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Workshop Finished Here On The Coast

Workshop Finished Here

Today was the last day of the Historical, Time Travel, and Alternate History workshop here at the coast, taught by Kris. What a fantastic group of writers who attended from all over the world.

Kris was the instructor on this one, so I played behind-the-scenes support, but last night I got to read a group of stories from them because Kris wanted me to be reader feedback. I was impressed and got to give them my feedback today. Some of the most innovative ideas came out of there and I got a hunch I’m going to be seeing a lot of those stories as parts of new novels or series. Great fun for me.

And a few of the locals dropped by after they were done this evening and by the time Kris and I got home all we wanted to do was watch television.


Some Fun!!

Repeating this in case you missed it yesterday. If you want to hear me talk for a while on publishing and writing, I was interviewed for a podcast a while back on DIY MFA Radio by Gabriela Pereira. It was fun to do and I think might help a few folks.

Thanks, Gabriela.

Give it a listen.


Star Fall is Out in a Bundle

Repeating this again also since I really hope a bunch of you get this bundle to see what I produced in those ten days in August. Some of you might remember the book I wrote in ten days while aiming at seven days in late August. Star Fall: A Seeders Universe Novel. That book is now available as I promised it would be. The official publication date isn’t until November, but at the moment it is available in a fantastic bundle called The Extreme Science Fiction Bundle. 

Also notice that in this bundle there is a fantastic Retrieval Artist novel called Extremes by Kris. It also has a great novel by Kevin J. Anderson, another by Mike Resnick, and another by M.L. Buchman. Plus two books by J. Daniel Sawyer.

And also an amazing volume of Fiction River: Risk Takers. I edited that and it is a fantastic example of a Fiction River volume.




Totals For Year 4, Month 2, Day 24

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,101

Total Miles This Month… 127 miles

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 700 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,500 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,600 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 353 e-mails. Approx. 22,100 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: 2 novels.


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  • Mark Kuhn

    Dean, I’m applying a little piece of advice I learned many years ago from my bowling coach, and that is “Trust is a must.” Rolling a bowling ball over the first arrow on the lanes, five inches from the gutter, and watching it hook into the pocket. You have to trust that the ball will hook. If you read the lane correctly during warm-ups and release the ball correctly, you have to trust the ball.
    The same applies, I am discovering, to writing into the dark. You have to trust that creative voice, you’ve got to really believe in it.
    It’s 7:36 PM here in New Jersey. I’m about 1500 words into the new story. Here we go.