Okay, I’m behind in the challenge. But I am not panicked at all yet. Actually, I sort of expected this. March was just a tough month and I have a hunch April isn’t going to be much better. But then things clear. With luck. And you all might have to put up with a short story every day or every other day some month.
So how come I have fallen behind? Easy. I’ve been writing too much. On other projects. And the challenge has to take a back seat to my other writing. Nature of paying the bills. And I’ve been teaching workshops. And the workshops forced me to get up at 10 in the morning, so since I do challenge stories between 3 and 5 in the morning, guess what got kicked aside for sleep?
And so on. You know, normal life, at least for me. And in the process, I actually managed to write and sell the story that is the start of the Jukebox stories. I’ve been working on that for over thirty years and finally I figured it out. So at some point here I might actually write the origin story. Or the origin novel.
The new challenge story, “Mated From the Morgue: A Romance of Near Death” actually started on April 4th at 3 A.M.. I found the title in the book of titles I have been using at times. The book is called Bizarre Books by Ash and Lake. Mated from the Morgue was originally published in 1889. Not a clue what it was about.
I did about five hundred words and stopped, went to my other computer, found the nifty photo, did the cover, and went to watch news at about 4:30 A.M.
I started working on the story again the same evening at around ten because I was tired of the project I was working on. I finished this story at around midnight. After Kris read it and made some comments about Dee W. Schofield having a very strange way of looking at romance, I went ahead and got the story up on all three electronic sites. Kindle, B&N, and Smashwords.
I waited one day to put the story up here because I wanted to get the announcement of the new workshop out first.
TOTAL HOURS SPENT (Including writing, publishing, and cover and putting it up here and writing this post) just over 5 hours spread over four days from first word to finished and up.
Started April 4th. Published April 6th. Posted here April 7th.
Word Count: About 2,600 words.