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!