Writing in Public: Month 11, Day 6

Month 11, Day 6 of this Writing in Public challenge.

A nonfiction writing day today.

Rolled out around 2 p.m. as normal and made it to the two banks, the snail mail, and back to WMG Publishing by 4:30 p.m. Typical Friday.

I worked in my office there on workshop stuff and Smith’s Monthly stuff until around 6:30 p.m., then home to do some e-mail I hadn’t gotten to earlier. Then to nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

Back in my office around 9 p.m. and started back at the Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing. The reason I’m going to be working on these this weekend is because not only do I need to turn in Smith’s Monthly #10 on Monday, but I have to turn in the Indie Cows book complete on Monday to get to proofing.

So I’m going to write five chapters all this weekend, but I’ll spread them out one every three days or so this coming week here on this site. Don’t worry, you’ll get to read them all. Then I have part of a New World of Publishing blog done as well on the “Writers Forget” period of time we are in right now.  I might layer that in along the way, so a fun two weeks coming here.

I wrote 900 words on the chapter in just over an hour, then rested for a minute, then helped Kris unload groceries. Then at 10:30 p.m. I went back and wrote another 1,100 words, then took a break, and wrote another 1,000 words to finish up Chapter 6 right at 3,000 words. (I had some done on this one, but deleted all of what I had done before because I had started in the wrong direction.)

Chapter Six is titled “Tending Your Garden. It’s talking about the duel myth that writers either think they can just put something up and not pay attention to the book, or they put a book up and think they have to change it every three days in some fashion or another. A nasty myth on both sides. The chapter will be posted here tomorrow night as soon as Kris reads it.

Then about 1:30 a.m. Kris finished reading my latest novel Heaven Painted as a Poker Chip. Thankfully she liked it a lot and said basically I was the only person on the planet who could have written that kind of book. I took that as a compliment. So I have to put in the corrections and fix the mistakes she found, but that should only take an hour. Yeah!

Very strange book, so I was happy it worked. Whew!

Downstairs to watch some television, back up around 3 a.m.

I fired up on an easy chapter of Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing. Chapter eight, which is the myth that by not starting last year or five years ago, an indie publisher missed the boat or the gold rush or whatever. A killer myth, but easy for me to write and I did it in one sitting, around a 1,600 word long chapter.

So now I only have chapter seven, chapter nine, and chapter ten to write, plus an introduction. Getting closer.

So no fiction, but 4,600 original nonfiction words. And Kris likes my goofy novel. A good day.

Picture from the past…

Kris Rusch and Dean Smith wotf new york breakfast1

Professional writer J. Steven York brought this to a Sunday lunch and I asked for it for this blog. He’s not sure if he took it or his wife, professional writer Chirstina York (Christy Fiefield in mystery) took the picture.

It had to be around 1988 or so, judging by Kris’s hair.  We were having breakfast in the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York and Steve was a winner in the writer’s of the future that year. Kris and I were there as invited guests and we got to get behind the scenes in the UN, which was fun. Chris and Steve have been great friends ever since.

Wow were we young.


Totals For Month 11, Day 6

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 13,100 words

– Nonfiction: 4,600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 5,200 words

– Blog Posts: 650 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,100 words

– E-mail: 15 e-mails. Approx. 350 new words. E-mails month-to date: 166 e-mails. Approx. 3,950 words

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

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

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

Stories and Projects Finished This Month So Far

In order of production with the most recent at the top.

— Finished the short story “Skiing the Graveyard of Souls.”  It will appear in July Smith’s Monthly and then in a stand-alone form at some point after that.

— Finished the novel Heaven Painted as a Poker Chip: A Ghost of a Chance novel. It will appear in July Smith’s Monthly and then in a stand-alone form in October.

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8 Responses to Writing in Public: Month 11, Day 6

  1. It was a compliment, Goof. :-)

    • Joseph Bradshire says:

      Oh was that about my comment?

      Heck yes that’s a compliment. Late 80’s was a best time for hair. I had a 3 inch wide strip of hair down to the middle of my back. I loved it!

  2. Joseph Bradshire says:

    Oh man Dean. That beaver tail is fantastic. I had one about like that at the same time. Kept it until about ’93. Wish that look would come back, I can’t hardly grow hair on the top and front anymore, but could definitely grow out a good mud flap.

  3. joemontana says:

    You guys are making me feel so young I was 16 in ’88!!!

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