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Time Crunched…

That Describes the Day…

What little free time I had today went to watching The Voice final. Stunning music.


Also had a fun hour plus in the store I hadn’t intended to have. I had planned on working with Josh and Dan for a short time to get an area set up to start working on a massive project. But then this nice guy came in, a collector who knew my old friend Bill.

Josh and I got talking with him and he ended up buying two boxes of some L. Ron Hubbard leather books we had in the back warehouse. By the time that was finished, Josh was way late headed home and I had missed my normal running time.

But still great fun talking book and pulp collecting.

So off I went, driving instead of walking like a normally do, to where I run laps in a parking garage. One lap is a quarter mile exactly. It’s flat and out of the wind and rain.

I got a quarter mile in when my phone went off and I am so new with my bluetooth headphones, damned if I could figure it out, so I walked a short distance while I got that straightened out. Then I ran another quarter mile trying to get the headphones to work, finally walked again to deal with that. Then another quarter mile before I almost got run over by a car, which caused me to walk again for about twenty steps. Finished the last quarter mile fine and alive.

So I ran a full mile, just not all at once. But interestingly, even with the walking part, which got me slightly over a mile in actual distance, I did it in under ten minutes. (I have a fast walk.) And I didn’t even feel winded because of the very short walk breaks.

I might need to do that more as I ramp up to balance still having too much weight on me.

The rest of the day was all workshops, dinner, The Voice, a nap, and e-mail. I didn’t even get to writing or reading stories tonight.

The four doing the short story challenge in May are all doing great. And I’m enjoying the process of reading most nights. I fall behind on workshop assignment nights like tonight.

And still two spots, as I have been saying, in the summer novel-per-month challenge.



All have openings at the moment. Information at

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 #51… June 6th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #52… June 6th … Point of View
Class #53… June 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #54… June 6th … Speed
Class #55… June 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Class #58… June 7th … Character Development
Class #59… June 7th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #60… June 7th … Advanced Depth



The time on this is almost up. You can get all six new lectures Advanced Business Lectures for $250 subscription or 12 lectures in total for a $400 subscription. (You can bank the extra ones or take any existing lecture.)

All the details and planned new lectures after the business lectures are listed under the lecture tab. More detailed descriptions added as the recording starts for each one.

If you want the subscriptions, write me directly with lectures in the subject line. Very short-term offer. After that you can just get them on Teachable for their regular price.

All the available lectures are on (and these new ones will be on)

Tracking Running… May 23rd, 2017
3.5 miles. (1 mile running.)
Weight 195. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 98.5 miles

Tracking Word Counts… May 23rd, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 10, Day 23 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,342

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 18,700 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,500 words
— E-mail: 41 e-mails.  Approx. 2,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 592 e-mails. Approx. 36,900 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 38 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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