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Month: December 2017

James Patterson Master Class Challenge – 5 lessons in.

James Patterson Master Class Challenge – 5 lessons in.

I’m not sure where to start in these MasterClass posts.  You can see the instructors on the homepage and the FAQ here.  Before I signed up for the yearly deal I did look around at a few reviews and  they were generally positive, although the most common complaint was customer service.  I found this interesting article from last spring that said the A List instructors make $100,000 plus a percentage of the generated money for the their class.  It seems that James Patterson was one of the first instructors.

So, for the Patterson class I paid $90 for 22 lessons with the thriller bestseller.  The $90 gives me access for as long as I want it for all of the lessons, worksheets, interactive comment section for each lesson and suggested assignment and a Hub for the people in the class to have different questions and topics happening at once with different threads.  It’s as interactive as you want it to be.  The instructors even have office hours where they answer direct questions from students.  At this point I don’t know how often that happens, but I have seen the clips (just haven’t clicked on any yet).

I’ve watched the first 5 lessons and have carved out a little writing time for myself every day that we’re home.  I’m coming up with 200 word story ideas right now and trying to do three a night.  It’s been fun because there is no pressure that they be something I’m going to use and I’m able to sort of focus on the lessons and hone in on the idea and story aspect.  The first five lessons covered Passion + Habit, Raw Ideas, Plot, and Research.

IMG_2451This is from page one of the lesson 5 worksheet. I print them out and use the space provided to take a few notes while listening or even from the comments section.  There was a great discussion on one of the first lessons about the best writing software to use and that was coming from the other students.  The lessons are short.  around 10-13 minutes each, so they are easy to fit into your schedule.

More in a few days.  Is there anything you’d like to know?

James Patterson Teaches Writing Master Class Challenge

James Patterson Teaches Writing Master Class Challenge

I love the 30 day challenges, even when I fail to complete them.  Having a goal to focus on every month has been motivating and fun, but coming up with ones that I want to do is a challenge all on its own.  Last summer I signed up for a Master Class with James Patterson during one of my challenges, but I never started.  And then Master Class sent me an offer I couldn’t refuse.  I paid $90 for the pass to Patterson’s class that I could use whenever I wanted, no expiration date.  Then I received an email offering me the rest of the classes for only $90 for a whole year!  I looked at the site again and found 30 experts in their fields so I decided to start taking the Patterson class and see what it was all about.  I watched the first 4 (of 22) lessons, did the daily writing, and read through some of the conversation threads.  Is James Patterson my favorite author?  Nope. I checked and found out that I haven’t read a Patterson book since 2011.  But what I found when I listened to the short videos by Patterson was that I was inspired by a man who had gotten to the very top of his field.

So, I signed up.  I’ll be doing Patterson this month.  In January Jason and I will be doing the Documentary a Day challenge together again and in September I’ll be doing my third Book a Day Challenge (hopefully with a few of you!).  In between I’ll be doing Master Classes and learning from the likes of Steve Martin, Gordon Ramsay, Dr. Jane Goodall, Judy Blume, Bob Woodward and so many others.  I may even let you guys pick for me a couple of months!

I’ll be back with some details about the class, right now I have about five minutes to finish this and then I’m booked til Monday.  Have any of you tried a Master Class? Are you curious?  Stay tuned 🙂

Pinterest Challenge ends with barely a whimper

Pinterest Challenge ends with barely a whimper

Ok, I think I made it halfway with this challenge, about 15 pins.  I had major trouble accessing Pinterest and my pins for days on end and it just became too frustrating to work around so I gave up.  Before I did quit some really nice things happened.  Three of the pins ended up being so, so useful.  Day one was cleaning my office.  Remember the pics?

IMG_2148 IMG_2150 IMG_2151 IMG_2152Embarrassing.  Wanna see how that pin has my office looking today?

IMG_2404 IMG_2405 IMG_2406 IMG_2407So much better!

I’ve also been using the meal planning pin for 3 weeks and I LOVE IT!  It makes things so much easier!  I’ve only been making one trip to the store a week which is amazing since it was 2-3 times before AND I’m trying new recipes!  So glad I took the time to set this up.

Also G’s chore chart has been a success.  We have been taking lots of little trips and that will continue for a bit, and it’s easier when we’re on the same schedule every week.

For these three pins alone the challenge was worth it.  There were two others that I didn’t post about but were equally great.  I found this pin which was a great idea for what to do with G’s train postcards.  So we started with this IMG_2262We’ve added more since then and it’s been fun.  We also tried this  great muffin recipe.  We’ve made these zucchini carrot muffins several times since.  We don’t put the icing on it. IMG_2251

Even though the 30 day challenge was a fail I do feel like we won with the five things I listed.

I’ll be doing something a bit different with the challenges starting tomorrow.  Come back and see!  I may even let you participate 🙂