One Week Until August Online Workshops Start

All online workshops have openings at this point.  Each is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do. I’ll work with you around any vacation, so no problem there at all. The class can work around your schedule easily.

I have bolded the newer workshops that have started this year. Thriller and Series workshop are both brand new in June. Schedule through December is under the green button.

Class #1… Aug 4th … How to Write a Thriller
Class #2… Aug 4th … How to Write Series Novels
Class #3… Aug4th … Originality
Class #4… Aug 4th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #5… Aug 5th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #6… Aug5th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… Aug 5th … Genre Structure
Class #8… Aug 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #9… Aug 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #10… Aug 6th … Openings

I WILL WORK WITH YOU AROUND YOUR VACATIONS. NO PROBLEM AT ALL! 

ALL WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY.

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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: Month 12, Day 28

Month 12, Day 28 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day seventeen of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Finally got a full night’s sleep for the first time in a week. Wow, felt great to actually crawl out of bed after 2 p.m. and eight full hours. I only took one nap today for some reason. (grin)

I did e-mail and then headed to the snail mail and the store for lunch around 4 p.m. Up at WMG Publishing office I worked on workshop stuff. My friend, when I wasn’t looking, finished up the new sound room, so now I just need to do some mudding and painting and it will be ready to go. I’ll start that tomorrow.

I headed home around 6 p.m. and worked on more e-mail and workshop stuff, then took the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, and news. Kris did the dishes, so I ended up back at WMG Publishing working on workshop stuff by 8:30 p.m.

We have a new web site for the online workshops starting for the August group and I’m getting that all together. Plus I did a new introduction video (actually two parts this time) for the workshops.

So that’s going along well. Not a lot of people signed up in the August online workshops, so I’ll get to work pretty closely with the ones who are signed up, which is fun. Still lots of room and a full week before they start up.

Also, Kris and I worked on a new workshop that I will get listed starting in September as well. It’s going to be a brand new Strength Workshop, only a ton better than the first time we did it. This will be six weeks long and will cover five areas of craft for the first five weeks. First week will be about character voice with an assignment at the end of the week that tests your ability to do character voice.

Second week will be pacing with an assignment at the end of the week’s videos to test your ability to do pacing. Third is setting, fourth is conflict/plot, and fifth week is information flow. Each with an assignment to test your ability in the area after the lectures. The sixth week will be a business week with lots of advanced business stuff writers need now to survive with all the choices that face us.

Note: We have six week workshops on most of the topics of the Strengths Workshop weeks. This workshop will not replace those more intense workshops in any fashion. It is not only a learning workshop, but a workshop to help you see and understand where you are strong and where you are weak in certain areas so you can practice and study.

Anyhow, with the Science Fiction online workshop starting in September and the Strength Workshop starting then as well, it’s going to be a fun month for me. (grin)  I will have these posted on the schedule in a day or so, I promise.

After working up there at WMG on all this, Kris showed up and walked until 11:30 and I came home at that point to do the last of the days online workshop stuff. Then I went to watch some television, getting back in here around 2 a.m.

In forty-five minutes I did 950 words, then took a short break.

In another fifty minutes I did 1,100 words, then took another short break, which means I stood up and walked to the fridge.

By 4:30 a.m. I had finished another 1,200 words and another break.

By 5:35 a.m. I did another 1,000 words and called it a night.

4,250 words tonight. Novel is flashing right alone. Not a clue where, but it’s flashing right along. And in the process I’m learning about all sorts of interesting things about classy hotels in 1901.

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Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL

Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050
Day 11… 1,050 words. Total words to date……20,100
Day 12… 900 words. Total words to date……21,000
Day 13… 1,750 words. Total words to date……22,750
Day 14… 3,300 words. Total words to date……26,050
Day 15… 3,450 words. Total words to date……29,500
Day 16… 3,250 words. Total words to date……32,750
Day 17… 4,250 words. Total words to date……37,000

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Totals For Month 12, Day 28

– Daily Fiction: 4,250 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 47,500 words

– Nonfiction: 400 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,100 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,750 words

– E-mail: 34 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words. E-mails month-to date: 743 e-mails. Approx. 23,250 words

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

 

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Think Like a Publisher: 2015… Chapter 5: Return on Investment

Chapter Five:

Return on Investment

As a professional writer, when I am asked by another writer what they would be better off writing, my standard and correct answer is “Anything you are passionate about. Any story that motivates you. Any topic that scares hell out of you or excites you.”

And when asked “What’s the best length in this new world?” my answer has been “Whatever length the story demands.”

Those are my writer-to-writer answers and they are correct. No second thoughts at all. Those answers come from the art of writing. Those answers come into play for all writers and should be followed where possible by all writers. Those answers will help a writer find their best work, their best art.

That is my opinion, my answers, and I am sticking with them as a writer.

Now… let’s switch hats and think like a publisher. Or better yet, the accountant working for a publisher. And that’s where this chapter is going to be a problem for some people.

This chapter is my attempt to answer all the questions I keep getting about what length is better because my writer answer sure doesn’t seem to satisfy some people. 

Indie publishers are, for the most part, writers first and foremost. So back to the advice I always give above. It is the right advice, the best advice to turn out the best stories, and that’s what matters.

But… let’s pretend for a second here to help you learn how to figure “return on investment” as if you are not a writer.

Some of my background here as a writer.

Can I write to length? Oh, heaven’s yes. You must have that skill if you work for any time in media of any sort. If a novel needs to be seventy thousand words to fit a contract, it better darned well be within a thousand or so of seventy thousand words. Period. Every time. No exceptions.

If I need to write a short story under six thousand words to fit a certain topic of an anthology, can I do it? Of course. Easily.

Would a book be better if I let it go to its natural conclusion as a writer? Most of the time I would say yes. But often when working with traditional publishing I didn’t have that wonderful freedom to do that. I had to hit word count within a certain time and at a certain quality.

That’s called being a professional commercial fiction writer. It’s a good job. And not a job that most writers can do, actually.

Being a professional commercial fiction writer takes the ability to mimic a voice in words so the readers hear the character’s voice. (Think trying to write the cadence and syntax of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Picard, Janeway and so on in a way that readers hear the actor’s voices in their heads as they read your words.)

Being a commercial fiction writer takes the ability to spend long hours doing nothing but being creative. It takes the skill of being able to understand author voices and even mimic another author’s voice if you get hired to ghost write, which I did a lot as well.

Most writers are lucky to get to the end of a novel with anything more than a gut sense of what they did. Commercial fiction writers have to know exactly what we did, and why, and we do that to length, and on demand.

And the demand is usually for a very short deadline. Commercial fiction writers must learn extreme control of most aspects of fiction writing skill. (Which is why I can teach craft and help other writers.)

But all that said about my writing life, I still tell other indie writers to just let a story go its natural length to create the best art possible.

Granted, sometimes you can create art within the constraints of being a commercial fiction writer hitting deadlines to length. Not often, but sometimes.

Art is better left free to roam where it wants to go and for how long. And as an indie writer, you have that option. I now have that option, where I didn’t as a commercial traditional fiction writer.

And I love that freedom.

So what do you do as a publisher when you put on the publisher hat?

Can you pretend that because math says one way is better than another, one length of story is better than another, one genre sells better than another, should you push to write that way? Oh, heavens, NO!

But you must understand the business. As Kris and I have shouted over and over for decades now, writers are business people. Writing is a business. And an art.

We all must keep working on the art AND the business. Learning both.

So I am going to try here (for just a short moment) to pretend I am just a publisher, not a writer, and work out some expected return on investments. In a vacuum. Without any thought of being a writer. A publisher talking to other publishers who are not writers.

In other words, I’m going to pretend to look at this business like an accountant in a publishing company would look at it. (In very, very, VERY simple terms.) And again, remember, I am doing this chapter in direct response to hundreds of questions on this topic from writers who might think they are in control of their writing enough to write to length and to topic in a quality fashion. Chances are they are not, but at least I have given an answer.

If you have any fear that this post will change your writing in any way, just skip this one. Please.

What is Investment in Indie Publishing?

We covered all that in the first chapters. It’s expenses, overhead, and time.  Time is the critical element here, since the rest are pretty set per project.  So I’m going to just assume all of the overhead and expenses are wrapped into the total and focus only on time from here on out in for this post.

The time it takes to write a story or a novel.

(Publisher/accountant hat firmly on.)

Let’s say a product can be produced at a rate of 1,000 words per hour. Each hour is valued at $50.00. (Set your own.)

So it takes 10 hours for a 5,000 word short story to produce and post to sales channels .

Short story has a cost of $500.00. (10 hours)

A 50,000 word novel is 10 times as long, so $5,000 cost. (100 hours to produce and put out)

A 100,000 word novel is 20 times as long, so $10,000 cost. (200 hours to produce and put out)

(I said I was going to be simple, didn’t I? So don’t quibble on the small stuff, follow the logic and then do your own math for your own work and time and value of hours and add in all the factors you want.)

Income Projections

Before we go any farther, I need to lay out what I use as minimum sales numbers for this kind of mind game we are playing here with this chapter.

As I have said in the past and many writers’ numbers seem to back this up, the following sales figures apply if you have 50 or more titles up under the same name. (And yes, I know, genre and series help a lot.)

Assumptions of Sales for this chapter. (Again, this comes into play when you have a lot of titles under one name.)

Short stories average over all titles about 5 sales per month total through all sites around the world. (Average)

Collections average over all collections about 5 sales per month total through all sites around the world.

Short novels and novels tend to average about 25 sales per month total through all sites around the world.

Now I’m going to ignore all the details of pricing and percentages (again, I’m being simple here) and just assign a figure for gross income per sale per item. (Again, I have talked about this a great deal in other posts on my blog.)

Short story  $2.00 per sale gross.

Five-Story Collection $4.00 per sale gross. (Say $.75 per story per sale for a five story collection.)

Novel $5.00 per sale gross.

So to the math.

Short story: $2.00 x 5 sales = $10.00.

Then add in the amount per story from sales of collections.  $.75 x 5 = $3.75.

So that means you would get $13.75 gross income per short story per month total.

Novel: $5.00 x 25 sales = $125.00 gross income per novel per month total.

Say the novel is 50,000 words long and took 100 hours to write and produce.  Each short story took 10 hours to write and produce.

So to equate the two you would take the short story and multiply by 10 to get the same amount of time used on the novel.

Ten short stories = $137.50 per month gross income. (36 months to recoup the $5,000 investment in time on those ten short stories.)

One 50,000 word novel = $125.00 per month gross income. (40 months to recoup the $5,000 investment in time to write the short novel.)

If your novel is 100,000 words, it would take 200 hours to write.

Twenty short stories = $275.00 per month gross income. (36 months to recoup the $10,000 investment in time on those twenty short stories.)

One 100,000 word novel = $125.00 per month gross income. (80 months to recoup the $10,000 investment in time to write the novel.)

Summary of rough math.

If you take the writing side out for an indie publisher, it is clear from the math that writing shorter novels is better than longer novels and writing short fiction is the best when looking at only income.

36 months to recoup investment on short fiction

40 months to recoup investment on a 50,000 word novel

80 months to recoup investment on a 100,000 word novel.

Other factors:

— It has been proven that writing in series helps increase sales.

— It has been proven that some genres sell better in some forms than others.

— It has also been proven that new product out helps sell older stuff. (Which goes back to writing shorter novels and short fiction because you have more product on a regular basis.)

— Novels have better outlets in paper than short fiction.

— Novels can sometimes take off.

— Short stories can make you money selling first to good magazines and also will be great promotion for your other work.

So if you are mercenary and are only thinking like an accountant, writing short novels (40-50 thousand words) and a ton of short fiction in certain genres in series is the best way to go. You get the best of both sides.

That means turning yourself into someone like me who can write to length, in any genre, and quickly and knows story and fiction at such a deep level that you can mimic anything with words.

Yeah, that’s going to happen.

Considering your stories as an actual investment.

Understand, in the first part of this, I looked at your story as a form of inventory that costs will be returned at a certain point. That is how 99.9% of all writers think about their writing. “When will I break even?”

That, of course, forgets about the next 100 plus years of the story’s existence. But writers are always short-sighted and looking only to the next year, at best.

So that’s cost of inventory thinking, the “when will I get my money back.”

So what would happen if you actually considered your finished work an actual investment, like socking money into the stock market or some other retirement plan???

After all, in this new indie world, you retain all rights and those rights last for 70 years past your death.

So for fun, let’s go back to those numbers above and look at them as investment capital.

Take the short novel at $50 per hour and 100 hours of time. You have an investment in the novel of $5,000.

And over a year’s time, on average sales, you are going to make about $125.00 per month or about $1,500 per year on that novel at 25 sales per month. That’s a 30% annual return on investment. Wow.

And yet indie writers I know think a book is failing at those numbers. (It won’t make Amazon bestseller lists… Oh, no! Dean shaking head and moving on.)

So kick the sales down to only 10 books per month on the novel across all sales platforms (Average over a year). Making $5.00 per sale gets you $50 per month or about $600 per year. (Most new writers would think that a failure of a book. And it will never, ever make an Amazon bestseller list)

But what percentage of return is that on your $5,000 investment???

12% annual return.

Investors would kill for a regular 12% return on investment. Given enough investment, you can live on 12% return on investment.

Traditional publishers take a book and look at how fast it can return its costs of production so they can forget it, toss it away. Indie writers learned that from traditional publishers.

Smart writers (indie publishers) look at a book lasting far past their death and think of each story, each book as an investment in the future.

Now back to reality.  

Most indie publishers are writers first and the best way to produce good stories is write what we care about, what we love, what we are passionate about. If your novels go long, let them. If you hate short stories, don’t write them.

And the truth of the matter is that if you write great stories and novels from your passion and keep learning how to tell better and better stories, they also sell better. No math needed there. It’s a fact.

So this chapter was to answer a bunch of questions I keep getting about which is the best length to write in indie publishing.

Short fiction and short novels are the best.

But even better is to write what you want and say to hell with the accountants.

And have fun.

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 27

Month 12, Day 27 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day sixteen of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Finally got Smith’s Monthly #10 into the printer and it should be shipping when everyone at WMG Publishing returns in a week. #11 is being proofed, and Avalance Creek will be in #12 as soon as I finish the thing.

Anyhow, standard Sunday. Off to the writer’s lunch at 2 p.m. and then back up to WMG offices to finish the formatting. While I was gone my friend finished all the sheetrock on the new sound room. It looks fantastic. So now only mudding and painting to go.

I worked on the formatting of Smith’s Monthly #10 until six, then headed home for a nap with the white cat, diner, news, and dishes. Then back to the WMG office to finish it.

Kris showed up to walk around 9:30 p.m. and I got the issue loaded to the printer at 10:30 when she finished. We headed home to watch some television, then I came into this office and did the online workshop stuff I didn’t already have finished. (I tend to work on it in tiny parts over the week.) I got that done by 1 a.m.

Down to watch some more television until around 2:30 a.m. Finally over to the writing.

Forty-five minute session I did right at 1,000 words. Short break, then in an hour I managed 1,100 words.

Another short break and another 1,150 words before 5:30 a.m.

So just dinging along on this book. Another 3,250 words and still no clue where it is headed. But I have a ton of notes as to where I have been, since this is a complex time travel and timeline novel into the past. Trying to keep track of what I have written as I plow along.

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Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL

Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050
Day 11… 1,050 words. Total words to date……20,100
Day 12… 900 words. Total words to date……21,000
Day 13… 1,750 words. Total words to date……22,750
Day 14… 3,300 words. Total words to date……26,050
Day 15… 3,450 words. Total words to date……29,500
Day 16… 3,250 words. Total words to date……32,750

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Totals For Month 12, Day 27

– Daily Fiction: 3,250 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 43,250 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,700 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,250 words

– E-mail: 42 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 709 e-mails. Approx. 22,350 words

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

 

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 26

Month 12, Day 26 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day fifteen of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Beat up sort of describes how I feel tonight. Helping the movers will do that to you. (grin)

Anyway, rolled out around 1 p.m. and the movers pulled up around 2 p.m.  From here at the house, I needed the last half a room of comic books moved up to the WMG office in one of two big storage areas there. Then I needed a ton of files and file cabinets moved from downstairs to a spot upstairs (two flights of stairs up).

I also needed to knock down two walls and have them help me haul the remains out to the garbage area while they were here. It was two walls that were put up when we converted this house into a twelve bedroom workshop home. So those walls needed to come down because we’re putting in new carpet on that entire level.

Tearing down stud walls and sheetrock is not fun. But I got it and they hauled it all outside and got the new recliner in place and we headed to the WMG office.

We got the comics with the other comics, then moved about forty boxes of hardbacks up to a third level at WMG Publishing, plus a bunch of shelves, then they moved about twenty boxes of collectable paperbacks down to my office from upstairs. And other stuff. So no progress on the audio room today, but a lot of work.

I staggered to the snail mail and then the grocery store, fighting the tourists, and managed to make it home by 6 p.m. with one observation.

At the beach, in the summer, on a warm day, tourists wear very few clothes, sometimes far too few for body size and shape, if you get my drift. A lot of people have used their bodies for an art canvas. Some of the art was pretty stunning, some head shaking. But since I seldom go out into the tourists in the summer, on a nice day, it was an interesting hour. I felt like I was in an art gallery instead of a grocery store.

Nap, dinner, news and then back to WMG Publishing around 8:30 p.m. to work on formatting Smith’s Monthly #10. I almost got it.

Then around 10:30 p.m. Kris got there and I went upstairs and worked on some different furniture arrangement for upcoming coast workshops, to see how it was going to work. Then back to formatting.

We headed home around 11:30 p.m. and went to watch some television. I made it back up here around 1 a.m. and did an hour on the novel, getting around 900 words.

Then I took a break to take a short nap. Back in here around 2:30 a.m. and did another session of fifty minutes and got 1,150 words done. Then a short break and another longer session until 4:45 a.m. in which I managed 1,400 words.

So I got  3,450 words and a ton of stuff moved around. Gaining on this, but I’m fairly certain I have no idea where this novel is going and I’m fairly certain I have taken some wrong roads along the way so far. I’ll look at it when finished.

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Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL

Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050
Day 11… 1,050 words. Total words to date……20,100
Day 12… 900 words. Total words to date……21,000
Day 13… 1,750 words. Total words to date……22,750
Day 14… 3,300 words. Total words to date……26,050
Day 15… 3,450 words. Total words to date……29,500

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Totals For Month 12, Day 26

– Daily Fiction: 3,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 40,000 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,700 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,750 words

– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 667 e-mails. Approx. 21,250 words

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

 

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 25

Month 12, Day 25 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day fourteen of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Okay, as Fridays go, this was a strange one.  Rolled out early again at 1 a.m. and made it to the snail mail and up to WMG office to keep working on building the new sound room. Tomorrow, the sheetrock will be up and I’ll be mudding and painting.

Sound stuff will arrive on Wednesday. It’s going to be a great new recording studio for audio books. It’s turning out better than I had expected. And sadly, I’m not doing much of it. A good friend is doing most of the building. With help today for a time from another writer friend. I’ll do the mudding and painting, though.

Then home to take a nap with the white cat. I got done with the nap and did some e-mail and then Kris finished another book in the big Retrieval Artists saga she’s been working on, so we headed down the coast to go out to dinner to celebrate.

After dinner, Kris wanted to stop in a store called Fred Meyer. It’s a grocery story, department store, electronic, and so on. Sort of two steps above Walmart kind of western chain.

We looked at what is now a pathetic book section. Wow, they used to have a good thousand titles in there in a huge book area. Now if they have a hundred titles I would be surprised. About half are mass market bestseller names only, the other half teen and children’s books and a few trade paper. Really, really sad if that is an indication of how traditional publishing is doing. Wow is all I can say. Just wow.

Anyhow, we were headed to another area of the store to buy something and a really nice recliner was sitting off to one side of one aisle. Originally about $600, it was marked down to $299 on a clearance sale. Quality recliner, no wear, nothing.

We have one big recliner in our living room, but we had been talking about getting another, but just hadn’t got to it. Kris sat in it and it fit her like a glove. So we decided to get it. Then she suggested that I should ask them if they would give us a little better deal since it was out on the floor.

She still remembered the time I shocked her by negotiating with a store manager in a Fred Meyer for a television set we really needed and couldn’t afford at the time. And got us a deal. That was over twenty-five years ago and she hasn’t let me forget it. (grin)

So I said sure, why not, and she moved back out of the way. I asked a store clerk and he was nice and said he didn’t think they could do anything. So I asked to talk to the manager, so he called her. (I was hoping to get 10% off the sale price was all. Usually you can get that for asking.)

She told him that there was a one day sale going on that he didn’t know about on that brand of furniture for 50% off the sale price. He thought at first she said 15%. She was the store manager and came out of the back office then and handed us a coupon.

So we were going to get the big, new recliner for $150.00.

We were talking as they hauled it to the register and it turned out that the 50% sale price was off the original price, that the sale sticker was supposed to have been removed yesterday, but wasn’t. Oops.

But the fine people at Fred Meyer are wonderful and she honored the price and we got the chair in the van. $150.00.

I expected the police to pull us over at any moment for theft. Not kidding.

As we were driving away and both laughing, Kris asked me, “How do you keep doing that?”

So back to WMG publishing we went with a big new recliner in the van. Kris walked while I worked on Smith’s Monthly #10. Then we headed home around midnight and went to watch a few hours of television.

I got back in here, after another short nap, around 2:15 a.m.  I went to the novel and got about 1,100 words done in an hour.

Took a short break, got another 1,200 words done in fifty minutes. Took another short break and got another 1,000 words done in 40 minutes before coming to write this.

3,300 words on the novel. Picking up speed. Just wish I knew how to handle some of the time travel problems coming up. I wanted a challenge, guess I got it. (grin)

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Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL

Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050
Day 11… 1,050 words. Total words to date……20,100
Day 12… 900 words. Total words to date……21,000
Day 13… 1,750 words. Total words to date……22,750
Day 14… 3,300 words. Total words to date……26,050

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Totals For Month 12, Day 25

– Daily Fiction: 3,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 36,550 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,700 words

– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,250 words

– E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 655 e-mails. Approx. 20,950 words

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

 

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 24

Month 12, Day 24 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day thirteen of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Getting closer and closer to doing this every day for one entire year without missing. Not even I thought I could do that. I figured there would be sick days or something along the way where Kris would just put a “gone barfing” sign or something.

Nope, hell and a lot of high water and I’m almost there. 7 days.

I spent some time tonight while up at the office digging out covers and listing all the books I published this year. I’ll have covers and totals more toward the end of all this in a week or so.

The day started off with me up around 1 p.m. and meeting Kris for lunch at 2:30 p.m.  Then I came home and did some e-mail, then off to the bank and back to WMG Publishing to work on Smith’s Monthly #10. Gaining on it.

Home at 6:30 for the standard nap with Walter White Kitty, dinner, news, and dishes. Then back to WMG offices to keep working on Smith’s Monthly #10 and getting together a list and covers of all the books. Kris showed up around 11 p.m. and I went upstairs and took a nap on the couch while she exercised. (Now you know why she is losing so much weight and I’m still holding at the weight I started the year with.)

Home around midnight and off to watch some television until around 1:30 a.m.  Then I came back up here to this office and worked on some workshop web site stuff for about an hour and then a little bit on the next chapter of Think Like a Publisher before moving the white cat and going to the writing chair around 3 a.m.

The novel has bogged down, mostly from me not giving it much time each day, and partly because I am again writing a Thunder Mountain series book, which means I love having my characters roam off into areas they don’t need to go into. I think I have done that again, so I am going to get them back going forward again tomorrow and deal with the extra loops when I get finished. A few good days this weekend and early next week and I should be in fine shape.

So anyhow, from 3 a.m. until 5 a.m. I wrote about 1,750 words in two sessions with a short break.

And thanks for the kind comments on my little video experiment last night. Just fun to have that option going into another year.

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Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL

Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050
Day 11… 1,050 words. Total words to date……20,100
Day 12… 900 words. Total words to date……21,000
Day 13… 1,750 words. Total words to date……22,750

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Totals For Month 12, Day 24

– Daily Fiction: 1,750 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 33,250 words

– Nonfiction: 200 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,700 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,650 words

– E-mail: 24 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words. E-mails month-to date: 639 e-mails. Approx. 20,350 words

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

 

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 23

Month 12, Day 23 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twelve of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Once again up way early for me at around noon. (For those of you who giggle at that, if your normal time to get out of bed is 7 a.m., tomorrow get up at 5 a.m. and you’ll get the idea. (grin))

I headed up to WMG Publishing a little after one and worked with my friend for four hours on the new audio room. New door in, room itself all framed in and it’s looking cool.

I headed home to get Kris around 6:00 and we headed down the coast to Staples for supplies and dinner. Fun trip (35 miles one way along the ocean) and we planned all sorts of fun things.

We got back around 9 p.m. and I took a short nap, then headed for WMG offices to work on various things, including ordering books, ordering soundproofing materials, and working on Smith’s Monthly #10 layout. I’m behind but not really worried since it can’t be sent out until the fine folks at WMG return. But got to get that done.

I got home around midnight and went to watch some television, then back in this office around 1:30 a.m. I got on the phone to my web site service provider and talked with them for about thirty minutes, getting a few things arranged, including, I hope, the ability to upload short videos to this web site.

So instead of writing first, I recorded the short video below, then went to work writing, moving Walter White Cat from my writing chair to this chair.

I managed about 900 new words before tossing in the towel and moving back to this chair and moving Walter back to the writing chair.

Not a lot of words today, but a productive and fun day. Progress is being made on all sorts of things.

Something New and Different

(A very short video with me and Walter here in the office.)

As far as the video, yes, I know the lighting is bad and it’s a little fuzzy. It was a test. It will get slightly better if I decide to do more of these on various topics this coming year. Or I’ll record them up at WMG Publishing where the light is a ton better. (grin)

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Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL

Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050
Day 11… 1,050 words. Total words to date……20,100
Day 12… 900 words. Total words to date……21,000

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Totals For Month 12, Day 23

– Daily Fiction: 900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 31,500 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,500 words

– Blog Posts: 450 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,150 words

– E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 800 original words. E-mails month-to date: 615 e-mails. Approx. 19,450 words

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

 

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 22

Month 12, Day 22 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day eleven of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Ended up getting a late start on the construction today at WMG Publishing due to working on the Online Workshops web site. But my friend who is helping me with the construction kept on going and I added some minor help in toward the end and we made good progress.

Then I worked for a while longer on workshop stuff, then headed home around 6 p.m. to do e-mail that I hadn’t had time for earlier. Then I took the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. I managed to do a little more workshop and e-mail and then get back up to WMG Publishing around 9 p.m.

I worked on Smith’s Monthly #10 layout and did two covers, including a mock-up of the Smith’s Monthly with Avalanche Creek, the novel I am working on now. Kris got there around 10:45 p.m. and I went upstairs and finished up packing a wall of books for the movers to move to another area. So that’s done.

And I ordered the new shelves for that wall. It’s going to be a really cool brag wall of all the WMG paper books. I’ll take a picture and put it here when that’s all done.

Kris and I headed home around 11:45 and I went and watched some television before going back to workshop stuff.

I worked from 1 a.m. until 3 a.m. on the workshop stuff and e-mail. The August online workshops still have openings and I will have the schedule until the end of the year up in the next day or so. Kris and I are still trying to figure out one thing. But August and September are up.

And I have added back in the online Science Fiction Workshop in September that we cancelled. I don’t have a description of it yet on the web page, but it will be very, very different from the sf workshop Kris taught here on the coast a year ago.

Then, even though it was a late start and I needed to get up tomorrow early for more construction, I headed for the writing computer to do at least a small session on the book.

By a little after 4 a.m. I had managed 1,050 words. I find that amazing considering the day.

So here is the mock-up of Issue #12 of Smith’s Monthly. (Yup, I said twelve… I am working on formatting #10, Issue #11 is being proofed, and this is for #12. Wow.)

I like this one and it fits with the other covers for the Thunder Mountain series. We shall see if this ends up being the final cover or not.

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Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL

Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050
Day 11… 1,050 words. Total words to date……20,100

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Totals For Month 12, Day 22

– Daily Fiction: 1,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 30,600 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,500 words

– Blog Posts: 450 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,700 words

– E-mail: 39 e-mails. Approx. 1,600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 598 e-mails. Approx. 18,650 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 8 Covers

 

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 21

Month 12, Day 21 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day ten of writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Got fired up on building the new sound room today up at WMG Publishing. I got there around 2 p.m. to meet a friend who is helping me. We got the new door punched through to the old sound office The old door will be the entrance to the new sound room. Plus we got the two new stud walls ready to go up. Good progress.

We worked on that until around 4:30 p.m. and then I headed to get the snail mail, then back to the office for some lunch and working on Smith’s Monthly #10 formatting. I did another cover for the issue. And made progress.

I got home around 6:30 p.m. to do some e-mail, then a nap with the white cat, dinner, news and dishes. Back up to WMG Publishing around 9 p.m. to keep working on Smith’s Monthly.

Kris got there around 10:30 and I went upstairs to pack boxes while she walked. We headed home around midnight.

The movers are coming on Saturday to do a bunch of moving boxes around that I have packed. And for the first time in years I won’t have hardly any comic books in my house. All will be up in the office. The last large truckload of them are moving on Saturday.

I went to watch some television at midnight and at 1 a.m. got up here to this office. I worked on the last of the online workshop stuff for the day until around 2:30 a.m., then took a very quick nap (ten minutes) and woke up knowing the direction the book is going.

This book is the most complex time travel book I have ever written, and that’s going some considering my first novel was the first time a time loop had ever been done to trap a character (1988 way before Groundhog’s Day movie.)  This book is far, far more complex than that first novel, and no time loops either. So it’s a challenge and I’m glad my subconscious finally gave me a direction. We shall type some and see if it’s the right direction.

So from 3 a.m. until 4:15 a.m. I wrote about 1,200 words. I took a break to look for a couple of poems for Smith’s Monthly and while going through a box of old stuff, I found a list of novels I had forgotten I had done back in 2006. I was trying to count them all, I guess. (grin)

I can say this, my thriller Dead Money was the 77th novel in the list (Never published until 2013). I gave up counting on that list a year later in 2007 at 94 novels. That’s a LOT of novels.

Of course, I will have done another dozen novels just in the last twelve months when this one I’m working on wraps up. I suppose at some point I should try to figure out the novels between 2007 and 2013, huh? More than likely that will not be a huge number. I was doing other things for some of those years and growing more and more disgusted with traditional publishing.

But that was a fun list to find. I had completely forgotten about some of those novels on the list. And yes, I found two poems that would work in Smith’s Monthly as well.

Then, since I didn’t want to dig back into the book, I wrote about 250 words on the new chapter of Think Like a Publisher.

A busy day. Back to construction tomorrow.

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Writing of AVALANCHE CREEK: A THUNDER MOUNTAIN NOVEL

Day 1… 900 words. Total words to date……900
Day 2… 1,750 words. Total words to date……2,650
Day 3… 1,200 words. Total words to date……3,850
Day 4… 1,150 words. Total words to date……5,000
Day 5… 2,800 words. Total words to date……7,800
Day 6… 5,450 words. Total words to date……13,250
Day 7… 1,000 words. Total words to date……14,250
Day 8… 2,550 words. Total words to date……16,800
Day 9… 1,050 words. Total words to date……17,850
Day 10… 1,200 words. Total words to date……19,050

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Totals For Month 12, Day 21

– Daily Fiction: 1,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 29,550 words

– Nonfiction: 250 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,500 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,250 words

– E-mail: 36 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 559 e-mails. Approx. 17,050 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 6 Covers

 

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