Writing in Public: Month 8, Day 4

Month 8, Day 4 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Scary productive day today. Not sure why every day can’t be like today. Felt great.

Ended up getting up earlier than planned at 10 a.m. due to a phone call that was a good one. Managed to get some e-mail done and be off to the snail mail and then the WMG offices by noon.

I worked there until 5 p.m., doing numbers of things. I got started on laying out Smith’s Monthly #6. I got some preparation work done on a workshop, I got a bunch of bills paid, and I wrote four hundred words on the first myth in the new Sacred Cows book.

And I worked with Allyson on doing a few covers, including branding for the first Poker Boy novel so we can also brand all the short stories as well.

One of the covers we did was for the new Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing. We wanted it to match, yet be different. I think it manages that.

So home to do more e-mail at 5 p.m., then off at 6 p.m. to take a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Ahh, wonderful to be back in routine.

Back up here by 8:30 p.m. to work on workshop homework and workshop starts. Also got those book covers at the top. Eventually each will have a page that the covers link to with links going to stores, but this is a good start.

Then at 10 p.m. I moved over to my writing computer for the first time in two weeks. I had planned on just going on with the story I started last month that needs to be at least 12,000 words long. But I read it and just tossed the 1,000 words I had.  (I had lost the energy on the story and it would have been a drag to try to get it going again. Easier to just toss it away.)

Then I took the same title and fired at it again. I got to around 1,200 words before stopping, totally different story and everything from the first attempt at the title. Much better and I’m excited about it, even though, as normal, I have no clue where I am going with it.

Around 11 a.m. I decided that since I need to turn in Smith’s Monthly #7 for proofing next Monday, and I was writing a Poker Boy story, I should finish up the work on the Poker Boy novel, The Slots of Saturn. Especially since Allyson worked on the cover earlier today at WMG Publishing.

I did about 30 minutes on the novel, adding in about 400 new words in transitions, when Kris came to get me for television. We watched the Monday night Voice, so I made it back up here by around 1 a.m.  I went back to work on the novel.

With one break, I added in just over 2,600 words in just about two hours. And got it done!

So I took another break and decided that I was tired and there’s a storm pounding the coast right now, so I’m going to call it a night and get another good night’s sleep.

So total fiction word count for the day is 4,200 words, under the 5,000 words I need to average, but I got Slots of Saturn done and got writing again. That is not one of the new novels I plan on doing this month. It just needed to get out of the way.


Totals For Month 8, Day 4

— Daily Fiction: 4,200 words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,200 words

— Nonfiction: 400 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 400 words

— Blog Posts: 450 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,40 words

— E-mail: 19 e-mails. Approx. 650 new words. E-mails month-to date: 113 e-mails. Approx. 3,700 words

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

For projects finished in the first seven months (in a day or so I’ll have February in there) and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished in the first seven 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 Slots of Saturn: A Poker Boy novel. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #7 in April and in June in book form. 58,000 words.

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One Response to Writing in Public: Month 8, Day 4

  1. Ed Teja says:

    Some days it just flows like it should! Starting the day with good news never hurts.

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