The Sitting Log

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  • 아임 드리밍: 100 mins

And then this entry here, which doesn’t count.


Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 12 of breathing exercise
  • Day 12 of giant journal writing

It takes a while to find books that start a description field with the actual description of the story, rather than some random “industry expert”’s empty praises. But eventually, I find them. Then I start reading them and decide for myself.

With most retailers showing 10% or so of the books for free, there’s no point spending even a single second consuming something other than the actual thing—the story itself or a real description of it. If I’m already there on that book’s page (meaning, this isn’t an issue of discoverability), then I should hope I can decide for myself. Empty one-line reviews from trade magazines are such a waste of above-the-fold real estate.

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  • 고막사람: 40 mins
  • State of the Desk: 80 mins

And then this entry here, which doesn’t count.


Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 11 of breathing exercise
  • Day 11 of giant journal writing

I threw away some old shoes. Now there’s a small empty space in my first-room closet. This is good.

This round of space-making is now complete.

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  • Agora Phantasmagoria: 65 mins

And then this entry here, which doesn’t count.


Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 10 of breathing exercise
  • Day 10 of giant journal writing

8.8. is International Cat Day. 🐱🐈🐈‍⬛😻 Over here it’s still 8.7, but elsewhere it’s 8.8. And when it comes to cats, an early celebration is totally justified.

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  • Sponge: 25 mins
  • 베이비 블루 (finalized!): 80 mins

And then this entry here, which doesn’t count.


Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 9 of breathing exercise
  • Day 9 of giant journal writing

I threw away some old clothes. Now there’s a small empty space in my closet. This is good.

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  • Sponge: 60 mins
  • 아무 말 기기괴괴 서문: 15 mins
  • Borrowed Skin: 60 mins

And then this entry here, which doesn’t count.


Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 8 of breathing exercise
  • Day 8 of giant journal writing

I threw away some used paper products. Now there’s a small empty space in my bookshelf. This is good.

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  • Sponge: 60 mins

And then this entry here, which doesn’t count.


Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 7 of breathing exercise
  • Day 7 of giant journal writing

I’m capping my office hours (time spent doing anything that isn’t directly categorized as writing) to 1 hr per day.

Fortunately, nobody in the world needs an urgent reaction from a fiction writer. It’s one of the great aspects of fiction writing (as opposed to maybe screenwriting, journalism, game writing, etc, and all the even more social professions.)

I don’t owe anybody a response… urgent and not so urgent, actually. Nobody’s deadline, job, promotion, livelihood, self-esteem, life’s purpose, etc hinges on my reaction, immediate or otherwise.

If it does, time to see a shrink. That hinging is imaginary.

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  • Absurdia Phantasmagoria preface: 40 mins
  • Baby Blue (final stages): 120 mins

And then this entry here, which doesn’t count.


Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 6 of breathing exercise
  • Day 6 of giant journal writing

Thinking about:

Beholding the perfect bunny bum.

Ah, the glorious cuteness!

Also, a bonus racoon.

Cute 🦝♥️

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Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 5 of breathing exercise
  • Day 5 of giant journal writing

Thinking about:

My happy good-middlemen-only state.

Fortunately, I have never been trapped by unnecessary middlemen… almost. The irrefutable exception is Bowker, but that disgrace of a dinosaur is unavoidable in the US. Because, monopoly. So I’ll forgive myself for dealing with it.

Other than that, I am happy to say that I don’t deal with a single middleman that doesn’t do something for me.

This means that other than Bowker, every single entity that either gets a flat fee or a cut from my royalties/income serves a purpose for me.

This includes all the externally-controlled stores (ex: Kobo, Apple, Scribd, library databases, etc).

This also includes the mostly-internally-controlled store (Payhip).

Also, Stripe.

The financial overhead of using these tools is $0. If I don’t make money, they don’t make money. On top of that, other than the upload of the books, the time I spend on these tools is pretty much 0 seconds.

They handle various tasks, such as:

  • file storage
  • file delivery
  • discoverability
  • auto-connection of a file to a reading device
  • chargeback protection
  • tax calculation
  • functioning as backup copies
  • indirect piracy protection (If you’re on retailer sites, it’s likelier that they will spot a pirated copy on their own store.)

I needed to remind myself of this, my blissful good-middlemen-only state, because sometimes there are people who suggest that I get rid of this or that middleman that doesn’t suit their rainbows-and-unicorns view of how a middleman-less world should be according to them.

And I’m like…

What, you’re going to make me give up the services that auto-deliver the files and in some cases, handle the customer service as well? You think you’re going to convince me to spend a minimum of 2 minutes per reader just to deliver the files every time? Into perpetuity? So basically you’re saying, I should want a life for myself where, the more books I sell, the more miserable I will be, because instead of writing, I will be emailing more and more files to readers?

You do realize that my recognizing the insanity of that strategy (if that can be called a strategy at all) does not preclude my valuing my readers, right? In fact, because I value my readers, I would never adopt such a strategy. Even if I had only one reader every month, you’re telling me that I should be on stand-by, ready to deliver the files! And for how long? For forever? Sacrificing my writing time?

Or are you saying that you’re so special that I should create a no-middleman-according-to-you sales route just for you? Do you realize that even if one other moron like you exists, I will be wasting a great amount of time?

Or are you going to deliver the files for me? Do you think I’ll take that as a favor? From you? Are you kidding me? My readers are important to me. Why should I trust you with my reader’s data?

Actually, don’t answer any of that. This is just me expressing my disbelief. I have zero actual interest in your answers, because you’re more of a worthless middleman than any of the above-listed services.

You’re in the way.

None of them are in the way.

Get it? You wasted 5 minutes of my precious time, which is how long I took to read your “suggestion” on how I should run MY business. You think you know better about my business than I do. Clearly you are not a writer who values their writing time as much as life itself. Clearly, you’re also not any kind of business owner, because any business owner would be pissed as fuck that some moron waltzes into their store (tangible or intantible), trying to lecture them on how to run their business.

The services that you dismiss as unnecessary middlemen aren’t unnecessary to me or to my readers. Neither are they unnecessary to other readers, writers, and publishers. In fact, they’re better than not-unnecessary. They are necessary. Even Amazon, which I don’t use right now, is better than you, the literal middleman standing in the way.

All those tools take an agreed-upon monetary cut and do something for me. But how will I earn back the 5 minutes I wasted on the “suggestion” of some cruise-by “I know better than you,” who has a grand total of zero practical experience in writing and publishing? How? NEVER is the answer, okay? NEVER.

I don’t actually say this.

I block them. And then rant here.

Some technologically-savvy people just aren’t savvy overall. They don’t realize that their tiny tech bubble isn’t the broader reading audience.

Some readers need help sideloading EPUB files onto their devices. And because they know they do, they won’t buy an ebook unless it’s through their usual retail store.

Many people, in general, will not send money directly to someone they met online. And they don’t customize their computers and buy burritos in bitcoin or whatever. A lot of readers don’t care about privacy either. They care about convenience. And some of them still don’t believe that there are people who make money online.

That’s just reality.

What isn’t realistic, and instead simply the unicorns-and-rainbows worldview of some so-called tech-savvy people, is that they can go around demanding of other people a payment route that suits their preferences but 99% of the world doesn’t use or care about.


BTW I’m not mad about just ASKING about whether you can pay in crypto or not. I have nothing against crypto. (My faith in traditional banks is pretty much nonexistent, so.) I wish I could add a crypto option more easily to all the stores.

But no. It is not possible at this time. And I’m not going to monitor a separate income stream that can’t be left on auto-pilot, crypto or otherwise. I won’t deal with the hassle of taxes. And oh, please, don’t start a lecture on how I can avoid the hassle of taxes. If I need tax advice, I’ll hire someone.

I guess I’m tired of the fake “helpfulness” of some of these so-called tech-savvy people. No offense, tech-savvy people in general, if you identify as such, but some tech-savvy people are just… WOW. They think because they can code, they know the world.

The fuck they do.

They really should get a life.

Anyway, my blissful good-middlemen-only state doesn’t only apply to incorporated entities. I shall remove the people middlemen, too, fiercely, from my life.

No middleman shall stand in the way between me and my writing time.

Or middlewoman. Middlepeople. Middlebeing. Whatever the latest PC term.

Ah, why do I even try to please the PC people. They are the ultimate middlefolks.

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Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 4 of breathing exercise
  • Day 4 of giant journal writing

Thinking about:

The coffee dilemma.

The solution to many of my problems might have been the removal of coffee, all along.

But… but… it tastes so good!

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  • The Fortune of the Palms (done!!!): 120 mins
  • When the Closet Worked Its Magic (almost done): 100 mins

And then this entry here, which doesn’t count.


Creation-ish sitting streaks

  • Day 3 of breathing exercise
  • Day 3 of giant journal writing

Thinking about:

Re-reading stuff.

Re-reading stuff I wrote a year ago because I didn’t bother to finalize the metadata back then is the most painful exercise. This is the case, even though I mostly don’t remember the stories I wrote back then. I mean, between then and now, I wrote hundreds of thousands of new words, fiction and nonfiction, so of course I don’t remember the details. It would be like remembering what color skirt I wore on June 4 of 2019, after having lived hundreds of days thereafter. Or what I ate on April 17 of 2021, after having lived more than a year thereafter.

The pain doesn’t come from story-level repetition. It comes from the awareness of the fundamental futility of having to spend time on something that I already spent plenty of time on spending time. 😭 This is time I could be using on new words or sleep or whatever else, anything but spending time on stuff I’ve already spent time on. Argh.

Add to that the awareness that this is 100% my fault, and the pain multiplies. Seriously, I don’t know what I was thinking. At first I thought I’d misplaced the metadata somehow, but then I didn’t remember ever having written it. At all.

Never again. In the next few weeks, I will mostly concentrate on podcast scripts and finalizing ALL metadata of all the unpublished stuff. That way, going forward, I never have to look at stuff I’ve written in the past.

This is why Heinlein said rules #4 and #5. After more than a million words, the weight of the past adds up. Imagine the weight of two million words, three million words.

There is no way one can keep looking back at past stories. Moving forward is the only way to be writing for 40, 50, hey, maybe even 70+ years, and still be actually writing instead of having written.

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