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Thirty Fantastic Years


Thirty years ago today I pulled into a driveway at an address in Albuquerque, New Mexico that Algis Budrys had sent me to. As I walked in the door, I met Kristine Kathryn Rusch and we have been together ever since.

We had a wonderful day today just having fun and talking about thirty years and about years to come.

I can’t even begin to imagine where I would have ended up if not for AJ sending me to that address. Certainly not here doing this. More than likely I would no longer be writing and would have just ended up working a golf course counter and playing poker. Or maybe I would have been an architect or a lawyer and used the education in those traditional ways. But no way of knowing.

So thanks, Kris, for a fantastic 30 years. They were a wonderful ride and I’m looking forward to thirty more.

The picture was taken about two months after we met thirty years ago right here in Lincoln City.


Dean and Kris


Topic of the Night: New Workshop

On the way back from the valley this evening, we finally decided to try the Teams in Fiction online workshop. We have been sort of talking about the workshop and planning it for some time, but both of us figured it would be another of those areas that writers don’t even know exists, so don’t think they need to learn about.

But to end up as a stage four long-time professional writer, you need to understand all the rolls a team plays in fiction and how all the team members play certain parts in fiction.

So starting in June is Teams in Fiction Online workshop. As I said above, a lot like the Depth workshop in approach. Craft and awareness combined. It will change your writing and give it a richness you didn’t think was possible.

Kris and I are really deadly together with these sorts of things. (grin) Thanks, Kris, for a fun and entertaining and learning-filled thirty years.


Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 4

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 959

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,400 words

— E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 92 e-mails. Approx. 5,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers


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  • Gary Speer

    Congratulations to you both on your 30 wonderful years. And may you indeed have 30 more wonderful years! 🙂

  • Ken

    Congrats guys. I hope you get many more wonderful years from here on out!

    Also, I just finished reading your Organization post from a few days back. Good stuff. Have you considered a USB Hub (say a 5 slot) so you can update all the drives on hand at once? Might be handy as you can go to bed straight after and it’ll be done by morning (rather than go back and forward to update each one individually). I’ll have to do something about this myself as we are 1000+ books in now and I’m relying on “Download Original Manuscript” on Smashwords a little too much. Although I doubt that Smashwords is going out of business any time soon, it’s probably prudent to have a regular on-site and off-site back up thing going on like you do.

    Many thoughts and much appreciation!


  • Jim Johnson

    Congrats on 30 years, Kris and Dean!

    (And thanks for making the originality workshop available on YouTube. I’m driving writer traffic over there to extend the learning)

  • Kyra Halland

    What a great picture and a great story. Congratulations on 30 years, and wishing you much happiness for the next 30 and more. You two do so much to help other writers, you deserve all the best that life has to offer. Thank you so much, and keep having fun together!

  • D J Mills

    Congratulations to both of you on 30 wonderful years. I also wish you another 30 wonderful years together. 🙂

    Also, thank you for putting Originality on UTube. Slowly going through them when I get time after daily words. 🙂

  • Gnondpom

    I’ve a soft spot for sweet love stories like that, you really look like a perfect couple (both from that picture and from what you both write once in a while about each other). Congratulations! May you indeed spend 30 more happy years together… while still having fun writing (which would be great for your readers too!).

    While I’m here I also wanted to thank you for posting the originality workshop on youtube, it is really full of interesting concepts to think about.

  • Stefon Mears

    First, congratulations to you both for the 30 years! And I hope the next 30 are even happier and more amazing.

    Second, about this new class. Is this a deeper look at the Lester Dent team concept? Or is this going a different direction?

  • James F. Brown

    The hair on both your heads looks a little different than in recent photos of the two of you! 🙂