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Still Having Sleep Issues

Normally I Recover Faster…

But not this last trip. I got my schedule twisted around exactly 12 hours. Wow, that has been hard to recover from.

I am just now, almost a week later, back on my normal schedule with a few exceptions. I have lost the last two hours of my night for the moment.

And that has just about killed any writing for the moment. After the anthology workshop I should be able to get back to some writing, but that is two plus weeks away. Yikes.

So this shows the value of steady and regular sleep to writing habits. Without them, writing sort of just drifts off like a dream.


In two days, exactly at midnight Thursday morning, the first day’s videos in the weekended Pop-up workshops will appear. Four days of videos, three different assignments.

I will leave the workshops open to sign up until around 1 p.m. on Thursday. Here is all the basic information.


The Structure of the Weekender Workshops

Starting on Thursday morning right at 12:01 a.m. US West Coast Time (Pacific Time), six or seven videos will appear on the first session page for the workshop.

An assignment will be with the videos that is due by 9 p.m. US West Coast Times that day.

— Friday the same thing.
— Saturday the same thing.
— Sunday just wrap-up videos. No assignment.

Total hours spent would be about two hours per day and eight hours total for the four days. You should be able to work that in. The videos will be recorded and you can go through them and do the assignment at any time during your day. They just have to get to us by 9 p.m. so we have time to get a response to you by midnight when the new day’s videos go up.

About thirty videos and three homework assignments all done in four days. Then the workshop will remain on your Teachable dashboard to go back and review the information as you please.

Cost will be $225.00 (halfway between Classic and Regular) and each will be limited to seven writers per workshop. Only offered one weekend per month.

All sign-ups will be through Once it hits seven sign-ups on Teachable, I will close the workshop to more sign-ups, so don’t delay if interested.

And yes, you can take one or two of these workshops while also taking a regular workshop.

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)

(Note: Yes, you can use a credit from the Kickstarter or workshop offer or challenge awards. You would get one of these plus two lectures for each regular workshop credit, so write me directly and I will give you a code to get into the Weekender and credit for two lectures).

Any questions, just write me at

To Sign Up Just Go To Teachable and Sign Up. Basic Descriptions for each workshop are either on or on the Weekender Page here.


  • DS Butler

    How to Study and Practice in Fiction sounds amazing, Dean. I can’t fit it in this month as I’m working to a deadline. I’ll sign up next month for the April one. Will the assignments take longer for this one with reading requirements etc?

    • dwsmith

      No, assignments will take less than an hour, since you have to do one per day for three days. (grin) So the assignments are not research-based like they would be if this was a six week workshop.


  • JM

    I know how you feel about the sleep. When I went to China for an internship, it was exactly 12 hours different from my old schedule. It took a while to shift. And then, when I came back, it took another while to shift back. Since you’re almost back to your old schedule, I won’t waste time by sharing how I did it. You have your own methods which seem to work.

    What I wanted to know was how the preparations for running 67 miles of races this year was coming. I’m just a hobby writer, learning my craft, but I’m also overweight and hearing your preparations for that goal help motivate me there. When is the first race? Or has that been pushed back a bit?

    • dwsmith

      JM, still on plan, but the plan wasn’t to start on the running aspect until the spring. Running around here in the winter is just not fun. So I am working on the keeping the weight under control and walking steps to keep that in shape. I’ll do an update on both 67 challenges shortly. Still on pace and as expected so far.

  • Michele Laframboise

    Running in winter, I concur that it can get dangerous. In Canada we have snow banks, ice, mud, thaw and freeze cycles leaving the sidewalk slippery… So yes, better to wait until spring (more mud, less snow).
    I like the challenge to link running and writing.