The Journal: A New Era

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* A New Era
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.” Douglas Adams

“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” Stephen Fry

“Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can’t vent any anger against them; I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence.” Charles Bukowski

Maybe it was their upbringing, or maybe it’s the overpowering desire to 1) exercise control over others and 2) keep up the appearance of defending those who don’t need or want to be defended.

“We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.” Langston Hughes

Notably, Mr. Hughes’ poetry was published widely by Knopf and Simon & Schuster as well as several smaller houses. By comparison, even my Pulitzer Prize nominated (it was not short-listed) poetry collection Beyond the Masks was published by Central Avenue Press, a very small, now defunct traditional publisher based in Albuquerque NM. I am not complaining.

A New Era

The new website under a new web host (Hosting Matters) is underway. If you visit, you will see a bare-bones site. Eventually, it will be the hub for my fiction, nonfiction and this Journal.

I felt it was only appropriate to start the site as the home of the Journal. My reasoning? Once I can publish new editions of the Journal again, I can also get back to writing my own fiction.

When that other web host eventually resolves the tech issues with my other websites, I’ll move those sites over to this host as well. I forgive easily, but I never forget. When they tried to stiff me for more money to resolve a situation that should never have happened in the first place, I was done.

As I promised in my email, today’s Journal consists of the few quotes above and the extended “Of Interest” list below. Soon, I’m sure, everything will be back to normal.

Thanks for being here. Talk with you again later.

Of Interest

See “Example of Writing Levels” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/example-of-writing-levels/.

See “4 Ways To Write A More Cathartic Story” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/4-ways-to-write-a-more-cathartic-story/.

See “Fun Having My Own Monthly Magazine” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/fun-having-my-own-monthly-magazine/.

See “Amazon Ads: Step-by-Step Walk Through for Beginning Authors” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/amazon-ads-step-by-step-walk-through-for-beginning-authors/. See PG’s take.

See “China built a 246-foot tower to test an emerging solar power system” at https://interestingengineering.com/china-to-test-emerging-solar-power. Speaking as an action-adventure/thriller writer, could the satellites involved also be used as weapons?

See “The book that tore publishing apart…” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/the-book-that-tore-publishing-apart-harm-has-been-done-and-now-everyones-afraid/. EVERYONE should read this and especially PG’s take. Then everybody should leave each other alone and stop trying to control how others think. The world is seemingly carpeted with egg shells. The only thing rightly within our control is what we allow others to do to us. Nothing else.

See “To Comma, or Not to Comma” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/to-comma-or-not-to-comma-2/. Submitted for your leisurely perusal. I do not endorse the views of writers at Writers in the Storm. If you want my full take on punctuation (for writer) buy Punctuation for Writers or email me and ask me for a copy.

See “Recommended Classes of the Week” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/recommended-classes-of-the-week/.

The Numbers

The Journal…………………………………… 570 words

Writing of Blackwell Ops 8 (tentative title, novel)

Day 11… 3134 words. Total words to date…… 23240
Day 12… 1257 words. Total words to date…… 24497
Day 13… 3078 words. Total words to date…… 27575
Day 14… 1597 words. Total words to date…… 29172
Day 15… 1901 words. Total words to date…… 31073
Day 16… 2569 words. Total words to date…… 33642
Day 17… 3741 words. Total words to date…… 37383
Day 18… 2229 words. Total words to date…… 39612

Total fiction words for June……… 33628
Total fiction words for the year………… 45405
Total nonfiction words for June… 10670
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 91280
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 136685

Calendar Year 2022 Novels to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2021 Novellas to Date……………… 0
Calendar Year 2021 Short Stories to Date… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 66
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)………………………………… 8
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)………………… 217
Short story collections……………………………………………… 31

Disclaimer: I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. I’ve never said WITD is “the only way” to write, nor will I ever. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among other topics.

2 thoughts on “The Journal: A New Era”

  1. Got this in your email of the 22nd. Good to have you back up and running. Now to bookmark this new site, although I’ll probably just keep following your emails.

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