• Challenge,  On Writing

    Example of Writing Levels…

    Stage Three vs Stage Four Writers… What I am about to show you is not always the case. A lot of stage four writers, me included, often write simple, clear sentences when the character or the type of story, or the moment in the story demands it. But I wrote this as a response to a writer working in the Power Words workshop. Young professional writers flat don’t know what Power Words are and often, because of workshops, think they are overwriting when they use them. Early professional writers, stage three, can’t even see Power Words most of the time. So first let me give you an example of a…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Blogging and Bill…

    August 21st, 2011… My close friend, Bill Trojan, book dealer, died suddenly on the last day of the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno.  I spent most of the next year working on his estate, which was why I ended up losing the vision in one eye. But I made a promise to Bill to honor what he had spent his life doing, and that was collecting. (Bill was a hoarder, but it is commonly known that you are not a hoarder when you collect books, comics, stamps, coins, art, and very high-priced pulp magazines, even when there is nothing more than a path in your three-bedroom home and in…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Half-Price Sale

    Going On Now… All things on WMG Publishing Teachable are half price. Just over one week. Code to get a class or workshop or anything else on WMG Teachable at half price is: SummerHoliday Just hit the one you want, then put in the code and hit apply and the price will be half. I know this is the time of great forgetting, but a workshop or class just might help you get a little more done during this time. Also, you can get workshops, classic workshops, pop-ups, and lectures for the future. You can get three of each at a discounted price and then get half off that discounted…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Two New Workshops and Sale!

    A Summer Holiday Sale… I am putting up the July workshops, as well as a few others, and June workshops start on the 7th, so we figured we would give everyone a chance to get a workshop they want for the summer at half price. So the half-price sale will go from today, May 29th until Thursday June 9th. The code to get anything on WMG Teachable at half price is: SummerHoliday Two new regular workshops will be starting in July (They will be added to the Lifetime Workshops in a day or so when they are launched.) The two new workshops are MEDIA KIT WORKSHOP… A six week workshop…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  Smiths Monthly

    Getting Things Cleaned Up

    Licensing Next Week… So got to get a lot of things done ahead of time this weekend. That includes getting Smith’s Monthly #61 laid out and back to WMG so they can fire it out. And recording what I need to record for the week. Tomorrow (Saturday) I will post some recordings in the Master Business Class on the how and the why of the Licensing Expo and details about the WMG Suite. So watch for that later tomorrow. And I did a bunch of business stuff today to get it all out of the way as well. Allyson will be here Sunday, which is the first time in 2.5…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Too Much In One Day…

    I Managed A Ton of Stuff Today… But unless I get going now, going to miss the night’s story. Worked on Smith’s Monthly layout and recorded a bunch of the lectures from Kris’s class this coming week for the Study Along class online, Exercised some while Kris was using my computer to record videos for the Study Along class online. Cooked dinner, and then worked on the books for the challenge and more on Smith’s Monthly. I finally came up with a name for the entire series of books that will hold all the stories. Challenge Accepted Each book will have 33 stories in it, plus an introduction. If I…

  • Challenge,  On Writing

    Running Late Tonight

    Just Got a Late Start On the Story… So I am here, writing this around 3 am, which is late for me this last week or so. Ahh, well. (Didn’t help that my printer ran out of toner.) And no sleeping in tomorrow because got to put the final touches on a new Kickstarter campaign that is really, really cool. Not sure when we are launching just yet. Might be tomorrow, so stay tuned. This Kickstarter is for Kris’s different series, basically a Starter Kit of ten of the stories and novels that start ten of her series. All together. And, of course, you can get all the books in…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    May Workshops Starting Up!

    Four Collection Classes and Nine Regular Workshops… All starting Tuesday and Wednesday. The four collection classes are: — Space Opera Collection Class (new) — Portals Collection Class — Private Eyes Collection Class — Holiday Collection Class These all run 9 weeks long, you write five stories along the way, do your own cover and sales copy and publish the story in the 9th week. Great fun. Cost is $500 for the nine weeks and if you hit all nine assignments, you get a Pop-Up worth $150 of your choice.  Sign up on WMG Teachable. REGULAR WORKSHOPS STARTING Class #41… May 3rd … Covers 101 Class #42… May 3rd … Making…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    A Pithy Comment

    A Good One This Week… I find a pithy comment of the week every week to add into the videos in the Motivational Monday class. This Monday is the 5th week of the second quarter. If you sign up for the entire year, you get all the ones from the first three months in the first quarter, plus the five so far this quarter. Plus all the rest coming in this year. But this week I wanted to share the quote from Ingrid Bergman out wider, which I thought applied to writing and publishing spot on the money. And from a direction most writers don’t come from. Basically, what I…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  running

    May 1st Restart

    Some Months Make More Sense Than Others to Restart… For me, I am used May 1st to restart a number of things. First, I am restarting my minimum milage per day. I clock steps and for me 2,000 steps on my Fitbit is almost always exactly one mile. So starting May 1st I am going to hit 3 miles (6,000 steps) per day and then every week increase that by 500 steps. I need the exercise and why May 1st is a good time to do that is because as the weather warms up here in Vegas, I will be spending a lot of time daily at the gym, which…