No time to take names

I have passed the 75% of my goal mark for the year a few days before the start of October. This bodes well for my goal but I don’t want to count my words before they’re all 1s and 0s.

I think the best part of this surge to get back on track is that I haven’t had time to take names. There has been no time for “I’m not feeling creative” or “Where’s my muse?” or “I must have X, Y, Z and a shot of Midleton Irish Whiskey or I simply can not write”. Nope, none of that. I have sat down my at my computer every single day and cranked out a word count.

I’m not saying it was all gold. I’m sure there are some edits needed. The important thing is that the story is there, waiting for my edits. I’ve already done the hardest part.

-Keep writing.

Why Books are Important

Chuck Wendig over at TerribleMinds told a great story of Pete, a man who loved books enough to take a bullet for them.

It’s a story for writers who hear “Why don’t you get a real job?” or are currently holding down a day job and writing with the remaining “free time”. If you’re struggling with why you should write, take a look at Pete’s story.

If you like it, pick up Chuck’s ebook and hear what he has to say.

-Keep writing.

Banned Books Week

Image from ALA.org
Image from ALA.org

If you’ve been around the internet in the last few days, you may have noticed this is Banned Book Week.

My sister was surprised to see this was still an issue. I’m surprised, to a point. Okay, you find the content of Twilight objectionable. (Add your own jab about  Twilight having tons of other issues besides content in the comments.) So don’t let your teen read it. That’s your choice, in your household. To go to your library and demand that they remove the book because you don’t like it… That’s idiotic.  The choice is yours to read the book or not read it. Let everyone else have that choice too.

Next up we look at some of the classics that either are banned or challenged on a regular basis:

  • The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell

These books are classics. They offer far more than the paragraph you managed to find of “titillating” text. Which I can assure you is far less violent than whatever you just watched on CSI Miami or far less provocative the the innuendo laden episode of the sitcoms currently airing.

Maybe you don’t let your teens watch those shows either. Good for you. Other people do like those shows, and those books, and it’s not up to you to take that away from them. Freedom means some people will pursue activities you don’t like. That is their choice, not yours.

So what book will you be reading this Banned Book Week? My book this week will be 1984, by George Orwell.

(I honestly had a hard time writing this post… The concept that a person would dictate what another person is able to reads is so utterly alien to me.)

Goals Met

As of today, I am back on track with my daily goal. I have made up nearly a month of no writing at all.

This gives me the added bonus that any extra words over my daily goals will be just that, extra.

Today I also passed the 100K mark. 100,154 to be precise.

All this is due in large part to my wife who is always supportive of my writing, but in particular took the kids to a birthday party today so I could get some extra writing done.