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An Issue Turned In

Finally Got Going Again with Smith’s Monthly

Took me a while to get going, but finally got the issue of Smith’s Monthly in to WMG. It has the novel I finished last night and four short stories and part of a nonfiction book.

I will have the next issue turned in on Monday, since that has novel I wrote in January. Then to finish a book I started a long time back and get it turned in for another issue next week.

Those of you who followed along in April know I started a new ghost of a chance series character called Marble Grant. That is the only story from that challenge in this issue. So here is the blurb I wrote tonight for the short story.


Dying on a first date sucks. Dying on a blind date sucks even worse.

Marble Grant, superhero, finds herself suddenly dead in a disgustingly smelly back alley and not catching a white-beam ride to the other side of whatever.

As a superhero, she knew about Ghost Agents. Never met one, but knew they existed.

She never heard of superheroes making the transition to Ghost Agent before though.

The first story in a new and fun Ghost of a Chance series, where ghosts solve problems and help people. And look damn sexy in the process.



Still giving the knee a rest, but am on a three day streak of 10,000 steps plus per day and the weight is starting to come off finally. Still planning the half-marathon in July, but most of it will be walking which I could do now. The key is how much I run and what my time will be on the run/walk.



Yes, I said JULY. Wow, time is just flashing past.

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 8th, 2017
5 miles. (no miles running.)
Weight 192. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 31 miles

Tracking Word Counts… June 8th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,356

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 12,100 words  
— Nonfiction: 1,100 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,100 words 
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,700 words
— E-mail: 20 e-mails.  Approx. 1,300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 186 e-mails. Approx. 9,900 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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One Comment

  • D J Mills

    Well done. 🙂
    You have proven time and time again, how just plodding along gets stories finished and published.
    I am still plodding along, between 1-2 K words 5 days a week, and only have two or three chapters to finish. I am also looking forward to creating the cover and blurb and getting the book published.