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More Year End Stuff


More Year End Stuff

Kris and I went to see Star Wars. No I will not talk about it here or anywhere for that matter. (grin)

Stay safe on New Year’s Eve. It’s amateur night with the drunks. Dangerous out there.



After the movie we had a nice late lunch. Then I headed up to WMG offices to work on year-end stuff there.

Then home to cook dinner and get my 10,000 steps done. Haven’t missed since November 11th. Then in here to get the new chapter of Heinlein’s Rules up.

Then after some television, I started into the big switch of computers. I bought a brand new computer a short time back and didn’t want the problems of switching it for this internet computer, which is a few years back. But alas, things are dated with the old computer, so switched it around.

And spent the last few hours working on setting up my three e-mail addresses on a new mail program. Well, that’s fun. And only succeeded with three phone calls to one of my providers on one address.

Second one is failing completely. (grin) I’ll get it worked out, but for the moment my writing computer has e-mail still on it.

Luckily, I’m not writing until the 1st. (grin)


New Online Workshop.

March 8th, Workshop #27… ADVANCED CHARACTER AND DIALOG online workshop.

This will be NOTHING like the other workshops we have done. This has a focus on how to use dialog to build characters and all the many tricks of advanced dialog.

Full description will be a few days away. But I will take sign-ups now.



Those of you who have supported this blog on Patreon, I had hoped to send you a fun surprise today, but it will be tomorrow now. Also, those on Patreon will get Heinlein’s Rules when it hits book form, plus another book I’m going to announce in the next day or so. Also at least two issues of Smith’s Monthly in January. Thanks!

Those signed up for the newsletter, I will be sending out a real special gift around the end of the week with the first newsletter. I promise it will be nifty and the letter will be short. (grin)

Still time to sign up. Upper right corner of the page.



All workshops have openings. They start on Monday. Any questions about any of them, just write me.

Class #1… Jan 4th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #2… Jan 4th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… Jan 4th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… Jan 4th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… Jan 5th … Character Development
Class #6… Jan 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… Jan 5th … Designing Book Interiors
Class #8… Jan 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… Jan 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10.. Jan 6th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.


Topic of the Night: Heinlein’s Rules chapter above this

Chapter on the 4th rule above this.


The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

Day 1…. 700 words.  Total words so far… 700 words.
Day 2…. 1,200 words.  Total words so far… 1,900 words.
Day 3…. 1,000 words.  Total words so far… 2,900 words.
Day 4…. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 4,000 words.
Day 5…. 1,400 words.  Total words so far… 5,400 words.
Day 6…. 2,450 words.  Total words so far… 7,850 words.
Day 7…. 3,300 words.  Total words so far… 11,150 words.
Day 8…. 1,200 words.  Total words so far… 12,350 words.
Day 9…. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 13,500 words.
Day 10.. 2,300 words.  Total words so far… 15,800 words.
Day 11.. 3,200 words.  Total words so far… 19,000 words.
Day 12.. 2,100 words.  Total words so far… 21,100 words.
Day 13.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 22,150 words.
Day 14.. 2,300 words.  Total words so far… 24,450 words.
Day 15.. 1,500 words.  Total words so far… 25,950 words.
Day 16.. 3,200 words.  Total words so far… 29,150 words.
Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.


Totals For Year 3, Month 5, Day 29 

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 870

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 31,200 words  

— Nonfiction: 1,600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 9,700 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,500 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails.  Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 635 e-mails. Approx. 33,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers


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