June 12, 2017

Day 12: Short Story Marathon


Decided to go back to the world of Shuffled Off and have some fun with my ghost detectives Walter and Emily (their first case is in Life After) in a story called “A Long, Hard Fall.” I had written a 900 word start last month and tore into it. It’s like I’m spending time with old friends and am having so much fun. This is going to be a longer one, but given how easily it’s flowing and how much fun I’m having it’s all good by me. I’m almost to the end, but not quite.

Just caught Aleia up and read “The Disappearing Neighborhood” to her. Got a few changes, turns out reading it to her works much better than reading it to myself.

Sent “The Stars in Hoshi’s Eyes” off to Dean. That makes 3 stories off in the last 3 days! This morning Aleia asked me what “Hoshi” means, a name  I pulled out of the air. Turns out it means “star.” Wow. Don’t know how stuff like this happens, but it’s pretty amazing when it does.

Stats for Today

Strategies Employed: Working in a much loved world with great characters.

Lessons Learned: Fun is the way to do this. Dean says it endlessly but it’s sinking in with this story. It’s so much easier when you are having a blast.

Words Written: 5,000

Hours: 4.75

Stories Sent to Dean: 1

Story Summary

# Story Total Words Done?
1 Woody and June vs. the Fungus-Head Zombies 5101 Yes
2 Daisy’s Heart 5800 Yes
3 The Disappearing Neighborhood 2773 Yes
4 Woody and June vs. the Grand Canyon 6070 Yes
5 Home in Time 4483 Yes
6 Wink, Plum, and the Bones that March 5972 Yes
7 The Stars in Hoshi’s Eyes 2532 Yes
8 Android Eve and Adam 3420 No
9 A Long, Hard Fall 5902 No

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    1. Thanks, DJ! Appreciate the encouragement. This has been well worth it so far, but it is a long haul.

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