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Starting Up… Here We Go…


All starting up again as many of you have asked me to do for a time.

So I will be tracking writing, exercise, and also a new short story challenge for at least this month and maybe longer. Also sort of going over what I did each day so you can see how crazy my life is and how I still manage to write a bunch.

And I will continue with The Magic Bakery book as well.


The Day…

A good day overall. Got up to WMG in the middle of the afternoon after doing some e-mail. Then after a little work there and in our north store, I went out for a walk to the grocery store to get some lunch.

Worked in my office while I ate lunch, then headed to the south store to spend some time there and then go to the auction that is across a parking lot from our south store.

In the auction I got a nifty Coca Cola wall sign for $10 (worth about $100), an antique display case for $70 (worth about $400), a box of jewelry for $7 (worth about $300 or more in resale), a wonderful dress coat for me for $10 (worth a good $200) and two wonderful coats for a friend for $10 (also worth about $200).  And I had a blast. I bid on a lot of stuff that went too high.

While I was out there I got steps in for my milage. (I tend to stand near the back with a couple other store owners and when there is something up I’m not interested in I walk.)

Then home to cook dinner for me and Kris, then we watched a movie for a few hours after I finished the last of my steps to hit my five miles for the day.

Then around 1:30 a.m. I got up here in this office and did some workshop stuff and email, then around 3 p.m. (a little late for what I was hoping… I want to get there around 1 a.m. every night) I got to my writing computer.

I found a half title from an old magazine. “Not Easy to Kill…”  I smashed it against a half title from another magazine… “the Light Next Door.” Typed in the title “Not Easy to Kill the Light Next Door” and put “A Bryant Street Story under the title.

Then started typing.

I took a break at 4 a.m. with 700 words done, went back to it and finished the 1,700 word story by 5 a.m. and printed it and have it for Kris to read tomorrow.

So a good start to the month.


New Challenge

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.

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 1st, 2017
5 miles. No running.
Weight 195. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 5 miles

Tracking Word Counts… April 1st, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 9, Day 1 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,290

— Daily Fiction: 1,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 1,700 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 
— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 600 words
— E-mail: 25 e-mails. Approx. 1,500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 25 e-mails. Approx. 1,500 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 9 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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One Comment

  • DS Butler

    Thanks for continuing to track your word counts along with your other challenges. I love to see how word counts build day by day. Very inspiring!