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Newsletter - June 2020
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Newsletter - June 2020

Newsletter - June 2020


This is your monthly newsletter from You’re receiving this email because you’ve either subscribed or kindly purchased a subscription.

A month has passed since I opened the doors to my website. It’s was a little shaky at times while I found my footing but I think we’re heading in the right direction.

I thought I’d spend this newsletter sharing some of the progress.1

Daily Videos

This was one of the earliest things I tried to sort out and it’s been through so many iterations, I’m not even sure I remember the actual path.

The original version was to do wacky videos of me trying out different writing tools while I created short fiction. I imagined it a little silly but informative, but after making a test video, I knew immediately it wasn’t going to work. I had recorded about two hours of footage and it's pretty bad. I progressed from shy, to awkward, to completely exhausted, and none of it was entertaining.

This lead me to try recording shorter daily videos of myself, hoping to get more comfortable in front of the camera, but again, I found them boring.  I tried editing the length of them down, which made the videos faster paced and more fun and I started sharing them on YouTube.

However, after some further iterations with my kids, I realized I was putting all my time into the filming and editing these things and not into anything else, so I decided to scale back.

The final form is a return to the original semi-regular videos, but recording for only five minutes, doing them as one take and few edits, and sharing almost completely with paying members (although last week I decided to share a few with the public).

The more I do them, the more I enjoy the experience. For the most part, they are relaxed sessions where I share my day, my process, what I’m planning on doing for writing and the website. It’s exactly what I want.

I still plan on doing something a bit more scripted and edited, but for now, I am trying to focus on the essentials.

“But We Do it Anyways”

I also re-released an old short story of mine after giving it a fresh polish with my editor, Heather Nickel.

I’m really happy with our editing choices and was happy to share it with visitors to the site.

I also plan on doing a long video of those editing choices for members—and it may or may not be released by the time you receive this.


I’ve also started offering free copies of the Shepherd & Wolfe mystery ebooks to all members. Once you become a paying subscriber, you receive access to the members area and can download any of the books using the coupon code for a full 100% discount.

Office Hours

Also added to the members page access to booking one-on-one sessions with me. Whether you are looking for writing help, encouragement, support, or assistance, I have some times set aside on Wednesdays to meet.

Minor additions

One of my hopes for was to create my own personal home base, where I could put all my writing and awards, my teaching and talks, as well as my interviews, reviews, and other media, so those have been added too.

Also, I finally have an official email setup for the website. If you have thoughts, comments, questions, or concerns, you can contact me at

Coming Up

I still plan to set up book discounts for the paperbacks but I just haven’t figured out what that will look like. (Do I give away all my books? Does someone with an annual membership get a better deal than one with a monthly membership? These are the questions I am trying to answer.)

I also have an out-of-print short story of mine that I’d like to dust off and publish this month for members-only, a magazine article that is due, and Shepherd’s Call needs to be written, all of which will require a balancing act.

I think that’s it. I’m sure I’ll add a dozen more things over the next month, but this is where my head is at for the moment.

I want to say how much I appreciate all your support. My intention is to create you something of value, so thank you.


1. When I wrote the first draft of this newsletter, the world was a little more certain, even in these uncertain times. However, the past few days have been heart-wrenching, so please contribute in some positive way, no matter how big or small. If you have the ability, then speak up, donate, and/or vote. Thank you.

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