**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:
- Monday, January 15th
- Tuesday, January 16th
- Wednesday, January 17th
- Thursday, January 18th – Skipped
- Friday, January 19th
- Saturday, January 20th
- Saturday, January 21st – Skipped