October Online Workshops

SPECIAL THIS MONTH ONLY

For only October workshops, since we are doing a Fiction River subscription drive this month, for every October online workshop you sign up for, you get your choice of three electronic back issues of Fiction River, or a three issue electronic subscription. (We will extend existing subscriptions if you like.)

When the workshops start around October 6th, I will ask those signed up which Fiction River issues you would like.

Here is the full October Online Workshops list. Two brand new workshops started in September. Science Fiction and Productivity. Information on both and how to sign up under the green workshop tab.

All online workshops have openings at this point, but are limited to twelve writers.

Each is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do. I have bolded the newer workshops that have started this year, including the two new ones that started in September. More information and how to sign up for a workshop is under the green button or under Coast Workshops tab above.

Class #21… Oct 6th … How to Write a Thriller
Class #22… Oct 6th … How to Write Series Novels
Class #23… Oct 6th … Genre Structure
Class #24… Oct 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Oct 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #26… Oct 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Oct 7th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #28… Oct 8th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #29… Oct 8th … Cliffhangers
Class #30… Oct 8th … Productivity

ALL WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY.

Twenty-two lectures now available as well. Many more lectures coming very soon.

(Passwords for lectures are now permanent. No more monthly e-mails.)

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 17

Year 2, Month 2, Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Focused on just getting Smith’s Monthly #13 put together and in. The Christmas issue.

So rolled out around 1:30 p.m. and did e-mail, then headed off to the snail mail, then to WMG Publishing for a time to talk there. Then out to the new store to start the planning for the beginning of the month.

Then back to WMG Publishing around 5 p.m., did some errands, then headed home for a long nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then around 8:30 p.m. I got in here and started through the corrections for Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

If you want to call that a third draft, feel free. (Second draft was when I spell-checked it.) I was just putting in the corrections that Kris found, the ones I agreed with. That took just over an hour.

Then I wrote an introduction to the issue. Around 700 words and got it to Kris to read.

Kris and I went up to WMG Publishing offices around 11 p.m. and I worked there on the main workshop room, getting it in order for a coming coast workshop.

Then home and Kris and I went and watched television until around 2 a.m.

Then back in here and over to my writing computer to work on the serial novel Buffalo Jimmy. Then I worked through three of the stories that will be in the issue. Total new words over two hours as I did that and put the big issue file together just over 1,050 words.

Issue turned in. Now the focus is getting Smith’s Monthly #12 formatted and to the printer. And figuring out when to start another novel.

Blackjack Tournament

Fun picture of the night is of me being presented part of my prize and a plaque for winning the Blackjack Tournament of Champions at Chinook Winds Casino. (I think this was 1994)

I had earned my way through college and law school by playing blackjack on teams. I never told Kris I was any good at cards, never mentioned that part of my past, actually because it never came up, and this picture was taken right after Kris and I got married and moved to the coast.

What happened was that I wanted to take a look at the local casino after we moved here, so I dropped down and ended up playing in a regular blackjack tournament that was just starting. I won it.

When I got home I told her that I needed to go back and play in the tournament of champions the next day (The tournament I happened to stumble into and win was the last qualifying tournament of the year.)

Since I had won four or five hundred in the qualifying tournament, (About one of those racks you see one of the managers holding) and the entry into the tournament of champions was free, she didn’t say anything. She was surprised when I came home with Tournament of Champion kind of money. (grin… it was in the thousands.)

I played a lot of blackjack tournaments over the next few years, winning the yearly Tournament of Champions a second time before switching back over to play poker again.  Kris became my biggest supporter of me playing poker and pushed me out to the World Series and other major tournaments.

My history with cards is this. Back in 1972 I started playing serious cards, starting with gin (rummy), then moving to blackjack and then poker over a few years. When I quit golf and went back to college, a friend asked me to join a blackjack team that went into Vegas or Reno three or four times a year. I did that for a number of years paying for all of my college.

After I got married the first time, I stopped playing on blackjack teams until the marriage broke up, then I went back to playing on a second team for a time to pay for law school. I stopped with my second marriage and didn’t play cards for years. Then after I met Kris, I didn’t even tell her I had played professional cards. It honestly just never came up. It wasn’t until this tournament that my history with cards started to slowly come out.

So this picture is the start of my card history being exposed to Kris. And for Kris seeing how much I love to play poker. And from this point forward, she was my biggest supporter for any cards I wanted to play. And she’s a fine card player in her own right and won some blackjack tournaments as well.

So this is a turning point picture, weird as it may seem.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 17

– Daily Fiction: 1,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 27,200 words  

– Nonfiction: 700 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 3,600 words

– Blog Posts:  800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count:10,200 words

– E-mail: 18 e-mails. Approx. 350 original words. E-mails month-to date: 501 e-mails. Approx. 15,900 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 8 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 16

Year 2, Month 2, Day 16 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Lots and lots of online workshop stuff today, some because I didn’t get it done yesterday and some I wanted to get out ahead of a few things.

Rolled out around 1:30 p.m. and did e-mail and then headed for the snail mail, then to the store to get lunch, then to WMG Publishing office by 3:30 p.m.

Worked there on workshop stuff until 6 p.m. and then home to do more e-mail, then off to take a nap with the white cat and dinner and news and dishes. Back up to WMG Publishing around 8:30 p.m. and worked there until 11:30 p.m.

Then home to watch some television after a short nap. Kris finished reading my last novel and liked it and never said a word about where I chopped stuff out, so it must have worked. Just some nits. Yeah! So I can put all of Smith’s Monthly #13 together tomorrow and get it off to the proofer.

Made it back in this office around 2 a.m. and finished up a bunch of work until 4 a.m. including writing this far in this blog. So now I’m going to go look for that story again.

One hour and twenty minutes later…. I found it! And five more stories I thought worth saving. And a great story start that I finished with about 1,050 new words.

A word of advice I didn’t follow way back in the early computer days… make your file titles clear for what the story title is. If I had learned that back in the late 1980s, I wouldn’t have spent three days plus going through old files for a story called “The Christmas Escape.”  I had it under “Ghos.Do” file title. Not kidding.  Ahh, well, I got better. (grin)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 16

– Daily Fiction: 1,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 26,150 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,900 words

– Blog Posts:  350 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,400 words

– E-mail: 39 e-mails. Approx. 1,250 original words. E-mails month-to date: 483 e-mails. Approx. 15,550 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 8 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 15

Year 2, Month 2, Day 15 of this Writing in Public challenge.

It was a Monday.  Rolled out around 1 p.m. and spent the next two hours feeding the cats, talking with neighbors, fighting off raccoons from the outdoor cat’s food, and getting e-mail. Kris was still down in the Bay area, so I was still doing morning cat chores and such.

Around 3 p.m. I headed for the snail mail, then up to WMG Publishing to check in, then to a bank, then back home by 4 p.m. I then spent the next two hours or so with more e-mail and doing the online workshop assignments and such.

I got all that done by around 6 p.m. and headed to Portland to pick Kris up at the airport. She arrived on time a little after nine and we stopped for dinner on the way back.

We made it home by around 12:30 a.m. and watched some television until around 2 a.m. Then Kris went off to bed and I went back to working on short stories for Smith’s Monthly #13. I still can’t find the story file I’m looking for after three more hours of looking and working on other stories I found along the way.

I found at least another five short stories that had never seen the light of day, and for some reason, a copy of a story in electronic form from back in my typewriter days that was in a magazine called The Horror Show in 1986. Not sure when I typed that into a computer file or why. Strange. But glad I did. The original manuscript was lost in the fire.

So over the three hours I took two breaks and managed in total exactly 1,650 original words, and printed up the last novel for Kris to read tomorrow.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 15

– Daily Fiction: 1,650 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 25,100 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,900 words

– Blog Posts:  350 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,050 words

– E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 1,150 original words. E-mails month-to date: 444 e-mails. Approx. 14,300 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 8 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

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October Online Workshops

Since we are giving special Fiction River volumes with all sign-ups for October workshops, and people are starting to sign up, I figured it was time to do a full post on the October workshops, including their blurbs and promotional covers.

So here they are, all ten online workshops for October. Sign Up instructions and more details about the workshops under the Online Workshop tab above. Remember, all these workshops are limited to 12 writers per month and with the Fiction River volume bonus, some of these will fill this month. Don’t delay.

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PRODUCTIVITY 

Kris and I are two of the most prolific long-term writers working today. And we have done that year-after-year for thirty years. Well, finally we decided to tackle the one area we have been avoiding in teaching.

Productivity.

That’s right, we’re finally going to teach that skill. And in this new indie world, productivity is a critical skill to have.

If you followed my blog last year and watched me write twelve novels, three nonfiction books, and thirty-plus short stories while working a day job with WMG Publishing and workshops, you know what productivity is. Kris and I can teach you how to do that and a lot of other ways of being productive.

If you are tired of looking back at a year and wondering why you didn’t write more, this workshop is for you.

If you think you just write too slow, this workshop is for you.

So for a six week workshop online, we are going to help writers become more productive and learn habits and techniques that will keep you productive for years to come. Six weeks of videos, five assignments. If you want an extra book per year, or just more stories, and can never seem to make it happen, this new workshop starting in September is for you.

We can all find extra time, but most writers don’t know how to convert that extra time over months and a year into more stories and novels.

This is a nuts and bolts workshop, not on craft workshop. This workshop will work if you want to write a first novel or just add more novels and stories to your yearly output. The techniques and methods we will teach in this workshop will work for all levels.

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HOW TO WRITE THRILLERS 

Taught by Dean Wesley Smith, author of at least two dozen thriller novels under various names. First taught here at the coast, this workshop will help you not only learn how to write a thriller, the hardest genre of them all to write, but this workshop will help you speed up all books when you want to.

This workshop combines a lot of different areas of how to relay to the reader to keep reading. From plotting to pacing to character and so much more. Some people call thrillers “big books.” That’s because thrillers often require scope, multiple characters, and other skills this workshop will help you get a handle on.

If readers can put your books down while reading them, if they stop along the way, if they give reviews that it was slow, this workshop will fix those problems.

 

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HOW TO WRITE SERIES NOVELS IN ALL GENRES 


Taught by Dean Wesley Smith with the help of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. For both of them, many of their hundred plus novels each have been in series. And there are many, many skills to writing successful series books that hold readers from one book to another.

This workshop will cover series in all genres, from fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and even romance, which is a genre difficult to write series in. This workshop will talk about character threads through novels, plot arches, setting threads, and so much more, including how to even see that you might have a series idea. And with this new indie world, series are popular and sell better when a writer can do it correctly.

So everything you need to know about writing a successful series.

 

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CHARACTER VOICE AND SETTING


If you want to learn how to get down inside character’s heads and stay there, this workshop teaches you that and so much more. And if critiques tell you your setting seems thin, you need this workshop.

An intense craft workshop that will help you learn how to develop memorable characters, memorable settings, and learn how to write multiple characters that can be told apart. Gain control over your own characters and learn the techniques that make a character and the setting around each character come alive to a reader.

Taught for six years here on the coast, but now has moved online.

 

 

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WRITING WITH DEPTH 

A sentence-by-sentence, clause-by-clause look at how you can write fiction, characters, settings, and plots with depth. Your writing, your characters, your fiction will take a huge jump forward with this workshop.

This workshop goes hand-in-hand with the Character Voice workshop and the Pacing workshop. Writing With Depth workshop adds in a third and final part to the puzzle of making characters and stories have real power that holds readers in your stories. And you can take the workshops in any order. They all just add to each other.

Last fall, Kris and I did a workshop called “Strengths” that looked at writers’ work up close and helped them, we hope, understand where they are strong, and where they need work. Almost everyone who took that class needed work consistency developing characters at a deeper level. But how?

In the Character Voice workshop, both here at the coast and now online, I often told writers they were just skimming over the surface and they needed to stay down in character’s heads more. But how?

The Writing With Depth workshop shows you exactly how.

Kris and I have finally worked out a way to get down into the details to show you exactly how to add depth to your characters and your work without hurting your plotting or your pacing.

Not a theory workshop. We show you directly how to do it and you practice it and get feedback from us on how to make your work even deeper.

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HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION

Put together by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. Kris is the only person to have won the Hugo Award for her writing and her professional editing of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Dean edited as well at Pulphouse and Pocket Books, writing and editing Star Trek for over ten years. He also wrote Men in Black original novels and many, many other very popular science fiction books.

Right now Dean is also writing two science fiction series under his own name and Kris is also writing two science fiction series under her own name as well as have short stories appear regularly in Asimov’s and Analog magazines. In fact, she’s won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award five times and the Analog one a few times.

Kris and Dean, with Dean doing most of the talking, will lead you through how to write science fiction short stories and novels. You’ll learn all the sub-genres of the field, as well as how to write in each and what is required of each.

How to do science fiction series, how to come up with ideas, how to build your science fiction worlds without needing orbital mechanics, and so much more.

Again, this will cover both short fiction and novels. Science fiction is such a huge genre, but we’ll try to pack it all in a short six weeks.

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PACING YOUR STORY


(Keeping Your Story Moving)
Ever wonder how a writer makes you stay up all night reading? And sometimes when the story doesn’t really hold you? This workshop teaches you the tricks and skills that will keep your story moving at the pace you want it to move.

From writing slow family scenes to fast action scenes, you will gain the control of the reader that you always wondered about.

This workshop will cover a vast amount of information and writing techniques. From short stories to novels and series novels, this class covers everything you will need to know about how to keep a story moving and the readers turning pages.

 

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CLIFFHANGERS



How to keep a reader reading from chapter to chapter and from scene to scene.

There are many ways besides the standard “hero hanging from a cliff” that the name of the technique is named after. In fact, there are six major cliffhangers and each week in this course will cover another way to keep your readers hooked into your stories.

The workshop will also cover how to speed up your stories and even understand when a scene or chapter should end.

Understanding how to use the major cliffhanger techniques will jump your sales and keep readers coming back to your work.

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PITCHES AND BLURBS

Maybe the most important workshop we do. This workshop will teach you how to write great ad copy for your stories and novels.

Name value, then covers, then ad copy are the top three things readers look at before sampling your book.

This course will teach you how to write ad copy for electronic sales, for cover letters to editors, for catalog copy to bookstores, and also back cover copy for your books.

This skill takes time to learn and this workshop will get you on the road to selling more books and stories.

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GENRE STRUCTURE


Writers seldom know what genre they write in. Every wonder why your book isn’t selling well? Maybe it’s because you put your book on the wrong electronic shelf.

Not only will this workshop teach you how to identify genres, but also will teach you the structure of all the major genres. That way if you decide to write a story or a novel in a certain genre, you will understand what you need to do.

This workshop goes down inside the structure of each genre and many subgenres. You will understand genre when you finish this workshop.

 

Any questions on any workshop, just contact me.

More information about the workshops can be found under the Online Workshop tab above.

 

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 14

Year 2, Month 2, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Holy smokes did I get a lot done today.

Rolled out around 12:30 p.m. and made it to the professional writer’s lunch by 2 p.m. Great fun and conversation, as always.

Then to WMG Publishing where I spent the entire afternoon working on the post above this one and a sign-up web site for the workshops and lectures. For two years, writers have had to come here to this web site to sign up, even though the workshops were WMG Publishing workshops. Not any more.

However, even though the other site is for information, you still sign up with me just as normal. Too confusing to do anything else. (grin)

I guess after two years, it’s about time the workshops and lectures have an information web site we can direct people to for information on the lectures and workshops.  That new site is WMGPublishingworkshops.com

I also did four more of the fun workshop promotion covers because I wanted to do the post above this and have a promotional cover for every workshop in October. That was fun.

And I did a cover for a workshop we might be starting up in November. Stay tuned for that.

And don’t miss the Fiction River anthology volumes given with October workshops. Great reading. Fiction River has published over 80 different authors now and even has an original Frank Herbert story coming up in a future volume. Not kidding. Jump into a workshop and get a free three issue electronic subscription to Fiction River.

So anyhow, went home to nap and watched the football game for a time, then headed back to the WMG office around 9 p.m. and kept working on workshop stuff and web site stuff. Got that mostly done by 11 p.m. and came home.

I did the workshop homework for the night and then wrote an article for a web site of about 600 words, then redid my bio some for WMG, since it was years dated.

Then I headed over to my computer to try to find a story that was published a long time ago in an anthology that came out and vanished. It’s a wonderful ghost Christmas story I want to have in Smith’s Monthly #13, the Christmas issue.

But damned if I can find it yet. But wow did I find a ton of stories I wrote at one point or another and just never mailed. (I was so bad at following Heinlein’s Rule #4… sigh.)

I ended up finding one story that didn’t have an ending on it, so I wrote 600 new words on that one, then found another story that needed some major help and did another 850 new words on that one. Then on a third story I wrote 700 new words. But I found seven or eight more stories that didn’t need any work. All that took three hour-long sessions with breaks.

But I didn’t find the story I was looking for yet. So back at that tomorrow because I really want that story in the Christmas issue and I don’t want to retype it. I think it’s one of my stories with a computer file. I hope. I wrote a ton of stories on a typewriter. That story might be one of them.

So 2,150 new words on three short stories that I counted. And a bunch of other stuff.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 14

– Daily Fiction: 2,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 23,450 words  

– Nonfiction: 600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,900 words

– Blog Posts:  1,300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,700 words

– E-mail: 34 e-mails. Approx. 1,650 original words. E-mails month-to date: 416 e-mails. Approx. 13,150 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 5. Covers finished month-to-date: 8 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

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Full Year of Smith’s Monthly

I thought this looked kind of cool. Who knew I could actually get all of the first year out and on time? (#12 shipping later this month.) And I’m still going strong. Fun!

It’s in grayscale because it’s an ad in Smith’s Monthly interior.

Smith's Ad web

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 13

Year 2, Month 2, Day 13 of this Writing in Public challenge.

So a slow Saturday. But a fun one.

Rolled out around 1 p.m. and did some e-mail and other chores with cats. Then off to the bookstore to talk about that large collection I’m thinking of taking, then I made it to the snail mail and then to the store for lunch and then to WMG Publishing around 4 p.m.

I worked there on a little workshop stuff, but mostly Smith’s Monthly #12 formatting and got another cover done. For yet another very strange story, this one a time travel Sherlock Holmes story called “Two Roads, No Choices” that I wrote for an anthology a decade or so ago. It has the Titanic in it in case you couldn’t tell from the cover. (grin)

Then I took a few of the golf clubs from a bag of clubs I had got for almost nothing at the auction and headed for the golf course to hit a few range balls with them.  I actually spent twenty minutes on the putting green as well. The weather was so nice, I just couldn’t stay in all day. So I sat on a stone wall and watched three or four groups play the 18th hole before heading home for a nap and news.

Then I watched part of a football game. As I said, not a normal Saturday, but an easy-going one.

I got back to WMG offices around 9:30 p.m., finished up some workshop stuff, did a little more on Smith’s Monthly formatting, and then headed home around 11:30.  I went to watch the news to see how hot it was going to be here tomorrow. Then watched another show and didn’t get back up here until around 2 a.m.

I ran back through the novel, Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift making sure I had transitions right and chapters numbered right (annoying problem) and so on. (If you are really stuck on myths and really have to, you could call this a second draft. (grin))

I wrote one scene of about a thousand words that needed to be in a hole I had cut out by tossing away a bunch of chapters. All of that took me exactly two hours, with a slight break.

Then I started looking at some of my Christmas stories for the issue, since this is my Christmas issue (coming out in late October, but what the hell.) I dinged at one of them that has never seen the light of day, maybe adding another 300 new words in the process.

So tomorrow I have to write an introduction, another introduction for something different, and finish working on the story and another one as well. So off to get some sleep.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 13

– Daily Fiction: 1,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 21,300 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,300 words

– Blog Posts:  500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,400 words

– E-mail: 9 e-mails. (The lowest daily total in my memory.) Approx. 100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 382 e-mails. Approx. 11,500 words

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

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 12

Year 2, Month 2, Day 12 of this Writing in Public challenge.

The last day of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Got it done, finally.

So let me run through the day first and I’ll then explain what I managed to do with the writing.

Up around 1, fed the cats, did chores like that, and then around 2:30 headed for the snail mail and the WMG office. Talked with some writers who were there and one that is helping me with my Poker Boy covers. I am so excited about those.

Anyhow, I managed to get some time to work on formatting Smith’s Monthly #12 and did another cover. Again, as with the story I did the cover for yesterday, this is a very strange story. And it also was hard to do a cover for.

Another science fiction with aliens, sort of, in a poker game, and a woman named Donna. Holding is a poker term and there was a song called “Who’s Holding Donna Now” back a ways. Story has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the song.

Anyhow, got the cover finished and went home to take a nap with the white cat. Around 8 p.m. I headed out to have dinner up at the WMG office (cold chicken, which I like). I managed to work for three hours on workshops stuff.

One of the things I worked on earlier today was this nifty new thing we are offering now for October online workshops.  Many of you know we have a Fiction River subscription drive going on through Kickstarter. Fantastic rewards including if you sign up for a lecture, you get issues of Fiction River. Check it out. Just click the Kickstarter Fiction River logo on the right sidebar.

We initially had ten November or December online workshops through Kickstarter that if you signed up for them, you also got a full year’s subscription.

So since the subscription drive is going almost up until the October workshops start, we have decided to offer something else for the October workshops outside of Kickstarter.

So, as the post above says, for each online October workshop you sign up for, you will get three electronic back issues of Fiction River of your choice or a three issue electronic subscription. And if you already have a subscription, we will just extend it, no problem.

When the workshops start, I will ask each person what issues or subscription they want. Nothing for you to keep track of except just sign up for a workshop. Nifty, huh? I was very happy WMG said this would be a good idea after those first ten through Kickstarter sold out. So you can support Fiction River and take an online workshop and get some great reading at the same time. Nifty.

Only for October workshops.

So don’t delay too long in signing up. Some of the workshops this month might fill up, unlike this summer.

So home around 11:30 tonight and I wanted to get right to the novel, so I did.

I wrote 1,050 words by 12:30 a.m. and another 1,100 words by 1:15 a.m. with a short break between the sessions.

Longer break, wrote another 1,200 words before 2:30 a.m., short break, another 1,100 words by 3:15, another short break, and the final 1,450 words by 4:30 a.m.

Done. 5,900 new words tonight on the run to the end.

Tomorrow night I’m going to go back through, make sure I have transitions fixed on things I cut out, that sort of thing, and then print it up for Kris to read when she returns from the Bay area.

I have no idea how long this thing will end up, but trust me, it’s not near the 60,000 plus words I wrote to get it done.

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 19,300 words
Day 6…. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 21,400 words
Day 7…. 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 23,450 words
Day 8…. 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 26,550 words
Day 9…. 1,700 words. Total words to date…. 28,250 words
Day 10… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 31,350 words
Day 11… 1,700 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 12… 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 35,200 words
Day 13… 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 36,300 words
Day 14… 3,900 words. Total words to date…. 40,200 words
Day 15… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 43,300 words
Day 16… 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 45,450 words
Day 17… 2,200 words. Total words to date…. 47,650 words
Day 18… 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 50,800 words
Day 19… 1,950 words. Total words to date…. 52,750 words
Day 20… 1,550 words. Total words to date…. 54,300 words
Final Day… 5,900 words. Total words to date…. 60,200 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 12

– Daily Fiction: 5,900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,000 words  

– Nonfiction: 200 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,300 words

– Blog Posts:  700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,900 words

– E-mail: 11 e-mails.  Approx. 200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 373 e-mails. Approx. 11,400 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 11

Year 2, Month 2, Day 11 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Not a day off from writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

But no new words. But progress.

Actually, I don’t know if I had any new words, so not going to count any because what I did tonight on the novel just messed up my counting system for the evening. (grin) My gut sense was that I did about 500 new words, but again not going to count it.

Anyhow, day started off way early for me at 11 a.m. crawling out of bed. Since I was so tired yesterday and crashed out early, I actually got eight hours sleep. Wow. Kris and I headed to Portland right before noon and I had her to the airport by 2:45. She’s down in the bay area doing research on an upcoming book and talking with writers there.

I turned around at once and beat fast tires out of Portland to miss the rush hour traffic and barely made it out. I stopped twice in the Salem area, one to look at some cars, another to check out an antique’s mall I hadn’t been in for five years. When I went through the door the woman who owned the mall said, “Dean, where have you been hiding?” (After five years she remembered me and I didn’t even have my hat on. Wow, that’s a memory.)

I told her I was getting back in the collector business, buying and selling, on October 1st, so I had to start my old picking routes again and she was very happy to see me, even though I didn’t spend anything. She knows I will. (grin)

I managed to get home by 6:30, feed the cats, and head for a long nap with the white cat.

First time I have been that far away from the coast in a while, so it felt good, if driving in city traffic can ever feel good. (grin)

Kris awoke me with a call around 8 p.m. saying she had made it and was headed for her hotel.

So I stumbled out to Burger King for dinner, then back to WMG Publishing to work on Smith’s Monthly #12 formatting. I did one cover tonight. It’s for a story that has to be one of the very strangest science fiction mystery stories I ever wrote. It will be in Smith’s Monthly #12 if you want to read it coming out near the end of this month.

The cover fits the story. Not kidding. And it’s sf, which this cover does not say in any way because it’s also solid mystery and… and… So many of my stories are so flying over multiple genres, covers are nearly impossible. And my titles don’t help. (grin)

Even a blurb wouldn’t help on this one. It would be something like: Saving the whales, one dead human at a time.

I forgot to mention, but this week a friend of mine came up with a FANTASTIC new theme design for Poker Boy. And he did a mock-up to show us what he was thinking and it is flat perfect! So once I learn some stuff on how to do what he did, buy some art and fonts, and do some covers, I’ll show them here. Almost like a total relaunch of Poker Boy. Fantastic fun!!!

So home around 11:30 p.m. to watch some television with me and the cats, then around 1 a.m. I got in here. I first worked on a nonfiction project, but even though that took some time, I didn’t get enough new words to feel comfortable counting them.

Then around 2 a.m. I went to the novel. And after I looked at where I had stopped, I still had no idea where it was going, so as I do with cycling, this time I did a huge cycle all the way back to the beginning.

What I was looking for in the reading was the ending. I know for a fact my subconscious, without me thinking about it, often puts the endings of my books hidden in the openings somewhere. If some English class were ever to work over one of my stories, I would look really smart, but it’s my subconscious that does that and I never normally notice it. But since I was stuck, I kind of wanted to go back over the opening of the book to find what I had for an ending.

And as I did that, I spotted the ending just fine hidden right up there in the front. (Thankfully! My subconscious knew where I was headed all along.) And as I worked my way through the book, I spotted more loops that were left from my old traditional novel-writing days and didn’t help this book at all. So I chopped out even more words. And added in some transitions and such.

I flat LOVE not having to pad out books when the story doesn’t demand it. But padding is a hard skill to unlearn at times after a hundred plus traditional novels.

This entire process took about 1.5 hours with a ten minute break.

I was so focused on what I was doing going through the book, so deep in creative voice, I didn’t think to count the new words. So I’m not even making a guess tonight. But I have the ending now finally.

When I got to the place to start writing new toward the ending I now see as clear as day, it was almost 4 a.m. and I decided I’m going to go get another good night’s sleep and finish this thing tomorrow.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 11

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 14,100 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,100 words

– Blog Posts:  800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,200 words

– E-mail: 13 e-mails.  Approx. 300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 362 e-mails. Approx. 11,200 words

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

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