May and June Online Workshops Have Openings

All of these online workshops have openings at the moment. Each is six weeks long and takes about 4 hours per week to do. Sign-up information is under the green tab below. (Bolded workshops are the ones we have started new this year.)

Class #50… May 5th … Originality
Class #51… May 5th … Promotion
Class #52… May 5th … Ideas to Story
Class #53… May 6th … Plot Your Novel
Class #54… May 6th … Depth of Writing
Class #55… May 6th … Designing Electronic Books
Class #56… May 7th … Designing Book Covers
Class #57… May 7th … Designing Book Interiors
Class #58… May 7th … Character Voice/Setting

Class #59… June 2nd … Pacing Your Stories
Class #60… June 2nd … Depth of Writing
Class #61… June 2nd … Essentials
Class #62… June 3rd … Cliffhangers
Class #63… June 3rd … Openings
Class #64… June 3rd … Originality
Class #65… June 4th … Genre Structure
Class #66… June 4th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #67… June 4th … (To be Announced)


LECTURES.

We have 19 different lectures available now on different topics in writing and publishing. For information, click the green buttons below.

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 15

Month 9, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day Four of the writing Morning Song: A Seeder’s Universe Novel

This is an early one tonight because I want to get this done and posted. Then I’m going to do a modem switch-out and then go watch some mindless television.

Rolled out at 1 p.m. and met my friends from Boise at 2 and we spent a couple of hours looking at some of the stranger houses I have seen. And a couple of nice ones as well. Great fun for me as I love to look in homes. My old masters in architecture coming out I guess.

At four I ran to banks, then to the snail mail to get the taxes mailed in time, then back to WMG offices to work on laying out Smith’s Monthly #7. Gaining on it.

Kris showed up around six and we walked to a restaurant for a quick dinner, using the walk to get exercise. My streak of days over 5,000 steps is continuing. I’ll jump to 7,500 on May 1st.

Back to WMG to work more on Smith’s Monthly #7, then home by 10 p.m. to do workshop stuff. Got that done around midnight and then off to the basement to watch The Voice.

Back into my writing office around 1 p.m.

I did two sessions on the novel, getting 900 words the first one and 1,200 words the second one. But realized without a nap, I was too tired to keep going, so I called it a night and came to write this and then change out the modem.

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Writing on Morning Song: A Seeder’s Universe Novel

Day One… 2,700 words.  Total words to date: 2,700 words
Day Two… 1,150 words.  Total words to date: 3,850 words
Day Three… 3,100 words.  Total words to date: 6,950 words
Day Four… 2,100 words.  Total words to date: 9,050 words

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Totals For Month 9, Day 15

– Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 27,975 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,750 words

– E-mail: 27 e-mails. Approx. 850 new words. E-mails month-to date: 382 e-mails. Approx. 13,050 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 4 Covers

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 14

Month 9, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day Three of the writing Morning Song: A Seeder’s Universe Novel

A fairly strange and different Monday.

Rolled out early at 1 p.m. and had lunch with my friends from Boise at 2 p.m. They are here for the week and staying in a great place overlooking the beach.

Then I met Kris at WMG offices and we headed off to Sears to buy a new dryer. Seems ours just sort of gave up the ghost. They tend to do that regularly here on the coast.

So we found a good dryer to replace it and were about to leave when we got looking at mattresses, something we have been talking about getting new for a few years now.  We didn’t even know Sears carried them.

We found the deal of the century on a king mattress. It had originally been over $4,000 new. (Stupid amounts of money for a mattress.) We ended up with it for around $600. Again, brand new still in the plastic. Pillow top, major brand. Way too long to explain why that deal happened. We just tripped and fell into it. I mean, I’m good at bargaining and I didn’t even open my mouth. The price just kept going down and down. I wish that happened with everything.

So I went back to WMG offices after going and getting the snail mail, then I went to work on workshop stuff, then home at 6:30 p.m. to take a nap with the white cat, dinner, and news. Kris said she would do the dishes even though she cooked if I would stop at the store, so I did on my way back up to WMG. Got to the office around 9 p.m. and worked on workshop stuff until 11 p.m.

Then home and finished up the workshop things I needed to finish. Then downstairs around midnight to watch the Voice. In this “Voice Playoffs” show you can really, really see the difference between good and original. Amazingly brutal. But so far I haven’t missed a pick the judges have made. Usher’s picks might be different tomorrow.

Same as in writing. Good alone often doesn’t do it. Needs to be good and original.

Then back up here around 1:30 a.m. to my writing computer and the novel. Wrote for about an hour and got around 1,200 words done. Took a short break, then wrote for another hour and got another 1,300 words done.

Then took a break and managed another thirty minutes and 600 words before tossing in the towel. 3,100 words total today.

Once I really get moving on this, the book will flash in large chunks I’m sure. I have no idea where I am going with it, or a plot, but I have a great set-up going on that I’m excited about, to be honest.

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The picture above is of Jean Auel, again about 1982. (Taken and copyright protected by Rick Hawes and used with his permission.)

Jean and I and her husband spent a wonderful night at a convention going from tank party to tank party that year at a major convention to not be named. She is wonderful and scary funny. Even though Kris and I live in the same state as Jean, we haven’t seen her in twenty years.

And one side note: Kris says that no one really recognized the picture of George I put up a few days back because I only called him George. (Scan down.) That is a picture of George R. R. Martin from 1982 when he was a young writer, the first time I met him.

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Writing on Morning Song: A Seeder’s Universe Novel

Day One… 2,700 words.  Total words to date: 2,700 words
Day Two… 1,150 words.  Total words to date: 3,850 words
Day Three… 3,100 words.  Total words to date: 6,950 words

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Totals For Month 9, Day 14

– Daily Fiction: 3,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 25,875 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,350 words

– E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 950 new words. E-mails month-to date: 355 e-mails. Approx. 12,200 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 4 Covers

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 13

Month 9, Day 13 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day Two of the writing Morning Song: A Seeder’s Universe Novel

As I expected, not a lot of writing today because Sunday’s are always the large workshop day. And I didn’t help things by watching more television than normal. (grin)

Anyhow, up early for me as I slowly ease my schedule back some. I ended up meeting my best friend and his wonderful wife at the WMG office at around 1:30. They are in town from Idaho, so we headed out to lunch. So I missed the writer’s meeting.

Then we headed up to the great place they are staying for a time, then I went back to WMG Publishing by about 4:30 p.m.

I worked there until 6:30 on Smith’s Monthly #7, including getting another cover almost done. The cover to the right in this post is the one I did yesterday. I like it. It’s another with the new Poker Boy branding. There are two Poker Boy short stories and the only Poker Boy novel in Smith’s Monthly #7.

Then home to take the nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

Back up to WMG by 8:30 p.m. and worked the evening on online workshop stuff. Made it home around 11:30 p.m. and went to watch some television and see who won the Masters.

I ended up back up here in this office to finish e-mail and do workshop stuff around 1:30 a.m. I did that for about an hour or so, then took a break and started into the novel again around 3 a.m. I worked on that for an hour only getting 1,150 words, but better than nothing.

So back over here to do this and a few other details before heading to get some sleep.

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Writing on Morning Song: A Seeder’s Universe Novel

Day One… 2,700 words.  Total words to date: 2,700 words
Day Two… 1,150 words.  Total words to date: 3,850 words

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Totals For Month 9, Day 13

– Daily Fiction: 1,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 22,775 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts:400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,750 words

– E-mail: 48 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 new words. E-mails month-to date: 327 e-mails. Approx. 11,250 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 4 Covers

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 12

Month 9, Day 12 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day One of the writing Morning Song: A Seeder’s Universe Novel

A fairly normal Saturday. Rolled out at my normal 2 p.m., did a bunch of e-mail, then headed to the snail mail, the deli at the store for lunch, then to the WMG office by 4:30 p.m.

I worked there on formatting Smith’s Monthly #7 until about 6 p.m., then home for a walk with Kris. Beautiful day here at the beach.

Then a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then back up to WMG to work on Smith’s Monthly #7.

I got sidetracked when I first got back to the office and moved in a desk and file cabinets to my office first, which took a good half hour and had me breathing hard. But then I got a bunch done, including another cover.

Home by 11 p.m. and here is where my plans really went sideways. I went down to watch a little news and sports about the Masters, then instead of going back upstairs, I flipped a few channels and there was a movie starting called “Pacific Rim.” Never heard of it or knew anything about it, but from the first minute it hooked me and damned if it wouldn’t let me go. A Godzilla Giant Robot SF Thriller. Who knew. Seems Kris did.

So I watched the entiremovie and didn’t get back up to this office until around 1:30 a.m.  Then I dinged around on other stuff and really didn’t get started on the novel until 2:30 a.m. Far, far later than I had planned.

I decided this new book would be in the Seeder’s Universe. (This will be the 4th novel and there are also a bunch of short stories in this overall huge world.)

I typed in the title Morning Song because I spotted it on a title list and off I went typing.

I did about 700 words in an hour, took a break, did another 1,000 words in about 50 minutes, took a very short break, and then did another 1,000 words. This feels like this one might power right along. After that last goofiness with the short stories in that last novel, that would be nice if this one sort of took off.

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Fun photo of the day is from 1982 when I met George for the first time. I did not take this picture, it was taken by Rick Hawes and is under his copyright. Part of my friend Bill’s photos. George was a new writer at the time, and I have no idea what the two hats was about.

So anyhow, back to the book, I have no idea where the book is going, no idea of plot, but got a few characters now I like. And a really nifty problem.

Excited to be back writing into the dark again. A ton more fun for me.

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Writing on Morning Song: A Seeder’s Universe Novel

Day One… 2,700 words.  Total words to date: 2,700 words

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Totals For Month 9, Day 12

– Daily Fiction: 2,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 21,625 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,350 words

– E-mail: 32 e-mails. Approx. 900 new words. E-mails month-to date: 279 e-mails. Approx. 9,550 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 11

Month 9, Day 11 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Standard rise-and-shine time of 2 p.m. and managed to get some e-mail done today before heading to the snail mail and then the WMG office by 4:30 p.m.

Worked around there at various things until about 6 p.m. and then headed home. Kris and I went out for a walk again, down along the beach and back around and up so I could get my steps in. Five days in a row now over 5,000 steps on my FitBit. Another week and I might try the jump to 7,500 steps.

Then a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.  Then back up to WMG offices by 9 p.m. to work on laying out Smith’s Monthly #7. I ended up doing two covers for short stories that are in the volume.

Both covers are below. One is the new branding for all the Poker Boy stories and novels. I like it.

Got home after 11 p.m. and I went to the basement to watch some television. Back upstairs around 1 a.m. and went to work on the short story I had started last night. Managed to get about 800 words done before I got tired and went into the living room to rest. Passed out, slept for about thirty minutes, but it helped.

Then back in here by around 2:30 a.m. I wanted to start a novel, so did about 700 words on a new novel in the Thunder Mountain world. It didn’t feel like it was starting right, so I tossed those.

Something Kris said in an of-handed comment kind of stuck with me. She said she thought I was going to start a new Seeder’s Universe novel. And I was thinking about it at one point.

So after a break around 3:30 a.m. I came up with a working title I don’t really like, and did about 700 words on that before taking a break. Then I went back to the short story for a half hour, doing another 500 words.

So this has to be one of the stranger writing days I have had in a long time. Two sessions on a short story, and dinging at two different novels to see if one of them catches me. I’ll finish the short story tomorrow and go with one novel or the other and fire on it.

This writing stuff is never the same it seems from day to day. Strange and crazy.

But 2,700 original words and two covers. And two naps. Not bad for a scattered day.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 11

– Daily Fiction: 2,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 18,925 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 450 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,850 words

– E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 600 new words. E-mails month-to date: 247 e-mails. Approx. 8,650 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 10

Month 9, Day 10 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Meeting day today, as normal, at WMG Publishing. I made it out of bed way early, around noon, and managed to do a little e-mail before heading to the hotel used for the workshops to set up some last details on the new coast workshops we just announced.

Three workshops scheduled in the next year, not counting the Thriller workshop that starts here next Saturday. That’s going to be a fun one. Actually, all the workshops we have schedule are going to be fun. Details under the Coast Workshop tab above if interested.

Then I went off to the snail mail and then to a lunch meeting at 1:30 p.m. Then from there back to WMG Publishing for meetings until 5:30 p.m.  Then Kris and I walked to a restaurant to get some dinner and ended up staying there much longer than we had planned, just talking.

So at 8 p.m. we walked back to WMG and I went to take a nap on the couch in my office and Kris went shopping. She woke me up on the way home at around 9 p.m. but I was too tired to stay there, so I went home fairly soon behind her.

I cut up some strawberries and then made some deviled eggs when I got home.

Then I worked on some workshop stuff, got that last of the new coast workshop details together, and then headed to the basement around midnight to watch some television. I made it back up here around 1:30 a.m. Exhausted the entire time. Never really did catch a second wind after getting up so early and not getting a good nap.

So at 1:30 a.m., I went to work on what I needed to do to get Smith’s Monthly #8 turned in. Got that done around 2:30 a.m. and got it sent off to WMG.

Then I went over to my writing computer and started messing around with some short fiction because I felt too tired to try to start a novel tonight. That will be tomorrow.

I ended up getting about 1,200 words done on a story that I had started a long, long time ago in a land far, far away and never finished. So I tossed away my first attempt and just took the idea and fired on it again. It’s called “The Last Short Putt of a Great Man.”

Damon Picture

Today’s cool old picture is a great one. I found this nifty picture in my office at WMG.  It’s a picture (from left to right) of Grandmaster Damon Knight, David Brin, and Alan Bard Newcomer. This was taken in my friend’s Bill Trojan’s store called Escape While There is Still Time in Eugene, Oregon.

I think the year was about 1985 or early 1986. Clearly David was on a signing tour for Postman, which is partially set in Eugene. No idea who took the photo. More than likely Bill took it.

Made me realize how much I miss having Damon around. And Bill.

But wow, what a great picture. David in Eugene, OR on the signing tour for Postman where the book is set.

Only 1,200 new words today, but a lot of meetings and got Smith’s Monthly #8 turned in just fine. And found a nifty picture.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 10

– Daily Fiction: 1,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 16,225 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 950 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,400 words

– E-mail: 20 e-mails. Approx. 700 new words. E-mails month-to date: 219 e-mails. Approx. 8,050 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 9

Month 9, Day 9 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Rolled out at little late at 2:30 p.m. and did some e-mail and then made it to the snail mail and then to the WMG offices. Worked there on workshop stuff and other chores until about 6:30 p.m.

Home, then Kris and I went for a walk, then back to nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. I made it back to WMG Publishing by 9:15 p.m. where I worked on laying out Smith’s Monthly #7. I did that until around 10:30, getting a start on it, then headed home.

Next I did workshop stuff and cleaned up some e-mail until around midnight. Then I headed downstairs to watch some television, getting back into this office by 2 a.m.

Over to the writing computer where I spent the next 2.5 hours with two breaks working on keying corrections and fixing things Kris found into the novel Life of a Dream. 

As best as I can figure, I added in about 1,700 new words. But the novel only got about a thousand words longer because of stuff I cut out.

Writing that novel by including some short stories was the dumbest thing I have ever done. In thirty books now I haven’t had to fix so many things in a novel. Almost all the problems were caused by the short story start to the book. Never again. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but was damn stupid. Period.

Lesson learned. I’ll jump from a short story idea to do a novel, but never include the story or stories again.

So by 4:30 a.m. I got that done and it’s now ready to go into Smith’s Monthly #8, but I still have other stuff to do, so I’ll do that tomorrow and turn in #8 late. It’s already a few days late.

Then maybe tomorrow I can fire on a new novel. Or at least on Friday. It will be a relief, to be honest.

Old Golf Picture

Fun old picture of the evening. I’ll try to do fun old pictures of things from the past, either me or Kris or other sf writers and editors every few days just for fun. This picture is when I was 28 at a fun golf event in the summer in Boise in 1979. At this point I was working at getting my amateur standing in golf back. I hadn’t been a golf professional for about three years at this point. I had finished my masters in architecture and just got through my first year of law school. I ended up getting my amateur standing in golf reinstated two years after this photo.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 9

– Daily Fiction: 1,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 15,025 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,450 words

– E-mail: 21 e-mails. Approx. 800 new words. E-mails month-to date: 199 e-mails. Approx. 7,350 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 8

Month 9, Day 8 of this Writing in Public challenge.

2 p.m. seems to be working for me now. Got out of bed at that point three days in a row, almost to the minute.

I managed to get some e-mail done, then to the snail mail, then to the deli at the store for some lunch, then to the WMG office by 4 p.m.

I worked on workshop stuff at the office for a couple of hours, then Kris called and asked if I wanted to walk from the office around the mall and back. Since I’m working on getting over 5,000 steps each day now (and have hit it three days in a row), I said sure.

After the walk, I headed home for the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then I headed back up to the office at 8:30 p.m. and worked on more workshop stuff until 10:30 p.m., then home and did some more until about 11:15.

Then I moved over to the writing computer and finished adding the extra into the story “A Pinch of How Rosie Lived.” I added in just at 1,000 new words and got the story printed out for Kris to read.

Then headed downstairs to watch the Voice, making it back up here around 2 a.m.

I then decided that the story I had in Amazing Stories in 1989 needed a quick run-through. After all, that story was written back in the late 1980s, over twenty-five years ago. And I wanted the version I’m going to put into Smith’s Monthly to be better and different from the story in Amazing 25 years ago. It’s a cat story and since Amazing was going down at that point, very, very few people saw it even then. But I like the story and when I mentioned it to Kris, she even remembered it, which is stunning, actually. It will be good to give the story a new life.

I ended up adding in about 300 new words. Mostly transitions and adding in a chapter structure which will work nifty when I put the story out as a stand-alone book in six months or so.

That took about an hour total for me to get that done and printed and to Kris to read in the morning.

Then at 3 a.m. I wrote the introduction to Smith’s Monthly #8 and got that printed out and to Kris to read in the morning as well. It was about 800 words.

This issue will have five short stories in it. One a reprint from Fiction River #5, one a reprint from a 1989 Amazing Stories, and three never published stories. Plus the new novel and the two serials and some poetry, like normal. First time I’ve put five stories into an issue.

Next I spent from 4 a.m. to 5:30 digging out old poems. I have a huge box of them, actually.

Done writing for the night. 1,300 new words of fiction, 800 words of nonfiction.

I’m going finish the 5th story tomorrow, fix the novel, and get Smith’s Monthly #8 turned in tomorrow to WMG Publishing for proofing, then my plan is to start a new novel on Thursday.

Stay tuned. No clue what it will be. Not one. But it should ramp up the word count every day. (grin)

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Totals For Month 9, Day 8

– Daily Fiction: 1,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 13,325 words

– Nonfiction: 800 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,400 words

– Blog Posts: 550 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,050 words

– E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 new words. E-mails month-to date: 178 e-mails. Approx. 6,550 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Month 9, Day 7

Month 9, Day 7 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Got out of bed at the normal time for me, around 2 p.m. and managed to get some e-mail done, then to the snail mail, then to the WMG office, then to the bank, then back to the WMG offices all by around 4:30 p.m.

I worked on workshop stuff at the office for a couple of hours, getting home at 6:00 p.m. and then went out for a walk with Kris down to the beach and around. I did one week straight with above 3,500 steps, now I am going for 5,000 steps per day on my FitBit. Two days in a row now.

Then I went downstairs for the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

I made it back into this office here at home by 8:30 p.m. and worked on workshop stuff for a hour or so, then wrote the forward for Fiction River: Past Crimes.

Kris and I spent some time working over that, with her using me as a sounding board for what order the Fiction River: Past Crimes anthology should go together, since she is the editor on it. She had to do two different table of contents because there is a special Kobo edition of that volume with extra stories in it. Subscribers will get both editions, no worry. More on this later as it all gets into place.

She helps me in the same way when I edit a volume.

Then I added in all the details Kris wanted me to add in for the story “A Lesson For Thursday” that will be in Fiction River: Past Crimes. I got about 300 words of that done before heading down to watch the Voice at 1 a.m.

Back up here by 2:30 a.m. and it took me another half hour to add in 300 more words on the story and get it turned in.

By then, I needed to start the new workshops for Tuesday, which took another half hour and it was 3:30 a.m. So instead of starting a new story, I went back to the fun of digging through very old stories to see what I could recover. I’ve had some great stories that have been gone from all view for over twenty-five years that I want to get back out to a modern audience if I can find them and recover them.

For example, in 1988 I sold a story to Amazing Stories when it was a digest still going strong. The story came out in 1989 and is a cat story called “The Mouth that Walked.” I found that file, recovered it, and will reprint it in Smith’s Monthly at some point since no one has seen it since 1989 and it’s a fun and nasty cat story.

Then I spent a good half hour looking for a story in the old files titled “After the Dance” which was a really, really nasty little teenage horror story based on the old song “Last Night at the Dance I Met Laura.”  The story was published in the literary magazine Modern Short Stories in 1990 and damned if I can find that file. It will show up at some point.

Then I found an old file of a story called “A Pinch of How Rosie Lived” which is one of my nursing home stories I wrote way back and never published (that I can find, Google, or remember). I got that file updated and started working on it, adding in about 200 new words in the opening before deciding it was getting to late.

So only 800 new words in fiction, 600 new words in nonfiction. But I felt like I got a ton done today.

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Totals For Month 9, Day 7

– Daily Fiction: 800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 12,025 words

– Nonfiction: 600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 600 words

– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,500 words

– E-mail: 27 e-mails. Approx. 850 new words. E-mails month-to date: 152 e-mails. Approx. 5,450 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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