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Back Running

Back Running

A bumpy start, but got out running today. Horrid weather, but in the parking garage at the mall the weather is pretty good. No wind or rain, just some cars.

I ended up doing six miles of walking and running today. Only about two miles of running. I did some tests. Seems my running pace is a little fast for what I really want to do. About ten minutes per mile. But if I run about a hundred yards, walk ten, run a hundred and keep that pace up, I can do a mile in just over eleven minutes.

And got a hunch I could keep that routine up for most of the marathon.  It felt very easy.

So going to try to get into good enough shape to pretty much run the first ten miles, then run/walk the remaining. That should get me some breathing room under the time cut points.

So the marathon is six weeks from today. Ramping up.

Other things…

— Sent out the October online workshop letters. If you are in an October workshop and didn’t get a letter from me, write me off list. I had one person’s e-mail bouncing from both of my accounts.

— Patreon supporters will be getting two issues of Smith’s Monthly shortly.

— Kickstarter supporters will be getting surveys in a week or so about their rewards. Maybe two weeks. Going to take us some time to get them all together.


October Online Workshops 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.

All still have room at the moment.

Class #31… Oct 4th … The Business of Writing
Class #32… Oct 4th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… Oct 4th … Writing Mysteries
Class #34… Oct 4th … Speed
Class #35… Oct 4th … Teams in Fiction
Class #36… Oct 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Oct 5th … Point of View
Class #38… Oct 5th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #39… Oct 5th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #40… Oct 5th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

If you are wondering what order would be best to take some of these workshops, we have done a curriculum for the workshops. You can see that at


Totals For Year 4, Month 3, Day 1

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,108

Total Miles This Month… 6 miles

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,500 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 200 words

— E-mail: 8 e-mails. (not counting letters to workshop people)  Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 8 e-mails. Approx. 300 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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