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#astoryaweek week 9 tally

So busy in promotion for Camp Arcanum and trying to finish my next book before this one comes out and assisting with The Alley. I was able to churn out a hundred word flash about the importance of word choice. It still feels a little bit like a cheat, but I’ll take it.

week 1: Tunnel Vision app. 450 words

week 2: Nightmare on a String
app. 1850 words

week 3: Ding Dong app. 275 words

week 4: Fly app. 480 words

week 5: abject failure and the lamentation of broken souls

week 6: Many Returns app. 400 words

week 7: Green Day
app. 1000 words

week 8: Faerie Story app. 1000 words

week 9: Deadly Preposition app. 100 words

running total app. 5555 words

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#astoryaweek tally week 8

On the final countdown for “Camp Arcanum”: twenty-three days until official release. All edits for that are done, blurbs have been acquired and delivered, ISBN and LCCN numbers secured, if not yet active. Had my first major push for self-promotion over the weekend through Facebook groups. By a rough estimate, I put my name and my book in front of one hundred thousand people; probably ninety thousand are other authors whose only concern is selling me THEIR books. Life goes on.

My wife and I spent an entertaining Sunday afternoon visiting the folks at the Ohio Railway Museum. I drive by it on a regular basis, but never had an opportunity to step in. For anyone who loves living history and supports it preservation, you should stop in when they open for the season May 4th. We discussed a possible steampunk fashion show on one of their cars, along with what I could help them do to scare the patrons come Halloween.

Completed a thousand word fairy tale in spite of everything else. Both my wife and son gaped and shuddered as they got to the end. I count that as a nine out of ten. A perfect ten is when a loved one offers to drive me to the nearest mental health facility.

week 1: Tunnel Vision app. 450 words

week 2: Nightmare on a String
app. 1850 words

week 3: Ding Dong app. 275 words

week 4: Fly app. 480 words

week 5: abject failure and the lamentation of broken souls

week 6: Many Returns app. 400 words

week 7: Green Day
app. 1000 words

week 8: Faerie Story app. 1000 words

running total app. 5455 words

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#astoryaweek tally week 7

More winter plague, more winter weather and the Third Annual Wedding Fashion Show at our vintage & costume store, and still finished a story this week. My wife pointed out that it wasn’t horrific at all. It was a scifi story I had in my head for a few years and I finally hunkered down and finished it, which is the whole point of a writing challenge like this. You can’t keep writing the same story over and over again. Unless you’re James Patterson, Clive Cussler or Tom Clancy and you want to make millions selling highly predictable corporate-brand novels. Wait a minute, maybe I do want that…

week 1: Tunnel Vision app. 450 words

week 2: Nightmare on a String
app. 1850 words

week 3: Ding Dong app. 275 words

week 4: Fly app. 480 words

week 5: abject failure and the lamentation of broken souls

week 6: Many Returns app. 400 words

week 7: Green Day
app. 1000 words

running total app. 4455 words

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#storyaweek tally week 6

I had hoped to catch up this week with two stories, but fell short.  More White Fluffy Death and organizing and modeling in the Steampunk Fashion Show by The Alley Vintage & Costume today.  I wore black and carried a gun axe and a serpent cane.  Big departure for me, you know.

Anyway, here is the tally.  I have already picked up an unfinished fragment to complete this week.  Maybe, I can catch up with that flash this week…

 

week  1: Tunnel Vision                                                     app. 450 words

week  2: Nightmare on a String                                     app. 1850 words

week  3: Ding Dong                                                          app. 275 words

week  4: Fly                                                                        app. 480 words

week  5:                 abject failure and the lamentation of broken souls

week  6: Many Returns                                                    app. 400 words

running total                  app. 3455 words

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I fell down…

At least as far as #astoryaweek, I fell down.  No story this week.  I had been keeping up a string for the first four, but things got complicated.  I will do my best to at minimum complete one flash before the end of the week, maybe two.

One news of a more cheerful note, I think I am finished with “Camp Arcanum”.  The last edits have been sent to the editor.  Bios and back cover text have been sent to the publisher.  Sunday, Kit and I made a road trip to Arcanum to take a few pictures to use for the back jacket.  It’s a lovely little town and the pictures came out well.  People who follow me on Facebook have gotten to see some of them as my new profile pictures.

That’s about all for now as I prepare to confront the White Fluffy Death set to envelope us all today.

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#astoryaweek tally week #4

In spite of being ill, finishing my editing run on “Camp Arcanum”, and dealing with the White Fluffy Death from Above, I was able to complete a body horror flash story before the end of the week.  In the pipe, four by four…

week  1: Tunnel Vision,                                                    app. 450 words

week  2: Nightmare on a String                                     app. 1850 words

week  3: Ding Dong                                                          app. 275 words

week  4: Fly                                                                        app. 480 words

running total                  app. 3055 words

 

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#astoryaweek tally update

#astoryaweek tally

I have just finished another short story before the end of the week.  I will keep a running tally on this post for future edification/humiliation.

week  1: Tunnel Vision,                                                    app. 450 words

week  2: Nightmare on a String                                     app. 1850 words

week  3: Ding Dong                                                          app. 275 words

running total                  app. 2575 words

Because we could all use a laugh, and this is short, and I don’t really think there is to anyplace to sell it, I am including this week’s story below.  Enjoy!

 

Ding Dong

Josef Matulich

 

Matthew tensed in his recliner as he heard the sound of the doorbell.  His ongoing feud with the neighborhood kids had started with doorbells, the old “ring and dash”.  Things escalated to toilet paper, eggs and finally a picture of a penis etched into his lawn with bleach.  He wouldn’t think the little monsters would go back to small potatoes now.

He extricated himself from his chair, grabbed his cane and made it to the front door as swiftly as his knees would allow.  He had a hopeful thought that it might be the cops with the kids held up by the scruff of the neck on his front porch.

No such luck.

Matthew opened the front door to find a burning brown paper bag on his welcome mat.

He sighed.  This trick had been old when Truman had been President: the flaming bag of dog poop.  The victim was supposed to panic and stomp out the fire, splattering hot dog excrement all over their shoes and front step.

This wasn’t Matthew’s first rodeo.

He set the cane against the doorframe and bent over to grab both ends of the mat.  Holding it in a gentle curve to contain the flaming package, he gently lobbed it onto the front sidewalk where it could burn down harmlessly.  In the morning, he could hose off the walk without having to deal with any of the crap these kids had given him.

Matthew was feeling pretty satisfied about how this latest engagement had turned out until he noticed the black tripwire dangling from the underside and the metal ring from a grenade at its end.

 

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#astoryaweek tally

I have just finished another short story before the end of the week.  I will keep a running tally on this post for future edification/humiliation.

week  1: Tunnel Vision,                                                    app. 450 words

week  2: Nightmare on a String                                     app. 1850 words

running total                  app. 2300 words

 

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