Month 2, Day 28 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day nine of the new novel called Against Time. Looks like this will be a 15 day novel. So guess I’ll have the How to Write a Novel in 15 Days book done first. (grin)
I also have another Killing the Sacred Cows chapter done and will post it here in a day or so.
In case you haven’t gathered, not a great day writing. But wow, one nasty storm. Part one hit today. And part two, the really big part, is hitting tomorrow.
Winds will be gusting here at the house around 80-85 mph, and raining buckets. We will get upwards of seven to eight inches of rain when these two storms pass by tomorrow (Sunday) evening.
Way early for storms like this. The leaves are all still on the trees. This is a late November storm. Strange.
Anyhow, I rolled out around 2:30 p.m. and ended up down at Bob’s Bookstore talking with him around 3:30. The wind was clocking around 50 and the rain was just solid downpour.
I went from there to the post office and back to WMG Offices, getting drenched every time I had to get out of the car. I checked for roof leaks all over the WMG office building, then worked a little on some workshop and lecture stuff, since the power was still up.
I headed home at six and barely made it up our gravel driveway. It was starting to wash out.
So grabbing a shovel, I headed back to the driveway to try to dig a diversion ditch at the top to keep the river from going down the driveway. Yeah, in a forest of trees in a downpour in high winds. I’m in my 60s and I’m still stupid enough to do that.
After fifteen minutes Kris came looking for me to see if I was face down in some mud. I was all right, just soaked to my skin and worn out. But I got the ditch dug and the driveway saved. You people think writing is hard, try digging a ditch in hard gravel in 50 mph winds and a downpour with huge trees creaking above you.
I got dry, took the white cat, and headed for a nap. Now I am sore normally because I’m an old jock and bones and joints don’t work well in this weather. Two bad knees always give me the first sign that bad weather is coming. But after that exercise, I found muscles that haven’t been in pain in years. (grin)
So after dinner I managed to limp and moan my way back to WMG offices around 9 p.m. and finish the lecture I’ll announce on the first. (Trust me, I can moan with the best complainers. (grin))
Then home around midnight after making sure the offices were ready for Round Two of this storm.
I watched television for a time, then sort of limped in here around 2 a.m and got a little done. I still have no idea where this novel is going. In fact, I think I am missing a plot line, but not sure yet. I’ll look at it clearer tomorrow.
So in two sessions I managed to get around 2,300 words done even with everything.
Now here at 4 a.m. the wind is starting to kick back up and we had a power flicker just before I started this, so going to get this posted, I hope, and shut down for the night again.
Ahh, living on the Oregon Coast is great fun.
And wow, the radio just came on with a public announcement they are going to repeat all night and tomorrow morning about the dangers of the storm. They normally don’t do that. And in one place the announcer said flat out, “Going anywhere near a beach will be taking your life in your own hands.”
Now that’s a first. I better get this posted, get this computer shut down, and go make sure all the flashlights have fresh batteries and the wind-up radio is still working and stuff.
See you on the other side of the storm.
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
Day Seven…. 6,500 words. Running total… 33,400 words
Day Eight…. 2,800 words. Running total… 36,200 words
Day Nine…. 2,300 words. Running total… 38,500 words
Totals For Month 2, Day 28
– Daily Fiction: 2,300 words. Fiction month-to-date: 77,150 words
– Nonfiction: 00 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 2,900 words
– Blog Posts: 950 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,300 words
– E-mail: 6 e-mails. Approx. 50 new words. E-mails month-to date: 788 e-mails. Approx. 22,700 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.