Day 13 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Well, not a huge amount of words today, but a huge amount of progress again, just like yesterday.
Started off the day by crawling out around 1 pm, but right out of the shower (before I had anything to eat) I was out on the hillside in front of our house with a plumber. Water company had called and told us we had a leak and he was here to help us track it down.
We found it, sort of. It’s somewhere in about sixty feet between our house and the street forty feet below, on a tree and brush-covered hill and cliff. Now that’s going to be fun and expensive to fix. (grin) More than likely will just put in a brand new water line.
Then breakfast and e-mail, then off to run errands, grab some lunch, and get to WMG Publishing. Worked on Smith’s Monthly again, plus some meetings on Fiction River, and then did some work on a blog about the Online Workshops that will follow this.
Home for the nap, dinner, news, and then back to WMG Publishing to work on workshops and finish the workshop blog. Again this week is crazy on workshops. It will slow down some for me after Friday and give me a ton more writing time. So I might start a novel this weekend.
Then back here at 10 pm, more workshop stuff until 11, watched a show for a break, back in the office here at midnight.
First I looked over the proof for the story “The Road Back” that Allyson had sent me. Then I keyed in the few corrections Kris had found in the story I finished last night called “The Secrets of Yesterday.” Both those stories and the first part of the serial called “The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy” will be in the first issue of Smith’s Monthly.
Then, I started to go to work on a new story, but noticed a file that said “Golf Book” and opened it. In it was a fun and funny short book I wrote about making it to the first tee of a golf course. (I wrote the thing about ten years ago and the company I wrote it for never got off the ground.) It’s a self-help book, sort of, and it also has a few personal stories of my early days of golf in it. I got a ton more, let me tell you. (grin) And some pretty ugly horror stories about my last year or so as well.
The nonfiction golf book about 20,000 words long (designed to have a lot of cartoons and such) and as I read through it I updated it, added a section, and so on. That took almost two hours, but only about 1,000 original words, none of it fiction. I’m not sure how to count that. Hmmm… It’s not a blog…. hmmm
So now Smith’s Monthly will have a nonfiction humor section in it.
I wanted a nonfiction section in the magazine, so now I know what I’ll do. I’ll start with golf humor and add in humor articles about poker and writing. I’ll put a 4,000 word humor article in the Monthly each month and will bring out the full golf book in the winter or early spring. And then go from there.
So not only are all of you getting to see me putter around on writing, but also how to build a magazine. (grin)
Then after getting the Golf Book into condition, I went back to find a short story title to fire on. I picked a couple half-titles off my lists as I do, smashed them together and started writing.
About 500 words into the story I realized it was a Pilgrim Hugh Incident, so the title had to change. About 700 words in one of the characters gave me the title. (No idea where I was going on the story. Just typing and having fun.)
So I deleted the old title and the title is now “The Case of the Dog-Bit Arm.” All of the Pilgrim Hugh stories have that kind of title, or they will after I change the old titles at some point. Pilgrim Hugh is a very rich detective/lawyer who runs around helping police departments in Portland, Oregon, with strange cases. Always wanted to write a bunch of crime stories with a character like that. I’m trying to keep him out of cliche with humor.
Anyhow, got about 1,500 words of fiction done total for the day. Not much, but again a lot done. The fiction totals will pick up speed pretty soon, of that I have no doubt.
And I have zero idea where I am going with that story. Not a clue.
Does it seem to anyone else that I’ve been doing this for a long time? And it’s only Day 13. Yikes.
Totals For Day 13
Daily Fiction: 1,500 new words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,300 words
Nonfiction: 1,000 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 1,000 words
Blog Post: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,600 words
E-mail: 13 e-mails. (I only try to count original words.) Approx. 300 new words. E-mails month-to date: 337 e-mails. Approx. 10,500 words.
Stories and Projects Done So Far
and Where You Will Be Able to Find Them
— “Eyes on My Cards” A Doc Hill crime story. It will first appear in Fiction River Special Edition: Crime in February, 2014.
— “The Road Back” A Doc Hill crime story. It will appear as a free promotion for the novel Dead Money on Kobo and also in Smith’s Monthly #1, October 2013. Then as a stand-alone story in January, 2014.
— “The Secrets of Yesterday” A Poker Boy story. It will first appear in Smith’s Monthly #1, October 2013. Then as a stand-alone story in January, 2014.
— Part 1-3 of The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy. It will first appear in Smith’s Monthly #1, October 2013. Eventually in later 2014 the first volume will appear in book form.
— Nonfiction Golf Book… 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 Spring of 2014.