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Updated the Making a Living With Short Fiction Blog

Above this I updated the post from 3 years and 6 years ago. That sort of scares me that many years have gone by here. (grin).


The Day

Monday running errands, then met Kris at the mall because it was so cold and windy here, we decided to run (her) and mostly walk (me) in the parking garage.

Yes, I know most of you are in massive heat, and if you go about ten miles inland, it’s hot in Oregon as well. But we live on the Oregon coast for a reason. Today I went out with a sweatshirt and a jacket over that and a stocking cap and I was still chilled.

But it is about the same temperature as the winter, so when all of you are in a deep freeze in six months, I’ll still be going out in the same stuff. Damn I love living here.

And I got over 10,000 steps on target. And my weight is down on target as well at 14 pounds down.

After exercise, I worked on workshop stuff at WMG, then home to take a nap, cook dinner, and get in here to do workshop assignments.

These were wonderful tonight. Between Mystery and Expectations workshops, the assignments had me really thinking and studying. I love that.

And the new Speed workshop starting in September is coming together wonderfully. Not many people signing up, but I’m going to do it anyway.

Sort of like the Expectations workshop. The workshop will turn out to be one of our best ones that very few people sign up for. But I’m learning and I have a hunch my speed per hour will pick up as I teach that Speed workshop in September.

In fact, I just looked at the list of workshops in September and I’m damn proud of that list. Dialog, Pacing, Cliffhangers, Speed, Author Voice, and the rest. I wish like hell something like that list had been available when I came into this business.


September Online Workshops

Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to

Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me.

Class #21… Sept 6th … Author Voice
Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Totals For Year 4, Month 1, Day 15

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,061

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 46

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 23,300 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total:1,900 words 

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,400 words

— E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 228 e-mails. Approx. 16,000 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 1 novels.


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  • Chrissy Wissler

    I just told my husband last night how much I was learning from these workshops and wow, if I’d had the option of not going to college (and getting that lovely Biology degree gathering dust) and just jumping into these workshops and learning for writing. Wow, would that have been an opportunity! Oh well. At least high school and college gave me a ton of emotions that I needed to write out.

  • Rob Cornell

    I can’t believe people aren’t signing up for the Speed workshop. If I had the cash on hand, I’d be right in there. I’m shooting for the October one–so don’t cancel it if turnout is low in September!!

    Writing faster (while still writing clean) is probably the best way to increase writing income.

    I’ve read a lot about writing faster, but it seems like all the advice out there on this topic recommends a sloppy first draft. I even heard one writer mention her amazing pace, but that it takes her twice as long to do revisions. What the heck is the point? (grin)

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a workshop with you. I’m looking forward to this one.