Below, you will find a culmination of a 52-week journey I commenced on July 31st, 2017. The basis for this experiment was at the suggestion of Ray Bradbury who recommended that all beginning and intermediate writers follow this “writer’s hygiene” program rather than attempt a novel that may take up to a year to complete and may, in the end, not be very good.

Each entry below has a link to the story as well as a journal of that story (includes the brainstorming process for that particular story and how I felt at the end of each day).

The primary purpose of this page is to give me a readily-accessible confidence booster. Something that says, “Hey, you did this. You can write.”

Secondarily, I hope it proves to you that as a dad with a full-time job, even can manage to get the work done, and therefore you will also be inspired to buckle down, throw away the fear, and share your work with the world.


Story 1:

Story: Seven Hundred and Seventy-Six
Synopsis: Floyd Usher, a timid bank clerk working in a small town on the Arizona frontier, encounters a strange man and an even stranger gun.
Word Count: 6,000
Genre: Weird Western
Completed Week: July 31st – August 6th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 2:

Story: The Bitter Buffoon
Synopsis: Tamsin Lamb, chief and CEO of the Blood Tasters, an ancient line of people gifted with the ability to taste a person’s morality in their blood, is confronted with the news that her services are no longer needed.
Word Count: 1,500
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy
Completed Week: August 7th – August 13th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 3:

Story: A Pinnacle to Heaven
Synopsis: Tony Stratta was a mob enforcer who finally confessed his sins. Now that he’s arrived in Heaven, he’s itching to bust out.
Word Count: 3,500
Genre: Fantasy / Gangster
Completed Week: August 14th – August 20th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 4:

Story: A Hundred Eyes
Synopsis: As a young boy in a remote 16th-century Polish village, Casimir Pitsudski must give up his life to the hundred-eyed monster in order to save the world.
Word Count: 3,400
Genre: Horror / Historical Fantasy
Completed Week: August 21st – August 27th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 5:

Story: Wake
Synopsis: Okomi, chief of the pre-Columbian Nuwa tribe, abandons his wealth and status in order to visit a notorious witch doctor who he hopes will save his son.
Word Count: 3,000
Genre: Historical Fiction
Completed Week: August 28th – September 3rd
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 6:

Story: The Runner
Synopsis: The Tendai monks of Japan are an ascetic Buddhist order where the highest honors go to those who complete a 1,000-day run. With one day left to go, Kenichi-san finds himself running directly into the unexpected.
Word Count: 3,000
Genre: Supernatural
Completed Week: September 4th – September 10th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 7:

Story:

Lights Out: An MC Ruff and DJ Tumble Adventure – Part 1
Lights Out: An MC Ruff and DJ Tumble Adventure – Part 2
Lights Out: An MC Ruff and DJ Tumble Adventure – Part 3

Synopsis: MC Ruff and DJ Tumble are a pair of hip-hop throwbacks, touring the galaxy in support of their new album. Unfortunately, someone is looking to force them into an early, permanent retirement.
Word Count: 11,400
Genre: Sci-Fi / Mystery / Humor
Completed Week: September 11th – September 30th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 8:

Story: The Monster in the Door
Synopsis: Paul, a young boy in a tiny desert town, is thrust into a newfound world of responsibility when a monster appears in his bedroom door and asks a favor.
Word Count: 4,500
Genre: Supernatural / Urban Fantasy
Completed Week: October 1st – October 8th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 9:

Story: Home for a Fish
Synopsis: Larry, a veteran of skid row, stumbles into his friend’s pawn shop to give her a gift and say goodbye–he’s leaving for outer space.
Word Count: 3,800
Genre: Sci-Fi / Humor
Completed Week: October 9th – October 14th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 10:

Story: The Bubble Man
Synopsis: A man is on trial for the abduction and murder of four children. When the truth is revealed, will anyone believe it?
Word Count: 2,800
Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Completed Week: October 16th – October 21st
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 11:

Story: Apollo’s Revenge
Synopsis: Private Hubert Bausman fought the Nazis in a bloody battle at Monte Cassino and now he’s ready to come home, but something beyond his control is keeping him there.
Word Count: 4,000
Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Completed Week: October 23rd – October 29th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 12:

Story: Let It Go
Synopsis: What happens when a woman agrees to meets with the man who held her captive for five years?
Word Count: 1,500
Genre: Sci-Fi / Experimental
Completed Week: October 30th – November 5th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 13:

Story: Stolen
Synopsis: In the forests of Nepal, a revered father is dying and his children must take things into their own hands in order to help him.
Word Count: 2,800
Genre: Adventure / Coming of Age
Completed Week: November 6th – November 12th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 14:

Story: Andreiana
Synopsis: It’s 1985 and the Soviet Union is about to make its move on the United States. Only a mysterious girl can stop them before its too late.
Word Count: 2,200
Genre: Sci-Fi
Completed Week: November 13th – November 19th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 15:

Story: The Ignominy of the Devil
Synopsis: Fergus McDowell hates his job, but can’t seem to find a way out of it until he meets an unlikely savior.
Word Count: 2,700
Genre: Dark Comedy
Completed Week: November 20th – November 25th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 16:

Story: Killing Dixie
Synopsis: The son of a crippled father seeks vengeance against the Confederate soldier responsible.
Word Count: 3,400
Genre: Historical Fiction
Completed Week: November 26th – December 3rd
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 17:

Story: Closure
Synopsis: A recent widower tries to come to terms with his wife’s re-appearance.
Word Count: 3,500
Genre: Paranormal
Completed Week: December 4th – December 17th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 18:

Story: Swag
Synopsis: At an industry trade show, a high-performing executive receives a mysterious bit of swag.
Word Count: 4,000
Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Completed Week: December 18th – December 24th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 19:

Story: Princess Soup-Bone
Synopsis: A lucky dog goes missing, forcing three gold miners to search her out.
Word Count: 3,600
Genre: Historical Fiction
Completed Week: December 25th – December 31st
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 20:

Story: El Frío
Synopsis: The first man to step foot in Antarctica discovers something miraculous.
Word Count: 2,900
Genre: Sci-Fi / Historical Fiction
Completed Week: January 1st – January 7th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 21:

Story: The Piano Player
Synopsis: A mall piano player with a unique talent must deal with a bully.
Word Count: 3,300
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Completed Week: January 7th – January 13th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 22:

Rakugoka Sushi House - The Accusation

Story: Rakugoka Sushi House – The Accusation
Synopsis: A woman loses her job and airs her grievances to a sushi chef. He shows her that life may not be over after all.
Word Count: 1,050
Genre: Literary / Relationship
Completed Week: January 15th – January 21st
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 23:

Story: Rakugoka Sushi House – The Confession
Synopsis: A man confesses his misdeeds to a sushi chef and learns an important truth about doing what’s right.
Word Count: 950
Genre: Literary / Relationship
Completed Week: January 15th – January 21st
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 24:

Story: Rakugoka Sushi House – The Denouement
Synopsis: A couple visits a renown sushi restaurant, celebrating their renewed feelings for each other and learning about forgiveness.
Word Count: 800
Genre: Literary / Relationship
Completed Week: January 15th – January 21st
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 25:

Story: Chompy
Synopsis: A modern, Poe-like tale recounts a man’s frustration with his word processor’s virtual assistant.
Word Count: 1,900
Genre: Horror
Completed Week: January 22nd – January 27th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 26:

Story: The Sun Stone: An M. G. Towne Adventure
Synopsis: An aging archaeologist and adventurer discovers a connection between an Egyptian artifact and an American Indian landmark.
Word Count: 5,100
Genre: Adventure
Completed Week: January 29th – February 11th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 27:

Story: The Huffallum
Synopsis: A young Huffallum wakes up only to discover his parents missing.
Word Count: 1,250
Genre: Childrens
Completed Week: February 7th – February 10th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 28:

Story: I Mustache You a Question
Synopsis: A covert artificial intelligence unit wakes up to find itself in the middle of a strange winter.
Word Count: 2,600
Genre: Sci-Fi
Completed Week: February 12th – February 17th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 29:

Story: Penpals
Synopsis: Chris Blankenship, burdened by an aimless life and another night of drug addiction, finds a familiar stranger knocking at his door.
Word Count: 3,400
Genre: Paranormal
Completed Week: February 18th – February 24th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 30:

Story: Hobo Lilly
Synopsis: A hobo travels the freight ships of the galaxy looking for her daughter.
Word Count: 3,000
Genre: Sci-Fi
Completed Week: February 25th – March 3rd
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 31:

Story: Devilleaf
Synopsis: An advisor to the king is blackmailed into poisoning him. Will he see it through?
Word Count: 3,300
Genre: Fantasy
Completed Week: March 3rd – March 28th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 32:

Story: The Missing Poem
Synopsis: A man receives a mysterious book of poetry in the mail.
Word Count: 3,000
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Completed Week: March 28th – April 5th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 33:

Story: A Letter to the Gubamint
Synopsis: When the aliens begin to invade Coconut Groves Mobile Home Park, it’s up to one citizen to inform the government.
Word Count: 2,750
Genre: Humor
Completed Week: April 6th – April 12th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 34:

Story: Shiplap Plague
Synopsis: A small town falls ill and a young girl may be to blame.
Word Count: 2,750
Genre: Horror
Completed Week: April 13th – April 24th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 35:

Story: Cold Heat
Synopsis: What happens when two diametrically opposed superheroes come together?
Word Count: 2,500
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Completed Week: April 24th – May 1st
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 36:

Story: Drafted
Synopsis: The 2077 National War League Draft is on and agent Cassidy’s star player is ready to make a splash.
Word Count: 1,750
Genre: Sci-Fi
Completed Week: May 1st – May 4th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 37:

Story: A Tomb in Every Tree
Synopsis: A Korean War vet struggles with aging and family until he runs into an old friend.
Word Count: 2,850
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Completed Week: May 4th – May 9th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 38:

Story: The Hypnotist
Synopsis: A hypnotist entertains crowds on the county fair circuit, but is now offered $100k for a special job.
Word Count: 2,400
Genre: Thriller
Completed Week: May 10th – May 16th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 39:

Story: The Owl His Anthem
Synopsis: Ernie is locked up in an institution and finds himself visited by something mysterious.
Word Count: 2,600
Genre: Horror
Completed Week: May 17th – May 22nd
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 40:

Story: Out of the Picture
Synopsis: An old woman discovers an old photograph and a key to the past.
Word Count: 2,000
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Completed Week: May 22nd – May 29th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 41:

Story: Your Punching Privileges Have Been Revoked
Synopsis: An aging boxer is looking for a comeback and an old man seems to offer the key.
Word Count: 2,800
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Completed Week: May 29th – June 2nd
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 42:


Story: Spoil the Rod
Synopsis: An assassin is sent to kill a powerful king, but discovers the task won’t be so easy.
Word Count: 1,900
Genre: Fantasy
Completed Week: June 2nd – June 6th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 43:


Story: Slab Lords
Synopsis: Webster Mitchell finds himself caught between debt to an unforgiving man and a newfound love interest.
Word Count: 2,700
Genre: Dystopian
Completed Week: June 6th – June 12th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 44:


Story: My Little Girl
Synopsis: A father travels back in time to deal with a little problem.
Word Count: 1,900
Genre: Sci-Fi
Completed Week: June 12th – June 14th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 45:


Story: Captain Coffee
Synopsis: Our coffee-powered superhero is called to save the day at the local coffee shop.
Word Count: 1,700
Genre: Humor
Completed Week: June 15th – June 18th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 46:


Story: Swan Song
Synopsis: At 71, Hazel McAllister has her own idea of what a “Swan Song” should be.
Word Count: 1,700
Genre: Literary
Completed Week: June 18th – June 22nd
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 47:


Story: Halfway
Synopsis: Detective Marty Quinn comes home to find his wife murdered and on the trail of a high-tech suspect.
Word Count: 3,200
Genre: Mystery
Completed Week: June 23rd – June 30th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 48:


Story: Hello, Nice to Destroy You
Synopsis: Based on true events from India in 1964, a man comes to grips with fate and free will.
Word Count: 2,700
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Completed Week: June 30th – July 6th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 49:


Story: Branded
Synopsis: Jenny Tighe finds her rancher father shot in the back and marked on the forehead.
Word Count: 1,700
Genre: Western
Completed Week: July 7th – July 10th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 50:


Story: Be Kind
Synopsis: Ernie Bowen, a bouncer in New Las Vegas, wonders if he’s responsible for a high-profile murder.
Word Count: 2,300
Genre: Dystopian
Completed Week: July 11th – July 17th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 51:


Story: Our Modern Hope
Synopsis: Spaceketeer, Mitch Lacombe, must sacrifice himself in order to cure the world.
Word Count: 2,300
Genre: Sci-Fi
Completed Week: July 17th – July 21st
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!

Story 52:


Story: The Witch of the Narrows
Synopsis: A Hollywood has-been seeks career resuscitation from The Witch of the Narrows.
Word Count: 2,900
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Completed Week: July 21st – July 29th
Process Journal: Read about my process for this story!