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A Couple of Fun Things

Anyone Want to Listen to Me Talk About Writing?

Kevin Tumlison, on his Wordslinger Podcast, talked to me about my book Writing into the Dark. And about writing in general.

Fun conversation since Kevin and I think very much alike in this area. You can listen to it at:

Thanks, Kevin!!!


A study has come out about creative types.  You can find it at…

Why I am pointing this out is because the conclusions (after 40 years of study) are that no writer knows their own work and the more you write, the better chance you have at success. Go figure.

Here is a quote from the summary of the study on one point.

“One of the attributes of creative people says Prof. Dean Simonton – a University of California academic who’s been researching creativity for over 40 years – is that they have an extraordinarily poor sense of whether the thing they’re creating, inventing or making is any ‘good’ or not.

In fact, Simonton thinks that it’s virtually impossible for anyone involved in a creative project to know for sure whether they’re making a masterpiece – or just a mess.”

Kind of fun to have what Kris and I have been trying to teach and say for decades now proven with studies. Still won’t make anyone deep in the myths change an opinion. But fun for me to see. (grin)



For one week now, seven days, my daily average has been over 5 miles (10,000 steps). Today I did 13,700 steps, which is 6.5 miles at my stride. Not even feeling it and it wasn’t difficult and didn’t hurt my weak knee, so all good.



All have openings at the moment. Information at

Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.

Class #1… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 11th … Business
Class #3… July 11th … Endings
Class #4… July 11th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #5… July 11th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #6… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 12th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 12th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 12th … How to Edit Your Own Work


Tracking Running… June 10th, 2017
6.5 miles. (no miles running.)
Weight 191. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 42.5 miles

Tracking Word Counts… June 10th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,358

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 15,300 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,100 words 
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,500 words
— E-mail: 27 e-mails.  Approx. 1,600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 236 e-mails. Approx. 12,400 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 38 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 6 novels.



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