Writing in Public: Month 5, Day 30

Month 5, Day 30 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Novel Kill Button: A Cold Poker Gang Novel on hold for a day or so.

This year seems to be going out a full run for me, but the only problem is that the running isn’t on the writing at the moment. Writing and publishing related, yes, but not actual new writing.

Rolled out around 1 p.m. a little early for me since I went to bed at 6:30 a.m. Did some e-mail and headed off to the snail mail around 3 p.m.  I made it EXACTLY two blocks.

And there, on this shop that was mostly empty was this sign, “Cabinets for $50.00.” Well, through the window I could see some amazing display cases and such, so I swung around and went in. And there went the day and part of tomorrow. (grin)

What they were actually selling were this huge counter tops (not the display cases) and cabinets that the counter tops sat on. One, the shortest, was nine feet, another monster was 12 feet long, all in fantastic shape. And two more in that range.  And they wanted $50.00 period. For all of it. I just had to get it out of there.

So off I went to WMG Publishing offices and put a call into the movers that helped me with the big estate. They were, of course, on a job. So as I was waiting for their call back, I worked with Allyson and Jane on a bunch of stuff. Then when the movers called me and said they could help tomorrow at one, I headed back for the shop. And bought them all. And entire large truck load for $50.00. (I hope it fits in a large truck, actually.)

This was like falling into a huge vat of brown stuff and discovering it was chocolate. Up at WMG we were working on ways to build shipping counters. Big ones for one of the warehouse areas because we want to start selling WMG books off the web site and also through ABE and eBay and so on. So we need a large shipping area and we were going to have to build EXACTLY what I bought for $50.00 total. It might have cost us a thousand or two to build them right.

And just this month we had taken over another large warehouse space in the same building that we needed this kind of thing in there as well.

So I made it to the snail mail by 5 p.m., then back to work on starting to move huge piles of boxes where the counters will be. Home by 6 p.m. for more e-mail, nap with the cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Back up to WMG Publishing to start the process of putting Smith’s Monthly #4 together to get to the printer on Thursday. I also did the column above as I promised.

And then moved a ton more boxes.

Got home by 11:30 p.m. completely exhausted. Watched an hour of television and then back in here to do the workshop homework for both today and tomorrow, since everyone was in for those workshops as well. Got it done by 2:30 a.m., then figured I would do a quick call to my web host because I was having trouble getting WordPress uploaded to a domain we are using for another reason.

I called them at 2:45 a.m. and they started working on the problem, with me on the phone doing some workshop stuff while I waited and talked with the great guy who was helping me. Finally, just before 4 a.m. they figured out the code problem and  got it all fixed and ready. By that point, I was so tired, couldn’t even remember what novel I was working on.

And tomorrow, with the big move of counters, looks like it’s going to be just as crazy, so I’m letting this year sort of whimper out with the writing. I should be able to write tomorrow night, but we shall see.  I’d like to just to get the word total for the month over 50,000 words.

However, January is looking great.

Now I’m posting this and the longer blog I did earlier and heading to bed, since I have to be helping with very heavy counters at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Totals For Month 5, Day 29

– Daily Fiction: 00 words. Fiction month-to-date: 49,400 words

– Nonfiction: 0 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 1,700 words

– Blog Posts: 1,400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,800 words

– E-mail: 37 e-mails.  Approx. 1,700 new words. E-mails month-to date: 605 e-mails. Approx. 29,300 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

For projects finished in the first four 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

—Turned in full manuscript for Smith’s Monthly #4. It will appear in January 2014.

—Wrote my introduction to Smith’s Monthly #4. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #4 published in January 2014.

— Turned in Fiction River: Universe Between. I was the editor and it will appear sometime in 2014.

— Novel titled Sector Justice. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #5 published in February 2014. And then in stand alone book form in April, 2014.


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One Response to Writing in Public: Month 5, Day 30

  1. D J Mills says:

    First, serendipity is great!
    Second, moving all the furniture should help you drop the extra pounds you mentioned in an earlier blog.
    You new year is starting on a high note!
    Happy New Year. :-)

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