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!