Wednesday evening I finished putting up the third story in the challenge and writing the posts here. I went back to working on other projects and about 3:45 in the morning (Thursday morning, the 13th day of the challenge) I decided to not work on a challenge story. But then I ended up picking up one of the books and thumbing through it looking for a title to start with the next night when out of the blue an announcer on the radio I have going in my office said, “My Socks Rolled Down.”
Now I have no idea what he said that phrase in context with, but it snapped my attention and after I moment I said, “Thank you” to the radio and opened up a new story file and typed the title. By 5 in the morning I had the first 2,500 words of the story and didn’t know how to wrap it up, so I shut down and went to bed. 10 pages, 1 hour and 15 minutes. That was light speed for me. I don’t even remember that hour plus other than typing and laughing at myself for writing something so silly.
(Yes, writers sit alone in a room and make themselves laugh, sometimes for the most stupid reasons. There, a secret to being a writer.)
Tonight, Thursday evening (actually same day) I took a break from another project and finished the story in about 15 minutes and let Kris read it on one of her breaks. Two pages new, for a total of 12 pages and 3,000 words.
While she was reading it I spent 15 minutes doing the cover.
Then I spent a half hour getting up on the three publishing sites and another half hour writing this post and getting it up here for you all to read.
A three thousand word story written and published both here and on Kindle and B&N and Smashwords in just under three hours. I wonder how much money in this wonderful new world we live in of electronic publishing I will make for these few hours over the next ten years?
Also, great fun. Great fun. Even when tired and planning on not working on a challenge story, I wrote most of one story. Got to love this kind of work. Oh, silly me, this isn’t work. A person can’t write a story like “My Socks Rolled Down” and call it work. (grin)
TOTAL HOURS SPENT (Including writing, publishing, and cover and putting it up here and writing this post) under 3 hours spread over two days.
Started and finished January 13th. Posted and published electronically early January 14th.
Word Count: About 3,000 words.