July 3, 2017

Day 33: Short Story Marathon


Last story today!

Really, can’t believe it. Last night when I was pondering it, the pressure descended. Last story of the challenge, better make it good. Nope. By the morning I had shaken that off. Pressure like that is terrible for the creative process.

I got right to it, coming up with a interesting title, “Strange Ways,” and started typing out a sense-filled opening about a homeless man that doesn’t make eye contact because when he does, he sees visions of that person’s next significant life experience.

It ended up at 3,400 words and got renamed to “Through Other Eyes.”

A quick pass through “Goodbye Mrs. Hopkins” and “Death by a Kiss” and #28 and #29 are out to Dean.

Wow. Last story of this challenge. It’s been a long, exhausting, incredible journey. #30 won’t go out until tomorrow, so I’ll hold off on any reflecting until then (and likely more later when I get some distance).

But one, tiny reflection. At the beginning I planned for 2 days a story and 60 days in total. On both Saturday and Sunday I wrote 2 stories a day. Today, having only one story to write, was almost mellow. Yeah, this thing has certainly changed the scale of writing for me on many levels.

Stats for Today

Strategies Employed:  Just write.

Lessons Learned: I am so lucky to have the support, health, and energy to pour into this creative endeavor.  A huge thank you to my amazing wife Aleia for letting me take all these many hours to do this. I could not have done this without her support and her ear listening to all these stories.

Words Written: 3,600

Hours: 3.9

Stories Sent to Dean: 2!

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 10232 Yes
22 Article Seventeen 2918 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 1329 Yes
29 Death by a Kiss 3912 Yes
30 Through Other Eyes 3353 No

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Robert J. McCarter

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