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Just Getting Ready For July

Clearing Decks and Ramping Up…

Getting ready to write four novels in one month takes some thought. Not on the books. Haven’t thought about those at all. But on time and life.

First off, I got 11,000 steps today, about 5.5 miles for me. Ramping up.

My plan (if it works, a huge if) is doing 11,000 steps a day while writing book #1. Then do 12,000 steps a day while writing book #2. Then 13,000 steps a day while writing book #3, and 14,000 steps a day while writing book #4.

So mostly I have been working on how the time is going to work out. Actually I have been fretting about it. (grin)

I need to average 6,000 plus words per day to do this challenge without missing and write four novels. The plus on that is planning for the books to be from 45,000 words and up. 6,000 words a day gets 42,000 words.

So that means for me 5 hours per night writing. I have cornered that time by skipping a session every evening watching television. I will watch some while eating dinner, but no more late television for July.

So I will get to my writing every day at midnight and be fine. I won’t go to bed until I have the 6,000 words done. And the blog here done.

Watching the food intake won’t be a problem either. I’ll have healthy snacks for writing. I want to lose about eight pounds in July, two pounds per novel.

The problem is working the extra time for walking every day. I’m still too heavy to run too much (bad knees) to cut down the time, so I just need to get the time. And since I still have a ton of things to do in July in business and work, that is where the balance is going to be.

Six to seven miles of walking takes me just under two hours.

Things in July to do besides the normal running of the money side of the businesses and doing the taxes for the corporations, I also need to record the two new workshops. Kris and I have them mostly lined out, but it takes time to record them.

I will be putting the first year of Pulphouse Magazine together toward the end of the month.

I will be reading the rest of the short stories from the short story challenge (about ten days worth of reading for a hour or so a day) and the novels coming in for the novel challenge. (Also about an hour a day.) I’m enjoying that process, actually.

And I will be doing workshop teaching, of course, but that’s just part of my normal time, so I don’t see that as an added thing.

So each day I will record in this blog the time I spent on work and the day in general, such as cooking dinner, reading, and so on.

Then I will record my time spent on exercise and my weight loss.

Then I will also talk about the writing and the time spent each night. And how each book is going.

I also plan on getting 8 hours a night sleep.

So anyhow, getting it worked out. Should be a very, very interesting 31 days, that’s for sure.



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 #1… July 11th … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #3… July 11th … Business
Class #4… July 11th … Endings
Class #5… July 11th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… July 11th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #8… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #9… July 12th … Cliffhangers
Class #10… July 12th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #11… July 12th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #12… July 12th … Writing Fantasy

Depth #3: Research and Writing Fantasy are both new this month and will fill quickly.


Dark Crimes Bundle

I want to remind everyone that I am in a fantastic bundle called Dark Crimes on

Dark Crimes Bundle has two anthologies and eight crime novels.

Folks, this is some great reading here.

For example, if you have never read any O’Neil De Noux, you are missing some fantastic stories set in New Orleans. O’Neil has been publishing mystery novels and stories for well over twenty years now and is one of the top writers in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

The bundle is worth it for Fiction River, Year’s Best Mystery Stories, and O’Neil’s fantastic novel alone.

And one of my favorite Kris mystery novels that has gotten very little attention is Spree. Trust me, that is one twisted mystery.


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  • D S Butler

    Have you ever thought about trying out a treadmill desk so you could get your words and steps in at the same time? I have one and love it. I walk really slowly but the steps add up fast.