I finally got back to short story writing again yesterday, July 26th, after a week off teaching and another week off doing many, many other things. I’m going to have to stop taking these weeks off if I’m going to make this challenge. No doubt about that. On the weight and running challenge, I am gaining speed. Down 21 pounds and I have done 7 1/2 miles on the road the last few days. Feeling better on that at least.
I came up with the title for this the normal way I have been doing it, smashing two parts of two other titles together. You can see that clearly in the title. And the moment I did that, I knew it was a jukebox story.
Lately I’ve been writing jukebox origin stories, working through how the jukebox came to be a time-travel device. And the story I did a while back staring Marshal Duster Kendal and his wife Bonnie was part of the origin world, even though I didn’t call it that.
I started around eleven last night and finished the 3,000 words around 3 in the morning, did a cover that not only fits the story, but actually helps readers understand something in the story, which I thought lucky.
This afternoon I came back and got the book up on the three publishing sites, Kindle, B&N, and Smashwords, then after dinner I wrote this and got these things up.
In comments on the last Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing update about Book as Event, I talked about how some books, some stories, some ideas, just need to be left alone for a time for the subconscious to work out. Well, when I started writing jukebox stories back in 1982, I had no idea where the jukebox came from.
And I kept telling myself and readers that at some point I would figure it out.
Flash forward almost thirty years and I finally figured it out in a story I wrote this spring that will be in a DAW anthology. And I have now written two other stories in this origin area of the jukebox counting this one. I assume there are more jukebox origin stories coming.
But thirty years to let an idea stew? Now that’s kind of silly. Just glad I lived long enough.
TOTAL HOURS SPENT (Including writing, cover, publishing it on three sites electronically, and putting it up here and writing this post) 6 hours.
Actually started July 26th. Published July 27th. Posted here around nine in the evening July 27th.
Word Count: About 3,000 words.
(Note: You no longer have to jump to another web site to read the story. The entire story is here, just hit “continue reading” and it will appear.)