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Fun Auction Tonight

Saturday Night Fun…

Missed my five miles today, got four, because I wanted to rest my legs. And had fun at the auction.

Every month here in town (on the first Saturday of the month for the past 35 years) there is an auction. More social for me since I seldom miss one, but also there are no minimums and trust me, antiques do not sell out here on the coast. A person could make a living buying antiques worth thousands for $50 here and hauling them to California.

But tonight in the hour I was there I managed to get an entire box of silver. Mirrors, combs with silver spines, things like that, plus silverware. Many marked sterling. Entire box $30.

And I got an entire box of Coke bowls and plates. Eight each. Glass with the old Gibson pattern on them. All for $30 as well. On eBay the bowls and plates would sell around $150 for all of them. I imagine we will sell them in the stores.

So fun talking collectables with friends and making a little money as well.

Home to take a nap, cook a late dinner, watch some television, then do some workshop assignments, then get to writing.

Spent only about two hours at it with a break to get 1,800 words. Then went to read some short stories in the challenge.

Speaking of challenge, still room for a few more crazy folks in the novel challenge starting the first of June. The rules are back on


All have openings at the moment. Information 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 #51… June 6th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #52… June 6th … Point of View
Class #53… June 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #54… June 6th … Speed
Class #55… June 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Class #58… June 7th … Character Development
Class #59… June 7th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #60… June 7th … Advanced Depth


Just FOUR days left. Don’t miss this one. Very, very inexpensive education.

Amazing stuff for only $15 or $20 bucks.  And AbleGamers is the charity on this bundle, which is one of the best causes I have ever seen.

Authors in this are Mary Buckham, Tonya D. Price, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Lawrence Block, me, Maggie McVay Lynch, Leah Cutter, Chuck Heintzelman, and Joanna Penn. Plus a $50 lecture from WMG, a discount to get Jutoh, and a discount to all the stuff at a Writer’s Cafe.

You can get it all for $15.00 or $20.00 and give some to AbleGamers. If you are serious about learning your craft and business of writing, this is about as cheap as it comes, folks.

The Write Stuff Bundle 2017


The Writing of HEAVEN PAINTED AS A SUNSET: A Ghost of a Chance Novel

 Left off on January 5th before writing the book in Las Vegas. Left off at 28,500 words.

Cut back to 16,500 word mark. Restarted. 
 Day 1 (of restart)… Words written… 1,100.  Total so far… 17,600 words.
 Day 2… Words … 2,600.  Total so far… 20,200 words.
 Day 3… Words … 1,200.  Total so far… 21,400 words.
 Day 4… Words … 1,800.  Total so far… 23,200 words.


Tracking Running… May 6th, 2017
4 miles. No running.
Weight 195. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 28.5 miles

Tracking Word Counts… May 6th, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 10, Day 6 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,325

— Daily Fiction: 1,800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 6,700 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 
— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,900 words
— E-mail: 21 e-mails.  Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 149 e-mails. Approx. 10,100 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 38 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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