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Day 26 Wordcount: 3002 (Mop Jockies and Fighter Pilots, Short Story #9)

Thanks to several word wars while in Forward Motion Writers chat, short story #9 is finished! I was hoping to finish it tomorrow, but as it crept towards bedtime I realized how close I was. I’m now late getting to bed, but I’m feeling great because it’s FINISHED! A full day early, too!

Now comes the problem of finding an idea for story #10. I’ve now written all the ideas I had a strong inspiration for at the beginning of May. But I’m not panicking.

The thing about stretching and strengthening the writing-muscle is that the more it’s used, the more it gives back. Which is why writers who have been at it for a while never worry about running out of ideas.

All month the Muse has been throwing ideas at me for longer stories. Now I get to bait her.

“One more story.”

“Aww. I wanna play.”

“And you will.”

“No, now! Look at this long string. Wouldn’t that make a good book? Or a series?”

“I can’t look at that yet. I need only one more short story idea.”


And the Muse will pout and make mean faces at me. But this is a Muse who looks like a little 6-year-old in a ballerina/princess dress with a tiara and a scepter with a bright yellow star at the tip of it. She’s really good at making the mean faces, it comes to her naturally. So does beaning me with that scepter, but we’ll let that be for now.

The point is, she’ll pout for the rest of tonight, and maybe first thing in the morning. But then she’ll forget all about it. Because she’ll have found a new shiny while playing in the sandbox.

And I know she’ll trot over, bop me on the head and say, “See this? You need to write about this!”

And I’ll write it. I’ve learned to listen.

I’m very curious to see what the next idea will be. It’s one of the great things about writing. Seeing what new thing develops, going to exotic places, meeting strange and interesting people and creatures, having adventures.

I can’t wait!

Hmm, I went from writing-muscle to deranged little-girl muses. Now, there’s a segue.


The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.

Short Story #6 And A Hyperactive Muse

Day 18 Wordcount: 623 (Glint of a Ruin, Short Story #6)

I’m over the half-way point in the May challenge, and I’m now a full 3 days behind. The above wordcount was written during my short lunch break.

I might have achieved a little higher wordcount if it hadn’t been for the Muse. All month it’s been play month. One short story or novelette after another. So much to play in, experiment with, places and people and creatures to visit.

And the Muse wants to be in all of them at once.

This is the great thing about writing. The more one writes, the more the Muse throws ideas. Write even more? Yet more ideas. Until the writer is practically buried in them.

While trying to write on Glint of a Ruin, the Muse threw out ideas and revision notes on not less than 3 other books and ideas. Before I forgot them, and some of them were really good, I had to stop and write them down. Would start writing again, and another idea or brainstorm would go flying by. Out of nowhere!

I mean, really, didn’t the Muse have enough to keep her busy with the story I was trying to write?

But no. Apparently the Muse is better at multi-tasking than most computer systems.

Instead of whittling down the project list of ideas I wanted to write out, I’m going to come out of May with more writing work than ever before. When I grumble about it the Muse smiles sweetly, giggles a little, and throws out some more. As if she’s getting the biggest kick out of it.

I’ve heard other writers lament about the same thing, including long-time professionals. Which is why long-time professional writers don’t worry about running out of ideas. To do that is nearly impossible. Because writing breeds more writing.

Such is the tough life of a writer.

Isn’t it great?!?!


The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.

Story Revelations at Odd Times

Day 11 Wordcount: 500 (Glint of an Artifact, Short Story #3)

Last line written tonight: But no emotions. No pain, no fear or terror.

Yes, still working on Glint of an Artifact. I’ll get it finished at some point!

Meanwhile, I’ve been working away at this story, and what happens while taking a shower? Yep, a revelation about a different story, a novel that will be going into editing hopefully in July.

No, it couldn’t be about the short story I’m writing now, or the short story I’ll be writing next, or the novella I’ll be working on starting June 1st. No, this is something I haven’t actively worked on since spring of 2010. But, apparently my Muse has been stewing over this one issue all this time and she suddenly decided to pop out the answer tonight! It has me excited to work on the novel again, despite having other projects in the queue before it.

I’m happy for the answer, but the timing stinks. And, as usual, the Muse doesn’t care.

Uppity Muses can be so annoying.


The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.


Muse-Inspirationals: holographic rock star

After all the anime showing a holographic rock star, you knew they would eventually make it happen, right? Well, yes, it has happened now, including a #1 single and a sold out 2009 ‘live’ tour.

So, what’s next? A holographic politician? :shudder:

In any case, this is more fodder for fiction. Oh, so much fodder!

Of course, a lot of anime/manga has using this idea for years. 😉

Muse-Inspirationals: Ocean City

Inspiration for new fiction come from all over. This series explores possible ideas for science fiction.

I’ve seen variations of these before. Cities on the water, making use of all that watery space on planet Earth. For science fiction, this might also include other planets, water worlds, or maximizing Earth’s capacity as population goes out of control. Or, perhaps, the land is no longer habitable?

Lots of ideas, all starting out with a neat location.

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