Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Had a book signing this morning at 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Actually, it was a local book fair with about 30 writers from around the Pacific Northwest. A great little event put on by the wonderful owners of a local indie store here on the coast.
For more information on the store and the book fair, go to: http://bobsbeachbooks.net/events/ In fact, if you ever have the chance to be in Lincoln City for any reason, Bob’s Beach Books and his other store, Roberts Bookshop, are both must-stop places for any book person.
My only problem was, of course that I had to get out of bed at 9:30 a.m. Square in the middle of my night. I managed to finally get to sleep last night around 5 a.m., and at this age, I don’t do lack of sleep well. But great conversations with a number of people kept me going, including David Delamare, the fantastic artist, and his partner Wendy. Two of the great people in the world. David has my same sleep/work schedule, but he looked like he was holding on better than I was. (grin)
Kris and I had a quick lunch and then both went back to bed around 3 p.m. Not a nap, full sleep. Yeah, that works well. (grin) Back up around 7 pm still feeling like crap.
Finally made it into this office around 11 p.m., answered some e-mail, and then went to the writing computer.
I have been trying to decide on the novel to put into the first issue of Smith’s Monthly. I need to add a twenty thousand word frame around a Poker Boy novel I wrote back in about 2002. But since that is the origin story of Poker Boy, I have some research and details to work out, so I don’t think that would be the perfect first project.
I had another book about 95% done called Dust and Kisses, which was a futuristic romance that I also have a few other short stories sat in the same world. I wrote it in 2004 and didn’t have a good memory of the book because of the really bad response I got on it from readers. Everyone loved the part of the book I showed them, but everyone said it had no chance in hell of selling. In fact I came to call it my “dead body romance” not so much because of the bodies in it, but because of the fact the novel itself was dead on arrival at the time. I had stopped writing it before finishing it without really making any notes as to how it would end.
Now comes the new indie world and my new Smith’s Monthly project, so tonight, feeling groggy, I started back through that book, putting it together (I wrote it in chapters, not in one big file), fixing things as I went, writing transitions that were left out, things like that. Not really a rewrite, just a run-through. I didn’t even bother to fix the underlines for italics. (grin)
I got to where I had stopped writing and realized it was a pretty fine novel, at least as far as I got. (I actually had very little memory of the book.) But I had really, really set up for sequels to the novel because the world was so big. And that’s a good thing in this new world as well.
Originally, I had stopped around 52,000 words, plus I wrote around 2,000 new tonight). I think I know how to end it. But I’ll write that over the next few days and get it done. Might only be another 6,000 words, maybe less. We’ll see.
And when I finish it, it will appear completely in the first issue of Smith’s Monthly coming out the first of October.
Almost have the entire first issue contents together. I just need another short story and the second serial start. And an introduction. I’ll list them all when I do.
Totals For Day 17
Daily Fiction: 2,000 words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,400 words
Nonfiction: 0 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 1,000 words
Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,400 words
E-mail: 8 e-mails. Approx. 100 new words. E-mails month-to date: 456 e-mails. Approx. 15,200 words.
Stories and Projects Done So Far
In order of production.
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. (Approx. 3,900 words)
— “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. (Approx. 6,100 words)
— “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. (Approx. 3,400 words)
— 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. (Approx. 4,300 words)
— 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. (Approx. 20,000 words)
— “The Case of the Dog-Bit Arm” A Pilgrim Hugh Incident. It will first appear in Smith’s Monthly #1, October 2013. Then as a stand-alone story in January, 2014. (Approx. 3,000 words)