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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 terribleminds.com for all Chuck Wendig’s readers to — potentially, at least — connect to.
Bear with me, and special thanks to Charles at mostybrightideas.wordpress.com for checking in to see how I was doing today.
For all those of you I’ve lured here with the “Literary” reference in my “A (Mostly) Literary Blog” tagline, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve decided to join this week’s Flash Fiction challenge over at Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds site (http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/03/01/flash-fiction-challenge-super-ultra-mega-game-of-aspects/). It’s a bit of a mash-up, but I suppose that’s the challenge, um, I mean, fun. I rolled the virtual dice and I’ll be writing a 2,000-word story using the following randomized parameters to guide me:
> Subgenre: Psychological Thriller
> Setting: The Zoo
> Conflict: Abduction
> Aspect to Include: A rare bird
> Theme: Chaos always trumps order
That last one, at least, is something I’ve had a bit of experience with!
I’ve got to upload my story by this Friday (March 8), so I’ll see you back here then.
Anyone want to join me in this arcane wordsmithing exercise? Let me know. And consider the gauntlet thrown…