Some of My History

Today, while working on a new project for this web site (see the topic of the night below), I came across a video of what it was like when I was skiing.

Now, I was never as good as the guys they are showing here, but I skied with some of them regularly. And a number of others who were in the early days of the hotdogging, as we called it.

I was into snow skiing and the fun of the early days of hotdogging from 1969 to the spring of 1972. Crazy fun.

In person, I can tell you some wild stories.

But watching this video will tell you why I have such bad knees and a bad back, especially combined with thirty years of playing golf far more than I skied.

And yes, I miss it.

Do I ski anymore? Nope. I walked away in 1972 when the season ended and except for two one-day exceptions, managed to stay away. Skiing was a drug to me I had to kick to move forward with my life, I love it that much.

ATTENTION!

Anyone who is signed for a May online workshop should have gotten a letter from me. If you did not, write me.

For May, there are three workshops that either have no one signed up or only one person. The three workshops are #42…Thrillers, #45…Suspense, and #45… Character Development. If you want to jump into one of those workshops this month, you’ll be basically getting private lessons from me.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

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Topic of the Night: Starting Something New

At the writer lunch today, we got talking about YouTube and the value of it. And I mentioned that WMG Publishing has retired completely 12 online workshops since we started them.

That’s right. Twelve. Not taken back to classic, but completely retired. So a bunch of us figured it would be a good idea to get some of those retired workshops up on YouTube.

And I agreed.

I will be also recording a bunch of videos on Topic of the Nights, not to replace the writing here, but to just give another video take on it.

So this afternoon I managed to learn a bunch of things about YouTube and got the first week of the Originality Workshop up in a list, plus the first assignment.

I was surprised, actually, that we had retired the workshop. We recorded it two years ago and it still is a good one, at least the first week. Not sure why it got retired. Maybe just got missed on a new schedule and then forgotten.

So every night I will put a link to one of the YouTube videos here. Eventually, over the next two weeks or so, I’ll have the entire Originality workshop up.

It should be a way to see what the online workshops are like for those of you who have never taken one. And I hope to help your writing and publishing in some ways.

Watch the videos in order. They are labeled clearly.

And please, whatever you do, don’t send me the assignments. I only read assignments from those of you on the main workshops each month. (grin)

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 1 (Totals started over.)

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 956

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

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

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

— E-mail: 32 e-mails. Approx. 2,300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 32 e-mails. Approx. 2,300 words

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

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