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I'm all shook up

November 12, 2010
Posted at 4:21 pm

I'm all shook up

Things are going to be a little shaken up for a couple of months, and I thought I'd warn those of you who read my blog.

It's all about vanity. I'll explain.

I started posting in 2005 on a whim. It kind of worked out, so I kept writing and posting. You all kept giving me advice and good ideas, and it got to be more and more fun to write the stories and talk to you guys about them.

Now I never set out to write any particular number of books and stories. I just wrote what I thought of and the numbers kind of piled up. But in October I noticed that I was within five or six books of having written two hundred even.

So I kind of got excited about that. That's where the vanity comes in. I wanted number 200 to be special. So I thought about things, and the thing I thought about most was how much more fun it was when Peaches had time to edit stories with me. We read those stories to each other while her fingers flew and made corrections and improvements and all that sort of thing.

So I wrote a story that I hoped would tempt her to find time to edit just one more book.

And I think she took the bait. She hasn't edited it yet, but she promised to.

So that gave me story number 200. But all I had posted was 194 stories (or something like that), so I had to go on a writing frenzy to write a bunch of stories so I could get to number 200.

I went through my projects folder which has some dynamite ideas in it, but a lot of them are for long, complicated books, the kind that take months to write. I've been putting off working on them because not only does it take months to write one, you have to work on it every day so you don't lose the flavor of the plot and characters. And I haven't had time to do that because I was working on shorter ideas that I was excited about.

So being a man of grand schemes (more vanity) I decided the only thing to do was start next year with story number 200 and then write only three or four long books during the next year.

Knowing how my grand schemes usually turn out, I doubt you'll only hear from me three times in 2011. So don't get wrapped around the axle about that.

So once I decided to do that, I looked at my stats. As of Veterans Day, I have 195 books and stories posted at SOL.. That means I had to post four more stories before Jan the first, 2011.

And I'm doing that. I have two of them finished already. The other two are about half done.

The problem is that my normal posting schedule won't work to post all four stories between now and New Years Day.

Here's why:

One story is a Randy Reader, which is a Dick and Jane primer. It's about Thanksgiving, and so it has to be posted just prior to Thanksgiving. That takes up Thanksgiving week.

The other story that's finished and ready to go is five chapters long. So that will take a full week to post. Right now I think I'm going to do that starting next week. It's called Sardines, by the way, and is entirely from the point of view of a female.
You ladies out there get to grade me on this one, in terms of whether or not I'm in touch with my feminine side. Seeing as how I'm rough and tough and ahard to bluff and used to many a hardship ... I'm not expecting the ladies to come fawning at my feet.

But those two stories pretty much take care of November.

One of the unfinished stories is a Christmas piece, so it has to be finished and posted before Christmas.

The other unfinished story would then have to be posted the last week of December.

So I'm shotgunning the last two months of the year, just so I can be all vain and start posting my special 200th story on New Year's Day, 2011.

And some posting days it will be the whole story, and others it will be a chapter or two. In other words, things are going to be all shook up.

And then I'm going to disappear for a while to work on epics. (more vanity there, just in case you didn't notice it.)

So Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, before I go on sabbatical to write.

I just thought you'd like to know.

Thanks for reading.