Humming along just fine now. Might actually make this challenge, which considering this month, is a flat miracle. We shall see in five days.
Today I worked at WMG and did some walking as well. Got four miles in today, slowly ramping that up for the first of May as well. Going back to five miles per day minimum and adding in running again. Going to make another push toward a marathon again.
Then I came home to cook dinner, take a nap, and watch some of The Voice from last night.
Then around 2:30 a.m. finally got everything done with workshop stuff and got to my writing computer.
Tonight I came at the story from a different angle. On my wall here in the office is a breakdown of the Smith’s Monthly issues I am working on. For three years I tried to start off most issues with a Poker Boy story, but have only written one and have two others, but as I started into this tonight I had six of the Marble Grant stories.
So I figure I need a few more Marble Grant stories to start most of the catch-up issues between now and October with Marble Grant stories. So tonight, for the first time in this challenge, I knew the series I wanted to write in.
I still went to my half-title sheets and spotted a half title “…His Heart.”
So kept looking and found another half title, “A Look…” Put the two together and came up with “A Look at His Heart: A Marble Grant Story” and off I went typing.
Got 800 words done by 3:30 a.m., took a break to rest my eyes.
Did another 1,300 words by 4:30 a.m. Another break, then powered to the end at 3,900 words by 5:30 a.m.
I really like this character at the moment. One of the really fun things about this challenge this time, I have a brand new major character and series, not counting the six other novel starts.
MAJOR WRITING BUNDLE
Not at all sure why anyone who wants to be a writer doesn’t grab this bundle. Amazing stuff for only $15 or $20 bucks. And AbleGamers is the charity on this bundle, which is one of the best causes I have ever seen.
Authors in this are Mary Buckham, Tonya D. Price, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Lawrence Block, me, Maggie McVay Lynch, Leah Cutter, Chuck Heintzelman, and Joanna Penn. Plus a $50 lecture from WMG, a discount to get Jutoh, and a discount to all the stuff at a Writer’s Cafe.
You can get it all for $15.00 or $20.00 and give some to AbleGamers. If you are serious about learning your craft and business of writing, this is about as cheap as it comes, folks.
Here are the Covers and Stories for the April challenge.
STORIES FROM APRIL
Story #1… April 1… Not Easy to Kill the Light Next Door… 1,700 words
Story #2… April 2… A Reason to Play a Hunch… 3,200 words
Story #3… April 3… A Deal at the End of Time… 3,000 words
Story #4… April 4… A Nice Place for Murder… 3,400 words
Story #5… April 5… The Five Roads Tavern and Eatery …3,200 words
Story #6… April 6… The Last Short Putt of a Fearful Man …2,200 words
Story #7… April 7… The Wait …1,200 words
Story #8… April 8… Through the For Sale Sign …2,500 words
Story #9… April 9… Blind Date …4,100 words
Story #10… April 10… Keep Hoping for a New Tomorrow …1,700 words
Story #11… April 11… That Old Tingling …3,200 words
Story #12… April 12… The Last Man …2,500 words
Story #13… April 13… Smile …2,700 words
Story #14… April 14… Always a Way …4,000 words
Story #15… April 15… A No-Win Hand …1,800 words
Story #16… April 16… Habit …2,000 words
Story #17… April 17… A Thief of Regrets …4,600 words
Story #18… April 18… In the Dream of Many Bodies …1,400 words
Story #19… April 19… Wings Out …2,200 words
Story #20… April 20… Delightfully Dizzy …1,700 words
Story #21… April 21… An Immortality of Sorts …2,300 words
Story #22… April 22… Tombstone Canyon …2,600 words
Story #23… April 23… Hidden Canyon …4,300 words
Story #24… April 24… A Lady in Heat …2,400 words
Story #25… April 25… A Look at His Heart …3,900 words
(Plus six novel starts so far…)
May ONLINE Workshops
All May online workshops are available and have openings.
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 #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … Business
Class #43… May 2nd … Endings
Class #44… May 2nd … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #45… May 2nd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 3rd … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 3rd … How To Edit Your Own Work (new)
Class #50… May 3rd … Plotting with Depth
HOW TO EDIT YOUR OWN WORK IS AVAILABLE STARTING IN MAY
Tracking Running… April 25th, 2017
4 miles. No running.
Weight 194. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 86 miles
Tracking Word Counts… April 25th, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 9, Day 25 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,314
— Daily Fiction: 3,900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 62,900 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words
— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 20,700 words
— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 668 e-mails. Approx. 42,700 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 33 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.
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Learned today that the best way around the crazy fears we have is to just sit and write.
Yup. Exactly. So simple, so difficult for most to do. Including me at times.
D J Mills
“3 hours and 3900 words” is wonderful. I am sure you will make/win your challenge.
It took me longer yesterday (including breaks) but almost caught up to your output with 3790 words. I will keep sitting and writing, and be inspired by your output. 🙂