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April Recap

I think it’s fair to say that April has been a month full of stress and worry. COVID-19 continues to be a very real threat.  I hope you all are safe at home. If you’re one of the essential workers helping to keep everything running: thank you. Thank you to the firefighters, the nurses, the doctors, the police and the sheriffs helping protect and combat this virus directly. Thank you to the delivery drivers, grocery clerks, farmworkers, and sanitation workers helping our families and first responders survive this crisis.

While COVID is affecting daily life heavily, there is still some progress to be noted about the month. Here at least, numbers have begun to plateau. Although it’s likely the situation won’t resolve for months at the least, the fact that there is some positive change is at least a sign that we can and will get a handle on the situation.

Moving onto other news, I’m really pleased with how my personal challenge went this month. I had quite a few rough days where I didn’t get much writing done. If you want a day-by-day breakdown, you can check out the 30 Day Shorts Part I,Part II, Part III and Part IV. Below you’ll find the last few days of the April Challenge.

I actually really enjoyed having a challenge and I wish I had another one to do. I might see about finding another, perhaps for July.

Day 26
Two more flash-pieces done, the first titled ‘Problem Solver’ and the second being ‘Bus Tickets’. I had more ideas but unfortunately didn’t get a chance to start on any of them.

Day 27
Worked on ideas from yesterday. Finished up the selection of pieces with ‘Recruiter’ and ‘Technomancer’. I’ve actually gotten caught up somehow and am sitting on twenty-seven pieces.

Day 28
One more short, this one titled ‘She Came Through’. Ended up using the Day 27 prompts on accident.

Day 29
Ended up scrambling to get laundry done and dried yesterday since my dryer has broken. Nothing short written.

Day 30
Last day of the challenge! I ended up not working on any short stories today, meaning I finished the month out with a total of twenty-eight shorts. All things considered, even though it technically means I didn’t succeed at the challenge, I’m happy with what I ended up with.

How was your April?

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30 Day Shorts IV

Part I is here. Part II is here. Part III is here and you’re on part IV right now!

Day 18 and 19
Absolutely no shorts written. To be fair, the 18th was also another writing-free day.

Day 20
I got a short written early this morning. Hoping I get more done as I’m about five shorts behind.  Current title is ‘Learning’.

Day 21
Finished one short early in the day titled ‘Petal Soft’. I also managed to start another short before bed titled ‘A Sister’s Love’.

Day 22
Managed to finish the short I started yesterday. Also did another short currently titled ‘Big Announcements.’ Still well behind where I should be but getting closer to catching up.

Day 23
I managed to get three very short flash pieces done today. The largest of them, currently titled ‘An Adventurer’s Binds’ is only 306 words. The other two, ‘A Suitor Declined’ and ‘Desert Wood’ are 230 and 233 respectively.

Day 24
Just one short finished today, bringing my current total up to twenty-two. Latest title is ‘Words and Actions’.

 

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30 Day Shorts III

You can check out the first two parts here and here.

Day 11
I ended up not writing anything today. Mostly spent it working on some art instead of writing.

Day 12
Another writing-free day. I spent it looking through my various projects and organizing some notes.

Day 13
Got some flash pieces done! They were more to get me back into the mindset of a particular series so aren’t much more than fluff scenes. I ended up with two; ‘Puppy Love’ and ‘Marry Me’.

Day 14
Ended up using today’s word list to get a short piece done for my main project. It spanned a little longer than I expected it to, clocking in at just over a thousand. Currently titled ‘Genius’.

Day 15
Nothing short written today, but a little bit more done on one of my main projects.

Day 16
Again, nothing short written, but a lot of good stuff written for my main projects. A little worried about how I’ll catch up on all the shorts at this point, but that’s the point of a challenge is to push and see how much I can do.

Day 17
I got a short flash piece done this morning! While I’m still behind, having one done takes some of the worry off. Current title is ‘Housekeeping’.

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30 Day Shorts II

Another update on how my 30 Day shorts challenge has been going. I’d love to see how you all are doing if you’re participating. Let me know in the comments below!

Day 4
Today’s word list actual sparked several ideas for flash pieces, all of which are grouped together under the title ‘Halloween’. I have two done so far, which actually put me just slightly ahead of where I meant to be.

Day 5
Finished one more piece under the collection started yesterday, but it only ended up being a short 500 word scene.

Day 6
Kind of struggled to find the motivation to focus on a short story. Instead I ended up working on the opening of another piece and spawning a new idea. While I’m not behind because of that additional on the fourth, I don’t want to let this be a habit.

Day 7
I went ahead and did two ten-minute flash pieces on the newest idea. The first is titled ‘Hidden’ while the second is currently under the title ‘Prized’.

Day 8
More flash for the newest idea today (which is in need of a title). So far I have nine pieces done, with the latest under the title of ‘Moon’s Comfort’.

Day 9
Ended up with an unrelated short that I want to come back to later. I like the potential for it to stay as a self-contained piece, or to connect to a larger sequence. Currently titled it as ‘Wishing Stars’.

Day 10
Because my darling cat decided she wanted to be up and played with all last night, I ended up writing a short piece about her. I’m half-planning on posting it here for April’s short story, but haven’t officially decided yet. Current title is ‘Soft Paws and Sharp Claws.’

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30 Day Shorts I

We’re on day three of my 30 Day Shorts challenge, so it felt like a good place to check in and see how it’s gone so far.

Day 1
I started a little piece, which ended up being an unseen scene from my current serial work. I ended up not using the day’s prompt. Title is still out on it.

Day 2 
What started as a ten-minute flash piece morphed into a longer piece connected to a longer story (not my current big project). It also let me take a look at some minor characters and some background relations. Currently I have it titled as ‘Children’.

Day 3
Started another exploration titled ‘Bloom’. It’s focused back on my serial, but also clears up some things about a character who’s been giving me development troubles. I ended up not using the day’s prompt.

How are you doing on the 30 Day Shorts challenge?

As a reminder I have both Aurarin’s Song and Crimson and Gold available for free on the 4th. Aurarin’s Song will remain free until April 6th. I also have all of my available and posted short stories on my short stories page.