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One More Adventure Day

More Meetings and a Ton More Walking…

I got over 13,000 steps today after 16,000 yesterday. Yes, tired legs.

Hours worth of meetings today and then some play, including a poker tournament tonight. Got knocked out right before the final table in 11th. Still fun numbers of hours.

Those of you who read my books, I have now had four helpings of bread pudding in the Golden Nugget Buffet. I can almost see some of the Cold Poker Gang sitting at one table and a few tables away some of the Ghost of a Chance Agents. I love the place, can you tell? (Grin)


Weekender Pop-Up Online Workshops Are Now Up on Teachable.

A couple of these are about half full.

February 15-18, 2018

— Controlling Fear of Failure
— How to Study and Practice in Fiction (A Study Plan)

March 15-18th

— Adding Tension to Your Writing
— Making a Living in 2018/19 With Your Fiction
— Controlling Fear of Failure

April 12-15th

— The Indie Game. (Roll-play your way through ten years of decisions as an Indie Writer.)
— How to Study and Practice in Fiction (A Study Plan)
— Adding Tension to Your Writing
— (tba)

January and February Online Workshops Are Now Up on Teachable.

All January first and second week videos are now available. AND YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP AND JUMP INTO JANUARY. I will shut it down next Monday. March will be on Teachable shortly after that.

If you have credits from the Kickstarter, you need to write me to sign up. You can also sign up through me and use Paypal just like normal. Or you can go directly to Teachable and sign up there for any workshop using either Paypal or a credit card.

To see all the courses, just hit the link at the top of the Teachable page that says “All Courses” and it will show you all the lectures and workshops available.

Class #1… Jan 2nd … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… Jan 2nd … Author Voice
Class #3… Jan 2nd … Business
Class #4… Jan 2nd … Writing into the Dark
Class #5… Jan 2nd … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… Jan 2nd … Think Like a Publisher
Class #7… Jan 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #8… Jan 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #9… Jan 3rd … (empty)
Class #10… Jan 3rd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #11… Jan 3rd … Novel Structure
Class #12… Jan 3rd … Writing Fantasy

Class #13… Feb 6th … Think Like a Publisher
Class #14… Feb 6th … Endings
Class #15… Feb 6th … Point of View
Class #16… Feb 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Feb 6th … Speed
Class #18… Feb 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Feb 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Feb 7th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Feb 7th … Character Development
Class #22… Feb 7th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Feb 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Feb 7th … Novel Structure

Full information about any workshop or March and April schedule is under Online Workshops on the sidebar.



    • dwsmith

      Nope, not a gambler at all. Just a poker player. I stay away from anything I don’t have an advantage on.

      • JM

        That could be the topic of another writing/publishing book (1 of your 67?). You’ve already compared the stages of being a writer to the stages of being a poker player. I’ve heard people say about getting an agent (yes, I know your opinion of that) or being published (traditionally) that they were lucky, or that so-and-so’s book was popular because they were lucky to have the right book at the right time. Or they speak of “advantage” by gaming the Kindle metrics. Maybe in these blog posts (and compiled as a book) you can talk about how to stop hoping for luck and look for the REAL advantages? Or would that just rehash the stages book, do you think?

        • dwsmith

          All that would do would be to make people angry I’m afraid. Punching at a person’s dreams of being anointed by the magic agent and editor doesn’t teach, just causes anger and even more grasping at the myths. The Indie Game pop-up workshop we are bringing on will do exactly what you are talking about in how to do this in the modern world but without comparing it much to the other route which has no hope anymore.

          But maybe a book called “Stop Hoping for Luck” might be a good one. I’ll see if I can come up with a way to do that and only piss off half the planet instead of everyone. (Grin)