Ahead of any of the rest of this I should thank those of you that read 1000 Days. I appreciate the lot of you silent as you are about your participation. Also, a big shoutout to you robots combing the Internet for RSS feeds: thanks for stopping by.
The theme of concern resolving from those that do provide me feedback is that I don’t present a cohesive thread of any kind. Each day is new. Each day is disconnected from most of the days before it. Each day is a start with no middle or end.
I agree. And I dislike the disconnectivity as much as you. For anyone previously tentative about coming forward with criticisms of 1000 Days, let that admission alay any fears of authorial retaliation. I’m OK with external criticism of my work in part or whole. LEt’s not let that be the crack that breaks the dam and looses relentless volumes of bashing though—I’m no masochist. Alone in a vaccum with just pen and paper erodes my creativity and quality.
Starting next week I’ll be organizing each week by a theme. All seven—usually just five—will pivot on a core idea. I may announce that idea ahead of time; I may not. That pivot may come in the form of a straight forward story of sorts or it may simply be a bunch of stories about socks, or knives, or the wind, or greed. In any case a theme.
In the spirit of collaboration—but not too much (maybe 99:1)—I’ll solicit themes in the comments below.
Word count: 260
Initially I intended for that little 1 minute exercise to be more about character development. Since the inspiration for it focused on the physical form. Instead I got more of what I would call lead-off sentences. Not sticking with my intention isn’t a big deal. I’m just making note.
I probably won’t write against the clock again late in the evening at the last minute any more. Much like trainer walking a horse before a race, timed writing like that warmed up my brain and then left it clamoring in the starting gate only to be led back to the barn. Even when I woke up this morning I continued to probe the first couple of words of a sentence for good breeding.
Strange and unexpected.
I’ll do what I can to return later today, but I’ve got mowing, solo parenting (can’t call it babysitting when they’re yours), and some undefined notion of a third major thing to do today.
Word count: 146
Those bastards over at Gorilla Artfare did it again. Of particular blame is this guy.
I’m going to attempt the writing version of “30 second poses”. Mine are going to be a minute long though because the online timer I found is too hard to set to a minute and because I’m a lazy punk.
- Brenda sprinted down the dark hallway. She wasn’t sure which child cried, but she was going to put a stop to it so none o
- Leaves puddled at the base of the tree. A robin picked among them…
- Nine garangs walked out of the treeline into the sunny mountain meadow. Each wore a smart vest and carried a walking staff. It was time for tea. (whoops forgot to hit start)
- Mark found the ocean remarkable not for its size but it ceaseless action. Waves crashe
- Mist rose from the warm pond as I dipped my paddle into the surface. There was no reason for me to be quiet or still, yet I couldn’t not be. Even th
- “You’d better not be trying to play the I’ve changed more diapers today card on me now. I change these things everyday. If you change this one and the next 10 after that you’ll maybe catch up to Tuesday.”
- Patricia stoope to pick up the paper. The side up held no writing, but there was no way the reverse could be blank. She was curious to know if it would be a phone number, a name, or
- The dog growled. The glass seperated us, but I couln’t be sure he didn’t know that. I wasn’t taking chances so I dropped the package and bolted for the car.
- An ant, one of the smaller red ants, not the ones that bite, but the ones you can barely see walked along the contour of my cup.
- Carol stroked the inside of her arm. Her cool skin sagged with age. She resisted admitting she no longer
- Two enourmous machines crested the hill. Nothing this big wasn’t military, but these didn’t seem of the typical green with guns sort. The undercarriage clung tot he ground
- Anxious for the test to be over, Carl skimmed the remaining questions. Maybe one of them would be easy to answer. Maybe one of them would save him from being in the lower classes again next year.
- Pixies hovered in various places in the air before me. Their formation seemed one of collective curiousity more than outright attack. Carefully I slid my hand into
- Green. I had to remember green. First I had to sleep then I had to wake up remembering green. Green. Green. Grass is green. But it’s wet too. Wet. Wet.
- Jennifer loaded up her book bag and headed out the door to class. Tuesdays and Thursdays were the worst because she had no breaks and all three classes had big books or multiple books.
- Juan never could get a grip on where his mind would go on a shift. His hands cleared tables and his arms carried dishes, but in his head he was never in the restaurant. Instead he
- Butterflies clouded the air around Jill. One or two of them on a flower in her garden was nice. Hundreds fluttering in her face was exactly the opposite
- Three flights of stairs lay before John. The elevator remained unfixed for the third day in a row. THis building’s SUper sucks he thought.
- I really wanted to watch Deadwood instead of write tonight. Instead I couldn’t leave well enough alone and I’ve taken 20 mins to create this mess of few liners. It’s a bit of a rush, but I can’t see the neccessity of it for a writer.
- Not sure I can see the point for an artist either. Maybe it’s to let you brain step out of the way and leave the work to your fingers, wrists, and arms? Anyone? Certianly it turned a blow off night into something a little more
There you go.
Highest word count ever.
Word count: 645