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NaNo 2016

Posted: November 2, 2016 in NaNo
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It is day two of this year’s NaNo. 

My goal is for 60,000 as opposed to the usual 50,000. It will be a fantasy story.

Two days before NaNo started, I was trolling around the forums (in my day, trolling meant just rambling thru something, seeing what there was to see. I continue to use it in this way while conscious of its current meaning) when I came across a posting about bullet journals. 

If you haven’t heard of bullet journals, they are self made versions of store bought journals, personalized to your needs instead of you trying to fit into the proscribed formula. You decide how much room is allocated to each section and can gussy it up as you see fit.

While reading thru the posting, one Wrimo stated how they were going to use their bullet journal to track their Harry Potter word crawl. This lead to another discovery.

Word crawls are devices used to help you grow your word count. Usually in story form, you must meet mini word counts based on the results of timed word sprints, choices made, and randon acts. Here is the link to its page on the NaNo wikipage.

So I am trying out both those methods this year. We shall see how things progress and how long they shall be in use.


Flash Fiction Challenge

Posted: March 18, 2016 in flash fiction, writing

My first attempt at Chuck Wendig’s weekly challenge. A story in five sentences.

The killer walked into the room and looked at all his options.

Someone would die tonight, and every person there knew it.

Bribes and pleas were shouted at him as the minute hand made it’s sweep.

They saw in his eyes when the decision was made and fell silent.

His laughter rang in their ears, til it was drowned out by the explosion.

February prompt – Mr. & Mrs.

Posted: February 24, 2016 in writing

A real two of a kind, those two.

Meant to be. Everyone always said they would last til death did them part.

And they did. Side by side right up to the end.

Not sure we should’ve buried them together. What with no one sure yet which was the murder and which the suicide.

February prompt – The file

Posted: February 22, 2016 in writing

It was most talked about file in the building.

Everybody claimed  to know what was in it. Who it would hurt most when it went public.

That was the one thing they agreed on. That it would go public and blow the lid off of everything.

I just ignored all the talk. I knew I had nothing to worry about. Cause I did know what was it in. Hell, I had wrote it.

And they were right. It was going to bring a lot of people down.

Unless they accepted my offer.

February prompt – Blanket

Posted: February 21, 2016 in writing

Just a raggedy old thing.

But if it could talk, oh the stories it would have.

The people who have slept under it. The nights spent wrapped around others. The times it was clenched in a small hand.

The washing, mendings, and additions.

So much history. Touchable history.

February prompt -A pink tutu

Posted: February 18, 2016 in writing

They’re hideous things, if you think about it.

Just something about them has always bothered me. I mean, the general design is kinda meh, but coupled with that color? The worst.

Oh, I am aware my opinion is most likely in the minority. But I don’t care.

You won’t catch me dead in one.

February prompt – Stiff

Posted: February 17, 2016 in writing

I’ve never seen one before, have you?

I mean, I’ve heard them described. Who hasn’t really. But actually seeing one, huh, really different.

And not where I would ever think of seeing one. I mean, everyone comes here. It could have been anyone besides us who saw it. Anyone.

You think it means something, that it was us who saw it instead of someone else? Like it was supposed to be us?
Meant for us, even?

Yeah, I know we should tell somebody. Just wait a minute. I wanna look some more.

Who do you think he was?

February prompt – No, I won’t

Posted: February 15, 2016 in writing

Oh, I’ve tried, believe you me.

Sometimes I come close, but more often I end up doing the same things, making the same choices.

I’ve become better at damage control than at seeing ways out.

So I thank you for your concern, but believe me when I tell you that it’s wasted.

Find another lost cause, you’ll be happier.

And frankly, so will I.

February prompt – You knew?

Posted: February 14, 2016 in writing

What am I saying, of course you knew.

And you let me go on with it. To watch me swinging in the breeze like an idiot.

Yeah, very funny. Hope you enjoyed yourself. Hope you laughed your ass off.

Hope you’re good at looking over your shoulder 24/7.

At discerning between harmless noises and those maybe you better check out. And being sure you know who is your friend and who likes me better.

But no need to start right away. Oh no, I’ll give you plenty of time to get comfortable and settled in. To forget my words, to not take them seriously.

Your face will be more priceless that way.

February prompt – Out of breath

Posted: February 13, 2016 in writing

That’s how you leave me every time.

Just watching you when you don’t realize I am. Studying how you move, trying to catch the song you’re singing to yourself.

I could never list all the reasons that you affect me. And each day a different one is at the fore.

How glad I am to have the opportunity to try.