Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 19

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The nineteenth of fifty-two short stories completed! 

After last week’s novelette, I wrote a shorter 2,276-word short story this week. It was a science fantasy Star Wars: The Old Republic fan fiction centered on a heated exchange between the Bounty Hunter player character and her NPC companion, Mako. Though the emotional moments need to be smoothed out to land more impactfully, overall, I am happy with how the draft turned out.

Onto the next story!

Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 18

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The eighteenth of fifty-two short stories completed! 

I finished up the long short story (or short novelette depending on your perspective) I began drafting last week. It is a science fiction piece that came in at 9,854 words. Already, as I was writing, I identified a handful of things that can be improved, expanded upon, cut out, and modified in revision. I intend to let this piece sit for a good long while (6+ months) before returning to it. But I fully intend to return to it and revise it, an activity I am very much looking forward to doing.

Onto the next story!

Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 17

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The seventeenth of fifty-two short stories completed! 

I was a bit all over the place this week: preparing for the final encounter of a 2+ year-long D&D campaign, revising an outline for a science fiction short story, and beginning to draft said story. However, the length of the story is going to be probably around 7,000 words, and I ran out of time this week to finish it (I’m around the 4,000-word mark and halfway through the narrative). So, that is going to be my story for next week. So what about this week?

This week I popped out a quick 681-word piece of flash fiction. It’s a science fiction story along the veins of the D&D class stories I’ve been doing, but this time for the Mass Effect franchise. It is a story about an Asair woman using her biotic powers to help save survivors of a crashed spaceship. It was a fun piece to write, and it turned out all right for coming up with it at the last minute and banging it out if forty-five minutes.

Onto the next story!

Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 16

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The sixteenth of fifty-two short stories completed! 

Another D&D class flash fiction piece this week, coming in at 1,363 words. The good old Barbarian was the focus this time, and the story turned out . . . alright, I suppose. Not as hyped about it as some of the others I’ve written thus far. I’m feeling a lack of steam for the D&D stories afterward, so I think I’ll be taking a break from them and coming back to them later this week. Been getting that sci-fi itch again, so my plan is to get back to writing some sci-fi stories in the coming weeks.

Onto the next story!

Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 15

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The fifteenth of fifty-two short stories completed! 

Continued writing D&D class stories. This week focused on the Bard class with a short story of 1,643 words that followed a busking bard after a rough night of earnings that found herself in a rough back alley fight. It was a fun piece to write with the challenge of including musical descriptions, something I haven’t done much in the past. I look forward to revising this story in the near future.

Onto the next story!

Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 14

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The fourteenth of fifty-two short stories completed! 

Wrote another D&D class short story of 1,201 words. It follows a Ranger as they complete their hunt and have to deal with the unexpected consequences of slaying their prey. It was a fun romp and just as fun to write. I already have rough outlines for the three more stories for three more classes, and I’ll be turning those into first drafts here soon.

Onto the next story!

Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 13

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The thirteenth of fifty-two short stories completed! 

Wrote a triplet of fantasy flash fiction pieces this week, each story revolving around one of the many D&D classes/subclasses (Fighter, Battlemaster (fighter), and Warlock (fiend). I was inspired by the flash fictions James Haeck wrote for his Class 101 articles on D&D Beyond. I intended to, over the course of the year, write at least one flash fiction for each of the main D&D classes. Altogether, these three pieces totaled 1,099 words.

Onto the next story!

Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 12

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The twelfth of fifty-two short stories completed! 

Another piece of flash fiction this week. DMing my D&D group along with my day job have been requiring more of my time last week and will continue to do so this week. So I typed out a quick science fiction piece I brainstormed while attempting—and failing—to fall asleep last night. It was a fun, dialogue-heavy piece, and I look forward to revisiting it for revision sometime later this year.

Onto the next story!

Ray Bradbury 52-Week Writing Challenge – Week 11

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The eleventh of fifty-two short stories completed! 

This was a fun piece of flash fiction to write. It was born from thinking about lessons I’ve learned as a professional software engineer and how I could incorporate them as emotional stories in fiction. This is one such lesson in one such story. I look forward to returning to this 1,326-word flash fiction and revising it.

Onto the next story!