The Daily Journal, Monday, June 17

In today’s Journal

* Camping along the Gila
* Thanks
* Daily diary
* Of Interest
* The numbers

Leaving without my little girl

Because I said I would post photos of my recent camping trip along the Gila River in the Lower Gila Box Wilderness in southwest New Mexico, I’ll add one pic to each post for awhile. You should be able to click on any photo to see a larger version.

First, why I find it difficult to leave even for a few hours, much less a few days. My little girl planted herself on my bag and gave me two options: either don’t go or take her with me. Neither of those were viable.

Fortunately, she forgave me when I got back. But she reminded me in various ways that I am her Forever dad, not her Intermittent dad. (grin)

Thank you for all the encouragement through comments and via email re Stanbrough Writes, my magazine. My wife also liked the idea and even reminded me of a series of humorous articles I wrote for a now-defunct poetry slick, The Candlelight Poetry Journal.

So I’ve decided to go ahead with Stanbrough Writes. Now I only have to

* set the subscription rates,
* decide on a release date for the first issue,
* write the promo material and make the announcement,
* and put the thing together.

The last part will be the easiest. Stay tuned.

Rolled out at 1:30 and went outside to move the sprinkler while my coffee was making. It’s too hot here to water the yard during the day (too much evaporates) so my wife and I decided to try something new.

Since she goes to bed later than I do and I get up so early, I set the sprinkler where I want it before I head off to bed. She turns it on after the wind dies down, and then I turn it off (or move it) when I get up.

Still in the Hovel by 2 to begin my routine. A break up to the house at 3:30, back to the Hovel at 3:50. More reading, and to the novel at 4:15 to read over it before I go to the house at 5 to let the babies out.

Finished cycling through and wrote for awhile. Just over 2000 words at 7:40 and back to the house for a long break.

Back to the Hovel at 9:20 and back to the novel at 10. Pretty good day today.

Talk with you again tomorrow.

Of Interest

From Authors Publish Magazine, see “17 Mystery Publishers Open to Manuscript Submissions” at

Via Linda Maye Adams, “Dave Farland’s ‘Write. Publish. Profit.’ is available for two more days. This a huge bundle of different kinds of material like video courses, books, and even a discount from a cover site. It’s all for $49.” If you’re interested, see For $49, maybe you can’t go wrong. I’m not sure what the “affiliate” part of the URL is in reference to. I am not a paid or compensated affiliate of David Farland or anyone else.

See “Updates” at Opportunities.

See “Why Waiting is Difficult” at I left a comment.

See “Writer’s Guide To Dealing With Haters” at Good advice, sort of. Every time I hear the term “hater” I get a mental image of a five year old screaming and pointing at another five year old.

See “Free Fiction Monday: Safety Tests” at

If you want to see several short films about bookstores, see “The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles” at and then scroll down from there.

Fiction Words: 4247
Nonfiction Words: 570 (Journal)
Total words for the day: 4817

Writing of Sam Loredo and the Point of No Return (novel)

Day 1…… 2803 words. Total words to date…… 2803
Day 2…… 1035 words. Total words to date…… 3838
Day 3…… 4247 words. Total words to date…… 8085

Total fiction words for the month……… 35429
Total fiction words for the year………… 341534
Total nonfiction words for the month… 18120
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 173680
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 515214

Calendar Year 2019 Novels to Date…………………… 7
Calendar Year 2019 Novellas to Date……………… X
Calendar Year 2019 Short Stories to Date… 1
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 44
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)………………………………… 7
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)………………… 194
Short story collections……………………………………………… 31

2 thoughts on “The Daily Journal, Monday, June 17”

  1. Thank you for the comment on hater. I bailed out on a Facebook group for business because the owner saw nothing wrong with calling book reviewers who gave one star haters. She did’t get my point at all.

    The affiliate part in Dave’s link means that if you buy the product using his link, he gets a small percentage of the sales. It’s a passive income stream.

    • Thanks for the comment and the explanation about the affiliate part of the URL, Linda. I was hoping it meant You got a small percentage for those you refer.

      Yeah, the term “hater” like so many others just points to the dumbing down of America. That dumbing down even extends to advertising. On a recent TV ad for a particular mortgage company, their catch line was “Press button. Get mortgage.” (I hear a caveman grunt each time I see or hear it.) It reminded me of most of the dialogue (and advertising) in the film Idiocracy.

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