Rakugoka Sushi House – The Process

Rakugoka Sushi House – The Accusation is story number twenty-two in the #52ShortStories challenge.

Rakugoka Sushi House – The Confession is story number twenty-three in the #52ShortStories challenge.

Rakugoka Sushi House – The Denouement is story number twenty-four in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Way, way back in September, I inadvertently wrote the novelette Lights Out: An MC Ruff and DJ Tumble Adventure. It began innocently enough as a short story, but like a slippery snake, it twisted its way from my grip until I finally wrapped it up on week three. I was happy to have written the thing yet realized it put me in the hole in regard to this 52-story experiment.

So something nudged me this week to try something new–write three short (practically flash) stories that had a uniting element. I was enjoying a date night with my wife, letting her in on my plans, when the seed was planted. We were enjoying sushi (of course) and I recalled many-an-anthology with a theme that revolves around characters and plotlines all intersecting at a time-traveling or space-based bar and grill.

Admittedly, I rushed through these stories, a little afraid I wouldn’t be able to get three done in one week. This wound up with me putting them in front of my first reader before they were truly solidified. But that’s okay. She provided valuable feedback and I tweaked it during every available moment so that I could post them back-to-back, beginning on Sunday.

In the end, I had a lot of fun with this. Again, I can’t express how great it is to have the opportunity to try something new and different each week. I feel like I’m stretching my writing muscles in so many more ways that I had been in the past when trying to write novels. Whether this would work for anyone else is debatable, but I think it’s working out great for me. The fact is that I’m writing way more than I ever have in my life.

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:

-Phillip

2 thoughts on “Rakugoka Sushi House – The Process”

  1. Nailed it/them!

    Punchlines of each story really helps the overall effect. As always, your ability to set a scene with so few words really makes this sequence of story really sing. I’d have to go back and check, but I think you probably described interactions between Rokugota and his wife, what? Maybe twice, three times? Yet I have such a well formed idea in my head of their relationship. It’s a strange word, but the ‘economy’ of your writing is really maturing through this process, and it’s really showing in the quality (not that you started from a low point). If I had to stretch for something constructive, then I’m perhaps a bit confused over the husbands role in the last story. Got the wife’s, but I’m not sure if the husband was part of the previous ones in some way. Might be me looking for links where there are none. But I’m really stretching. It in no way lessened the story. I’m so glad you think this process is working out great for you because, as a reader, it’s pretty darn good for me to!

    1. Col, you are a gem, man. I always appreciate your in-depth feedback and I’m happy to hear that my practice seems to be paying off in parts! You make a valid point on the husband in the last story not playing much of a role. I made a conscious decision to keep the focus on the wife/boss, but I probably could have added a little more ‘zing’ to the story if I’d kicked his part up a notch. Food for thought on the future projects.

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