June 21, 2017

Day 21: Short Story Marathon


Busy work day so harder to get the hours in today. Early, lunch, and late.

Did another “Death by” story in the world of Shuffled Off. This one is “Death by Cookie” and is about 4,000 words. Fun to bring JJ and Banquo out to play with.

A quick pass on “Death by Vodka” and off it goes, extending the streak to 12 days. The streak is feeling pretty tenuous, but one more day.

Heard back from Dean on “Home in Time,” Story # 5. He liked it.

Stats for Today

Strategies Employed:  Series, existing world.

Lessons Learned: Fun to play with old friends but come at it from a different angle.

Words Written: 3,200

Hours: 4.4

Stories Sent to Dean: 1

Stats for Week #3

Roundup for the second week:

Total Words Written: 25,700
Total Hours Writing: 29.5
Average Words/Day: 3,700
Average Hours/Day: 4.25
Stories Sent: 7
Total Words Sent: 23,700
Average Words/Story: 3,400

Better average story length, but the long one almost did me in. Also first week with 7 stories which adds to the difficulty.

Key Lesson of the Week: For a challenge this long, the pace must be sustainable.

If you care to catch up on the week, here are the links: Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20.

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 Yes
17 Death by Cookie 4000 No

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Robert J. McCarter

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