like your last because one day you’re going to be right.” Ray Charles “Live your life so that when you’re all alone you’re in good company.” Anonymous, Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal, c.1969 Oops Sorry about that dangling PS in yesterday’s post. I had added a brief post script, then found I didn’t … Read more

Traditional Publishing and CovID-19 Fraud

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Traditional Publishing * CovID-19 Fraud * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Let me be clear: I don’t dislike traditional publishing, but they’re operating in an antiquated system that has worked for them previously, but really doesn’t support the author or, for that matter, further book sales.” Penny Sansevieri (see first item in “Of Interest”) “Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own reason!” Immanuel Kant [Wow. Let that sink in.] Traditional Publishing We talked about this not too long ago. The Penguin Random House/S&S antritrust trial has forced … Read more

Dr. Jerry Pournelle on Writing and Heinlein

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Welcome * Topic: Dr. Jerry Pournelle on Writing and Heinlein * The Magnetic Drive * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” Muhammad Ali “Unless you wrote your book exclusively for your own satisfaction, once your creative vision is on the page, it’s time to zoom in on how the book works for readers.” Lisa Poisso, Resident Writing Coach at Writers in the Storm (Um, I suggest asking how the … Read more

End of the Hiatus

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * End of the Hiatus * TinyLetter? Um, No * About Paid Reviews * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is its exact opposite.” Bertrand Russell “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward.” Princess Diana End of the Hiatus I seem unable to stop playing with the Journal. There’s just too much to pass along, whether positive thoughts on writing, interesting posts by other writers, or warnings like the one below … Read more

The Journal: Moving, and The First Reader

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Moving to MailerLite * Topic: The First Reader * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Binance executive Patrick Hillmann alleges hackers successfully used an AI-generated hologram to impersonate him on video calls with cryptocurrency firms….” Techjuice (Science fiction ideas, anyone?) “No passion in the world, no love or hate, is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.” H. G. Wells Moving to MailerLite Hello everyone. This post will come to you twice today if everything works as planned. You will receive this one at 10 a.m. from MailChimp, but … Read more