Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 2, Days 5-20

Michael Salsbury
I am continuing my adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge of the past couple of years.

The last 15 days have not seen the kind of writing productivity that I'm pleased with.  That isn't to say there's been no writing, just not the quantity I hoped and expected to produce.

I wrote a 591 word post for my How to Write Fiction blog, on the subject of character creation, which talks about some things I've learned recently from some far more successful authors.

Three beer reviews were written for my beer blog, totaling 1,091 words.  Two of those reviews are available to read now.  The third will appear in May.

I also wrote a 344 word post for my Windows Desktop Administration blog.

I've continued to develop my science-fiction series launching story, The Mimas Object, but don't feel it's far enough along to start writing yet.

I also began developing a story tentatively titled "Thief of Police" about a pair of career criminals in a future human society who find themselves running afoul of the Chief of Planetary Police and have to make a deal with him for their lives.  I have 652 words of notes and backstory for that one.

I continued my “Opening Line Practice” and came up with only 8 during the 15-day period, which is less than half what I should have.  Those totaled up to 239 words.  My favorite among the ones from this period was:
“As he listened to the music being forced into his ears by the driver in the left lane, he decided that no, it really wasn’t all about that bass, about that bass…”
Admittedly, I took some time to celebrate my birthday in all this, but apart from that there has simply been too little writing.  That needs to change, starting today.


  • This Blog: 305 total
  • How to Write Fiction:  591 words
  • Columbus Beer Scene: 1,091 words
  • Opening Lines Written:  8 lines, 239 words
  • Windows Desktop Administration Blog: 344 words
  • Thief of Police: 652 words



  • Fully Invested: 0 words (notes and backstory)
  • The Alliance (series): 0 words
  • The Mimas Object (a story in the Alliance universe): 0 words
  • Alien Love Story: 0 words
  • Driven To Kill: 0 words
  • Local Gods: 0 words
  • The Black Eagles: 0 words
  • The Old Hotel: 0 words
  • Thief of Police: 652 words
Short Stories:
  • None in progress at this time.
  • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0 words
  • Troubleshooting Windows Applications: 0 words
  • Amazon Product Reviews:  0 words
  • Columbus Beer Scene: 2,096 words
  • How to Write Fiction: 591 words
  • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0 words
  • Windows Desktop Administration: 344 words
  • This Blog: 1,036 words
  • Guest Posts for Other Blogs: 0 words
Opening Lines, Paragraphs, Pages:
  • Opening Lines Written: 23 lines (747 words)
  • Opening Paragraphs Written: 9
  • Opening Pages Written: 0
JANUARY 2015 - MONTH TO DATE WORDS: 5,466 (avg. 273 per day)

About the Author

Michael Salsbury / Author & Editor

In his day job, Michael Salsbury helps administer over 1,800 Windows desktop computers for a Central Ohio non-profit. When he's not working, he's writing, blogging, podcasting, home brewing, or playing "warm furniture" to his two Bengal cats.


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