Sunday… Year 2, Month 12, Day 5 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day 5 of the STORIES FROM JULY challenge.
The challenge is to write a short story every day for the month of July and put them all in one massive book, along with these blogs about the writing of the stories.
Got out real early. I went to bed around 7 a.m. and got out of bed at 11 a.m., four hours later. That’s not something I am fond of doing.
I made it out to our store by noon and guarded the store until 5 p.m. I had great fun, talking with people about collectables and working with collectables. We have the coolest store and a bunch of people who came in today told me that.
Home around five and a two hour nap happened. Then dinner and some news and I finally made it into this office around 8:30 p.m. to work on e-mail, then workshop assignments.
I got all that done around 1o:30 p.m. and went to work putting in the few corrections Kris found in my “Library of Atlantis” short story. Then I did a blurb for it and got it off to WMG Publishing. That was the story I wrote on June 30th and is not a part of this challenge. A warm-up story, so to speak.
Then I turned my attention to writing the introduction to Smith’s Monthly #21. Got it done at 600 words and to Kris, who liked it.
Then I went to work keying in the corrections Kris found in the novel Melody Ridge. The book was scary clean, but it still took me about an hour to go through it. (Yes, that was my second draft.)
So finally, around 2 a.m. I turned my attention to the short story challenge.
I went to my half-title sheets and from a Galaxy Magazine in the 1960s I noticed the half title “Slow Tuesday.”
So scanning the sheets, I came across a half title “Best Eaten” from the early 2,000s of Ellery Queen Magazine. So that gave me the title “Best Eaten on a Slow Tuesday.”
And off I went typing.
One of my really strange little stories started to appear. Took me until 3 a.m. to do 900 words, then until 4 a.m. to do another 1,000 words with a short break between the sessions.
Took another break and by 4:50a.m. I had finished the 3,000 words story.
Update on yesterday’s story: Kris thought yesterday’s story worked great.
Again, I thought it had failed completely. I got to stop even passing any judgement on my work. I try to teach others to not do that, yet for the last two days I was thinking the story sucked and they did not.
I think I’ll just write them.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: The Power of a Challenge: Part Two
Not a chance again tonight that without this challenge I would have finished or even started a new short story.
Never would have happened. Not ever. I had a ton of work to do, was tired from lack of sleep, had worked at the store for five hours, and done four workshops full of assignments. The last thing I wanted tonight was to start a new story at 2 a.m.
What I really wanted was to go climb in bed.
But I gave the challenge power.
Story done. Again. Two nights in a row the challenge was the only reason a story got done.
STORIES FROM JULY
(Story #0… June 30th… The Library of Atlantis…. 4,000 words.)
Story #1… July 1… The Case of the Dead Lady Blues… 3,700 words
Story #2… July 2… A Bad Patch of Humanity… 4,050 words
Story #3… July 3… They Were Divided by Cold Debt…3,450 words
Story #4… July 4… The Problem of Grapevine Springs…4,550 words
Story #5… July 5… Best Eaten on a Slow Tuesday…3,000 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 12, Day 5
— Daily Fiction: 3,000 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 18,750 words
— Nonfiction: 600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 600 words
— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,500 words
— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 1,500 original words. E-mails month-to date: 95 e-mails. Approx. 3,600 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers
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