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Followup #1: Short Story Marathon

The Short Version (TL;DR) I was a different person during the challenge. Focused. Driven (well, more driven). Exhausted, but happy. I prefer writing stories quickly, just letting the story take you over until it is done. I’m itching to do something like this again, but I have other priorities right now. It will be quite […]

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Day 33: Short Story Marathon

Summary Last story today! Really, can’t believe it. Last night when I was pondering it, the pressure descended. Last story of the challenge, better make it good. Nope. By the morning I had shaken that off. Pressure like that is terrible for the creative process. I got right to it, coming up with a interesting […]

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Day 32: Short Story Marathon

Summary Late start writing today at 6:45 a.m. (hey it’s a Sunday) and wrote a short time travel story called “Goodbye Mrs. Hopkins.” I thought it was going to be another piece of flash fiction, but not quite. At 1,300 words it’s very short. It is story #28. I’m liking these very short stories right […]

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Day 31: Short Story Marathon

Summary Another tough start this morning, but not as bad as two days ago. After a few false starts, I dug into a new story called “Last Days with Mary.” It’s #26 and 2,700 words long and is another, very different, android story. It features an unlikable protagonist and I almost aborted, but got a […]

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Day 28: Short Story Marathon

Summary Another very busy day. #22, “Article Seventeen” out to Dean. Wrote a story about a magician called “One Last Trick.” It’s #23 and 4,300 words. This one did some big, unexpected twists at the end that had me have to go back and revise half of the scenes. It went from one Point of View […]

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Day 27: Short Story Marathon

Summary Busy day, but managed to get #21, “Woody and June vs. the Ex” out the door to Dean. Wrote a short sci-fi story called, “Article Seventeen.” It’s #22 and at 2,800 words is a much better length. Took a few minutes and entered the changes into #2, “Daisy’s Heart” from my proofreader. A bunch […]

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