Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

Day Three, Story Three

Pretty Tired, But Still Got To The Story…

I tend to get tired on the third day of these challenges, not from the writing, but from the changing of the schedules around to still get everything done. And I got a car-load of stuff out of the house today as well. Not as much on the move as I wanted, but some. One bite at a time will eat this moving elephant, I hope.

The Day

Got going by around 11 a.m. once again. Then into the office for some stuff there, then off to do errands like mail and banking and such. Then I spent the afternoon and early evening up at WMG working on laying out Pulphouse.

Came home around 7 p.m. and did some email, then ate dinner and watched The Voice. It is great fun with the new “save” feature. And the artists are just stunningly good. Wow.

Then up here to do assignments for the workshops. Got that done and took a nap and was ready to write by 11 p.m. tonight, still really tired even with the nap.

Story #3…

Tonight I grabbed for my title sheets and combined two into “Can’t Fight Beautiful History.” I liked that title and started typing and out came a second Poker Boy story. Go figure. I don’t write any Poker Boy stories in over a year and suddenly I write two of them in three days.

So by midnight I had 900 words done and took a break.

By 1 a.m. I had another 800 words done and took another break.

By 1:30 a.m. the story finished at 2,300 words. And I changed the name to “A Beautiful History” which fit better, mailed it to Kris, and went to watch some television to relax.


Day One… Playing Scared… 2,700 words…. Total April words… 2,700 words.
Day Two… Rainbow Peak… 4,900 words…. Total April words… 7,600 words.
Day Two… A Beautiful History… 2,300 words…. Total April words… 9,900 words.


LAST DAY FOR THE Femme Fatale Bundle

It’s called the Femme Fatale bundle on Storybundle.

It’s a mystery/thriller bundle with Femme Fatales in every book, in one form or another. Trust me, Kris’s novel The Perfect Man will mess with your mind. And you can never go wrong with Lawrence Block, O’Neil De Noux, or Libby Fischer Hellmann.

And you might even like my novel about Mary Jo Assassin.


INSIDER’S GUIDE Workshops Now Available…

— Insider’s Guide to Selling Short Fiction in 2018/2019 (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Successful Space Opera (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction (2,000 word parts of a novel) (Starts May 6th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Detective Fiction. (Starts May 6th)

$300 each, limited to ten writers plus lifetime subscribers. One time workshops. They will not be regular. Sorry. These will fill so don’t wait for the last minute on these. And yes, you can use your credits.




Sign up directly through Teachable or if you have a credit, write me. Everyone who wrote me and signed up through me, I have sent out the letter with the code to get into each workshop. If you are using a credit for an April workshop and did not get a letter from me, write me.

Otherwise, you can sign up on Teachable.

And clearly the Time of Great Forgetting is kicking in. Many of these workshops have no one signed up yet.

Class #37… Apr 3rd … Think Like a Publisher
Class #38… Apr 3rd … Endings
Class #39… Apr 3rd … Point of View
Class #40… Apr 3rd … Writing Mysteries
Class #41… Apr 3rd … Speed
Class #42… Apr 3rd … Teams in Fiction
Class #43… Apr 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #44… Apr 4th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #45… Apr 4th … Character Development
Class #46… Apr 4th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #47… Apr 4th … Advanced Depth
Class #48… Apr 4th … Novel Structure


One Comment

  • Annie Reed

    I never thought I’d hear anyone tackle Evanescence on The Voice, and wow… that was pretty amazing, and the “save” feature makes it all kinds of fun.