Month 2, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Rolled out around 3 p.m. because I had no where to go or do and needed the extra rest. Made it to my office here at home around 4 p.m., then went down to a local bookstore and talked books for a time with the owner.
I finally made it to the snail mail and back up to WMG Publishing around 5:30 p.m., where I promptly decided to bag it and went home.
Did some e-mail, then went out for a walk with Kris, then nap with Walter, dinner, dishes, and back to WMG Publishing office by 8 p.m. I worked on workshop stuff for a time, doing some recording. Then switched over to working on Smith’s Monthly, getting the last of the templates laid out and starting to flow in stories and such.
I have all the covers done for the short stories that will be in the first issue and the two serial stories. Allyson will be doing the covers for the novel and the golf book this coming week.
The covers will be part of the title page of each story in the magazine, in color in the electronic version and grayscale in the paper version. It’s going to look so cool.
Here is one of the covers of the stories that will be inside the issue.
I wrote this story in August if you are following along.
I will announce the subscriptions to Smith’s Monthly tomorrow.
I made it home again by around 10:30 p.m., went and watched some television, and got into my writing office around midnight.
I went to my sheet of titles again since I had no clue at all what to write tonight, but I knew I wanted to work on another short story for November Smith’s Monthly.
From old If Magazine half-titles, I found the words “Forgotten Gods” and then rammed that into “A Night With” from Weird Mystery Magazine from the 1960s.
So I had the title “A Night with a Forgotten God” and I typed that in and instantly thought of Poker Boy, so fired off on the story.
I got stuck around 800 words around 1 a.m., so took a break, priced some comic books, dinged around, and then came back around 2 a.m., still stuck but with the idea of just writing the next sentence and then the next until it worked into a story.
I got rolling with that and finished the story with three quick breaks every thousand words at 5:00 a.m., printed it up and stuck it in the kitchen so Kris could read it in the morning. The story is only a few words short of 4,000 words. So in those last three sessions from 2 a.m. until 5 a.m. I wrote 3,200 words. About my normal speed when I get going.
Three short stories finished now in three days. That’s fun.
Another story done. And a fun day of working in books and comics and on workshop stuff.
Totals For Month 2, Day 14
– Daily Fiction: 4,000 words. Fiction month-to-date: 32,950 words
– Nonfiction: 00 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 2,600 words
– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,650 words
– E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 150 new words. E-mails month-to date: 497 e-mails. Approx. 13,550 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 6 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
—- Short Story titled “A Night With a Forgotten God: A Poker Boy story.” It will be published in Smith’s Monthly #2 in November, then two months later put out as a stand-alone book. Approximately 4,000 words long.
— Short Story titled “A Pity About the Delusion.” It will be published in Smith’s Monthly #2 in November, then two months later put out as a stand-alone book. Approximately 2,600 words long.
— Short Story titled “Dreams of a Moon” finished and turned in to WMG Publishing. It will be published in Fiction River: Moonscapes to be published in February 2014. Approximately 4,700 words long.
— Full manuscript for Smith’s Monthly #1 turned in to WMG Publishing for proofing. It will be published in October 2013. Approximately 90,000 words long.
— Full manuscript for Fiction River: Moonscapes turned in to WMG Publishing. It will be published in February 2014. Approximately 70,000 words long.
— 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 February 2014. 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.