Year 2, Month 5, Day 12 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Eighth day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.
Lots of business today. Up early at noon, and had finished e-mail and was out the door a little after one in the afternoon.
Out to Pop Culture Collectables, then to the mail, then to banks, grabbed some lunch, and went back to WMG offices to work there until 6 p.m. on finally getting the last of the new lecture done. One more step and I’ll make it live.
Then nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. I went back up to WMG to work for another hour at 8:30, then home.
I was exhausted, so I sat down to rest in my chair for a short time and an hour later Kris woke me up to go and watch some television. I did that and then Kris and I did some brainstorming on this silly novel to try to figure out what had gone wrong.
It seems I wasn’t just stuck in a place in a plot. I had basically written what I needed to write. Oh, oh, no wonder I couldn’t see anything more. There was nothing more for what I sat up in the first of the book. It was done.
Yikes. That doesn’t happen very often to me, and those of you who have been hanging around here for the last year plus and seventeen novels have never seen it happen in that time.
So I did a brief summary of what I had, realized I had written characters who were sort of shells waiting to actually become human, which was part of the problem. Sigh. So Kris and I worked back and forth on the logic of the Thunder Mountain world and who the main characters of that world would be needing. And I realized who the new characters needed to be and then I was fine.
Thanks, Kris. A very unusual place for me to be.
So back at the writing computer around 1:30 and managed, starting from the very first word, about 600 new words in an hour. Took a break, went back at it again, got another 800 words done, mostly just making the characters real with depth. Another break, got just at 1,000 new words by 5 a.m. and decided to come back at it tomorrow. But it’s moving again.
2,400 words. Very happy to have them.
Topic of the Night: Patreon
I used to have donate buttons on these blogs a year or so ago, but dropped them when I started this daily routine. I felt I was doing far, far too much for that sort of thing here.
But you nice folks who have been following this have asked me what you could do to support this blog and the time I spend writing it every night, plus the other articles. I never had an answer.
Then Jonathan, another professional writer here in town, got me looking at Patreon, which has a monthly donation pledge structure for this sort of thing. So I figured why not after getting yet another post about this from another professional writer here in town tonight.
So thanks, Jonathan and Matt. Consider me shoved over the edge of the cliff. (grin)
So in the last hour, I set up a Patreon page.
This new world has so many nifty things about it, and one nifty thing is the ability for artists to get help with their work. And for us to get our work out there in many different ways.
I really resisted this for my own reasons, but after I set up the rewards, I realized I was silly in the resistance. I will also be doing other things this coming year that are on the plans, such as a complete redesign and branding of all the Poker Boy stories and a free short story every week again, and so on. Fun stuff.
So check out the rewards I have put up there on Patreon for different levels of support. Not only does it help support these nightly blogs and the upcoming New World of Publishing articles and Killing Sacred Cows articles, but it helps me get my work out to supporters in a reasonable way.
Reasonable for me, reasonable for supporters.
I don’t expect much from this, since Patreon is mostly geared to the visual and video arts. But it’s fun trying something new.
And in this new world, if we can’t try new things, what’s the point?
So off we go into another experiment.
Click on the image to see the page. And watch the short video if you have never seen my office or Walter White Cat.
MONTHLY TOTAL ON NOVELS ONLY
LAKE ROOSEVELT novel done (most written last month).
Day 1…. 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 4,850 words
MARTIAN LOVER novel started.
Day 2…. 3,600 words. Total words to date…. 8,450 words
Day 3…. 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 12,650 words
Day 4…. 3,400 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
WARM SPRINGS novel started.
Day 5…. 4,250 words. Total words to date…. 20,100 words
Day 6…. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 24,650 words
Day 7…. 4,950 words. Total words to date…. 29,600 words
Day 8…. 3,450 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 9…. 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 36,200 words
Day 10.. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 40,750 words
Day 11.. 2,650 words. Total words to date…. 43,400 words
Day 12.. 2,400 words. Total words to date…. 45,800 words
(I would need to be at 60,000 novel words to be on the monthly target I set at this point. Really dropping behind the 5,000 word per night level. Going to need some really large days to get that back on track.)
Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 12
— Daily Fiction: 2,400 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 45,800 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words
— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,900 words
— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 305 e-mails. Approx. 9,800 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers
Day Job Work… 7.5 hours… Total for week… 37.5 hours… Total for month… 76.5 hours
Exercise… .5 hours… Total for week… 1.5 hours…Total for month… 5 hours
Television and naps… 5.5 hours… Total for week… 20.5 hours… Total for month… 53.5 hours
Writing time… 4.5 hours… Total for week… 18.5 hours …Total for month… 50 hours
(The rest of the time is sleeping and showers and stuff like that…Day Job includes e-mail and errands for business only. And doing the Patreon page. This blog time is about an hour tonight and included in the writing hours.)
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