The Journal: Happy Independence Day

In today’s Journal

* Quote of the Day
* Happy Independence Day
* Of Interest

Quote of the Day

“We think we have solved the mystery of creation. Maybe we should patent the universe and charge everyone royalties for their existence.” Stephen Hawking

Happy Independence Day

Or as we call it around here, Mona’s birthday. The longer I live, the more I appear to have robbed a cradle in the face of an inattentive nanny. I’m a lucky guy. (Happy birthday, Honey.)

I hope all of you have a gentle and enjoyable holiday, and that you are well enough to enjoy it. We hope to be well ourselves in another week or so, after which we will celebrate both our 38th anniversary (passed in late June) and Mona’s birthday.

Hey, nothing says you have to celebrate when everyone else expects you to.

Sometime in the next week or two the dust from my website kerfluffle should finally settle to Earth again, and with any luck at all I’ll get on with finishing Blackwell Ops 8.

Talk with you again later.

Of Interest

See “Good Time for a Challenge” at https://deanwesleysmith.com/good-time-for-a-challenge/. As I wrote earlier, remember to stay focused on the actual challenge.

See “Happy Independence Day!” at https://killzoneblog.com/2022/07/happy-independence-day.html. She extends the freedom to include publishing. Now if only there were some way to extend it to her characters as well….

See “Authors are protesting…” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/authors-are-protesting-amazons-e-book-policy-that-allows-users-to-read-and-return/. A good time to rememmber not to put all your eggs in one basket.

The Numbers

The Journal…………………………………… 250 words

Writing of Blackwell Ops 8 (tentative title, novel)

Day 19… 2117 words. Total words to date…… 41729

Total fiction words for July……… 0
Total fiction words for the year………… 45405
Total nonfiction words for July… 3140
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 97270
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 142675

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.

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