Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 11

Month 9, Day 11 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Standard rise-and-shine time of 2 p.m. and managed to get some e-mail done today before heading to the snail mail and then the WMG office by 4:30 p.m.

Worked around there at various things until about 6 p.m. and then headed home. Kris and I went out for a walk again, down along the beach and back around and up so I could get my steps in. Five days in a row now over 5,000 steps on my FitBit. Another week and I might try the jump to 7,500 steps.

Then a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.  Then back up to WMG offices by 9 p.m. to work on laying out Smith’s Monthly #7. I ended up doing two covers for short stories that are in the volume.

Both covers are below. One is the new branding for all the Poker Boy stories and novels. I like it.

Got home after 11 p.m. and I went to the basement to watch some television. Back upstairs around 1 a.m. and went to work on the short story I had started last night. Managed to get about 800 words done before I got tired and went into the living room to rest. Passed out, slept for about thirty minutes, but it helped.

Then back in here by around 2:30 a.m. I wanted to start a novel, so did about 700 words on a new novel in the Thunder Mountain world. It didn’t feel like it was starting right, so I tossed those.

Something Kris said in an of-handed comment kind of stuck with me. She said she thought I was going to start a new Seeder’s Universe novel. And I was thinking about it at one point.

So after a break around 3:30 a.m. I came up with a working title I don’t really like, and did about 700 words on that before taking a break. Then I went back to the short story for a half hour, doing another 500 words.

So this has to be one of the stranger writing days I have had in a long time. Two sessions on a short story, and dinging at two different novels to see if one of them catches me. I’ll finish the short story tomorrow and go with one novel or the other and fire on it.

This writing stuff is never the same it seems from day to day. Strange and crazy.

But 2,700 original words and two covers. And two naps. Not bad for a scattered day.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 11

– Daily Fiction: 2,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 18,925 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 450 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,850 words

– E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 600 new words. E-mails month-to date: 247 e-mails. Approx. 8,650 words

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

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 10

Month 9, Day 10 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Meeting day today, as normal, at WMG Publishing. I made it out of bed way early, around noon, and managed to do a little e-mail before heading to the hotel used for the workshops to set up some last details on the new coast workshops we just announced.

Three workshops scheduled in the next year, not counting the Thriller workshop that starts here next Saturday. That’s going to be a fun one. Actually, all the workshops we have schedule are going to be fun. Details under the Coast Workshop tab above if interested.

Then I went off to the snail mail and then to a lunch meeting at 1:30 p.m. Then from there back to WMG Publishing for meetings until 5:30 p.m.  Then Kris and I walked to a restaurant to get some dinner and ended up staying there much longer than we had planned, just talking.

So at 8 p.m. we walked back to WMG and I went to take a nap on the couch in my office and Kris went shopping. She woke me up on the way home at around 9 p.m. but I was too tired to stay there, so I went home fairly soon behind her.

I cut up some strawberries and then made some deviled eggs when I got home.

Then I worked on some workshop stuff, got that last of the new coast workshop details together, and then headed to the basement around midnight to watch some television. I made it back up here around 1:30 a.m. Exhausted the entire time. Never really did catch a second wind after getting up so early and not getting a good nap.

So at 1:30 a.m., I went to work on what I needed to do to get Smith’s Monthly #8 turned in. Got that done around 2:30 a.m. and got it sent off to WMG.

Then I went over to my writing computer and started messing around with some short fiction because I felt too tired to try to start a novel tonight. That will be tomorrow.

I ended up getting about 1,200 words done on a story that I had started a long, long time ago in a land far, far away and never finished. So I tossed away my first attempt and just took the idea and fired on it again. It’s called “The Last Short Putt of a Great Man.”

Damon Picture

Today’s cool old picture is a great one. I found this nifty picture in my office at WMG.  It’s a picture (from left to right) of Grandmaster Damon Knight, David Brin, and Alan Bard Newcomer. This was taken in my friend’s Bill Trojan’s store called Escape While There is Still Time in Eugene, Oregon.

I think the year was about 1985 or early 1986. Clearly David was on a signing tour for Postman, which is partially set in Eugene. No idea who took the photo. More than likely Bill took it.

Made me realize how much I miss having Damon around. And Bill.

But wow, what a great picture. David in Eugene, OR on the signing tour for Postman where the book is set.

Only 1,200 new words today, but a lot of meetings and got Smith’s Monthly #8 turned in just fine. And found a nifty picture.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 10

– Daily Fiction: 1,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 16,225 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 950 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,400 words

– E-mail: 20 e-mails. Approx. 700 new words. E-mails month-to date: 219 e-mails. Approx. 8,050 words

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

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Mid-Month Reminder about May Online Workshops

All of these online workshops have openings at the moment. Each is six weeks long and takes about 4 hours per week to do. Sign-up information is under the green tab below. (Bolded workshops are the ones we have started new this year.)

Class #50… May 5th … Originality
Class #51… May 5th … Promotion
Class #52… May 5th … Ideas to Story
Class #53… May 6th … Plot Your Novel
Class #54… May 6th … Depth of Writing
Class #55… May 6th … Designing Electronic Books
Class #56… May 7th … Designing Book Covers
Class #57… May 7th … Designing Book Interiors
Class #58… May 7th … Character Voice/Setting

Class #59… June 2nd … Pacing Your Stories
Class #60… June 2nd … Depth of Writing
Class #61… June 2nd … Essentials
Class #62… June 3rd … Cliffhangers
Class #63… June 3rd … Openings
Class #64… June 3rd … Originality
Class #65… June 4th … Genre Structure
Class #66… June 4th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #67… June 4th … (To be Announced)


LECTURES.

We have 19 different lectures available now on different topics in writing and publishing. For information, click the green buttons below.

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 9

Month 9, Day 9 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Rolled out at little late at 2:30 p.m. and did some e-mail and then made it to the snail mail and then to the WMG offices. Worked there on workshop stuff and other chores until about 6:30 p.m.

Home, then Kris and I went for a walk, then back to nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. I made it back to WMG Publishing by 9:15 p.m. where I worked on laying out Smith’s Monthly #7. I did that until around 10:30, getting a start on it, then headed home.

Next I did workshop stuff and cleaned up some e-mail until around midnight. Then I headed downstairs to watch some television, getting back into this office by 2 a.m.

Over to the writing computer where I spent the next 2.5 hours with two breaks working on keying corrections and fixing things Kris found into the novel Life of a Dream. 

As best as I can figure, I added in about 1,700 new words. But the novel only got about a thousand words longer because of stuff I cut out.

Writing that novel by including some short stories was the dumbest thing I have ever done. In thirty books now I haven’t had to fix so many things in a novel. Almost all the problems were caused by the short story start to the book. Never again. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but was damn stupid. Period.

Lesson learned. I’ll jump from a short story idea to do a novel, but never include the story or stories again.

So by 4:30 a.m. I got that done and it’s now ready to go into Smith’s Monthly #8, but I still have other stuff to do, so I’ll do that tomorrow and turn in #8 late. It’s already a few days late.

Then maybe tomorrow I can fire on a new novel. Or at least on Friday. It will be a relief, to be honest.

Old Golf Picture

Fun old picture of the evening. I’ll try to do fun old pictures of things from the past, either me or Kris or other sf writers and editors every few days just for fun. This picture is when I was 28 at a fun golf event in the summer in Boise in 1979. At this point I was working at getting my amateur standing in golf back. I hadn’t been a golf professional for about three years at this point. I had finished my masters in architecture and just got through my first year of law school. I ended up getting my amateur standing in golf reinstated two years after this photo.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 9

– Daily Fiction: 1,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 15,025 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,450 words

– E-mail: 21 e-mails. Approx. 800 new words. E-mails month-to date: 199 e-mails. Approx. 7,350 words

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

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 8

Month 9, Day 8 of this Writing in Public challenge.

2 p.m. seems to be working for me now. Got out of bed at that point three days in a row, almost to the minute.

I managed to get some e-mail done, then to the snail mail, then to the deli at the store for some lunch, then to the WMG office by 4 p.m.

I worked on workshop stuff at the office for a couple of hours, then Kris called and asked if I wanted to walk from the office around the mall and back. Since I’m working on getting over 5,000 steps each day now (and have hit it three days in a row), I said sure.

After the walk, I headed home for the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then I headed back up to the office at 8:30 p.m. and worked on more workshop stuff until 10:30 p.m., then home and did some more until about 11:15.

Then I moved over to the writing computer and finished adding the extra into the story “A Pinch of How Rosie Lived.” I added in just at 1,000 new words and got the story printed out for Kris to read.

Then headed downstairs to watch the Voice, making it back up here around 2 a.m.

I then decided that the story I had in Amazing Stories in 1989 needed a quick run-through. After all, that story was written back in the late 1980s, over twenty-five years ago. And I wanted the version I’m going to put into Smith’s Monthly to be better and different from the story in Amazing 25 years ago. It’s a cat story and since Amazing was going down at that point, very, very few people saw it even then. But I like the story and when I mentioned it to Kris, she even remembered it, which is stunning, actually. It will be good to give the story a new life.

I ended up adding in about 300 new words. Mostly transitions and adding in a chapter structure which will work nifty when I put the story out as a stand-alone book in six months or so.

That took about an hour total for me to get that done and printed and to Kris to read in the morning.

Then at 3 a.m. I wrote the introduction to Smith’s Monthly #8 and got that printed out and to Kris to read in the morning as well. It was about 800 words.

This issue will have five short stories in it. One a reprint from Fiction River #5, one a reprint from a 1989 Amazing Stories, and three never published stories. Plus the new novel and the two serials and some poetry, like normal. First time I’ve put five stories into an issue.

Next I spent from 4 a.m. to 5:30 digging out old poems. I have a huge box of them, actually.

Done writing for the night. 1,300 new words of fiction, 800 words of nonfiction.

I’m going finish the 5th story tomorrow, fix the novel, and get Smith’s Monthly #8 turned in tomorrow to WMG Publishing for proofing, then my plan is to start a new novel on Thursday.

Stay tuned. No clue what it will be. Not one. But it should ramp up the word count every day. (grin)

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Totals For Month 9, Day 8

– Daily Fiction: 1,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 13,325 words

– Nonfiction: 800 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 550 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,050 words

– E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 new words. E-mails month-to date: 178 e-mails. Approx. 6,550 words

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

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 7

Month 9, Day 7 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Got out of bed at the normal time for me, around 2 p.m. and managed to get some e-mail done, then to the snail mail, then to the WMG office, then to the bank, then back to the WMG offices all by around 4:30 p.m.

I worked on workshop stuff at the office for a couple of hours, getting home at 6:00 p.m. and then went out for a walk with Kris down to the beach and around. I did one week straight with above 3,500 steps, now I am going for 5,000 steps per day on my FitBit. Two days in a row now.

Then I went downstairs for the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

I made it back into this office here at home by 8:30 p.m. and worked on workshop stuff for a hour or so, then wrote the forward for Fiction River: Past Crimes.

Kris and I spent some time working over that, with her using me as a sounding board for what order the Fiction River: Past Crimes anthology should go together, since she is the editor on it. She had to do two different table of contents because there is a special Kobo edition of that volume with extra stories in it. Subscribers will get both editions, no worry. More on this later as it all gets into place.

She helps me in the same way when I edit a volume.

Then I added in all the details Kris wanted me to add in for the story “A Lesson For Thursday” that will be in Fiction River: Past Crimes. I got about 300 words of that done before heading down to watch the Voice at 1 a.m.

Back up here by 2:30 a.m. and it took me another half hour to add in 300 more words on the story and get it turned in.

By then, I needed to start the new workshops for Tuesday, which took another half hour and it was 3:30 a.m. So instead of starting a new story, I went back to the fun of digging through very old stories to see what I could recover. I’ve had some great stories that have been gone from all view for over twenty-five years that I want to get back out to a modern audience if I can find them and recover them.

For example, in 1988 I sold a story to Amazing Stories when it was a digest still going strong. The story came out in 1989 and is a cat story called “The Mouth that Walked.” I found that file, recovered it, and will reprint it in Smith’s Monthly at some point since no one has seen it since 1989 and it’s a fun and nasty cat story.

Then I spent a good half hour looking for a story in the old files titled “After the Dance” which was a really, really nasty little teenage horror story based on the old song “Last Night at the Dance I Met Laura.”  The story was published in the literary magazine Modern Short Stories in 1990 and damned if I can find that file. It will show up at some point.

Then I found an old file of a story called “A Pinch of How Rosie Lived” which is one of my nursing home stories I wrote way back and never published (that I can find, Google, or remember). I got that file updated and started working on it, adding in about 200 new words in the opening before deciding it was getting to late.

So only 800 new words in fiction, 600 new words in nonfiction. But I felt like I got a ton done today.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 7

– Daily Fiction: 800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 12,025 words

– Nonfiction: 600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 600 words

– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,500 words

– E-mail: 27 e-mails. Approx. 850 new words. E-mails month-to date: 152 e-mails. Approx. 5,450 words

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

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 6

Month 9, Day 6 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Rolled out a little early around 1 p.m. and made it to the writer lunch at 2 p.m.

Then back to WMG offices at 4 p.m. where I slowly unpacked and repacked the collections of bound magazines I got yesterday at the auction. I ended up with bound volumes of the first 20 years of Playboy, starting with year #3 (1956). Then I discovered in the boxes I had the first ten years of Penthouse, all bound, including #1. And I had the first five years of Oui Magazine, including #1, and the first five years of Hustler, Including #1.

Oh, my, what a collection, and it took a lot to rebox them and get them inside. Ended up being 19 bankers boxes.

Then home at 6:30 for a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then into this office to do homework at 8:30 p.m.  I got it all done by 11 p.m. including starting the first April workshops.

I have a story due tomorrow morning, and was having an awful time getting started on it. So finally just sat down at the computer and typed in a brand new title “An Education for Thursday” and started typing.

I did about a thousand words before heading downstairs at 12:30 a.m.

Back up here and at the computer by 1:30 a.m. I finished the story at 6 a.m. at 5,175 words. I took four breaks, all of which were about five minutes long in those 4.5 hours.

So the story is done. Kris will read it in the morning. Now it’s 6:30 a.m. and I’m headed for bed.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 6

– Daily Fiction: 5,175 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 11,225 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 250 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,900 words

– E-mail: 36 e-mails. Approx. 1,250 new words. E-mails month-to date: 125 e-mails. Approx. 4,700 words

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

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 5

Month 9, Day 5 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Started off again fairly normal today, rolling out around 2 p.m. and doing some e-mail and then getting to the snail mail, then to WMG Publishing around 4 p.m.

I worked there for just over an hour, then headed to grab something from the deli, then off to the auction at 5:30 p.m.

I stayed at the auction until 11:30 p.m.  Great fun. I stood the entire time, talking with friends, including a couple of poker-playing friends, the owner of a local hotel who was there for three hours, and the owner of my former store.

I ended up winning some great stuff, some for keeping, some for resale. They started the estate sale off by auctioning off a 1997 Suburban with 133,000 miles and leather seats and everything in fantastic condition. It brought two thousand, which I was surprised that it got that high to be honest, even though it was stunning shape. I sure wasn’t interested. (grin)

They then auctioned off a motor home that only brought three thousand. Again not interested. Then the fun started inside the auction building.

This was part of an amazing estate, the same one I got the rare Trek signed print a month ago.

This auction had some amazing stuff out on the deck and in display cases that we could all see (gun stuff and a ton of military stuff, since he was not only a doctor, but a Commander in the Navy on subs) and the auctioneer promised a bunch more coming out. And he kept his promise, including about 260 boxes of books. At least. Plus a hundred boxes of albums and God knows how many boxes of DVD movies.

So almost instantly after the auction started, I ended up with a portable display case that I can travel with. I plan to use it for marbles, take it with me when I am driving places and searching for collectable marbles. And I ended up for almost nothing getting three 1977 lithographs of old movie posters that will look nifty framed at WMG offices. King Kong and Casablanca were two.  No real value in any of that so far, but fun stuff for me.

Then for research, I grabbed for $40 the 23 volume set of Time Life Epic of Flight series. Leather editions. The set sells for maybe $150 plus shipping online, so $40 was a good deal, and I wanted them for research in my writing office, or in our research library here in the house.

I bid on a couple of other Star Trek signed posters, but didn’t get them. They went past what I thought they were worth.

And I bid on the 17 Beatles albums in one collection. (American Editions, no butcher block) They looked mint. I dropped out of the bidding around $60.00 and they ended up selling for about $110 for the 17 albums, still a good deal.

And I bid on eight copies of 1955 Playboy magazines in decent shape. (That’s the first full year of Playboy. Playboy started in 1954.) I dropped out on those around $60.00 as well and they went to around $90.00. Again, still a good deal, but beyond what I felt I wanted to pay since I own a full run of Playboy Magazines and didn’t need the second few in 1955. I’m going to sell my full set as is at some point down the road.

Of course, as big auctions go, lots of people early, but not a lot of people have staying power. So I hung in there as the hours went by and the number of people left and I ended up getting three brand new coats that fit me perfectly. $200-300 coats each retail, at least, and I got them for $25.00. Yeah, I love auctions.

Then near the end, as the auctioneer was trying to clear piles of boxes of books, he decided to sell 13 HUGE boxes of bound Playboys and Penthouses and a few Oui Magazines as one lot. (I sold stories to Oui Magazine, but I don’t think I’m in the bound volumes this guy had, but I might be. He seemed to have some in the early 1980s.) The guy had taken all his Playboys and early years of Penthouse and had them professionally bound in leather. The magazines inside these mint hardcover casings are in perfect shape.

The guy started binding his set of Playboys from 1956. And went all the way through 1982. He bound the first years of his Penthouse collection as well. I think there had to be thirty or so Penthouse books in the boxes.

Online bound issues of Playboy from the mid-1960s sell for about $50.00 per book. And those are from library collections. These were not library. These he had bound himself. The receipts for the bindings is still in some of the books. I have no idea what the bound 1950s Playboys will sell for. Holy smokes.

These huge packing boxes, almost too heavy for anyone to pick up, had about 14-16 books per box. There were 13 boxes. About 180-200 books at least. I figure they will sell on eBay from $20 to $60 per book at least.

Ready? I won all 13 boxes for $80.00.

And damned near killed myself loading them into my van in the rain, but I got them in with some help. (grin)

All the stuff from the auction is still in the van, so I haven’t really looked at any of it. I came home, and went downstairs around midnight to watch some television.

Then came back up here around 2 p.m. to work on a short story that is due on Monday, but couldn’t get my mind on it at all. So I sat down in the living room to think about the story and fell asleep. Woke in about a half hour and grabbed a snack and came in here.

I worked on the story for a time, more dinging at it than anything, to get some words done today, even though I hadn’t really expected to. So I managed 800 words.

And, oh yeah, Kris liked my story from yesterday called “In Case of Emergency” and I need to fix a few nits before putting it into Smith’s Monthly #8.

So a fun day off doing other things besides writing and workshops for most of it.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 5

– Daily Fiction: 800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 6,050 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 850 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,650 words

– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 250 new words. E-mails month-to date: 91 e-mails. Approx. 3,450 words

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

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LAST CALL… April Online Workshops Starting Up

April Online Workshops All Now Starting. All Have Openings

April workshops are starting now. Each workshop is 6 weeks long and is limited to 12 writers. It will take you about four hours per week to do each of these. These are the starting dates of upcoming workshops. All have openings at the moment. (I have bolded the newer workshops that have started this year. Originality is starting in April.)

Click the green buttons below for sign-up information on any workshop or lecture.

Class #41… April 7th… Depth of Writing
Class #42… April 7th… Character Voice/Setting
Class #43… Apr 7th … Pacing Your Stories
Class #44… Apr 8th … Cliffhangers
Class #45… Apr 8th … Openings
Class #46… Apr 9th … Originality
Class #47… Apr 9th … Genre Structure
Class #48… Apr 10th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #49… Apr 10th … World Building

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 4

Month 9, Day 4 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Started off normal today, rolling out around 2 p.m. and doing some e-mail and then getting to the snail mail, then to WMG Publishing, then off to two banks before going back to WMG after grabbing a hamburger for lunch.

Worked on workshop stuff there and had some cold chicken for dinner until around 7:30 p.m. when I went up to the audio room and recorded a short story.

Jane, the head of the audio department, is magic, and can make even my bumbling reading sound like I knew what I was doing. Amazing. Thanks, Jane.

Then home to work on e-mail and other stuff until I headed downstairs to watch some television. I had started through the novel, but didn’t get very far, so went o talk with Kris about her reading of it. I needed to know she and I were on the same page with the book. We were. She’s an amazing reader. Most people won’t catch at all what we were talking about with the novel. So that made me feel better about it.

Got back up here around 1 a.m. and went to my writing computer again and instead of going back to the novel, I spent about an hour and managed to figure out a way to save really old stories from really dead files.

So for another hour or more I dinged around with that, looking at really, really old stories (1994-2001) that I had no memory of writing. I even, for the very first time, went to my paper files to look up a story or two to see if I had the title wrong or something I had found.

Anyhow, in the process, I found an old story that caught me that I had no memory of writing (Just as with most of them.) In my paper file for the story, I had some notes about how the story got trashed at a workshop, but I read through it and could see instantly (now, twenty-plus years later) what was wrong.

So I wrote cold a brand new opening for it right up to a scene in the story that worked, then just made the rest consistent. And then wrote a brand new ending.

That took me all of about 1 hour, gave me about 1,050 new words of writing, and a story for Smith’s Monthly #8 that has never seen the light of day. Assuming, of course, Kris likes it.

What is scary is that I have a large, large number of these stories. More than I want to think about. And I can now open the files. At least the ones back to 1990. Everything from 1985 to 1990 was either typed on paper or is lost in floppy disks. Everything before 1985 was lost in my house fire.  I really didn’t start using a Mac until late 1990 or so. (Mac Plus, and yes, I still have it, and every incarnation of all the Macs I have bought since then. That’s the problem with more storage room than good sense.)

Nebula photo 1999

In the process of looking at old stuff and playing around and doing some internet searches, I stumbled across the old photo (from left to right) of editor Pat Labruto, Kris (with short hair), me (with mostly black hair), and Connie Willis. That was in 1999 (only 15 years ago… yikes) at the Nebula Awards. I think. (No idea who took it….sorry.) I seldom wore a suit and tie, so it had to be something special going on. (grin)

I didn’t have a cat picture, so figured you guys might like a bit of history instead. (grin)

So today I wrote about 500 original words on the novel fix and 1,050 original words on the short story called “In Case of Emergency.” And did a bunch of workshop stuff. And sorted some books at the office. And recorded a story. And figured out how to save old stories without scanning or typing them in again. A good day.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 4

– Daily Fiction: 1,550 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 5,250 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 450 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,800 words

– E-mail: 19 e-mails. Approx. 350 new words. E-mails month-to date: 79 e-mails. Approx. 3,200 words

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

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