• Updates,  Writing

    Two Years Later…

    I’m Back!

    Yes, I haven’t really been gone two years, but the date on Issue #44 of Smith’s Monthly is two years ago. So I’m going to call it two years.

    For almost four years before that, I did an issue per month. One new novel, four or five short stories, and part of a nonfiction book. Or earlier on, a serialized novel.

    Every month. And I enjoyed it.

    All those issues are listed in posts below this, one at a time, with contents and cover.

    So what slowed me down at first two years ago were short stories. I needed to take some time and write a bunch of short stories. And I did that. In fact, right now, I have about fifty unpublished short stories just waiting for me to get back to this. That’s at least ten new issues.

    And then some life events hit. Kris got really sick and we ended up moving for her health in 2018. And once that cleared, I found myself in a place I hadn’t been in for thirty years: A brand new writing environment. And to be honest, I floundered, working to set up new systems and new ways of writing that will hold me into the future.

    So far that has taken eight months. But I think I got it now.

    So the question then becomes: What to do with Smith’s Monthly?

    My ego wants me to catch up. But even I laugh at that idea. 24 issues. I could do it in about a year in the old place, but in this new world of Las Vegas, I honestly don’t think that would be possible or fun. And the real key is the fun part. I really don’t want Smith’s Monthly to not be fun, both for me and for the readers.

    So the solution is simple. The next issue that comes out will be dated June, 2019 and we’ll just pretend those two years between the May issue and the June issue didn’t happen. (grin) Of course, I’ll talk about it in the introduction to #45, so not trying to hide it.

    And with the Make 100 Paperbacks project I am working on, I get to learn all new InDesign programs for the layout and the covers and so much more.

    So I am writing this in early May of 2019. Chances are the June 2019 issue won’t be out until July, but that much I can catch up.

    Onward. This will be fun.

     

  • Issue Contents,  Smith's Monthly Covers

    Issue #8 is Now Out

    Smith’s Monthly Issue #8

    Issue #8… May 2014

    Over eighty thousand words of original fiction from USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith.

    In this eighth volume the full and complete novel, Life of a Dream, plus five short stories, two ongoing serial novels, and many other features.

    Table of Contents

    Short Stories
    “A Pinch of How Rosie Lives”
    “In Case of Emergency”
    “The 13th Floor Problem” A Poker Boy Story
    “A Pathetic Fallacy”
    “The Mouth that Walked”

    Novel
    Life of a Dream An Earth Protection League Novel

    Serial Stories
    The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy
    The Adventure of Hawk

    Poetry
    “Little Death”
    “Button”
    “Cold Buttered Feelings”

  • Issue Contents,  Smith's Monthly Covers

    Issue #6 is Now Out

    Smith’s Monthly Issue #6

    Issue #6… March 2014

    Over ninety thousand words of original fiction from USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith.

    In this sixth volume the full and complete mystery novel Kill Game, plus four original short stories, two ongoing serial novels, and many other features.

    Table of Contents

    Short Stories
    “You Forgive the Night’s Scream” A Poker Boy Story
    “Remember Me to Your Children” A Seeders Universe Story
    “Remember”
    “Neighborhoods”

    Novel
    Kill Game A Cold Poker Gang Novel

    Serial Stories
    The Life and Time of Buffalo Jimmy
    The Adventure of Hawk

    Poetry
    “Wondering Through Time”
    “She Looked Like a Storm”

  • Issue Contents,  Smith's Monthly Covers

    Issue #5 is Now Out

    Smith’s Monthly Issue #5

    Issue #5… February 2014

    Over ninety thousand words of original fiction from USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith.

    In this fifth volume the full and complete science fiction novel Sector Justice, plus four original short stories, two ongoing serial novels, and many other features.

    Table of Contents

    Short Stories
    “If Sex is All a Dream, Then Who cleans Up the Mess?”
    “That Lost Riddle” A Poker Boy Story
    “Stand For Home” A Thunder Mountain Story
    “Love with the Proper Napkin”

    Novel
    Sector Justice  A Seeders Universe Novel

    Serial Stories
    The Life and Time of Buffalo Jimmy
    The Adventure of Hawk

    Poetry
    “She Laughed”
    “Born to be Weightless”

  • Issue Contents,  Smith's Monthly Covers

    Issue #3 Now Out!

    Issue #3

    A STORM FROM THE RELIC… A Poker Boy Short Story

    I KILLED ADAM CHASER… A Short Story

    THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BUFFALO JIMMY… Chapters 7-9 of Serial Story

    THE CASE OF THE PLEASANT HILLS MURDER…A Cold Poker Gang Short Story

    THE ADVENTURES OF HAWK…Chapters 7-9 of Serial Story

    OUT OF COFFEE EXPERIENCE… A Short Story

    THE FIRST TEE PANIC BOOK…And Other Very Real Golf Stories.
    Final third of a nonfiction human golf book

    AGAINST TIME… A full novel

    (see full descriptions of each below.)

    Novel…

    Against Time

    USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith returns with a second novel to the world of Dust and Kisses from the first issue of Smith’s Monthly.

    Paleontologist Callie Sheridan spent a few days deep in the Oregon Caves on a dig with three students from the University of Oregon. When she emerged, they found almost everyone in the world dead. Survival now became her only thought.

    Mathematician and galactic explorer Vardas Fisher dropped into orbit over a planet where almost all of the human life had been recently killed for no obvious reason. Suddenly hundreds of other ships, all human, appear in orbit and start working to save the remaining population of the planet.

    Together, Callie and Fisher work to discover the secrets of a galaxy that have been hidden in plain sight, even from the powerful humans who had rescued millions. And in the process, they just might change everything.

    Short Stories…

    A Storm from the Relic

    USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith writes about many regular characters, the most popular being Poker Boy.

    In this adventure, Poker Boy starts off spending a quiet evening in his favorite casino, playing poker and wining a little money as he waits for his girlfriend, Patty Ledgerwood, to get off work.

    Then a man walks in and sits at the table with a lucky charm that would turn out to not be so lucky for all of humanity. Can Poker Boy and his team act quickly enough to stop an ancient war from erupting once again?

    I Killed Adam Chaser

    USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith writes not only science fiction, but many thrillers and mystery stories.

    In “I Killed Adam Chaser” he introduces us for the first time to a very special secret agent. An agent who kills. An agent who prides himself in taking out the garbage of humanity.

    The agent likes his job until the day comes along that he meets one of the wives of the garbage he needs to send to the curb. And everything changes, but only in a way Dean Wesley Smith can imagine.

    The Case of the Pleasant Hills Murder

    USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith mentioned the Cold Poker Gang in his acclaimed thriller Dead Money.

    Now he introduces us for the first time to Retired-Detective Lott and the rest of the retired Las Vegas detectives who play poker, solve cold cases, and call themselves the Cold Poker Gang.

    They solve cases every week, but this case becomes very personal for Retired-Detective Lott. More so than any cold case he and the Gang ever tackled before. And as with most cold cases, solutions do not come easy. And answers tend not to be what anyone hoped.

    Out of Coffee Experience

    USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith enjoys playing against the limitations set up by time travel.

    In “Out of Coffee Experience,” an artist works in a moment of time to set up a perfect piece of art.

    Just hope you are not in his next work of art. But, of course, how would any of us ever know if someone from the future thought of us as nothing more than props?

    Serial Stories

    The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy
    A Western Serial Adventure
    Chapters 7-9

    USA Today bestselling writer, Dean Wesley Smith returns to his love of the wild west in this ongoing serial story.

    In the west in 1866, Jimmy Gray lives the adventure of his life.

    His family dead, his only brother sick, he must uphold the family honor and follow one of the most ruthless men to ever ride the trails.

    The very man who killed his parents and who holds Jimmy’s future.

    Western adventure in a modern new style.

    The Adventures of Hawk
    An International Serial Adventure
    Chapters 7-9

    USA Today bestselling writer, Dean Wesley Smith takes us on a thrill-ride adventure in some of the world’s most exotic places.
    In search of his missing father, Danny Hawk must survive against all odds and a long ways from home.
    In 1970, Egypt breeds danger for Hawk and his friends. Hawk’s only hope to find his father rests in staying alive and ahead of the dangerous men chasing him.
    Sometimes only a half-step ahead.

    Nonfiction

    The First Tee Panic Book
    And Other Completely True Golf Stories

    Former PGA Golf Professional and USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith walks you step-by-step, club-by-club from your car to the first tee and beyond in a laugh-out-loud style that not only teaches, but entertains.
    Any golfer recognizes the fears, the patterns, the downright horrors of the first shot of a round. Ever topped that first shot just off the front edge of the tee box? Or worse yet, whiffed it completely?
    Come on, admit it. It happened. Remember?
    The problems with that first shot don’t start with the swing. Nope, the problems start in the parking lot. And this book will get you flawlessly from the parking lot, through the clubhouse, onto the driving range, over the putting green, and finally successfully off the first tee with a smile.

  • First Issue,  Smith's Monthly Covers

    First Issue In Proof

    The first issue has arrived in proof and we should have the corrections made and the copies headed to us in a day.

    So print copies and electronic copies should ship on time on the second Tuesday of the month.

    Here’s a picture of me holding the first copy today. It looks great, better than I had hoped.

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