2019 Goals Recap – Week #5

23,000 words divvied up among six short stories.

14,000 words for the first novel.

3,600 words for the blog.

A grand total of 40,600 words…

…all in the month of January.

I gotta say, when you eat the elephant a chunk at a time, it’s amazing what you can get down.

Here’s to hoping I can maintain this pace moving forward. I’m off to a good start already, but we’re only three days into February. 🙂

In other news, something I’d read on Dean Wesley Smith’s blog the other day caught my attention and it’s something I’ll be discussing in my Learning How to Learn Fiction series as well. It’s funny how the universe seems to coalesce around a single idea at times.

Someone had asked Dean why, after thirty-some years of writing at night, he had switched to writing during the daytime. He mentioned the he’d originally started writing at night because he found that he’d been so tired at the end of the day, his critical voice was less apt to get in the way (scroll down to ‘Julie’ to read the question and response here).

There’s some honest to goodness science behind that folks.

For the last few days, I’ve been trying my own hand at that same idea, spending my mornings focused on more analytical type thinking and then writing my own fiction in the evenings (also due to an inordinate amount of reading I’m doing for an upcoming workshop, but more on that another time).

So far, I’ve noticed a measurable difference in output. Whether that’s good or bad for my writing overall is not for me to judge, but I can certainly say there’s a whole lot less of me noodling on single sentences for an interminable amount of time.

As I said, the timing of this is uncanny. I’ll be explaining more of the science behind why this makes a whole lot of sense in future LHTLF posts, so I hope you’ll stay tuned for that!

Okay, on to the food.

It was Superbowl Sunday here in the U.S., and so I wasn’t going to make anything outrageous like rack leg of lamb (post-3rd-quarter addendum: I probably could have…). It’s pretty much about finger foods on a day like this, so I made a dip–queso fundido.

This was another recipe from my America’s Test Kitchen cookbook, and just like the Shrimp Po’ Boy from last weekend, this came out quite well.

Start off with some delicious ingredients…
Cook the sausage, onions, and chile pepper…
Enjoy some cheese-string-pulling goodness.

Hope you all had a wonderful week! If you missed the Superbowl, you didn’t miss much…

-Phillip

9 thoughts on “2019 Goals Recap – Week #5”

  1. Good post, and I’m pulling for you. You’re definitely right about how the universe seems to coalesce around a single idea at times. That happens often between me and Dean, though I usually just note that I suspect he’s hiding in my closet again. (grin)

    1. Thanks, Harvey. Yeah, Dean seems to find his way into all sorts of writers’ closets. Much better to have him and his wise advice than some other writing boogeymen who’ve been known to linger there in years past. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jill! Yes, I probably could have added an extra 1,000 words to the goal if I wasn’t busy licking queso dip off my fingers. 🙂

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