Story a Day Report for May 5th

Title: Untitled

Genre: Flash fiction

Word Count: 156 words

Total Time: 10 minutes

Comments: I wrote this piece for another one of Chuck Wendig’s flash fiction challenges, but I’m not sure it’s going to get posted. The muse has really not been around this week. I keep writing because I committed to writing, but so far I’m not happy with the work I’ve produced this month. If I sit down with it tomorrow and like whatever revisions I make, it might go up, but I’m not guaranteeing anything.

Story a Day Report for May 4th

Title: My Best Friend

Word Count: Not sure. I typed this by hand. I’m going to guess around 500.

Total Time: 40 minutes

Genre: Mainstream

Comments: Still struggling to get words out this week. My friend’s death has me in a bit of a funk. Still, I’m pushing through and working. I love the idea in the story, I just need to hone it and make it stronger. There’s definitely some potential here. This is going to be a good piece. It just needs revision.

Story a Day Report for May 3rd

Title: None

Word Count: 1,001

Total Time: 1.5 hours

Genre: Horror

Comments: I don’t hate this one. It’s a pretty complete piece. I need to flesh out a bit of narrative in the middle, but it doesn’t have the huge gaps that are in my stories from the first two days. It’s not great, but I’m also a beginning horror writer. This is only the second piece of horror I’ve actually attempted. It needs some work, but there’s definitely potential. Plus, I had fun writing it.

Story-A-Day Report: Day 2

Title: None

Word Count: 1,122

Total Time: Didn’t keep track. It was a busy day with bad news (see below), so I just took it 100 words at a time in between phone calls, errands, and other things. I’m going to say 3 hours,  but it was 3 hours laced with distractions. Obviously. Because I can easily write 1,000 words in 1/3 of the time when my life is a bit calmer.

Genre: Science fiction

Comments: I thought this story was going to be great, but I’m not happy with it at all, and it feels uninspired. Then again, I was uninspired. It’s not technically finished. There’s a stopping point, but it doesn’t feel like an ending at all. A friend of mine died last night, and I haven’t been in much of a writing mood today. Still, I did what I could. Maybe tomorrow will be better. Actually, tomorrow, I’m going to be too busy to write. Which is to say, I will write, but I’m pretty sure I won’t like what I’ve written.

Story a Day Report for May 1st

Story Title: None

Word Count: 5,300

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes (though I imagine it might have been a little less, as that whole presidential announcement proved to be quite a distraction).

Genre: Personal alternate history

Comments: It has a beginning, middle, and end, but it’s not complete. There are brackets where sections need to be finished and filled in. Still, the structure and major plot points are all there. The biggest problem right now is that it’s very heavy on the exposition, but sparse on dialogue. This is one of my major writing issues, though, so I’m not surprised. I think this piece has potential, but it will definitely need a lot of work.

One Week Until Story-A-Day!

I’m looking forward to doing Story-A-Day again this year (and hopefully, not getting so far behind 3/4 of the way through that I almost give up). I already have more than enough prompts to get me through the month, too. I currently have 43 ideas, titles, or other inspirational notes to keep me going. So if something never strikes my fancy, I have plenty of backup.

I won’t be posting my stories here (because editors/publishers often won’t look at pieces published on personal blogs), but I will be chronicling my progress.

It looks like I’m going to have a busy week coming up (a 3-hour dental appointment, starting a new job, etc.), but I think I can get one story completely done before the month of mass first drafts begins. I can’t wait to see all the new stories that next month will bring.

Terribleminds Flash Fiction Challenge

I’m a big fan of Chuck Wendig, and I’m also a fan of flash fiction. Thus, when Chuck Wendig issues a flash fiction challenge, I heed the call. Well, sometimes. Whenever I’m not trying to finish ten thousand other projects.

The current challenge is to create a piece of flash fiction using these five words, either in the piece or conceptually: figure, dust, flirt, mobile phone, wig.


“I know you from somewhere,” he said, leaning in closer than I allow strangers to get. I could feel the dust filling in the lines of my palms as I pressed them against the wall. Frat boys didn’t seem particularly adept at cleaning.

“I’m sorry, but I’m sure we haven’t met,” I replied. “I know you’re not in any of my classes.”

“Yeah, but I know I’ve seen you around somewhere. I wouldn’t forget a face as pretty as yours.” He grinned, apparently proud of his pathetic attempt at flirtation.

“Well, it’s a small campus. We’ve probably crossed paths at some point. Now, if you’ll excuse me -”

“Wait, wait, I know! You’re that nude model for the art department.”

“Oh, you’re in the figure drawing class? Awesome. But really, I -”

“No, I took figure drawing last semester. I’m in sculpture now. But I’ve seen portraits of you all over the studio.”

“Ah. Right.”

“I recognize you by your hair. People love to draw your hair.” He reached out to tug one of the curly grants that never stay straight no matter what I do. When I flinch, he takes his hand away and pulls out his cell phone. “So, what’s your number?”

“None of your damn business.” I finally push him aside and head for the door. Maybe I should start wearing wigs to work, I think as I step outside.