Month 12, Day 25 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day fourteen of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.
Okay, as Fridays go, this was a strange one. Rolled out early again at 1 a.m. and made it to the snail mail and up to WMG office to keep working on building the new sound room. Tomorrow, the sheetrock will be up and I’ll be mudding and painting.
Sound stuff will arrive on Wednesday. It’s going to be a great new recording studio for audio books. It’s turning out better than I had expected. And sadly, I’m not doing much of it. A good friend is doing most of the building. With help today for a time from another writer friend. I’ll do the mudding and painting, though.
Then home to take a nap with the white cat. I got done with the nap and did some e-mail and then Kris finished another book in the big Retrieval Artists saga she’s been working on, so we headed down the coast to go out to dinner to celebrate.
After dinner, Kris wanted to stop in a store called Fred Meyer. It’s a grocery story, department store, electronic, and so on. Sort of two steps above Walmart kind of western chain.
We looked at what is now a pathetic book section. Wow, they used to have a good thousand titles in there in a huge book area. Now if they have a hundred titles I would be surprised. About half are mass market bestseller names only, the other half teen and children’s books and a few trade paper. Really, really sad if that is an indication of how traditional publishing is doing. Wow is all I can say. Just wow.
Anyhow, we were headed to another area of the store to buy something and a really nice recliner was sitting off to one side of one aisle. Originally about $600, it was marked down to $299 on a clearance sale. Quality recliner, no wear, nothing.
We have one big recliner in our living room, but we had been talking about getting another, but just hadn’t got to it. Kris sat in it and it fit her like a glove. So we decided to get it. Then she suggested that I should ask them if they would give us a little better deal since it was out on the floor.
She still remembered the time I shocked her by negotiating with a store manager in a Fred Meyer for a television set we really needed and couldn’t afford at the time. And got us a deal. That was over twenty-five years ago and she hasn’t let me forget it. (grin)
So I said sure, why not, and she moved back out of the way. I asked a store clerk and he was nice and said he didn’t think they could do anything. So I asked to talk to the manager, so he called her. (I was hoping to get 10% off the sale price was all. Usually you can get that for asking.)
She told him that there was a one day sale going on that he didn’t know about on that brand of furniture for 50% off the sale price. He thought at first she said 15%. She was the store manager and came out of the back office then and handed us a coupon.
So we were going to get the big, new recliner for $150.00.
We were talking as they hauled it to the register and it turned out that the 50% sale price was off the original price, that the sale sticker was supposed to have been removed yesterday, but wasn’t. Oops.
But the fine people at Fred Meyer are wonderful and she honored the price and we got the chair in the van. $150.00.
I expected the police to pull us over at any moment for theft. Not kidding.
As we were driving away and both laughing, Kris asked me, “How do you keep doing that?”
So back to WMG publishing we went with a big new recliner in the van. Kris walked while I worked on Smith’s Monthly #10. Then we headed home around midnight and went to watch a few hours of television.
I got back in here, after another short nap, around 2:15 a.m. I went to the novel and got about 1,100 words done in an hour.
Took a short break, got another 1,200 words done in fifty minutes. Took another short break and got another 1,000 words done in 40 minutes before coming to write this.
3,300 words on the novel. Picking up speed. Just wish I knew how to handle some of the time travel problems coming up. I wanted a challenge, guess I got it. (grin)
Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL
Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050
Day 11… 1,050 words. Total words to date……20,100
Day 12… 900 words. Total words to date……21,000
Day 13… 1,750 words. Total words to date……22,750
Day 14… 3,300 words. Total words to date……26,050
Totals For Month 12, Day 25
– Daily Fiction: 3,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 36,550 words
– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,700 words
– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,250 words
– E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 655 e-mails. Approx. 20,950 words
– Covers Designed and Finished:0. Covers finished month-to-date: 8 Covers
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