October Online Workshops

Since we are giving special Fiction River volumes with all sign-ups for October workshops, and people are starting to sign up, I figured it was time to do a full post on the October workshops, including their blurbs and promotional covers.

So here they are, all ten online workshops for October. Sign Up instructions and more details about the workshops under the Online Workshop tab above. Remember, all these workshops are limited to 12 writers per month and with the Fiction River volume bonus, some of these will fill this month. Don’t delay.

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PRODUCTIVITY 

Kris and I are two of the most prolific long-term writers working today. And we have done that year-after-year for thirty years. Well, finally we decided to tackle the one area we have been avoiding in teaching.

Productivity.

That’s right, we’re finally going to teach that skill. And in this new indie world, productivity is a critical skill to have.

If you followed my blog last year and watched me write twelve novels, three nonfiction books, and thirty-plus short stories while working a day job with WMG Publishing and workshops, you know what productivity is. Kris and I can teach you how to do that and a lot of other ways of being productive.

If you are tired of looking back at a year and wondering why you didn’t write more, this workshop is for you.

If you think you just write too slow, this workshop is for you.

So for a six week workshop online, we are going to help writers become more productive and learn habits and techniques that will keep you productive for years to come. Six weeks of videos, five assignments. If you want an extra book per year, or just more stories, and can never seem to make it happen, this new workshop starting in September is for you.

We can all find extra time, but most writers don’t know how to convert that extra time over months and a year into more stories and novels.

This is a nuts and bolts workshop, not on craft workshop. This workshop will work if you want to write a first novel or just add more novels and stories to your yearly output. The techniques and methods we will teach in this workshop will work for all levels.

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HOW TO WRITE THRILLERS 

Taught by Dean Wesley Smith, author of at least two dozen thriller novels under various names. First taught here at the coast, this workshop will help you not only learn how to write a thriller, the hardest genre of them all to write, but this workshop will help you speed up all books when you want to.

This workshop combines a lot of different areas of how to relay to the reader to keep reading. From plotting to pacing to character and so much more. Some people call thrillers “big books.” That’s because thrillers often require scope, multiple characters, and other skills this workshop will help you get a handle on.

If readers can put your books down while reading them, if they stop along the way, if they give reviews that it was slow, this workshop will fix those problems.

 

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HOW TO WRITE SERIES NOVELS IN ALL GENRES 


Taught by Dean Wesley Smith with the help of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. For both of them, many of their hundred plus novels each have been in series. And there are many, many skills to writing successful series books that hold readers from one book to another.

This workshop will cover series in all genres, from fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and even romance, which is a genre difficult to write series in. This workshop will talk about character threads through novels, plot arches, setting threads, and so much more, including how to even see that you might have a series idea. And with this new indie world, series are popular and sell better when a writer can do it correctly.

So everything you need to know about writing a successful series.

 

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CHARACTER VOICE AND SETTING


If you want to learn how to get down inside character’s heads and stay there, this workshop teaches you that and so much more. And if critiques tell you your setting seems thin, you need this workshop.

An intense craft workshop that will help you learn how to develop memorable characters, memorable settings, and learn how to write multiple characters that can be told apart. Gain control over your own characters and learn the techniques that make a character and the setting around each character come alive to a reader.

Taught for six years here on the coast, but now has moved online.

 

 

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WRITING WITH DEPTH 

A sentence-by-sentence, clause-by-clause look at how you can write fiction, characters, settings, and plots with depth. Your writing, your characters, your fiction will take a huge jump forward with this workshop.

This workshop goes hand-in-hand with the Character Voice workshop and the Pacing workshop. Writing With Depth workshop adds in a third and final part to the puzzle of making characters and stories have real power that holds readers in your stories. And you can take the workshops in any order. They all just add to each other.

Last fall, Kris and I did a workshop called “Strengths” that looked at writers’ work up close and helped them, we hope, understand where they are strong, and where they need work. Almost everyone who took that class needed work consistency developing characters at a deeper level. But how?

In the Character Voice workshop, both here at the coast and now online, I often told writers they were just skimming over the surface and they needed to stay down in character’s heads more. But how?

The Writing With Depth workshop shows you exactly how.

Kris and I have finally worked out a way to get down into the details to show you exactly how to add depth to your characters and your work without hurting your plotting or your pacing.

Not a theory workshop. We show you directly how to do it and you practice it and get feedback from us on how to make your work even deeper.

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HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION

Put together by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. Kris is the only person to have won the Hugo Award for her writing and her professional editing of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Dean edited as well at Pulphouse and Pocket Books, writing and editing Star Trek for over ten years. He also wrote Men in Black original novels and many, many other very popular science fiction books.

Right now Dean is also writing two science fiction series under his own name and Kris is also writing two science fiction series under her own name as well as have short stories appear regularly in Asimov’s and Analog magazines. In fact, she’s won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award five times and the Analog one a few times.

Kris and Dean, with Dean doing most of the talking, will lead you through how to write science fiction short stories and novels. You’ll learn all the sub-genres of the field, as well as how to write in each and what is required of each.

How to do science fiction series, how to come up with ideas, how to build your science fiction worlds without needing orbital mechanics, and so much more.

Again, this will cover both short fiction and novels. Science fiction is such a huge genre, but we’ll try to pack it all in a short six weeks.

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PACING YOUR STORY


(Keeping Your Story Moving)
Ever wonder how a writer makes you stay up all night reading? And sometimes when the story doesn’t really hold you? This workshop teaches you the tricks and skills that will keep your story moving at the pace you want it to move.

From writing slow family scenes to fast action scenes, you will gain the control of the reader that you always wondered about.

This workshop will cover a vast amount of information and writing techniques. From short stories to novels and series novels, this class covers everything you will need to know about how to keep a story moving and the readers turning pages.

 

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CLIFFHANGERS



How to keep a reader reading from chapter to chapter and from scene to scene.

There are many ways besides the standard “hero hanging from a cliff” that the name of the technique is named after. In fact, there are six major cliffhangers and each week in this course will cover another way to keep your readers hooked into your stories.

The workshop will also cover how to speed up your stories and even understand when a scene or chapter should end.

Understanding how to use the major cliffhanger techniques will jump your sales and keep readers coming back to your work.

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PITCHES AND BLURBS

Maybe the most important workshop we do. This workshop will teach you how to write great ad copy for your stories and novels.

Name value, then covers, then ad copy are the top three things readers look at before sampling your book.

This course will teach you how to write ad copy for electronic sales, for cover letters to editors, for catalog copy to bookstores, and also back cover copy for your books.

This skill takes time to learn and this workshop will get you on the road to selling more books and stories.

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GENRE STRUCTURE


Writers seldom know what genre they write in. Every wonder why your book isn’t selling well? Maybe it’s because you put your book on the wrong electronic shelf.

Not only will this workshop teach you how to identify genres, but also will teach you the structure of all the major genres. That way if you decide to write a story or a novel in a certain genre, you will understand what you need to do.

This workshop goes down inside the structure of each genre and many subgenres. You will understand genre when you finish this workshop.

 

Any questions on any workshop, just contact me.

More information about the workshops can be found under the Online Workshop tab above.

 

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 14

Year 2, Month 2, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Holy smokes did I get a lot done today.

Rolled out around 12:30 p.m. and made it to the professional writer’s lunch by 2 p.m. Great fun and conversation, as always.

Then to WMG Publishing where I spent the entire afternoon working on the post above this one and a sign-up web site for the workshops and lectures. For two years, writers have had to come here to this web site to sign up, even though the workshops were WMG Publishing workshops. Not any more.

However, even though the other site is for information, you still sign up with me just as normal. Too confusing to do anything else. (grin)

I guess after two years, it’s about time the workshops and lectures have an information web site we can direct people to for information on the lectures and workshops.  That new site is WMGPublishingworkshops.com

I also did four more of the fun workshop promotion covers because I wanted to do the post above this and have a promotional cover for every workshop in October. That was fun.

And I did a cover for a workshop we might be starting up in November. Stay tuned for that.

And don’t miss the Fiction River anthology volumes given with October workshops. Great reading. Fiction River has published over 80 different authors now and even has an original Frank Herbert story coming up in a future volume. Not kidding. Jump into a workshop and get a free three issue electronic subscription to Fiction River.

So anyhow, went home to nap and watched the football game for a time, then headed back to the WMG office around 9 p.m. and kept working on workshop stuff and web site stuff. Got that mostly done by 11 p.m. and came home.

I did the workshop homework for the night and then wrote an article for a web site of about 600 words, then redid my bio some for WMG, since it was years dated.

Then I headed over to my computer to try to find a story that was published a long time ago in an anthology that came out and vanished. It’s a wonderful ghost Christmas story I want to have in Smith’s Monthly #13, the Christmas issue.

But damned if I can find it yet. But wow did I find a ton of stories I wrote at one point or another and just never mailed. (I was so bad at following Heinlein’s Rule #4… sigh.)

I ended up finding one story that didn’t have an ending on it, so I wrote 600 new words on that one, then found another story that needed some major help and did another 850 new words on that one. Then on a third story I wrote 700 new words. But I found seven or eight more stories that didn’t need any work. All that took three hour-long sessions with breaks.

But I didn’t find the story I was looking for yet. So back at that tomorrow because I really want that story in the Christmas issue and I don’t want to retype it. I think it’s one of my stories with a computer file. I hope. I wrote a ton of stories on a typewriter. That story might be one of them.

So 2,150 new words on three short stories that I counted. And a bunch of other stuff.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 14

– Daily Fiction: 2,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 23,450 words  

– Nonfiction: 600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,900 words

– Blog Posts:  1,300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,700 words

– E-mail: 34 e-mails. Approx. 1,650 original words. E-mails month-to date: 416 e-mails. Approx. 13,150 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 5. Covers finished month-to-date: 8 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

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Full Year of Smith’s Monthly

I thought this looked kind of cool. Who knew I could actually get all of the first year out and on time? (#12 shipping later this month.) And I’m still going strong. Fun!

It’s in grayscale because it’s an ad in Smith’s Monthly interior.

Smith's Ad web

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 13

Year 2, Month 2, Day 13 of this Writing in Public challenge.

So a slow Saturday. But a fun one.

Rolled out around 1 p.m. and did some e-mail and other chores with cats. Then off to the bookstore to talk about that large collection I’m thinking of taking, then I made it to the snail mail and then to the store for lunch and then to WMG Publishing around 4 p.m.

I worked there on a little workshop stuff, but mostly Smith’s Monthly #12 formatting and got another cover done. For yet another very strange story, this one a time travel Sherlock Holmes story called “Two Roads, No Choices” that I wrote for an anthology a decade or so ago. It has the Titanic in it in case you couldn’t tell from the cover. (grin)

Then I took a few of the golf clubs from a bag of clubs I had got for almost nothing at the auction and headed for the golf course to hit a few range balls with them.  I actually spent twenty minutes on the putting green as well. The weather was so nice, I just couldn’t stay in all day. So I sat on a stone wall and watched three or four groups play the 18th hole before heading home for a nap and news.

Then I watched part of a football game. As I said, not a normal Saturday, but an easy-going one.

I got back to WMG offices around 9:30 p.m., finished up some workshop stuff, did a little more on Smith’s Monthly formatting, and then headed home around 11:30.  I went to watch the news to see how hot it was going to be here tomorrow. Then watched another show and didn’t get back up here until around 2 a.m.

I ran back through the novel, Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift making sure I had transitions right and chapters numbered right (annoying problem) and so on. (If you are really stuck on myths and really have to, you could call this a second draft. (grin))

I wrote one scene of about a thousand words that needed to be in a hole I had cut out by tossing away a bunch of chapters. All of that took me exactly two hours, with a slight break.

Then I started looking at some of my Christmas stories for the issue, since this is my Christmas issue (coming out in late October, but what the hell.) I dinged at one of them that has never seen the light of day, maybe adding another 300 new words in the process.

So tomorrow I have to write an introduction, another introduction for something different, and finish working on the story and another one as well. So off to get some sleep.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 13

– Daily Fiction: 1,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 21,300 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,300 words

– Blog Posts:  500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,400 words

– E-mail: 9 e-mails. (The lowest daily total in my memory.) Approx. 100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 382 e-mails. Approx. 11,500 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 12

Year 2, Month 2, Day 12 of this Writing in Public challenge.

The last day of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Got it done, finally.

So let me run through the day first and I’ll then explain what I managed to do with the writing.

Up around 1, fed the cats, did chores like that, and then around 2:30 headed for the snail mail and the WMG office. Talked with some writers who were there and one that is helping me with my Poker Boy covers. I am so excited about those.

Anyhow, I managed to get some time to work on formatting Smith’s Monthly #12 and did another cover. Again, as with the story I did the cover for yesterday, this is a very strange story. And it also was hard to do a cover for.

Another science fiction with aliens, sort of, in a poker game, and a woman named Donna. Holding is a poker term and there was a song called “Who’s Holding Donna Now” back a ways. Story has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the song.

Anyhow, got the cover finished and went home to take a nap with the white cat. Around 8 p.m. I headed out to have dinner up at the WMG office (cold chicken, which I like). I managed to work for three hours on workshops stuff.

One of the things I worked on earlier today was this nifty new thing we are offering now for October online workshops.  Many of you know we have a Fiction River subscription drive going on through Kickstarter. Fantastic rewards including if you sign up for a lecture, you get issues of Fiction River. Check it out. Just click the Kickstarter Fiction River logo on the right sidebar.

We initially had ten November or December online workshops through Kickstarter that if you signed up for them, you also got a full year’s subscription.

So since the subscription drive is going almost up until the October workshops start, we have decided to offer something else for the October workshops outside of Kickstarter.

So, as the post above says, for each online October workshop you sign up for, you will get three electronic back issues of Fiction River of your choice or a three issue electronic subscription. And if you already have a subscription, we will just extend it, no problem.

When the workshops start, I will ask each person what issues or subscription they want. Nothing for you to keep track of except just sign up for a workshop. Nifty, huh? I was very happy WMG said this would be a good idea after those first ten through Kickstarter sold out. So you can support Fiction River and take an online workshop and get some great reading at the same time. Nifty.

Only for October workshops.

So don’t delay too long in signing up. Some of the workshops this month might fill up, unlike this summer.

So home around 11:30 tonight and I wanted to get right to the novel, so I did.

I wrote 1,050 words by 12:30 a.m. and another 1,100 words by 1:15 a.m. with a short break between the sessions.

Longer break, wrote another 1,200 words before 2:30 a.m., short break, another 1,100 words by 3:15, another short break, and the final 1,450 words by 4:30 a.m.

Done. 5,900 new words tonight on the run to the end.

Tomorrow night I’m going to go back through, make sure I have transitions fixed on things I cut out, that sort of thing, and then print it up for Kris to read when she returns from the Bay area.

I have no idea how long this thing will end up, but trust me, it’s not near the 60,000 plus words I wrote to get it done.

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 19,300 words
Day 6…. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 21,400 words
Day 7…. 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 23,450 words
Day 8…. 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 26,550 words
Day 9…. 1,700 words. Total words to date…. 28,250 words
Day 10… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 31,350 words
Day 11… 1,700 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 12… 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 35,200 words
Day 13… 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 36,300 words
Day 14… 3,900 words. Total words to date…. 40,200 words
Day 15… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 43,300 words
Day 16… 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 45,450 words
Day 17… 2,200 words. Total words to date…. 47,650 words
Day 18… 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 50,800 words
Day 19… 1,950 words. Total words to date…. 52,750 words
Day 20… 1,550 words. Total words to date…. 54,300 words
Final Day… 5,900 words. Total words to date…. 60,200 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 12

– Daily Fiction: 5,900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,000 words  

– Nonfiction: 200 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,300 words

– Blog Posts:  700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,900 words

– E-mail: 11 e-mails.  Approx. 200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 373 e-mails. Approx. 11,400 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 11

Year 2, Month 2, Day 11 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Not a day off from writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

But no new words. But progress.

Actually, I don’t know if I had any new words, so not going to count any because what I did tonight on the novel just messed up my counting system for the evening. (grin) My gut sense was that I did about 500 new words, but again not going to count it.

Anyhow, day started off way early for me at 11 a.m. crawling out of bed. Since I was so tired yesterday and crashed out early, I actually got eight hours sleep. Wow. Kris and I headed to Portland right before noon and I had her to the airport by 2:45. She’s down in the bay area doing research on an upcoming book and talking with writers there.

I turned around at once and beat fast tires out of Portland to miss the rush hour traffic and barely made it out. I stopped twice in the Salem area, one to look at some cars, another to check out an antique’s mall I hadn’t been in for five years. When I went through the door the woman who owned the mall said, “Dean, where have you been hiding?” (After five years she remembered me and I didn’t even have my hat on. Wow, that’s a memory.)

I told her I was getting back in the collector business, buying and selling, on October 1st, so I had to start my old picking routes again and she was very happy to see me, even though I didn’t spend anything. She knows I will. (grin)

I managed to get home by 6:30, feed the cats, and head for a long nap with the white cat.

First time I have been that far away from the coast in a while, so it felt good, if driving in city traffic can ever feel good. (grin)

Kris awoke me with a call around 8 p.m. saying she had made it and was headed for her hotel.

So I stumbled out to Burger King for dinner, then back to WMG Publishing to work on Smith’s Monthly #12 formatting. I did one cover tonight. It’s for a story that has to be one of the very strangest science fiction mystery stories I ever wrote. It will be in Smith’s Monthly #12 if you want to read it coming out near the end of this month.

The cover fits the story. Not kidding. And it’s sf, which this cover does not say in any way because it’s also solid mystery and… and… So many of my stories are so flying over multiple genres, covers are nearly impossible. And my titles don’t help. (grin)

Even a blurb wouldn’t help on this one. It would be something like: Saving the whales, one dead human at a time.

I forgot to mention, but this week a friend of mine came up with a FANTASTIC new theme design for Poker Boy. And he did a mock-up to show us what he was thinking and it is flat perfect! So once I learn some stuff on how to do what he did, buy some art and fonts, and do some covers, I’ll show them here. Almost like a total relaunch of Poker Boy. Fantastic fun!!!

So home around 11:30 p.m. to watch some television with me and the cats, then around 1 a.m. I got in here. I first worked on a nonfiction project, but even though that took some time, I didn’t get enough new words to feel comfortable counting them.

Then around 2 a.m. I went to the novel. And after I looked at where I had stopped, I still had no idea where it was going, so as I do with cycling, this time I did a huge cycle all the way back to the beginning.

What I was looking for in the reading was the ending. I know for a fact my subconscious, without me thinking about it, often puts the endings of my books hidden in the openings somewhere. If some English class were ever to work over one of my stories, I would look really smart, but it’s my subconscious that does that and I never normally notice it. But since I was stuck, I kind of wanted to go back over the opening of the book to find what I had for an ending.

And as I did that, I spotted the ending just fine hidden right up there in the front. (Thankfully! My subconscious knew where I was headed all along.) And as I worked my way through the book, I spotted more loops that were left from my old traditional novel-writing days and didn’t help this book at all. So I chopped out even more words. And added in some transitions and such.

I flat LOVE not having to pad out books when the story doesn’t demand it. But padding is a hard skill to unlearn at times after a hundred plus traditional novels.

This entire process took about 1.5 hours with a ten minute break.

I was so focused on what I was doing going through the book, so deep in creative voice, I didn’t think to count the new words. So I’m not even making a guess tonight. But I have the ending now finally.

When I got to the place to start writing new toward the ending I now see as clear as day, it was almost 4 a.m. and I decided I’m going to go get another good night’s sleep and finish this thing tomorrow.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 11

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 14,100 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,100 words

– Blog Posts:  800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,200 words

– E-mail: 13 e-mails.  Approx. 300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 362 e-mails. Approx. 11,200 words

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

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 10

Year 2, Month 2, Day 10 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off from writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Not much going on today, other than I was low on energy and decided to just go slow and rest. So rolled out around 2 p.m. and managed to get to the snail mail and both banks by 4 p.m.

Then up to WMG for a few hours for different stuff. Then home to nap with the white cat and dinner and news and dishes.

I made it back upstairs and cleaned up my e-mail. And I did some research on the collection I am thinking of buying. Value and all that.

Then Kris and I about 11 p.m. went up to WMG Publishing and I shut my office down while she finished her walking.

Then home to watch some television and then back in here around 1:30 a.m. I did an article I was scheduled to do and got that off in the mail by around 2:30 a.m. and decided I was headed for a good night’s sleep.

So nothing even interesting today. I just had an off day, went slow, didn’t do much besides a thousand words on an article, and rested. Sometimes there are days like that.

I hope to finish the book tomorrow night. Finally.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 10

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 14,100 words  

– Nonfiction: 1,000 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,100 words

– Blog Posts:  300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,400 words

– E-mail: 17 e-mails.  Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 349 e-mails. Approx. 10,900 words

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

– Exercise Steps:  3,100 steps. Steps month-to-date count: 46,600 steps. Steps Daily Average: 4,660

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 9

Year 2, Month 2, Day 9 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twenty of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

A total and complete success today getting some writing done at all. Yeah!

I rolled out around 2 after a good night’s sleep, and did e-mail until 3:30 p.m. Then I headed for the snail mail, then to the store to stop at the deli to get some lunch, then to one of our local bookstores. There I talked about a huge collection I am thinking of buying and the owner and I negotiated. Great fun. I’ll explain it if I get it.

Put it this way, it’s so large, it will take two moving trucks to move it to the WMG offices. (grin) Not kidding. Great fun.

Anyhow, then went to WMG and talked there for a time with a couple authors. One of them is helping me with some nifty new redesign of Poker Boy. Oh, is it going to be cool when we get it set. I am so excited.

Then home for a nap with the white cat, then news and dinner. Kris again did the dishes because of the cross-over week for the workshops. So around 8:30 I went to do assignments.

I can say that even on a hard night of a lot of assignments to look at, I am having a blast. And the first assignment on the Productivity workshop even opened my eyes to some stuff. Wow, I love learning. And people are now starting to sign up for the October online workshops. It seems writers are back and thinking about their writing and learning after a long summer. So a few of the October workshops might fill. Write me if you have questions. Or just sign up, since all workshops have openings at the moment.

I got most of the assignments done by 10:30 and Kris and I headed to WMG Publishing offices so she could walk and I could launch the new workshop weeks. Then home by 11:30 and off to watch some television.

I was back up here around 1 a.m. and sent off some of the assignments I hadn’t sent earlier and then put the last workshop up, so I was all done by around 2 a.m.

Then I got on a Skype connection to a really great guy named Simon Whistler in Europe who does podcasts at RockingSelfPublishing.com. Because he is in Europe, his daytime worked great for me here at night.

He interviewed me for just over an hour for the podcast. Great fun and he’s a great interviewer. Made me sound much better than I am, that’s for sure.

I think the podcast will air in October. I’ll announce when here since we talked a lot about indie publishing and stuff going on. Thanks, Simon. It was fun.

Then I moved the white cat from my writing chair and went to work on the novel. I know I am closer to the end of this thing because it feels like I am writing a climax, but damned if I know how it’s going to end. I have set up something so bad, I hope I can figure out how to save the world and all that. (grin)

In basically one long session (half minute break in the middle) I wrote from 3:30 a.m. to just before 5 a.m. about 1,550 words.

Amazing considering the day. And close to wrapping this novel up.

So a great day, and all the workshop cross-over stuff is done, so I’m feeling like I’m into the clear to finish the book. We shall see. And I had fun and learned a bunch as well. Win/win.

And strangely enough, I just today I got the proof in for the first book in the series of this novel, Heaven Painted as a Poker Chip. It looks really cool and should be out later in the month, I think.

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 19,300 words
Day 6…. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 21,400 words
Day 7…. 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 23,450 words
Day 8…. 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 26,550 words
Day 9…. 1,700 words. Total words to date…. 28,250 words
Day 10… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 31,350 words
Day 11… 1,700 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 12… 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 35,200 words
Day 13… 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 36,300 words
Day 14… 3,900 words. Total words to date…. 40,200 words
Day 15… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 43,300 words
Day 16… 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 45,450 words
Day 17… 2,200 words. Total words to date…. 47,650 words
Day 18… 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 50,800 words
Day 19… 1,950 words. Total words to date…. 52,750 words
Day 20… 1,550 words. Total words to date…. 54,300 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 9

– Daily Fiction: 1,550 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 14,100 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,100 words

– Blog Posts:  700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,100 words

– E-mail: 62 e-mails.  Approx. 1,500 original words. E-mails month-to date: 332 e-mails. Approx. 10,500 words

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

– Exercise Steps:  3,100 steps. Steps month-to-date count: 43,500 steps. Steps Daily Average: 4,833

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 8

Year 2, Month 2, Day 8 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day nineteen of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day nineteen of the never-ending novel. I can feel the ending coming, so with luck later this week if I carve out some more writing time.

Anyhow, rolled out around 1 p.m. and had a stunning amount of e-mail, mostly all writing business, just a little workshop stuff. Monday.

So managed to get a bunch of that done, spend more time on the phone with my web site host, and then get to the snail mail by 3:30 p.m. I then headed to the store for lunch and to WMG offices.

We hit the second stretch goal, so the great folks there had done an update and a really fun video of “Dancing for Joy.” Yes, it has a dog and a cat, little Ollie, in it again. Really funny. It’s below.

I had a number of meetings on various stuff, then around 5:30 got started on some workshop stuff. Home by 6:30 to nap with the white cat, news, and dinner. Kris offered to do the dishes again, even though she cooked because she knew I was buried under work. She’s buried as well on the last stretch of finishing up the fantastic Retrieval Artist saga. A great partner. Thanks!

I worked on workshop stuff here from 8:30 until 10:30 p.m. It took that much time because this is a crossover week. And I had even more business e-mail to do.

Then up to WMG publishing to finish up the workshop stuff while Kris walked. Then she and I made it home by around midnight and went to watch some television. Let me tell you, the Tonight Show version of The Family Feud had me rolling out of my chair. Watch that on YouTube if you get a chance.

So back up here after a little rest to actually get to the computer to write. I did one session until about 3 a.m. and got just over 1,000 words. Took a break, then got another 950 words before 4 a.m.

I found myself sitting there with a chapter header typed in and staring at the screen. I think I fell asleep. (grin)

So decided to do this blog and go to bed.

Here is the nifty video WMG did for hitting the second stretch goal. It’s only 35 seconds. Watch it in full screen. And yes, some people up there need dancing lessons. (grin)

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Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Day 2…. 7,150 words. Total words to date…. 11,750 words
Day 3…. 4,300 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
Day 4…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 18,200 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 19,300 words
Day 6…. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 21,400 words
Day 7…. 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 23,450 words
Day 8…. 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 26,550 words
Day 9…. 1,700 words. Total words to date…. 28,250 words
Day 10… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 31,350 words
Day 11… 1,700 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 12… 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 35,200 words
Day 13… 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 36,300 words
Day 14… 3,900 words. Total words to date…. 40,200 words
Day 15… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 43,300 words
Day 16… 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 45,450 words
Day 17… 2,200 words. Total words to date…. 47,650 words
Day 18… 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 50,800 words
Day 19… 1,950 words. Total words to date…. 52,750 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 8

– Daily Fiction: 1,950 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 12,550 words  

– Nonfiction: 1,100 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,100 words

– Blog Posts:  500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,400 words

– E-mail: 76 e-mails. (I counted them twice because I couldn’t believe that number.) Approx. 2,300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 270 e-mails. Approx. 9,000 words

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

– Exercise Steps:  3,900 steps. Steps month-to-date count: 40,400 steps. Steps Daily Average: 5,004

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 2, Day 7

Year 2, Month 2, Day 7 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off from writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.

Rolled out of bed today at 1 p.m. to discover my web site had been down for a time. And that the Kickstarter had gone past the first stretch goal. Thank you, everyone. And it’s still going and we got some great rewards and stretch rewards coming over the next few weeks.

So I woke up to good news and bad news.

So I got on the phone to the web host provider and they told me, almost at once, that they were having troubles with the server. It would be fixed shortly.

So I didn’t get to do any e-mail and I was only fifteen minutes late to the writer lunch. I expected to miss most of it with sitting on the phone. So that was good.

So after lunch I worked on workshop stuff at WMG offices. (Site was back up.) I’m setting up all the October online workshop stuff and also these three days are cross-over week for the August online workshops and the September online workshops.

Sign-ups for the October workshops are now open and I think the list of workshops is a pretty good one, one of the better lists of workshops we have put together in any month. Any questions, feel free to ask. Still room in all the October workshops at this point, but I did close two September workshops so a few people did bump into October.

Anyhow, got home around 6 p.m. and talked with Kris for a time, then headed to take a nap with the white cat. Then dinner, news, and dishes. Then back into this office around 9 p.m.

Of course, my web site was back down. Oh, joy. So back on the phone I went with the internet provider. This time it took them longer (an hour plus) but, for the moment, they have it fixed. We shall see how it lasts. (grin)

After that I worked for a short time on workshop stuff, then took a break to watch some television.  Back into this office around 1 a.m. and finished up the last of the workshop stuff.

Then I stayed here at my internet computer and wrote an introduction for a book coming out this winter. I was hired to ghost the introduction after the first author hired didn’t turn in what was needed. (I know, I said I wasn’t doing any more ghost projects, but this was for a great project and good people, and they asked nicely, so what the hell.)

Anyhow, that took me a couple of hours, so by the time I got that sent off, it was after 3 a.m. and my mind was focused elsewhere after the two-website-crash day. So I stayed on nonfiction and did some more on some articles I will put up here, including more chapters on Think Like a Publisher.

Now it is early for me, but I’m calling it a night and getting some sleep. Maybe in the next day or so I’ll get back to the novel. It’s really close to finished. Thankfully.

And as I said I was going to do, I am comparing this month with the same month one year ago. So my totals for this first week completely suck compared to the first week of the second month a year ago. Wow.

(Month 2 from a year ago numbers are in parenthesis.)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 2, Day 7

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 10,600 words  (21,600)

– Nonfiction: 1,100 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,100 words (2,200)

– Blog Posts:  500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,900 words (3,350)

– E-mail: 46 e-mails. Approx. 1,900 original words. E-mails month-to date: 194 (290) e-mails. Approx. 6,700 words (6,650)

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers (2)

– Exercise Steps:  4,000 steps. Steps month-to-date count: 36,500 steps. Steps Daily Average: 5,214

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