Weekend Adventures

Friday started out South Austin style. After work, I met up with Jon at Barton Springs for some swimming, sunning, and writing flash fiction. Then we went for a late lunch at Taco Xpress. Delicious tacos, queso, and agua fresca. I love working across the street from this place.

After chilling out at home for a bit (including the series finale of Fringe), we headed over to my friend Carly’s birthday party. Our hosts served champagne cocktails and had a homemade absinthe fountain, plus some very delicious cake. We hung out on the deck and chatted all night, and stayed out till almost two a.m.

Saturday morning, Jon and I went on our weekly excursion to Torchy’s, where I tried the taco of the month. It’s called the Libertarian, and consists of chicken-fried jalapeno sausage; grilled onions, peppers, and jalapenos; queso; pico; and two cheeses. I could feel my arteries clogging with every bite, and it was delicious.

Following breakfast, I went to my dance studio for rehearsal. I have two competitions this month, and I’ve been putting regular time in on weekends to make sure I’m ready. When I was done with rehearsal, Jon and I headed over to Dragon’s Lair for Free Comic Book Day (where I spent a surprising amount of money). Then we went to a friend’s house to play Rock Band for a few hours before heading out to Peter Pan for some miniature golf.

The man - er, boy - himself

After miniature golf, we didn’t have any plans. We were both overheated and tired from staying out late the night before. We went home, made ourselves a pizza, and put on Northern Exposure. I also wrote a new flash fiction piece for the Story a Day challenge. I crashed pretty early, and that’s where things get crazy.

At 4 a.m., I woke up and Jon had a horrendous headache. Bad enough that I decided we should take him to the ER. Had it been any other week, I might not have gone, but we lost a college friend this week unexpectedly, and then one of Jon’s former colleagues died unexpectedly, with no determined cause, at 31. So I was a little paranoid. We went to the Austin Heart Hospital, and amazingly, we were the only people there. Jon was diagnosed with a migraine, and after some IV hydration, painkillers, and anti-nausea meds, we got a prescription and went home. In and out in 2 hours, which isn’t bad for the ER.

After getting home, I crashed for about four hours, and then got up to meet my friend Gillian for brunch at Perla’s. I had never been there before, and was blown away. We started out with the Caesar, the restaurant’s variation on the Bloody Mary. We followed up with their special brunch oyster shooters, which contained rum and honeydew melon.

After drinks, we moved on to food. I ordered the lobster omelette, which included creme fraiche, caviar, and white cheddar. It was amazing, and totally worth the price. On top of that, since our entrees were late (as they were extra-busy on Mother’s Day), we got some free scones and muffins.

After brunch, it was back to the studio for more practice, and then it was time for writing group. While usually held at a friend’s house, our gracious host wasn’t feeling well today, so we met up at Genuine Joe’s for some discussion about our works in progress.

Topo Chico and sunglasses. What else do you need on a sunny day?

With no more commitments for the day, Jon and I ran out to the grocery store for some items for dinner tonight and for the rest of the week. Now we’re chilling out, eating salad, and watching Castle. It’s going to be a pretty chill evening, and I plan to finish a story and then read more of How Italian Food Conquered the World, the newest book to capture my attention.

Hope you all had great weekends!

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.