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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was an interesting, but difficult piece of science fiction to write based on an article I read about Viral Interference. Not sure if I’ll revisit this story, but I’ll definitely keep the concepts it played around with as potential solutions to issues in future stories. It came out to 3,406 words.