Month 2, Day 19 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Rolled out a little after 1:00 p.m. and managed to get to the snail mail, stop by Robert’s Bookstore, and then up to the WMG Publishing offices for the 2 p.m. Thursday meetings.
Turns out that the proofing was back for Smith’s Monthly #1 as well, which was cool. Ready to roll on it now.
Meetings until 5 p.m., then I did ten minutes of recording something with Jane for Fiction River, then Kris and I headed out for a walk and to have dinner.
On the way back from the restaurant we even stopped and did some shopping and I got myself a new black leather coat. I needed one, since I had left my other one on the back of a chair and a cat had tried to climb up it. Never a good thing for a leather coat. (grin)
And no, it was not Walter that did that. It was our “Diva” named Molly. She’s our youngest. Lesson: Don’t leave a leather coat hanging over the back of a chair.
Kris and I made it back to the WMG offices after our walk and shopping and dinner trip around 7 p.m. Kris headed home and I went to work on Smith’s Monthly paper edition layout. I flowed the entire thing in and then started designing from the front. I got the table of contents designed and the story openings and some other stuff.
Great fun. I’ll show some pictures here of some of the pages after I get it all done and through the proof stages. In one of the meetings earlier, we also set the monthly official publication date of Smith’s Monthly as the second Tuesday of every month.
I quit playing with designing stuff, which I love, and went home around 11:00 to watch some television, then back to my writing office by 1 a.m. to try to finish the mystery story I started. Not a bit of luck because I felt way, way too tired again. So off to the living room and a ten minute nap.
Then back in here around 2 a.m. and managed to get 1,400 words done in two session, the first one about a thousand words, the second one only 400 words before I tossed in the towel. Story is far, far, far from done, so I made a few notes to myself how I figure the story should go and shut it down. I was right at the point where I thought I might see who killed the guy, so didn’t want to forget that part of the mystery. (grin)
I’ll go back to the story after I finish the next novel.
So tomorrow I start a new science fiction novel, going for writing it in ten days again. Again, we shall see.
But I have a lot more fun to have this weekend with laying out Smith’s Monthly in paper. I want to have that done and ready for Allyson to see on Monday, so we can get it off for a proof copy. But I will try to stay focused on the novel. Honest. (grin)
Totals For Month 2, Day 19
– Daily Fiction: 1,400 words. Fiction month-to-date: 38,600 words
– Nonfiction: 00 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 2,900 words
– Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,850 words
– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 250 new words. E-mails month-to date: 625 e-mails. Approx. 17,600 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
—- 2nd section of the nonfiction golf book The First Tee Panic… It will be serialized in Smith’s Monthly starting with the first issue and then brought out as a short stand-alone humor book in the late Spring of 2014. (Approx. 20,000 words… About 4,000 of them will be new.) 300 new words in this second section.
—- Short Story titled “Long Shadows” It will be published in Smith’s Monthly #2 in November, then two months later put out as a stand-alone book. Approximately 3,000 words long.
—- 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.