We Study In All Sorts of Ways…

Normally I don’t say much about my reading or other activities except when I am detailing out a few days while writing a project in a challenge. Like the five day novel challenge. I do a little more detail on the short story challenges about the life around writing them. But not all of it by a long ways.

But tonight I’ll tell you what I did for a few hours. I found myself studying a puzzle mystery form.

Castle, the very first season when it was great, was a great puzzle mystery series pretending to be set in a police station. Not a police procedural by a long ways. Puzzle mystery with the idea that a mystery writer could help solve real really twisted cases.

They were showing back-to-back episodes and so I watched three of them in a row. Form became instantly clear. And they were always twisted plots. Cliffhangers (commercial breaks) always came on a reveal of information. They all started (in that early time period of the show) with the body.

Castle was always who the show was about with the great team members around him.

Of course, the humor and the interaction between the two main characters was wonderful, especially early on in the series. The daughter and mother were great team members. A lot of stuff was played for humor. Clear why the show became a hit early on.

I write puzzle mystery novels in my Cold Poker Gang series. And I will be introducing a new detective team in the next one and I wanted some of that type of Castle interaction and humor. So I studied. Now this new book will be even more fun to write.

Speaking of Cold Poker Gang

Right now the first book in the series, Kill Game, is free just about everywhere in the world. And there is a big BookBub push on Saturday for it as well. And we lowered the prices on the other six books in the series a little bit to get people introduced into the series. Give it a shot if you like twisted mystery novels.

July Regular Workshops… Still Time to Get In…

This might be out best list for a month of workshops we have ever done with the addition of the Magic Bakery workshop and Information Flow. I am very, very pleased these workshops have come this far.

And are still moving forward.

You can find the workshops under Online Workshops to the right of this post. Sign up for July on Teachable.com. For credits or workshops beyond July, write me.

Each regular workshop is 6 weeks long.

Again, it will take you about three hours per week on your own pace to do each of these if you do the assignments. All workshops have now started, but still enough time to jump in and openings in all of them, including the new ones.

And Lifetime Subscriptions are available on Teachable. Write me with questions about any of this.

Class #1… July 10th … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… July 10th … Author Voice
Class #3… July 10th … Dialog
Class #4… July 10th … Writing into the Dark
Class #5… July 10th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… July 10th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… July 11th … Depth in Writing
Class #8… July 11th … Business
Class #9… July 11th … Writing Fantasy
Class #10… July 11th … Information Flow
Class #11… July 11th … Magic Bakery
Class #12… July 11th … Advanced Depth

Again, if you don’t have credits, sign up directly at Teachable.

I will be putting up the August workshops in the next few days. So stay tuned for that.