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A Fun First Day of September

First Day of September

Well, we were stunned yet again today when the new Kickstarter Fiction River subscription drive went zooming past its first stretch goal. In just two days. Thank you, everyone, for supporting our wonderful project. It means a lot to us.

And now everyone who gets a subscription through Kickstarter will get a free extra volume as our way of saying thanks. Even those supporters getting a subscription when you sign up for a workshop.

And speaking of workshops, since we are having a number sign up for the three workshop package, before the Kickstarter is over, Kris and I will set the online workshop schedule for Jan, February, and March. That will give everyone more choices. And there is no time limit on using the workshops you get in the Kickstarter, but we want to give everyone a five month choice of workshops when this is over.

Also on that schedule over the winter we will have places for a few new workshops. We have some great ideas for workshops that Kris and I think will keep me challenged and also help others. So stay tuned. (And a few older workshops will go away to make room, so if you are focused on a workshop, might want to get it done this fall.)

So again, thanks, everyone, for the wonderful support. And pass the word about the writing books, workshops, and lectures on sale in Kickstarter. We only do this every couple of years.

Less Than One Week

September workshops start in less than one week. And there is still room in all of them including the new Speed workshop.

I will be setting up the September workshops tomorrow night and writing those signed up for September letters either tomorrow night or Saturday night. More than likely tomorrow night.

Still lots and lots of room in all the workshops.

Exercise Update:

I got my half mile of running in today, the first day. I was going to get to the mall early to walk with Matt and Dan and run first, then walk with them. But Matt got there early as well. (When raining we walk in the lower level of the mall parking lot, which is exactly a quarter mile around.)

So I ran one lap and joined Matt walking for a lap, then I told him to keep walking and I went to run the other direction. I figured it would get me another half lap or so, but Matt outsmarted me. He walked for a ways and then when he saw I was about halfway around, he turned around and walked back to where I had started the lap to make sure I got a full half mile today.

Thanks Matt. I more than likely would have not gotten in that last bit. (grin)

But I did run a half mile. Total win. And got my five miles of walking. Just walking tomorrow, then run again on Saturday. Going to build slowly over September as I said yesterday.

Topic of the Night: My Seven Keys of Challenges

Above this post if you didn’t see it…

September Online Workshops

They start on Tuesday!!!

Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to

Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me. There is room in all of them at the moment.

Class #21… Sept 6th … Author Voice
Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Totals For Year 4, Month 2, Day 1

(Monthly numbers start over every month… August I did about 117,000 words.)

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,078

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 63

Running Miles This Month… .5 miles

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

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

— Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,100 words

— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 16 e-mails. Approx.500 words

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


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 2 novels.


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