Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

Bits of This and That

Found a Fun Book Tonight On the Shelf…

Kris and I were going through a shelf unit in our living room that held mostly books we had no idea where they came from, but they had been there a long time. And bingo, up popped a hardback in good dust jacket of Stephen King’s The Stand. First printing, first edition.

Guess what is headed quickly for eBay? (grin) We found a bunch of the Grant limited editions of King’s Dark Tower series as well. A fun bunch of discoveries.

And we are finding original art we didn’t know we had in other areas. Amazing how things get bought, treasured, then forgotten.


Finally Typed Up All My Notes…

On the novels I had read for the novel challenge that ended on January 15th. Yup, I was behind getting those last five back out. I took notes while reading, then it took some computer time to get the notes typed up. But they are all out. Some really enjoyable reading.

I am now reading the short stories for the Short Story challenge that started on January 1st and ended March 1st. Almost have those done. It’s going to be weird to not have challenge novels and stories to read, although I am expecting a few more novels before the end of the month in the January novel challenge.

I did the challenge three times in a row. It will feel strange to not be reading for either the anthology workshop or the challenges.



I was very easily distracted tonight. But still got to my writing computer twice. Once earlier for a short session that managed 900 words on the Marble Grant novel. Then a bit ago I finished another short session that got me just at 1,000 new words. I might go back to it after I do this if the brain is still hanging around.

It helped getting a decent night’s sleep last night. (grin)

So clearly I am headed to writing regularly now, getting back into the state where writing is just a part of what I am doing again. Three day streak, and considering everything at the moment, that’s pretty darned cool!




March 15-18th

That’s next week, on Thursday morning. I just finished up recording the Adding Tension and am working on the Making a Living topic. I think they are going to be pretty cool, to be honest. And only four quick days.

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

Sign up directly through Teachable. When a class reaches five I will close it. (Lifetime Subscribers are exempt from that limit. You can just join without even signing up.)


INSIDER’S GUIDE Workshops Now Available…

— Insider’s Guide to Selling Short Fiction in 2018/2019 (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Successful Space Opera (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction (2,000 word parts of a novel) (Starts May 6th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Detective Fiction. (Starts May 6th)

Got some questions on these and a bunch of sign-ups. They are going to be fun. So let me give you the top questions I got.

Question #1… Can I record the live webinar sessions? Yes, but not going to because there will be a bunch of people on the feed. So not going to happen. And nope, I doubt these will be come classics in any way.

Question #2… Timing on the webinar parts? I got more details on the post yesterday, but here is the timing. Short Fiction at 11 a.m. Sunday West Coast Time. Space Opera at 1 p.m. West Coast Time. The recorded parts and assignment will open up on April 8th, first Webinar on April 15th. And so on. The two May workshops follow the same pattern.

Question #3… Will they be on Yes, the basic stuff will be there in a few days to sign up as well as better descriptions, but the best way right now is to sign up by writing me and paying the fee through Paypal to make sure you have a slot.

Question #4… How do Lifetime Subscribers sign up? You don’t have to. You are automatically in, no limits, although there aren’t that many Lifetime Subscribers yet. When I get the workshops loaded to Teachable I will automatically load it into the Lifetime Subscription.

That’s it. Good questions, writers signed up on all four new workshops. Kris and I are excited to put these together.

$300 each, limited to ten writers plus lifetime subscribers. One time workshops. They will not be regular. Sorry. These will fill so don’t wait for the last minute on these.



They all just started. Still time to jump into any of the workshops.

Sign up directly through Teachable or if you have a credit, write me.

Class #25… Mar 6th … Depth #3: Research
Class #26… Mar 6th … Author Voice
Class #27… Mar 6th … (empty slot)
Class #28… Mar 6th … Writing into the Dark
Class #29… Mar 6th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #30… Mar 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #31… Mar 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Mar 7th …(empty slot)
Class #33… Mar 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #34… Mar 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #35… Mar 7th … Novel Structure
Class #36… Mar 7th … Writing Fantasy

April workshops now also available on Teachable and I have the schedule through June up now. Some new regular workshops will be added into July, but nothing new over the next few months in the regular workshops.

All the new stuff will be in the Pop-Up workshops and Insider’s Guide Series of Workshops for the next two months.