Good things happened today.

I just made and devoured a home made Rueben sandwich. Fried things are probably bad, but sauerkraut is good, so I’m all balanced on the health meter. On the happy meter, I’m way up there.

I wrote this short story Saturday night. It amounted to about 2200, 2300 words. There is no speculative element in it, so it’s kind of an orphan. It involves a murder, so I sought some help. Sue Coletta said something polite like, “That sounds like fun.” I twisted that into, “Please let me read it.”

I knew I wasn’t entirely honest about it, but she is the best murder writer I know. Honestly read her book, Marred.

Sue read my short story, liked it, and even edited it for me. I was so excited, I lost my concentration for a moment or two. I have the iPad Pro that allows for a split screen, but I can’t open the same program using the split screen.

I never got rid of my old iPad, so I improvised. I opened Sue’s mark-up on the old iPad, and my draft on the new one. This works incredibly well. I even looked up a spelling error on the split screen, so I had three windows open at once. I just caught this one while I was working through it. Mother-load is not correct. I’ve worked at mines, and staked thousands of claims in my lifetime. A quick Google confirmed that it is mother-lode, like a lode deposit.

This also means that I owe Sue big time. I have something in mind, but I’ll have to wait to tell everyone about it.

The Yak Guy Project gained about 3000 words. I’m a little afraid that things aren’t happening fast enough for my usual readers, but this is a different kind of story. It involves a young man from the entitled generation who gets plopped into a world where all the technology is gone. Life is tough, and if you don’t do it yourself, you might starve to death. He has to get his hands dirty and everything, and I mean slaughtering chickens kind of dirty.

In this scene, he is with someone he considers less than himself. The fellow survived a war wound that left major brain damage. He can function to a degree, but needs some help with basic things too. It turns out Yak Guy Ted learns things from the invalid, and he’s about to have a revelation about himself.

There is a lot of philosophical stuff in Ted’s journey, and he is growing up in ways he should have years ago. I have no idea what genre to even plunk it in when I’m finished. I really like the idea of pride takes a fall in today’s words, and maybe there is hope for the Yak Guy after all.

Third big deal, fourth if you count my awesome sandwich. I posted some time ago about being nominated for a Planetary award. This was for my short story, Something in the Water, which came out in The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack.

It looks like the nominating period is over, and the voting starts tomorrow. I would really appreciate anyone who votes for my little story. Win or lose, the Commander is a great guy, and if we could drive him some traffic that would be great too. The voting link isn’t up right now, so I’ll post the home page where it will be tomorrow. This is the voting link.

I have to go back to the paycheck job tomorrow, but if I get time, I will update the link to the actual voting page. I’ll also try to share the link across social media as time allows.

The old dog is having a good day. The Walking Dead came back last night, and Daryl blew up some obnoxious biker thieves, Carol shot the Wolf dude, and that was all cool. I got some good work done, and I’m feeling pretty happy about things. I even gathered another five star review on one of my older books. (Panama)

I may even start another short story to carry me through the week.



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28 responses to “Good things happened today.

  1. Reuben’s rock and I just printed a recipe for a Reuben casserole. Sounds like a very good day!

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  2. Sounds like a good day. I’ll get my voting finger ready.

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  3. Aw, I don’t know what to say, except, Thank you! It’s so nerve-wracking editing someone else’s work. I’m so glad you were happy with it. Your story rocks! Cool murder method, too. 🙂 After you release the story, I’d love to add the murder method to my 60 Ways, with credit to you of course.

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  4. On a roll you are. Killer sandwich and three other successes.Great.

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  5. Ali Isaac

    Sounds like you had a great day! Pardon my ignorance, but I have no idea what a Reuben sandwich is.

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  6. I had a peanut butter and Jelly sandwich.
    That’s ok but…it’s definitely not a Reuben!

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  7. I had kielbasa, sauerkraut, and potatoes. Yay on the short story!!

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  8. If you love weird ways to murder, you have to read Tim Dorsey’s novels. That’s his forte. Anybody who can murder a man with a lobster and magnets….way cool.

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    • That’s pretty unique. I’m not a murder writer, but the idea came to me. It was a successful experiment, and might make it into a second Experimental Notebook. Someone suggested entering it in a contest somewhere, and I suppose that’s an option too. I should check that book out though.

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  9. You had a really productive day! I’m trying to figure out how to vote on the Commander’s site, but maybe the voting link isn’t up yet. I’ll keep checking. I worked yesterday (we don’t the “smaller” Federal holidays) but managed to squeeze in some editing time later on.
    Looking forward to seeing the short and also you’r “inventive” murder. It’s got to be good if Sue says so! 🙂

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  10. It’s a great feeling finishing a story, and even better getting someone to read it straight away! 🙂

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