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Long But Good Day and Fifth Story

Spent All Day With a Friend in the Hospital…

But still managed on almost no sleep to finish a short story. Go figure.


The Day…

Last night I had planned on working all the way until 6 a.m. and then Kris would get up and we would head into the valley to sit with friends while another friend was in surgery. Writer J. Steven York, a friend of thirty years, was having open heart surgery. His wife, Chris York (mystery writer under other names) was going to need company.

They were there for me when Kris ended up in emergency surgery five years back. It was the least we could do for close friends of thirty years. No way we would not be there.

Those who come to the workshops here know Steve as the big tall guy who comes in at times for the parties and Chris helps us with the hotel work on the workshops.

Anyway, when the short story turned to novel last night, I decided to get an hours sleep before heading out. We got to the hospital at a little after nine in the morning. Steve made it through the surgery by 3 p.m. and was in ICU doing well.


So we got back to the coast around 6 p.m. and we both took naps for a few hours, then Kris cooked dinner. I took another nap, then did workshop stuff and we watched some television.

By 2 a.m. I decided I needed to start a story. I first stumbled onto a title of “Drawing Dead” and knew instantly it would be the next Cold Poker Gang novel title. So without writing a word I wrote that on my board with the other novel starts.

Then went back to try to get another title to start. I had a title called The Five Roads and for some reason I added Tavern and Eatery to it. “The Five Roads Tavern and Eatery.”

And I started typing.

I wrote about nine hundred words by 3:15 a.m. Took a break

Went back to it and did another 1,100 words before 4 a.m. Powering right along.

Took another break, did the last 1,200 words by 5 a.m.

Printed it up and have it for Kris to read.

At least I got a short story done tonight, considering almost no sleep and all the stress of a friend in the hospital, I am stunned.

Challenges can get me to the computer better than anything.


April ONLINE Workshops Last Call!!

Since I didn’t have time today to switch over the workshops to May, all April workshops are still available for one more day and all have spots open.

ALSO, the workshop schedule through August is now posted. You can sign up ahead for any workshop you want through August.

So for information on how to sign up, go to…

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 #31… Apr 4th … Writing Thrillers
Class #32… Apr 4th … Point of View
Class #33… Apr 4th … Writing Mysteries
Class #34… Apr 4th … Speed
Class #35… Apr 4th … Teams in Fiction
Class #36… Apr 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Apr 5th … Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Class #38… Apr 5th … Character Development
Class #39… Apr 5th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #40… Apr 5th … Advanced Depth


Tracking Running… April 5th, 2017
3 miles. No running.
Weight 194. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 20 miles

Tracking Word Counts… April 5th, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 9, Day 5 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,294

— Daily Fiction: 3,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 12,700 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words 
— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,600 words
— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 142 e-mails. Approx. 11,300 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 13 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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