The Journal: What’s Going On

In today’s Journal

* What’s Going On
* Of Interest

What’s Going On

Sorry I’ve been absent of late. Suffering through the remains of a head cold. It’s oddly energy draining at my age. But it’s only a cold, not the flu.

I haven’t written a word of fiction since I became ill either, so it will be interesting when I’m finally able to restart the writing again and finish the novel.

In the interim I’ve been doing a lot of non-writing things, like adding an extra section of fence to the top of the fence around my yard in an attempt to keep one of my cats in and the neighbors’ cats out. That’s no small job for a 70 year old guy.

And in the midst of that and my slight illness, there seems no shortage of other annoying little problems. The kind that usually crop up once or twice a year but have recently all gathered like an infestation of locusts on a single ear of corn.

Like one evening I was sitting quietly watching television when I heard tink and the left earpiece of my glasses fell off. My bride went into emergency mode and called around until she found an eye doctor who could see me on short notice. That situation was resolved yesterday.

The websites are STILL switching over from the old host to the new. No news on why it’s taking so long or when that will finally resolve either. Now and then I get an email asking why I stopped posting the Journal. I tell them about all the posts at the new site.

And a bunch of other little stuff. But I’m getting tired of hearing myself complain so that’s more than enough. Anyway, I’m hoping to be writing again in a matter of days.

I hope your life, both writing and not, is going better than mine at the moment. Mostly I posted this today to get the link to Dean’s post out to you.

Talk with you again later.

Of Interest

See “How To Keep Learning When the Money is Tight” at https://deanwesleysmith.com/how-to-keep-learning-when-the-money-is-tight/.

The Numbers

The Journal…………………………………… 350 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… 3490
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 97620
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 143025

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.

6 thoughts on “The Journal: What’s Going On”

  1. Must be the season of small miseries. I won’t bore you with mine, but you’re not alone.

    Stupid little nitpicky things keep getting in the way. And must be attended to first.

    I STILL haven’t started formatting or cover; expecting a new laptop soon – but it should have been here a couple of weeks ago.

    Hope it’s over soon, especially the cold.

    • Thanks, Alicia. I’m certain everyone else has similar miseries. That’s one reason I quickly tire of the sound of my own voice.

  2. Glad you’re doing OK, Harvey. I was asking about you on your Facebook site, and I believe your wife answered for you. Look forward to your interesting posts.

    • Thanks, Bob. Yes, I’m no longer on Facebook personally, but my wife runs a fan page for me since she’s on there anyway.

  3. Glad you sent out an update to the old blog Harvey. I’m not on your email list for some reason so I missed the memo. (Note to self…)

    Glad to see you’re back up and posting. The journal’s always a bright spot in my day.

    • Thanks, Matt. Yep, I should have put a note on the other site a long time ago. But once the sites are migrated over etc. I’ll probably go back to posting the Journal on the “old” site.

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