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Working On Year End Stuff


Year End Stuff

Mostly a normal day.

Dialog workshop announcement below.

New chapter of Heinlein’s Rules book above this.

And for fun I looked at how many words I wrote so far this year.


1,257,000 original words.

711,000 of that was fiction and nonfiction.

The rest was e-mail and blogs. I did not count replies on the various comment sections I moderate.

That’s Pulp Speed Two.  (Pulp Speed One is over a million words, Pulp Speed Two is over 1.2 million words. Pulp Speed Three is over 1.4 million.)



Got a bunch of walking in and planning for 2016, did workshop stuff, cooked dinner, got the above chapter of Heinlein’s Rules posted, and updated more on the web sites. .


New Online Workshop.

After a number of people said they really wanted this after we cancelled it a few months back because of lack of interest, Kris and I reworked the idea some and I think the workshops is going to be great.

I will put up a full description in the next few days and move the Making a Career workshop to classic status.

So staring on March 8th, Workshop #27… ADVANCED CHARACTER AND DIALOG online workshop.

As with all workshops, this will be limited to 12 writers per month. It will run for sure in March, April, and May. Past that will depend on interest. Write me if you want to sign up.

This will be another advanced level workshop, lots of fun, like Advanced Depth or Character Development or Plotting with Depth.

Feel free to ask questions. But again, full description will be a few days away. But I will take sign-ups now.



Those of you who have supported this blog on Patreon, I hope to send you a fun surprise tomorrow. Also, those on Patreon will get Heinlein’s Rules when it hits book form, plus another book I’m going to announce in the next day or so. Also at least two issues of Smith’s Monthly in January. Thanks!

Those signed up for the newsletter, I will be sending out a real special gift around the end of the week with the first newsletter. I promise it will be nifty and the letter will be short. (grin)

Still time to sign up. Upper right corner of the page.



All workshops have openings. They start in just over one week. Any questions about any of them, just write me.

Class #1… Jan 4th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #2… Jan 4th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… Jan 4th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… Jan 4th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… Jan 5th … Character Development
Class #6… Jan 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… Jan 5th … Designing Book Interiors
Class #8… Jan 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… Jan 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10.. Jan 6th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.


Topic of the Night: Heinlein’s Rules chapter above this

I will have a chapter on the 4th rule tomorrow.


The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

Day 1…. 700 words.  Total words so far… 700 words.
Day 2…. 1,200 words.  Total words so far… 1,900 words.
Day 3…. 1,000 words.  Total words so far… 2,900 words.
Day 4…. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 4,000 words.
Day 5…. 1,400 words.  Total words so far… 5,400 words.
Day 6…. 2,450 words.  Total words so far… 7,850 words.
Day 7…. 3,300 words.  Total words so far… 11,150 words.
Day 8…. 1,200 words.  Total words so far… 12,350 words.
Day 9…. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 13,500 words.
Day 10.. 2,300 words.  Total words so far… 15,800 words.
Day 11.. 3,200 words.  Total words so far… 19,000 words.
Day 12.. 2,100 words.  Total words so far… 21,100 words.
Day 13.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 22,150 words.
Day 14.. 2,300 words.  Total words so far… 24,450 words.
Day 15.. 1,500 words.  Total words so far… 25,950 words.
Day 16.. 3,200 words.  Total words so far… 29,150 words.
Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.


Totals For Year 3, Month 5, Day 29 

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 870

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 31,200 words  

— Nonfiction: 1,400 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 8,100 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,000 words

— E-mail: 36 e-mails.  Approx. 2,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 623 e-mails. Approx. 33,000 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers


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