Working Vacation Day #3. Have you seen my Mojo?

I had to find my productivity in other areas today. I just couldn't bring myself to be even remotely creative. I nearly bagged the whole thing, but that doesn't bode well either.

I started out with social media. There are always a few emails, tweets, and blogs to get through. This allowed me time to get the first cup of coffee down.

It was a good time to work through my critiques. The guys don't have me fixing much this time, but I'm disappointed that a cluster of “was” writing crept in again. I may never get over this flaw, and I think it sneaks in when I write fast. Thank God for critique partners who know my shortcomings.

By this time, I knew there would be no new words today. I still want to keep working, so I decided to assemble my short stories into a book. It came out a bit over 40,000 words. I still have to add the back material once I decide what that is, but it isn't fair to count those words.

The first Experimental Notebook offers 12 stories for 99¢. This one will offer 15, heck of a bargain if you ask me.

I chose a micro-fiction piece called Fever to start the book with. Amazon decides how much to offer as a preview, and I have no control over that. I want to let pre-viewers read an entire story, so by placing a micro in front I have some control.

This one offers a nod to pulp science fiction. This wasn't on purpose, but three stories came out that way, and I like that. The old pulps were a lot of fun. I also have two stories with no speculative element what-so-ever. (Shocking for me.) I struggled with what to do with them, but by having more stories than the first book, I've convinced myself they are freebies.

One of the stories without a speculative element turned out so good I decided to end the book with it. Like all decisions, it's debatable, but I really like it. It's called Practical Geology. (I never said it wasn't weird, it just doesn't include advanced technology or magic.)

I also wrote my intermission. The first Notebook included one, and I got some good remarks about it. If I'm calling this one a Notebook there ought to be some consistency. I'll probably change the intermission ten times before it gets to market, but it exists now and that's important.

For ending material, I'll probably pull an excerpt from The Playground. Clovis is kind of charming, (he said with tongue in cheek) there is probably a colorful section with him I can use.

I put together a fun draft for the next Lisa Burton Radio post, and it's turning out great. I also exchanged email with a couple of authors for future character interviews.

So all in all, it was a productive day. It wasn't even remotely creative, but I accomplished a lot. The task driven part of being a writer doesn't get talked about often, but it matters.

Tonight, we're going to try date night somehow. We'll have to be quick, because my wife has to work tomorrow at 3:00 AM.

Tomorrow, I need to start reading through these short stories. I'm sure there are spelling and punctuation errors in there. I may even have a “was” cluster to find and kill. It looks like I need to spend some time with the Raven of Doubt to get this thing ready.

I hope to publish this in September after the school year starts back up. That worked well last year. This means I need to think about cover art, promotional stuff and all that jazz. That will be a project for a different weekend.

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23 responses to “Working Vacation Day #3. Have you seen my Mojo?

  1. I consider what you did creative. The act of building anything, even if it is collecting things already built into one collective, that’s creative in my book! 🙂

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  2. The next collection of short stories sounds great.

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  3. Sounds like you were more productive than me. Sometimes we need days where it isn’t new words that we work with, but tinkering with the old ones. Think that made sense. The ‘smile confidently’ trick doesn’t work on-line.

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  4. It’s hard to be “on” every day. Have a beer and call it a day.

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  5. Yay!!!! Another book. 🙂

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  6. Missing mojo or not, sounds to me like you’ve had a pretty productive day! I don’t know if there’s something in the air at the moment – I can’t seem to stick to anything either, though there are story fragments bouncing around in my head.
    Hope you had a nice date night 🙂

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  7. Wow. 40K words for 99c, that is a bargain. I’m not sure how long to make mine. I think I have 10 stories so far. Still need a few more, because all mine are under 1K words. Hmm…I might have to research the average length of a collection of flash. Happy Father’s Day!!!

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  8. I have a big problem with was too. It’s not all bad though, sometimes was has to be used. I used to try and avoid it all the time but now if I can’t figure a different way to phrase the sentence, I leave it. I’ll look for your collection in the fall.

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  9. I’m excited about the new Notebook, and you know you can call on me for promo. I actually managed some story time today (only about 11 pages) before the pool called but it was nice to get back to writing again. I also put together a blog post so I guess that counts, too.

    Man, I can’t believe your wife has to be at work for 3AM. That’s a heck of a shift!

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    • Thanks. I won’t release it until September, so I need to get on the stick about editing, covers, all that jazz. Eleven pages is a decent day for me. I’ve done more, but I’ve managed less many times. My wife always preferred that shift, for as long as we’ve known each other. She likes being off by noon, and it was great that she could be here when the kids came home from school. (Back in those days.)

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