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Day Four. Exhausted

Lack of Sleep…

I was tired yesterday, but ended up only getting about five-and-a-half hours sleep because I needed to be out at the south stores very early to meet a collector who was selling us a large collection. So today I was really exhausted. But still got a story done anyway.

The Day

Got up around 8:30 a.m.. Then to the south Pop Culture Store and the North by Northwest Bookstore. When I pulled up the collector had unloaded a dozen large tubs of stuff and was waiting for me to tell him which store to take it to.

I finally left there after sorting a bunch of it by 1 p.m. I did normal business errands, talked with my realtor (anyone want to buy a huge fixer-upper, perfect for a flip, with an ocean view), then got back to the office to work on Pulphouse layout. At five, when the last person there left, I recorded some of the upcoming workshops.

Came home around 7:30 p.m. and did some email, took a short nap, then ate dinner and a little television. At that point I had been going for twelve hours of mostly work outside of a little television.

Did more email stuff, then talked with Kris for a while about the pace of getting things out of this house. Again today I got a full carload out, but it is not scratching the surface of what is here. Going to be a long haul.

Then another quick nap and I got to my writing computer at 11 p.m. even though I had a few things left in email to do, which I hope to do shortly.

Story #4…

Tonight I grabbed for my title sheets and combined two into “A Song For The Old Memory.” I liked that title and started typing and out came a Bryant Street story. So after about a hundred words, I went back to the title and added “A Bryant Street Story” as a subtitle.

So by midnight I had 1,100 words done and took a very short break.

By 12:30 a.m. I had finished the story at 2,050 words. Typical creepy Bryant Street story.

Allsyon today did Poker Boy covers for the two short stories I have done, so tomorrow I will do covers for the two non-poker boy stories and start putting up covers.

So even totally exhausted and working solidly for twelve hours over the day, and moving a carload of stuff, I still finished a short story. But I have to say, if it were not for this challenge and short streak now starting up, I would have just said screw it and gone to watch television.

The power of a challenge and a streak.

Tonight I hope to get a full night’s sleep.


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… 11,050 words.


A picture of Gavin that Kris sent me from Las Vegas just because when you are tired, cat pictures are always helpful.


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