June 27, 2024 Post

Some kids outgrow their imaginary friends…the rest of us become writers

Last week’s online conference about writing crime fiction turned out to be pretty decent. It wasn’t exactly the same as an in-person event, but over the five days, I absolutely got some good things out of the free gig, so I want to thank #ProWritingAid for sponsoring it. Definitely some stuff that will help me with the novel. Speaking of, I was having lunch with a friend the other day (don’t worry—I won’t mention your name, Pete) and when he asked me how my book was coming, I confessed that I’m not moving as quickly as I would like. This led to the aha moment of deadlines. I need them—especially when it comes to being creative. So here’s my pledge to you—and me. AUGUST 26th is when I’ll finish my next draft. It will be a major rewrite based on notes from my developmental editor.

What this means is that I need to step up my game. I’m thinking something (like writing these 101-word sequels and prequels) may need to take a backseat. I’ll let you know. In the meantime, here’s the original story (prompt supplied by Edward Hefter) as it appeared in FAST FICTION Vol 2. Man Vs. Machine, p. 54. I suggest reading it first and then take a peek at the sequel which is the Story of the Week.

Time to Shake It Up

We’re not zombies and there is such a thing as free will (not to be confused with Free Willy—also not a zombie). So why must we insist on taking the same trip every year? We’re building lasting memories, maintaining traditions, blah, blah, blah. I get it, but how about mixing it up at least once?

If you’re from the California coast, before you get all insulted, I agree—it’s beautiful, but that doesn’t mean we have to come here EVERY year. Why not try Florida (most fugitives!) or Arkansas (famous hillbillies!)?

Unfortunately, we’re monarch butterflies, and migration’s kinda our thing.

Prompt: Unusual commutes

And here’s this week’s tale…

A Ritual That Bugs Him

“There’s nothing to do here,” Billy whined. “Why do we gotta come to Monterey every winter? Jamal says they’re going to Los Angeles where they got lots of cool stuff.”

“Not this again,” Billy’s mom, Chrys, sighed. “We’re monarchs, Billy. Migrating’s the only way we’ll save our endangered species. Besides, L.A.’s not as ‘cool’ as you think.”

“They got ‘Bug’s Life’ at California Adventure,” Billy said.

Chrys shook her head.“Not any more. Besides, winters here are perfect for hibernating, plus there’s the generous kickback we get from the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Try getting that from Disney!”


And so ends another week in the world of making stuff up.

Thanks for listening.

Scotty out

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