Shannon Stacey

Heading into the weekend

Two projects going on—

1) I’m working on a short story y’all will find out about in the near future, and I’ll be wrapping that up hopefully today so I can edit it, proof it and ship it by the end of the weekend. It’s coming in at 4k, I think, and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge. Getting a full romance story into 4000 words isn’t easy—even if they start out knowing each other, which you almost have to do—and working the dialogue and exposition for maximum effect has been fun.

With such a focused story and narrow word count, the finer elements of craft are extraordinarily crucial—word choices, word placements and sentence structure. My father was a master carpenter, and I see it as a carpenter who usually builds houses building a jewelry box. The basic steps and structure remain the same, but he can really show off his craft. The level of craftmanship must be that much higher, however, because the flaws will be far more glaring.

And 2) Tomorrow is the Short Kid’s birthday. He’ll be eight! How did this happen? He’s not old enough to be eight. He’s my baby. We’ll be having a family party tomorrow (umm…I should get a cake….and probably buy his gifts?) and then I and another mom will be taking them to see Bolt on Wednesday at the cinema pub. They give us soda, pizza, cupcakes, ice cream, the movie, and everything we need for a party and after the movie we get up and walk out and we’re done.

But tomorrow he’ll be eight. And the Tall Kid is thirteen!


10 comments to “Heading into the weekend”

  1. Annmarie
      · November 21st, 2008 at 11:39 am · Link

    Happy Birthday to the Short Kid. Eight, huh? My nieces are 7 and 9. They are totally into boys. Now that he’s eight, does he have room in his life for a Mrs. Short Kid?

    Ok. I’ll stop teasing now. Have fun at the movies!

  2. azteclady
      · November 21st, 2008 at 11:47 am · Link

    Hey, count your blessings–my eldest is 20 and the second and last will turn 16 in December!

    I hate time passing.

  3. azteclady
      · November 21st, 2008 at 11:48 am · Link

    Oh and… happy bday, short kid! (Get your mom to get you a camera so you can get more great pic of her)

  4. Ann
      · November 21st, 2008 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to the short kid (I think you need to get him a camera- it’s a great hobby- and you know he’s good at it).
    Have a great weekend. :)

  5. netti
      · November 21st, 2008 at 1:47 pm · Link

    My #1 is turning 16 on the 28th and #2 will be 13 Dec 4, I’ve been watching them trying to figure out where the heck the time went. They are just totally not allowed to grow up this quickly :|

  6. Bev Stephans
      · November 21st, 2008 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to the short kid!

    I don’t mind telling my age, but I don’t want my adult children to tell theirs. LOL!

  7. Angela James
      · November 21st, 2008 at 5:58 pm · Link

    How can he be EIGHT? Isn’t he still four? WTH, dude?

  8. Charlene
      · November 21st, 2008 at 11:09 pm · Link

    8, ZOMG. That will be here before I know it. :baby:

  9. Shannon
      · November 22nd, 2008 at 9:40 am · Link

    I think it’ll be harder when he turns double-digits, but my husband and I are both in some deep denial over this one. I think he’s taking it even worse than I am. (The biggest reason we have the Short Kid—the husband couldn’t cope with the Tall Kid being five and not a baby anymore.)

    And Angie, that’s funny because what makes me panic over where the time goes are pictures of Brianna and Charli’s girls.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes for him. I need to go back to my regularly scheduled day—

    Can I open a present?


    Can I open a present?


    Can I open a present?


    Can I open a present?



  10. Kelly
      · November 22nd, 2008 at 12:34 pm · Link


    Happy Birthday Short Kid! Give mom a big hug cause it helps mom’s when they see their baby’s grow up.

    I don’t feel my age until I look at my baby…the one I just picked up from college for the holiday week. Mom no matter how much they grow up, they’ll always be your baby…that’s why I’ve already tripped a couple times over his “stuff”, nothings change since he was 2… :roll:

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