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The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions



Re. My post immediately preceding this one: namely, “Upcoming Flash Fiction.”

As my old granddad used to say, looks like “I’m a day late and a dollar short.” Well, not quite a day late yet, but you get the gist of it.

The truly frustrating thing is that by Sunday night I had the bulk of the damn thing written. Monday I was going to finish it, and Wednesday I was going to edit it. (Tuesday was my son’s hockey practice and Thursday was my weekly French class). Monday, however, I ended up at the computer until midnight rewriting a “personal statement” for a summer course application to attend the University of Virginia that I had been reminded was now three days overdue. And by Wednesday I was so wasted from writing so hard and long on Monday night  — compounded by the rigours of a typical work week — that I just crashed. Now it’s Friday, and the noon deadline expired just over seven hours ago.

The good news for you, Intrepid Reader, is that I still have every intention of posting the story — hopefully sometime this weekend (if all the stars and planets align). The bad news is, writer-wise, I didn’t hit my delivery target, haven’t been able to keep the story under the requisite 2,000 words, and I didn’t have the opportunity to reference the post over at for all Chuck Wendig’s readers to — potentially, at least — connect to.

Bear with me, and special thanks to Charles at for checking in to see how I was doing today.




  1. bronxboy55 says:

    The task now is to finish the story, and not be dragged down by a missed deadline. You can always adapt the piece for another contest. I look forward to reading (or hearing) it.

  2. Tom Marshall says:

    Okay, I may have not responded quickly but I did go to Terrible and rolled the dice–at least eleven times to truly see if it was random. Mine were:

    Epic Fantasy
    Inside Someone’s Mind
    Love Triangle
    A Monkey
    Man’s Greatest Enemy is himself

    I contemplated for a couple days and nothing really jumped out – it was the monkey. I’ve thought of a jester falling for the queen and in his head getting nasty to the king – and using sock monkeys to tell the story but then remembered Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. I’d say this was a killer assignment. The first roll, and the reason for the eleven times, was its closeness to the details you were to write about. So I rerolled ten times and took the number with the highest number of rolls from each of the categories.

    I look forward to hearing the tale once it is done.

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