Sunday, December 21, 2014

Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 1, Days 8-12

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

I've definitely fallen off the proverbial wagon pretty early on here.  My last post on this subject was 6 days ago, so I'll cover what little I've written since that time.

It's important to note that I do not include email or work-related documents in my totals.  I have no idea how many thousands of words I've written in that arena since Dec. 14.

Today, I thought it would be fun to do some Amazon reviews.  I wound up writing 27 of them.  That worked out to 3,774 words and a handful of product photos.  Not bad.  I have an idea for using an Amazon review to drive readers to my blog, but until I've tried it and made sure Amazon's OK with it, I won't mention the idea in any detail here.

I also wrote two posts for my beer blog, and received a nice comment on the blog from a local Columbus beer-themed tour company (Columbus Brew Adventures).  I also added notes on my review of St. Bernardus Christmas Ale to reflect the flavor of a bottle that had been aged for a year in the cellar.  It improved, but not as much as I'd hoped.  And I talked about the Gulden Draak clone beer I've been brewing.

I wrote a review of the Mariner Software writing software Contour, which helps writers flesh out the structure of their story.  Contour is focused on screenwriting but is useful for novelists, too.


  • This Blog: 261 words
  • Columbus Beer Scene:  1,673 words
  • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0
  • The Mimas Object (a story in the Alliance universe): 0 words
  • How to Write Fiction:  1,425 words
  • Amazon Product Reviews: 3,774 words



  • Fully Invested: 860 words (notes and backstory)
  • The Alliance (series): 905 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
Short Stories:
  • None in progress at this time.
  • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0 words
  • Troubleshooting Windows Applications: 0 words
  • Amazon Product Reviews:  3,774 words
  • Columbus Beer Scene: 4,232 words
  • How to Write Fiction: 3,896 words
  • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 1,488 words
  • Windows Desktop Administration: 2,009 words
  • This Blog: 2,548 words
  • Guest Posts for Other Blogs: 0 words
Opening Lines, Paragraphs, Pages:
  • Opening Lines Written: 0
  • Opening Paragraphs Written: 0
  • Opening Pages Written: 0

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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