Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

Something New Tonight

Surprised Me…

I got a decent night’s sleep, did a ton of work until almost 10:30 p.m. at WMG, came home, did some email, took a nap, felt great, ready to write, started the story at midnight and was done by 1 a.m. Go figure.

The Day

Got up around 11 a.m.. Then did a little email, packed some boxes, fed the feral cat outside who wanted to be toweled down (because it was raining) like Kris used to do to him.  Yes, he is feral, but Kris talked him into letting her do that much if food was there. He usually runs from me, but he has figured out I feed him now.

Then I headed to WMG offices after some interesting business stuff along the way.

I worked there until I went out to dinner with Chris and Steve York at 6 p.m.  Back there to work on workshops until well after 10 p.m. Home to do some email, watch a little television, take a nap, then get to writing at twelve midnight. A decent day of work and packing boxes.

Story #5…

Tonight I again grabbed my half-title sheets and stared at them for a moment until two jumped out at me. “A brush…” and “…with Intent.”

So I typed in “A Brush with Intent” and started typing, figuring out quickly it would be another Bryant Street Story, sort of along the same lines as the one last night. But yet different.

And I was going along great and the story wrapped up and ended. At 987 words.

I never write that short anymore. 2,000 words tends to be my baseline for the past decade or so. So I cycled back to the opening, going through it again and it still ended at 1,004 words. Seems to work as a story just fine. Not a fun one, but the title fits perfectly.

So I went back to working on email, thinking I might start another story to get one banked. But now it is going toward 3:30 a.m. and I think I’ll just go get another good night’s sleep.


Day One… Scared Money… 2,700 words…. Total April words… 2,700 words.
Day Two… Rainbow Peak… 4,900 words…. Total April words… 7,600 words.
Day Three… A Beautiful History… 2,300 words…. Total April words… 9,900 words.
Day Four… A Song For The Old Memory… 2,050 words…. Total April words… 11,950 words.
Day Five… A Brush with Intent… 1,000 words…. Total April words… 12,950 words.




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INSIDER’S GUIDE Workshops Start Sunday!!!!!!!

— Insider’s Guide to Selling Short Fiction in 2018/2019 (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Successful Space Opera (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction (2,000 word parts of a novel) (Starts May 6th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Detective Fiction. (Starts May 6th)

$300 each, limited to ten writers plus lifetime subscribers. One time workshops. They will not be regular. Sorry. These will fill so don’t wait for the last minute on these. And yes, you can use your credits.




Sign up directly through Teachable or if you have a credit, write me. Everyone who wrote me and signed up through me, I have sent out the letter with the code to get into each workshop. If you are using a credit for an April workshop and did not get a letter from me, write me.

Otherwise, you can sign up on Teachable.

And clearly the Time of Great Forgetting is kicking in. Many of these workshops have no one signed up yet.

Class #37… Apr 3rd … Think Like a Publisher
Class #38… Apr 3rd … Endings
Class #39… Apr 3rd … Point of View
Class #40… Apr 3rd … Writing Mysteries
Class #41… Apr 3rd … Speed
Class #42… Apr 3rd … Teams in Fiction
Class #43… Apr 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #44… Apr 4th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #45… Apr 4th … Character Development
Class #46… Apr 4th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #47… Apr 4th … Advanced Depth
Class #48… Apr 4th … Novel Structure