• Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    Thanksgiving Holidays

    We All Have Our Stories and Traditions… I had no tradition for this holiday growing up. None. My family was so unpleasant at its very core, a holiday forcing all of them into one place was my definition of a nightmare. So after five years of being out on my own, my father and his new wife (worse than my mother, which I must say took some doing) were in Palm Springs over Thanksgiving where I had a nice place and was a golf professional. Stupidly, I offered to cook for them. The wife would have nothing to do with that, so she forced us to go up the Tram…

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    Rebecca Moesta’s Birthday Dinner

    GREAT DINNERS ALL FIVE NIGHTS THIS WEEK! As Kevin said in his Facebook post with this picture: “Rebecca’s birthday dinner with Kris Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Todd McCaffrey, Mark Leslie Lefebvre, and the Winner Twins. Much fun (and sushi) was had by all.” I agree completely. Here is the picture so I can get away from this computer for the night and actually get some sleep.

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    Lots of Learning

    Amazing Week of Conversations and Learning.. Pretty exhausted after four days of getting up very early. But wow was it worth it. Major areas I have learned stuff about… Kickstarter… I will be sharing a bunch of this over time as we test some of it out, and also sometime this winter I will be updating the free Kickstarter class with a bunch of new suggestions. I will alert you here and over that class when we get it done. AI in Publishing. So, so many ways AI change indie publishing and our lives over the next five years. Art, audio, and text. Just amazing. I will do updates regularly…

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    Another Fun Day

    I Hope My Two Lectures and One Panel Went Well… I just got going and was my normal blunt self. Huge numbers of people in the two lectures, which was surprising to me, but they must have known that would happen since they put me in that big room. And fun being on the Kickstarter panel. Then I headed home in the late afternoon and an hour later walked down to the Arts District and met Kevin Anderson and the entire crew from D2D for pizza and a pub crawl. Fantastic fun, and Kevin and I got telling stories over beers about some of the old-timers in the field of…

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    20 Books Convention Starting

    Yes, I Am Presenting… Two different talks on Wednesday and then a panel in the afternoon with the director of publishing of Kickstarter. Going to be fun. Looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends the next few days. Had a wonderful pizza dinner with Kevin Anderson and Rebecca Moesta this evening to start it all off. So Kris is giving a presentation tomorrow morning, then I have the three things on Wednesday, then Kris has another on Thursday. So I you will see us around the convention. And speaking of in-person conferences, there is now three openings in the January craft workshop Kris is teaching on Fantasy Caper.…

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    A Magical Evening

    GLITTERING LIGHTS AT THE SPEEDWAY… Every year since we moved to Vegas, Kris and I go out and do a 5K (run… mostly walk) for charity. They want everyone dressed in their PJs, and kids and dogs are welcome. Seeing entire families dressed in matching pajamas and having fun is wonderful to watch. This year I am guessing over three thousand people showed up. What makes this so special is that sponsors from all over the city decorate under the grandstands, around the back of the track and back up, about 2 miles of nothing but Christmas lights. And the normal way to see the lights is by car, but…

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    SORT OF TOOK A DAY OFF…

    Sort of… Did a lot of email this morning, drove to the other side of town and got steps in the Orleans Casino trying to find where to pick up packets for this weekend’s charity run. Wait until you see the pictures Kris takes. This is the lights run through a forest of holiday lights. Every year it sets off our season. Got home right about the time Kris did from the University, and we haded off to the Wynn Buffet for one of the most amazing dinners I have had in a long time. Kris had the chef come and walk her through the entire buffet (it is huge)…

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    Watching Election Returns…

    Almost Forgot I Had to Write this Blog… I got nothing to say about the elections and I again want no comments here about the elections. I got the assignments done, then started to turn everything off to go back to the television. I have blogged (not about elections) every two years at some point during the evening when they are happening. And I do remember that every time this blog annoyed me that the stupid streak is making me do it. And yet here I am, typing once again. So to make this blog worth anything at all, here is information again about the WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of…

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    Holiday Spectacular BOGO…

    Available Only For a Short Time… Get two of the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Calendar for the price of one. Just go to www.WMGPublishingInc.com for more information. (It might not be up and running until around noon West Coast Time.) Remember, the Holiday Calendar is getting an original holiday story every day in your mail to read on any device you want. 39 stories one per day from November 24th through January 1st. Just $25 for all that original fiction, but now you get a second one for a friend as a gift when you bu one. Or use both as gifts. Get as many as you want. An amazing…

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    Typing Large

    Eyes Dilated… Seems my eyes take a little longer than the normal 4-6 hours to fully return to normal. So right now after my eye-doctor appointment very late this afternoon, this bright office is still a little uncomfortable. So I did the assignments I needed to do for the workshops and am now typing this because of my stupid streak of over ten years of not missing a blog here. Damn streaks are powerful. I have the text on this page up so large, it seems almost funny. But less strain. I would have never bothered even coming in this office tonight if not for the workshop assignments and this…