Month 2, Day 21 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day Two of the new novel called Against Time.
Rolled out a little after 1 p.m. today. I did a little e-mail and by 2 p.m. I was doing a session on the novel. I got exactly 600 words done in 45 minutes, but that was good because it got me going for the day on it. And got the book into my mind.
I went off to the snail mail, then to WMG Publishing. I stayed there working on the formatting for Smith’s Monthly and workshop stuff until 6 p.m.
Then home for nap with the white cat, dinner, news, dishes and back to WMG around 8 p.m.
Two more hours there, made it home by 10 p.m., and went right into my office and did a session. This time I managed a 1,000 words or so by 11:15 p.m. before taking a break and going to watch some television.
So two hours of writing in two session by 11:15… 1,600 words produced.
Got back to my writing computer around 12:30 a.m. I did another thousand words, took a break, did another 1,100 words, all by 2:15 a.m.
Worked on some comics as a break, then went back at it. Two more sessions with five minute breaks got me another 2,100 words total by 3:30 a.m.
I went at another session and managed to get another 300 words before my brain said I was too tired.
So ended up with 6,150 words for the day on the novel. Okay for this early in the novel and also for doing so many other things.
The novel came about because of a short story I wrote last fall, I think it was. It was called “The Lady and the Seeders” and I never had sent it out, like a lot of my stories. I did send it to John Helfers for Fiction River #2: How to Save the World, but he bounced it for two reasons. First off, he said it wasn’t what he was looking for, even though I saved a world. Second, he said it was a novel that wanted to get out.
And the moment he said that, I knew he was right. So I tossed the story in a drawer and wrote him another one, figuring that at some point I might come back to the bounced story and write the novel. It is part of the Dust and Kisses universe, actually, the novel that is in Smith’s Monthly #1. And there are two short stories in that universe in Smith’s Monthly #2 coming out in November, although I had not realized when I wrote them that they were both set in that world.
I wasn’t planning on writing this novel at this point, but yesterday, when I was getting ready to start up on a new novel, I suddenly realized how that short story idea could really be turned into a novel I would have fun writing. I had basically forgotten it until that point. But I have learned to trust my subconscious and when it taps the back of my head and says, “It’s time…” I listen.
So I looked at the short story and there’s nothing in it I could use much except the characters and set up. And I wanted a different lead character anyway.
So once again I tossed the story aside, but then started writing the book from a scientist named Callie’s point of view and was off.
And I used the nifty short scene I wrote of the guy character coming into orbit. That was a fun 300 words I cut out of the short story.
I am using the same structure and back story for the guy that was in the start of the short story, and keeping his friend and all that. And keeping his space ship, but the rest I am tossing completely, including all of the plot of the story. So except for that first 300 words of the opening to his character, I am using only details, not words.
The title came from me smashing together two half titles like I always do to get started.
Against Time was half of the title and I typed it in, but when I realized the book I wanted to try, the other half didn’t work, so I just instantly, before I wrote a word, cut off the other half.
And note: I have no idea at all where this book is going. I’ve tossed away the short story idea, the new character Callie is interesting, and we shall see what develops between here and the character that started the short story.
Totals for the novel Against Time:
Day One…. 4,050 words. Running total… 4,050 words
Day Two…. 6,150 words. Running total… 10,200 words
Totals For Month 2, Day 21
– Daily Fiction: 6,150 words. Fiction month-to-date: 48,800 words
– Nonfiction: 00 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 2,900 words
– Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,950 words
– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 200 new words. E-mails month-to date: 646 e-mails. Approx. 17,900 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.