Late start writing today at 6:45 a.m. (hey it’s a Sunday) and wrote a short time travel story called “Goodbye Mrs. Hopkins.” I thought it was going to be another piece of flash fiction, but not quite. At 1,300 words it’s very short. It is story #28.
I’m liking these very short stories right now. It’s like getting a nice gentle down hill stretch for the end of this marathon.
And then, because the finish line is in sight and it’s a Sunday, I wrote another one of my ghost world “Death by” stories. This time I stole a trick out of Dean’s playbook and started with a fun title and let that prompt the story. #29 is “Death by a Kiss” and is 3,900 words.
These “Death by” stories are turning out to be great for overall world building. I want to do some more novels like Drawing the Dead in that world that are more scifi-ish and go into how the world changes if ghosts can communicate with the living. These stories have been great to dive into aspects of that.
A quick pass on “Last Days with Mary” and “Let Go the Stars” (slightly different title now) and #26 and #27 are off to Dean. I ended up going with the first version of “Let Go the Stars”. The lesson there is, to give a story some time to air before deciding it doesn’t work.
Heard back from Dean on story #13, “Dancing Kite.” He liked it, just suggested that I make the child protagonist a tad older (good call). It’s worth pointing out that my “emergency” 1.5 hour story worked for him. Wow.
One more story to go!
Stats for Today
Strategies Employed: Seeing the finish line is giving me a last burst of energy
Lessons Learned: When your writing a new story every day for a while it gets a lot easier to write a new story every day (go figure!)
Words Written: 5,400
Stories Sent to Dean: 2!
|1||Woody and June vs. the Fungus-Head Zombies||5101||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|
|12||With Light Years Between Us||4670||Yes|
|13||Life and a Starling||2278||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||10232||Yes|
|23||One Last Trick||4312||Yes|
|24||Death by Apathy||3373||Yes|
|25||A Changeable Face||5241||Yes|
|26||Last Days with Mary||2818||Yes|
|27||Let Go the Stars||861||Yes|
|28||Goodbye Mrs. Hopkins||1321||No|
|29||Death by a Kiss||3906||No|