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Stephen L. Thompson’s July 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Writing with tags , , on August 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha
Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering July 2013.
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My publication news for the past month:
None.
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This month I broke my streak.  I had written every day for 345 days until July 10.  There were several reasons for this.  When it’s really hot, I don’t feel like doing anything, which goes against me having so many things to do like picking blueberries.  But the main reason, is I was starting to burn out on writing.  I was writing every day, but I was doing it because I had to.  So I took a little vacation.  I haven’t stopped writing completely, but the last few days when I’ve written it’s been because I’ve wanted to write, not because I had to.  That works a lot better for me.  Hopefully, with some cooler weather, I should get back into the swing of writing in August.
Thanks to my vacation, this month I only wrote 1,360 words giving me a yearly total of 55,655.  If I still want to meet my goal of 120,000 words, I will have to get to work.
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I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word about myself and my writing. The latest idea I came up with, was to ask that the readers of this post – if you’d be so kind – tweet out a message for me. The message being: “Check out Stephen L. Thompson’s Newsletter – http://bit.ly/12cUyt4 #sltnews #writing” The #sltnews bit will let me see who tweets this. It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.
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The other day I went into a coffee shop to do some writing, and this haiku just came out.
Enjoy,
Steve
mug of steaming tea
an open notebook and pen
awaiting my muse

Stephen L. Thompson’s May 2013 Newsletter

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , , on June 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering May 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “Four Score and Dear God!” on my Bubblews Profile.

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This month I wrote 5,699 words giving me a yearly total so far of 46,381.  To reach my goal of 120,000 words this year, I’ll need to step things up.

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Something that should step things up, is that in June I will once again have my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  For the past week or so, I’ve been feeling a little worried about the idea.  For the past month or so, I’ve had the writing blahs.  That and my not taking to the heat is part of the reasoning why my writing was so low in May.  So I was worried I wouldn’t have the oomph for writing thirty stories.  But in the past day or so, I’ve come up with several little ideas that I’ve had to restrain myself from starting on.  That’s one of my rules, I can come up with an idea now, but I can’t write it until June.  So you’re going to have to come back and see how I’m doing.

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I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word about myself and my writing.  The latest idea I came up with, was to ask that the readers of this post – if you’d be so kind – tweet out a message for me.  The message being: “Check out Stephen L. Thompson’s Newsletter – http://bit.ly/12cUyt4 #sltnews #writing” The #sltnews bit will let me see who tweets this.  It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.

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One of the non-writing things I did in May was help plant some of our garden.  It was while thinking about that that I came up with the following haiku.
Enjoy,
Steve

dripping sweat upon
rough ground – prelude to the fall’s
sweat dripping harvest

Stephen L. Thompson’s April 2013 Newsletter

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, eBooks, Newsletter, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering April 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “Lonely Phoenix” for Kindle.
Publication of “Morning’s Find” on Miniature Fiction.

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This month I wrote 9,927 words giving me a yearly total so far of 40,682.  My goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am still on track for that.  But I almost wasn’t.  There were a couple weeks were I had trouble just sitting down and writing a sentence.  I need to average about 330 words a day to meet my goal, and there were days were I only wrote four or seven or maybe thirty.  Fortunately, in the last week I’ve come close to breaking 1,000 words on three days, and I did actually break it on two.  So that’s how I made up for it.

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To give a head’s up, in June I will once again have my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  It should be interesting, because most of my ideas of late have been for longer works, like novellas.  Hopefully, I’m not out of short ideas I can write in a day.

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One of the writing groups I’m in had a poetry reading event that started a few hours after the bombings in Boston.  This was just something I whipped out that night.
Enjoy,
Steve

some jackass bomber –
yet people still gather to
read their poetry

Stephen L. Thompson’s March 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Books, Newsletter, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering March 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my minianthology “The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories” for Kindle.
Publication of my short story “Fighting Dirty” on my Ficly profile.
Publication of the stories “The Color of Possibilities” and “Rest in Peace” on my Figment profile.

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This month I wrote 9,111 words giving me a yearly total so far of 30,755.  My goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am still on track for that.

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It is the end of a quarter, which means it’s time to give you a photo of my story board.

MARCH

I think the most interesting thing to see from the board are the stories in the upper left.  These are stories in search of someone to publish them.  And if I can’t find someone to publish them soon, I’ll self-publish them, either as stand alone stories or in a minianthology.  (All except DONOR, which I still have to title and have a writing group critique.)  I hope to have all those stories off the board by the end of the year.  Which means I need to start working on the stories in the top right which either need revised or finished, or the stories on the bottom which are mostly ideas.  Either way, I need to get to work.

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The haiku for this month stems from a real – and somewhat unpleasant – experience.  Just look at the first word in the second line and the fourth word in the last line, and you should be able to figure it out.
Enjoy,
Steve

black shape upon snow
dog barking – desperate run
air filled with skunk scent

Stephen L. Thompson’s February 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , on March 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering February 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “This Generation” on my Ficly profile.

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This month I wrote 11,606 words giving me a yearly total so far of 21,644.  My goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am well ahead of schedule.

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I don’t really have any other writing news.  There are some ideas I hope to put into blogs, but that’s about it.  But here is a haiku for the month.
Enjoy,
Steve

a list of ideas
and nascent anthologies –
the author buried

Stephen L. Thompson’s January 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , , on February 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering January 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “Rise” on Kindle.

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This month I wrote 10,038 words.  As I said last month, my goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am well on my way.

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I wrote 10,000 words this month, putting me on track to meet my goal, but I’m a bit unhappy with my work.  I had hoped to put a lot of those words towards my novel None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky by writing a chapter a week.  However, I only managed to finish one chapter.  Most of the other words went towards a collection of essays “The Future is Coming” which is now about a third finished, as well as a still untitled story.  The untitled story started with an idea I had maybe a year ago and had been lounging in the back of my mind ever since.  But one night as I tried to fall asleep, I figured out how to start it.  And once I started it, I kept going.  I don’t fully know where it’s going, so I don’t know how done I am with it.  Now you may be wondering why I’m unhappy getting work done on two projects.  The reason is, I wanted to get more work done on my other projects.  Something I didn’t say in my last newsletter was that I starting counting all the stories, anthologies, and other writing things I wanted to do this year.  I started, but stopped when I hit thirty.  And that untitled story, wasn’t one of them.  Some days it feels like if I wrote 10,000 words a day, I’d still be backlogged.  On that happy note .…

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I wrote this month’s haiku last minute.  I have problems with my internet connection, especially when it’s cold and windy.  I don’t know if others have the same problem, so I made a change for the haiku.
Enjoy,
Steve

blustering wind strikes
fear into all before it –
might knock cable out

Stephen L. Thompson’s December 2012 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Writing with tags , , , , , , on January 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,

Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering December 2012.

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My publication news for the past month:

None.

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This month I wrote 4,832 words, giving me a yearly total of 88,100.  My goal was 80,000 words, so I easily met it.  I also wrote every day of the month.

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Here is my quarterly photo of my story board.

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I reworked it recently.  The stories at the upper left are ones that are done or need one more polish.  The ones on the upper right are ones I’m writing, or need major revisions.  And the stories on the bottom are the ones I haven’t started yet, or have barely started.  For right now, they’ll have to wait.

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Now, what will I do in 2013?  First off, I had thought of setting my goal of words at 100,000, but I figured I should really go for a challenge.  Therefore, my aim is to write 120,000 words in 2013.  This means I’ll need to write about 330 words a day, and in 2012 I averaged about 240, so I’ll really need to get my butt in gear.  Also, last year I tried writing a chapter each week of my novel None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky.  I suspended it so I could work on my anthologies.  I do plan on self-publishing one anthology this year (The Uncapped Pen, which I have started working on), but I probably won’t publish it until the fall, so I have no excuse not to go back to working in my novel.  I goal is to finish the first draft this year.  I do have a few other little writing goals, but it would be too confusing to try to keep track of them all.

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An example of one of my little writing goals is to write four haiku each week.  The reason is that I plans for two collections of haiku I want to self-publish on Kindle this year and I need haikus to fill them.  So if I’m writing a bunch of haiku, I shouldn’t have a problem writing one for my newsletter.

Enjoy,

Steve

 

deep blanket of snow

covers the yard – all is still

time to be writing

Stephen L. Thompson’s November 2012 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter with tags , on December 1, 2012 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering November 2012.

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My publication news for the past month:
None.

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This month I wrote 5,699 words, giving me a yearly total so far of 83,268, meaning I’ve hit my goal of 80,000 words this year!  I have also written every day this month, so I still have five of my no-writing days left.  That means I’ve written every day for 125 days, so I’m well on my way of beating my record of 144 days.

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Despite writing every day, I just couldn’t come up with an idea for a haiku, so I didn’t write one this month.

Steve

Stephen L. Thompson’s October 2012 Newsletter

Posted in Books, Newsletter, Writing with tags , , , , , on November 1, 2012 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering October 2012.

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My publication news for the past month:

Publication of my minianthology of five scifi stories “Brain for Rent and other stories” on Kindle.

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This month I wrote 5,081 words, giving me a yearly total so far of 77,569.  I had hoped to hit 80,000 this month, but between being under the weather for a few days and being exhausted cutting firewood, I didn’t write as much as I wanted.  I did, however, manage to write something every day, so I still have five of my no-writing days left.  Now, I did not plan this, but if I write for the next six days – that is up until the election – I will have written every day for 100 days, something I haven’t done since March.  Back then I did hit 144 days straight of writing, so I’ll try to beat that.

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Since March of 2011, I’ve been putting a photo of my writing board in my newsletter to show you all the stories I need to write.  The idea was good, but month after month the board hasn’t changed that much.  So I’ve decided to only put a photo up every three months.  With the publication of “Brain for Rent and other stories” I was able to wipe five stories off the board this month, but hopefully there will be more changes before you see it again at the end of December.

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Here is my haiku for the month, which fits in with recent events and holidays.
Enjoy,
Steve

rattling windows
creaking building, moaning wind
is it storm or ghost?

Stephen L. Thompson’s September 2012 Newsletter

Posted in Books, Newsletter, Writing with tags , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering September 2012.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my third short story collection, Political Pies.  The link is to my page set up with all the places you can find it.

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This month I wrote 7,699 words, giving me a yearly total so far of 72,488.  If I keep at the rate I’ve been going, I’ll reach my 80,000 word goal in October.

I wrote every day of September, so I still have five free, no-writing days left this year.

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Here is my story board at the end of September:

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Here is my haiku for the month, which fits in with the biggest thing for me this month.
Enjoy,
Steve

months of hard work end
with a jaunty jig heart dance
– holding your new book

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