The Journal: Lansdale, Orwell, and Farland

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Lansdale and Orwell * Farland * Wholeness * Yesterday * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “Here are keys: Relax and write. It’s not a root canal. It’s writing and you should write something you care about. It can be light, or insightful, or whatever, but it always works best when you come at it with enthusiasm. That way, if it’s hard, you still have fun. Otherwise, it’s just hard.” Joe R. Lansdale “The point is, are you holding your attention? If so, you just might hold the … Read more

The Journal: Working and Having Fun

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Yesterday * Topic: About Writing as “Work” * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “[P]eople pay good money to get on a rollercoaster to be stressed and thrilled and have fun. That’s writing every novel for me.” Dean Wesley Smith “I enjoy writing as well as having written. I enjoy finding my story as I go, figuring it out, and putting it down for myself, and no one else.” Joe R. Lansdale Yesterday quickly turned into a non-writing day as my wife and I (mostly my wife) filtered … Read more

The Journal: Catching Up

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Welp, I’m back * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “The writer who thinks the whole purpose of writing is suffering isn’t one I’m much interested in. The one that tells a story for the joy of telling it is the one I’m interested in.” Joe Lansdale “All I want is a story. If you want to send a message, call Western Union.” Samuel Goldwyn Writing this yesterday (Wednesday) about an hour and a half after I got back to get a jump on the Journal for tomorrow. … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, August 31

In today’s Journal * Topic: Some Rambling Thoughts * I planned to be gone… Topic: Some Rambling Thoughts I’m still on vacation, which I find a little odd and frankly a little unnerving. I’ve been writing very little nonfiction (all of it here) and very little to no fiction. I want to get back to the latter. I’ll get back to the former too with some regularity, but I probably won’t post “items of interest” other than occasionally in the body of the post, as I have in this one. I think for me getting back to writing fiction regularly … Read more