A Lot of Paint and a Story
Up Way Early…
I got up early for me, like at 9 a.m., to go out where our two south stores are and help the landlord of the complex there do some painting. We are taking another building there in the complex for an apartment for me and Kris when we come back up to Lincoln City.
And the front part will be an area we will use to sort collections that come in and a large porch area will be our 4th store.
So the landlord was painting the inside and going above and beyond the call of duty to seal the place for Kris and her allergies. So I offered to go help him and I spent three hours there, arriving at the workshop in WMG at 1 p.m. covered with paint. Going to be a cool place. Thanks, Bob, for all the extra work.
Then I went home, took a shower to get rid of most of the paint, then off to do banking runs to all three stores. Then I went back to WMG to work.
Around 5 p.m. I went into part of the warehouse where we have a couch and took a nap. One of those close my eyes and fifteen minutes vanish.
Then off to a fun dinner with some friends before going back to the workshop for the evening session.
Got home from that around 11 p.m., made myself some dinner and watched some television, then got to my email around midnight.
I finally moved over to my writing computer at 12:30
I went to my half-title pages and saw a half-title “Something in…” and then on the next sheet of half-titles I saw the phrase “…My Darling” and I had to write that story. Bryant Street, of course.
So I took a short break after 700 words around 1:15 a.m. and then finished the story at 1,600 words at 2 a.m.
Might be one of the stranger Bryant Street stories and that is going some.
16 stories done. Every day this is becoming more and more of a success. Not a one of these stories would have happened without this challenge. Not a one.
IF YOU MISSED THE COAST WORKSHOP MOVE ANNOUNCEMENT…
All the details we have right now are in a couple posts below this one. Both the Master Business Class in October and the Anthology workshop will be moving to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. I will be contacting everyone already signed up in the next week.
Still room in both workshops. Write me with questions.
Picture was taken by Scott Barnes tonight at the workshop. Kris is teaching from Vegas and I am there. She is on the big screen from our condo there and I am facing all the writers in the room. Fun picture. Thanks, Scott!!
Day One… Scared Money… 2,700 words…. Total April words… 2,700 words.
Day Two… Rainbow Peak… 4,900 words…. Total April words… 7,600 words.
Day Three… A Beautiful History… 2,300 words…. Total April words… 9,900 words.
Day Four… A Song For The Old Memory… 2,050 words…. Total April words… 11,950 words.
Day Five… A Brush with Intent… 1,000 words…. Total April words… 12,950 words.
Day Six… Ghost Diet… 2,700 words…. Total April words… 15,650 words.
Day Seven… Rescue Two… 3,300 words…. Total April words… 18,950 words.
Day Eight… The Woman Who Knew The Time… 3,200 words…. Total April words… 22,150 words.
Day Nine… Long Hair Henry… 4,400 words…. Total April words… 26,550 words.
Day Ten… I’ll See You… 1,500 words…. Total April words… 28,050 words.
Day Eleven… Girl on the Bed… 2,000 words…. Total April words… 30,050 words.
Day Twelve… Everything Got Colder… 2,050 words…. Total April words… 32,100 words.
Day Thirteen… (did not write)… 00 words…. Total April words… 32,100 words.
Day Fourteen… (did not write)… 00 words…. Total April words… 32,100 words.
Day Fifteen… Old Memories… 2,700 words…. Total April words… 34,800 words.
Day Sixteen… Models’ Four.. 1,900 words…. Total April words… 36,700 words.
Day Seventeen… (did not write).. 00 words…. Total April words… 36,700 words.
Day Eighteen… Green Canyon.. 2,500 words…. Total April words… 39,200 words.
Day Nineteen… (did not write).. 00 words…. Total April words… 39,200 words.
Day Twenty… Something In My Darling.. 1,600 words…. Total April words… 40,800 words.
MAY INSIDER’S GUIDE Workshops
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction (2,000 word parts of a novel) (Starts May 6th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Detective Fiction. (Starts May 6th)
$300 each, limited to ten writers plus lifetime subscribers. One time workshops. They will not be regular. Sorry.
THESE ARE NOW ON TEACHABLE TO SIGN UP.
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Class #49… May 1st … Depth #3: Research
Class #50… May 1st … Author Voice
Class #51… May 1st … Dialog
Class #52… May 1st … Writing into the Dark
Class #53… May 1st … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #54… May 1st … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #55… May 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #56… May 2nd … Business
Class #57… May 2nd … (open)
Class #58… May 2nd … (open)
Class #59… May 2nd … Novel Structure
Class #60… May 2nd … Writing Fantasy
Looks like you guys are having a ball!
Ok, I did my personal challenge again today and produced 4,272 words of pure story content. I added them to a work in progress called Secret Agent Disco Dancer: The Last Ding Dong on Earth. I already had 953 words and a cover before I started. Now I’m up to 5,225 words. The story isn’t complete (it’s probably about 10,000 words), but I did add 7 short chapters. More progress has been made on it in the past few hours than all of 2017. Not bad for simply showing up and performing the challenge.
Also, the writing is getting easier now. The first couple days, it didn’t seem like my brain was elastic enough to do the level of writing I wanted. Today, the first 2,500-3,000 words flew out of me. I actually had a hard time taking a break because more words kept coming. I told myself, “Ok, you’re going to take a break now” and then wrote another chapter. Hilarious in its own right.
Another day or so and this will be done. Then I’ll move onto another story in the series.
It’s nice to get back to my secret agent frog series. Who knew that all it took was a little more discipline on my part? (insert grin here)
Keep at it, Scott.