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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Writing in Public: Month #9, Day 3

Month 9, Day 3 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Spent all day on fun stuff and workshops and meetings and you name it. Great fun, but no writing today.

Rolled out early at 12:30 p.m. to get to a lunch meeting at a restaurant at 1:30.

Meetings all the way through until 5 p.m. when Kris and I jumped in the car and headed down the coast to get supplies, do a little shopping, and have a great dinner with a professional writer friend.

That was great fun. Back by 9:30 p.m. here and I spent about an hour doing my e-mail, then another hour doing workshop stuff.

And in the process Kris finished my novel Life of a Dream. I have to add in the cover scene (cover in yesterday’s blog below) and work on some information flow problems caused by the short story approach, but she liked it a lot. So one evening’s work and that novel will be ready to go. The short story approach caused me far more work on a second draft than I ever do. Not doing that again. I’ll jump novels from short stories, but never include the stories again. Too hard. Writing fresh into the dark is much more fun and much easier and I write a lot cleaner.

Then I headed to the basement for a long session of television.

Got back up here to the office around 2:30 a.m. and worked straight through until 5 a.m. on starting the April workshops and getting the standard opening letter to everyone.  If you are signed up for an April online workshop and didn’t get a letter from me, please write me.

And a lot of room yet in the workshops for April. The Depth workshop seems to be really successful for some writers who are taking it now from March starts, and the Originality workshop is starting up in April. Fun stuff. Lots of room and the workshops start next week.

So no writing tonight, but I got just about everything I needed to do all done. Wow. Stunned. I feel lighter.

So tomorrow I’ll do the fix on the novel which Kris thinks will be about 4,000 original words, so the book will get longer. Then I need to put together Smith’s Monthly #8 this weekend to turn in on Monday for the proofer, do a short story by Monday, and a forward for a Fiction River volume this weekend. And I want to start laying out #7 Smith’s Monthly for paper.

From here I pick up speed. Stay tuned.

Plus there’s an auction on Saturday night.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 3

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 3,700 words

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

– Blog Posts: 350 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,350 words

– E-mail: 22 e-mails. (Not counting workshop e-mails) Approx. 750 new words. E-mails month-to date: 60 e-mails. Approx. 2,850 words

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

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 2

Month 9, Day 2 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments about still reading. Appreciate those. I honestly don’t expect people to comment often on these posts. But thanks very much for the kind words.

Got a horrid start today, and actually didn’t leave the house until almost 5:30 p.m. to go get the snail mail and then up to WMG offices.  Allyson and Jane were still there and Allyson showed me the nifty cover for The Life of a Dream.

I put up the Smith’s Monthly #8 cover and below is how the novel will look when it comes out in late June.

Also, got to see a really nifty ad that is ready for The Smokey Dalton series of mystery novels written by Kris Nelscott. Folks, if you are not reading that series, with the new book just out, you are missing some stunning fiction. The series has won awards and been nominated for everything else and even Entertainment Weekly gave it a big push.


Ad for the Smokey Dalton series is below as well.

And I have a discounted one-day sale going on for one of my novels. Thunder Mountain. Information for that one day sale is at the top of the page above this.

Anyhow, got back fairly quickly after I left and took a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then off to WMG around 8:30 p.m. to work on workshop stuff.

Home around 11:30 p.m. and yes, I hit my steps for the second day in a row, even though I had to walk around our circle driveway a few times to get the last of them at 11:30 p.m. Starting slow.

Watched some television for a while, made it back up here by around 1 a.m. and did workshop stuff for a time, then moved over to my writing computer.

Smokey Dalton series ad2

I managed to get the second serial chapters done for Smith’s Monthly #8. This is the Hawk serial. I did about 1,400 new words on that.

Then because my mind was thinking of Thunder Mountain because of the one day promotion, I was dinging at a title and came up with a great start for a new Thunder Mountain novel. Didn’t write any new words on it besides to sketch out a possible first scene, but the working title is Ghost of Dewey Creek: A Thunder Mountain novel. Another science fiction, time travel, western, romance.

There is ZERO chance this series could be selling in traditional publishing because of the cross-genre stuff. Traditional editors and sales force would just hold their heads and babble at this series. (grin) I love this new world. And I really love this series.

Anyhow, I did the promotion blog for the Thunder Mountain sale above, then put a post on Facebook about it, something I almost never do, then wrote this. I need to get some sleep since I have to be up fairly early tomorrow for meetings.

Only 1,400 of original words today, but a novel I’m excited about starting as soon as I get a story done.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 2

– Daily Fiction: 1,400 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 3,700 words

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

– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,000 words

– E-mail: 22 e-mails. Approx. 950 new words. E-mails month-to date: 48 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 words

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

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 1

Month 9, Day 1 of this Writing in Public challenge.

I did a summary of Month #8 which is below this. Over 70,000 words of fiction and about 125,000 original words or so. This month will be better.

Rolled out again late and remained tired all day. Some days are just like that. Annoying. Allergies, more than likely.

So made it to snail mail around 4:30 p.m. and then up to WMG Publishing where I ended up talking with another professional writer for about an hour. Did a little bit of workshop stuff after that.

Then headed home and worked on e-mail and some workshop stuff until about 7:15 p.m. Kris and I went to the mall and walked laps, then got a quick dinner and made it home by 8:30 p.m.

Me and my FitBit are starting slow after the false start last month.

I gave up even trying to keep my eyes open at that point and took a nap until around 10 p.m. Then did workshop stuff for a couple of hours before going downstairs to watch some television.

Then back up here around 2:30 a.m. to my writing computer. I started to work on the short story I’ve been dinging with and felt no excitement for it tonight, so gave up after about 500 words.

I moved over and worked on one of the serials that is running in Smith’s Monthly, doing about 1,800 new words on that until just around 4 a.m. with a short break.

Notice when I stop on one project, I often move to another. Keeps the word count up.

At some point around 2:30 a.m. I had Kris take a picture of the six Smith’s Monthly issues that are now out. I stacked them around Walter White Cat and held up the new one behind him. Turned out really silly, but what the heck.

Six issues out. I can see myself going on and on with this, having fun, doing special issues, getting all my fiction slowly into one place as the years go by. This new world is wonderful that it allows something like this, something this totally crazy. And fun.

Tomorrow should be better I hope for enerty. I’ll be switching over all the workshops and getting the April workshops set so I can send out letters to those signed up, since they start on Monday next week. And I really want to ramp up the fiction writing even more.

So here we go into Month 9 of me talking into the dark.

And typing stories and novels mostly into the dark.

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Totals For Month 8, Day 31

– Daily Fiction: 2,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 2,300 words

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

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

– E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,150 new words. E-mails month-to date: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,150 words

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

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Writing in Public: Month 8 Summary

Month #8 Summary of this Writing in Public challenge.

March 2014

This was basically a month of recovery from a long winter and a slow start at ramping back up. Not a fantastic month, but sure a lot better than I had during the winter. Wow.

Today I got four of my novels author copies for my shelf. All four novels came out in the first three months of this year. Images at the top of the page, available in just about any store.

And I got a proof to look over for yet another novel, plus a nonfiction book.

And Smith’s Monthly #6 is out in electronic and the paper copies will be hitting mailboxes any moment. Late mailing on them due to my delay, but they still went out in March, only about a week later than normal.

So all good there.

And we finished the first year of Fiction River as well. And the second year is coming along great. You are missing some great fiction by a lot of great writers if you aren’t reading Fiction River.

So all good there as well. Just moving forward.

The online workshops are doing fine. It might seem they take a lot of my time, but they honestly don’t because they just don’t fill up most of the time. In fact, April workshops are starting in a week and they are far from full. Lots of room. Besides, I really like doing them. You guys are keeping me on my toes and learning. The new Depth workshop has been a blast and working with Kris on the Originality workshop that starts in April is fun and will continue to be.

And doing a lecture or so each month is fun as well. This one for March (#19) was fun to actually look at some data from various sources. Eight basic reasons why some books sell better than others. A lot more small ones I don’t talk about, but eight basic reasons.

So I’m still learning a ton and the online workshops and lectures are not really getting in the way of my writing. I just need to bring the writing up a focus point more in April. I brought it up one focus point this month.

As before, on this report and during the month, I only reported new words on everything.

My responses to questions on my blogs and to questions in the workshop web sites I don’t count. I might count them for one month at some point this spring just to see the amount of words involved over a year.

I had a total new words written of 126,050 words, of which 70,250 words of that was new fiction.

New Month

For April, just as I did with the eight months before (that’s a mind-blowing number I don’t really want to think about), I’m going to start the counting over. And I’ll start the project list of completed projects for the month over as well. Up under the Writing in Public tab at the top I will put the completed projects per month and links to the first and last posts of the month and to this summary post, so anyone can go back and look.

If you have the time, the comments on a bunch of the posts have been great questions and worth the read. Thanks everyone, for the great comments and questions. Please don’t be afraid to comment if something strikes you.

And each monthly summary post I’ll update the full year’s projects on that post as well as I am doing below.

Stay tuned.  Here we go with month nine. (Yeah, believe it or not, I’m still going. (grin))

Monthly Totals

Fiction:
August: 78,900 words
September: 81,200 words
October: 86,200 words
November: 56,800 words
December: 52,000 words
January: 34,150 words
February: 35,450 words
March: 70,250 words

Nonfiction: 
August: 1,000 words
September: 2,900 words
October: 2,000 words
November: 1,950 words
December: 1,700 words
January: 1,400 words
February: 6,550 words
March: 7,800 words

Blog Posts: 
August: 21,300 words
September: 16,600 words
October: 15,150 words
November: 12,550 words
December: 17,300 words
January: 11,450 words
February: 10,000 words
March: 14,800 words

E-mail:
August: 809 e-mails. Approx. 23,050 words
September: 861 e-mails. Approx. 24,600 words
October: 647 e-mails. Approx. 24,450 words
November: 622 e-mails. Approx. 24,250 words
December: 621 e-mails. Approx. 29,700 words
January: 802 e-mails. Approx. 19,200 words
February: 759 e-mails. Approx. 21,250 words
March: 980 e-mails. Approx. 33,200 words

TOTAL NEW WORDS

AUGUST… 124,250 Words

SEPTEMBER… 125,300 Words

OCTOBER… 127,800 Words

NOVEMBER… 95,550 Words

DECEMBER… 100,700 Words

JANUARY… 66,200 Words

FEBRUARY… 73,250 Words

MARCH… 126,050 Words

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Stories and Projects Finished In March

In order of production with the most recent at the top.

— Finished novel The Life of a Dream. It will be in Smith’s Monthly #8 in May and in July in stand-alone form. About 40,000 words.

— Finished laying out and sent to the printer Smith’s Monthly #6.  Out near the end of March.

—Finished the story “The Atlantis Fifty: A Poker Boy story” for Fiction River: Universe Between. 12,500 words.

—Finished the first chapter of Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing and put it up. about 4,300 words. It will be out in the summer of 2014 in book form.

—Finished putting together Smith’s Monthly #7. Turned in.

—Finished editing and putting together Fiction River: Universe Between. Turned in.

—Finished the introduction to Fiction River: Universe Between.

—Finished the introduction to Smith’s Monthly #7. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #7 in April.

—Finished The Slots of Saturn: A Poker Boy novel. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #7 in April and in June in book form. 58,000 words.

 

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