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Row80-4 - check in 10/31 - One More Sleep

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. Have an outline, and some scenes laid out. More planning needed but is enough to start at least. Also have some books to read for a book club, band practices, and a couple of TV series I'm following. 

  • writing
    • Did a challenge for Flash Fiction Friday. Was to carry on from a story start, and make it scary. 
    • NaNoWriMo - outline and scenes ready for tomorrow morning. 
    • Short Stories - finished my page listing them all, with short excerpts. Added a bigger link on my home page, and will link to them from every story I post now.
    • Reading about writing - have several in my pile, need to decide which are now or later. Also, finally got a copy of Perfect Match, for book club on November 5th. Others waiting too, so will need to read by Friday night I think.
  • health - boogying along. Will start #NaHeWriMo - National Healthy Writer Month to remind me to add the habit of daily exercise to the habit of daily writing in #NANoWriMo
  • other - More Doc Watson, and hunkering down for the Frankenstorm. Which missed Ottawa.

Nice Costume

This week's challenge from Flash Fiction Friday is to finish a story. The site says:

This week’s prompt comes from one of my old (not in age) sociology professors, Sophie Aubert (yes, she made a cameo appearance in one of my stories earlier this year).  Professor Aubert was lecturing on degrees of truth and perceptions; how our ‘sphere’ influenced those perceptions.

You think that…the only truth that matters is that which can be measured.  That isn’t always the case…some truths can’t be quantified…they just are and we have to accept that.

I want to tell you a little story, something that happened to me a few years ago.

My partner and I were going to a Halloween party at a friend’s place outside of Paris; an old asylum that she had purchased for a song and spent the last several years renovating.

Dusk had fallen, casting long shadows across the narrow forest road, as we made our way to the villa.  Suddenly, a dark shape darted out from the dusk-drawn woods and into the middle of the road, where it stopped–frozen in the glare of the headlights.  Claudette jammed the brakes and the old Citroen slid to a stop only a few feet away from the…

Okay.  That’s enough, I think.  Now, you get to finish the story.

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ROW80-4 - check in 10/28 - Closer

Just a quick check in for yesterday. Outlining goes well, did another Flash Fiction, and baled on Index Cards.

  • writing
    • I did another Flash Fiction, for Terrible Minds. Challenge was to use 5 of 10 elements. Mine was a little strange, even foe me. But - fun to write.
    • NaNoWriMo - Went to local NaNoWriMo kickoff. Started off next to two people focused on each other and the books one of them did - hard to join in. Finally just got up and socialized with others - a nice crowd. Outline going well too, for novel, Agnes of Grimm. Gave up on Index Cards, as is restricted to ONLY the iPad - no PC links, no way to import to them. Back to Scrivener as main program, using corkboard on big screen to outline. Can compile outline to an RTF, cut/paste into Evernote for reference on iPad. Will use iPad to write scenes, one at a time. Not elegant, but works.
    • Short stories - started a separate page for them, with a link and few lines from beginning. Seventy total, gradually copying in. 
  • health - walking, enjoying fall weather before Frankenstorm hits. Although will be diminished way up here in Ottawa.
  • other - More Doc Watson episodes, plus went to nice social with other photography volunteers from Ottawa Folk Festival. 2012 still to be loaded by admin.


This week's challenge from Terrible Minds was to choose five ingredients from a list and make a story - 1000 words max. Here, then, were the ten potential ingredients:
  • A Mysterious Rabbit
  • An Unborn Child
  • A Missing Corpse
  • A Broken Music Box
  • An Ancient Curse
  • A Half-Burned Notebook
  • A Sudden Storm
  • An Indestructible Tree
  • A Venomous Creature
  • An Impossible Doorway
My choices were:
  • A Sudden Storm
  • An Ancient Curse
  • A Half-Burned Notebook
  • An Unborn Child
  • An Impossible Doorway

Story is 762 words.

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