• Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Dates of the Monthly Workshop Sales

    Yes, We Are Setting The Dates… As I said yesterday, each sale will be the last week of the month, usually from Sunday to Sunday. So here are the dates… (July is going now.) I am going to include the codes to get the 50% off of anything on WMG Teachable. July 24th through July 31st… Code is… JulyRegularSale August 21st through August 28th … Code will be… AugustRegularSale September 18th through September 25th…. Code will be… SeptemberRegularSale October 23rd through October 30th… Code will be… OctoberRegularSale November 20th through November 28th (Monday)… Code will be… NovemberRegularSale December 18th through December 30th (Friday)… Code will be … DecemberRegularSale So now…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Regular Monthly Workshop Sales

    Yes, We Changed Our Minds… Every month, for the last 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, the new Quick Solutions class, and everything else. Everything on Teachable. Why are we changing out minds on this? We started the workshop sales to help writers through the pandemic. And that pandemic seemed to go on forever, as we all discovered. And now so many people are struggling on the other side. When we said we wouldn’t…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff,  On Writing

    A Fun Teaser

    I Did a Podcast About Writing… With John Goodwin for the Writers of the Future Podcast. I always have a lot of fun talking with John and I think that comes across here. This is a very short teaser they put together on YouTube for the podcast I did with them, with a bunch of pictures of me and others at the event. One picture you can see me and my long-time good friends Keven J. Anderson and Rob Sawyer. Fun picture. So take a look. The topic of this teaser is a Hubbard essay on writing that even going on a hundred years after he wrote it is worth…

  • Challenge,  On Writing

    How To Keep Learning When the Money is Tight…

    For Most Writers, It Is Always Tight… But the question is real and wow do I remember a ton of years where I had an intense desire to learn and no money. How do you keep learning? Now, some background on me. I went to three years of law school. I paid my way through college by playing on blackjack teams. I also tended bar and drove school bus and owned a bookstore. Yup, did all of that while going to law school. I got done with law school and my own desire was to be a writer, not a lawyer. But I had spent all the money and three…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  Pulphouse Fiction Magazine,  workshops

    Fun Day!!

    All July Workshops Are Up and Available… That includes the two new workshops, Heinlein’s Rules and Media Kit. Full list is below, but all are now available. And this time of great forgetting is so bad this year, half of the classes have no one in them, which is going to make my month very easy if some don’t sign up soon. As it is, many of the classes except the two new ones are like getting private lessons from me. Remember, this is the last month for Power Words and Making a Living with Novels before they mosey off to the Classic Workshops fields and I will not respond…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Good Time for a Challenge

    Beginning of July… Six months until the end of the year. Always a great time to start a challenge. I’m going to fire at 12 novels in six months. And yes, already got started on the first one tonight. Got four challenges on Teachable. Write six novels in one year (one every two months), write a novella per month, write a short story per week, or publish a major book every month. All four of those challenges will really make the second half of this year be a focused and good one. (I just looked at those and went “Doing all four at the same time would be great fun.”…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Challenge Mixed Bag

    Didn’t Hit It, but Still All Right… My challenge starting in 2022 was to write a short story per day. 365 days. I knew clear back in November when I finished the 70 Books in my 70th Year and started thinking about this challenge again that I would have trouble with it. And not for most writer’s reasons. I knew I would have trouble keeping track and doing something with all the stories. I thought I had that solved. Nope. I wrote 31 stories in January and a story every day in February and a story per day for the first half of March… Going fine, having no issues other…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Keeping Track

    So Much Stuff To Keep Track Of… I have been talking this last  half year with the challenge about how not being able to keep track of a lot of stories has flat stopped me a number of times. And two days ago I was looking for a Poker Boy story I remember writing, but it was not in my Smith’s Monthly spread sheet and I ended up finding two other Poker Boy stories that I had written and lost in files that had never seen the light of day, but still did not find the story I have a memory of writing. Sigh… And then there is keeping track…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  Recommended Reading

    Finished Kris’s New Fey Novel

    Stunningly Good! I’m not going to say anything about it in detail, because I don’t want to ruin it for all the fans, but I will just say this: It is amazing and I can hardly wait for her to finish the next one (third one). And now the first novella makes a ton of sense. How she does it is beyond me. Bunch of stuff coming out this coming week. A new Smith’s Monthly and a new issue of Pulphouse Magazine, among two of them. And working on a new Pulphouse Magazine Kickstarter subscription campaign that will be out in a few weeks. That will be a fun one.…

  • Challenge,  On Writing

    Fun Having My Own Monthly Magazine

    I CAN DO WHAT I WANT… So tonight I just finished laying out Smith’s Monthly #62 and decided I wanted to do something fun in #63. I wanted to focus on jukebox stories. About forty years ago, I wrote my first jukebox story about a jukebox in a bar that actually takes a person back to their memory of a song while the song plays. Over the years I wrote a lot of jukebox stories, the first being published in Night Cry Magazine in 1987. The most famous of them all was the story “Jukebox Gifts,” published first in F&SF. That story has been reprinted all over the place, optioned…