Month 2, Day 7 of this Writing in Public challenge.
The Final Day of the novel Thunder Mountain. Finally finished the damn thing.
If I wasn’t recording this day, I would have never thought it possible. The day felt slow, I started late, and I dinged around a lot. Yet I got a surprising amount done. Go figure.
The day started at 3 p.m. when I rolled out of bed. (Yup, you read that right. I was tired, so shoot me.) I did a little e-mail around 4 p.m. and then headed off to the snail mail, then to the store for supplies for my office and also cat food for the outdoor cats we feed.
By the time I got to my office at WMG Publishing, I didn’t feel like doing much, so I didn’t. Just messed around on the digest collection (those magazines in one of the pictures yesterday), then headed out to the auction. Every month there is an auction here in our little town. Some of us find it entertaining, my wife finds it boring. I have been going now every month for eighteen years, with only a few misses.
I had forgotten to tell Kris about the auction and she was cooking, so I left the auction at 7 p.m. leaving instructions with the woman who bought my store five years ago to buy me an artificial tree if she could get it under $30.00. I had a quick nap, dinner, watched a little news, did the dishes, and got back out to the auction by 8 p.m. (I had won the tree for $20.00.)
I stayed at the auction until around 10 p.m., bidding on some boxes of books but not getting anything. Then I headed with my new artificial tree to my office at WMG Publishing. There, in two hours, I did two covers for stories that will be in Smith’s Monthly. The covers will be in the magazine as art for the story and then two months after they are in the magazine, the stories will come out as stand-alone stories in electronic and paper with the covers I did tonight.
I’m adding in a new category below for covers done each month. I was pretty happy to get two done tonight and I’ll show them here and on the Smith’s Monthly web site when it fires up.
I got home around midnight, worked a little on the Smith’s Monthly web site, then went downstairs to watch some television and see how the Ducks did. (You know, the #2 ranked team in college football from Eugene, Oregon.)
By 1:30 a.m. I was at my writing computer, did a little more cutting of chapters out of the book, added in about a thousand words at the end to wrap it up, and then printed the thing up for Kris by 2:30 a.m. It’s very unlike me to cut stuff out of a book, but on this book I loved the setting so much, I kept just entertaining myself and roaming around in the setting instead of getting to the story. (The setting is the Idaho wilderness where my first published novel, Laying the Music to Rest is set. Same setting as Zane Gray’s novel by the same name as I called this novel: Thunder Mountain.) So the word count below is a bunch over the final count on the final book because I just tossed away so much. And way over my ten day goal to finish it. We’ll see if I can hit ten days on the next book.
So after printing out the novel for Kris and getting it in the kitchen for her to find in the morning when she gets up, I came back in here around 3 a.m. and wrote the introduction for Fiction River: Moonscapes, a volume I edited that has some fantastic stories in it, including an entire short Retrieval Artist novel by Kris. If you are not reading Fiction River, folks, you are missing some of the best fiction being published.
It took me about an hour to do the 600 words and I printed that out and got it to Kris’s spot in the kitchen where she will see both the novel and the introduction when she gets up.
Then around 4 a.m. I came back in here and sat down and wrote the introduction to the first Smith’s Monthly that is going out to proof readers on Monday. It turned out to be around 1,100 words and about 4:45 a.m. I printed that off and got it to Kris’s spot in the kitchen as well. (She’s got some reading to do.)
Now back in here to write this. So today I finished a novel, did two book covers, and wrote two introductions while screwing around at an auction for hours. A very strange day.
Novel World Count
Day One: 1,000 words
Day Two: 8,200 words
Day Three: 10,150 words
Day Four: 4,250 words
Day Five: 3,050 words
Day Six: 3,800 words
Day Seven: 4,150 words
Day Eight: 5,800 words
Day Nine: 3,050 words
Day Ten: 3,850 words
Day Eleven: 1,800 words
Day Twelve: 3,100 words
Day Thirteen: 7,300 words
Day Fourteen: 3,400 words
Day Fifteen: 2,900 words
Day Sixteen: 3,100 words
Day Seventeen: 1,050 words
Total words written on the novel: 69,950 words in seventeen days. (Since I tossed away a number of chapters where nothing happens, the book ended up under 60,000 words. But that’s how many original words I wrote on this stupid thing. It might get shorter if Kris tells me I have to toss more of it away. (grin))
Totals For Month 2, Day 7
– Daily Fiction: 1,050 words. Fiction month-to-date: 21,600 words
– Nonfiction: 1,700 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 2,200 words
– Blog Posts: 650 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,350 words
– E-mail: 23 e-mails. Approx. 400 new words. E-mails month-to date: 290 e-mails. Approx. 6,650 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers
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Stories and Projects Finished This Month So Far
In order of production with the most recent at the top.
And Where and When You Will Be Able to Find Them
— Novel titled Thunder Mountain. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #2 published in November 2013. Approximately 60,000 words long.
—Introduction for Smith’s Monthly #1. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #1 published in October, 2013. Approximately 1,100 words long.
— Introduction for Fiction River: Moonscapes. It will appear in Fiction River: Moonscapes published in December 2013. Approximately 600 words long.
— Forward for Fiction River Special Edition: Crime. It will appear in Fiction River Special Edition: Crime published in March 2014. Approximately 500 words long.