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Up Too Early

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Up Too Early

Went to bed at 5:30 a.m. and was back up at 8:30 a.m.

Now that is just silly, but we got the new store open. Somebody asked me why I was up so early and I said “It’s not often you open a store.”

Pictures soon.

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The Day

At the new store at 9 a.m. and worked there until I went off for a lunch meeting at 2 p.m.  Then back to the store until Kris and I walked to dinner to meet another professional writer.

Then home for a nap that felt like it almost killed me after only three hours of sleep, then back to the store, then home to veg in front of the television.

Wanted to get back to writing tonight, but alas, one more day.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, even the new Teams in Fiction workshop.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 25

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 980

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

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

— Blog Posts: 100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,100 words

— E-mail: 8 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 515 e-mails. Approx. 34,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 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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Some Fantastic Writing Books!

Writing Bundle

Folks, there is a new writing bundle that just started with ten writing books. Two are mine. Another by Kris, another by Lawrence Block, another by Gerald Weinberg, another by JoAnna Penn, and so on.

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Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one. I’ve read all but two of these books and trust me, they are worth a lot more than what you would pay in this bundle. Those of you who want to learn, this is the cheapest education you can get from people who know what they are talking about.

The Write Stuff 2016 Bundle

Here is Kris’s blog about the bundle:

The Write Stuff 2016

(by Kristine Kathryn Rusch)

 Hundreds of writing books get published every year, and most of those books are written by people who have written…a book on writing. I kid you not. These people have a method or a scheme or they teach a writing class—even though I have no idea how they get those gigs. (Okay, I do. They get an MFA, which universities seem to think is more important than actual writing experience.)

Those writing books have nothing in common with the writing books in this bundle. Together, the authors of the books in The Write Stuff Bundle 2016 have more than two-hundred years of writing experience, and have contributed more than five hundred award-winning and bestselling books (fiction and nonfiction) to the world of literature.

We know writing, the writing life, and what makes a writing career. And we want to share it all with you.

Even though the books in this bundle discuss craft, including one of the classic writing books of all time, most of the books you’ll find here explore the career killers, things like how to put butt in chair on a regular basis, how to organize your business career, and the all-important (at least to me) how to make a living as a writer.

So if you are a writer, or are simply dreaming of becoming a writer, this bundle is for you.

The bundle has two tiers. If you spend a minimum of five dollars, you get a great writer’s toolkit composed of The Fieldstone Method: Weinberg on Writing, Stages of a Fiction Writer, The Rational Writer, Business For Breakfast, and How To Negotiate Anything.

But I’d recommend that you spend a minimum of fifteen dollars, so that you can get those books plus these invaluable books: Writing The Novel From Plot To Print To Pixel, Heinlein’s Rules, Creating an Online Presence, The Writer’s Business Plan, and How To Make a Living From Your Writing.

With these ten books, you’re set. Your writing career will move up a notch, and you’ll find answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.

And since we’re discussing learning here, share some of that spirit of education by donating a few dollars to The Pearl Foundation. The Pearl Foundation, promotes education by endowing scholarships. The scholarships focus on returning students, who have been away from school for more than five years. Those students need a lot of financial assistance because they often have families, mortgages, and all those other expenses of adulthood.

So…get an education while giving an education. Pick up The Write Stuff 2016—and have fun!

Lawrence Block:

As Lawrence Block tells you in this classic writing book, you don’t need to read writing books to become a successful author. But books like Writing The Novel From Plot To Print To Pixel certainly help. I read the 1980s version of this book, before pixels, and this year had the opportunity to read the volume again, with the revised material. I’ve been writing for 30-some years, and I still learned new things from this book. If you only have time to read one book in this bundle this summer, this is the book to read.

Dean Wesley Smith, Heinlein’s Rules

Dean Wesley Smith’s writing books usually start from a statement on his daily writing blog or from a question from his readers. Dean first quoted Robert Heinlein’s Rules For Writers a few years ago, and most of his readers shuddered. Because Heinlein’s rules seem so simple, and yet they’re incredibly hard to achieve. Dean explores how to make these rules, first published in 1947, work for the modern writer. If you follow these rules—as I have for my entire career—you will find success. Use Dean’s tricks to stay the path, and your success will multiply.

Dean Wesley Smith, Stages of a Fiction Writer

I love this book, partly for its back story. Dean first explored the stages of a fiction writer back in the 1990s, at an informal writing workshop that met at a local restaurant. His exploration of the stages angered half the writers in the room. Those writers booted him out of the workshop because he dared challenge their cozy little writing worlds. Where are those writers now, you might ask? You got me. Because none of them are professional writers. For all I know, they’re still meeting in that same restaurant on Tuesday nights, talking about stories they’ll never publish.

If you want to know where you stand in the stages of a fiction writer’s career, read this book. If a bit of controversy bothers you, skip this one. Because it’ll make you question everything you’ve ever known about writing.

Gerald Weinberg

Gerald Weinberg self-published before self-publishing was cool. He’s been supporting himself on his writing since the 1960s, and with only a few exceptions, he’s been his own publisher. Jerry isn’t just a writer. He’s also one of the foremost experts in computer science. He was inducted into the Computer Hall of Fame the same year Bill Gates was. Jerry’s also consulted for Fortune 500 companies. Explaining complicated tasks is one of Jerry’s great skills. So when he turned his attention on explaining how writers work, he came up with one of the best guides for writing I’ve seen. For fiction and nonfiction writers alike, Weinberg on Writing works on every level.

Leah Cutter

Leah Cutter excels at finding the right question to ask at the right time. Her Business For Breakfast series explores all sorts of questions in a short essay format that you can read, say, at breakfast. If you’re thinking of publishing your own work, then this book will lead you in the right direction. If you’ve already published your own work, this little book will help you tweak your process. It’s a little gem that you can return to over and over again, as your publishing career expands.

Cat Rambo

I’ve recommended Cat Rambo’s Creating An Online Presence for years now. Writers hear all the time that they need to promote, promote, promote, and they need to do so online. Cat makes online promotion not only understandable, but easy—something a writer can do while writing, instead of giving up writing time to be a social media butterfly. Updated just in time for this bundle, Creating An Online Presence contains the latest in everything online that writers need to know.

JoAnna Penn

When JoAnna Penn’s How To Make a Living With Your Writing came out, it became one of the most talked about writing books of the year. She explores how she went from “cubicle slave” to making six-figures annually on her writing, and she does so in ways that any writer who wants to can replicate. No guarantee, of course, that you’ll earn as much as she does, but your days in the cubicle mines will end if you put fingers to the keys the way that JoAnna did.

Rusch, How To Negotiate Anything

I’m a shy person who dislikes confrontation, yet I’ve negotiated my own contracts since college. Why? Because no one cares about my business as much as I do. I’ve learned how to leverage my shyness into a method that will work for anyone who says they can’t negotiate. This little book has outsold almost every nonfiction book I’ve written, and people use it a lot, not just for publishing matters, but for other parts of their life such as buying cars. If you believe you can’t negotiate anything, try this little book and see if it changes your mind.

Mindy Klasky

The description of this book uses a phrase that makes my little creative brain tremble. She tells writers how to “project manage” their careers. I approached this book with great fear and came away feeling empowered. I don’t like spreadsheets or time management cards, and yet this book taught me how to use them all to improve my writing business. Those of you with engineering brains will love this book. Those of you who hide when someone mentions data and numbers will help you improve your writing business without making your head hurt.

Tonya D. Price

I’ve known Tonya Price for a long time. When she told me in February that she wanted to write a book on business plans for writers, I asked her if she could have it done by May. Of course she could, she said, and she did.

I jumped on this book because Tonya has consulted with small business startups for decades. I’ve wanted to know her secrets since she first told me what she did, years ago, at a writing workshop, when she was just starting out as a writer. She combines all her skills here, taking tricks that have worked in the business world and applying them to writing. You won’t want to miss this book. Period.

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The Day

Lots and lots of running around. Store opens in about five hours and I’m going to be there.

Also, the little cat survived the surgery and is now home. I’m going to give her some food shortly before going to get a few hours sleep.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, even the new Teams in Fiction workshop.

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

You all should have gotten issue #30 of Smith’s Monthly. If not, let me know.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 24

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 979

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

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,000 words

— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 2,900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 507 e-mails. Approx. 33,500 words

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

 

Bundle Ending

Bundle Ending in One Day!!

So if you want to read my novel HEAVEN PAINTED AS A POKER CHIP, you can get it in a bundle with eleven other novels from other writers from Bundlerabbit. Click on the image to go to the bundle. Trust me, there are some great writers and great books in this bundle besides me. Just click on the picture to go to the bundle.

Don’t Miss This One!

The Day

The door of yesterday’s battle continued the fight into the office. And at one point it bit Allyson, but she is all right.

The door will find a home shortly, but there may be more fight left in that slab of wood yet.

Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

As planned, I got a recent issue of Smith’s Monthly out to subscribers and up on Patreon. The next issue should be out to subscribers and up on Patreon tomorrow, and then with luck, the third issue in this run will be on Monday.

And so far the luck is with us. So expect another issue tomorrow.

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Topic of the Night: Nope

The day was spent running errands and then working in the store until almost midnight. Only five more days. Tonight I hung mint-in-pack Star Trek figures, Alien figures, X-Files figures, and moved about a hundred different ornate boxes of various sizes.

My plan is to get back to writing at full steam on the 26th. But between now and then I will also be working on workshop stuff.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 19

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 974

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

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,800 words

— E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 422 e-mails. Approx. 28,000 words

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

Free Originality Workshop Now Here

Free Originality Workshop Now Here

As I have been working to get some changes done here, one thing I added was a way to watch the YouTube videos here. I put them under the YouTube tab above and then each week of the Originality workshop on a sub-page. So you can go through the workshop in a similar fashion as when it was offered originally.

YouTube tab at the top of the page.

If you have any questions about that workshop or any of the ones we offer, feel free to write me.

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

We got if figured out for starting the catching up of Smith’s Monthly through WMG. One issue will go out electronically on Monday, a second issue on Friday, and a third issue on the following Monday.

Got the proof on the first paper one yesterday. The new system seems to be working if I can get back to the writing at pace. Sort of distracted by the store opening in just over a week.

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Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight

Nothing tonight, but I have a fun one for tomorrow night.

Tonight I sorted through a few thousand watches. Yes, we also will sell watches in the new store. $2.00 each, as is… The twenty Mickey Mouse watches and the Star Wars watches I found will sell for a little more. (grin)

It is flat stunning how much stuff I have.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 14

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 969

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

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,400 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 317 e-mails. Approx. 19,200 words

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

Changes to Anthology Workshop

Changes to Anthology Workshop

We have a brand new major anthology series launching in 2017 from WMG Publishing, so we made some changes to the anthology workshop. That major new series will have stories bought at the workshop as well as our ongoing Fiction River anthology series.

And we have a moderately new cast of editors since we wanted to change up things after three years with the same gang. The writers attending were starting to get us all figured out. (grin)

So if you were signed up for the Anthology workshop, you should have gotten a letter from me tonight. If you are interested in attending the workshop in late Feb and early March, the information is under the Coast Workshops tab above. Write me if you have questions.

I discovered there were two spots open as I was going through and sending out letters. Seems I had signed up two people twice. Ahh, well, a good time to catch that ten months ahead of the workshop. (grin)

 

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

We got if figured out for starting the catching up of Smith’s Monthly through WMG. One issue will go out electronically on Monday, a second issue on Friday, and a third issue on the following Monday.

Going to get back to writing tomorrow night after working up at the store. It’s been eleven days without writing, so it’s time.

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Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight

Nothing tonight. I spent the entire night working in the store and then sending out letters.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 13

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 968

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

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,400 words

— E-mail: 23 e-mails (not counting all the e-mails to workshop attendees because I sent the same letter). Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 305 e-mails. Approx. 18,900 words

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

Two Weeks and Counting Down

Two Weeks and Counting

Two weeks from yesterday the store will open. Tons of work left to do. But mostly things are falling into place. And it’s looking really cool, actually.

Today I filled shelves with DVDs, took boxes of clocks to other shelves, put non-skid strips on the outside stairs, and ran a bunch of errands. I did not climb on a ladder because I promised Kris I wouldn’t.

And yes, we have a wall of clocks. Not kidding. And a bunch we can’t find room to get out yet. And we have thousands of collector boxes as well, most we don’t have room to get out of the back room.

Second bookstore I have opened in my life, third comic shop, second toy store. Never had a clock and box shop before.

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June Workshop Update

Here we are in the middle of the month and still lots of room in all the June online workshops.  No surprise to me. I know it’s the time of great forgetting. But even if you don’t take a workshop or go to a conference or something to keep you focused on your writing a little, find something.

Challenge another writer to a small word count each week. And if one of you doesn’t make it, give the other bragging rights of some sort.

Time of great forgetting is in full force right now. You will be so much happier in late July or August if you keep just some focus on the writing through this time. Trust me on this. Restarting is a bitch.

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

We got if figured out for starting the catching up of Smith’s Monthly through WMG. One issue will go out electronically on Monday, a second issue on Friday, and a third issue on the following Monday.

Going to get back to writing tomorrow night after working up at the store. It’s been eleven days without writing, so it’s time.

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Topic of the Night: Pulp Speed Writer’s Abilities

It’s above this post?

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 12

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 967

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

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

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,200 words

— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 282 e-mails. Approx. 18,000 words

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

Meetings, Store, and a Movie

Meetings, Store, and a Movie

Meetings all afternoon, then a couple hours of working in the new store, then off to see the new Avengers movie after a quick dinner.

And that is the summary of the day.

Two weeks from today the store will open. And yes, I will post pictures. It’s really cool-looking.

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

We got if figured out for starting the catching up of Smith’s Monthly through WMG. One issue will go out electronically on Monday, a second issue on Friday, and a third issue on the following Monday.

Going to get back to writing. It’s been eleven days without writing, so it’s time.

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Topic of the Night: Amazon Video Direct

Well, they announced the start of this service, sort of going against YouTube the other day, without much fanfare. This might be a game-changer from what I can tell so far.

Anyone investigated this deeply so far?

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 11

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 966

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

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

— Blog Posts: 100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,200 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 266 e-mails. Approx. 17,400 words

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

Another Workshop and Store Day

Another Workshop and Store Day

 

I’m going to make this very short since I did a topic the last couple of nights people can get caught up on. I need to rest my eyes after a full day of workshop work.

And I got a ton done in the new store, including licenses with the city, signs, new grid-wall up, new lights on the ceiling, and stuff like that. Opening in two weeks. Oh, my…

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

I got the files today for another volume of Smith’s Monthly, so in the next few days the two issues should go out. And then next week a third issue. Paper subscribers you will get all three in one package. Just what you need, 200,000 words plus of my fiction in one envelope. (grin)

Working on getting the magazine back on cover date. After this it will end up with me getting back to writing. I hope to have the issues caught up by the time I do the Stories from July Take Two.

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Topic of the Night

Nothing tonight.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 10

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 965

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

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

— Blog Posts: 100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,100 words

— E-mail: 39 e-mails. Approx. 3,900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 254 e-mails. Approx. 16,700 words

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

Workshop and Store Day

Workshop and Store Day

Monday started off as most of my Mondays start, with me running errands all over town. Two banks, mail, our original store, locksmith, credit card machine people, and so on.

Finally got settled back in at WMG offices around 5 p.m. and worked on workshop stuff.

Home to cook dinner around 7:30, then back to the office to work on more workshop stuff, as well as work upstairs in getting the new store ready to open. That is just far too much fun.

Home around midnight to watch The Voice, then in here to do the assignments. This is a crossover week, so finishing up the April workshops and starting on the May workshops.

I got all that done around 4 a.m., wrote the topic on costs and am now here.

Plan is that I will be back writing finally on Thursday. We’ll see how that works out. (grin)

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Patreon Supporters

I got the files today for a volume of Smith’s Monthly, so tomorrow I should have them to you. And then later in the week I will send another issue. And then next week a third issue.

Working on getting the magazine back on cover date. After this it will end up with me getting back to writing. I hope to have the issues caught up by the time I do the Stories from July Take Two.

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September Historical Workshop has Started

That’s right, the September Historical, Time Travel, and Alternate History coast workshop e-mail group has started up. If you are signed up and didn’t get a letter from me, let me know.

All June online workshops still have room.

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Topic of the Night

I got some questions about the production costs of the short stories I suggested last night. The answer and more is above this post.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 9

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 964

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

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

— Blog Posts: 1,300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,000 words

— E-mail: 36 e-mails. Approx. 3,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 215 e-mails. Approx. 12,800 words

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

Fantastic Bundle

Fantastic Bundle

I am in this fantastic new bundle from BundleRabbit. My novel Heaven Painted as a Poker Chip, which is the first novel in my Ghost of a Chance series, set in the Poker Boy universe.

Plus there are eleven other great books in this bundle. Worth it on this one folks. Just click on the image to go directly to BundleRabblit to check into all the books.

Full Originality Workshop up for Free on YouTube

That’s right. All six weeks.

So here is the first session of the second week for this Saturday night. And if you haven’t, start from the first video the first week. Makes a ton more sense that way. And do the assignments for yourself to help in that aspect as well.

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Patreon Supporters

You all will be getting three Smith’s Monthly volumes in quick order this month. First one on Monday or Tuesday.

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September Historical Workshop has Started

That’s right, the September Historical, Time Travel, and Alternate History coast workshop e-mail group has started up. If you are signed up and didn’t get a letter from me, let me know.

All June online workshops still have room.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 8

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 963

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

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

— Blog Posts: 1,500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,700 words

— E-mail: 38 e-mails. Approx. 2,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 179 e-mails. Approx. 9,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Online Workshop Schedule

These are the starting dates of upcoming online workshops. Limited to twelve writers. All have openings unless I say closed below. For sign-up and more information about each workshop, click the Online Workshop tab at the top of the page.

Class #51… June 6th … The Business of Writing
Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… June 6th … Author Voice
Class #54… June 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… June 7th … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #58… June 8th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #59… June 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… June 8th … Advanced Depth

Class #1… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 11th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 11th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
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 … Teams in Fiction

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 … Teams in Fiction
Class #16… Aug 9th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 9th … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Aug 10th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #19… Aug 10th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Aug 10th … Advanced Depth

Sign-up and more information under Online Workshops tab at the top of the page.

Classic Workshops

You can sign up for these and start at any point. They are the regular workshops, only you don't send in the homework and you can take them as fast or as slow as you would like.

They are half the price of a regular six week workshop.

Classic Workshops offered.

Making a Living... Classic
Productivity... Classic
Discoverability... Classic
Writing in Series... Classic
Genre Structure... Classic
Career... Classic

Lecture Series

More information on these lectures under the Lecture Series Tab above.

#1... Heinlein's Rules... Dean Wesley Smith 15 videos... $75.00

#2... Read Like a Writer... Kristine Kathryn Rusch... 8 videos... $50.00

#3... How to Write a Short Story: The Basics... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 7 videos... $50.00

#4... Writer's Block and Procrastination... Dean Wesley Smith... 8 videos... $50.00

#5... Carving Time Out for Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#6... How to Research for Fiction Writers... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 14 videos... $75.00

#7... Pen Names: Help With the Decision... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#8... Motivation: Starting Easier and Writing More... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#9... Practice: The Attitude and Methods of Practice in Fiction... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#10... Master Plot Formula: How and Why It Works Today... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#11... Prolific Lecture: How to Become a Prolific Fiction Writer... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#12... The Stages of a Fiction Writer: How to Know Where You Are In Learning and How To Move Upward... Dean Wesley Smith.... 11 videos... $50.00

#13... Starting Writing. Or Restarting Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#14... Endings: How to Write Them and Understand What Makes a Good Ending... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#15... Audio Narration Lecture... Jane Kennedy.... 9 audio lectures... $50.00

#16... Your Writing as an Investment Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#17... How to Get Your Books into Bookstores Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#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

#27... Confidence... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#28... Stories to Novels... Dean Wesley Smith... 9 videos... $50.00

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