Dead Money new cover.
I got three books in the mail today, plus one on Saturday.
All three of the novels were proof copies. One was a new rebranding of Poker Boy I can’t show yet. The second was my new novel Heaven Painted as a Free Meal. The most stunning of them all was the rebranding of my Doc Hill thriller series.
And for those of you who are getting Smith’s Monthly, Dead Money will be in the July issue, coming out shortly.
Image of new branding on the novel and of the cover of Smith’s Monthly for Dead Money on the right.
We are still not caught up from the December issues, but should be by the end of August and back on schedule by September. But as Kris said, no one notices if we are close.
The other two I got in the mail were the paper issues of Smith’s Monthly #21 that will be going out on Thursday (electronic copies to everyone are already out.)
I am trying to get the issue to Patreon folks, but having trouble with the uploads. I’ll get it done tomorrow at my office computer. I think it’s this older computer causing the issues.
All ten online workshops still have room. The workshops start on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Even Monday workshops are fine to jump in now.
September workshops are listed under online workshops. And yes, I will put up the October, November, and December workshops shortly. Past that, we shall see.
As far as the coast workshops, I finally got out all the invites to the October Master Class mailing list. If you are planning on attending the Master Class and did not get a letter, write me.
And three spots still open in that one. Mystery workshop in September is closed.
THE DAY IN GENERAL
Since I am still basically “Writing in Public” to keep the streak going, but changing format slightly, I will do some slight day reports on days I don’t write much.
And on days I do write, the daily report will be more detailed to see how the writing got done.
Today I did no writing. Just did workshop stuff, workshop assignments, more workshop stuff tonight, a ton of Monday running around to banks and such, and then got the free story up for the week, and did some work on a few web sites. And a little more research on apps.
Also found time to do some walking exercise.
But as I said, today was not a writing day, so no reason to go into the day. But when writing, the day matters and I’ll detail it a little more.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Deadlines and Such
Started to do some of the blurbs for the short stories from July. I am planning on writing about the writing of the blurbs, about how to think about a blurb, and then show samples. That needs to be done in two weeks so the blurbs can be copyedited and put in the July book that is now being copyedited without them.
So one deadline. And I will share the writing of it all here every day when I get started.
A second deadline I need to do is get the last chapter of Stages of a Fiction Writer up here and then get the entire thing turned into WMG Publishing. No set deadline on that, but sometime this next week would be nice.
However, the big deadline that my dinging around the last couple days has made interesting is the novel deadline.
I’m going to do the novel titled Heaven Painted as a Cop Car which will be the fourth book in that Ghost of a Chance series. I did a couple stories in the challenge that can be in the novel, so that will help some.
But my hard deadline is the 15th.
That’s right, 12 days from now.
So I will do my normal thing here about the writing of the book, which I will start tomorrow night. And do the word counts as normal as well.
Just as the challenge of needing a story done every night kept me going strong (well, mostly strong), this hard and fast deadline on this unwritten novel will really drive me.
Wonderful motivation. Just as the fact that I stayed up until 6 in the morning putting the July book together to get it to WMG Publishing on deadline.
Stay tuned. Here we go again. (grin)
Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 3
Writing in Public blog streak Day 733
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words
— Nonfiction: 700 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,100 words
— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,900 words
— E-mail: 48 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 127 e-mails. Approx. 3,200 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
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