Sunday, May 31, 2015

Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 6, Days 18-31

Michael Salsbury

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

This post outlines the last two weeks in May.

Sadly, not much writing got done during the last two weeks in May.  I've heard writers say that you need to "show up every day and write" even when you don't feel well.  During the last two weeks, I've continued to recover from sinus surgery, battled a sinus infection, a flu, an eye infection, and allergies (which I never had before).  Even as I write this on May 31, I'm still not completely recovered.  There is a lingering cough that continues to plague me.  I have spent more time during this period in bed asleep than awake.  Last week I returned to work, which took most of the energy I had left.

As a result May's writing total was 30,394 words.  Here's how that broke down in terms of the type of writing involved:

  • Blogging: 20,657 words (down from 26,681 in April)
  • Journaling: 7,568 words (down from 12,974 in April)
  • Fiction: 2,194 words (down from 9,871 words in April)

The blogs getting the most attention during May 2015, in order, were:

The only fiction I worked on in May was the Alliance of Sentient Lifeforms story The Mimas Object. In April, I worked on that story and one other.

June should see an improved word count.  I should start putting May's illnesses behind me.  Next week, the Origins Game Fair begins.  I often attend several writing seminars during the convention and spend the down time writing and blogging.  That should impact the word count for the month.

Below are the totals for May 2015.



Short Stories:
  • The Mimas Object (a story in the Alliance universe): 1,798 words
  • Writing Notes Taken: 824 words
Blogging and Journaling:
  • Alliance of Sentient Lifeforms (ASL): 800 words
  • Begin Brewing: 3,425 words
  • Columbus Beer Scene:  4,228 words
  • How to Write Fiction: 4,267 words
  • Windows Desktop Administration: 6,026 words
  • This Blog: 1,886 words
  • Journaling:  7,568 words
Opening Lines, Paragraphs, Pages:
  • Opening Lines Written: 8 lines (396 words)
  • Opening Paragraphs Written: 2
  • Opening Pages Written: 0

MAY 2015 - TOTAL WORDS: 31,243 (avg. 1,007 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 ChallengeWords WrittenDaysWords/Day
December 201420,75431669.5
January 201516,01831516.7
February 201547,660281702.1
March 201556,486311822.1
April 201545,443301514.8
May 201531,243311007.8
June 2015000.0
TOTAL WORDS217,604182
Avg. Words per Day1195.6

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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