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End of the Month Catching Up

Time for some writing numbers and regular stuff…

Going to catch up all the numbers here, since the last time I did this was almost three weeks weeks ago.

January turned out to be a pretty good month for writing. And as things get slowly back to normal again, I will start back up the “thing I learned today” feature. That was fun. I still did it every day over the last three weeks, but not going to spend time here going over them.

I wrote about 125,000 total words during January, with everything except post comments counted. Decent amount of fiction. Working to ramp that up. Totals are below.


Where I did fall down was on the running side of things. Since the writing was going well in Las Vegas and the half-marathon was so early in the morning (I was writing to about five every night in Vegas and I would have had to leave about 5:30 a.m. to go to the race…), I decided to push that goal back to a half marathon here in Lincoln City in March.

And while traveling and not paying much attention, I gained about five pounds back pretty solidly. It will come off, no issue. I’m not worried.

So starting tomorrow (February 1st) for the weight and the milage restart with a goal of a half marathon in March.



Workshops start next Tuesday and Wednesday. Yes, it is February already.

Still room in all of them, but a couple are close to full.

Full lists at:

Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.

Class #11… Feb 7th … Endings
Class #12… Feb 7th … Point of View
Class #13… Feb 7th … Writing Mysteries
Class #14… Feb 7th … Speed
Class #15… Feb 7th … Teams in Fiction
Class #16… Feb 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Feb 8th … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Feb 8th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #19… Feb 8th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #20… Feb 8th … Advanced Depth


Tracking Running… January 31, 2017
4 miles. No running.
Weight 195.
Month to date distance: 147 miles

Tracking Word Counts… January 31, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 6, Day 31 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,229

— Daily Fiction: 3,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 66,800 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 21,200 words 
— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 21,600 words
— E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 519 e-mails. Approx. 26,700 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 8 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 4 novels.


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One Comment

  • Jeanne

    Hi Dean. The last few posts on fear got me thinking about how these “writers’ fears” tend to be created – as in, they are not externally driven but internally. That is, we make them up. Because making things up is what writers do. And, boy, are we good at it.