Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 18


Year 2, Month 8, Day 18 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

As I said last night, for writing in public, I’m not doing a lot of writing at the moment. Felled by a nasty cold that has been hanging around since the workshop. Me and a doctor had a discussion today, first time I’ve been to one of those in a time. Some meds.

I just never get sick. Alas, that record is not doing well. (grin)

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Only two spots open in the second Strengths workshop as I write this. Trust me, we are not starting a third and will not do this again in any near future. But lots of room in the other online workshops.

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Topic of the Night: Discoverability.

Now, Kris and I have put together an online class on discoverability, but I have a nifty example right now of how one form of discoverability gets done. Reader discoverability.

Get it at Story Bundle at  http://storybundle.com/scifi

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Now in that bundle above, notice Fiction River: Time Streams that I edited.

Then look at all the other big names in this bundle. And realize if you had sold me a story for Time Streams, all those major writers would now be promoting you.

Here is how it works: Say a Lisa Mason fan gets the bundle. At some point, they open Time Streams that you have a story in.

They read and like your story. So the Lisa Mason fan goes to a computer and looks up your name and finds your other work.

That’s discoverability in this new world. Not only would you have been paid for being in Fiction River: Time Streams, but now a year later your story is going out to some pretty major fan bases and finding you even more readers.

(Assuming, of course, you have been publishing regular and have more work out there for readers to find.)

And the readers won’t find it suddenly or in any way you can track. It will happen over months, one reader here, another there, as they work their way through the fourteen titles in the bundle.

Discoverability happens in many, many ways in this modern world. This is just one example I thought I would point out.

And if the writers in the Fiction River volume are smart, which I know they are, they will be pushing this bundle as well. because they have a story in it.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 18

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,250 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 401 e-mails. Approx. 12,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

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April Online Workshops

APRIL ONLINE WORKSHOPS

All but two of the April Online Workshops have openings. Click the workshop button for description and sign-up.

Each workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do.

More information and how to sign up for a workshop is under the green button or under Online Workshops tab above.

All but two workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #31… April 6th … Making a Living
Class #32… April 6th … How to Write Series Novels
Class #33… April 6th … Discoverability
Class #34… April 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #35… April 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #36… April 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… April 7th … Productivity
Class #38… April 8th … Strength (Full)
Class #39… April 8th … Strength (Full)
Class #40… April 8th … How to Write Science Fiction

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APRIL, MAY, JUNE WORKSHOPS SIGN-UP UNDER THE GREEN TAB.

ALL WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY.

 

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 17


Year 2, Month 8, Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

As I said last night, for writing in public, I’m not doing a lot of writing at the moment. Felled by a nasty cold that has been hanging around since the workshop. Four naps today on top of the four yesterday. And I am calling it a night early once again.

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Side topic for a moment…

New Workshop called Strengths announced last night for April only, and limited to 12. The other workshops haven’t filled lately, but this workshop Kris and I knew would fill quickly.

It did. 18 hours, leaving some writers in the cold.

So we opened up a second session which now has just a few openings available as of the moment I write this. (So if you were planning on taking the Short Story workshop in April, sorry, you’ll have to catch it in May. We replaced it with the second Strengths workshop.)

Strengths: Basically, the workshop is me and Kris giving private help to twelve writers per session with focused writing assignments over six weeks. We did this in a shorter fashion with different assignments a year and a half ago. It is very time-consuming for us, but we had so many writers at the Anthology Workshop a week or so ago ask us about this, we decided to do it for one month only.

And this time around the assignments will be different than the first time a few years back, so if you took the first one, feel free to take this one.

Just sign up and pay the workshop fee. Details and full description under online workshops. As I write this, there are three spots left open in the second Strength workshop.

If you sign up and pay and the workshop is full, I’ll refund all your money the same day. So no worries about asking me if there is still room. I’ll announce here when there is no more room in the second session and pull the workshop description. Again, only in April. Two sessions. I doubt we’ll do this again any time soon, meaning maybe never. (grin)

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Now for the fun news this evening that a lot of you might really like. I’m going to be talking about this a number of times over the next few weeks because this is just an amazing bundle.

I have a novel in it, my Edwards Mansion time travel western. And I edited a volume of Fiction River with a bunch of time travel stories in it called Fiction River: Time Streams. And Kris has a stunning novel called Snipers in it as well.

I’ll talk about some of the others in this incredible time travel bundle. But trust me, you want to grab it. It’s not going to be available that long.

Get it at Story Bundle at  http://storybundle.com/scifi

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 17

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts:700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,550 words

— E-mail: 24 e-mails. Approx. 850 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 387 e-mails. Approx. 12,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 16


Year 2, Month 8, Day 16 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Wow, for writing in public, I’m not doing a lot of writing at the moment. Felled by a nasty cold that has been hanging around since the workshop. Four naps today. And I am going to be early.

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Side topic for a moment…

New Workshop called Strengths announced last night for April only, and limited to 12. The other workshops haven’t filled lately, but this workshop Kris and I knew would fill quickly.

It did. 18 hours, leaving some writers in the cold.

So we opened up a second session which now has seven openings available as of the moment I write this. (So if you were planning on taking the Short Story workshop in April, sorry, you’ll have to catch it in May. We replaced it with the second Strengths workshop.)

Strengths: Basically, the workshop is me and Kris giving private help to twelve writers per session with focused writing assignments over six weeks. We did this in a shorter fashion with different assignments a year and a half ago. It is very time-consuming for us, but we had so many writers at the Anthology Workshop a week or so ago ask us about this, we decided to do it for one month only.

And this time around the assignments will be different, so if you took the first one, feel free to take this one.

Just sign up and pay the workshop fee. Details and full description under online workshops.

If you sign up and pay and the workshop is full, I’ll refund all your money the same day. So no worries about asking me if there is still room. I’ll announce here when there is no more room in the second session and pull the workshop description. Again, only in April. Two sessions. I doubt we’ll do this again any time soon, meaning maybe never. (grin)

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So my daily report was a little work at banks, a stop at our store, and four naps, plus I watched The Voice and did the assignments for three workshops.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 16

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,850 words

— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 1,050 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 363 e-mails. Approx. 11,450 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 15


Year 2, Month 8, Day 15 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twenty of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Of course, those twenty days have gone on now for about 35 days or so. But finally I am feeling more rested and ready to finish this thing off and write a different novel and a few short stories I have due as well.

Long few months, but almost through this. Yeah! Then I can get back to Pulp Speed on the writing.

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Side topic for a moment…

New Workshop called Strengths announced tonight for one month, April only, and limited to 12. The other workshops haven’t fill lately, but this one will fill quickly.

Strengths: Basically, the workshop is me and Kris giving private help to twelve writers with focused writing assignments over six weeks. We did this in a shorter fashion with different assignments a year and a half ago. It is very time-consuming for us, but we had so many writers at the Anthology Workshop a week or so ago ask us about this, we decided to do it for one month only.

And this time around the assignments will be different, so if you took the first one, feel free to take this one.

Just sign up and pay the workshop fee. Details and full description under online workshops.

If you sign up and pay and the workshop is full, I’ll refund all your money the same day. So no worries about asking me if there is still room. I’ll announce here when there is no more room and pull the workshop description. Again, only in April. I doubt we’ll do this again any time soon, meaning maybe never. (grin)

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My day was a pretty standard Sunday, thankfully. Off to lunch at 2 p.m. with the local professional writers. Then at 4 p.m. I went back to WMG Publishing and worked there on Smith’s Monthly until Kris picked me up at 6:30 p.m. We only have one car at the moment (and during the workshop) because our other van has either some bad wiring or a bad battery or a bad alternator and we just haven’t had the time to take it in yet. With luck, later in the week. Annoying, but this town is so small, having only one car isn’t much of a bother. (grin)

I took the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then in here to do the workshop assignments around 9:30 p.m.  Got that done around 11:30 p.m. and headed to watch some television.

Back to this office around 1 a.m. and did a little on the new workshop to get it announced, then off to write on the novel. I managed 900 words getting back into the book.

Took a break and by 3:30 a.m. I had another 1,200 words.

So 2,100 restart. I think I can finish this thing in about two good days, so with workshop assignments the next two days, more than likely I’ll run at the end of the novel on Thursday. A really, really twisted book. (grin)

Topic of the Night: Anger at delays

When I first started off writing, I used to get very, very angry at the world when it wouldn’t allow me to write. And I would rage around about how things were out of my control and so on and so on. Most of you know the drill I’m sure.

But as the years went on, I slowly learned to just accept the delays in writing schedule, try to figure out why they happened, and fix it and get back to the writing. Anger at the world I soon discovered did nothing but keep me from writing. Why? Because I was making my own inability to get to my writing the world’s fault.

It wasn’t, of course.

Usually my not getting to my writing was my own choice in what I had agreed to do. Granted, sometimes it was a family issue, or a business issue, and even rarely a health issue, but most of the time, even with business issues, it was me making the wrong choices.

Now January, February, and the first part of March here I have not even come close to pulp speed. Why? My own choices and a few minor health issues.

Choice #1… I headed for most of a week in January to play poker in Las Vegas with two friends. Great fun, I needed the break, and I wrote almost nothing while there. I didn’t want to. But instead of coming back as I figured and hitting the ground running, I caught a light flu that felt like jet lag for a week. I didn’t even realize it was a flu until I heard from the guys I was in Vegas with. Both of them got home and crashed with a bad flu.

Two weeks mostly gone. Poof.

Choice #2… To head to Superstars workshop in early February. Wonderful fun, but tiring and I got my schedule whacked out once again. (See Kris’s post on the power of schedules.) And then a bunch of business stuff came powering in, which distracted me as well. But I learned a lot and had fun at Superstars, so worth it.

Choice #3… The Anthology workshop. I love this choice and don’t mind in the slightest not getting any writing done because the learning was amazing. And it was a ton of fun. And after the workshop was all done this last week, I got a nasty cold. Ugly. I never get colds or flus, or at least once only every five years or so. Seems I need to get back in better shape.

So two more weeks mostly gone. Poof.

All of this was worth it. And I made the choices. But of the first ten or eleven weeks of the year, I was flat out of it for five of the weeks. Yeah, production and schedule is going to suffer when that happens.

But I made the choices. Nothing at all for me to be mad about.

Now, finally, here in the middle of March, I am clear and headed back to schedule. I have a ton of writing, both fiction and nonfiction I want to do. So that’s going to be great fun.

All the delays were my choices. Can’t be mad at all the fun playing poker in Vegas, or the amazing learning at Superstars or the amazing learning and fun at the Anthology workshop. I am sort of annoyed at the two weeks lost to feeling like crap. But not angry. That will force me to finish losing the last twenty pounds and get back to running.

I am facing forward now. Looking to finishing this novel, getting another one done by the end of the month, and a bunch of articles on various things here.

Now I ramp up. So you want to see how a professional writer deals with bad periods of writing and comes back? Stay tuned.

Here I go.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 15

— Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 1,400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,850 words

— E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 332 e-mails. Approx. 10,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 14


Year 2, Month 8, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

One of those days. This is just another placeholder blog to keep up the streak for the most part.

Out of the house around 11 a.m. after very little sleep to run the WMG store Pop Culture Collectables. I had a blast talking collectables all day and working with comic books.

Then home to take a nap, then Kris and I, both tired, decided to take the night and just go have a nice dinner and watch some television.

So we headed to Newport down the coast, had a nice dinner (no pie) and then came home and watched three episodes of Agent Carter to finish that up.

So around 2 a.m. I finally answered a few e-mails and now I’m going for a good night’s sleep.

Tomorrow, back on schedule and back to writing.

And some articles this next week, plus topics of the week and so on.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 14

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 6,100 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,450 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 304 e-mails. Approx. 9,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 13


Year 2, Month 8, Day 13 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

One of those days. This is just a placeholder blog to keep up the streak for the most part.

Out of the house around 2:30 p.m. to run banking errands, then to the grocery store, then out to the WMG store.

Then back to WMG Publishing to work on Smith’s Monthly.

Then around 7 p.m. two friends showed up to help me move stuff around and get the big room set for the next workshop. All done and thanks, guys!!

At eight p.m. we had about a dozen professional writers sitting around and talking publishing and writing.

I made it home by one in the morning, then headed to watch some television.

Then e-mail, this blog, and sleep since I have to be up early tomorrow to watch our store. That will be fun. Haven’t done that in a while.

The novel cover is Calling Dead, if I ever get to the thing. (grin) It will be the third in the Cold Poker Gang mystery series.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 12

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 6,100 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,050 words

— E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 293 e-mails. Approx. 9,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 12


Year 2, Month 8, Day 12 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day nineteen of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

I knew the moment I wrote that I was back on schedule last night, that the schedule would be challenged. And, of course, it was.

Today I spent almost all day running around on errands. I got up late, then just ran from banks to our store, to a regular store to get lunch, then home and onward.

And I took a lot of short naps. Guess I was more tired than I thought I was after the long week of workshops.

So finally, after the dinner nap, I ended up back up at the WMG office and got a cover done for Smith’s Monthly that will have Calling Dead in it. And Allyson had already done a cover for the book a week or so ago.

When I wrestle this to the ground, it will be the third book in the Cold Poker Gang series.

So after yet another short nap, watching some television, another short nap, I managed to get 1,100 words on the novel done, which I consider a major miracle for today.

Now calling it a night before I take yet another nap here at the keyboard.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 12

— Daily Fiction:1,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 6,100 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,650 words

— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 284 e-mails. Approx. 8,900 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 11


Year 2, Month 8, Day 11 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day eighteen of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Back on schedule, sort of. Considering that I am exhausted and getting killed by allergies, I actually got a lot done today.

Rolled out around 12:30 and did e-mail for a few hours, then headed off to the snail mail, then to a grocery store, then back to the WMG office.

I worked there, mostly cleaning up from the workshop for a few hours, then headed home and took a very, very long nap with the white cat. Then news, dinner, and dishes.

Then another nap with the white cat after working for a short time on an article. Not enough words to count yet.

Then back in here to do about a 1,000 words even on the novel.

Off to watch some television. Back in here around 12:30 a.m. and I did another 1,100 words on the book, took a short break (mostly caused by sneezing… horrid allergies at the moment here since damn near everything is in bloom at the same time.)

Then back to do another 1,200 words by 3:15 a.m. Enough for starting back up.

So 3,300 words. Novel is now just banging along.

Topic of the Night: Schedules

Many of you have noticed how I sort of slow down when I lose the power of schedule, which has been most of the last three months.

Kris did a great blog on this very topic, so reading that is the Topic of the Night and if you want to talk about it here, feel free. It’s a great blog.

You can read it at… http://kriswrites.com/

Schedules, even if a person is very busy, hold intense power. Many of us have learned to harness the power of the schedule for the good of our writing.

And many writers constantly struggle against schedule. So read Kris’s article on it and also learn a little about what I was doing the last week or so. And what her day is like as well.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words

 

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 11

— Daily Fiction: 3,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 5,000 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,150 words

— E-mail: 19 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 268 e-mails. Approx. 8,500 words

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

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 10


Year 2, Month 8, Day 10 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day seventeen of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

An interesting day back at writing after some time of not writing. I got up fairly early and headed off to WMG offices, then Kris and I walked to lunch an hour or so later.

Then out to the WMG Publishing store, then back to WMG offices to work on stuff there. Finally headed home around 6:30 p.m. to take the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

Then into my office around 9 p.m. to work on workshop stuff. Got that done around 11 p.m. and went to watch The Voice. Back up here to take a short nap between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Then in here to the writing computer. I wasn’t even sure if it was plugged in. (grin)

So I pulled up the novel CALLING DEAD and started from the front, working my way through the book. Sort of a large cycle, putting the thing back into my head.

And then around 25,000 words into the book, the novel went sideways and I knew why I had bogged down and basically stopped before life got in the way. So I pulled the next 12,000 words or so off to one side in a file without really looking at them, then started writing from that 25,000 word point in a completely different direction.

This book is a very twisted puzzle mystery. I know mystery structure very, very well and I had sort of just slipped out of the structure this sort of mystery demands. I wrote about 900 new words by 3 a.m., took a short break, and did another 800 words by 4 a.m.

I don’t think the words I removed will be brought back, but I’m not tossing them until I am all done and Kris has read the book. So 1,700 new words on starting back up. Might actually hit some speed tomorrow.

I’m happy with that. Excited about the book now. Successful day.

Topic of the Night: Fear

Kris and I have an entire online workshop called Productivity that helps writers face their fears and their critical voices to get out of their own way and write more.

And I have talked about fear here numbers of times.

But then tonight, on The Voice, Pharrell and Lionel Richie tap-danced all over the topic of fear with one singer.

A woman singer said, “I get scared.”

Pharrell: “How does that ever work for you?”

The woman muttered that it had never helped her at all.

Pharrell: “You’ve been afraid and it has not resulted in any kind of positivity. Why would you bring that on this moment right here?”

The woman had no answer and she went on to do great and clear out the fear.

I have said that, shouted that, muttered that same thing over and over and over to writers. There is nothing at all to be afraid of. Fear in writing is made up, a device your critical voice uses to stop you from writing or taking chances or letting your stories be what they want to be.

Fear in writing is a killer of so many careers.

So when I hear a writer tell me they can’t let a story out without it being polished to death, or that they can’t send “that editor” a story or they are afraid of sending a novel to an editor without an agent or they are afraid of tackling a certain topic or… or… or…

Fear will stop you and that’s just damn silly.

And if you can’t control your fear and your critical voice, start learning how. And maybe the best way would be to ask yourself the question Pharrell asked of that woman.

“How does that ever work for you?”

(Oh, this ought to get me some really good excuses as to why the fear is important. Looking forward to them.)

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words

 

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 10

— Daily Fiction: 1,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 1,700 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,550 words

— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 1,300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 249 e-mails. Approx. 7,900 words

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

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

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