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    Smith’s Monthly #62

    Laying It Out Now… June issue. It will be out later in the month. Yes, issue #62 of a monthly magazine that has about 70,000 or so words in it every month. All written by me. No one else. Do the math. That’s is over 800,000 words per year in just Smith’s Monthly, not counting anything else I do. Except for a light copyedit and the actual loading to the accounts, I do everything else on this magazine. I do all the covers for the short stories and the rest of the contents and the magazine itself. I do the layout into trade paper in a two-column format in InDesign.…

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    Eight Books Published

    Year of the Cat #11 and Pulphouse Fiction Magazine #11 That is so much fun. Pulphouse Fiction Magazine has now hit its new issue every two months schedule now solidly after taking some time off in the pandemic. Pulphouse Fiction Magazine #12 is now turned in and I am about to turn in #13 which is the August issue. Exciting and I am working through some fantastic stories I got from writers back before the pandemic, finally getting them in print. Year of the Cat #11 is also out and #12 will follow in May. I am behind on talking about the stories. But should be completely caught up by the…

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    Card Sharp Silver… Day 12

    Got Smacked by Monday… Life and business must continue, and tends to happen on Monday a great deal. And this Monday was no exception. I started off climbing out of bed at a little after 8 am and by about 8:50 am I was at Smith’s market. You see, they only let old people like me into the store from 8 to 9 and the shelves were stocked. Since the planet was hoarding paper products, and we were using paper towels much faster than normal, figured I needed to go in search to make it through the next few weeks. So a little success at Smiths (All stores limit to…

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    Card Sharp Silver… Day 3

    Another Rest Day… Got to my internet computer around 11 am and worked there on different projects until around 2pm. Cooked Kris and I a light lunch, then we both went back to work. My attitude today was to keep resting, although I have to admit I felt a lot more rested today than yesterday. Still not pushing anything too much. Not sick or anything, just recovering from too much stress, which tends to knock me down for a few days at this age. So more work at the internet side of things, then a nap, then around 6:30 pm Kris and I went out for a walk to get…

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    Card Sharp Silver… Day 1

    More Like a Prolog Day… Sort of got things focused and started. And managed some writing, about a prolog’s worth. As I will be doing, and have done in the past, I will detail out my day, all the good and the bad. In general, of course. But you get a chance to see how a business person and a professional writer live and write. And I will keep this up until Card Sharp Silver: A Cave Creek Novel is done. I will have other blogs between the writing blogs at times. And I might even put these blogs together in a book at some point if they end up…

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    Early Bird Discount Ending

    Sunday is Last Day to Pay… Anthology Workshop will be March 8th through the 11th, 2021. I WAS WRONG WHEN I POSTED THIS THE FIRST TIME. 8TH THROUGH 11TH. MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. Group list will start in late summer. Writing will start in late November. We have made it cheaper for the writers to attend by moving it into weekdays, when room rates are very low, and also having it be only four days. Plus plane fare is cheaper flying in on Sunday and out on Friday. We will still do at least six anthologies, so that will not change. Just cheaper to attend. And we are making it one…

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    Just About Done…

    One More Day on the Anthology Workshop… Lots of fun, a ton of great stories, and even more great discussions about all sorts of writing and publishing stuff. So Wednesday I will be caught back up with everything. And maybe even have gotten a full night’s rest. Or at least time for a nap. (grin) And looks like the Anthology Workshop is a go for sure for next year. Email list will start in early summer and writing will start in late November. So not that far away. More details shortly, but you can sign up at any time by writing me directly. Back tomorrow after one more wonderful day…

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    Visions of the Future

    A Storybundle… I grew up reading science fiction way back in the 1950s. And from those early years, I loved it, how it showed me possible futures, places to escape to, wonderful visions, and dark possibilities. Science fiction took me out of a bad childhood and let me escape, not only from my home, but from this planet. And then, when I was in high school and college, Original Star Trek, in its first run, allowed me to escape into a wonderful future of hope and dreams, where the good guys won. To say I loved science fiction would be a gigantic understatement. And for the last six decades, I…

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    Collaboration Spots

    Still Four Spots Open in the Collaboration Class… I told another professional writer about this today, told him I thought I was nuts to try it. His response was, “I think it would be grand fun.” So do I, actually. A four week class on all the different methods of collaboration, then collaborating with 15 writers on a short story sometime over the summer. And remember, if you just want to take the workshop, you can sign up for it and write me that you want just the workshop part, not the collaboration part. No problem at all. But got four spots open for the collaboration part still. Sign up…

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    24 Hours To Go!!

    Gaining on the 4th Stretch Goal!! We have already hit three stretch goals, and if we hit the fourth one, every supporter gets a great novel from Kristine Grayson, plus a Classic Workshop of their choice worth $150.00 So pass the word if you can. And if you are thinking of taking a workshop, grab it now through the Kickstarter for a discount. Also, the year-long class of Kris and I studying all one hundred cat stories we buy for the anthologies in videos will be a writing learning experience you will not want to miss. And you can only get the How to Write a Cat Story workshop through…