The Journal: On Efficiency and Establishing Habits

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Topic: On Efficiency and Establishing Habits (and a Bit on Today) * Yesterday I picked up * Toward the end of the day * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “I’m not a young man. I’m old, tired and full of no coffee.” Raymond Chandler, in Playback I can totally relate. (grin) Topic: On Efficiency and Establishing Habits (and a Bit on Today) Yesterday, Mona noted that the recurrent theme in my personal notes over the years has been scheduling. She’s right, and that was an epiphany for … 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

The Daily Journal, Thursday, August 22

In today’s Journal * I kind of like * Daily Diary * Of Interest * The numbers I kind of like this new schedule, posting the Journal early and reporting fiction the following day. I don’t know that I’ll keep it, but I suspect I will. For one thing it takes the pressure off. I can write fiction at any time of day or night, and I’m not limited by needing to get the Journal out at a particular time. I had a fairly good day yesterday with a few thousand words (see below), especially after not writing fiction at … Read more

The Daily Journal, Friday, August 16

In today’s Journal * Cows Pulling Pranks * Topic: On Dreams and Goals * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers Cows Pulling Pranks Where I live just outside St. David Arizona (north of Tombstone) we abut a rancher’s land. The fence runs along the south (long) side of the Hovel, about a foot away. Clumps of straw-colored grass and small, 10- to 15-foot mesquite trees populate the landscape under an almost-full moon. A few pre-teen to teenage clouds are scattered about in clumps as if waiting for something to happen. Inside the Hovel, my desk faces a window. … Read more

The Daily Journal, Thursday, August 15

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * A Note on Dreams and Goals * Topic: Writing Setting and Scene Descriptions * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers Quotes of the Day “One advantage of being prolific is it reduces the importance of any one book.” Isaac Asimov Invaluable, that. Write it, publish it, write the next one. It’s all practice, and practice makes better. “Quantity and quality aren’t enemies.” Ryan J. Pelton A Note on Dreams and Goals Dreams are just that. Dreams. They’re things you would like to achieve or attain that are completely out … Read more

The Daily Journal, Wednesday, August 14

In today’s Journal * As it turns out * Change One to the Basic Plan * Topic: Licensing Intellectual Property * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers As it turns out, someone gave Ryan Pelton (The Prolific Writer) my name as someone he might want to interview as a prolific writer. Who knew? (grin) In part, Ryan wrote, “I think your lessons on writing would be super helpful to our community. Would you be up for coming on the show some time?” Of course, I said, “Sure.” (grin) Kind of exciting. So here are a few links about … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 7/19

Hey Folks, Hemingway has long been my major influence in my writing. The man just has a way with terse sentences, regardless of their length. I need to read some of his stuff. I thought I had most of his works, so I checked. I have his Complete Short Stories: The Finca Vigia Edition in both paper and ebook, and I’ve read it through several times. I also have a few of his novels. A few. My library was sorely lacking in that regard. Yesterday I did a quick inventory, then sat down and ordered The Old Man and the … Read more