The Journal: Challenges on the MidWinter Sale

In today’s Journal

* Challenges on the MidWinter Sale
* Speaking of good deals
* Of Interest

Challenges on the MidWinter Sale

I wasn’t going to post today, but I was interested in getting Dean’s post out to you. It’s about the MidWinter sale again, but this time he talks about the challenges he’s offering on Teachable.

His challenges usually cost $600, but during the sale they’re only $300. Best of all, they’re completely win-win.

They cost you $300 right now, but if you complete any entire challenge, you get your choice of a lifetime subscription. If you FAIL to complete any challenge, you’ll still have the stories or books you did write (or publish) PLUS you’ll have a $600 credit you can use toward anything on Teachable. Trading $300 for $600 is pretty good math. It’s anything but a bad bet.

So if you’re interested, read “Four Challenges Now” at

Speaking of good deals, I was curious enough that I went ahead and bought the “Immersed in Story” course Garry Rodgers mentioned yesterday. At the moment it’s only $27.

Doing so, really, was silly. For me. I’ve never had a problem coming up with ideas or plunging in and writing short stories or novels, etc. But I wanted to see what the course has to offer, so I bought it.

My assessment is that it’s a great course for its purpose. It stands a great chance of helping those who want to write but can’t quite pull the trigger, whether because of unreasoning fear or whatever. And for only $27 it’s a pretty low-risk endeavor.

I’ll say up front the site is kind of hypey, but the course itself seems to deliver on the hype. If you’d like to check it out, visit

Just a note: I might be off here for a few days. Either way, I’ll talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “Artificial Intelligence – Images” at Pretty amazing.

See “Artificial Intelligence – Text to Speech” at Getting better all the time.

See “First it Was SpongeBob, Now it’s Satan” at

Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.