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One Day Left

One Day Left!

The  only has one day left.

What is in the subscription drive? Discounted subscriptions, of course, on Fiction River and Fiction River Presents. Both electronic and paper.

We are also offering a package of writing books.

And discounted lectures and discounted online workshops.

And since we have hit the fourth stretch goal, even if you sign up for a workshop you get four free books as well as a Fiction River subscription.

That seems to be very popular, getting workshops at a discount. I have just put up a curriculum for the workshops to help writers focus on what to take first and so on, since so many have taken the workshop options. That is below this and also now at the top of the web site.

So don’t hesitate. Jump in. Get workshops at a discount which also gets you a Fiction River subscription plus four free books.

Think about that…four free books.

Just click on the image on the right to go to the Kickstarter Fiction River subscription page.

And thanks for all the support. This has just been fantastic!!


For one day only, until the Kickstarter campaign ends, if you have signed up for the workshop level on Kickstarter  if you want to add more workshops in, like two or three more, write me. You can pick them out later, but we will give you the discount for more.

This is because Kickstarter only allows one reward per person and I have been contacted by a few people wondering about getting more or two of the three-workshop reward. 

No time limit on when you can take the workshops or what you are going to take. You can decide that later, but to get the Kickstarter discount, you need to pay for the extra workshops when you sign up. 

For example, we will be adding in a new workshop in January and another in March. You can decide to take those when they are announced. No need to decide now for the one or three through Kickstarter or the extras if you want them.  Write me with questions. But offer is only good for one more day.


New Workshop and New Schedule

October workshops all have room. Lots of room.

Any questions about the new Point of View Online Workshop feel free to ask. It’s going to be a really fun one.

And full workshop curriculum posted above this.


The Writing of Starburst: A Seeders Universe Novel

Taking a few nights doing other things. Back at this shortly.

Day 1… 2,000…  Total so far… 2,000 words
Day 2… 1,000…  Total so far… 3,000 words


Running/Walking Daily Update

Took another day away from the seven miles. Kept up my five mile streak but an expert at gearing up for a marathon pointed out to me that I needed rest days. Fascinating that five miles is a rest day.

So no running, just solid walking for five miles yet again.


Totals For Year 4, Month 2, Day 18

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,095

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 80

Running Miles This Month… 6 miles

Total Miles This Month… 94 miles

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 3,000 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,800 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 250 e-mails. Approx. 15,500 words

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


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 2 novels.


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    • J.A. Marlow

      They disappeared for me, too. On the main page it says there are 7 comments, but even when clicking directly onto that, the comments don’t appear. The page just loads to the bottom of the post, and it’s blank.

          • dwsmith

            That is such a strange glitch. The comments are all there, I can see them behind the scenes, and nothing is turned off, but they just don’t show. And these comments show fine on this post. So strange.

            And I update posts all the time and comments stick, so not that.

  • Kate Pavelle

    About REST DAY: Some time ago, I’ve been griping to sensei that weight conditioning for horseback riding hurts all those little hip muscles a lot more than it used to. He shot me significant look, and said: “The secret is, most muscles are built in bed!”
    Because of the nature of hip muscles, and because of his reputation as a ladies’ man, I must’ve been a bit confused: “But sensei, wouldn’t that sort of…activity… be rather vigorous and strain those parts even more?”
    His eyes bugged out, his jaw dropped, and all that stoic demeanor flew right out the window.
    Only once he got over his embarrassment and we all stopped laughing, he explained about rest day (he’s your age and keeps in shape by doing heavy landscaping and martial arts.) Taking two rest days a week at our age is a smart strategy. Unlike the young 35yo whipper-snappers that still heal pretty fast, we need to let the muscles repair a bit longer. Also, antioxidants are your friend.

    • dwsmith

      Yup, that’s why I am doing these on/off push days. Strangely, five miles of walking used to be a push two months ago, now it’s just a rest day.