Amazingly Busy Day…
As expected, today, a Monday, got crazy busy in more ways than I had expected. And I had expected a lot, including getting started late with the writing. That happened.
Got going by around 11 a.m. and did a bunch of email, then chores around the house here, including taking massive loads of garbage out as I slowly start to work on moving things and tossing other things.
I managed to get out of her and to WMG offices around 12:30 and then Allyson followed me 35 miles south to Newport so I could return a rental car I had rented at the Portland airport to get home on Friday night.
We had lunch and did meetings on the way back to Lincoln City, then I had a meeting with our realtor to list the house for sale here. It would be a fantastic flip for someone to make a few hundred thousand on if done right.
Then discussion with my Las Vegas realtor and Kris, then off to dinner with friends.
I got home around 7:30 p.m. and it took me until midnight to do email, a bunch of business, then all the workshop assignments and then start the first half of the April regular workshops.
So at midnight, later than I wanted, I started writing.
The Story #2…
For some stupid reason I picked up an Idaho Place Names book near my writing desk and opened it and saw the name Rainbow Peak. Very near Thunder Mountain.
So I typed in Rainbow Peak as a title, put “A Thunder Mountain Story” under it, and started typing about a guy watching the colors change on the peak from his small cabin.
Great, I had just started very late a story in the most complex series I do. I had a hunch right there I was in trouble. But nope.
Going at light-speed, I ended up at 1 a.m. with 1,300 words.
Took a five minute break to get some Chinese Pork, mustard, and seeds, and went back to work. At 2 a.m. I took another break at 2,700 words.
This story was just flying. And I was having a blast writing it.
Another short break and by 3 a.m. I was at 4,100 words and still going strong. I was tired at this point, but still going.
After another short break, I came back and finished it by 3:30 a.m. at 4,900 words.
And I have no doubt this is the first five chapters of a Thunder Mountain novel.
I sent it to Kris (who loved last night’s story by the way). Then sat down to do this blog before I fall asleep.
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.
Femme Fatale Bundle
Also, I want to remind everyone of the fantastic bundle I am lucky enough to be in with a bunch of great writers. This is ending IN JUST TWO DAYS!!
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 and 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.
THESE ARE NOW ON TEACHABLE TO SIGN UP FOR.
APRIL REGULAR WORKSHOPS ARE STARTING…
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