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Writing Can Be Stupid

Story Nine Done, But What A Pain…

Today, without a doubt, might have been the busiest day I have had in a long, long time. And I expected it to be honest. After tomorrow, things calm down amazingly for me and I can actually get to more packing.

But today was nonstop from the time I got up until the time I sat down to write. About 13 straight hours.

So what do I do? Do I write a simple 2,000 word story and go to bed? Nope, 4,400 words later I have a Thunder Mountain story and it is way late for my new schedule. Now that’s just silly…

The Day

Got up around 11:30 a.m. after a full night’s sleep, which was wonderful.

Then I headed to WMG offices to work on Pulphouse, the part I didn’t get done last night because my eyes gave out.

From there, the day was a blur of working on stuff. I finally managed to finish the hour of Pulphouse I had left to do at 5:30 p.m. and got it turned in. Nonstop all day.

Then I worked on workshop stuff  there at WMG until after 8 p.m.. Home to do email, then without a nap and only a short time for dinner, I started into the workshops. I had March workshops to finish and April to start.

Got that finished by 1 a.m. and moved over to my writing computer to do what I thought would be a very short story. At least that is what I told my brain and creative voice and it flat didn’t listen

Story #9…

At 1 a.m. I grabbed my title sheets to look for half titles to trigger me. I spotted “Long Hair…” and instantly added Henry to the end of it. Stupid, but I couldn’t shake it, so I typed “Long Hair Henry” in as a title.

And then, annoyingly, the first line came out of my fingers. “What happens if we save him?”

A woman was asking Bonnie and Duster Kendal and I was lost into a Thunder Mountain story.

I wrote for one hour before taking a break at 2 a.m. with 1,200 words done. I kept the break really short since if I took too long, I would never return to the computer I was so tired.

By 3 a.m. the stupid story was speeding along and I had 2,800 words done. A spoonful of peanut butter and back to typing.

Finished the story at 4 a.m. at 4,400 words.

I am pretty sure I will need to change that title. But it is a story about a guy named Henry with long hair.


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.




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A different cat picture tonight. This is of Cheeps, our red-point Berman on a chair in our kitchen nook in Vegas.


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  • Isabo Kelly

    The title of this post made me laugh out loud. And I kept thinking as I read thru your day, “But of course that’s what happened because isn’t that just the way.” LOL. Good luck with tonight’s story, Dean!