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Had Fun Working in Our New Bookstore

Fun Working in Our New Bookstore

Yeah, that’s right, WMG Publishing will, in short order, be the owner of a brick and mortar bookstore. It’s a large area inside of the new Pop Culture Collectables store. Actually one third of the entire store is paperbacks, hardbacks, sf and mystery digests, and magazines.

Another third of the store is a comic book store. Wait until you see the wall of comics. I’ll do pictures.

And in the comic book room will be die cast cars as well. And larger cars.

And the main room is toys, non-sports cards, cookie jars, sports collectables, jewelry, and collectable boxes and clocks. We also have in the bookstore area a wall of dvd films and old serials and you name it.

Billy used to manage a bookstore before he took over the first Pop Culture store for WMG, so he is pricing book regularly when he can get away from the other store. Josh, the new store manager, is working on getting thousands of comics in order and priced, as well as making sure all the cases and fixtures and everything else is in place. I’m helping with toys, cars, and other misc things. And we have others coming in to help as we get close to the first day of opening.

But tonight for hours I worked in the bookstore, clearing spaces, going through some boxes of X-Files stuff left from a collection we bought, and just having a blast.

I had to run up and down the stairs at times to continue loading in workshop videos, but good exercise.

This will be the second bookstore I have owned and the third comic book store, since the original Pop Culture Collectables is about a third comics as well, but no books out there. I opened my first bookstore in 1977 and my first comic store in 1979.

I had forgotten how much fun it is to just go play in books.

And yes, it will have a large area for WMG books. Including Fiction Rivers.

And later on this summer or early fall, once things settle down, we will have a Lionel Train running through the walls and around in all three major rooms of the store above the customer’s heads. Now that will be cool.

ATTENTION!

Anyone who is signed for a May online workshop should have gotten a letter from me. If you did not, write me.

And there is still room in all the workshops. Remember they are limited to no more than five (except the two new ones), so these workshops now have become more focused on me trying to help each person.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

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Topic of the Night: Very Nice Comment

Earlier today I got a very nice letter from a writer who had happened to read my collection Stories from July. She liked the collection and the blogs with the stories, but she really loved one story called “To Remember a Single Minute.”

To Remember Cover epub

Now I remember when I wrote that story it sort of got to me as well. That happens at times. It’s a sf story about a man losing his mind and he is allowed to remember vividly one minute of his life, but he has to pick which minute.

The writer who enjoyed the story said I should do some promotion on it, some discoverability. So that’s what I am doing.

It just so happens all the stories in Stories from July are now out in stand-alone form in ebook. They will also be out in paper later on as well.

You can get the story at http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Single-Minute-Wesley-Smith-ebook/dp/B01DAZD9P4

Kind of fun having all 32 of the Stories from July out now stand-alone as well as in the big collection.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 30

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 955

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 18,500 words

— E-mail: 10 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 563 e-mails. Approx. 36,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
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Workshops and Store

Workshops and Store

A focused day, since this is the end of the month and the May workshops are starting up on Monday, so lots of things to do. Also, we are aiming at having the new store open by the 25th, so I’m going to be spending some time there.

ATTENTION!

Anyone who is signed for a May online workshop should have gotten a letter from me. If you did not, write me.

And there is still room in all the workshops. Remember they are limited to no more than five (except the two new ones), so these workshops now have become more focused on me trying to help each person.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

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Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight

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Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 29

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 954

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 18,100 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails (Not counting all the letters to workshop people). Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 553 e-mails. Approx. 36,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Setting Up New Writing Schedule

Setting Up New Writing Schedule

Still pretty tired from the sleep schedule getting screwed up, so spent the day doing workshop stuff and getting ready to really fire back up the writing. See Topic of the Night below.

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The Day

Once again nothing really much to talk about. Made it through some errands and then went for a walk with another professional writer to get some steps in. Then back to WMG offices to work on workshop stuff.

Then I headed home around 8 p.m. to cook dinner, then back working on workshop stuff and my writing stuff for the rest of the night.

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Workshops

May Online workshops are starting next Monday.

That’s right, May 1st is Sunday. Workshops start on Tuesday. And still room in both new workshops that are starting in May, plus the Author Voice workshop that started last month and the Dialog workshop that started the month before.

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Topic of the Night: New Writing Focus. 

I’ve been working on trying to get focused back on my writing. I have three issues of Smith’s Monthly ready to be put together, but WMG Publishing is slow on that at the moment, so I slowed down as well. Now I have a hunch WMG will ramp into the work I have given them, so I need to stay ahead if I plan to get Smith’s Monthly back on schedule.

So here is the plan. I know this is sort of tempting the world to toss things in the way, but here is how my thinking is going. Might want to detail out this same sort of thing for yourself when trying to ramp up your writing for a time. (Warning: There is math involved.)

The Real World Tasks

First, I looked at the outside stuff I want to do. Our new store will be opening in late May and I want to do a lot of work there because it’s great fun.

I also have two workshops to record through May. They are all detailed out, but just not recorded yet and that takes time.

So that’s the two major tasks plus my normal work as WMG Publishing CFO.

I looked hard at all that and I think I can still carve out my normal writing time from midnight onward. Maybe earlier when I get into June.

Writing Goals

I want to first off get Smith’s Monthly back on schedule. My writing isn’t far off on that, but I need a month or two of two novels per month to get ahead again.

I also want to try once again the craziness of Stories from July in July, so no novels that month because I will be firing at 31 short stories again.

So with looking at all that, here is how I figured the real world could combine with a reasonable writing schedule to get me through the rest of the year.

DEAN’S WRITING SCHEDULE FOR THE REST OF 2016

— Finish Death Takes a Partner by May 15th

— Finish a new novel by June 1st

— Finish a new novel by June 15th

— Finish a new novel by June 30th.

— 31 short stories in July.

— Finish a new novel by August 15th

— Finish a new novel by September 1st

— Finish a new novel by September 15th

— Finish a new novel by October 1st.

— October has both some travel, since I will be a keynote speaker at a conference plus teaching for a week at the Master Class here, so one new novel in October.

— One new novel in November.

— One new novel in December.

Summary of Schedule

Eleven novels between now and January 1st, plus the short stories in July. Actually a pretty reasonable schedule for me.

If this seems excessive, just do the math.

Most of my novels are around 50,000 words, maybe less. So in 15 days I need to average over 3,000 words a day. (In July I will average more than that with the short stories.)

It takes me about three hours of writing to do 3,000 words on average, more in the opening of a novel, less later in the book.

So if I make myself get to my writing computer by 12:30 to 1 a.m. or so every night, I’ll be fine.  Anything written earlier will be a bonus.

Also, I have had many, many months in the last few years of doing this well beyond 100,000 words of fiction, so this isn’t breaking any new ground anywhere with that either.

Issues With This Plan

There are always the unforeseen issues that arise, but I can’t worry about them, just deal with them as they arise.

But issues I can see are schedule disruption. That is a killer for me these days. Things like jury duty and getting up in the middle of my night just knock me for a loop for a few days afterwards. So I need to focus on controlling my schedule as much as life will allow me to do so.

Travel and workshops. I have worked both of those into the schedule. Both are in October. Both will knock me off my schedule, so I planned for that.

Those, at the moment are the only two things I can see that will derail this, but again, the unforeseen reality of events of the world will hit at times I am sure.

And I want to take days to go play and see movies and things like that. But I think this schedule builds that in just fine as well.

So we shall see.

Plan Your Year Now

There is a real reason to plan your writing year like I just did right now. The time of great forgetting is coming up fast. Plan the writing, plan the activities like a workshop or reading that will get you from here to August with a focus on writing and words done.

A main reason I just did this tonight is because of the new store. I love playing with collectables and if I let myself, that’s all I would do for the next three months and then regret it in August.

So I’m set with real deadlines.

Join the fun. Set your deadlines to get through this coming three months and to the end of the year.

You’ll be happy you did.

Now, here I go. Right out here in public. If nothing else, this might be interesting to watch. (grin)

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

 

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 28

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 953

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,900 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 541 e-mails. Approx. 36,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Workshop Day

Workshop Day

Still pretty tired from the schedule getting screwed up yesterday with jury duty, so spent the day doing workshop stuff.

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The Day

Nothing really much to talk about. Introduced our cleaning person to the new cat, then headed to the WMG offices to work on workshop stuff. Had lunch with Kris, then more workshop stuff.

Home for dinner around 7 p.m. and then I watched the Blazer game with the new cat on my lap. Then I took a nap, watched more television, worked on more workshop stuff, and am now going to call it a night.

Got stuff accomplished, just nothing exciting. (grin)

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Workshops

May Online workshops are starting next Monday.

That’s right, May 1st is Sunday. Workshops start on Tuesday. And still room in both new workshops that are starting in May, plus the Author Voice workshop that started last month and the Dialog workshop that started the month before.

I am sort of surprised at times how good a list of workshops we have right now.

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Topic of the Night: Did three this week. 

Enough for now.

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 27

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 952

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,000 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 529 e-mails. Approx. 35,800 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Some Organization

Organization

I talk about my simple, old, and functioning system of organizing my writing above.

Also, note that a lot of business organization will be in the online Business Workshop starting next week.

There is still room in all the online workshops, even the two new ones.

Actually, in the last three months we have started four new workshops. Author Voice, Dialog, Business, and Sales Copy. All of those workshops have openings in May.

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The Day

Made it to Newport, Oregon, 45 minutes south of here by 8:15 a.m. That’s right, back on jury duty and up in the middle of my night to do so. Three hours sleep.

This time I got seated in the jury box on a four day criminal trial. I had no real issue with the four day part. But I had a horrid issue with the topic of the trial. And when the judge asked if any jurors had trouble with the charges, I was one of four out of 12 that raised hands.

Not a chance in hell I could be impartial, so I was excused. I had to tell the truth to the judge since I was under oath, even though I wouldn’t have minded trying to be on the jury. It was a child abuse trial and I think all child abusers should just be hung up and shot in different body parts, then tortured, then dipped in lye and then their eyelids ripped off. And that’s only for a start.

I didn’t say it that way. But I thought it.

So not able to be impartial, I was sent down the road once again. Home after errands by one in the afternoon, then took a nap until about five.

From there the night was a blur of watching television with the new cat, doing e-mail, and working on the book (not counting the words tonight because I honestly forgot to record them.)

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Workshops

May Online workshops are starting next Monday.

A point of interest, check your book blurbs. If you find the word “is” or “was” or “has” in the blurb and more than one line or so of plot, you might want to consider the Writing Fiction Sales Copy online workshop to help your sales.

Very few have signed up for it so far, even though most writers I know need it desperately.

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Topic of the Night: Organization

See post above and also for a lot more detail consider the lecture I mention above as well as the new Business Workshop starting next week.

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 26

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 951

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,800 words

— E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 515 e-mails. Approx. 35,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

I Got A Letter

I Got A Letter

I got a very interesting letter from a writer today asking about why his sales were not happening. He blamed the stupidity of the readers. Not kidding. See topic of the night above on what I said and his response. And a bunch of things you can do to get more readers.

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The Day

Made it out to do a ton of errands, then back to WMG Publishing to work on stuff there. Also had a good conversation with a couple of professional writers who stopped by.

Then home to cook dinner, then did some of the assignments, then went to watch the last of the Blazer playoff game. (Sat with the new cat and she watched the game as well.)

Then back to finish up the online workshop assignments for not only today but for tomorrow, since tomorrow’s assignments were all in as well.

Got to be up early tomorrow, so no writing tonight.

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Topic of the Night: Blaming the Reader

See post above…

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 25

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 950

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,300 words

— E-mail: 35 e-mails. Approx. 2,900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 506 e-mails. Approx. 34,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Thinking Differently

Thinking Differently

It’s been interesting how the long-term thinking topic has come up a lot this last week. So going to talk a little about that in the topic above.

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The Day

Made it up to WMG offices to work for a short time there before the 2 p.m. writer’s lunch. It was a good one, with a number of the writers from the romance workshop staying over.

Then after a short run to the store for cat supplies, I worked in my office with the little new cat sleeping in Allyson’s office.

Finally, around 6 p.m. I loaded all the cat stuff up in my van and then loaded the little girl kitty and headed for home. Kris and I got her settled in two large rooms with our television in them just fine.

She has a new cat bed (which she loved and took a nap in), lots of food and things. Tonight, she was on Kris’s lap watching television, then she fell asleep on my lap watching television.

She is still a long ways from healthy, still all skin and bones since just a couple days ago she was about to starve to death. But we will take care of her. It will be a slow recovery.

Also tonight I did all the workshop assignments and took a long nap. No real writing until tomorrow.

Topic of the Night: Three Types of Thinking

Above…

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 24

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 949

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,300 words

— E-mail: 38 e-mails. Approx. 3,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 471 e-mails. Approx. 31,800 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

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Fun Saturday. I worked in the store, worked on workshop stuff, sat around and talked with a bunch of great professional writers who were just finishing a workshop here.

Cat update: New lost Kitty

For the moment, she’s staying with us. Or actually, still in the office right now.

But wow is she doing better. More energy, talking, wanting cuddles. Considering it is only a day since she was on the verge of death, she’s doing amazingly well.

She did have a new home, but that fell through and we were all worried about the drive to Seattle would be too hard on her anyway.

So if anyone close to the Oregon Coast is looking for a middle-aged wonderful cat, drop me a note. Otherwise, she is coming home with us to meet the gang. The office is just too dangerous a place for a cat.


Topic of the Night: Nope

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 23

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 948

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,300 words

— E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 433 e-mails. Approx. 28,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

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Fun Friday with the romance workshop going on here. But mostly this blog is because I have gone over 900 days without missing a day.

Lost Cat Update: The little kitten has found a home with one of the writers and will be heading to Seattle on Sunday, which is wonderful. She got a bath today and seemed to love it. And she’s had dozens of writers come visit her.

She loves people.

She’s still weak from starving and is having some issues, but she’s on the road to recovery, which is amazing considering she was within hours of dying.

So all good there.

We moved the last display case into the new store into the jewelry area. There are eleven display cases in the store.

Today, besides that and the workshop people coming and going and the cat downstairs needing attention and regular WMG Publishing business, the following happened.

— All the books in the bookstore section of the store are being priced by Billy, the WMG Sales Manager. (Billy used to manage a major bookstore.)

— The comics in the comic side of the store are being sorted and getting ready to price by Josh, the new store manager. (A comics expert.)

— And I’m working on the toys and ornate boxes, and the tons of other items we have. Things are slowly finding homes around the store.

We are firing at opening on May 25th, so we’ll see how that goes, but Memorial Day weekend is a big one here on the coast and it would be fun to be open by then. We still need two huge wall racks. In one room the wall will be for mint-in-package toys and in another room the rack for mint-in-package Hot Wheels.

I am also filling the dollar wall of loose Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. That’s right, we have a huge wall of just loose die-cast cars.

So this is a bookstore, a comic store, a jewelry store, and a toy store all combined. Fantastic fun.

I’ll have pictures as we get closer to opening.

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Topic of the Night: Nope

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 22

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 947

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,000 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 416 e-mails. Approx. 28,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Two Fun Things Today

Two Fun Things Today

First off, Michael La Ronn, who does a nifty new video site called AuthorLevelUp at www.authorlevelup.com did a review of one of our online workshops he took.

Now normally I pay no attention to reviews, good or bad, and Michael knows that, but the youtube video he did was so professional and positive, I thought I would share it here for those of you wondering if these online workshops I talk about are worth it. Michael took some and thinks so, and we didn’t even know he was going to do this.

Also, some of his other videos to help writers look pretty interesting and looks like he’s going to be doing more as time goes on. Thanks, Michael.

The other fun thing today started out as an interesting stressful way to wake up.

I was in the shower when Kris came in and said she needed my help at once. (Well, not possible, so I made her take a deep breath and just wait for me to get out, dry off, get dressed and so on.)

Seems a stray cat we had seen for a few weeks sort of slinking around the yard trying to avoid our feral outdoor cat named Toughie was now on the porch.

And so was Toughie and both of them were shouting at the top of their lungs for food. Seems she had managed to get Toughie to work for her.

Seems the little girl kitty was on the edge of dying of hunger. Seriously. And she had just given up and came up for help. She was a mess.

So we got her some food and she started eating. After a minute, I just carefully wrapped her in a towel and got her into a carrier, put more food in with her, and headed for the vet.

She talked to me the entire way.

They got her a lot more food, some fluids through tubes, and tested her for everything. Clearly a former indoor cat, middle-aged, and near death from hunger and dehydration. And no chip.

Clearly she had been loved by someone for a very long time. And she loves people.

So around five I headed back to the vet to get her. Four hundred bucks later I got her in our offices at WMG with lots of food, cat box, and water. Allyson took a picture of her for Facebook to see if she was lost and someone would see it. The vet searched all the data bases in the area for a reported lost cat without luck.

So unless one of the writers at the romance workshop that is going on right now at WMG takes her home, or if we happen to find her owners, looks like WMG for the moment has an office cat. Not the best place for a cat, but better than her starving.

And yes, she is as tiny as she looks in the picture. About four pounds.

New lost Kitty

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Topic of the Night: Nothing again tonight

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 21

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 945

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,700 words

— E-mail: 10 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 404 e-mails. Approx. 28,000 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
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Class #51… June 6th … The Business of Writing
Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
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Class #2… July 11th … How to Write Thrillers
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Class #4… July 11th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 12th … Character Development
Class #6… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 13th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 13th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10... July 13th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy

Class #11… Aug 8th … The Business of Writing
Class #12… Aug 8th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Aug 8th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14… Aug 8th … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Aug 9th … Character Development
Class #16… Aug 9th … Depth in Writing
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Class #18… Aug 10th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
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#18... How to Think Like a Science Fiction Writer Lecture... Kristine Kathryn Rusch....11 videos... $50.00

#19... Why Some Books Sell More Than Other Books... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#20... How to Write a Page Turning Novel or Story: Basics and Tricks ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#21... The Basics of Designing Science Fiction Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#22... The Basics of Designing Mystery, Cozy, or Thriller Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#23... Paying the Price: A Working Writer's Mindset ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#24... Writing into the Dark: The Tricks and Methods of Writing Without an Outline... Dean Wesley Smith... 12 videos... $50.00

#25... Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#26... Organization... Allyson Longueira... 8 videos... $50.00

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