My Name was Supposed to be Elizabeth Ann

— Stories from the Roads (Not) Taken

With a little more than a week to go of the September Challenge, I’m happy to report I’m still in it:

  • Except for one weekend travelling and the morning after a very long Back-to-School Night day, I’ve written every day. So that’s nineteen (nearly) consecutive days–woo hoo!
  • That writing on my phone thing comes in handy. Trying to avoid being stuck in a Bridge #1 opening on my way to work earlier this week, I drove to another bridge. And became stuck in an opening at Bridge #2 that lasted 25 minutes. I opened my Google Docs app and voila! I figured out how to write my protagonist out of the maze she’d created. (I also spilled coffee on my cream pants while I was typing, but that’s irrelevant. Focus, people.)
  • I wrote to the prompts about half of those days. Some days, I used them to generate an idea for a new story. Some days, I incorporated them in a piece I wanted to work on more. 
  • Writing each day’s goals in my planner forced me to hold myself accountable for progress and started off each day with a win.
  • You know that feeling you get when you’re immersed in a good book and you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next? Sometimes writing is like that, too. Some days, I wrote just because I needed to find out where my characters planned to take me.
  • My writing time these last two weeks has focused on “The Fallout,” a speculative short story set in a post-TMI world. It’s a companion piece to my reflection on the near-meltdown in 1979, which you can find in the BOOK TALK tab, above.  “The Fallout” still needs work, but you can find my newest revision in the FICTION tab, above. I’m going to let it sit there awhile before I polish it some more, definitely after the challenge ends. If you have any thoughts about that, I’d love to hear them. And thank you!

As for the remaining eight days…

In the May challenge, one of the prompts suggested we write the story we’ve been wanting to write all month. I have no idea whether that will feature in September, but that’s exactly what I intend to do. Its working title is “Tell Me No Secrets and I’ll Tell You No Lies” and it’s about these two kids who–

Just kidding! You’ll have to read it when I finish.

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