Writing this story has a story. I have a hunch not the first connected to stories in this challenge this year.
So how did this one start? With a title, of course, as they all do. I went to my list of half titles from Original Science Fiction Magazine 1955-1960 and saw the half-title “The Song.” So I went to my list of half-titles from Ellery Queen Magazine 2000-2001 and saw the phrase ”of Memory” and knew I had my title. And, of course, I knew it had to be a jukebox story with that title.
It was 2:45 a.m. on Sunday morning the 16th of January, 2011. (Saturday night very late.)
I have known for years that at some point I had to write Stout’s story about leaving the Garden and selling the bar and jukebox to Richard Cone. (How Richard Cone came to the Garden Lounge and what happened to the Garden Lounge if he didn’t buy it has already been written and published in the story, “He Could Have Coped With Dragons.”) I just had never come up with a real reason Stout would sell the Garden. Or at least I hadn’t in my conscious mind. My subconscious had clearly been planting clues along the way in different stories.
Anyway, with no idea where I was going other than the idea that Stout was going to sell the Garden, I sat down and started typing. At 3:30 a.m. I had 3 pages done and I stopped, still not sure where I was heading. This was Sunday morning, remember.
Monday morning (Sunday night) I ended up not getting to the challenge because of other projects and I was tired, so went to bed around 4 instead. No pages. Now keep in mind that doesn’t mean I don’t write. In fact, I wrote a lot of words that day on different projects. But since I’m pretending for the sake of this challenge that I have a 60 hour-a-week day job (my other writing and activities), that way you all can see how this is done by carving out time.
Tuesday Morning (Monday night) I honestly just forgot about it and worked on other projects. Didn’t remember the challenge until the next day, actually.
Wednesday Morning (Tuesday night) I was just flat too tired to care. I had driven Kris to the Portland airport in a driving rain and then came back, about seven hours gone if you count stopping for lunch and dinner along the way there and back. And dark, driving rain and mountains are not a fun drive. So I worked on a few other things and gave up early on everything.
Thursday Morning (Wednesday night) I decided I had better get back to the challenge, so about 2:00 a.m. I went to my writing computer, opened the file, and finished the story in 14 pages by 4:30 a.m. Looked for a cover for about 15 minutes and couldn’t find anything I liked so went to bed.
Right now it’s about 1:30 a.m. and I’m about to put up the story on the electronic publishers and then here. The cover took me about a half hour to do and this stuff is taking a half hour to write these posts and put these up, and it will take about a half hour to launch the story on the three publishing sites.
This is story #5 in 21 days. About 4.2 days per story. At this pace I will finish about 87 stories. So I will need to make up a few along the way. Standard for me.
Hope you enjoy the jukebox story.
TOTAL HOURS SPENT (Including writing, publishing, and cover and putting it up here and writing this post) just over 5 hours spread over five days.
Started January 16th. Posted and published electronically early January 21st.
Word Count: About 4,900 words.