Some days, job and other things keep all of us from the writing computer. I had one of those days today.
Got up at noon and made it to the grocery store and then to WMG Publishing offices by 1:30 p.m. Writers lunch there at 2 p.m.
Great discussions until around 4:30, then worked for a short time, then walked over to the mall to have dinner with Kris. But that walk was about the only steps I got at that point, so that turned into a problem later.
Then home to do all sorts of things, including workshop assignments.
I had a ton of small errands to do online, from dealing with insurance to setting up a workshop and so on. Also end of the month stuff.
I managed to get a one hour nap, then back at it, finally going to watch some television around midnight.
Then back up here around 1:30 a.m. to get out the first basic message to everyone on the Anthology Workshop list.
If you are planning on coming to the Anthology Workshop here on the coast in late February and didn’t get that message, write me at once.
By the time I was done with all that, it was after 3 a.m. and I was very, very short on my steps to make 10,000 steps for the day. So off I went to pace in the two rooms around the television and watch some bad television as I walked.
Finished the steps with thirty minutes to spare. So 10,000 steps-per-day streak is alive.
But it is now almost 5 a.m. So entire day gone to meetings, business, work, and exercise.
Yup, that happens. To all of us.
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Topic of the Night: Some Days…
Not really that upset about not getting writing done today. Two days in a row now. But if it continues much longer I’ll need to make some changes. (grin)
I’ve been noticing something really interesting in general I’m only going to mention here tonight as I do about every six months.
Kris and I sort of have four basic messages to writers.
— We tell writers to write what they love.
— We tell writers to have fun with their writing.
— We tell writers that learning this business and craft takes time.
— We tell writers to not put all their eggs in one basket, let all readers find their work.
Beyond those four basics, everything is in the details.
But wow do those four basic things make some people angry. Stunning and funny at times.
If anyone wonders how I make money with my writing, just as a start, note the number on the Smith’s Monthly below. (#28 if you can’t see it.) And each one has a full novel I wrote and four or five short stories and serial novels and nonfiction serials.
For some reason some writers hate that level of productivity, hate that I have fun, hate that I enjoy the writing, hate that I have my work everywhere, including paper and audio, and hate me for telling other writers to have fun and get their work out everywhere.
I get nasty letters, I just laugh. I don’t respond, but I laugh.
I don’t read reviews, so the haters can’t get to me there. I don’t count my book sales, so they can’t get to me there either.
I just sort of trip on through the days, doing what I do, having fun, trying to help those who want help, ignoring the haters, and writing the best stories and novels I can write.
So why even mention it here? Honestly, I’ve been noticing it a great deal lately, and Kris’s most recent post really brought a few haters out of the woodwork. And they lump me with Kris, of course, which I don’t mind at all.
So if you see someone talking trash about me somewhere, please just ignore them. Don’t engage. Keep on your course, keep having fun, keep writing the stories you want to write, and make your own decisions about your career.
From a lot of years of dealing with haters, trust me, they are a waste of your time.
So why mention it here? Honestly, it had been about six months since I mentioned it and I couldn’t think of anything else to talk about tonight. (grin)
The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery
Day 1…. 700 words. Total words so far… 700 words.
Day 2…. 1,200 words. Total words so far… 1,900 words.
Day 3…. 1,000 words. Total words so far… 2,900 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 4, Day 29
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 840
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 65,850 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 22,100 words
— E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 2,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 586 e-mails. Approx. 32,800 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers
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