Wednesday… Year 2, Month 12, Day 29 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day 29 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.
Once again today I am stunned that I got a story done. Another one of those crazy days and I only got about five hours sleep last night.
And I won’t get more than seven hours tonight after I get this done, if that, since I have meetings tomorrow.
So anyhow, off to the snail mail, then to the grocery store deli for lunch, then to WMG Publishing offices. I worked there on first getting the cover done for last night’s story, then I worked CFO stuff for WMG Publishing. You know, all the month-end bills and such.
Kris got there around 7:15 and we headed home for dinner and news. She again offered to do the dishes, so I made it back to the WMG offices by 9 p.m. I worked there on the new workshops until just before midnight. I am very, very happy how the two new online workshops are developing. I think the careers workshop will be very special when it’s all done.
And still room in both new workshops. Wow, this really is the time of great forgetting.
Then I did my e-mail which I had not really looked at all day. Then I headed to watch the news, then to my chair to take a nap for an hour.
Got back in here around 2:30 a.m. groggy and by the time I got to my writing computer it was once again 3 a.m. Starting a story at 3 a.m. is sort of silly on the face of it, especially as tired as I was.
And let me just say, the ocean was so loud, I couldn’t hear my radio. Pounding surf tonight. Wow.
The half-title sheets once again gave me something to play with after a few minutes of scanning them. I typed in “Whispering Valley” and then searched for something to collide with that. I saw another half-title “The Lady of” and knew I had my title.
And since the last Buckey the Space Pirate story I had written a year or so ago left him with a girlfriend a hundred and fifty years in the past and him asking his talking oak tree friend named Fred to take him back and forth through time to her, I figured I had better continue that idea.
So I typed in the title “The Lady of Whispering Valley: A Buckey the Space Pirate Story” and off I went.
I did 900 words by 3:45 a.m.
Took a short break for more tea, then did 1,200 words by 5 a.m.
A very short break and I finished the story at 5:50 a.m.
Update on yesterday’s story: Kris said the story was creepy and worked great. Thanks, Kris!
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Another Point for the Challenge
Very shortly, meaning in the next day or so, I will start putting these challenge story covers up on a page of their own. And with each challenge story, I will write a blurb for the story that will go along with the story in the big challenge book and be on the online sites and also on the back cover of the paper editions of each story.
Why am I doing this? Because I need to put this big book together to get it to WMG Publishing and hit the September 15th publication date. And each story in the book needs to have a blurb at the top of it.
So if you want a lesson over the next week in how to write sales copy for your stories, might want to follow along with me putting up all thirty-plus of these stories with blurbs on their own page. It will also let you know what some of these stories are about, besides the title.
I will let you know when that starts, but trust me, most of you need help writing sales blurbs. Not all of you, but most. It is a critical skill in this modern world, even if you are traditionally published. Two traditional writer friends of mine who know how to write sales blurbs write them for their publisher.
One more quick point tonight before I go fall down. This is a story completed that would not have been completed if not for this challenge. As a few of the stories earlier, the challenge drove me to sit down exhausted at three in the morning and write a short story.
So win for the challenge.
30 stories in 29 days. Onward.
Yes, all these blogs and writing articles and all these covers and all the stories will be in the big book Stories from July put together when this is all done. It will be for sale in all forms except audio and will be given free to the Patreon supporters. (Audio will take much more time if the fine folks at WMG Publishing think it is worth it.)
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
Story #7… July 7… Roses Around the Moment…4,550 words
Story #8… July 8… For the Delusion that Waited…1,250 words
Story #9… July 8… Here to Stay on the Edge…2,950 words
Story #10… July 9… The Great Alien Vibration…2,400 words
Story #11… July 10… A Great First Day …4,350 words
Story #12… July 11… The Face in the Fullness of Time …1,900 words
Story #13… July 12… Why Delay? Just Rub …2,400 words
Story #14… July 13… The Stone Slept Here …1,650 words
Story #15… July 14… An Obscene Crime Against Passion …3,150 words
Story #16… July 15… Make Myself Just One More …3,350 words
Story #17… July 16… Gods Have History …3,600 words
Story #18… July 17… Idanha Hotel …3,950 words
Story #19… July 18… Something Wasted On …1,850 words
Story #20… July 19… Nobody Slept Here …3,200 words
Story #21… July 20… Leaking Away a Life …5,400 words
Story #22… July 21… Coffee Shop Comedy …2,600 words
Story #23… July 22… The Cavern …4,400 words
Story #24… July 23… A Bad Day for the Dream …2,800 words
Story #25… July 24… The Remodeling of a Life …2,400 words
Story #26… July 25… Dreaming Large …3,150 words
Story #27… July 26… To Remember a Single Minute …1,250 words
Story #28… July 27… The Case of the Lost Treasure …3,200 words
Story #29… July 28… A Study of an Accident …2,300 words
Story #30… July 29… The Lady of Whispering Valley …3,100 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 12, Day 29
— Daily Fiction: 3,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 94,600 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,400 words
— Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 27,500 words
— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 800 original words. E-mails month-to date: 545 e-mails. Approx. 22,800 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 28 Covers
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