52 Stories in 52 Weeks – A Burst of Joy

Last night I completed and turned in the last story of the Great Challenge (write 52 stories in 52 weeks). I’m beside myself with happiness. Too happy, in fact, to write a lessons learned from it. That will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m also too tired and too excited to be sure I’ve acknowledged…

Countdown: One Story Left

I turned in my latest story, another time travel piece called “Alexander the Great’s Kitten.” It came hard this week and I’ve realized something. The weeks where it comes hard are either down to my own demons of self-doubt or exhaustion. Both things I should have some control over. External problems I’m pretty good at…

Challenges

Yesterday I finally announced to Memphis Writers that I would be stepping away from my role as meeting facilitator for the Thursday night meetings. Memphis will open back up to business on May 4, but unfortunately the virus is still floating around and is a danger to Steve. Since I can’t risk bringing the virus…

Countdown: Two Stories Left

I am so very, very close to the end of the Great Challenge. I have written fifty stories in fifty weeks. Let that roll around in your mind for a moment. Fifty! Just two more weeks and two more stories left. I’m tempted to try to make them the best stories I’ve ever written, but…

Short Story Craft Workshop – Day 4

Yesterday Kris Rusch reviewed my Zoom seder story and said it was quite good and that I should send it out. She had a few recommendations for very small things to change. My heart is singing and doing acrobatics. We received our next short story assignment. It is contemporary and needs to be upbeat. That’s…

Countdown: Four Stories Left

At this point the people who began the Great Challenge at the moment it started and lasted out the 52 stories in 52 weeks have won. I know one of them and his stories are excellent. He finished in time for his Easter Celebration. I started a month after the first start day and so…

Countdown: Five Stories Left

Number 47! Just five stories left until completion of The Great Challenge. I’m excited to be heading into the home stretch. Last night’s story, “Unstuck,” was a steamy time travel romance with a happy ending and a lot of fun to write. Everything intensifies now. April had already been set up as the most difficult…

Countdown: Six Stories Left

As promised, today’s post is another countdown post. Last night I turned in the 46th story in 46 weeks. I have only six stories left before completing The Great Challenge. This one titled “The Cat’s Assassin” follows Tzipporah the day after her engagement to Lev. She intends to take care of a few minor errands…

Countdown: Seven Stories Left

Last night I turned in the 45th story in 45 weeks which means just seven more stories before I finish the Great Challenge. I’m pretty excited by that. This week’s was another cat story, this time set in a contemporary setting: “Viral Vengeance.” Evie’s bank account bleeds money but she can’t go out and make…

Countdown: Eight Stories Left

Another fun cat story has purred its way into my heart. This time it takes place in the Thule world. The men are set up for a Viking board game, but Magnihild’s cat is playing his own game in “The Ginger Gambit.” Now just eight stories left before the end of the challenge. C.L. Polk…