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Morning Pages Entry – May 19, 2014

Well, this is fun. For the first time since starting to write morning journals, I get to write one form the cockpit of my boat. It’s the first night we spent on the water, and Jennifer and I stayed over night last night. It was a really cool night. We had just one slot open in the companion way open, and the heater was going full blast. I slept with socks, long pants and a t-shirt, and I was still pretty cool. Oh yea, and the heater was going full blast. We went and socialized a bit with Marty, Ingrid, Jacqueline and her new boyfriend Jordan last night before heading over to the fire on the beach with Tom and Ryan, and the two Katies crew. Jennifer stayed up for a bit of it, but eventually was smart enough to go to bed before midnight. She’s still sleeping this morning, but it’s looking like it’s going to be a pretty nice day today. It’s supposed to be. It’s cool, still sitting here in my hoodie this morning, but it should get warmer later. There’s hardly a cloud in the sky, and the sun is shining. Today would likely be a good day to put some sails up on the boat. Probably a little too cool to head out on the water, but, just as I say that, I see a nonSuch heading out up the river. There’s really no breeze yet today, but if it get’s warm enough, who knows, maybe we’ll venture out a bit once the sun is up and working at full blast. This is such a great place to sit and write, I think I wuld do some serious damage with the zombie novel, writing from this cockpit. It has to be better, then sittin at the table down below. I’m sure, that’s sort of what messed my back up last summer. I really want to avoid messing that up again this hear. I remember, not even being able to site, to write. All I could do was lie there, and surf around on the WritersCafe fourm at the kindle boards. I suppose, I leared a lot of stuff, but i didn’t get a lot of writing done during that bad back period. Certainly, something to avoid. The basin, is not too full this morning, there are maybe 30 boats in so far for this victoria day weekend. But, victoria day did come early this year, so that’s understandable. It’s a bit early for us to be in this year, but that’s ok. Know how quickly the summer goes, it’s nice to sit here and think about all the days ahead of us here on the docks, and the open water. It really is a great place to sit and be a writer. Your mind frees up a bit and lets you think just about the task at hand. Ouuu, I think, I hear Jennifer getting up and going. She didn’t have a lot of sleep the night before, so she need to catch up a bit last night. I think, I need to run up to the grocery store, and pick up some bacon this morning. We’ve got eggs, but no bacon to go with them. Oh, and some spices as well. I pretty excited about the prospect of writing from up here this summer. I should get so much done. It will be cool to get the first couple of books out, and the third, if I can, before the end of July. That’s an attainable goal. Just the thought of knowing that they are out there and getting into the hands of readers, and maybe even making a ton (or a little) or (a little more) money would be so awesome. If that happened, then, it would be safe to say, this could be the best summer I’ve had in a long time. Talk about a way to boost the spirits of an old guy. Just imagine, having books making some good money, and then looking for the next boat to buy would be pretty cool. Just knowing, that your not totally dreaming, based on the book sales. That would be a pretty unbeatable feeling. Something I would truly like to experience. It’s kind of funny just sitting here, watching people walk to the washrooms from their boats on the river wall. Some chubby old guy just walked there in long polka dot pajama pants, and lime green flourscent flip flops. You definitely get some strange types up here. And this soon to be successful writer fits right in.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: happy happy happy (first night on boat) LOCATION: Cockpit of my boat at dock in Bayfield WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: put sails up, have fun, go sailing? TV: none BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: waxing boat? WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: none DINNER: chicken breast, avacado SNACKS: orange, apple, 2 lara bars ALCOHOL: 1 bottle wine BEDTIME: 1 am AWAKE: 7:30 am


Morning Pages Entry – May 08, 2014

So, today, we’re off to the boat to get it ready for launch. I’m hoping, to get the tarp off and get the hull waxed, but I have to be home by 2:30 to get the kids off to the pool. It’s only 6:30 now, so should have a few hours to get things done. Hopefully, the thunderstorms will stop. They’re only supposed to be going on this morning, but I haven’t checked the weather yet. It’s always a bit of a squeeze to get this shit done it seems. The boat launches next Wednesday, which is only 6 days away. Shouldn’t be a problem. I still have the weekend to do things. It is the Hollandia swim meet this weekend, but I will miss most of it. Not a problem for me. So, I seem to be finding too many distractions working back downstairs in the basement again. Gotta quit doing that, and focus on getting more words edited per day. Just because you have a deadline that’s easy, is no reason to start slacking now. The quicker you can get the first pass of editing done on this book, the better it will be. You’ll have time to do more rewriting, and maybe a bit more fleshing out of character back stories, and zombie back stories, and research into guns and weapons and stuff. All stuff that you never did up front, but if you do it now, it will come in handy for this story and all the rest of the series. Plus, the sooner you get all that done, the sooner you can start working on the structure and plot of the next novel. The next one, that will be written quicker, and out the door in record time. A month would be ideal, but if it lands out there within two months I’d be happy. There’s no reason, why you shouldn’t be able to do that. So, by the end of summer, you could have 3 or 4 books on the shelves. That would be cool. Then money should start kicking in. I’m going to just start publishing, and not worry too much about the marketing thing. Maybe, do the odd thing here and there. I would like, if I could just write and publish. That would be the most fun thing. And, it has worked for some people. Although I have to wonder about the FaceBook ads. If those do get you more face time in front of potential readers, then that has to be a good thing. It would likely be worth it. If you make more then you spend, then, it’s always worth it. I be happy to spend 10K per year on facebook ads, if it got more attention for the novels, and sold another 100K per year. It seems to work out about the way for Johnny Jam Pederson on the Kindling facebook page. Will have to see how that goes. Getting the books out there, and getting some cash flowing in, is the priority right now. Especially with the 60 day waiting period with Amazon. That’s a bit of a pain in the butt, but something you have to get through. Once you start making the money though, it becomes irrelevant. Just need to get some books out there. Well, I hope the weather is going to cooperate today, so I’m not working out in the rain. Actually, I just won’t be going, if it’s going to be raining. Can’t wax in the rain. As soon as I’m done with this journal, I’m going to be heading out there. Today is a 600 calorie fasting day as well, so that coordinates pretty well. Since, I’ll be working on the boat all morning and early afternoon, then not having to worry about eating is a good thing. I should like bring some bottles of water to drink though. Don’t want to neglect that side of things. Well, time to finish this journal, here’s to looking for a great summer, with the boat, and with the family, and with the writing as well. I had hoped to have a few books on the shelves before the boat splashed into the water, but it looks like that won’t happen. I can however, have a few on the shelves before it comes out. Maybe 5 books if I really push it. That would be nice, going into the winter. Having half a dozen books on the shelves before Christmas would be awesome. Could be the best Christmas in a long time.

TIGERBLOOD: maybe DAILYMOOD: ok LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: editing PUSHUPS: 2:00 plank TODO: wax the boat TV: the 70s show BOOK: none GAME: PES soccer game EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: none SNACKS: orange, grapes, apple, almond butter ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 11:00 AWAKE: 6:30