This Is Not The First Chapter of the Book…

Just wanted to do a quick update here on the first day. Well, I got started. I will do a more complete one when I write the first chapter of the book here.

I also walked 11,000 steps, one mile of which was running. I recorded some workshop stuff and did other stuff as well.

And got my writing computer set up. That took longer than expected.

I decided to write a book called Hot Springs Meadow: A Thunder Mountain Novel. I had, up until I pulled my chair in front of my writing computer, thought I would logically start with a Cold Poker Gang novel set her in Vegas. Nope.

As I was setting up my writing computer, I noticed a bunch of stories I wrote back in November a year ago. I had done nothing with them, so I glanced at a couple and one was a short story called “Hot Springs Meadow: A Thunder Mountain Story.”

And as I glanced at it I realized I had done it wrong, completely wrong.

So as the day went on and I went running, I couldn’t get the stupid idea out of my head, trying to figure out the time paradox issues of what I had set up in that failed short story.

So instead of fighting it, when I started to write, I just typed that title in and fired up. I figured the only way to solve this problem was write the book.

I got about 3,200 words done. A good start, better than I normally do.

So that is the challenge. Those signed up for the follow along will get a letter shortly.


Information is right here on the two new workshops, Tags and How to Study. Sign up on

And in a few days these September workshops will vanish to be replaced by the October workshops. First week is just wrapping up but still time to jump in.

September List of Regular Workshops

Class #25… Sept 4th … Depth #3: Research
Class #26… Sept 4th … Author Voice
Class #27… Sept 4th … Dialog
Class #28… Sept 4th … Writing into the Dark
Class #29… Sept 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #30… Sept 4th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #31… Sept 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Sept 5th … How To Study
Class #33… Sept 5th … Writing Fantasy
Class #34… Sept 5th … Novel Structure
Class #35… Sept 5th … How to Use Tags
Class #36… Sept 5th … Advanced Depth