Middle of the Month Reminder for August Online Workshops

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

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

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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 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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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 20

Month 12, Day 20 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off from writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

A normal Sunday for me, only I was moving slowly all day. Rolled out at 1 p.m. to get to the writer’s lunch at 2 p.m.  Fun conversation, then back to WMG Publishing at 4 p.m.

I worked there on Smith’s Monthly formatting and did one cover for a story in the issue. Home by 6:30 p.m., rested for a short time, cooked dinner, then news. Into this office by 9 p.m. to do online workshop stuff.

I worked on that until 11 p.m. and then Kris and I headed up to WMG offices so she could walk and I could pack books to be moved next week to another part of the building.

Home by midnight and I finished up the online workshop stuff by around 1 a.m. and then went to watch television. I ended up with Kris watching a classic James Garner movie (since he died today).

So I didn’t get back into this office until just before 3 a.m.  So instead of writing, I worked on an editing project that needs to be turned in when WMG fires back up in August.

It’s now 4 a.m. and I’m headed to bed early because tomorrow afternoon we start construction on the new audio room. And I have a ton of other errands to run before that. Maybe back to the novel tomorrow night.

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Totals For Month 12, Day 20

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 28,350 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,250 words

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,750 words

– E-mail: 37 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 523 e-mails. Approx. 15,950 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 5 Covers

 

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 19

Month 12, Day 19 of this Writing in Public challenge.

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

A strange Saturday for me. Normally I go spend time out at my once and future store to talk collectables and then head to the bookstore to talk books, but today I didn’t do that.

I rolled out around 2 p.m. and did some e-mail and then went to have lunch with Kris. (We’re planning all sorts of evil stuff, including workshops and other fun things.)

So I took her home after lunch and went back to WMG Publishing to work on formatting Smith’s Monthly #10. I ended up doing one cover for a story in the issue. Then headed home around 6:30 p.m. to do a little more e-mail.

Then the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes before heading back up to WMG office to keep working on Smith’s Monthly #10. Kris arrived around 11 p.m. and I went upstairs and worked on packing boxes of books while she walked.

We headed home at midnight and went to watch some television until 1:30 a.m. Then I took a short nap and got in here and to the writing computer.

I did one session on the novel in about an hour that got me 1,050 words. before 2:45 a.m.

I took a short break and for some reason figured I should find a picture for this blog. Since I am writing a novel right now for the Thunder Mountain series, I thought I would put up a picture from the Idaho Historical Society of the boom mining town of Roosevelt going under water.  But the photos I have are restricted use, so couldn’t do that. I’ll find one that’s not restricted.

But in the process of doing that, I ran across a manuscript of a mostly-finished short story I did about twelve years ago and never mailed out. So I managed to find the computer file for it (pure luck since I had named it wrong and had it in an odd file.)

I started through the story, touching it very little until I got to the place where I had just sort of stopped writing for one reason or another, now lost in the depths of time. When I got there, I just kept on typing and added about 400 words and ended the story in a really, really twisted way.

So one story ready for Smith’s Monthly #12.

The wild picture of the night for me came about by accident tonight. I wrote a novel for Smith’s Monthly that is now out called Monumental Summit where a huge lodge is built on Monumental Summit in 1906 by time and timeline travelers. (First book in the series is called Thunder Mountain.)

The reason I picked that location is because there were always rumors that there had been a lodge on Monumental Summit, but no one could ever figure out where it was. Even soundings were taken to look for any kind of foundation and none were found, at least by the group I read about who searched.

I’ve been on the top of Monumental Summit five or six times, and it’s not very big. It’s a saddle between two high rock peaks that is not much wider than a football field and about fifty steps from one side to the other. On one side it drops off into a Monumental Valley a thousand feet, the other it drops off almost as steeply into a valley holding a ghost town called Stibnite.

(The first picture below is Kris and me standing near the drop into Monumental Creek. The ghost town/lake of Roosevelt is about five miles around the bend below to the left.

Now understand, I’ve personally walked every foot of that summit. A number of times. No ruins, no foundation stones, no signs of logs being cut for construction, no sign of anything.

So tonight, I found some ads from the April 1905 edition of the Thunder Mountain News newspaper. Notice in the lower corner the ad for the Summit House on Monumental Summit. I damn near fell over backward out of my chair when I saw that tonight.

Hey, Kris, you up for another trip up to Monumental Summit?

Dean and Kris Top of Monumental SummitAdds in Roosevelt Newspaper April 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Ad page is from the Valley County IDGen Web Project and is Copyright © Steven Harshfield.)

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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… 1050 words. Total words to date……17,850

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Totals For Month 12, Day 19

– Daily Fiction: 1,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 28,350 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,250 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,350 words

– E-mail: 19 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words. E-mails month-to date: 486 e-mails. Approx. 14,750 words

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

 

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 18

Month 12, Day 18 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off from writing the novel Avalanche Creek: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

I had a hunch today was going to turn into a bust for writing and it did. But a fun day anyway.

Rolled out scary early 11:30 a.m. which is like someone who normally gets out of bed at 7 a.m. getting out of bed at 4:30 a.m. Yeah, that will screw up your day and it did mine.

But I made it to WMG Publishing offices by 12:30 to wait for the lumber to be delivered. “P.M. Delivery” is all I could get them to confirm.”

So I read more of the Author Earnings report and then answered a question about my opinion of them and decided to write a short New World of Publishing Blog about it, which is below this. Those numbers from Author Earnings are really amazing, and confirm what so many of us already know. (See my post below for links and such.)

WMG Publishing, for those wondering, fits perfectly into the medium and small press part of Hugh and Data Guy’s definitions. We have eight authors total, and have well over 400 titles. (All eight author names are me and Kris except for the stories in Fiction River, which we don’t count.)

But WMG Publishing functions completely like an indie, using all the same portals, same distribution, everything.  We’re large enough now we could negotiate directly with the different stores and distributors, but we flat don’t want to. We like the indie portals. Just another data point.

So I wrote that blog and did some cover work and waited around until 3 p.m. when a writer friend showed up. We’re spending a couple hours ever week talking various plans on indie side. And right as he arrived, the lumber arrived. And right as the lumber arrived, an old friend from the collector’s world arrived.

A really fun few hours after we got the lumber unloaded (building a new audio room starting Monday). Talked collecting and writing and other things.

I finally headed home around 6:30 p.m. to do some e-mail, nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then back up to WMG offices to work on covers and Smith’s Monthly around 9 p.m. But instead I started into learning QuickBooks, which I’ve been wanting to do. I spent about an hour watching tutorials on Lynda.com and playing before Kris showed up to walk.

I went upstairs with her and worked on packing boxes and cleaning off a table and basically doing exercise tasks. Home by midnight to watch some television.

Back up here to this office by 2 a.m., exhausted, of course. And brain dead.

So I figured it’s now 3 a.m. and I wrote just enough on the novel to realize that words were not going to form well before stopping. I figured I’d write this blog, then do some brain-dead work like looking for art and such to keep me awake so I can get back on schedule tomorrow.

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Totals For Month 12, Day 18

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 26,900 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,250 words

– Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,850 words

– E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 467 e-mails. Approx. 14,250 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

 

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What About Those Numbers?

What About Those Numbers?

Over at Author Earnings, Hugh Howey and Data Guy released the July sampling and talked about it. Worth the read, folks.

http://authorearnings.com/july-2014-author-earnings-report/

The rest of this post is an expanded response to a question on my daily blog about what I thought about those numbers.

It’s hard to argue with numbers like that, even though they are taken from only one bookstore. Yanking a sampling like that only once is an interesting thing, but having the numbers remain consistent over three samples spread six months apart is stunning and is giving the data more credibility.

The idea that traditional publishing is the “only way” to publishing heaven is long gone for most writers. Only those lost in myths or so set on having some sort of “anointment” or flat too lazy or too scared to do it themselves are left believing New York is the only way. And their voices are getting very shrill.

Especially in the face of this kind of data.

A lot of writers I know are hybrid writers, going both ways, which is also proving dangerous for traditional publishers, since a writer doing that has clear, clear, scary-clear comparisons between a book going traditional and a book going indie. And in short order, as I have been hearing, the traditional-published books are flat losing the comparison between indie and traditional.

The huge myth that indie writers hold that they can’t get their books into bookstores is the last hope of traditional publishers. And that myth is getting pounded on by more people than just me and Kris. When that myth vanishes, traditional publishers will be faced with some issues of what they can say they can do better.

Traditional publishers do a lot of shouting into the wind on different things they can do better. They claim better editing, but any indie writer knows we can find our own editors just fine. And little or no editing is done anymore in a traditional house beyond making a writer change a book to better fit a line of books.

Traditional publishers claim better copyediting, but that’s just a laugh and indie writers find great copyeditors. (And many of us do much, much better covers and blurbs as well.)

Traditional publishers claim support in promotion, but every hybrid writer knows that a publisher does no promotion anymore for anyone other than mega-bestsellers. They expect the writers to do it, so why do it for a part of 25% of net when you can do the same thing for 70% of gross. Even the most math-dead indie writers got that advantage.

And if you want readers? Well, go ahead and try to get readers with your electronic edition priced at $11.99. Indie writers can sell electronic books at $4.99 to $6.99, do sales to get even more readers, and give readers real value.

And that’s not even talking about contracts. Traditional publishers won’t and don’t talk about contracts. Period. Traditional publishers know they are flat screwing writers in the contracts, buying all rights, taking rights they will never need, controlling writers output into the future.

The old days of publishers being nice and being partners with writers is long gone. If you don’t believe me, just take a standard publishing contract to a regular attorney and watch their face go white. In any other industry, a standard 2014 midlist writer contract would be considered a scam contract and no reasonable attorney would ever let you sign it.

Unless you are getting offered at least a six figure advance (getting rare these days) you have ZERO clout in contract negotiations. And as the stock report for one major company came out and said, agents work for the publishers. Agents are slipping faster than traditional publishers and will take a ton of writers’ money with them when they go down.

A traditional-published writer will sell a book for all rights for the life of the contract for a small advance. And will never control or see that book again in any reality.

And the writers still under the traditional spell seem happy about this.  Color me puzzled.  But I have a lot of friends who are still signing those contracts.

(However, in all fairness, I signed about 40 media book contracts where I got nothing but an advance to write Star Trek, Spider-Man, Men in Black, and so on. And I signed a bunch of ghost-writing contracts for all rights as well. So I wrote books for only advances, just as modern traditional writers are doing. But I got better. And I never once did that for an original novel.)

So back to the original question… What do I think of Hugh and Data Guy’s numbers?

I think the reports take a ton of work, I think those two humans are doing the work of the saints for no money, and I think those numbers should send a chill through every boardroom in publishing.

Traditional publishing, at least the big publishers (and their smaller group of older medium-sized publishers) have decided that the only way to come out ahead in this is to make sure the old way of doing things remains. Therefore, because Amazon opened the barn door to let the poor writers escape their cages, Amazon is bad.

The Author Earnings Reports shine a light on what is really happening and that light is amazing for us indie writers and scary as hell to traditional publishers.

Think of traditional publishers this way:

They are holding buggy whips and are chasing those new-fangled automobiles down the road shouting “Get out of my world! I’ve been here longer than you!” While the drivers of the cars can’t hear them because they have their new music systems turned up and flat don’t care to look in the rearview mirror.

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Writing in Public: Month 12, Day 17

Month 12, Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.

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

This month is sure dragging along as far as the writing. Wow. And it’s not the novel, just me goofing around too much. Novel is going great when I sit down to work on it.

Anyhow, rolled out around 1:15 p.m., early for me, to get out of the way of the housekeeper coming in at 2 p.m. Met Kris for lunch and then went back to WMG Publishing to meet with a friend and talk architecture for a time. Great fun.

After that I worked on Smith’s Monthly for a time, then home to do e-mail, nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Kris and I worked on some planning for workshops and such until around ten when I headed back to WMG Publishing to work for an hour.

Back home around 11:30 p.m and watched television until 1 a.m.

Then in here to work on the novel.

I managed 800 words before taking a break, then went back and got another 1,050 words, then another short break, then another 700 words before tossing it in since I have to get up even earlier tomorrow to meet a lumber delivery at the office.

So 2,550 words on the book. Still not the slightest clue where this is going, but it’s going forward, so good enough for now.

Fun picture tonight is of Kris in her new Porsche in 1988. But, of course, I was the first one to get a ticket in it. She never did.

I was driving about a month after she bought the car and we were going out across the Oregon Desert between Bend and Burns, headed east toward Boise. I had owned Porsches since 1969 when I bought my first one and loved them. Before I met Kris I had owned four different Porsches. But this one was our first one as a couple. And it was hers completely. She loved that car.

We were cruising along around 110 mph across the desert and just talking when Kris reminded me we were getting close to Burns and it was often a speed trap.

I slowed down to what seemed like a crawl, and we kept talking and the next thing I knew a police person was asking for me to pull over. Seems I had slowed down to ninety in a fifty-five zone. Seemed very slow in the flat desert.

Kris didn’t stop laughing for an hour, I kid you not.

Kris Porsche3

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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

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Totals For Month 12, Day 17

– Daily Fiction: 2,550 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 26,900 words

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,250 words

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,950 words

– E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words. E-mails month-to date: 453 e-mails. Approx. 13,850 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

 

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