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I was ruminating on what it is I might like to do next year.
Actually, I’ve been pondering that for a while.
I want to do something completely different with my Free Fiction Friday posts.
So I thought to myself:
Why don’t I post one of my stories every single Friday for a year?
If you’re thinking: because that’s crazy. Well … I thought that too.
But you may have noticed I’ve been a little vague with the writing updates. That’s because I have been writing a lot of short fiction, mostly flash, or at least stories that clock in at 2,000 words or so.
Some I could (and have) sent out to various markets. But, I want to do something different, something challenging, something fun.
Thus, the (Love) Stories for 2020 project was born.
Because I think we could all use a little love, compassion, and kindness as we head into 2020.
I already have January’s stories ready to go, and February’s and March’s slotted (I’m going for challenging, not completely stress-inducing). I also have about 25 – 30 stories I can use, plus I plan on writing some more.
At year’s end, I’ll collect all the stories in a compilation and publish it in ebook and paperback.
So. Yeah. As my son might say. That’s how my 2020 is shaping up.
Wish me luck?
So, after I posted about writing “seaside ghost” (which may not even involve the seaside or a ghost) and WWII, I had a mini-freak out.
I was all:
Wait! Why did I say that! I know nothing about WWII!
I then proceeded to have this conversation with myself*.
Other me: Why don’t you check your reading log to see how many books on WWII you’ve actually read?
Me: Wow … that’s a lot of books.
Other me: Now, why don’t you take a quick inventory of all the WWII books you own.
Me: Even more books.
Other me: So maybe if you don’t know something, you could look it up?
Other me: …
Me: Okay. Fine. Use logic.
The lesson here (at least, I think there’s a lesson somewhere in here) is not so much start before you’re ready, but start before you feel ready.
In other writerly news, I made progress on some short stories and the project I’m still hoping to do in 2020.
And I finally, finally consolidated all the audio for Coffee and Ghosts and submitted the three-book bundle. I checked, double-checked, triple-checked the files, but I’m still worried I’m either missing one or they’re out of order.
*What. You don’t talk to yourself?
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So you may have noticed that I’ve been writing a lot of flash fiction lately. I have a notion for a project I might like to do in 2020, which involves a certain amount of flash fiction.
Years ago, when I was doing write 1/sub 1, I began a story I referred to as “seaside ghost” since it was about a ghost and involved the seaside. (I know. Sometimes the last thing I do is come up with a title for a thing.) I had the thought I might take the seed of that story and create a flash fiction around it.
Narrator: She didn’t.
I’m closing in on 2,000 words, which is well out of flash range. I don’t know what I’m looking at right now. A novelette? An actual novel? Who knows? The reason I set the original story aside is it involved WWII, and I didn’t have the background to write it. I figured I’d return to it once I did a little research.
Apparently, the muse has decided I’ve completed the necessary research. I guess now we’ll see where she leads me.
I’m still hoping to complete my flash project for 2020.
Narrator: She is optimistic.