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Another Adventure

I Didn’t Plan On An Adventure Today...

I just planned on having a few fairly short flights to get to Colorado Springs to teach at the Superstars Writing Conference. Stayed last night in Portland to catch the flight early and all was fine until we hit one of the roughest patches of air over Idaho I have ever experienced.

And over the decades I have been on thousands of plane flights. Never anything like this. Some injuries and things, but I had my seat belt on and was fine.

So then, on my layover, after I got calmed down and some anti-nausea drugs in me, I boarded the next flight and sat and sat and sat. Mechanical troubles.

So turned out to be an adventure in modern air travel. Not fun in the slightest, but I am here in a wonderful room and set up to write when I am not out teaching or talking.

Going to be a fun few days here but I am not looking forward to the flight back. (Grin)



February 15-18, 2018

— Controlling Fear of Failure
— How to Study and Practice in Fiction (A Study Plan)

March 15-18th

— Adding Tension to Your Writing
— Making a Living in 2018/19 With Your Fiction
— Controlling Fear of Failure

April 12-15th

— The Indie Game. (Roll-play your way through ten years of decisions as an Indie Writer.)
— How to Study and Practice in Fiction (A Study Plan)
— Adding Tension to Your Writing
— (tba)

February and March Online Workshops Are Now Up on Teachable.

If you have credits from the Kickstarter, you need to write me to sign up. You can also sign up through me and use Paypal just like normal. Or you can go directly to Teachable and sign up there for any workshop using either Paypal or a credit card.

To see all the courses, just hit the link at the top of the Teachable page that says “All Courses” and it will show you all the lectures and workshops available.

Class #13… Feb 6th … Think Like a Publisher
Class #14… Feb 6th … Endings
Class #15… Feb 6th … Point of View
Class #16… Feb 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Feb 6th … Speed
Class #18… Feb 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Feb 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Feb 7th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Feb 7th … Character Development
Class #22… Feb 7th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Feb 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Feb 7th … Novel Structure

Full information about any workshop and schedule is under Online Workshops on the sidebar.


  • USAF

    glad you are safe, and landed finally in my home territory

    you’ll be ok as soon as your inner ears and tummy are quiet for a while

    what are you flying, a drunk chipmonk [small jet] or?

    take your anti nausea meds BEFORE you get on flight back once you hear weather report. Just flew san fran last weeks, also turbulent diving and bucking. No fun

    stay safe; drink things that calm the vagus nerve in tummy; warm and hot, as you know yourself best

    Glad you are here.

  • Cynthia Lee

    Jeez. I’d have been incapacitated with anxiety, not even kidding.

    Glad you are still alive, needless to say.

  • D J Mills

    Glad flight landed safely.
    I looked up Colorado Springs on Google Maps. I love the names of some of the places. Then I realised it is the area used in your western time travel stories.
    Hope you have fun teaching, and you get time to visit some more of the area so you can use it in your next story.

    • dwsmith

      Oh, no, this isn’t the area at all. In fact, I know nothing much about the history of this area. I use the central Idaho area and other areas around Boise.