Day 20 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Another standard day with a lot of progress in different areas. And I came up with a cover illustration I’m going to write a novel for in the next ten or twelve days.
The day went like this: Up around 1:30 p.m., at this computer by 2:15, 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. Finished up the first one and found a nifty piece of art for the second one and put that cover mostly together.
I liked the art, so going to write a novel around the art for the second issue. I’ll explain that when I start the novel on Thursday.
Got home around 6 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 finished the update on the next Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing that is on top of this post.
I got home around 10:30 p.m. and was working on the “The Big Tick in Time” short story. I went at it, decided I had taken a wrong turn, even though I had no idea where I was going, so backed up 500 words and tossed those away, then started typing again in a different direction. That felt better, but still no idea where I was headed.
Took a break to watch some television and news, then was back at it by 1 a.m.. Finished the story around 2:30 a.m. and it came in around 4,000 words. It will be in the first issue of Smith’s Monthly in October and then up free-standing early next year.
So now working on this and will post this and then the next Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing.
Then I’m going to spend a couple of hours reading Kris’s new Kristine Grayson novel that she handed me yesterday. Nifty and I’m looking forward to that, which is why I’m glad I got this story done early tonight.
So now to read a fun new novel by Kris. Always exciting.
Totals For Day 20
Daily Fiction: 2,200 words. Fiction month-to-date: 30,600 words
Nonfiction: 0 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 1,000 words
Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,350 words
E-mail: 15 e-mails. Approx. 200 new words. E-mails month-to date: 527 e-mails. Approx. 16,500 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
— “The Big Tick in Time” Under the Dee W. Schofield pen name. It will first appear in Smith’s Monthly #1, October 2013. Then as a stand-alone story in January, 2014. (Approx. 4,000 words)
— 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)