Harper Valley PTA

Wednesday! It’s all downhill to the weekend!

Of course, that means I’m just wishing my life away, but I really am looking forward to a normal weekend. It will make a lovely change.

I am slowly acclimating back to my normal life, now that I am out of the Festival bubble. I got some writing done yesterday on one of the short stories I am working on–I put aside one and worked on another, simply because mentally it was in the front of my mind and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I think it’s a good, interesting story, but at the same time I don’t know where I am going to sell it, and I also think the tone is wrong, but it’s flowing right along and I’m having a lovely time writing it, so there’s that. Sometimes, I think, you have to write something that is just fun to write so you can remember how much joy you actually can get out of writing. Not sure how much, if any, writing I will get done today–I am that weird combination of sleepy, my muscles are tired (thanks to Wacky Russian this morning) and yet my brain is functioning fine. I could easily go right back to sleep, I think, it’s just a weird feeling.

Someone suggested to me over the weekend that I should do a collection of my crime and horror short stories; it’s something that’s occurred to me a few times over the last year or so, but I also figured I didn’t have enough published stories for a collection, and I would have to write a bunch of new ones. But yesterday, whenever I would get stuck on the story I was working on (“Quiet Desperation”), I started listing the stories that I’ve published that would fit into this collection, and was surprised at how many I actually have (I also have some finished, unpublished ones on hand); and thought to myself, hey, this collection might be easier to pull together than I originally thought. I have thirteen horror/crime stories that have been published; four that are finished and unpublished; and three partials I would need to complete. (Although I would probably revise the finished, unpublished ones again.) So that’s actually twenty stories; if each story was five thousand words that would one hundred thousand words total, not including the introduction.

That’s a book.

And on that note, I am heading back into the spice mines.

Here’s a Hump Day Hunk for you!

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