A first-of-the-month running around day. And some car problems, which got fixed quickly, thankfully.
So pretty much the day from the time I got up to around 7 p.m. was running errands and such.
Then from 7 p.m. until around 11 p.m. I did the assignments I was behind on for the workshops. Lots of more work this week on workshops, but also on Smith’s Monthly and laying out the paper for the Stories from July coming out in a couple of weeks.
Note: September online workshops all still have spots open.
Finally got to writing on the new book, Bad Beat: A Cold Poker Gang Novel around 12:30 after watching a little television. Starting slow tonight since I need to be up to meet with the accountant for the taxes in the morning. After that I can return to my normal sleep hours finally.
I got the title for the new novel from one of my poker books. A “Bad Beat” is when inferior cards beat a superior hand by getting lucky on the last card.
Anyhow, got just over 1,050 words done on the novel. See the challenges laid out below to see the plan for the month.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New Challenge and Why
I am firing up a new challenge to get ready for an even larger challenge in 2016. I’ll announce that 2016 challenge as soon as a few details are ironed out.
But in the meantime, I have set a challenge for myself for the last four months of this year.
The goal of a challenge is to push myself and do two things:
- Do something I haven’t accomplished before.
- Increase my word count solidly into pulp speed levels for the four months.
I also want to make sure I can keep Smith’s Monthly going in the same form through 2016 with a new novel and new short stories every month. And to do that with the challenge I have set for 2016, I would be better served to have a few novels done ahead.
So my new end-of-the-year challenge is this:
September… 3 new novels
October… 2 new novels
November… 3 new novels
December… 2 new novels
10 new novels between now and the first of the year.
A novel every ten days in September and November, and every fifteen or so days in October and December. (I have a major coast workshop here in October that will take one full week out of the picture.)
The pace is something I have done numbers of times. But I have not done four months of that kind of pace. That will be the challenge.
So stay tuned. I will write about the ups and downs on the challenge regularly and will track each book as I usually do. And I will also be doing a couple of nonfiction books, including Heinlein’s Rules starting in the next few days as I get back on my regular schedule.
This is going to be fun for me. I hope you all find it entertaining as well.
By the way…
If you want to read one of the novels I wrote in public right here, you can find it with ten other great novels at www.storybundle.com/disasters. Pay over $15.00 to get them all. Some fantastic reading in this bunch, folks.
The Writing of Bad Beat: A Cold Poker Gang Novel
Day 1…. 1,050 words. Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 2, Day 1
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 762
— Daily Fiction: 1,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 1,050 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 600 words
— E-mail: 46 e-mails. Approx. 2,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 46 e-mails. Approx. 2,200 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
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