• Challenge,  motivation

    October 1st…

    Coming Up In Three Days… So many, many writers had really bad writing summers. And October first is a chance to save the year. Three months until the end of the year. You can get a lot of writing done in three months. Set a new challenge, focus on some project that will be fun and get you restarted. October 1st is a wonderful date. Wash away all the “I wish I had…” from the spring and summer and just sit down and have fun telling stories. Stupidly enough, it really is that simple. I will follow my own advice and let you know what I am going to do…

  • Challenge,  publishing,  running

    Some Updates and Other Fun Stuff

    First Practice Run… Actually, no real running, only 2.5 miles of walking because no one cared that the course was short. For me, the practice came at getting up so early to go running. It was fun. First real run is Sunday, with an actual 5k course and timing bibs. I figure this coming Sunday will set the mark for the slowest of the year as I do more and more running and the weight drops over the fall. That is the plan, anyway. (grin) Publishing Fun… I spent most of today laying out the next issue of Smith’s Monthly. I do all the covers, all the layout, and, of…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun

    Some Cover Fun

    At Least Fun For Me… I love doing covers for the short stories I put in my magazine Smith’s Monthly every month. I always put in four or five original short stories every month. This month there are four original stories, a collection with six stories, and a full novel. A decent issue. So thought I would share the covers with you. Since I use templates, these four covers took me about 90 minutes to do. (Most time finding the art that fit.) They are all for original short stories. And also, a side note: Today is the last day of the September Workshop half-price sale. See the last few…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Last Two Days of September Workshop Sale!!

    This Ends Sunday Evening… So just over 24 hours left in this one. All October Regular workshops are available. And the new Study Along classes. And three new classic workshops that used to be regular workshops. So if interested, go to WMG Teachable. Find the class you are interested in, hit purchase and then on the next page put in the code: SeptemberRegularSale50 Hit apply and you should have the class at 50% off. Here are the October Regular Workshops. Six weeks long and I reply to all assignments. Class #31… Oct 4th … Covers 101 Class #32… Oct 4th … Heinlein’s Rules Class #33… Oct 4th … Writing into…

  • Challenge,  Free Fiction of the Week,  Fun Stuff

    Cold Poker Gang Book Free Right Now

    Kill Game… First Book In the Series It is free right now just about everywhere, because it will be on a Bookbub on Saturday. So you can grab it any time. Cold Poker Gang is a series of puzzle mysteries where retired Las Vegas detectives join the Cold Poker Gang task force to solve cold cases. Strangely enough, there is a cold case task force here in Vegas, two guys, that I didn’t know about when I started this series a decade ago. Not sure they existed back then. I love these books and hope to write more in the series this coming year. Below is a nifty book video…

  • Challenge,  workshops

    Fun Extra Stuff In the Sale

    So Many To Pick From… So with Kris’s help, I figured I would put a few up here that you can get for half price that are great, great deals. And hidden for the most part. I mentioned these in August. SERIES INTERVIEWS… I interviewed Kris about ten of her series first stories or books. Trust me, more about writing, publishing, and writing series in these 40 videos than you can imagine. This is a stunning deal at full price, but at half price, it is amazing. BUY THREE… You can get 3 regular workshop credits, 3 pop-up credits, 3 classic workshop credits, or three lecture credits to use at…

  • Challenge,  workshops

    Regular Monthly Workshop Half-Price Sale

    September Sale Happening Right Now… Every month, for the last full week of each month, we will be doing a half-price sale. The sale will always start on Sunday early and end the following Sunday very late. The sale is for everyone, and covers everything, including challenges, lifetime subscription, workshops, pop-ups, study-along classes, and everything else. Everything on Teachable. We started this regular sales back in July. So this is the third month. Back in the early days of the pandemic, we started the workshop sales to help writers through. And that pandemic seemed to go on forever, as we all discovered. And now so many people are struggling on…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Writers of the Future Contest…

    You Might Be Eligible And Not Even Know It!! And if you are eligible, you should enter every quarter without fail. Okay, I have been around the Writers of the Future contest now for 39 years. I was the first person across the stage to get my award and my first story has been in print in Volume #1 for this entire time. At Pocket Books, we patterned the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds contest on Writers of the Future and I edited that for ten years. I became a judge for Writers of the Future after we stopped the Star Trek contest. Now, I am responsible for putting the…

  • Challenge,  workshops

    October Regular Workshops Now Available

    They Are Up and Available for the Sale! All twelve of the regular workshops that are active in October are up. And right now we are having the monthly half-price sale on workshops. Simply find the class you want on WMG Teachable, then hit purchase and on the next page put in the code SeptemberRegularSale50 Hit apply and the class or workshop will be 50% off. This sale goes through Sunday and is for anything on WMG Teachable. The list of regular October workshops are: Class #31… Oct 4th … Covers 101 Class #32… Oct 4th … Heinlein’s Rules Class #33… Oct 4th … Writing into the Dark Class #34……

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Regular Monthly Workshop Sale

    Last Full Week of Every Month… Can’t believe it is the last full week of the September already. Wow. The sale code to get everything 50% off on WMG Teachable is SeptemberRegularSale50 Just hit purchase on anything you want and on the next page put in the code and hit apply and your choice will be 50% off. NEW STUFF BEING ADDED… October regular workshops are being added and will all be up in a day or so. I will do a list here, but for the next few days you can still get the active September workshops and I’ll work with you to get caught up on the first…