January Online Workshops

JANUARY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Each workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do. Great workshops to take going into the new year to jump-start your year.

More information and how to sign up for a workshop is under the green button or under Coast Workshops tab above.

 

All workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #1… Jan 5th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #2… Jan 5th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #3… Jan 5th … Cliffhangers
Class #4… Jan 5th … Productivity
Class #5… Jan 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #6… Jan 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… Jan 6th … Making a Living
Class #8… Jan 7th … Ideas to Stories
Class #9… Jan 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #10…Jan 7th …Writing Science Fiction


JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AND MARCH WORKSHOPS SIGN-UP UNDER THE GREEN TAB.

ALL WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY.

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NEW LECTURE NOW AVAILABLE!!

Lecture #24: Writing into the Dark: How to Write a Novel Without an Outline.

Sign up information under the green lecture button below.

 

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 21

Year 2, Month 5, Day 21 of this Writing in Public challenge.

15th day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Well, after a couple of days off writing, I ended up working today about ten hours on day job stuff, plus two naps. So for most of the day I worked on everything but writing. Typical Sunday.

Got up early because I’ve been trying to get enough sleep, so going to bed way early for me. Managed eight hours sleep, got out around 11 a.m. and was up working at WMG before noon. (Today is the day I start shifting my schedule back to more normal for me.)

At 2 p.m. I went down the street to the writer’s lunch, then back to work at WMG Publishing on workshop stuff and other details until 6:30. Home for the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

Then from 8:30 p.m. until 10 I worked on workshop homework, then up to the WMG offices again to work there until around 11:30 p.m., then home to watch some television and take another nap.

Didn’t get in here to write until around 2:30 a.m. and went back to the novel. I have decided to just keep going forward to see where this thing goes. Then I will decide if I have any side trips. Still no idea where I am going at all. Not a clue.

And yes, that sometimes is worry making, and has some stress involved. But the worst thing that can happen is that the book doesn’t work and I write something else. Shrug.

So from 2:30 a.m. until 4:05 with a very short break, I wrote 2,250 words. Back at it.

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A note about the January workshops for those of you who want to go into the new year working on your writing.

All workshop have openings at this point. The short story workshop (#6) might fill but still a ways away. And yes, you write short stories during that workshop and Kris and I read them. So interested in that workshop, act sooner rather than later.

And again, as I said a few days back, the workshops can be gifted. Just contact me, then make up your own card.

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Topic of the Night: It’s the Holiday Season, but then what?

Writing, for almost all beginning writers and some professional writers, takes a distant back seat during the holiday season. Family and so many other things take attention that it feels like that not even a little time can be carved out for writing. In fact, for most, the focus on writing just goes away.

Understandable. This happens in day jobs as well.  I honestly see nothing at all wrong with that.

However (you knew there would be a however, didn’t you? (grin)), when you come back to writing, there is the ugly problem of starting up.

Now I personally, for decades, called myself a sprint writer. I would write fast and hard for a time on a project, then quit. And then when the next project came along, I would be faced with starting up and all the whining and stress and difficulty of restarting.

I loved writing, I HATED starting.

So last summer I finally cleared out the stupid idea stuck in my head that I could only be a sprint writer and have been writing most days since. And what do you know, no stress on restarting all the time.

Even after two days off as I just took, it wasn’t enough time off to really stress much on restarting. Not even close to what I used to be like when starting up. I was not fun to be around, to be honest. Even inside my own head.

I am such an expert on restarting and the tricks on doing it, I even did a lecture on it. (grin)

So here comes the Holiday Season and writers drifting away, losing focus, as is normal and expected. Which then sets up a nasty restart if that time away is too long and the mind drifts too far.

So a suggestion right now, before it’s not too late. Try to work on a project at least an hour every other day or so during the holiday.

Come on. Be honest. You can find an hour every other day, I’m sure. Just move the book forward, type something, keep the mind in the focus of writing for just an hour every few days.

And if you do that simple trick, when you return, when your brain returns fully to writing and you are facing the new year and new writing resolutions, the restart won’t be such a pain.

Just a suggestion.

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MONTHLY TOTAL ON NOVELS ONLY

LAKE ROOSEVELT novel done (most written last month).
Day 1…. 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 4,850 words
MARTIAN LOVER novel started.
Day 2…. 3,600 words. Total words to date…. 8,450 words
Day 3…. 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 12,650 words
Day 4…. 3,400 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
WARM SPRINGS novel started.
Day 5…. 4,250 words. Total words to date…. 20,100 words
Day 6…. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 24,650 words
Day 7…. 4,950 words. Total words to date…. 29,600 words
Day 8…. 3,450 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 9…. 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 36,200 words
Day 10.. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 40,750 words
Day 11.. 2,650 words. Total words to date…. 43,400 words
Day 12.. 2,400 words. Total words to date…. 45,800 words
Day 13.. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 47,950 words
Day 14.. 2,300 words. Total words to date…. 50,250 words
Day 15.. 1,200 words. Total words to date…. 51,450 words
Day 16.. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 53,550 words
Day 17.. 1,800 words. Total words to date…. 55,350 words
Day 18.. 4,350 words. Total words to date…. 59,700 words
Day 19..      00 words. Total words to date…. 59,700 words
Day 20..      00 words. Total words to date…. 59,700 words
Day 21.. 2,250 words. Total words to date…. 61,950 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 21

— Daily Fiction: 2,250 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 61,950 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,550 words

— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 519 e-mails. Approx. 16,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 20

Year 2, Month 5, Day 20 of this Writing in Public challenge.

A second night off of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Actually, pretty much a day off as well. Off to see a fun movie, then a great dinner. Then Kris and I headed up to WMG Publishing offices for a while where I set up for a big Christmas dinner and Kris did her steps and we packed and shipped a few books as well.

Then home to watch the recorded last episode of Craig. Damn I’m going to miss that show. The only really original late night show on television. And Jay Leno was his final guest, which was wonderful and ironic and so much that Craig does.

And the ending was priceless. For those who didn’t know, Craig used to be on the Drew Carey show as the mean boss. So watch the last part about what they learned in the last ten years. Amazingly funny.

But he did an opening song that was fantastic and had a cast of thousands in it. Listen to the lyrics and you’ll understand Craig. And it might help you keep going with your own writing, banging your own drum.

You can watch the opening and the entire show here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lexQGNTn9A

But be warned, unless you are a regular of Craig, much of the stuff he does will just make you go “What?”

As Craig said, in the ten years he tried to create something that hadn’t existed. And now, after last night, it doesn’t go on, but it still exists. Just as writing a novel. You are no longer writing it, but it exists.

Bye, Craig.  For those of us who loved the satire and intelligence and sheer craziness of your show, you will be missed.

After the show I got the pleasure of reading this great mystery novelette that Kris just finished. Wonderful.

The reason I took the day off today is because Kris and I celebrated 22 years of marriage today. We’ve been together almost 29 years, but 22 years ago today we headed up to the top of a tree farm we owned over near Eugene, Oregon, in an open place on a ridge looking out over a beautiful valley, and got married. No real warning except calling a few friends the night before.

We mostly celebrate the day we met, since we’ve been together since that day that Algis Budrys told me to go pick up two writers in Albuquerque who needed a ride up to Taos for a writer’s workshop. And Kris was one of those writers.

But we also celebrate the anniversary of our marriage as well. Kind of fun having two days a year we think special for the two of us.

Actually, I think every day with Kris is special.

So a fun day today. No writing, but I flat couldn’t care. Some days are just not made for writing.

Back at it tomorrow. Going to finish this book at some point. (grin)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 20

— Daily Fiction: 0 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 59,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,650 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 488 e-mails. Approx. 15,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 19

Year 2, Month 5, Day 19 of this Writing in Public challenge.

A night off of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Actually, pretty much a night off period. I ran all over town all day doing errands, then worked up at WMG Publishing for some hours.

Then home to cook dinner, watch some television, then take some naps.

Storm is hitting this area of the coast. So a night off is a plan.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 19

— Daily Fiction: 0 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 59,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words

— Blog Posts: 150 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,250 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 477 e-mails. Approx. 15,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 18

Year 2, Month 5, Day 18 of this Writing in Public challenge.

14th day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Novel is back on track and going strong and I hope to find an end this week and get going on something else. Already taken far too long, but once this is done, I will have created one of the niftiest time travel universes.

And this will open up far more books in the Thunder Mountain series, plus allow me to being in the Jukebox stories I have been writing for thirty years and do a Jukebox origin novel. Fun.

Day was different. Because I went to bed so early last night, I got up before noon. And by 1 p.m. I had hit two banks and was out at the store just as a huge collection came through the door. Boxes and boxes of Spawn figures, plus four boxes of Johnny Lightning cars. I helped Billy, the store manager, figure out a fair price for the toys and cars. Great fun.

Then I scampered off to have lunch with Kris. Then after she and I ran some errands, I headed back up to WMG offices to work until around 4:30. Then back out to the store, then home.

I did some e-mail for a time, then when Kris got home we put up a Christmas tree. Always fun.

Then I took a nap with the white cat, then dinner, news, and dishes.

Then, after a little more e-mail, about 9 p.m. I started in on the novel. I got about 1,100 words done before heading to watch some television.

Around 12:30 a.m. I was back working on the book again. Another 1,050 original words. Then a nap for a half hour in my reading chair, then by 2:15 a.m. back for another session of 1,200 words. A short break, then another 1,000 words before deciding I was too tired to keep going at 3:45 a.m.

So 4,350 new words on the book. Moving again just fine.

Topic of the Night: Kris’s new article.

If you have not yet read Kris’s new article about what traditional publishing learned in 2014, do so now. Reading that is the topic of the night. It’s a great blog about business in traditional publishing.

And before you click on the blog topic, scroll down and notice she has stories in both this month’s issues of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Hitchcock’s Magazine. Congrats, Kris!!

You can find it here: http://kriswrites.com/

One point about the online workshops. All January online workshops still have openings and you can give them as a gift. A couple people asked me about that and it’s easy to do. So if you have a writer friend who might really benefit from an online workshop, you can gift it.

Figured I should mention that at this holiday time. (grin)

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MONTHLY TOTAL ON NOVELS ONLY

LAKE ROOSEVELT novel done (most written last month).
Day 1…. 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 4,850 words
MARTIAN LOVER novel started.
Day 2…. 3,600 words. Total words to date…. 8,450 words
Day 3…. 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 12,650 words
Day 4…. 3,400 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
WARM SPRINGS novel started.
Day 5…. 4,250 words. Total words to date…. 20,100 words
Day 6…. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 24,650 words
Day 7…. 4,950 words. Total words to date…. 29,600 words
Day 8…. 3,450 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 9…. 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 36,200 words
Day 10.. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 40,750 words
Day 11.. 2,650 words. Total words to date…. 43,400 words
Day 12.. 2,400 words. Total words to date…. 45,800 words
Day 13.. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 47,950 words
Day 14.. 2,300 words. Total words to date…. 50,250 words
Day 15.. 1,200 words. Total words to date…. 51,450 words
Day 16.. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 53,550 words
Day 17.. 1,800 words. Total words to date…. 55,350 words
Day 18.. 4,350 words. Total words to date…. 59,700 words

(I would need to be at 72,000 words at this moment. 4,000 x 18 = 72,000.  That is still within reach.)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 18

— Daily Fiction: 4,350 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 59,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,100 words

— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 465 e-mails. Approx. 15,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

HOURS
Tracking the first two weeks was enough. Every day at the moment is about the same as what I did the first two weeks, so check back there. I work over 40 hours per week on day job stuff and don’t put in enough hours writing. Nature of the beast.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 17

Year 2, Month 5, Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.

13th day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

This will be very short tonight. I’m going to go get a good night’s sleep. Go figure. And the book is solidly on track and moving again.

And it seems that last night my point that e-books are a modern form of streaming entertainment and very fleeting in nature got a bunch of people talking about DRM, which I hate. Both putting it on books and talking about it. One of the really stupid inventions of publishing.

So sorry I wasn’t clear last night. I was just trying to make a point about the reality of what might happen if there is a glitch in a major distributor of e-books and millions of dollars of e-books suddenly vanish.

And I did not let a bunch of comments through today that basically told people how they could steal copyright. This is a f*cking writer’s blog. I make my money off copyright. So why would you think I would let a comment through here that pushes how people can steal other writer’s copyright?

Sigh.

If you don’t respect or even understand copyright, and a writer’s copyright, you are reading the wrong blog.

I’m tired. I’ll catch up the basic crap tomorrow.

Night.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 16

Year 2, Month 5, Day 16 of this Writing in Public challenge.

12th day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

I planned on giving the novel a push tonight, but still trying to work out some details about the world. My Thunder Mountain world is a complex time travel world and I have, for five books now, stuck to a very clear set of rules.

So this new book has ventured (as my subconscious would tend to do) into an area I hadn’t figured out yet, at least the time travel aspects of it all. I don’t worry about the plot, but I am a stickler for the details on the universe.

So the pause and not much writing is me trying to make sure the world is clear in my mind before I type too much more into the plot, which I have no idea what that might be. But something I wrote three days ago woke me up in the middle of the night and I went “Damn, it wouldn’t work that way.”

Better me finding it in the middle of the night than a reader spotting the problem six months from now. (grin)

So not a lot on the book tonight, but some world building on the time travel aspects of the next step.

Day was pretty standard. Out of bed around 1 p.m., e-mail, then off to the snail mail and to mail a bunch of packages. Then to the store to grab some lunch, then up to WMG Publishing to work for a time. At 4 p.m. I went out walking and then at 5 p.m. I was back at WMG offices working again.

Home by 6:30 for the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then in here to finish up the last of the workshop stuff for the week at 8:30. That took until about 10 p.m. and then Kris and I headed to watch the final Voice. Wonderful entertainment, fantastic music, and my favorite won, which pleased me no end. And I loved the bit with Pharrell as Yoda. Too funny.

So back to the writing around 12:30 a.m. and spent the next hour or so working on the time travel and annoying Rusch (while she was trying to read) with my talking and inability to settle on one way of working this out. Sorry Kris. (grin)

Then I took another nap, thinking about the time travel stuff. Again, not really working on the plot. Just trying to figure out inside the rules of time travel that I set up how this new reality will work.

So thinking I have some of it, about 3 a.m. I went to the writing computer and cycled back and did about 1,100 new words, then a short break and by 5 a.m. I had another 1,000 new words. But still missing a major problem on the time travel, so stopped for the night.

I went over to this computer and sent out all the invitations to the Yahoo group e-mail list for the April coast fantasy workshop taught by Kris. I think I got them all out before starting on this.

So I worked on the novel, but not a lot of words. Actually, if I get this time travel world building worked out, it will open the Thunder Mountain world to hundreds of possible books. So I don’t mind taking my time on getting these details in place in my head.

Topic of the Night: A Rude Awakening Coming (Maybe)

Yesterday I talked about a couple of ways of looking at how e-books are doing and some of the flat silly predictions going into the future on e-books.

But one major thing about e-books that make them different than a paper book. The buyer does not own anything about the e-book. Period.

Under modern court cases, of couple of which have settled just this year, the courts are saying over and over that the “First Sale” doctrine of books does NOT apply to e-books.

What that means is this: You buy a paper book, the first sale doctrine applies and you can keep it, resell it, give it away, trade it at a used bookstore, and so on. Once you buy it, you own the physical property of the book. Not the words, but the book itself.

No one can come into your house and take it off your shelf.

But you pay $6.99 for an e-book, you own nothing. You have bought the right to stream the words past your eyes and that’s it. Nothing else.

You can read it, but also the supplier of the e-book can take the e-book from you without notice (read your terms of service.) You can’t resell the e-book, you can’t give it away without a certain permission of the company you bought it from, and only inside their system.

First Sale Doctrine does not apply to e-books. E-books are only licensed and no one I have ever met besides my wife and I read terms of service.

Now, I understand that in our modern streaming culture, we are used to this sort of thing with movies, songs, television. So most readers would not be bothered by this, if they knew. Some would be, but many would not. Books, after all, are just a modern part now of our streaming culture.

Entertainment is everywhere and streaming past.

And after all, we pay money at a theater to see a movie, and we pay money to have a streaming television service, and we pay money for downloads of songs. So what is different about a book?

So most will not be bothered at all until the day comes a reader goes back to their device to find that favorite book to reread it and the book is gone and the reader has to buy it again.

And then a time later, they have to buy it again.

And so on and so on. Part of the fun of our new world of streaming, I know.

It is in the best interest of the e-book retailer to put a cap on the time a book can remain on an e-reader or a tablet. They will make more sales that way. And again, folks, they can do this. Read your terms of service.

Yeah, I know, I know, you don’t care.

But just a simple thought for all of you who have hundreds of books and hundreds of dollars of books on your readers. Those readers are connected almost all the time, and especially when you buy a new book.

And there have been articles lately that make me shudder talking about being able to tell exactly how far a reader of a book read into the book before quitting. So you finish a book, why wouldn’t the retailer take the book off your reader? You payed to stream it, right?

If the company that licensed you that book is that connected into your device, what else can happen with a simple hack of that company? Sony, anyone?

So far nothing has happened, and the major e-book retailers are managing to keep this ability to delete your purchased books below the radar. But as long as you are connected, anything can happen to your device and the books on the device that you have paid good money for.

Because just as with a movie at a theater, you have paid for a short-term right to be entertained. And nothing more.

And nothing less.

But the key phrase there is “short term.”

So just be aware. Your favorite book might cost you a few times just to keep it and reread it.

And one day you might open up your reading device and all the books you bought will be gone.

Or the books that don’t fit a certain law in some country will be censored and removed (Kobo anyone). Or someone complains about the content of a book and the company pulls all copies of the book. (Happened dozens of times already, yet no one complained or much noticed.)

And the topic of censorship is very real when it comes to e-books. You sign the terms of service that allow it when you buy the book.

Just be aware.

It is a new world of streaming. But if you are buying e-books, they are not regular books, they are streaming entertainment.

And just that fleeting.

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MONTHLY TOTAL ON NOVELS ONLY

LAKE ROOSEVELT novel done (most written last month).
Day 1…. 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 4,850 words
MARTIAN LOVER novel started.
Day 2…. 3,600 words. Total words to date…. 8,450 words
Day 3…. 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 12,650 words
Day 4…. 3,400 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
WARM SPRINGS novel started.
Day 5…. 4,250 words. Total words to date…. 20,100 words
Day 6…. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 24,650 words
Day 7…. 4,950 words. Total words to date…. 29,600 words
Day 8…. 3,450 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 9…. 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 36,200 words
Day 10.. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 40,750 words
Day 11.. 2,650 words. Total words to date…. 43,400 words
Day 12.. 2,400 words. Total words to date…. 45,800 words
Day 13.. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 47,950 words
Day 14.. 2,300 words. Total words to date…. 50,250 words
Day 15.. 1,200 words. Total words to date…. 51,450 words
Day 16.. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 53,550 words

(I would need to be at 65,000 words at this moment. That is within reach. Note, about halfway through the month, I am on the same basic pace as last month.)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 16

— Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 53,550 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words

— Blog Posts: 1,400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,100 words

— E-mail: 48 e-mails. ( A lot of form letters.) Approx. 900 original words. E-mails month-to date: 429 e-mails. Approx. 13,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

HOURS
Day Job Work… 7.5 hours… Total for week… 14.5 hours… Total for month… 103 hours
Exercise… 1 hours… Total for week…1 hours…Total for month… 6 hours
Television and naps… 5 hours… Total for week…10.5 hours… Total for month… 74 hours
Writing time… 4 hours… Total for week… 6 hours …Total for month… 64 hours
(The rest of the time is sleeping and showers and meals and stuff like that…Day Job includes e-mail and errands for business only. This blog time is about an hour tonight and included in the writing hours.)

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 15

Year 2, Month 5, Day 15 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Eleventh day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Sadly, since all the work this last week away from writing, I haven’t given the novel much of a push. With some luck I’ll do just that over the next few days or so.

And get up that Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing post.

And by the way, if you want to see a short video of me and Walter White Cat, just click on the Patreon button to the right or at the bottom of this post. You can see what I look like while typing this and how Walter helps every night. (grin)

Day was pretty standard. Out around 1 p.m., did some e-mail starting around 1:30 getting those who have signed up for the new lecture the password. Then a little after 2 p.m. I headed out to the snail mail.

And guess what??  The lost copies of Smith’s Monthly #13 were there. So now I have a large number of extra paper copies of Smith’s Monthly #13. Printer had already refunded my money on the shipment and sent me a replacement shipment which I got well over a week ago. Not a clue where these copies had been all this time, but they were lost for over a month of transit time. Wow!

I went from there to do more errands, then grabbed some lunch at a deli counter and got back to WMG offices around 4 p.m. Worked there until 6:30 p.m. when I went home to take a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

I came in here around 9 p.m. and got to work on the workshop stuff, but got tired at one point and went to take a break and fell asleep in my chair. Kris woke me and we went to watch the Voice finals. Interesting stuff at times. They showed both Blake and Adam recording their first songs. Wow, were they young. Wow.

So finally got back in here around 1:30 a.m. and by 2:30 a.m. or so I had finished the workshop stuff. Then I went out to my reading chair where this wonderful historical mystery writer by the name of Kris Nelscott had left a new novella for me to read.

It’s wonderful. Flat wonderful. You all will get to read it in a magazine at some point, I am sure.

Then finally back in here around 3:30 a.m. and sat down at my writing computer to give the novel at least a tiny bit of time. 1,200 words later I moved back over here to do this.

Topic of the Night: Belief.

Today, one of the major publishing numbers place (that has put out fairly reliable publishing numbers for decades) came out with their last few quarters of results on publishing sales.

As expected from anyone who is actually watching real numbers, sales of electronic books are down slightly from 22% of all books sold to 21% of all books sold. Mass market has stabilized in sales, hardbacks are down slightly, trade paper are up, audio is still growing steadily.

I have been saying for years that I expected electronic book sales would level around 30%, which everyone swore I would be wrong and electronic books would take over everything. Of course, I was wrong by this survey’s numbers, but in the wrong direction. I was too high as well. And I expected mass market paperbacks to pretty much vanish. But they dropped from their peak near 50% of all books sold down by about the same amount as electronic books now sell.

This is nothing usual, and yes, I know it doesn’t take into account indie published books. Got that. But no matter how much indie writers want to shout and stamp their feet, the “shadow industry” as some call it, might be at best 10%. And remember, a lot of the “shadow industry” is tracked in these surveys because of the ISBN numbers.

And yes, I know all about the fantastic work Hugh and Data Guy are doing with their slice-of-the-moment in one area of one bookstore. But as they both freely admit, they do not count paper or sales from any other booksellers, and they use a flawed system of bestseller lists to calculate data. It allows us a picture we can’t see otherwise, which is wonderful, but it shows no real completely accurate assessment, as they flat admit, anymore than this traditional publishing survey that was released yesterday is that accurate for similar reasons.

Somewhere in the middle of the two surveys I am sure the real numbers exist. Somewhere.

But what I find funny is how so many people just knee-jerk belief one way or another. And often this belief comes down to “all paper will vanish and we all will be reading electronic only in the very near future.”

One belief nut on one blog today actually claimed that the entire survey put out was because traditional publishers were trying to prop up paper sales, that it was all made up data, and that any day now electronic books would take over everything. Of course, this idiot does not understand that traditional publishers make a ton more money from electronic books and gave up protecting paper books four years ago when that became clear to anyone with half a brain.

Heck, at WMG Publishing, paper is our second biggest selling category of books, but we make around 15-20% profit from each sale, while electronically we average 65%. Why would anyone think traditional publishers are any different????

And they pay authors, in most cases, far less for an electronic sale than they do for a paper sale. (Math simple… Say you have a hardback selling at $24.99 and the author gets 10% of cover, so author gets $2.49 for the hardback sale. Same book is also at $9.99 electronic. Author gets 25% of 65% or basically 25% of $6.50 or $1.62.  Yes, $1.62 is less than $2.49.)

Authors should be scared to death of electronic books unless they are indie. For indie authors, the math flips dramatically, which is why so many indie authors can’t bother with paper and think their little world is the entire world and that because of their few books, all traditional publishers will fail tomorrow and all paper books and bookstores will vanish.

Uhhhh, no.

Again, the real sales numbers per category of books is out there, more than likely higher in electronic than shown in the last survey because of the shadow industry. BUT NO ONE REALLY KNOWS, including me.

But I do know that paper books will remain a major part of publishing for at least my lifetime. And bookstores will continue to grow and thrive as they have been doing now for five years. And any indie who ignores that part of the business is cutting off readers who might love the book.

So maybe question where your belief originated. Step back and start looking at reality instead of hype. No survey on either side is accurate and all are flawed by the nature of publishing today. All data can not be gathered. So look at all the surveys, then be logical and figure the true number is in the middle somewhere.

Then, if you are an indie author, go after every reader you can find, in all formats and from all sales vendors.

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MONTHLY TOTAL ON NOVELS ONLY

LAKE ROOSEVELT novel done (most written last month).
Day 1…. 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 4,850 words
MARTIAN LOVER novel started.
Day 2…. 3,600 words. Total words to date…. 8,450 words
Day 3…. 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 12,650 words
Day 4…. 3,400 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
WARM SPRINGS novel started.
Day 5…. 4,250 words. Total words to date…. 20,100 words
Day 6…. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 24,650 words
Day 7…. 4,950 words. Total words to date…. 29,600 words
Day 8…. 3,450 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 9…. 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 36,200 words
Day 10.. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 40,750 words
Day 11.. 2,650 words. Total words to date…. 43,400 words
Day 12.. 2,400 words. Total words to date…. 45,800 words
Day 13.. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 47,950 words
Day 14.. 2,300 words. Total words to date…. 50,250 words
Day 14.. 1,200 words. Total words to date…. 51,450 words

(I would need to be at 60,000 words at this moment. That is within reach. I’ll try to do a Topic of the Night on adjusting goals when you need to. And note, about halfway through the month, I am on the same basic pace as last month.)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 15

— Daily Fiction: 1,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 52,450 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words

— Blog Posts: 1,300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,700 words

— E-mail: 30 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 381 e-mails. Approx. 12,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

HOURS
Day Job Work… 7 hours… Total for week… 7 hours… Total for month… 95.5 hours
Exercise… .0 hours… Total for week… 0 hours…Total for month… 5 hours
Television and naps… 5.5 hours… Total for week… 5.5 hours… Total for month… 69 hours
Writing time… 2 hours… Total for week… 2 hours …Total for month… 58 hours
(The rest of the time is sleeping and showers and meals and stuff like that…Day Job includes e-mail and errands for business only. This blog time is about an hour tonight and included in the writing hours.)

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

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New Lecture Now Available

Lecture #24… WRITING INTO THE DARK: How to Write Stories and Novels Without an Outline is now available. 12 videos.

This lecture deals with a bunch of the aspects of writing into the dark, including fear, why it’s better for your creative side and your readers to write into the dark, and so on. And numbers of troubleshooting hints, from how to keep going when you get stuck to how to find your endings.

Here is the full list of all lectures now available. Kris and I are pretty happy with this selection. And we will be adding more regularly this winter and spring.

Sign-up information and full descriptions of each lecture are under the Lecture Tab above.

The Lectures:

#1… Heinlein’s Rules… Dean Wesley Smith 15 videos… $75.00

#2… Read Like a Writer… Kristine Kathryn Rusch… 8 videos… $50.00

#3… How to Write a Short Story: The Basics… Kristine Kathryn Rusch…. 7 videos… $50.00

#4… Writer’s Block and Procrastination… Dean Wesley Smith… 8 videos… $50.00

#5… Carving Time Out for Your Writing… Dean Wesley Smith…. 8 videos… $50.00

#6… How to Research for Fiction Writers… Kristine Kathryn Rusch…. 14 videos… $75.00

#7… Pen Names: Help With the Decision… Dean Wesley Smith…. 10 videos… $50.00

#8… Motivation: Starting Easier and Writing More… Dean Wesley Smith…. 9 videos… $50.00

#9… Practice: The Attitude and Methods of Practice in Fiction… Dean Wesley Smith…. 10 videos… $50.00

#10… Master Plot Formula: How and Why It Works Today… Dean Wesley Smith…. 9 videos… $50.00

#11… Prolific Lecture: How to Become a Prolific Fiction Writer… Dean Wesley Smith…. 10 videos… $50.00

#12… The Stages of a Fiction Writer: How to Know Where You Are In Learning and How To Move Upward… Dean Wesley Smith…. 11 videos… $50.00

#13… Starting Writing. Or Restarting Your Writing… Dean Wesley Smith…. 9 videos… $50.00

#14… Endings: How to Write Them and Understand What Makes a Good Ending… Dean Wesley Smith…. 9 videos… $50.00

#15… Audio Narration Lecture… Jane Kennedy…. 9 audio lectures… $50.00

#16… Your Writing as an Investment Lecture… Dean Wesley Smith…. 9 videos… $50.00

#17… How to Get Your Books into Bookstores Lecture… Dean Wesley Smith…. 10 videos… $50.00

#18… How to Think Like a Science Fiction Writer Lecture… Kristine Kathryn Rusch….11 videos… $50.00

#19… Why Some Books Sell More Than Other Books… Dean Wesley Smith…. 9 videos… $50.00

#20… How to Write a Page Turning Novel or Story: Basics and Tricks … Dean Wesley Smith…. 8 videos… $50.00

#21… The Basics of Designing Science Fiction Covers … Allyson Longueira …. 8 videos… $50.00

#22… The Basics of Designing Mystery, Cozy, or Thriller Covers … Allyson Longueira …. 8 videos… $50.00

#23… Paying the Price: A Working Writer’s Mindset … Dean Wesley Smith…. 10 videos… $50.00

#24… Writing into the Dark: The Tricks and Methods of Writing Without an Outline… Dean Wesley Smith… 12 videos… $50.00

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 14 (#501)

Year 2, Month 5, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Tenth day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

DAY #501 doing this Writing in Public Blog without missing a day.

That’s right, yesterday was Day #500 but I wanted to get past that number before I said anything. (365 days + 122 + 13 = 500 days)

Now that’s a streak. 500 days without missing. Not at all sure how I managed that. But still going.

And thanks everyone for the support on Patreon. I am surprised that anyone has even seen it yet, since I didn’t put it up until 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. I figured after 500 days of doing this, it was time to get a little support to keep going. So I put it up on the 500th day.

Patreon is basically this:  You say you want to toss $5.00 per month (there are varied amounts) to help me keep going on these blogs. I have it set on monthly, so only one amount per month. If you toss in higher amounts per month, you will get some nifty things every month, such as issues of Smith’s Monthly and Poker Boy stuff and so on. And if the total coming in is over a certain amount per month, then I send everyone some nifty stuff.

Just think “patron of the arts” and you have Patreon.

For those of you who have been following along for the last 500 days, I hope this has helped in some way or another. It’s been fun and learning for me, that’s for sure.

Also, I just put up the new lecture (12 videos) on Writing into the Dark. Basically tricks and methods on how to write a novel without an outline. And the reasons to do so, plus help when you get stuck and in finding endings and so much more. All that in the top post and more information and how to sign up under the green tab in that post.

So now, after all that, back to the standard format here.

I rolled out after 8 hours of sleep at 1 p.m. (I went to be early for me last night.) Made it to the writer’s lunch at 2 p.m. and that was fun for two hours.

Then at 4 p.m. Kris and I headed up to the WMG Publishing offices to do some stuff there. We got done around 6:30 p.m. and headed for dinner.

I got home around 8 p.m. and did some e-mail and by 8:30 I was napping. Two hours. (I must really be catching up on a lot of lost sleep.)

Stumbled into this office around 10 p.m., did a little work on workshops and e-mail, gave up and went to watch some television to see if I could wake up. By 11:30 it was no hope, so after a half hour or so of trying to work, I sat down in my chair and woke up around 2 a.m., finally feeling better. That amount of sleep in one day is almost unheard of for me. But it happens at time, usually when I am relaxing about something.

So I got in here and finished the workshop stuff by 3 a.m.  Then I jumped to my writing computer for a short session of 1,100 words in an hour.

Then back over here to this computer to make the lecture stuff live and get up the information, and then start into this blog. I may go write some more words, depending on how I feel and I will update this if I do.

Update: I finished this around 5 a.m. and went back and wrote another 1,200 words. So total for the day is 2,300 original words.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: The value of streaks.

After doing this daily blog for over 500 days now, I can attest to the value of a streak. And the power of a streak.

Some good friends of mine had short-story-per-week streaks going and hit them for a year or more. Other professional writers had streaks of writing at least 2,000 words per day without missing any day, and one of those streaks went into three years solid.

Trust me, you have a streak going, the streak adds power to continuing. Streaks can really get you through bad days.

That power usually starts hitting solidly on a daily streak around 30 days.

There were many nights I just thought I would put up a note saying, “Gone fishing” and skip this nightly routine. But I didn’t, so for over 500 days now, you folks have been following along on my silly life, the struggles, the naps, the collections, the work, and so on.

Were there major issues in the last 500 days that I didn’t talk about?  Sure. I had some health issues that are none of your damn business. My mother died a few months back as well. (Please, no condolences. You didn’t know her and I honestly don’t need them, which is why I didn’t mention it here.) I have lost in the last 500 days just about 20 pounds and am still headed down to hit my ideal weight.

But what was consistent for me the entire 500 days was the writing. I missed a few days of writing for varied reasons along the way, which was fine.  But in 500 days, I didn’t miss that many.

And I have put out 14 issues now in 14 months of a monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly. Even with some printer problems and a few other issues along the way, my own magazine is now out every month with a full original novel, a bunch of short stories, and other things every month. And I’m going to continue that streak as well.

Every night I reported in here for 500 straight days without missing. Today is Day #501 and I plan on keeping going into the future.

And doing these topics of the night as often as I can.

So use streaks, folks, as motivation. You get a streak going, it will drive you to continue the streak.

And when you do that with your writing, it becomes a very powerful motivational tool.

WEEKLY HOURS

I worked at what I call basically my day job for 49.5 hours. That includes working at WMG Publishing, doing an afternoon at the store, and doing workshop assignments and recordings.

I did only 1.5 hours of focused exercise, but got lots of other exercise doing other things.

30.5 hours of television and naps. A little much.

Only 24.5 hours of writing. I did over 22,000 words of fiction in those hours this week.

My goal is to slowly increase the writing hours and decrease the naps and work time.

In the first two weeks of the month I have written over 50,000 words of fiction total.

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MONTHLY TOTAL ON NOVELS ONLY

LAKE ROOSEVELT novel done (most written last month).
Day 1…. 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 4,850 words
MARTIAN LOVER novel started.
Day 2…. 3,600 words. Total words to date…. 8,450 words
Day 3…. 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 12,650 words
Day 4…. 3,400 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
WARM SPRINGS novel started.
Day 5…. 4,250 words. Total words to date…. 20,100 words
Day 6…. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 24,650 words
Day 7…. 4,950 words. Total words to date…. 29,600 words
Day 8…. 3,450 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 9…. 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 36,200 words
Day 10.. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 40,750 words
Day 11.. 2,650 words. Total words to date…. 43,400 words
Day 12.. 2,400 words. Total words to date…. 45,800 words
Day 13.. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 47,950 words
Day 14.. 2,300 words. Total words to date…. 50,250 words

(I would need to be at 70,000 novel words to be on the monthly target I set at this point. Really dropping behind the 5,000 word per night level.  So as of tonight I’m changing the goal to 4,000 words per night average for the month, which would mean I would need to be at 56,000 words at this moment. That is within reach. I’ll try to do a Topic of the Night on adjusting goals when you need to.)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 14

— Daily Fiction: 2,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 50,250 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words

— Blog Posts: 1,300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,400 words

— E-mail: 32 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 351 e-mails. Approx. 11,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

HOURS
Day Job Work… 4 hours… Total for week… 49.5 hours… Total for month… 88.5 hours
Exercise… .0 hours… Total for week… 1.5 hours…Total for month… 5 hours
Television and naps… 5 hours… Total for week… 30.5 hours… Total for month… 63.5 hours
Writing time… 3 hours… Total for week… 24.5 hours …Total for month… 56 hours
(The rest of the time is sleeping and showers and meals and stuff like that…Day Job includes e-mail and errands for business only. This blog time is about an hour tonight and included in the writing hours.)

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the image.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 5, Day 13

Year 2, Month 5, Day 13 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Ninth day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Fun day today, but not a lot of writing and I’m crashing out early to get a full night’s sleep for a change.

Anyhow, up around noon, did some e-mail, then out to Pop Culture Collectables at 1 p.m. That’s the store we just bought back. I started it eight years ago, sold it to my manager seven years ago, bought it back when she retired on October 1st.

Comic, non-sports art cards, cars, toys, marbles, jewelry, watches, buttons, and just about anything that is considered pop culture that came out in the 1900s and early 2000s.

I relieved the manager there because he had some family stuff to get to. So I worked the store from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., spending the last half hour of that helping the landlord with some lights. Great fun. I love talking with people who love to collect stuff.

Home around 6:15 and off to take a nap with the white cat, then dinner, news, and dishes. Then at 8:30 I headed back up to WMG Publishing to work on workshop stuff, plus start to deal with the last massive collection I bought this fall. Mint newspapers from 1909 up through the late 1980s. All bound in huge books (like they used to have in libraries) and never opened. These were in storage all those years.

Tonight, I worked on a month from 1914 and in an hour got about halfway through it. A ton of great war stuff every day on the front pages, plus color Sunday comics and some car ads that are to be believed. You don’t see basically mint newspapers, not folded, from 1914. eBay, here they come. (grin)

So home around 10:30 p.m. and sat down in my chair to rest after doing a little e-mail and passed out. Woke about an hour later, staggered downstairs to watch the news and a little television to try to wake up, but fell asleep again.

Finally staggered in here around 2 a.m. And stagger was the word.

I managed 1,100 words by 3 a.m., then a short break and another 1,050 words by 3:45 a.m.

That’s it. Brain gone, need even more sleep.

So only 2,150 words tonight. But really, really honestly, glad to have that.

And thanks folks for the early support at Patreon for this blog and articles here on this site. I forgot to mention that anything you pledge is just for a month. So if you pledge $5.00 that will be it for the month each month until you cancel it.

So again, thanks. I didn’t expect anyone to even find it yet since I put that up at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. (grin)

Topic of the Night: Resting

This is a tough topic, and I will tap-dance on it tonight just for a short time and come back to it later. Why this is tough is because there are a ton of myths with writing built up around the simple word “rest.”

The worst myth I talked about before and will have a Sacred Cows post here about the belief, false, but it is a belief, a myth, that a writer must take time off between projects to “rest.” Bull-Hockey, whatever that is.

And I hear writers all the time feeling like they can’t write because the words wouldn’t be clear and they are tired from a hard day and need rest. Honestly, I almost looped into that one tonight myself. When you stagger into your writing office so tired you can barely find the door, it’s logical any of us would drop into the myth of needing to be “rested” to write.

I’ll tell you tonight, it is lucky Walter is white and not gray, otherwise I might have sat on him. But even with a blurry single eye, I could see his bright white form on the writing chair. (grin)

And I was tired today from having a wonderful time all day. Writing is the best job on the planet, but for people like me, playing and talking collectables is a damn fine second job.

I am still tired as I type this, but when I was working on the book, once I got started, I didn’t notice. I noticed on the break, but once back, again I didn’t notice.

And Kris took my tea away on top of everything else tonight. Normally I would have been drinking tea up until after 3 a.m. She also wanted me to get a good night’s sleep. I haven’t had over six hours in a night in a week, and at 64 years old, I need my beauty sleep. (grin)

But I still wrote. Tired, no tea, but got words.

So I stopped early because the clock said that if I wanted eight hours, I needed to get headed in that direction and get this blog done. I didn’t let some excuse that I was tired stop me.

So check in with yourself, folks. All of us get tired. Have long days. But if you use the long day or the week of little sleep as an excuse to not write anything because you fear the words might not be “very good,” well… ?

If you don’t write some when exhausted and yet have the time, eventually the critical voice sneaks in that way and you will be tired more and more and more right when you have time to write.

And combine that with the fear of not writing good stuff when tired and your productivity will grind down to nothing.

So when to rest? When being exhausted is a valid reason to stop writing or not write for a day? Those answers are up to you. No uniform answer.

But check in. If you just feel a little tired, but the fear is there that your story won’t work because you’re tired, and the critical voice is shouting to go watch some mindless television, maybe you should sit down and write something.

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MONTHLY TOTAL ON NOVELS ONLY

LAKE ROOSEVELT novel done (most written last month).
Day 1…. 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 4,850 words
MARTIAN LOVER novel started.
Day 2…. 3,600 words. Total words to date…. 8,450 words
Day 3…. 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 12,650 words
Day 4…. 3,400 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
WARM SPRINGS novel started.
Day 5…. 4,250 words. Total words to date…. 20,100 words
Day 6…. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 24,650 words
Day 7…. 4,950 words. Total words to date…. 29,600 words
Day 8…. 3,450 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 9…. 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 36,200 words
Day 10.. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 40,750 words
Day 11.. 2,650 words. Total words to date…. 43,400 words
Day 12.. 2,400 words. Total words to date…. 45,800 words
Day 13.. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 47,950 words

(I would need to be at 65,000 novel words to be on the monthly target I set at this point. Really dropping behind the 5,000 word per night level.  Going to need some really large days to get that back on track.)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 13

— Daily Fiction: 2,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 47,950 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words

— Blog Posts: 1,200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,100 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 319 e-mails. Approx. 10,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

HOURS
Day Job Work… 8 hours… Total for week… 45.5 hours… Total for month… 84.5 hours
Exercise… .0 hours… Total for week… 1.5 hours…Total for month… 5 hours
Television and naps… 5 hours… Total for week… 25.5 hours… Total for month… 58.5 hours
Writing time… 3 hours… Total for week… 21.5 hours …Total for month… 53 hours
(The rest of the time is sleeping and showers and stuff like that…Day Job includes e-mail and errands for business only. This blog time is about an hour tonight and included in the writing hours.)

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the image.

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