Monday… Year 2, Month 12, Day 6 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day 6 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 going around 12 noon and by 1:30 Kris and I were headed to Newport. There she picked up a rental car and went on to the valley and Eugene while I turned around and came home.
I got back to the WMG offices by 3:30 p.m. and worked there on workshop stuff and the two quick covers for the short stories that are below.
Then home around 6 p.m. to feed the cats, do some e-mail, and then take a nap.
I managed to stagger back up here to this office around 8:30 p.m. and started the assignments for the workshops. Then I wrote over the next two hours what turned out to be two introductions to Fiction River volumes. About 1,100 new nonfiction words.
Then I did some more assignment work, got it done, then turned my attention around midnight to getting Smith’s Monthly all put together and turned in. That actually took some fiction writing to do what needed to be done on the serial novel in the issue. About 500 words.
I took a break to rest my eye and watched a little television.
So finally, at 3 a.m. exactly, I had all the workshop stuff done, all the introductions written, and a Smith’s Monthly issue turned in.
I really need to start these stories earlier. 15 hours of moving around and working. Let me tell you, by 3 a.m. I was exhausted.
But because of this challenge, I went over to my writing computer and looked at my half-title sheets. From some 1980s F&SF I had a half-title “The Fifth Year.” Then I noticed a half-title from Ellery Queen’s 1940s issues. “Matter for a.”
So I jammed them together and put “A Matter for the Fifth Year” at the top of the manuscript page.
And started typing. About fifty words in I realized I was writing science fiction and the story morphed into a Seeders Universe Story.
I got 800 words done by 4 a.m., took a break, got some food and iced tea to try to stay awake, and went back at it.
By 5 a.m. I had another 1,100 words. Another break, no tea, just peanut butter.
By 5 minutes before 6 a.m. I had another 1,100 words done and the story finished.
The fifth year part in the title didn’t work out, so I changed the title to “A Matter for a Future Year: A Seeders Universe Story.”
3,000 words, almost to the word.
Update on yesterday’s story: Kris thought yesterday’s story worked. Once again I was stunned.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: The Power of a Challenge: Part Three
Not a chance again tonight that without this challenge I would have finished or even started a new short story. Not at three a.m. after being up early two days in a row and being exhausted.
As I said yesterday and the day before, this story never would have happened. Not ever without the challenge.
So once again I gave the challenge power.
Story done. Again. Three nights in a row the challenge was the only reason a story got done.
Hmmm, for the moment this seems to be working.
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
Story #6… July 6… A Matter for a Future Year…3,000 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 12, Day 5
— Daily Fiction: 3,500 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 22,250 words
— Nonfiction: 1,100 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,700 words
— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,100 words
— E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 124 e-mails. Approx. 4,700 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 5 Covers
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