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Second Story Finished


Got the short story challenge going strong. Finished a second short story tonight. Also today went to the writer’s lunch and worked a bunch on workshop stuff.

A good solid day and a lot of fun.


The Day…

Got up to WMG by 2 p.m. for the writer’s lunch. Then around 4 Kris and I went for a walk. I only managed four miles today, which is fine as I ramp this back up.

I got back to my office around 5:30 and worked there until almost eight on workshop stuff.

Store and then home to cook dinner.

Did some e-mail and more workshop stuff, including a trip back to WMG office to do some covers I needed to do.

Then back here after watching some television to get started on the short story for the night around 2 a.m.

As normal, I went for half-titles to get started. I found a half title from an old magazine. “A Reason…”  I smashed it against a half title from another magazine… “to Play a Hunch.” Typed in the title “A Reason to Play a Hunch.” I stared at the title for a moment and realized that was a natural Poker Boy title. So I put under the title “A Poker Boy Story.”

Then started typing.

I took a break at 3 a.m. with 900 words done, went back to it and did another 1,300 words by 4 a.m..

Another short break for a little peanut butter, then went back and did another 1,000 words to finish the story by a little after 5 a.m.

I printed it and have it for Kris to read tomorrow. (She liked the story from yesterday, said it worked, which shocked me. I thought it had failed. Author worst judge thing, clearly.)

So a good start to the month. Two days, two stories.

But no time tonight to finish up another chapter of the Magic Bakery.


New Challenge Explained

I need short stories for Smith’s Monthly as I work to get caught up and instead of digging through old files, I figured it would be a ton more fun to write them fresh.

So I am working to write at least one short story per day for the month of April.

2 days, 2 stories so far.

I will do covers for each story as I go along like I did with the Stories from July a few years back and post them here after the first two or three are done.


Strengths Workshops

Still working on finishing up the last two. They seem to be going well from Kris and my viewpoint. Information under the Strengths Workshop tab above. Any questions, feel free to write me.


April ONLINE Workshops Last Call!!

All April workshops have spots open.  Everyone signed up should have gotten the first letters.

ALSO, the workshop schedule through August is now posted. You can sign up ahead for any workshop you want through August.

So for information on how to sign up, go to…

Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.

Class #31… Apr 4th … Writing Thrillers
Class #32… Apr 4th … Point of View
Class #33… Apr 4th … Writing Mysteries
Class #34… Apr 4th … Speed
Class #35… Apr 4th … Teams in Fiction
Class #36… Apr 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Apr 5th … Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Class #38… Apr 5th … Character Development
Class #39… Apr 5th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #40… Apr 5th … Advanced Depth


Tracking Running… April 2nd, 2017
4 miles. No running.
Weight 194. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 9 miles

Tracking Word Counts… April 2nd, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 9, Day 2 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,291

— Daily Fiction: 3,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,900 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 
— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,100 words
— E-mail: 22 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 47 e-mails. Approx. 2,700 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 10 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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One Comment

  • Gnondpom

    Sounds exciting! It’s going to be a lot of fun to follow you along this challenge again, I hope you nail it as brilliantly as you did in July!