August 21st, 2011…
My close friend, Bill Trojan, book dealer, died suddenly on the last day of the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno. I spent most of the next year working on his estate, which was why I ended up losing the vision in one eye. But I made a promise to Bill to honor what he had spent his life doing, and that was collecting. (Bill was a hoarder, but it is commonly known that you are not a hoarder when you collect books, comics, stamps, coins, art, and very high-priced pulp magazines, even when there is nothing more than a path in your three-bedroom home and in your two-bedroom apartment.)
I got done with most of the estate and the problems he caused not having a valid will by March of 2012. At that point I was trying to find a way back into writing since I had pretty much stopped completely to take care of the estate.
Finally, by the summer, with the help of Kris, I had decided to start Smith’s Monthly in October and I needed some months to write to stay ahead of that monthly pace of 70,000 words per month of short fiction, novels, non-fiction, and you name it.
I also decided to blog every day starting August 1st, 2012.
I hit every month of Smith’s Monthly up until May of 2017, when Kris got so sick and we moved down here. I stared back up the monthly pace in January, 2021 and have not missed an issue yet.
However, the blog, somehow, I managed to maintain, not missing a day of blogging something since August 1st, 2012.
Almost ten years now, if I can make it to August. That is 3,650 days minus 50 days until August.
3,600 days of not missing, even when I was sick, even with major power outages, or internet outages or major computer crashes. Or many, many moves to get to this spot. You name it, I managed to get one blog a day done for almost ten years.
That’s about 1.8 million words at an average of 500 words per blog. Approximately. About 180,000 words per year.
In my 70th year I published 70 full books. In the last ten years I have blogged every day without missing a day. And I publish a monthly magazine with 70,000 words of only my stuff in it.
Yes, I am that crazy.
Now to just to blog for 50 more days.