I never intended to write another Poker Boy story. Honest.
I sat down at 4:15 in the morning on Saturday, January 22nd (late Friday night) to find a title and start a new challenge story. This time I picked up the book called Bizarre Books and started to flip through it. In the back is an index of really awful character names, and the name Wolfgang Sucker caught my attention. At first I figured I’d just write a story called Wolfgang Sucker, but then decided it would be more fun to write a story with that guy as the character.
So back I went to the book, flipping through, looking for titles until on page 168 I found the book title Fighting the Fuzzy-Wuzzy by E.A. DeCosson from 1886.
The moment I saw the name and combined it with Wolfgang Sucker, I knew it had to be a Poker Boy story. But as normal, all I had was a title, so I started typing to see where the story would go.
At 5:15 in the morning I hit 1,500 words, about six pages, and stopped. Still no idea where I was headed.
Day 2, Sunday morning 3:45 (late Saturday night) I made it back to the story. I typed for three more pages, about 45 minutes and stopped, completely stuck. I mentioned to Kris the next day that it looked like I had written myself into my first challenge story corner.
Day 3, Sunday evening I had to drive to Portland to pick up Kris at 10 pm at the Portland airport. By the time we got home through fog and such, it was after one in the morning. I managed to stagger to the story at 4 a.m Monday morning and spend another hour and get another three pages, still completely stuck. Not a clue where I was going, no idea how to solve the problem I set up.
Day 4: Tuesday Morning (late Monday night) I decided I was just going to press forward on the story, so sat down at 2 a.m., early for me, and wrote like crazy until about 5. I finished the story by writing another 12-14 pages to get the story to about 6,900 words. I have no idea where I figured out the ending or how to solve this problem, it just sort of came out of my fingers while I typed and shook my head at the silliness of it all. Poker Boy stories do that to me. No one else might like them, but they entertain me while I write them.
After finishing I went to this computer and managed to find the art on the cover and have the cover done in about thirty minutes. Stunning how well that art fits this story. I couldn’t believe it when I found it. (Note: It was part of another much larger piece of art.)
It took me about an hour tonight to get them up electronically on Kindle and then get it up here. So, thankfully, I ended up not stuck on this story for more than a day and got pages done on it every night. If I had stopped writing because I thought I was stuck, this story would not have gotten finished. Ever.
Luckily I learned a long time ago to just trust the process and keep typing, even when my conscious brain has no idea what’s happening.
I hope you enjoy the story and meeting Wolfgang Sucker, another new character in the ever-growing world of Poker Boy.
TOTAL HOURS SPENT (Including writing, publishing, and cover and putting it up here and writing this post) just under 7 hours spread over five days.
Started January 22nd. Posted and published electronically early January 26th.
Word Count: About 6,900 words.