For the last month, I’ve been burning my candle on three ends. First, there’s the challenge of trying to write a story a week. Second, there’s the spring Real Ale festival that I help organize, NERAX. And the third is spreading the word about native bees, with Friends of Bees. So it’s probably not too […]Read More Burning the candle on three ends
One of the writers I like but haven’t read nearly enough of is an Israeli writer named Etgar Karet. There was a very good reading of one of his stories at end of the latest episode of This American Life, called “Happy Accident“.Read More Re: Happy Accident
While I’m still working on story #5, I thought I might write something quick. So I checked Twitter for #writingprompts and found this: @Kelsye: In SIX WORDS or fewer, can you write an inspiring story? So I did.Read More I skipped ahead to Story #6!
Well, story #5 is only half done. At this rate, I’m averaging more like a story in two weeks. Not as exciting as a story a week, but if this is a sustainable pace, I’m happy with that. It’s still infinity times faster than I was finishing stories last year. Like the saying says, Half […]Read More Half a story done is twice as better than none
I only stayed up until 12:30 last night finishing story #4. So I suppose that’s progress. But I’m still a week behind. And I still want to write two flash stories in a week to get caught up. Anyway, this one is called “For We So Love The Worlds”, 700 words about a soul working […]Read More Story #4 is done
Last fall, I cut down all the volunteer sunflowers that had grown in my community garden plot, and brought them home. I propped them at the top of the backyard, hoping the birds would appreciate them. This morning, I finally saw that they do! A few chickadees were picking on the sunflower heads. It’s nice […]Read More Winter seeds for the birds
Well, I made good progress most days last week. The best day was one where I actually started writing in the morning. Even so I still stayed up until 5 a.m. last night to finish story #3. This A Story A Week challenge is giving me serious sleep deprivation. Now I need to write two […]Read More I dreamed that Sauron had a spaceship in his desk
I didn’t finish story #3 last night either. If I keep up the pace of the last few days, it’s going to take me a couple more days to finish it. Which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to write a fourth story by Sunday night. I have decided that finishing what I start […]Read More Should I finish story #3 or start story #4?
Story number three did not cooperate with the plan. I thought I had half a chance of finishing it last night, but the middle was still too sketchy, so I’ve only got half a story. On the plus side, I think this one is a real story, a moody fantasy about gods and dark magic. […]Read More Half a chance of finishing is only half a story so far
After I picked a bit of flash to finish, I kept thinking I’d clean it up by Saturday night. Then I made the mistake of thinking there needed to be more to the concept, but the more I tried to extend it, the less I liked it. It got so bad, I started to wonder […]Read More How I failed to write two bad stories in a row