June 20, 2017

Day 20: Short Story Marathon


Had a tough time getting going this morning with writing. While I like “Jump in Time” a lot, it took a lot of energy and I didn’t get enough rest over the weekend. This is a pacing issue. I’m going to shoot for short for a few days to try to recover.

After looking at my challenge board (tracking these stories and universes I’m writing in) I started up on a new story in the universe of Shuffled Off. This is my ghost world and it has a scifi conceit where ghosts can type their own stories. So, I took a shot at writing something short. It’s called “Death by Vodka” and comes in at 2,100 words. Read it to Aleia and it will be off tomorrow. This is a rich world for me, so doing a few more “Death by” stories could be fun and lighten the load a bit. I noodled on a second idea for one of these this evening (not on the list yet).

I spent a little time with “Jump in Time,” adding a couple of touches that occurred to me overnight and sent it off to Dean. The streak is up to 11 stories in the last 11 days. Barely made it with this one because of it’s length. But it’s story #15, so half way there!

Stats for Today

Strategies Employed:  Writing in a world I know well.

Lessons Learned: Pace is important. While I love the streak, I have to keep my pace doable or let go of the streak. Can’t do both

Words Written: 2,500

Hours: 2.9

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 8768 Yes
16 Death by Vodka 2100 No

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  1. Congratulations on getting halfway there, and best wishes for the rest of your challenge!

    And thanks again for sharing, there are many interesting insights in your day to day dealing with this challenge.

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