Month 5, Day 1 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day 4 of working on the novel Sector Justice. Yup, went back to it tonight.
Fifth month? I really am nuts. And interestingly enough, I haven’t missed a day writing (producing new fiction words) since the first week or so of August when I was traveling to Las Vegas. I find that unusual for me. Not unheard of, but unusual. It won’t continue, I can promise.
There’s a song on the radio now by the name of “What Was I Thinking?” That title sort of describes how I am feeling now starting into the fifth month. What the hell am I thinking?
It’s Sunday, so made it out of bed by 1 p.m. and to the professional writer lunch by 2 p.m. Talked for a few hours, then headed to the WMG Publishing offices. I worked there for an hour on formatting Smith’s Monthly #3, then sorted some books for a time.
Home for the standard nap, dinner, news, and dishes. Then back to WMG offices by 9 p.m. to work on more of Smith’s Monthly and sort more books. The layout is so detailed, I can only go at it for about an hour before I need to take a break. I should have it to the printer for a proof tomorrow (Monday.)
Back here to work on workshop stuff by 11 p.m. I first did some of the homework for the October online workshops, getting one of those done.
Then after watching an hour of television at 12:30 a.m., I switched over and got all the invites out for the e-mail list for the Coast Anthology workshop the last of February, 2014. The writers attending that workshop will be writing short stories all winter for different editors, so we need to get them started.
I got that done, so if you were signed up for the coast anthology workshop, and didn’t get an invite to the e-mail group, write me. (And yes, there is room for a few more in the workshop. Write me telling me what you are doing with your writing if interested. Details under Coast Workshop tab above. Coast workshops are invite only. Online workshops are open to the first twelve people who sign up.)
As the sticky post above this notes, the December Online workshops are starting up this week, so I had to work on those for an hour or so to get everything set there.
Then back to doing the homework on another of the October Online workshops. Got that done and out by about 3:15 a.m.
I have always said the week right around the first of the month is crazy for me, with different workshops starting up and formatting Smith’s Monthly every month. This actually would not have been so bad a period without the start-up of the anthology coast workshop list as well. Ah, well.
Moved over to the writing computer at 3:15 a.m. with a mug of tea and a spoonful of peanut butter and went back to work on the Sector Justice novel. I want to get the book done in the next three days or so. For those who missed the first post on this, that’s a book I wrote a few years back, but the editor took a hike and the line died and I got the book back. So I am moving it to my Seeder Universe, which is the same universe of the the novels in Issue #1 and #3 of Smith’s Monthly. (Dust and Kisses and Against Time.)
To do that, I’m mostly just changing some reference terms and adding in chapters. Wow, this process over the last four months has been interesting. On the science fiction novels with a western theme, I have to pull out chapters that are just me wondering around looking at things. In the science fiction novels that are out in space, I’ve had to add in chapters that I skipped. And yesterday, I had to add in four chapters in a Poker Boy short story.
Every story or novel is different it seems. If I wasn’t writing all this down, I wouldn’t have noticed this back and forth, to be honest.
This month I will post here all the redone chapters on Think Like a Publisher 2014 and I will post the last three chapters on Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing.
And near the end of the month I might do some new motivation chapters as well. So a busy month here. Stop by regularly.
Anyhow, in three sessions with short breaks tonight, I moved the Sector Justice novel forward from 25,642 words to 33,047 words. Of that, about 1,250 words were original. I think I’m about half done with the book.
Now I need to go put up a free fiction story on the Smith’s Monthly web site. No mindless television for me tonight, since it’s already 6:15 a.m.
Sector Justice novel summary
Day 1… 3,600 words into novel. Total new words…1,050.
….. Total New Words so far… 1,050 words
Day 2… 14,700 words into novel. Total new words…450.
….. Total New Words so far… 1,500 words
Day 3… 25,650 words into novel. Total new words…400.
….. Total New Words so far… 1,900 words
Day 3… 33,047 words into novel. Total new words…1,250.
….. Total New Words so far… 3,150 words
Totals For Month 5, Day 1
– Daily Fiction: 1,250 words. Fiction month-to-date: 1,250 words
– Nonfiction: 0 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 0 words
– Blog Posts: 450 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 450 words
– E-mail: 43 e-mails. Approx. 1,600 new words. E-mails month-to date: 43 e-mails. Approx. 1,600 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
For projects finished in the first four months and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.