This is kind of sad, actually. I have a clear memory of writing a story. Not sure if it became part of a novel or not, not 100 % sure of what series it was in.
But I remember writing the story. And I wanted that story for a specific reason tonight.
Yes, I have spreadsheets full of stories and all my indie published novels are out in different places. But spread sheets just give me titles and series and such. And just for Smith’s Monthly alone, there are almost 300 stories on that spread sheet.
And I have a lot of unpublished short stories that got delayed last fall when my eye got infected. And a ton of other published stories that I have not brought into Smith’s Monthly or a collection.
So for over an hour tonight I opened stories, glanced at them until I knew the story, and went, “Nope.”
Two stories I opened, both in the Thunder Mountain series and went “Damn those are great novel starts.” Then moved on.
Never did find the story I swear I wrote. It is here somewhere and I will stumble on it at some point.
I don’t have the best tracking system, but mine does not totally suck. What sucks is my memory. I have a memory of writing the story, just nothing more. Sigh…
And that, I am sure, is just a factor of being prolific. The other day Allyson and I were talking about how much fun it would be to do a Kickstarter to finally do hardback editions of some of our thrillers. Two of mine and two of Kris’s stand-alone thrillers.
I actually said, “I have a second stand-alone thriller besides Dead Money?”
Allyson is used to my memory and did not actually laugh out loud.
Seems I do. I wrote a golf thriller and since I don’t have a copy of it here on my shelves, I never notice it and had forgotten about it completely. Clearly it really needs a new life. (grin)
And clearly I need a new memory. Of course, I have written around two hundred novels, around 500 short stories, and published maybe another 500 books and magazines. Maybe I can be forgiven for remembering writing a story and not finding it right away.
And I will forgive myself as soon as I find the stupid thing.