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.


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


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)


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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