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Workshop Letters Late Tomorrow Night

Normally The Letters Are Sent By Now…

I almost have all the November workshops moved to Teachable, but with the auction tonight, it got late and I am not able to send out the letters as I had hoped.

Plus I would like to give the Kickstarter folks a chance to sign up still for November workshops.

So with luck, late tomorrow night, after I get back from a day off and a movie, I will send out the letters to everyone in the November workshops with the new details and code to get into the workshops.

A Good Picking Night

At the auction I bought three things tonight. First off a 1920s kid’s doll carriage. It looks like a regular baby carriage from that time, just smaller. Pretty good shape, got it for $30 and we should be able to sell it easily for around $200 and still give someone a deal.

Then I bought a nifty 1940s baby rocker. Put the baby in it and it rocks on four springs. Oak and in stunning condition for the age. Got it for $30 as well. Worth at least $150 if not more.

Then I bought something huge because I couldn’t pass it up. A massive oak late-1800s roll-top desk. Stunning condition. At first glance I thought it was a reproduction, actually. Nope, all original and just amazing condition. I got it for $180.

No idea yet what I am going to do with it. More than likely bring it home and use it here. A stunner.


All have openings at the moment. Information at

Yes, even the new Novel Structure workshop has openings.

Class #49… Nov 7th … Depth #3: Research
Class #50… Nov 7th … Author Voice
Class #51… Nov 7th … Business
Class #52… Nov 7th … Writing into the Dark
Class #53… Nov 7th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #54… Nov 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #55… Nov 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #56… Nov 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #57… Nov 8th … Cliffhangers
Class #58… Nov 8th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #59… Nov 8th … Novel Structure
Class #60… Nov 8th … Writing Fantasy

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      • Chong Go

        How many people live in that area? I’d thought it was fairly small, but your auction finds make me think there’s quite a lot of people in the area. Or at least a good number who are well off. San Diego in the early 90’s used to be incredible for auctions and estate sales because of all the retired Navy brass. They brought stuff from all over the world, including Japan, China, and Korea in the years just after 1945. (Nice job on the desk!)

        • dwsmith

          In the town we have 7,000 full time, but at any point there are 20,000 people here and on the July 4th weekend that can top 100,000. So we have massive numbers of restaurants and shops and such. Plus there are dozens of small towns in either direction of here and some very rich communities just south of here. Lots of people retire here and die and their kids have their houses cleaned out since the kids don’t live here. So the auction gets some really amazing stuff all the time.

  • Jes

    Catching up here. Your challenges for the next year sound amazing. Also, the roll top desk sounds beautiful. I’m glad life is treating you well.