Month 2, Day 25 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day Six of the new novel called Against Time.
Got Smith’s Monthly formatted in paper and off to CreateSpace!!!!
The final stages of it damned near killed me today and both Kris and Allyson came running up to the WMG offices at 10 tonight to talk me down off the ledge. I am down.
So backing up to the start of this day, I rolled out a little after 2 p.m. I did some e-mail and got to the snail mail and then WMG Offices by 4 p.m. I worked on the formatting of Smith’s Monthly #1 until about 6:15 p.m., mostly working on ads to fill blank spaces between stories. And the table of contents and the copyright page. Yeah, that’s fun.
Allyson came down and helped me at 6 p.m. clear out some font issues I was having and other errors in the file. At one point I had over sixteen errors in the inDesign file for the issue. Allyson and I cleared them in about fifteen minutes.
Home for the standard nap and dinner and news, then back up to WMG office at 8 p.m. to get the final stages done.
By 10 p.m. I was so frustrated, I wanted to kill something, break out windows, and just forget this entire stupid idea. Both Allyson (who gets up early) and Kris came running up to the WMG offices and the two of them got me calmed down. Together, we walked through the final problems on the formatting and the magazine and got the thing launched by 11:30 p.m.
Now we’ll see what the proofs look like. (grin)
Thanks again, Allyson and Kris, for above and beyond the call of duty with this silly magazine. Everyone always says that the first one is the hardest. And if anyone ever tells you that building a magazine of 100,000 words of fiction in two column format to look like a magazine is easy, just hit them for me, would you? It’s not.
And remember, I have designed and built numbers of magazines before. Pulphouse Magazine, Tomorrow Magazine, The Report Writer’s Magazine, The SFA Bulletin (change from small size to full size), and the redesign and conversion to computer of F&SF Magazine to name a few, Because I wanted to do so many cool things with this new magazine, yet make it look simple, building this first one ate my lunch.
But if the thing looks as good in my hand as it does on the screen, this is going to be really, really fun to keep doing. And a ton easier with future issues.
Kris and I got home just before midnight and we just went to the basement to watch television for an hour or so.
Then I came up a little after 1 a.m. and started to work on the workshop homework for the night. Luckily, that was all fun stuff, some fun covers, fun interiors, so I got it all done for the week. Smith’s Monthly formatting done and the homework done, I am free to finish the book in the next three or four days. Yeah!
By the time I got all that done and took another break, I didn’t get to my writing computer until a little before 2:30 a.m.
I did three sessions, one just over 900 words in 40 minutes. A second session of over 1150 words in 45 minutes. Another 1,000 word session in 40 minutes. A grand total of 3,050 words on the novel.
Wow, is this book moving. I still have no idea what I am doing with it or how the characters are going to end up or anything. But when I sit down, the thing really, really moves.
Stunned I got that many words done on a day like today. And counting all the writing on blogs, e-mails and fiction, I just went past 100,000 words for the month. Go figure. I have a ways to go to hit that for fiction alone, though.
But Smith’s Monthly #1 is off and with luck I’ll have a proof on Monday.
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
Day Three…. 5,100 words. Running total… 15,300 words
Day Four…. 4,950 words. Running total… 20,200 words
Day Five…. 3,650 words. Running total… 23,850 words
Day Six…. 3,050 words. Running total… 26,900 words
Totals For Month 2, Day 24
– Daily Fiction: 3,050 words. Fiction month-to-date: 65,550 words
– Nonfiction: 00 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 2,900 words
– Blog Posts: 750 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,550 words
– E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 950 new words. E-mails month-to date: 762 e-mails. Approx. 22,350 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.