Day 19 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Thankfully a pretty standard day. I have one more of these and I think I’ll start a novel and power through it. Not a clue which one or in what area or whatever. I mentioned that I was going to do that to Kris and she suggested I finally get around to writing the Captain Brian Saber novel. I might.
Or I might just type in a title and start writing and see where it goes. I figure it will take me about ten days, so if I start on Thursday, I can have it finished by the end of the month no problem.
So the day went like this: Up around 12:30 pm, at this computer by 1:15, did a little e-mail, then off to run errands, get the mail, and then go to work at WMG Publishing to try to get the first two Smith’s Monthly covers nailed down so I could get the web site going. Three hours and I got the first one. Second one should be easier now.
I actually did four covers, but both Allyson (publisher of WMG) and I decided my first three attempts sucked. Actually, they were fine, just not what I was after for a “look,” and she agreed, so I junked them and we came up with a much better look.
Got home around 5 pm, did some more e-mail, nap with Walter White Kitty, dinner, news, and back to WMG Publishing office to work on workshops. I also started the update on the next Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing. I should have that tomorrow. Chapter three on the myth of rewriting. That will be fun. (grin)
I got home around 11 pm, finished the workshop e-mails and videos, watched some television, and got back in here around 1:30 am.
I went to work on the story I had started yesterday called “The Big Tick of Timing.” It’s a Dee W. Schofield story and will be the last story for the first issue of Smith’s Monthly in October.
I got about a thousand words on it (one session, no clue where it is going still) and got distracted by a book on western history I picked up on the break. I could go back, but I think I’ll just run at it tomorrow and finish it. It is very strange so far. But I like it and the characters, so that’s good.
So now for some mindless television.
Totals For Day 19
Daily Fiction: 1,000 words. Fiction month-to-date: 28,400 words
Nonfiction: 0 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 1,000 words
Blog Posts: 1,200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,550 words
E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 700 new words. E-mails month-to date: 512 e-mails. Approx. 16,300 words.
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
— Dust and Kisses a futuristic romance novel (science fiction romance). It will first appear completely in Smith’s Monthly #1, October 2013. Then as a stand-alone novel in January, 2014. (Approx. 57,000 words…about 5,000 of them were new this month.)
— “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)
— 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 late Spring of 2014. (Approx. 20,000 words… About 4,000 of them were new.)
— 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 for first three chapters… about half were new)
— “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)
— “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)
— “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)