I managed to add 1333 new words to The Playground. That’s where I discovered I’d written myself into a corner. I need to do some deep research to find my way out now. It will happen, but it’s kind of disheartening.
To keep my mojo going, I wrote one micro fiction and started a short story. I can add these 1868 words to my tally to make myself feel better. I’ll do the research later, I just wanted to keep writing.
Old What’s Her Face* and I went to town today. She wanted to see 50 Shades of Gray, but I didn’t. We went to the same theater, but I saw Jupiter Ascending instead. Happy Valentines Day! Both movies were only so so. I’m taking her word on 50 Shades. Mine was really pretty from a visual standpoint. It came across like a mash up of Cinderella and Flash Gordon. I was kind of bummed that most of the time it was about Mila Kunis being rescued by Magic Mike with Hobbit ears. I kind of wanted her to throat punch someone all by herself and show some character growth.
We grabbed an early dinner at Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, at The Village. The lady up front said they didn’t have any tables. The place was 50% empty! There were empty tables everywhere I looked. She finally said she could squeeze us in and seated us way in the back away from everyone else.
Now I know it’s Valentines Day, and I’m sure they had plenty of reservations (for later). The wait staff proceeded to treat us like lepers through our entire meal. I’m relatively certain the waitress used hand sanitizer after every stop to our table. We were the best dressed couple in the place too. The food was decent, but I’m not going back again. Other places have better food, and better attitudes too.
I may move my short story character into position, then do some bomb defusing research. (That ought to make NSA happy.) Then again, I may just return to the Twilight Zone and relax a bit.
Question for you short story experts. Does 10,000 to 15,000 words seem like a good target? I’ve read that a short story is anywhere from 1500 to 30,000 words, it’s a novella after that.
* Not my Valentine’s real name.