Sunday, April 19, 2015

Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 5, Days 13-19

Michael Salsbury
My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.

I underwent surgery on Monday, April 13.  Recovery continued until Friday, April 17, when I returned to work.  Despite being in recovery, I hoped that I could maintain the pace set last week with a record of 20,589 words.  If so, I'd be on track to set a new record for this month.  How did this turn out?  Read on.

On Monday, April 13, I underwent sinus surgery to hopefully resolve some long-standing breathing and infection issues.  I wrote a very short journal entry (88 words) that morning and nothing the rest of the day, which was mostly spent sleeping or watching video on Netflix.  I re-watched the first episode of the amazing Neil deGrasse Tyson Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the Futurama movie Beast with a Billion Backs, and Atari: Game Over about the recovery of Atari video game cartridges from the Alamagordo, New Mexico, landfill - as well as the demise of Atari itself.

Tuesday morning, I awoke feeling OK given having just been through surgery. I wrote a journal entry (287 words).  I also wrote a post about tablets for Windows Desktop Administration (2605 words).  I added more words to my Douglas Adams article series notes and draft (1,325 words added).  Also managed (2,007 words) some notes around the Mimas Object story.  Daily total was 6,227 new words.

Wednesday, I awoke not feeling as well as the previous day.  Wrote a post about a Suntory beer that claims to make the person drinking it better looking (71 words) for Columbus Beer Scene.  I watched a neat video of Kermit the Frog at TEDx Jackson on YouTube, from which some of this week's quotes below are taken. I read Robert Sheckley's Dimension of Miracles.  Not feeling well, I pretty much slept the rest of the day.  Managed a journal entry late in the day (371 words) along with some additional notes on the Mimas Object story (2012 words).  Daily total 2,454 words.  Not bad for a sick guy.

Thursday I wrote a post for Columbus Beer Scene (103 words).  I spent most of the rest of the day in bed.

Friday I wrote a post for How To Write Fiction (1303 words).

Saturday and Sunday I discovered the incredible time sink that is GTA V.  I've spent far too many hours since then playing through that one.  No words were written.

Here are my notes from this week:
  • Meaningful Quotes: 
    • "Have no fear of perfection. You will never reach it." - Salvador Dali
    • "Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will." - Charles Boudelaire
    • "In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki
    • "Our creative economy grows if all of us share what we know and seek out the wisdom of others" - Kermit the Frog, TEDx Jackson
    • "Creativity prospers best under particular conditions, especially where there is a flow of ideas between people who have different sorts of expertise." - Sir Ken Robinson
  • What Didn't Happen and What I Can Improve for Next Week:
    • None of the outcomes below happened.  I underestimated my ability to recover from the surgery and didn't have as much writing time as expected.  I did, however, allow the game to take up too much time on Saturday and Sunday - when I did feel better and could have been writing.
  • Biggest Outcomes I Wanted for This 5-day Period:
    • Finish the Douglas Adams post series
    • Finish The Mimas Object story on ASL Series Blog
    • 10 Opening Lines, 1 paragraph, 1 page
    • Worldbuilding in the Immortality universe
    • Brainstorming in the Technology story
  • Biggest Outcomes I Want for the Next 7 Days:
    • Same as above.


    • ASL Mimas Object Story:  4,019 words
    • Columbus Beer Scene: 174 words
    • How To Write Fiction: 1,303 words
    • Windows Desktop Administration Blog: 2,605 words
    • Journal: 746 words
    • This Blog: 1,325 words
    • Opening Lines: 0 words
    TOTAL WORDS FOR THIS WEEK: 10,172 words (avg. 1,453.1 per day)



    • Fully Invested: 0 words (notes and backstory)
    • The Alliance (series): 0 words
    • ASL - The Ark: 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: 0 words
    • Immortality Story: 0 words
    • Technology Story: 106 words
    Short Stories:
    • The Mimas Object (a story in the Alliance universe): 4,019 words
    • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0 words
    • Troubleshooting Windows Applications: 0 words
    • Amazon Product Reviews:  0 words
    Blogging and Journaling:
    • Alliance for Sentient Lifeforms (ASL): 4,083 words
    • Begin Brewing: 0 words
    • Columbus Beer Scene:  1,999 words
    • How to Write Fiction: 2,547 words
    • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0 words
    • Windows Desktop Administration: 7,858 words
    • This Blog: 6,713 words
    • Guest Posts for Other Blogs: 0 words
    • Comments on Other Blogs: 1,038 words
    • Journaling:  7,159 words
    Opening Lines, Paragraphs, Pages:
    • Opening Lines Written: 24 lines (792 words)
    • Opening Paragraphs Written: 10
    • Opening Pages Written: 1

    APRIL 2015 - TOTAL WORDS: 36,314 (avg. 1,911.3 per day)



    Record Word Counts:

    • Day:  8,693 (March 29, 2015)
    • Week:  20,589 (April 6-13, 2015)
    • Month: 56,486 (March 2015)

    Month of Challenge
    Words Written
    December 201420,75431669.5
    January 201516,01831516.7
    February 201547,660281702.1
    March 201556,486311822.1
    April 201536,314191,911.3
    TOTAL WORDS177,232140
    Avg. Words per Day1,265.9

    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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