I managed to write 107,768 words over the course of its 31 days and that puts me over 784,000 for the year.
I put out one book in July and 29 blog posts.
I also put out a box set of the second three books of the Mountain Man Series.
Besides that, I pretty much just sat tight. I had very little money as I’d done a lot of car maintenance work at the start of the month.
So I took it easy and worked on my books and enjoyed the summer.
Things picked up at the end of the month when I moved.
We’ll discuss all of that in this month’s post.
We moved from Livingston Avenue to High Park Way. Here’s a map:
So I’m going from the west side of town to the south side. I’m butting-up against the South Hills, though I’m still a ways away from downtown and the U.
We moved primarily so we could get our son Paul into a better school. Now that’s not a problem.
We’re living upstairs now as opposed to downstairs, and my is it hotter!
Other than that, just a lot of unpacking. Boy, I’m still tired from moving it all yesterday!
Mountain Man Series
It’s sold about 20 copies so far.
I’m working on the next book, which, like the seventh book, will be a reboot of sorts as we begin a new storyline for a few books.
I hope that the next three books will take us all the way from 1812 to Manuel Lisa’s death in 1820.
From that point we’ll be ready to tackle William Ashley and his hundred men.
I’m really looking forward to getting up to Ashley’s Hundred and have quite a few ideas for those books.
I’ve said it before – I’m going for a Patrick O’Brien-style 20-book series here.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I don’t really want to talk about this tenth book too much as I’m still working on a short novel called Prickly Pear Canyon and that’ll be out soon.
Now that I’m done moving house I think I’ll pick up the pace on that and get it out the door.
It’s much easier to concentrate on one work of fiction at a time.
Still, at the end of the month I gave a little to charity, just $10 each to two I like.
Those are the Children’s Hunger Relief Fund and Orbis, both of which give 93% of donations to their cause.
Now, $20 isn’t too much, but it’s something.
I hope I can give more in August, and I think I will. I don’t have a lot of use for money after I get done budgeting, though saving some might be a good idea too.
On the Agenda for August
I don’t really want to bore you about it, as many people I think find my fascination with Montana history a bit odd.
I’ll tell you right now, I’m quite happy I got the damn thing up to 80,000 words.
To keep the page count below 350 or even 300, I’ll have fewer images in this book.
And I have to say – the Montana history books don’t sell that well. Mainly, they’re for people that want to know and can’t find answers anywhere else.
The sixth book will be one of the best in the series. I can’t wait to let you know it’s on sale.
Besides that, like I mentioned I’ll put out the second of my short Montana novels in the 1860s.
The first was Sun River Crossing, and these shorter works go for $0.99 a piece.
(They All Died, although released first, will become the 4th book in the series (I’ll explain later)).
Other than that, I don’t have a lot planned for August.
It’s mainly taking it easy, picking up what writing work I can, keeping people informed about Montana issues, and doing the work on my works in progress.
Thanks for reading, thanks for supporting this site, and thanks for your interest in what I do.
Have a good month!