June 25, 2017

Day 25: Short Story Marathon


Onward with “Woody and June vs. the Ex.” Things slowed down a bit today. Our heroes are at the bottom of the Grand Canyon just having escaped a zombie hoard. These stories are very much about place and I have to spend time looking at the landscape and the trails, seeing what is possible. This all slows the writing down. Fun stuff, but slower than I had hoped. We’re up to 6,100 words and still a bit to go. This one has turned out more complicated than I thought, but that’s a good thing. Always best when the characters and the story surprise me.

A few tweaks to “Breathing in the Stars” and off to Dean. Story #20, so 2/3 of the way there, and day 16 for the streak

Heard back from Dean on story #10, “Fitz’s Second Chance.” The story worked for him except for the title, which neither Aleia and I could figure out, so definitely need a better title for that one.

We had some wonderful friends over for a party on our deck, so writing didn’t go late. With the long story, this like means the end of the streak, but that’s fine. The 30 stories will get done and well under 60 days.

Stats for Today

Strategies Employed:  Fun with Woody and June.

Lessons Learned: Take breaks, my brain slows down after an hour of writing, but a few minutes away (especially if I move) and I’ll get glimpses of where the story goes next.

Words Written: 4,900

Hours: 4

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 Yes
17 Death by Cookie 4094 Yes
18 Ela and the Naiad 3655 Yes
19 Is Anyone Receiving This? 1717 Yes
20 Breathing in the Stars 2400 Yes
21 Woody and June vs. the Ex 6100 No

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Robert J. McCarter

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