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Whew, what a past 24 hours. . .
Writing, and surprise work and taking some time to do some relaxed shopping with my wife to prep for a special dinner we’re going to have with family then more work and finally back to writing. I need a long weekend and am so lucky to have one in hand as Monday is a holiday here in the US.
Let’s see, I doubt you want to hear about my work, which is good.
Our shopping trip was nice enough but the best part was just being out with people around again. We’re still mask-ulating ourselves here, but the point is that there are people out there and they’re all in friendly moods.
But writing, you might be interested in that so let’s fill our cups and catch up.
There’s a gal out there who does a challenge that involves her posting a brand new story by authors she likes and her readers review and comment and discuss the piece. The whole idea appeals except for 2 things.
- She insists on brand new stories and I’m always anxious to share my work, so I have a new one, but am holding it back until she decides if it meets her guidelines and needs. Almost like a publisher – hmm. I’m not too worried because if she doesn’t like it, I get to release it when I please.
- She has a limit of 1000 words. This makes sense given the amount of work she does on her end, but try as I might, it almost kills me to squeeze my stories into so tight a space. The first draft came across the finish line at 1500+ words, so I sat back to decide if I wanted to cut 1/3 or just create a new shorter story. Cutting won, but man. that’s hard work. I felt like many fun, character building paragraphs were shredded down to much flatter passive detail dumps, which I then had to go back and add more character voices to kill the passive tone.
Anyway. The deed is done. I like the result and I hope to qualify to be one of her featured authors.
Finally: I’m still promoting my story blog as a site to visit and enjoy some free reading fun and adventures. I’ve laid out my site navigation to make it easy. Here’s how you can view:
. . . a general collection overview by clicking HERE.
. . . a page with short tours by clicking HERE.
. . . my favorite sample DOT story by clicking HERE.
. . . my favorite piece of fiction by clicking HERE.
. . . my longest (60 min) piece of fiction by clicking HERE.
I’m still very pleased with my new short story Sci-Fi story and invite your to check it out.
Click right here ===> In a Foreign Forest Found
I hope some of you who have not tried some of my 10 minute stories will give them a try. It’s been a busy day here so it will be tomorrow before I can visit you share, but look forward to doing so.