Down the Hall on Your Left

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What’s Next ?

book1I’M GETTING TO BE A REALLY ANNOYING PERSON when I have to deal with myself. Nag. Nag. Nag. I just don’t give myself a moment’s peace. Would it hurt if I cut myself some slack?


What is behind all of this? Lemme tell ya.


As it may be somewhat obvious – I have to do a fair amount of writing to keep this blog afloat. Some basic third-grade arithmetic comes out to almost 125,000 words per year. That equals two modern short novels or one weeks shopping list at the grocery store.

I started doing this blog as a device to get myself disciplined into writing every day. It worked. But it has had an unintended side effect – it has pushed the rest of my writing projects to the back burners, and sometimes right off of the stove top onto the floor. A few of my manuscripts are drawing ants.

Now, don’t get all worked up and into a dither. I’m not going to deep six the blog. It’s too much fun for me to do that. No, I’m just going to pull an “Animal Farm” Adjustment on this problem. af-18I am going to adopt the stance of “Boxer” the horse in George Orwell’s novel, “Animal Farm.”

“I will work harder.”

I do not want to make it sound like it takes 18 hours a day to do this blog. I can usually crank it out in about 2 hours. One hour to write it and another to get it up and in the queue for posting. If I was a better typist I could get it done in 20 minutes all together, but I’m hitting those keys at a blazing 7 to 8 words per minute. I’d go faster if I was a better speller.

So, here I sit scribbling away on the 22nd of January so this can show up on your computer or phone on the 31st.

I have made a bargain with myself. If I can get and keep this blog up and running with a two book4week lead time, instead of scrambling day to day, I will take at least one day a week to focus entirely on one of my six or seven half-written novels and short stories that need and deserve finishing.

That novel that I listed on Amazon, B&N, and a few other places, is about five years old. I have had a number of people agitating me about when the sequel will be out. My usual answer has been, “Darned if I know.” Well, I’ve gotten tired of saying that.

The first novel was about 80,000 words. The current publishing standards have changed and 60,000 – 75,000 words are what sought after these days. I guess they think that people have a shorter attention span than they used to. James Michener would have a hard time getting published these days. His novel “Hawaii” came in at close to a thousand pages. I’ll try to keep my opus at about a third of that.

Starting tomorrow I will morph into “Boxer” the horse as I try to work harder so that I can dust off my half novel and take my characters on another wild ride. I’m looking forward to it because I want to find out myself what happens next to Laura and Davis.


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3 thoughts on “What’s Next ?

  1. Yes, John…..go ahead and return to writing that Novel. Set an example for a few of the rest of us. We need an old fashion example set, every so many years. 🙂

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    • “A good Writer stays at his typewriter a minimum of 10 hours per day, pounding away until an article is completed. A very, very, very, good Writer stays at his typewriter only a few hours at a time, then rests. A good rest generates many un-thought-of material that a good Writer misses.” ~ William Randolph Hearst

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  2. Hilbob on said:

    good luck there kiddo- let’s see how long was Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables…..- you’ll be fine!


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