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New Year: First Day


New Year

After much dithering and pestering people around me and working out details, I have finally decided to just go for this new challenge. All outlined in the Topic of the Night that is above this.



Pretty standard up to a point. Headed up to WMG Publishing around 3 p.m. and talked with a couple of other professional writers there for a time before getting to work. I did a bunch of workshop stuff and getting the office ready for Monday.

Then headed to the grocery store to get dinner and went home, took a short nap and cooked dinner.

Then I got in here around 9 p.m. and continued the big computer move. If I don’t answer an e-mail within 24 hours, please contact me again. I think I have this pretty much set, but never know.

Then wrote 700 words on a new short story titled “A Long Way Down” which is a Bryant Street story.

The title just sort of hit me as I started to write down titles from old digests to add to more of my title sheets. I thought, “Nifty title… wonder what story would go with that one.” So that is the first title of the first story this year.

Then headed to finish off my 10,000 steps, then back in here to do another 600 word session on the short story before heading to watch television.

Back in here again around 2 a.m. to finish the short story. 2,100 words.

Kris already read it and said, “It’s creepy.”

I wanted “ugggy” but I’ll settle for creepy. (grin)

Then I did the cover for the story and also used the same art for the January cover of The Year of Short Fiction. That’s sort of the plan, to use the first story every month for the cover story.

Then around 3 a.m. I went out and read more on Kris’s fantastic new novel. I’m over halfway through and it’s everything I can do to put the thing down and get back to all this work I need to do.

About 4 a.m. I managed to get back in this office again and finish up all the work on the workshops. I will be sending out the first letters to everyone signed up for January online workshops shortly. The January online workshops start on Monday and still lots of room in all of them.


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.

Also, the CAREER workshop has moved to Classic Status, which means you can jump into it at any time and go as fast or as slow as you want. There are now six classic workshops at half price of the regular workshops. Only difference is that you don’t turn in homework in the classic workshops.



Those of you who have supported this blog on Patreon, I have sent you through Patreon a free fun gift that needs to be opened and downloaded by the 31st of January. Hope you enjoy it.

Those signed up for the newsletter, I will be sending out a special gift around the first 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: New Challenges

In a post 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.

Story #1… A Long Way Down… 2,100 words


Totals For Year 3, Month 6, Day 1

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 833

— Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 2,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,700 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails.  Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 14 e-mails. Approx. 300 words

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


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One Comment

  • Dane Tyler

    The cover looks GREAT, Dean. And I like the idea of the stories crawling out from a title again, like the July series. Very cool!

    Sounds like an exciting project. Can’t wait to see it unfold.