Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 1, Day 22

Year 2, Month 1, Day 22 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day eight of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

This turned out to be a good start to a new schedule I need to keep for about a week. So up around 2 p.m. as is my best time to sleep until in most cases. I did e-mail, then headed off to the snail mail, then the WMG office.

I worked there with the folks for a short time, then headed to my office to work on formatting Smith’s Monthly #11. I did one more cover for a short story in the issue and got into formatting the novel, The High Edge: A Seeders Universe Novel that is in the last part of the issue. So gaining on it. I should have the issue to the printer on Monday, with luck.

Then home for a little more e-mail, then the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

Then around 8:30 p.m. I went to work on getting financial receipts sorted and ready to be entered into a new financial program I am getting set up. I need to do that every night for a week to get everything ready to go to our accountant for him to check next week. Ahh, fun, but going to be great when done.

Here is the cover for Smith’s Monthly #11 that I am working on.

Then when Kris was ready to go up to the WMG offices at 10:30 p.m. I went with her and went back to work on Smith’s Monthly formatting. Then I fed the kitten and Kris and I headed home at 11:30 p.m.

Off to watch some television, then back into this office at 1:15 a.m. (New goal is to get in here around 1 a.m. to write, give or take. That’s a goal and won’t always be possible, I know that. (grin))

I got about a thousand words done on the book before 2:15 a.m., then took a quick break, did another 1,200 words by 3:30 a.m. Then I took another short break and did another 900 words by 4:15 a.m. Way tired, so tossing in the towel for the night instead of pushing on.

So a decent night. And a lot done today and I finally feel as if I have some control on the various projects. Yeah, that’s going to last, but for the moment it feels good. (grin)

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 19,300 words
Day 6…. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 21,400 words
Day 7…. 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 23,450 words
Day 8…. 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 26,550 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 22 

– Daily Fiction: 3,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 46,800 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,300 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,400 words

– E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 624 e-mails. Approx. 18,400 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 6 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 1, Day 21

Year 2, Month 1, Day 21 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day seven of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Tonight I’ll do a little more detail around the writing, but there wasn’t much to do tonight due to the day at hand. And I’ll also compare the numbers from last year through 21 days to the numbers this year.

Day started off really, really rocky. We have an old cat who needed dental stuff, so Kris got out of bed around 6:30 a.m. to get him to the vet. I had been in bed about an hour at that point. A little after seven she woke me to help get the cat into the carrier. I went back to bed. She got back 45 minutes later, phone rang for some reason, and since I had the phone by the bed, that woke me up.

A couple more things like that before I finally rolled out around 12:30 to make a meeting at 1:30. I was exhausted, but Kris more so by a long ways. (Cat was fine, Kris picked it up after surgery later in the afternoon and all is great.)

So meetings from 1:30 until 6 p.m.  Then I went downstairs to my office at WMG to work on some formatting of Smith’s Monthly before going home with Kris around 7 p.m. to have a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

I stumbled back up to WMG Publishing at 10 p.m. and did the cover for the Smith’s Monthly #13 that will have Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift in it. Allyson and I found the art and agreed to it, so I did the Smith’s Monthly cover and she’s going to do the novel cover. Now I just need to finish writing it. (grin)

So home around midnight, then off to watch some television. Finally at 2 a.m. I got back into this office to do all the e-mail I had let go earlier in the day. I got that done around 3 a.m. and moved the white cat out of the writing chair into this internet chair and went to work.

First let me set the scene a little for you here in this office. Two chairs, one which has the white cat sleeping. My window over my file cabinets is open pretty wide and I can’t hear the oldies playing on my Sonos at all for the sound of the surf pounding on the beach.

I write on a big new iMac, huge screen with a second screen. I pulled up the novel file and went back about two chapters (1,800 words or so) from where I left off and started reading and messing with the book, adding in details and such as I moved forward to where I had left off. That took all of fifteen minutes and I added about 100 new words. I powered forward and managed to get done by 3:45 a.m. right at 1,000 new words total.

I took a short break, heading out to the kitchen and dumping out my iced tea for sparkling water and getting a breakfast bar (100 cal). Back at the novel, starting back about two hundred words and running at the spot I had stopped, managing right at 1,050 new words by 4:30 a.m.

Short break for more water and a tablespoon of peanut butter (about 90 cal). I was feeling exhausted, more so than I had been all day, but I really wanted to get another session done tonight. I sat down in my reading chair in the dark living room to rest my eye for a minute and almost instantly started to doze off. I caught myself and decided that the old towel needed to be tossed in for the night.

So 2,050 new words for the night, but honestly I’m pretty happy with that. Earlier on I was just thinking of taking the night off.

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 19,300 words
Day 6…. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 21,400 words
Day 7…. 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 23,450 words

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As you can see below, I am 12,100 original fiction words ahead of the same point in August last year.

My total in all areas this year after 21 days is 76,100 words for the month of August, 2014.

My total in all areas in 21 days in August 2013 was 64,800 words.

So doing better this August so far over last August. Still a third of the month to go.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 21 

– Daily Fiction: 2,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 43,700 words (31,600 by same date last year) 

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,300 words (1,000 by same date last year)

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,900 words (15,100 by same date last year)

– E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 613 (557) e-mails. Approx. 18,200 words (17,100 by same date last year)

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 5 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year Two, Month 1, Day 20

Year 2, Month 1, Day 20 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day six of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Tomorrow, as I have been doing at times this month, I will not only compare this month to last year’s first 21 days, but will add in more detail about the writing and the thinking involved as the night goes on.

Today was just a regular day, except for a few fun things that popped up. First off, for the second time in two days, I heard from people who were worried about me and didn’t know what I have been up to and were concerned.

Uhhhh… every day for over year… right here… my real name… detailed out in all boring details… But some people don’t read blogs.

One person was concerned that they had heard I was hurting for money and needed to write a lot of books to make money. Well, in the past, in my media days and trying to pay off the Pulphouse debt back in the early 1990s, that was the case.

But wow, not anymore, which I find amazingly cool thanks to indie publishing. I’m writing this blog, doing these books, doing Smith’s Monthly because I’m having a blast. And I’m challenged by it. And we’re making some money on my writing, which is also fun. And as all indie writers slowly building inventory, as I get more titles out, I make more money. And that’s really fun as well.

So if you hear someone worried about us (which is very nice), have them come here and read a few months worth of these blogs. Kris is doing great, I’m doing great, we’re just writing and enjoying the process and every night I put it out right here.

Speaking of writing… tonight, up at the WMG offices I was moving some books while Kris was exercising and I came across an old book about The Shadow and Maxwell Grant, which was the house name for the Shadow created by the writer of most Shadow novels, Walter B. Gibson. He wrote 24 novels a year for the Shadow Magazine for years.

I mentioned that to Kris and told her I needed to speed up and she laughed and said, “Now you have a challenge.”

She is evil that way. (grin) I’ll bring the book home and put it up here and some great quotes from it later in the week. Walter B. Gibson was just flat amazing. One of the great forgotten heroes of the pulp writing world because he was overshadowed by the Maxwell Grant pen name.

So anyhow, today started off normal, doing e-mail, then off to get the snail mail and then up to WMG Publishing around 4 p.m. I talked with the gang there for a short time, then went to my office and worked on formatting Smith’s Monthly #11. I did one cover for a short story inside it as well.

Then home for a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then back up to WMG office by 9 p.m. to work on Smith’s Monthly #11 formatting. Gaining on it.

Kris got to the WMG offices around 11 p.m. and I went upstairs to move books and that was when I got trapped reading that book about The Shadow and Gibson. I then fed the kitten and Kris and I headed home to watch a little television.

Kitten will be going to its new home on Monday, so only a few more days of Kitten feeding for me. Photo is a few days back by Barton Howe of how the kitten looks after eating. We gave him a bigger plate and now he stands in his food while eating it.

Kitten eating

I got back up here around 1:30 a.m., and decided I needed a little nap to help me get started on the writing. Slept in my reading chair until around 2 a.m. and then stumbled around for a while before getting to the novel.

I wrote about 900 words before 3:15 a.m., took a short break, went back and wrote another 1,200 words by 4:30 a.m. and tossed in the towel because I needed to be up early tomorrow and I got to a major section break in the novel. Or at least it seemed like it should be a section break.

So not a large day, but words done. 2,100 new words.

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 19,300 words
Day 6…. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 21,400 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 20 

– Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 41,650 words 

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,300 words

– Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,400 words

– E-mail: 15 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 599 e-mails. Approx. 17,800 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 4 Covers

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Productivity Workshop Starting


Kris and I are two of the most prolific long-term writers working today. And we have done that year-after-year for thirty years. Well, finally we decided to tackle the one area we have been avoiding in teaching.

Productivity.

That’s right, we’re finally going to teach how to be productive with your writing. And in this new indie world, productivity is a critical skill to have.

If you followed my blog last year and watched me write twelve novels, three nonfiction books, and thirty-plus short stories while working a day job with WMG Publishing and online workshops, you know what productivity is. Kris and I can teach you how to do that and a lot of other ways of being productive as well.

If you are tired of looking back at a year and wondering why you didn’t write more, this workshop is for you.

If you think you just write too slowly, this workshop is for you.

So for a six week workshop online, we are going to help writers become more productive and learn habits and techniques that will keep you productive for years to come. Six weeks of videos, five assignments. If you want to write an extra book per year, or just more stories, and can never seem to make it happen, this new workshop is for you.

We can all find extra time, but most writers don’t know how to convert that extra time over months and years into more stories and novels.

Limited to twelve writers per session as all online workshops are. I will present this workshop as normal, but Kris and I are planning it together. Sign-up under the Online Workshop tab above.

Also starting in September is How to Write Science Fiction Online Workshop.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is the only writer on the planet to win a Hugo Award for both professional editing and for her writing. And she was nominated for many, many more Hugo Awards and has won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award at least five times. I have been nominated for five or six Hugo Awards myself over the years, including for editing the Science Fiction Writers of America Handbook. And I have written over twenty Star Trek novels, Men in Black novels, and a ton of other sf books including The Tenth Planet series with Kris.

So we’re going to teach you how to write science fiction that sells, both to magazines and to readers.

I will present this workshop as well, but again Kris and I are both planning it. And for those who took the sf workshop here at the coast a year or so ago, this is very different. Different structure, different focus, everything.

Limited to twelve writers as all online workshops are. Information and sign-up under the Online Workshop tab above.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 1, Day 19

Year 2, Month 1, Day 19 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day five of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

As expected, a ton of work today but not a lot of writing. Back to larger numbers in the next couple of days.

Rolled out a little after one again, did e-mail, and then eventually headed for the snail mail, then to the store, then to WMG office by 3:30 p.m.  Worked with them there for a short time, then went to my office and had lunch and worked there on workshops and a little of Smith’s Monthly formatting.

Then home to do more e-mail and a little workshop stuff, then downstairs to take a nap with the white cat. Dinner, news, and dishes after that. Then back into this office to work on workshops at 9 p.m. I got that done around 10:15 p.m. what I could do here, so went to the writing computer and managed 15 minutes, but no real new words.

Then Kris and I went up to WMG offices at 10:30 p.m. and she walked and I finished up the workshop stuff. Then I walked with her for a little bit, then fed the kitten and we headed home around midnight. Off to watch some television for an hour or so. Got back into this office around 1:30 a.m. but too tired to write. Ended up going out into the living room to rest, but that didn’t work.

So around 2:30 I ended up back in here, still exhausted.

I wrote a short essay I had promised for a charity book. About 500 words which took me far, far too long. Then I managed a half hour of fiction writing for about 500 words before going back to the living room to rest again. Then back in here around 4 a.m. to try again. 600 words before I tossed in the towel after 45 minutes.

So about 1,100 words on the novel, 500 words on some nonfiction. But a long day and a lot done otherwise. So onward to tomorrow.

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 19,300 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 19 

– Daily Fiction: 1,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 39,550 words 

– Nonfiction: 500 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,300 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,700 words

– E-mail: 36 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 584 e-mails. Approx. 17,400 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 1, Day 18

Year 2, Month 1, Day 18 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day four of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Sort of a typical Monday. Only Kris and I did a lot of planning along the way and decided to finally do the Productivity Online Workshop that is listed above this. We have been hesitating on that for some time.

Anyhow, rolled out around 1 p.m. even though I didn’t need to, then did e-mail, some planning with Kris, and headed off to the snail mail and then the banks. I got back to WMG Publishing around 4 p.m. and went to work on workshop stuff for the night.

Home around 6 p.m. and worked with Kris on some more planning, then did a little more e-mail, and then off to take a nap with the white cat around 7 p.m. Then dinner, news, and dishes.

I made it back in here around 9 p.m. or so and finished up the homework for the workshops, then around 10 p.m. headed to WMG Publishing to get them all launched. I also did the cover for the Productivity Workshop, which I think is a great representation of the workshop. Burning time… perfect.

Kris got to the WMG offices a little before 11 p.m. to exercise and I worked at moving books from one area to another while she did that for my exercise.

Home around midnight after feeding the kitten. Kris and I watched a little television, then I got in here around 1:30 a.m. and worked on the new workshop, getting it in the schedule for the rest of the year, doing the blog, and telling the big Oregon Coast workshop e-mail list about it.

I got all that done around 3 a.m.

Now that Kris and I have committed to doing the productivity workshop, I’m kind of getting excited about it. Doing the workshop might even help me this next year in the challenge get my fiction total over a million words. That would be fun, but focusing on productivity will help me a bunch in lots of areas, I’m sure. Great fun.

Any questions on the Productivity Online Workshop or the Writing Science Fiction Online Workshop, feel free to ask.

I finally made it over to my writing computer around 3 a.m. and did 1,050 words in a quick 45 minutes, took a short break, and did another 1,100 words before 4:30 a.m.  Wow, was that fast for me. Just wow.  And so it ended up a pretty decent Monday for me considering everything. And considering I’m knocking off for the night just slightly before 5 a.m.

This novel is just pouring right along. I might even figure out where it’s going in another few days or so. Who knows?

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 18 

– Daily Fiction: 2,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 38,450 words 

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words

– Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,200 words

– E-mail: 38 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 548 e-mails. Approx. 16,300 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 1, Day 17

Year 2, Month 1, Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day three of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Back to normal reporting for a few days. I’ll do the more detailed reporting as I did the last few days randomly, as time allows.

Sunday up at 1 p.m. as normal and made the writer’s lunch at 2 p.m.  Great discussions, some of it actually about writing.

I went off to Bi-Mart after checking on the kitten at WMG offices and ended up doing a major project at home between 5 and 6 a.m. I worked on some e-mail and workshop stuff after that and headed to take a nap with the white cat. Then dinner, news, and dishes.

Then back up here into this office at 8:30 p.m.  On normal Sundays, I would be doing workshop homework, but there are so few writers taking the August workshops, I got the four Sunday workshops done early, so I could write. (Writers taking workshops in August are getting some pretty good attention from me. (grin)

September is looking like it will be the same. Lots of room and a few workshops that don’t even have anyone signed up in them yet. Not even the new Science Fiction workshop is getting much attention. Ahh, the fun of August and writers being so busy with so much other stuff.

So at 8:30 p.m. I went back to the novel and got 1,050 words done by a little before 10 p.m. Then I headed up to the WMG offices to work on workshop stuff and feed the kitten. (That thing is no longer a baby. It’s now a kitten and eating like crazy.)

I made it home around 11:30 p.m. and did another 800 words on the novel by 12:30 a.m. before Kris and I headed to watch some television.

Back up here at 1:30 and rested for a bit before starting another session. I got 1,250 words done by a little after 3 a.m.. I took a longer break, being really tired from the big project and getting up early. I managed to get back to do another 1,200 words before before 4:30 a.m.

At that point the old brain decided it had had enough. So 4,300 words on a Sunday night. Wow, I think that’s my best Sunday word total in a very long time. I’ll take it.

I just wish I knew where this book was going.

Douglas Adams

Fun photo of the night is of Douglas Adams in Eugene, Oregon in 1982. (Photo copyright © by Rick Hawes) The third book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide had just come out and Adams and his girlfriend were headed to LA to live while he tried to get a movie of the first book in the series together. More than likely this picture was taken on a signing tour that stopped in Eugene. Or he had stopped to visit friends there. For those of you gone from the planet at times, Adams died in 2001 of a heart attack. I was never lucky enough to cross paths with him.

Damn we all looked young back then. I was born two years before he was. He was thirty in this picture.

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 17 

– Daily Fiction: 4,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 36,300 words 

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,100 words

– E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words. E-mails month-to date: 510 e-mails. Approx. 15,100 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 1, Day 16

Year 2, Month 1, Day 16 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day two of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

I’ll try to do the closer-in look at the writing process again today as much as possible. Then for a week or so I’ll go back to my normal reporting. So at times I’ll do this detailed-out look at everything. But not every day.

Anyhow, I had the hope that I would spend most of the day writing today, but I hadn’t told anyone because telling people tends to make things that “must be done” appear. So I kept my mouth shut and just tried to keep the derailments light and shockingly I managed a decent day of writing for the first time in a while.

Rolled out around 2 p.m. and did a little e-mail and then headed at 3:30 out to my old and future collectables store. Some marbles had come in and it was a blast to look at them.

At 4:30 I headed to the snail mail and then the WMG office to do a little work on the online workshops. Then home by 5:30 p.m.

I went into my office, did a little e-mail, then moved to my writing computer. I started back two chapters from where I left off last night, going back through everything, until I hit where I had stopped last night and just kept on typing.

I again have no idea where this book is going and I already have surprised myself a few times, which is great fun.

I managed almost exactly 1,000 new words before stopping at 6:45 and heading to take a nap with my white cat. Then dinner, news, dishes before stumbling back in here around 8:45 p.m. with a mug of iced tea in my hand.

Again I backed up in the book about a thousand words and started through it. By 9:30 p.m. I had another 1,100 new words done. I took a short break, grabbed a few crackers and some more iced tea and went back at it.

By 10:15 p.m. I had done another 900 words and decided to go sit in the living room and rest. Kris rousted me about ten minutes later and we headed first to the grocery store and then to the WMG offices. She exercised and I worked on formatting Smith’s Monthly #11 for a while, then fed the kitten and we made it home by 11:30 p.m.

We went to watch some television, but being in the mood to write tonight, I managed to get back to this office by 12:30 a.m. with another mug of iced tea.

I backed up about three chapters and started in, working at what was there and getting to new words and doing another 1,100 words by 1:40 a.m. Then off to the living room to sit in my reading chair for a short nap.

Woke up around 2 a.m. and got back in here with more iced tea. I was at 4,100 words for the day at about the time I normally start writing. Nice start.

So I didn’t back up very far this time and powered out another 1,050 new words by 2:45 a.m. I took a short break, switching out the tea for sparkling water and getting a breakfast bar as a snack.

By 3:30 a.m. without really backing up at all, I managed another 850 words, again only backing up about a page before running at the spot I had left off.

Another short break, a teaspoon full of peanut butter to lick and more sparkling water and I went at it again. By 4:30 a.m. I had done another 1,150 new words without cycling back at all.

7,150 original words on the novel. Finally, a day focused on writing. It was grand fun.

Still not a clue where the novel is going, but I’m making good speed getting there. (grin)

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 16 

– Daily Fiction: 7,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 32,000 words 

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words

– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,700 words

– E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 484 e-mails. Approx. 14,200 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year Two, Month 1, Day 15

Year 2, Month 1, Day 15 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day one of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

I’m going to do two things a little different in this blog tonight. First off, I’ll compare to where I was last August on the 15th. (That will be in the numbers below.)

And then in the writing part of the day, I’ll go into a little more depth of details about the process. I won’t do that every night, but figured at times I will.

Rolled out around 2 p.m. and did e-mail, then off to the snail mail by 3:30 p.m. Then to the two banks and the deli for lunch. Back up to WMG Publishing around 4:30 and ended up talking with a local professional writer who stopped by for a time.

Got a little work done on Smith’s Monthly #11 formatting before heading home to take a nap with the white cat, news, dinner, and then dishes.

I felt exhausted because of the long week, but really wanted to get the novel started. So I went into this writing office and managed in just over an hour to get 700 words done, the first seven hundred words of the novel.

I started into a character in chapter two and my little voice screamed “wrong way” so I deleted those fifty words and went with Kris to the WMG office at 10:30 p.m. No clue why my little voice told me that character was the wrong way, but I was sure it was. Trust the little creative voice.

I again got a little more done on the formatting of Smith’s Monthly #11 and then fed the kitten and Kris and I got home around midnight. Off to watch some television, so I didn’t get back into this office until around 1:30 a.m.

Exhausted from the long week, so I went out into the living room where Kris was reading, sat down in my reading chair, and took another nap. I woke up after about twenty minutes and staggered around for a time before getting back into this office at 2 a.m.

I had a breakfast bar (100 cal) with me and iced tea.

I went back to the start of the novel and worked through those 700 words, expanding them and then moving on into a different chapter two. By 3 a.m., the novel was 1,700 words long. I had added another thousand new words.

I took a short five minute break, bringing back to my office a tablespoon full of peanut butter and a glass of sparkling iced water.

By 3:45 a.m. I had once again started at word one of the novel and went through everything, adding and pushing the story forward, tossing in more setting, sensory details, and dialog as I went. That added in another 1,000 words almost exactly.

Short break for more water and another breakfast bar. By 4:30 a.m. I had once again started at the first of the book and managed to get yet another 1,000 words done and move the story forward.

Short break, no food or water, back to the book. This time I didn’t start back at the start, but at chapter three, about the 2,000 word mark and went forward, going through it all again, and running at where I had left off. 900 more words by 5:15 a.m.

A good breaking point there at chapter five, so I stopped.

So 4,600 words on the novel. About 350 calories while writing it. A mug of iced tea and two mugs of sparkling water. On the Sonos I have a streaming oldies show playing softly.

A decent start, and the novel seems like it’s going to fly. Where it will fly to, no clue.

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Note: Below I am putting the numbers from the 15th day of August, 2013 beside today’s numbers. Interesting that I am 4,000 words ahead of last year in fiction, but behind in all the other areas.

So last August at this point I had written 47,200 words total in the month. This year I have written 48,500 words. Only 1,300 words total spread between the same fifteen days two years apart. Well, that surprised me.

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 15 (Numbers in brackets are from 2013 on this same day.)

– Daily Fiction: 4,600 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,850 words (20,900)

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words (1,000)

– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,100 words (10,500)

– E-mail: 27 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 467 (433) e-mails. Approx. 13,800 (14,800) words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 1, Day 14

Year 2, Month 1, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.

One thing I have noticed doing this challenge. The days just keep right on clicking away. It is really kicking in for me how days just click away (when I type the day number) and if I am not careful, they can click away without the important stuff getting done.

So an interesting realization for me here on Day 14 of the 1st Month of the 2nd Year.  Click.

This click today was a mixed day of all sorts of stuff. I got up early for meetings starting at 1:30, which were good meetings, things that needed to get done.

Then after all that Kris and I headed out to dinner, then back to WMG Publishing around 10 p.m. where people were still working. So we talked with them for a time and then Kris did her exercise and I went to my office to pay some company bills and do other things.

Home by 11:30 p.m. to watch some television, then a nap for me, then back in this writing office at 2 a.m.

I first put all the parts for Smith’s Monthly #12 together. Kris liked my introduction to the issue, talking about the first year.  So it took an hour to get the five short stories, the serial novels, and Avalanche Creek novel all in one file, in the right order, and ready. Then I fired it up to WMG Publishing so they could get it to a proofer. It will be out in September.

Then I went over to my writing computer around 3:30 a.m. and typed in the title Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift, which is the next novel I want to write, and then I spent a good half hour working on names for the characters and looking up the names of the characters in Heaven Painted as a Poker Chip. (Not sure if they will be in this book or not, but I felt I needed to have them back in my brain, and I trust that feeling.)

I have decided, since I have so many Christmas stories, that Smith’s Monthly #13, coming out in very late October, so early November when subscribers get it, will be my Christmas issue. I might have a second one if I write a second novel based near Christmas, but we shall see on that.

So that’s why the title on this novel. I like it. Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift. It will be the second book in my Ghost of a Chance series.

So for an hour I screwed around with names and other stuff before realizing around 4 a.m. I had promised to start up the Advanced Master Class workshop that will be here at the coast in the middle of October. Well, so much for getting the novel started tonight.

By starting it up, I start a private e-mail group and invite everyone who is signed up into the group. So a ton of e-mails, most of it a form. Still takes a ton of time.

On that group the writers talk about ride-sharing from the Portland airport over to the coast and a ton of other stuff. The online workshops are open to writers of all levels, but the coast workshops are limited in scope and to commercial fiction writers. In other words, writers who are making a living with their writing, or are working hard to someday make a living with their fiction. The workshops are a week long and many writers find them very hard to get to because of the costs and travel and the week being gone. (If interested, write me and tell me something about yourself and where I can find your web site.)

But the coast workshops are a ton of fun and when you get thirty or forty professional writers in the same place for a week, the networking and learning is stunning. I’m looking forward to this one, to be honest. The group signed up is a mixture of regulars and new people, which is great, and a lot of the writers coming are traditionally published as well as indie published. And no writing in this one. Just all business and learning and networking.

So anyhow, got everyone invited to the private group who has signed up.  That took just under two hours, so no new words tonight, but got my mind on the new novel, so plan on powering tomorrow. No idea on a plot, but I’ll figure that out as I go. I have two character names at least. (grin)

And I have Smith’s Monthly #12 turned in for proofing and headed into the writing for the second year.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 14

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,250 words 

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words

– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,500 words

– E-mail: 56 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 440 e-mails. Approx. 13,200 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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