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Bookstore and Writing

Bookstore and Writing

Worked in the afternoon in our new bookstore and wrote a bunch as well.


The Day

Saturday so no real errands. Ended up in the new store working in the bookstore part of the new store for a few hours. Fantastic fun. Yeah, I know, paper books don’t sell anymore, but you need to tell that to all the people in the store today. (grin)

Then I worked on workshop stuff, including the new Teams workshop. I’m having a blast doing that workshop and actually putting some things together myself. We have three people signed up for the teams workshop in July. Not even full at five yet.

Guess everyone knows all about writing teams in fiction. (grin) Or maybe it’s July.

Then home to take a nap and cook dinner, then into this office to do e-mail. Stunningly I was to the novel by 10:15 p.m.

I wrote 1,100 words at flash speed by 11 p.m.

Took a short break, wrote another 1,050 words by just before midnight when Kris came to get me to give the little old cat a bath.

Then watched a little television with the cat sleeping in a towel on my lap, then back to the writing computer at around 2 a.m.

Managed 1,100 words before I took a break a little before 3 a.m.

Did 1,200 words before 4 a.m.

Got a spoonful of peanut butter and some Chai tea and came back and finished with 900 more words before 5 a.m.

So let me see if I can get this math right tonight.

5,350 words. Just a hundred more than I did last night.

As I said last night, the novel is flying along, but no idea where it is flying to.


July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. But at the moment there are very few in any of the workshops. No surprise in this time of great forgetting. This way every year.

All details at

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.


Topic of the Night: Feeling Like Ground Effect

Starting to feel like I am almost in ground effect with the writing. I did a few blogs about this a while back. It’s a feeling you get when the writing is moving along around pulp speed (3,000 words per night plus) and the writing seems easy and almost impossible not to do.

Ground effect in the real world is when a plane gets near the ground, the air between the ground and the plane seems to hold it up.

I wanted to be in ground effect with the writing before I got to July. So far, good start.

Part of ground effect is getting the world around me settled down enough so that I can actually be at my computer writing at a certain time or before every night. Giving the writing time every day is a monster help.

And like everyone with a regular job, finding that time can sometimes be a challenge.

For the short stories in July, I’ll detail out how many hours I worked at my job and how many hours I wrote every day. As with last year, it should be interesting.


The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 3… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.


Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 18

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,004

— Daily Fiction: 5,350 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 40,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,700 words

— E-mail: 6 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 270 e-mails. Approx. 18,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers


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