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Only a Couple of Flickers

At Least So Far…

Winds are howling, but not bad for a coast storm. We are getting hit with about 70 mph gusts here. We are used to this.

A much, much smaller storm hit the first day of the Master Business Class as people were trying to get here. People who never been in a coast storm found that one to be a worry. That had gusts around 40 and less rain than this one. We have about five or six at this level a year. When they start warning of gusts over a hundred is when we pay attention. (grin)

And just to give a summary before I detail out the day, I got my 10,000 steps done and I wrote a short story. Third in three days.

And I got all the December workshops ready to go on

My Day Went Like This…

Made it to the writer’s lunch at 2 p.m. at the WMG offices, stayed until a little after 3 p.m. and then headed to our bookstore. I spent the next two hours there, working in the back room, trying to clear out what I could. I have almost managed to clear one corner and have been finding all sorts of treasures.

Then I went back to the WMG offices to work on workshop stuff, mostly moving videos there. As they loaded, I moved shelves in the north store because we are in the process of turning one back area of the store into another office.

So I would get some videos moving to Teachable, then go get a shelf off a wall, then load up more videos, then get another shelf, all the while going the long way around to get steps. So not only did I get 10,000 steps today, I did a lot of lifting and moving of stuff.

Home by 7:30 p.m. after grocery shopping. I cooked dinner and took a nap.

Back up at the WMG offices by 9:30 and worked there doing the same things I did earlier until midnight.

Back home to do email and then watch some television. So I didn’t get to my writing computer until 2:30 a.m.

Saw a half-title I thought would be a good full title. “That Human Fear.”

Typed it in and started a third Cold Poker Gang short mystery story.

At 3:30 a.m. I took a break at 1,000 words. Got back to writing at 4 a.m. and finished the 1,700 word story by 4:30 a.m.

Lights only flickered once the entire time.

So far, here is the November Short Story Challenge. (10th through 30th.. I will have covers in a few days as well.)

1… Under the Skin of Death… 4,400 words…. Total words so far… 4,400 words.
2… Half a Clue… 3,700 words… Total words so far… 8,100 words
3… That Human Fear… 1,700 words… Total words so far… 9,800

So total writing time today… 2 hours.
Total work time… 8 hours.

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  • Mark Kuhn

    Looking forward to more Cold Poker Gang stories and novels, Dean. I’m still convinced these would make an incredible TV show.

  • Donna Woody

    You mention half title yesterday and again today. What do you mean by that? is it covered in one of your courses or books?

    • dwsmith

      Nope, I just go to fiction magazines in my collection and write down half titles from stories. I go all the way back into the forties and as late as 2000. I make these pages of lists of half-titles. I then usually smash two half titles together to get a title and use that as a trigger to start writing. But sometimes only a half title is a good title, as it was last night.