Sunday, March 8, 2015

Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 4, Days 1-8

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

Last month was a non-NaNoWriMo record for me. I wrote almost 48,000 words in February. Looking over the stats, I see that about 25% of the words were in my journal.  The content I created most of during the month, in order from most to least words, was the How to Write Fiction blog, Begin Brewing blog, the ASL story The Ark, the ASL blog itself, and the application repackaging blog.  The best part of all this is that the ASL work is something I can eventually publish and sell.  If I can keep this momentum going, or improve on it, I may be able to crank out an actual novel before the end of 2015.

Sunday I wrote a post for the How to Write Fiction blog about Brainstorming Story Events which will publish in May (434 words).  I also wrote two posts for the Application Repackaging blog on Setup Capture tools that will appear this week and next (1,104 words and 1,489 words).  I wrote two posts for my Windows Desktop Administration blog (538 words and 683 words).  My journal entry for the day involved some brainstorming about The Ark story and wound up being long (1753 words).  That made Sunday a 6,001-word day.

On Monday I wrote a journal entry (772 words), two posts for the ASL Series blog (897 words and 698 words), two posts for the Application Repackaging blog (316 words and 657 words), and a post for the Windows Desktop Administration blog (252 words).  I also wrote two reviews that will appear in June on Columbus Beer Scene (207 words and 346 words).  I wrote a post for this blog also (329 words).  That made a 4,474-word day.

During my lunch hour on Tuesday, I did some additional work on the ASL "The Ark" story, generating 545 words about it.  I also wrote a post for WDASite (185 words), 3 opening lines (90 words total) and 2 paragraphs.  A journal entry (348 words) was written also. Day's total: 1,165 words. Working late (8am-6pm) really sapped my energy.

Wednesday was another long one.  A couple of projects took up so much of my day I didn't even take a break from 10:30am to 5:30pm, not even a "bio break".  I did manage in the evening to write 941 words of character sketch information for The Ark.  That, plus a journal entry of 644 words.  Total words for the day: 1,585

Thursday was yet another long day, and I was burnt out when I left.  I wrote a journal entry of 820 words.

Friday evening we went to two of the Columbus Craft Beer Week events, the Weird Beer Night at the St. James Tavern and the free glass night at Zauber Brewing in Grandview.  No writing got done.

Saturday we visited The Daily Growler in Powell and attended the Six One Pour event in the Brewery District.  No writing got done.

Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day. My mother is no longer with us due to melanoma, but we were able to celebrate with my wife and mother in law.  WeWe also sent wishes to my stepmother Carol.  I wrote a journal entry covering the last few days, a post on application control software for the Windows Desktop Administration site, and another on Privilege Management software for the site.

here are my notes from this week:
  • Things I Accomplished This Week That I'm Proud of:
    • The articles on Application Control and Privilege Management
  • Major Lessons Learned This Week: 
    • I need an on site backup solution. Restoring a 4TB drive from a cloud backup is time consuming and I've had to do it twice now.
  • Meaningful Quotes: 
    • "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." - Jackie Robinson
    • "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin
    • "The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe." - Gustave Flaubert
    • "I don't have my Twitter password.... You can spend twelve years building a career and ruin it in 140 characters or less" - Josh Hutcherson
  • Inspirations:
    • I've been really impressed with D.M. Pulley's debut novel The Dead Key and have not only enjoyed reading it but been impressed with how it's written. She's done a great job.
  • People I'd Like to Meet: 
    • Author D.M. Pulley
  • Inspiring People I Did Meet: 

  • What Didn't Happen and What I Can Improve for Next Week:

  • Biggest Outcomes I Wanted for This Week:
    • Create character sketches for the boarding party members for The Ark, including the alien AI, and whoever's left in charge of the Prospect while the captain's away - Partially Done (5/8)
    • Finish the basic plot for the ASL story with the working title "The Ark" - Not Done
    • At least 2 ASL Series blog posts - DONE
    • At least 1 content post for this blog - DONE
    • At least 1 review on Columbus Beer Scene - DONE (+1)
    • At least 1 Windows Desktop Admin blog post - DONE
    • At least 1 Application Repackaging post - DONE (+1)
  • Biggest Outcomes I Want for NEXT Week:
    • Convert the basic plot for The Ark into a collection of scenes
    • Write 5 beer reviews or other posts for Columbus Beer Scene
    • Begin brainstorming the 
Below is how all the above activity turned into word count.


  • Journal: 0 words
  • How To Write Fiction:  0 words
  • This Blog: 0 words
  • ASL Story - The Ark: 0 words
  • Opening Lines Written:  0 lines, 0 paragraphs, 0 words
  • Windows Desktop Admin blog: 0 words
TOTAL WORDS FOR THIS WEEK: 0 words (avg. 0 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
Short Stories:
  • The Mimas Object (a story in the Alliance universe): 0 words
  • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0 words
  • Troubleshooting Windows Applications: 0 words
  • Amazon Product Reviews:  0 words
  • Alliance for Sentient Lifeforms (ASL): 0 words
  • Begin Brewing: 0 words
  • Columbus Beer Scene:  0 words
  • How to Write Fiction: 0 words
  • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0 words
  • Windows Desktop Administration: 0 words
  • This Blog: 0 words
  • Guest Posts for Other Blogs: 0 words
  • Comments on Other Blogs: 0 words
  • Journaling:  0 words
Opening Lines, Paragraphs, Pages:
  • Opening Lines Written: 0 lines (0 words)
  • Opening Paragraphs Written: 0
  • Opening Pages Written: 0

    MARCH 2015 - TOTAL WORDS: 0 (avg. 0 per day)

    • Month 1 (December 2014): 20,754 words (669/day)
    • Month 2 (January 2015): 16,018 words (517/day)
    • Month 3 (February 2015): 47,660 words (1,702/day)
    • Month 4 (March 2015): 0 words (0/day)
    • TOTAL WORDS WRITTEN: 84,432 words (938/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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