June 19, 2017

Day 19: Short Story Marathon


Out for an early run today–the heat wave making it too hot to run later, even up here on the mountain–and the pieces of “Jump it Time” floated around my mind, tempting me. So, back to it today and not on the back burner as I thought yesterday. Stories have a way of doing that to me; it’s best to pay attention to the ones that won’t leave you alone.

Found the end of it and it sure turned out different than I first thought it would. It’s broader and more complicated emotionally and plot-wise than the other “In Time” stories. At 8,700 words it is far too long for this challenge. Must go for short tomorrow. Read it to Aleia and she really liked it.

Did another very quick pass on “Dancing Kite,” my emergency story from yesterday. It’s a simple, contemporary story that I kinda like now that I have a bit of distance. No idea if it’s salable, we’ll see what Dean thinks. The streak is up to double digits at 10 now.

Stats for Today

Strategies Employed:  Paid attention to the story knocking around my head and trusting.

Lessons Learned: You never know were a story will take you.

Words Written: 3,900

Hours: 5.7

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 3512 Yes
9 A Long, Hard Fall 8475 Yes
10 Fitz’s Second Chance 2800 Yes
11 Fake Jake 1565 Yes
12 With Light Years Between Us 4670 Yes
13 Life and a Starling 2278 Yes
14 Dancing Kite 1524 Yes
15 Jump in Time 8700 No

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Robert J. McCarter

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