27 July 2023

by | Jul 27, 2023 | Random Thoughts, Writing | 0 comments

I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I want to create/build a consistent, reliable writing habit. I love writing and telling my stories.

And I’ve done really well, the previous six days. Here, see for yourself:

Except today, when I woke up, I didn’t immediate go to my computer. I let myself get sidetracked reading a book, and when I finally ate breakfast and sat down to write, the drive or the impetus simply wasn’t there.

Now, I’m sure the old pros who have been making a living with their stories for 30 or 40 years would say that’s a ‘me’ problem, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it was. But I’m not going to meet my goals without working through this… when it happens.

My goal is to maintain 4,000 – 5,000 words per day… day in and day out… across my entire career. There’s no reason I can’t do it. Not now, anyway.

Frederick Schiller Faust–best known by his pen name (pseudonym Max Brand)–wrote 4,000 words per day for decades without missing. So, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

The fact that I’m breaking my six-day streak ticks me off.

But that’s enough of that. I’m changing topics before I end up pushing one of my own buttons and wander off looking for a soapbox.

In other news, I did something not too long ago that made me happy. I pre-ordered Starfield. I have been eagerly awaiting this game since I first learned of it. As they will happily tell you, it is the first new “world” or franchise from Bethesda in something like twenty-five years. If the game lives up to the hype, I’d love to see it kick off a trend so that–when Chris Roberts finally gets his thumbs out of his ass and releases Squadron 42 and Star Citizen–they will be so far behind the curve nobody plays them. Or people will say something along the lines of, “Oh, yeah… I think I remember this. It wasn’t already out yet?”

I’m a bit disgruntled with that project, in case you can’t tell.


Bethesda has returned to what they do best, in my opinion. Starfield will be a single-player game. All the gameplay videos and screenshots look great, and I’m contemplating upgrading my graphics card just to see this in all its glory.

The game goes live September 6th, so I imagine I’ll disappear for most of that month. Write the first six hours or so of my day… and then play Starfield until I pass out and end up with QWERTY stamped into my forehead.

That’s a good plan… right?


Starfield Wallpaper


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