Day 32: Short Story Marathon

Summary 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 …

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Day 31: Short Story Marathon

Summary Another tough start this morning, but not as bad as two days ago. After a few false starts, I dug into a new story called “Last Days with Mary.” It’s #26 and 2,700 words long and is another, very different, android story. It features an unlikable protagonist and I almost aborted, but got a good start on it early and then went for a run. My run was shorter than the 10k I wanted, …

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Day 30: Short Story Marathon

Summary Finished up “Death by Apathy” and sent it off. That makes 24 stories out the door in 30 days! Aleia really liked this one, but I didn’t think much of it yesterday. A little time away, another pass through, and one small flourish at the end, and I like it now. It’s a nice addition to the series. Started a new story, “Face of Clay” (tentative title), #25. It’s 5,100 words long. I had a …

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Day 29: Short Story Marathon

Summary So I think I worked too much yesterday. I got up a little late, and made it to writing at 6:30 a.m., but couldn’t get anything going. I started several stories but I was either heading into already covered territory, or bored, or clear it would be a long story. So I gave it until 7 and switch to my day job. At lunch I finally got an idea that drew me in and …

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Day 28: Short Story Marathon

Summary Another very busy day. #22, “Article Seventeen” out to Dean. Wrote a story about a magician called “One Last Trick.” It’s #23 and 4,300 words. This one did some big, unexpected twists at the end that had me have to go back and revise half of the scenes. It went from one Point of View (POV) character to two. The story is better for it, but boy it made this a long day. Heard from …

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Day 27: Short Story Marathon

Summary Busy day, but managed to get #21, “Woody and June vs. the Ex” out the door to Dean. Wrote a short sci-fi story called, “Article Seventeen.” It’s #22 and at 2,800 words is a much better length. Took a few minutes and entered the changes into #2, “Daisy’s Heart” from my proofreader. A bunch of commas, a few tense goofs, and that was most of it. It was in good shape (btw, a good …

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Day 26: Short Story Marathon

Summary Finally hit the end of  “Woody and June vs. the Ex.” At 10,000 words it was a blast to write, but a streak buster for sure. Fun was more important here than the streak. With the four of these I’ve written (one last month while I was training for this) I’m up over 30,000 words. A few more and episodes and there’s a novel. That, though, ought to be the last one for the …

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Day 25: Short Story Marathon

Summary 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 …

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Day 24: Short Story Marathon

Summary Last night after I posted yesterday’s entry, my wife was in kitchen late, cranking the Eagles and cooking. Not wanting to be at my desk anymore, I grabbed my laptop and sipped red wine while she cooked. We chatted and I banged out the start of a story while she cooked. It was strange. I usually write early and want quiet with no interruptions. This challenge has pushed me to be able to write …

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Day 23: Short Story Marathon

Summary Up in front of the computer just before 6 a.m. again, no idea what to write.  My brain came up with an interesting sentence written from the perspective of an android that has just been powered up and doesn’t know what happened to the world. It’s one of those “paint yourself in the corner” openings with an unconventional structure. But hey, take a chance, there is still a lot of stories to write here. …

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