Month 3, Day 6 of this Writing in Public challenge.
I rolled out around 1 p.m. after going to be around 6:30 a.m. and somehow managed to make it to the writer’s lunch at 2 p.m. and I stayed awake through the entire thing. Shocking.
Then back to the WMG offices at 4 p.m. and worked there on workshop stuff until around 5:30 p.m. when I went home to help Kris unload groceries and do a little prep on dinner. A little e-mail, but mostly after that I headed for the basement for a long nap with the cat.
After dinner and news, I came back up to this office and started working on workshop stuff. A cross-over week with October workshops starting, but not as bad as last month.
I finally had all the homework done around 11 p.m. except for a few response recordings.
So I switched over to writing and wrote the introduction to Smith’s Monthly #2. (about 800 words)
I had made a mistake this month and not gone back over the stories putting in Kris’s corrections. And I’m supposed to turn in #2 tomorrow for proofing. Oh, oh… Not doing that this next month.
So I wrote four story blurbs after I finished putting in Kris’s corrections into each of the four short stories. Now understand, putting in Kris’s corrections sometimes takes only ten minutes, sometimes it will cause me to add a scene or something in the story so it might take an hour. That is (when asked out in public) my third draft. My second draft is spell-checking before I give it to Kris.
So I am a three draft writer, if anyone asks. (grin)
So I had that done by midnight for the four short stories. Just over an hour total for all four. 600 words of blurb writing, about 600 words of original fiction, since I added a two page scene in one story that needed to be there.
Then I went to work on getting the next three chapters of “The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy together from the old draft of that. Another 300 original fiction words and a 200 word historical introduction.
Then to the basement to watch some television at 12:30 a.m. At this point I had 900 words of fiction and 1,600 words of nonfiction.
Back up here by 1:30 a.m. and went to work putting in Kris’s corrections on the novel Thunder Mountain. I ended up writing about 1,000 new words and cutting out about six hundred. The new words came mostly from a simple line that Kris wrote beside a scene…”You know, this should be shown.”
I hate it when she’s correct. (grin)
So I got all that done by 3:30 a.m. and launched a few workshops and such along the way on breaks. Luckily I already had the novel blurb written.
So one more thing to finish for Issue #2, but that’s up at the office and I’m not going back up there at this time of the night. It can wait until tomorrow afternoon.
And I’m not starting new story, so going to call it a night with 1,900 words of new fiction and 1,600 words of nonfiction, plus this blog.
Off to sleep.
Totals For Month 3, Day 6
– Daily Fiction: 1,900 words. Fiction month-to-date: 25,600 words
– Nonfiction: 1,600 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 1,600 words
– Blog Posts: 350 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,250 words
– E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 850 new words. E-mails month-to date: 154 e-mails. Approx. 4,900 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers
For projects finished in the first two months and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.
For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.
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
— Introduction to Smith’s Monthly #2.” It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #2 published in November 2013. Approximately 800 words long.
— Short story titled “A Storm from a Relic: A Poker Boy story.” It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #3 published in December 2013. And then in stand alone book form in March, 2014. Approximately 4,000 words long.
— Novel titled Against Time. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #3 published in December 2013. And then in stand alone book form in March, 2014. Approximately 62,000 words long.