Decided On Thunder Mountain Novel for #3…

(As a reminder, the overall monthly challenge is to write four novels and gain distance every week on my step count, starting the first week at an average of 11,000 steps per day.)

Wow, is this place silent. Clearly this challenge is driving people into a stupor, but I’m going on posting here anyway and having fun with the writing.

And even more interesting is that the Fantasy Series Branding Workshop with Allyson Longueira didn’t fill up yet. Learn to brand fantasy series and get a template from one of the best designers working and not even 12 people want to sign up? Sort of shocked me. Guess we really are in the center of the “time of great forgetting.”

Anyway, onward.

The Day Went Like This…

I made it to the WMG offices just at 3 p.m. after doing an hour of e-mail. Worked there and then went out to the south store for a time and then back to WMG to work on workshop stuff until after 7 p.m.

I got another of the Classic workshops moved over to Teachable. Character Voice is now there. So with all the lectures, there are now four or five classic workshops and more going that way.

Got home around 7:30 p.m., took a nap, cooked dinner, and came in here to work on workshop assignments and also read some challenge stories.

Made it to my writing computer an hour late at 1 a.m.

Up until I sat down, I didn’t know what book I wanted to write. I had found a nifty piece of art for a Thunder Mountain book yesterday and came up with a great title, so Allyson did me a cover for it. Dry Creek Crossing: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

I love the title as well.

Then this afternoon I found a nifty piece of art for a Cold Poker Gang novel and tomorrow Allyson will do the cover for that. And I had a cover for another Mary Jo Assassin novel already done. No idea what any of the plots would be, but great covers.

So before I moved over to my writing computer, I looked up stagecoaches to refresh my memory because the art I found and the cover Allyson did has a stagecoach on it. Still didn’t know if I was going to do that or a Cold Poker Gang. I had a good image for the start of the cold poker gang in my head as well from a story I had already finished in that series.

As I started to move to my writing computer to sit down, the question popped into my head, “What happened if some workers in 2017 found the remains of a Concord Coach in a place it shouldn’t be?”

Cool, and I was off. I did 1,200 words in the first session before 2:30 a.m.

Took a short break, did another 1,000 words by 3:30 a.m., another short break to watch a little news, then back for another session of 900 words by 4:30 a.m.

Great start. No idea where the book is going, but I’m excited about it. And that’s all that matters. Got a hunch I’ll do the Cold Poker Gang novel next, after I get this one done. Then in August I’ll start off with the Mary Jo Assassin novel.

(And yes, I know, that is not a Concord Coach on the cover. Deal with it. (grin))

3,100 words in 3 sessions. 


Novel #1…The Writing of TOMBSTONE CANYON: A Thunder Mountain Novel

 Challenge Day 1… Words written… 6,600.  Total so far… 6,600 words.
Challenge Day 2… Words written… 6,700.  Total so far… 13,300 words.
Challenge Day 3… Words written… 6,100.  Total so far… 19,400 words.
Challenge Day 4… Words written… 6,200.  Total so far… 25,600 words.
Challenge Day 5… Words written… 6,200.  Total so far…, 31,800 words.
Challenge Day 6… Words written… 6,100.  Total so far…, 37,900 words.
Challenge Day 7… Words written… 3,200.  Final Total…, 41,100 words. (Novel count is 38,000)


Challenge Novel #2


Novel #2…The Writing of DEATH TAKES A DIAMOND: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

 Challenge Day 8… Words written… 6,400.  Total so far… 6,400 words.
 Challenge Day 9… Words written… 6,100.  Total so far… 12,500 words.
 Challenge Day 10… Words written… 3,200.  Total so far… 15,700 words.
 Challenge Day 11… Words written… 2,900.  Total written so far… 18,600 words.
 Challenge Day 12… Words written… 3,100.  Total written so far… 21,700 words.
 Challenge Day 13… Words written… 6,100.  Total written so far… 27,800 words.
 Challenge Day 14… Words written… 3,300.  Total written so far… 31,100 words.
 Challenge Day 15… Words written… 6,200.  Total written so far… 37,300 words.
 Challenge Day 16… Words written… 6,500.  Total written so far… 43,800 words. (Novel is no where near that long and might get shorter still after Kris reads it.)


Challenge Novel #3


Novel #3…The Writing of DRY CREEK CROSSING: A Thunder Mountain Novel

 Challenge Day 17… Words written… 3,100.  Total so far… 3,100 words.

The Day Breakdown

3.5 hours writing… 3,100 words
0 hours exercise plus normal movement… 8,300 steps
8 hours of work for workshops and e-mails and meetings and such.

The rest is television and cooking and and so on. Plus 8 hours of sleep. One 10 minute naps.


Days over 6,000 words… 11 of 17
Days over 11,000 steps… 10 of 17
Days over 12,000 steps… 3 of 10
Days over 13,000 steps… 0 of 1
19 hours of regular job work this week. Today is week day three.


Tracking Word Counts… July 17th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,398

— Daily Fiction: 3,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 88,000 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,000 words
— E-mail: 44 e-mails.  Approx. 3,600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 519 e-mails. Approx. 32,000 words



NOW OPEN. Very limited. Still four spots open.

Taught by Allyson Longueira. You get a template out of it as well as learning.

See the post below this one for details. First come, first in.



All have openings at the moment. Information at

Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.

Class #13… Aug 8th … Depth #3: Research
Class #14… Aug 8th … Endings
Class #15… Aug 8th … Point of View
Class #16… Aug 8th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Aug 8th … Speed
Class #18… Aug 8th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Aug 9th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Aug 9th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Aug 9th … Character Development
Class #22… Aug 9th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Aug 9th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Aug 9th … Writing Fantasy


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