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

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

Day 2 of the STORIES FROM JULY challenge.

The challenge is to write a short story every day for the month of July and put them all in one massive book, along with these blogs about the writing of the stories.

DAY TWO…

Rolled out around 2 p.m. and did a little e-mail and worked with Kris on some stuff before heading out around 3:30 p.m. to get up to WMG Publishing office. From there I went walking with two other professional writers to get in some exercise.

Snail mail, grabbed some lunch, and back to WMG Publishing to work on workshops at 5 p.m. Around 6 p.m. I got some polish, wood cleaner, and so on and set to work on the vintage poker table I bought, getting it and the chairs with it all looking sharp. Plus making sure it had no smoke smell left from the previous owners.

Kris got there around 7 p.m. from her run and we headed home. I got in a short nap with the new cat, Sir Duke, then after dinner and dishes I got in here to do e-mail around 9 p.m.

By 10 p.m. I was at my writing desk looking for a title from my lists of half titles. That was the first time all day I had thought about the writing.

A half-title from the 1940s Ellery Queen Magazine caught my attention. “Human Interest.” Then from a 1950s group of Astounding, I saw another half-title that also caught my interest. “The Bad Patch.

So I slammed the two half-titles together and got the title “The Bad Patch of Human Interest.”

I started typing with a character whose name I pulled from a phone book, first name from one part of the book, last from another, then realized after about 400 words that the character and setting would be in my Seeder’s Universe, in the post-apocolyptic parts.

So I went back and changed the title to “A Bad Patch of Humanity.”

I got about 800 words done, took a break, did another 1,000 words, then went to watch television for an hour or so. By the time I got back into the writing office, it was 1:30 a.m.

I did another 1,000 words by 2:30 a.m., took a short break for some dried fruit and more iced tea, then came back and finished the last 1,250 words by just before 4 a.m.

Total word count is 4,050 words.

Update on yesterday’s story: Kris loved it, said I should send it to Ellery Queen. I said no, I wanted it to remain in this challenge and in this book I am putting together. So a good start to the collection. I do not expect them all to go that well. (grin)

I also did a quick cover this afternoon for yesterday’s story. It is below beside the story count and word count. I will try to do covers for all of them because in the collection I want to have covers for each story. I will do them all but the Poker Boy covers (if I write any), since Allyson at WMG is rebranding all of the Poker Boy stories.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Fun

I have had some wonderful comments in the first day or so, mostly privately, but a few on the blog, about this challenge. One writer wrote and asked how I could even think of doing this. Wouldn’t the story quality suffer?

I suppose that’s a valid question if you believe that stories are “important” and the only way they can be good is for you to struggle over them and make them an “important” thing.

But I like writing. To me, actually sitting down and writing is great fun, great escape, and I go to the computer to entertain myself. I do the best job I can do with every story. The best job my skill level today will allow me to do.

But do I make short stories or novels important? Nope. If I did, they wouldn’t be fun to write.

Making your writing important is something English teachers have trained into millions of poor, unsuspecting kids. I was one of them, so much so that by the time I reached high school, I HATED WRITING. To those teachers, everything I did had to be important, had to be a struggle. I am not one to struggle over something that silly.

So it took me a lot of years to get past that “My Writing is Important” trap that will grind any writer down to a nub like a pencil stuck in a sharpener until it hits the eraser. (For you young kids, go look up pencil.)

So I am doing the best I can on all these stories. I am writing along at my normal typing speed. I am making up stories as I go, without planning (called Writing into the Dark) because doing anything else would bore me to tears.

So I hope when I am done with this, you pick up this book and enjoy the stories. You won’t like them all, but I hope on many of them I entertain you.

After all, I am an entertainer. And I have fun entertaining myself, and I hope readers.

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STORIES FROM JULY

(Story #0… June 30th… The Library of Atlantis…. 4,000 words.)
Story #1… July 1… The Case of the Dead Lady Blues… 3,700 words 
Story #2… July 2… A Bad Patch of Humanity… 4,050 words 
Story #3… July 3…

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Totals For Year 2, Month 12, Day 2

— Daily Fiction: 4,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 7,750 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,600 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 23 e-mails. Approx. 800 words

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

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 12, Day 1

Wednesday… Year 2, Month 12, Day 1 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day 1 of the STORIES FROM JULY challenge.

As I warned, this is the first post of a change in structure because of this short story challenge. I am just going to go through the day, talking about the day as it concerns writing and the challenge.

The challenge is to write a short story every day for the month of July and put them all in one massive book, along with these blogs about the writing of the stories.

DAY ONE…

The day started around 1 p.m. and by 2:30 I had done some e-mail and some planning with Kris and was headed out to run errands. Snail mail, then the WMG Publishing store where I got help to load a poker table I had bought this last Saturday at the auction.

Amazing table. Then back to WMG offices to make a place for it and by 5:30 the table was in its new home.

At this point it had not occurred to me to even think about writing yet.

I got some lunch, then at 6:30 p.m. I went to work getting my title sheets together. First I had thought of writing all day. I will explain below in the topic section what title sheets are and how I generate them. I like starting stories from titles.

Home for a nap, dinner, then back at 9 p.m. to the WMG offices where I worked on some workshop stuff and also sorting collectables.

Home by 11 p.m. when I actually thought of doing some writing, but didn’t get started because I got into a planning session with Kris until 12:30 a.m.

So at this point I had been up for almost 12 hours and really hadn’t given writing a story for the challenge much more than a few thoughts. Day one… oh, oh…

When I finally made it into my writing office, I sat down and stared at my title sheets I had done up (I need to make more) and came up with “Dead Lady” that was half of a title of a story in Galaxy Magazine in the 1960s. I kept staring at other halves of titles, but nothing stuck with “Dead Lady” until I heard myself think “Dead Lady Blues.”

I instantly knew it was a story with my strange private eye named Pilgrim Hugh. I have written about three or four stories with him, so I needed more for a collection. A perfect way to start I figured.

So I typed in the title:

The Case of the Dead Lady Blues: A Pilgrim Hugh Incident and started typing.

I managed 500 words by 1:30 a.m. before going to watch some television. By 2:30 a.m. I was back writing.

From 2:30 a.m. until 3:15 I did just over 1,000 words.

Short break, back writing at 3:20 until 4:10 a.m. for another 1,100 words.

Short break, back at 4:15 a.m. and by 5 a.m. I had finished the story at 3,700 words.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Title Generator

Some of you know that I have a massive digest magazine collection. I am pretty certain that I have every science fiction, fantasy, and mystery digest from the start of digests in the 1930s until the turn of the century. Full runs of everything up until 2000.

And I have a ton of duplicates that at some point I will be selling.

So I take ten copies of a run of digests from some random decade and start looking at titles.

If a title strikes me, or a phrase in a title strikes me, I write down half the title. Never the full title, unless it is a single word I think is cool.

Then I take ten issues of another magazine from a different decade and do the same thing down another column. This afternoon I did that with a few issues of Ellery Queen from the 1940s, Galaxy from the 1960s, Original Science Fiction from the 1950s, and F&SF from the 1980s. Got two sheets of half titles.

So that’s what I will be using when I say I smashed two half titles together from my title generator. Chances are I will make more pages of half-titles before this challenge is done.

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STORIES FROM JULY

(Story #0… June 30th… The Library of Atlantis…. 4,000 words.)
Story #1… July 1… The Case of the Dead Lady Blues… 3,700 words 
Story #2… July 2… 
Story #3… July 3…

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Totals For Year 2, Month 12, Day 1 (month totals start over)

— Daily Fiction: 3,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 3,700 words  

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

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

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 words

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

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 30

Tuesday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 30 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Got the novel done, wrote a short story today.

WORKSHOPS

I worked on workshops all afternoon at WMG Publishing offices, then later tonight I also did workshop assignments.

THE DAY

The day was standard Tuesday, with some differences. Got out of the house by 2 p.m. but instead of going to a meeting, I ran errands all over the place, including banks, snail mail, and out to the WMG store.

Then lunch with Kris, then back to WMG to work on workshop stuff.

Home by 6:30 to cook dinner, then in here to finish up the e-mail. Instead of going right to work on the workshop stuff, I wrote for four hours (see below) then did the workshop assignments.

THE WRITING

Yesterday I managed to get 800 words done on a short story called “The Library of Atlantis: A Poker Boy Story.” When I came back to it today, I tossed most of that out and just fired again. I know better than to write that exhausted.

I did four sessions of about 45 minutes each and managed almost exactly 4,000 word story. I started at 9 and ended a little before 1 a.m.

Watched some television, then came back and printed it up for Kris to read, then did the workshop stuff.

So 4,000 words done on the last night of the month. And one short story done that won’t count in the short story per day starting tomorrow. But just for kicks, I’m going to list it as an unofficial start to the challenge.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Change in This Bog

To do this challenge, I’m going back to an earlier format for these daily posts. Instead of talking in general about stuff in sections, I’m going to just go back to running straight through each day and noting how many words on the story is done by what time of the day, and how the story got started and all that.

I am doing that with the eye toward each of these post during July being in the big book with each story, so I’m going to get not only into writing mode, but teaching a little in these blogs as things pop up.

And remember, if you are a Patreon supporter at a certain level, you will get this book sent to you free in August, when it is all put together.

This could be interesting.

And today I wrote a 4,000 word story just to get warmed up. Of course, I had a deadline for it and needed to get it done and out of the way, but for fun, let’s just call it a warm up (grin).

THE MONTH TOTALS

Not a great month for me. Just sort of puttered along.

56,600 words in fiction and nonfiction combined.

45,800 words in e-mails and blogs (I do not count comments.)

Total word count for the month is 102,400.

Now let me see what I can do in July. 

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STORIES FROM JULY

(Story #0… June 30th… The Library of Atlantis…. 4,000 words.)
Story #1… July 1… 
Story #2… July 2… 
Story #3… July 3…

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 30

— Daily Fiction: 4,000 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 54,400 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,600 words

— E-mail: 21 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 607 e-mails. Approx. 28,200 words

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

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 29

Monday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 29 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Getting things out of the way for the short story challenge start in a day.

WORKSHOPS

I worked on workshops this evening doing assignments. 

And a reminder!!  July workshops start in one week. Room in all nine offered workshops at this point.

THE DAY

Made it out of here late in the afternoon, since I stayed up so late last night finishing Melody Ridge.  Kris read it tonight and loved it. I’ll try to get in the corrections she found tomorrow night.

Thanks Kris, for reading it so fast. And wow am I relieved you liked it. (grin)

I went for a walk with another writer friend, then back to WMG Publishing after running errands to work on stuff there for a while. Then home for dinner and after dinner I worked on workshops until around 11:30 p.m. Then took a long nap.

Then finally made it in here to write very late after watching some television.

THE WRITING

I discovered as I sat down to write a short story for an anthology that I need to do my title generator again. So I will do that tomorrow at the office. I’ll explain how I do that in another blog, maybe tomorrow night.

So I actually didn’t type in a new word until 2:45. Way too late to be starting. But I started anyway.

I finally gave up on my title generator and typed in the title “The Atlantis Library” and off I went on a new Poker Boy story. Didn’t get that far, though, only about 800 words before being so tired just derailed me.

So tomorrow, to get ready for starting up the short story challenge, I need to get this story done, get the typos Kris found corrected in Melody Ridge, and with some luck, put the entire issue of Smith’s Monthly together as well. But the priority is getting the short story done.

And by the way, I will keep a running log here in July of the stories finished and their word count and title, like I do with page counts on novels.

And for those of you who are subscribers to Smith’s Monthly, don’t worry, it will have a full novel in it, even though I am not writing one in July.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT:

Talking with another writer friend today about how tomorrow was the last day in the first half of the year. And how it was a good time for writers to reset. We were both resetting our personal challenges and goals for the second part of the year.

Now I understand that this other pro and I are not most writers. (We are long term professional writers.) Most writers are lost in the time of great forgetting and other summer fun. But for me, I tend to get more productive with writing going into this period.

In fact, my best months for writing have always been the last half of the year.

Now one of my goals this year was to write a million words. I am counting both fiction and nonfiction. Words that will make me money. These blog posts, even though I count them, and I count e-mail, don’t make me money. So my goal was to do a million words of fiction and nonfiction, published.

As some of you might have noticed, I did not have a great start toward that Pulp Speed One goal.

In fact, in the first six months of this year I wrote about 320,000 words. Oh, oh, that’s 680,000 words short.

Don’t you just love July 1st reset? (grin)

But I am not giving up yet on the yearly goal of a million words.

So divide the amount I would like to write by six months and that comes in at around 114,000 words average per month. Now I have written close to that much per month a couple months last fall. So very possible.

MATH TIME

114,000 words per month is about 3,800 words per day on a 30 day month. Hmmm, that’s not that much, is it?

The key is that needs to be the average over every day in the next six months.

So look at my July challenge. Say I managed to hit all 31 short stories in July. And the stories averaged 4,000 words each. That would be over the total needed for the month in just fiction.

So the point of all this is that July 1st is a powerful date for helping challenges and resetting if you are paying attention.

If you do reset on July 1st and get refocused just as you do in the dead of winter on January 1st, you will be amazed at how much better your entire year will look when you get to the end of the year.

Now one more point.

Often with challenges, the point is to push yourself, do things you would not have done before. (Such as a blog every day for almost two years. (grin))

So look at the amount of words I wrote during the first half of this year. I wanted to write 500,000 words. That was the goal.

So I failed and wrote 320,000 words in those six months.

Flip that thinking. I succeeded in writing 320,000 words.

In other words, I failed to success.

320,000 words in six months isn’t what I wanted, but I pushed myself enough that even in failure, I had a very successful first six months.

Fail to success. It really is a key to challenges. And resetting on July 1st is a very powerful tool you should be using if your focus is at all on writing.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 29

— Daily Fiction: 800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 50,400 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,100 words

— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 1,600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 586 e-mails. Approx. 27,000 words

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

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 28

Sunday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 28 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Finished Melody Ridge.

WORKSHOPS

I worked on workshops this evening doing assignments. 

THE DAY

Off to the writer lunch at 2 p.m. as normal for a Sunday. Then back to WMG Publishing offices to work on workshop stuff.

I did that and also unpacked the second half of the cookie jar collection I just bought.

Understand, I don’t collect cookie jars. WMG sells them at the store. The inventory of cookie jars out there has to be around 100 and now this 58 jumps into the mix. Considering how much room vintage cookie jars take up, that’s a lot of room.

Then I came home to cook dinner while Kris stayed and worked on stuff in her office at WMG, then she went back while I went to work on workshop assignments. I got that done around midnight and went to writing.

THE WRITING

I managed around 1,200 words before stopping to watch some television. Then when I came back, I wasn’t happy with what I thought was going to be my ending, so I cycled back to the opening to see if the ending was there. As normal, it was. 

So I wrote another 1,100 words, then took a short break, wrote another 1,700 words in a rush to the end. By then it was 5:30 a.m.

So printed it up for Kris to read, finished up my laundry, and am now doing this.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT:

Too late for anything tonight after finishing the novel at 5:30 a.m.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 28

— Daily Fiction: 4,000 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 49,600 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,200 words

— E-mail: 39 e-mails. Approx. 1,700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 555 e-mails. Approx. 25,400 words

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

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 27

Friday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 27 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Fun collecting, some workshop stuff, and a lot of writing.

WORKSHOPS

I worked on workshops for about two hours this evening. 

THE DAY

The day started with me fighting my way through traffic to get to the other end of town where I needed to pack up a collection of cookie jars I had bought.

Why so much traffic? The valley around Portland and the rest of the West is baking under a heat wave at the moment. So everyone needed to come to the coast because our high temperature here today was around 60 degrees F.

Not kidding.

And it was the annual Kite Festival here, so some of the largest kites you will ever see were flying, because the wind was enough to allow them to. And where they fly the monster kites is on the ocean beach square in the heart of town without a backroad to go around it.

Almost big city traffic. Anyhow, got there and got the cookie jars packed up. 58 vintage cookie jars is a ton of packing, let me tell you. Filled every inch of my van. Front seat beside me and everything. Then back to the WMG office to unload them.

THE PICTURE IS OF EXACTLY HALF THE COLLECTION.

Cookie Jars

Then home for dinner and back up to WMG around 9 p.m. to work on workshop stuff.

And while I was loading workshop videos, I unpacked exactly half of the collection. A lot of McCoy and other very rare jars in pretty good shape.

Home by 11 p.m. and I went to work writing.

THE WRITING

I was sure I would finish the book tonight, but nope. I deleted two chapters and wrote two brand new chapters to take the deleted chapters place. (Very complex time travel and I had those two chapters out of whack.)  That was 1,800 new words.

Then onward after a break and got another 1,450 words done. Another break around 2:30 a.m. and then did another 1,350 words before seeing the time and realizing I still had another four or five chapters left.

But now I have the ending clearly in sight. I just need to write it tomorrow night.

So 4,600 words.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Getting ready for a challenge.

For the last week, I have been hearing myself say, “I need to get that done before the 1st.” The challenge is taking some set-up, such as getting this novel done, getting another short story done and out of the way that has a due date of the 1st and can’t be in the big July Story book.

And getting the last week of the Advanced Depth workshop recorded and done. And so on and so on.

Challenges like this take time to set up. I’ve done them in the past (not this one, but others) and I know that.

Now understand, I have no expectation that the world, life, and events will leave me alone. None at all, and I’m fine with that as well. I will just roll with the events and see what happens by the end of the month. That’s all I can do.

So I prepare, try to clear what I can clear. And go from there.

I will be teaching workshops in July and working with writers in those, so that’s going to be fun and won’t distract at all from the writing. And I have a couple of short trips planned, so I will be writing on the road and talking about that at times as well.

All standard stuff.

So those of you thinking of a challenge in some coming months, just prepare yourself as best you can, but most of the preparation needs to be in your head.

Attitude is everything.

Expect to have some bumpy days and roll with them. Expect to miss and just climb back on the challenge and keep going without catching up.

Expect life to have its fun with you. But if your attitude is level and expecting interruptions, you will be surprised at how they come, which they will, and you mostly just write through them.

Prepare the small stuff where you can.

And focus on getting your attitude in shape. That is really the key.

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Writing of the novel Melody Ridge

Day 1… 1,000 words… Total so far on the book… 1,000 words
Day 2… 1,500 words… Total so far on the book… 2,500 words
Day 3… 1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 3,600 words
Day 4… 2,750 words… Total so far on the book… 6,350 words
Day 5…    950 words… Total so far on the book… 7,250 words
Day 6… 3,200 words… Total so far on the book… 10,450 words
Day 7… 3,100 words… Total so far on the book… 13,550 words
Day 8… 4,000 words… Total so far on the book… 17,550 words
Day 9… 5,100 words… Total so far on the book… 22,650 words
Day 10..5,200 words… Total so far on the book… 27,850 words
Day 11..3,700 words… Total so far on the book… 31,550 words
Day 12..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 32,650 words
Day 13..3,900 words… Total so far on the book… 36,550 words
Day 14..4,100 words… Total so far on the book… 40,650 words
Day 15..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 41,750 words
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words
Day 17..2,450 words… Total so far on the book… 46,050 words
Day 18..2,400 words… Total so far on the book… 48,450 words
Day 19..2,250 words… Total so far on the book… 50,700 words
Day 19..3,750 words… Total so far on the book… 54,450 words
Day 20..4,100 words… Total so far on the book… 58,550 words
Day 21..4,600 words… Total so far on the book… 63,150 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 27

— Daily Fiction: 4,600 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 45,600 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,900 words

— E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 516 e-mails. Approx. 23,700 words

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

 

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 26

Friday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 26 of this Writing in Public challenge.

A ton of fun stuff today, plus some writing.

WORKSHOPS

I worked on workshops for about two hours this evening. 

THE DAY

The day started with me heading first to WMG Publishing to get boxes, then down to the downtown area of this small town to box up the stuff I bought yesterday. My entire van, every inch of it, including the front passenger seat, was jammed full.

More toys and cars and trains than you could imagine.

And then today I also bought a massive vintage cookie jar collection. That will fill my van tomorrow. Yes, I really do need more stuff.

Then back to WMG Publishing to work on various things, then home for a short nap and dinner. Then Kris and I both headed back up to the WMG Publishing offices. She worked in the audio room while I worked downstairs in my office on workshop stuff.

Home by 11 p.m. and I went to work writing.

THE WRITING

I was half hoping to finish Melody Ridge tonight, but it didn’t happen. I still have a ways to go, but I can see the end. Thankfully.

I wrote 800 words from 12:15 until 1 a.m. before going to watch some television.

Then back in here around 2:30 a.m. to keep working on the novel. Another 1,300 words, then a short break, then another 1,100 words before another short break, then another 900 words before I realized the ending was still too far off to finish tonight.

4,100 words.

But now I am sure I can finish it and get it to Kris on Sunday, then do a short story that is due for another project before I start the short story challenge in July. And also get Smith’s Monthly to the copyeditor next week. 

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: It’s Friday Night, don’t you folks have a party to go to or something. (grin).

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Writing of the novel Melody Ridge

Day 1… 1,000 words… Total so far on the book… 1,000 words
Day 2… 1,500 words… Total so far on the book… 2,500 words
Day 3… 1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 3,600 words
Day 4… 2,750 words… Total so far on the book… 6,350 words
Day 5…    950 words… Total so far on the book… 7,250 words
Day 6… 3,200 words… Total so far on the book… 10,450 words
Day 7… 3,100 words… Total so far on the book… 13,550 words
Day 8… 4,000 words… Total so far on the book… 17,550 words
Day 9… 5,100 words… Total so far on the book… 22,650 words
Day 10..5,200 words… Total so far on the book… 27,850 words
Day 11..3,700 words… Total so far on the book… 31,550 words
Day 12..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 32,650 words
Day 13..3,900 words… Total so far on the book… 36,550 words
Day 14..4,100 words… Total so far on the book… 40,650 words
Day 15..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 41,750 words
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words
Day 17..2,450 words… Total so far on the book… 46,050 words
Day 18..2,400 words… Total so far on the book… 48,450 words
Day 19..2,250 words… Total so far on the book… 50,700 words
Day 19..3,750 words… Total so far on the book… 54,450 words
Day 20..4,100 words… Total so far on the book… 58,550 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 26

— Daily Fiction: 4,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 41,000 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,000 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 487 e-mails. Approx. 23,100 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.

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July Online Workshops Starting Monday!

JULY WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH

All of the July Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop button for description and sign-up.

Each regular 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 workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #1… July 6th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #2… July 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 6th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #4… July 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #5… July 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #6… July 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 7th … (To be Announced)
Class #8… July 8th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 8th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 8th … Advanced Depth


CLASSIC WORKSHOPS

Classic means you can go through all six weeks quickly and no homework… same workshop as when it was given over six weeks. You can sign up and start at any point during the month. No waiting until the end of the month on Classic Workshops.

Assignments are still there each week for you to do on your own and responses from a previous workshop about the assignments are still there, but I do not read any assignments. And the price is half price. $150 for Classic. And you can return to it at any point into the future. Think of them as a very expanded lecture.

Each Classic Workshop has about 50 videos.

Offered as Classic Workshops are the following five:

Making a Living… Classic
Productivity… Classic
Discoverability… Classic
Writing in Series… Classic
Genre Structure… Classic

Descriptions of the workshops under the workshop tab below or Online workshop tab.

 

JULY, AUGUST, AND SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS SIGN-UP UNDER THE GREEN TAB.

ALL WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY.

 

Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 25

Thursday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 25 of this Writing in Public challenge.

A ton of fun stuff today, plus some writing.

WORKSHOPS

Nothing on the workshops today. 

THE DAY

The day started with heading out to the WMG Publishing offices to meet there with Allyson for an hour or so. Allyson, the publisher of WMG, is on vacation for a few weeks, so when she came into the office in the middle of her vacation, it seems that everyone showed up to say hi.

The office was a zoo, but a fun zoo.  

Then Billy Reese (WMG Publishing Head of Sales) and I headed off to look into a couple stores that were closing down and wanted to clear stuff that might be right for our store. We worked wonderfully as a team and got a decent price for some great stuff.

Then I headed to have a very, very short lunch with Kris and Allyson. I got there, they basically left. I was running a little late. (grin)

Then I went back to WMG offices and did the cover for the July short story challenge. As I said, I plan on putting it in a large collection, so I thought I would do a mock-up cover to mark each post in July. (This is a mock-up. The final cover might be different.)

The posts will be public here and on Patreon, but only Patreon subscribers will get the full thing in August, which will include all the stories.

And in case you are wondering where “The Collected Smith” comes from, I am doing a numbered series of collections, ten stories each, that will start coming out in paper and electronic in July. Theme focused. Stories from July will be a special edition of that series.

THE WRITING

Made it after dinner and a nap to the writing computer around 11 p.m.. Wrote 1,250 words in less than an hour, then went and watched some television.

I went back to it around 1:30 and in another hour had 1,400 more words. I also wrote the scene that is on the cover. It actually just came around naturally, which was great fun.

Then I took another short break and wrote 1,100 words in 45 minutes.

I can see the ending coming, but my sense is it might be another five thousand words away or more. I honestly don’t know yet even how I will end this thing. Tomorrow night I will see. 

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Silliness

Among indie writers there is a massive amount of silliness going on. Amazon decided that on its exclusive Kindle Unlimited lending program, they would only pay for the number of pages a reader reads.

Why do I think this is just silly? Because I am of the opinion (and let me stress opinion here) that going exclusive with anything in this new world of publishing is a very, very bad idea. A basically silly idea, no matter the excuse you want to drag in. (Please don’t drag your lame excuses about it only being 90 days and so on in here. I just got the place cleaned up and painted.)

Again Kindle Unlimited is very different from the regular bookstore sales program of KDP. Very, very different. KDP is just a way to get your books for sale in the Amazon bookstore. Kindle Unlimited is promising Amazon you will not have your books for sale anywhere and they also put you in the lending library and feed you some part of the dead meat they have at the end of the month. (Can’t tell my opinion of KU is not a good one, huh? (grin))

And a couple people smarter than I am have pointed out that only in Kindle Unlimited are the possible sales very, very limited. (Amazon should have called the program Kindle Very, Very Limited.) In regular publishing, if your book is all over the world in every store and not limited, your sales potential has no ceiling. Think J.K Rowling numbers and up.

In KU, you only have the amount in the prize pool that Amazon sort of sets after the fact and decides to give you, staring in July by the number of pages a reader reads. 

So not only are you not allowing readers all over the world to buy your work in any way they want, you are limiting the amount of money you might make and going for the small change in the gutter.

My opinion, just silly.

I have said on this blog now for five years that being exclusive to one bookstore is a mistake. I will continue to stand by that now and just shake my head at all the people who tried to game the last system in KU and are now complaining that to get paid, people actually have to read their book.

Maybe just selling your novel like a regular book in bookstores all over the world would be a better idea. You think?

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And now for some fun silliness. Got another picture of the new big cat today. In this one you can really see his nifty feet, which is why he is called a Snowshoe Siamese. (The thing on his neck is where the vet shaved him to get blood during his physical.)

He is just a big kitten and a real love. And without anything to compare him to in this picture, he almost looks just normal size. 

 Sir Duke downstairs

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Writing of the novel Melody Ridge

Day 1… 1,000 words… Total so far on the book… 1,000 words
Day 2… 1,500 words… Total so far on the book… 2,500 words
Day 3… 1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 3,600 words
Day 4… 2,750 words… Total so far on the book… 6,350 words
Day 5…    950 words… Total so far on the book… 7,250 words
Day 6… 3,200 words… Total so far on the book… 10,450 words
Day 7… 3,100 words… Total so far on the book… 13,550 words
Day 8… 4,000 words… Total so far on the book… 17,550 words
Day 9… 5,100 words… Total so far on the book… 22,650 words
Day 10..5,200 words… Total so far on the book… 27,850 words
Day 11..3,700 words… Total so far on the book… 31,550 words
Day 12..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 32,650 words
Day 13..3,900 words… Total so far on the book… 36,550 words
Day 14..4,100 words… Total so far on the book… 40,650 words
Day 15..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 41,750 words
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words
Day 17..2,450 words… Total so far on the book… 46,050 words
Day 18..2,400 words… Total so far on the book… 48,450 words
Day 19..2,250 words… Total so far on the book… 50,700 words
Day 19..3,750 words… Total so far on the book… 54,450 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 25

— Daily Fiction: 3,750 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 36,900 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,500 words

— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 475 e-mails. Approx. 22,700 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.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 24

Wednesday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 24 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Did some workshop stuff and web site stuff and planning and no real writing.

WORKSHOPS

I recorded Week #5 videos for the Advanced Depth workshop. 

THE DAY

The day started with me hitting the snail mail around 3 p.m. and then to the store for some lunch, then to the WMG Publishing offices. I worked there until around 4 p.m. and then went for a walk with another professional writer and talked business and publishing

Back to WMG offices and recorded the 5th week, which was great learning for me. Trying to explain some of these advanced depth techniques is a challenge, to say the least.

Then home to read Kris’s new blog, which is up on her site. It’s another good one. Worth going to read at www.kriswrites.com 

Then we had dinner and did some business planning, then I managed to get in here around midnight and instead of writing, I worked on some web site stuff. Went to watch some television, then back in here and ended up continuing on the web site stuff. (An oh-shiney thing.)

THE WRITING

Not a word today.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Old Challenge

Since yesterday, I talked about a new challenge for July, doing a short story per week and writing about the writing process of each story, I figured it might be time to point out the challenge I have been doing here. 

I am working on Issue #21 of Smith’s Monthly. I hope, sometime in the first week or so of October, to have the 24th issue out. And I have no intention of stopping there. Actually the goal is over a hundred issues. 

I started this writing and blogging challenge in August, 2013. I have not missed a day doing this blog. That will make July 1st my 700th straight blog. Some days there were more than one.

I will make a few changes in July for the short story challenge, and then a few more after year two is done the first of August. My hope is to keep this interesting for those reading it and to keep me focused on the writing.

As tonight proves, I have a very short attention span at times. If something nifty catches my eye, off I go. It’s not that I don’t love to write. I actually do and look forward to getting to the computer. But it’s like I sort of forget and then time has passed.

So as I ramp up the author side of things, discoverability I think is the buzzword, and do a free short story every week, and keep Smith’s Monthly going, I hope to keep doing this blog every night

So the old challenge of this blog is doing fine. And the short challenge in July will be fun. And the first of August I will change a little format and add in a few other things as this challenge goes into year three.

And who knows, I might add in a cat update every night starting in the third year.

For example, I just brought the giant kitten, Sir Duke, upstairs to put him in front of the food bowls. Kris took his food bowl from his room this morning since we want him to come up into the regular part of the house more often. He is a giant kitten, and I do mean giant.  He towers over poor Galley who looks at Sir Duke with a “What the hell is this?” question over his head.

But Sir Duke is gentle and sweet and loves to be petted. But still a clumsy kitten.

For those wondering, he is a rare Snowshoe Siamese that we rescued. 

Sir Duke 3

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Writing of the novel Melody Ridge

Day 1… 1,000 words… Total so far on the book… 1,000 words
Day 2… 1,500 words… Total so far on the book… 2,500 words
Day 3… 1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 3,600 words
Day 4… 2,750 words… Total so far on the book… 6,350 words
Day 5…    950 words… Total so far on the book… 7,250 words
Day 6… 3,200 words… Total so far on the book… 10,450 words
Day 7… 3,100 words… Total so far on the book… 13,550 words
Day 8… 4,000 words… Total so far on the book… 17,550 words
Day 9… 5,100 words… Total so far on the book… 22,650 words
Day 10..5,200 words… Total so far on the book… 27,850 words
Day 11..3,700 words… Total so far on the book… 31,550 words
Day 12..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 32,650 words
Day 13..3,900 words… Total so far on the book… 36,550 words
Day 14..4,100 words… Total so far on the book… 40,650 words
Day 15..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 41,750 words
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words
Day 17..2,450 words… Total so far on the book… 46,050 words
Day 18..2,400 words… Total so far on the book… 48,450 words
Day 19..2,250 words… Total so far on the book… 50,700 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 24

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 33,150 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,600 words

— E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 462 e-mails. Approx. 22,300 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.

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Free Short Story of the Week

Starting the First Sunday in July and every Sunday night after that (very late), I will post a free short story.

Find the link each week here.

Stay tuned every Monday morning.

Smith’s Monthly Subscriptions

Smith's Monthly, an original fiction magazine featuring every month a full novel, short fiction, serial adventures, and nonfiction now available for subscriptions.

And twenty of them now exist... Amazing, huh? And hard to hold. Here I am holding the first five...

$6.99 electronic and $12.99 trade paper editions are available at your local bookseller. All paper subscription copies are signed. For more information, just click on the cover.

TWO NEWEST ISSUES

ISSUES IN ORDER

Online Workshop Schedule

These are the starting dates of upcoming online workshops. Limited to twelve writers. All have openings unless I say closed below. For sign-up and more information about each workshop, click the Online Workshop tab at the top of the page.

Class #1… July 6th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #2… July 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 6th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #4… July 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #5… July 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #6… July 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 7th … (To be Announced)
Class #8… July 8th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 8th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 8th … Advanced Depth

Class #11… Aug 3rd … Advanced Depth
Class #12… Aug 3rd … Character Voice
Class #13… Aug 3rd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #14… Aug 3rd … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Aug 4th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #16… Aug 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 4th …(To Be Announced)
Class #18… Aug 5th … Designing Covers
Class #19… Aug 5th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Aug 5th … How to Write Science Fiction

Class #21… Sept 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Sept 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 7th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #24… Sept 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Sept 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #26… Sept 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 8th … (To Be Announced)
Class #28… Sept 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 9th … Advanced Depth
Sign-up and more information under Online Workshops tab at the top of the page.

Classic Workshops

You can sign up for these and start at any point. They are the regular workshops, only you don't send in the homework and you can take them as fast or as slow as you would like.

They are half the price of a regular six week workshop.

Classic Workshops offered.

Making a Living... Classic
Productivity... Classic
Discoverability... Classic
Writing in Series... Classic
Genre Structure... Classic

Lecture Series

More information on these lectures under the Lecture Series Tab above.

#1... Heinlein's Rules... Dean Wesley Smith 15 videos... $75.00

#2... Read Like a Writer... Kristine Kathryn Rusch... 8 videos... $50.00

#3... How to Write a Short Story: The Basics... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 7 videos... $50.00

#4... Writer's Block and Procrastination... Dean Wesley Smith... 8 videos... $50.00

#5... Carving Time Out for Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#6... How to Research for Fiction Writers... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 14 videos... $75.00

#7... Pen Names: Help With the Decision... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#8... Motivation: Starting Easier and Writing More... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#9... Practice: The Attitude and Methods of Practice in Fiction... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#10... Master Plot Formula: How and Why It Works Today... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#11... Prolific Lecture: How to Become a Prolific Fiction Writer... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#12... The Stages of a Fiction Writer: How to Know Where You Are In Learning and How To Move Upward... Dean Wesley Smith.... 11 videos... $50.00

#13... Starting Writing. Or Restarting Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#14... Endings: How to Write Them and Understand What Makes a Good Ending... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#15... Audio Narration Lecture... Jane Kennedy.... 9 audio lectures... $50.00

#16... Your Writing as an Investment Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#17... How to Get Your Books into Bookstores Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#18... How to Think Like a Science Fiction Writer Lecture... Kristine Kathryn Rusch....11 videos... $50.00

#19... Why Some Books Sell More Than Other Books... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#20... How to Write a Page Turning Novel or Story: Basics and Tricks ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#21... The Basics of Designing Science Fiction Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#22... The Basics of Designing Mystery, Cozy, or Thriller Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#23... Paying the Price: A Working Writer's Mindset ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#24... Writing into the Dark: The Tricks and Methods of Writing Without an Outline... Dean Wesley Smith... 12 videos... $50.00

#25... Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#26... Organization... Allyson Longueira... 8 videos... $50.00

#27... Confidence... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

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