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Stephen L. Thompson’s July 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Writing with tags , , on August 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha
Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering July 2013.
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My publication news for the past month:
None.
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This month I broke my streak.  I had written every day for 345 days until July 10.  There were several reasons for this.  When it’s really hot, I don’t feel like doing anything, which goes against me having so many things to do like picking blueberries.  But the main reason, is I was starting to burn out on writing.  I was writing every day, but I was doing it because I had to.  So I took a little vacation.  I haven’t stopped writing completely, but the last few days when I’ve written it’s been because I’ve wanted to write, not because I had to.  That works a lot better for me.  Hopefully, with some cooler weather, I should get back into the swing of writing in August.
Thanks to my vacation, this month I only wrote 1,360 words giving me a yearly total of 55,655.  If I still want to meet my goal of 120,000 words, I will have to get to work.
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I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word about myself and my writing. The latest idea I came up with, was to ask that the readers of this post – if you’d be so kind – tweet out a message for me. The message being: “Check out Stephen L. Thompson’s Newsletter – http://bit.ly/12cUyt4 #sltnews #writing” The #sltnews bit will let me see who tweets this. It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.
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The other day I went into a coffee shop to do some writing, and this haiku just came out.
Enjoy,
Steve
mug of steaming tea
an open notebook and pen
awaiting my muse

Stephen L. Thompson’s June 2013 Newsletter

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , on July 9, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering June 2013. Sorry this is a bit late, but these last few weeks have been a bit hectic.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my poems “A Price too High” and “For the Public Health” on my Bubblews Profile.
Publication of my stories “Figures,” “Hmmm,” “You Didn’t Pray Hard Enough,” “Details,” “Hot Heads,” “House Call,” “The Buzzing of Flies,” “A Not so Different Future,” “Heartbeat of the Night,” “For Want of a Pen,” “Directions,” “Woggy,” and “Memories” as part of my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.

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This month I wrote 7,914 words giving me a yearly total so far of 54,295. To reach my goal of 120,000 words this year, I’ll really need to step things up.

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In June I ran my yearly 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge, but things didn’t go so well this year. I only managed to put up thirteen stories. There are several reasons for this. One, I was sick for a few days which really slowed things down. Two, with good weather (for the first half of the month) there were all sorts of things I needed to do outside, which cut into my writing time. These two things combined to take away my momentum, which really floored me.

Hopefully, when I do this next year in September, things won’t take away my momentum and I’ll get back to writing thirty stories in as many days.

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Here’s a photo of my story board at the end of June.

june

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I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word about myself and my writing. The latest idea I came up with, was to ask that the readers of this post – if you’d be so kind – tweet out a message for me. The message being: “Check out Stephen L. Thompson’s Newsletter – http://bit.ly/12cUyt4 #sltnews #writing” The #sltnews bit will let me see who tweets this. It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.

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I didn’t get around to writing a haiku in June.
Sorry,
Steve

Stephen L. Thompson’s May 2013 Newsletter

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , , on June 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering May 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “Four Score and Dear God!” on my Bubblews Profile.

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This month I wrote 5,699 words giving me a yearly total so far of 46,381.  To reach my goal of 120,000 words this year, I’ll need to step things up.

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Something that should step things up, is that in June I will once again have my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  For the past week or so, I’ve been feeling a little worried about the idea.  For the past month or so, I’ve had the writing blahs.  That and my not taking to the heat is part of the reasoning why my writing was so low in May.  So I was worried I wouldn’t have the oomph for writing thirty stories.  But in the past day or so, I’ve come up with several little ideas that I’ve had to restrain myself from starting on.  That’s one of my rules, I can come up with an idea now, but I can’t write it until June.  So you’re going to have to come back and see how I’m doing.

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I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word about myself and my writing.  The latest idea I came up with, was to ask that the readers of this post – if you’d be so kind – tweet out a message for me.  The message being: “Check out Stephen L. Thompson’s Newsletter – http://bit.ly/12cUyt4 #sltnews #writing” The #sltnews bit will let me see who tweets this.  It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.

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One of the non-writing things I did in May was help plant some of our garden.  It was while thinking about that that I came up with the following haiku.
Enjoy,
Steve

dripping sweat upon
rough ground – prelude to the fall’s
sweat dripping harvest

Stephen L. Thompson’s April 2013 Newsletter

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, eBooks, Newsletter, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering April 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “Lonely Phoenix” for Kindle.
Publication of “Morning’s Find” on Miniature Fiction.

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This month I wrote 9,927 words giving me a yearly total so far of 40,682.  My goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am still on track for that.  But I almost wasn’t.  There were a couple weeks were I had trouble just sitting down and writing a sentence.  I need to average about 330 words a day to meet my goal, and there were days were I only wrote four or seven or maybe thirty.  Fortunately, in the last week I’ve come close to breaking 1,000 words on three days, and I did actually break it on two.  So that’s how I made up for it.

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To give a head’s up, in June I will once again have my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  It should be interesting, because most of my ideas of late have been for longer works, like novellas.  Hopefully, I’m not out of short ideas I can write in a day.

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One of the writing groups I’m in had a poetry reading event that started a few hours after the bombings in Boston.  This was just something I whipped out that night.
Enjoy,
Steve

some jackass bomber –
yet people still gather to
read their poetry

Stephen L. Thompson’s March 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Books, Newsletter, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering March 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my minianthology “The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories” for Kindle.
Publication of my short story “Fighting Dirty” on my Ficly profile.
Publication of the stories “The Color of Possibilities” and “Rest in Peace” on my Figment profile.

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This month I wrote 9,111 words giving me a yearly total so far of 30,755.  My goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am still on track for that.

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It is the end of a quarter, which means it’s time to give you a photo of my story board.

MARCH

I think the most interesting thing to see from the board are the stories in the upper left.  These are stories in search of someone to publish them.  And if I can’t find someone to publish them soon, I’ll self-publish them, either as stand alone stories or in a minianthology.  (All except DONOR, which I still have to title and have a writing group critique.)  I hope to have all those stories off the board by the end of the year.  Which means I need to start working on the stories in the top right which either need revised or finished, or the stories on the bottom which are mostly ideas.  Either way, I need to get to work.

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The haiku for this month stems from a real – and somewhat unpleasant – experience.  Just look at the first word in the second line and the fourth word in the last line, and you should be able to figure it out.
Enjoy,
Steve

black shape upon snow
dog barking – desperate run
air filled with skunk scent

Stephen L. Thompson’s February 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , on March 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering February 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “This Generation” on my Ficly profile.

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This month I wrote 11,606 words giving me a yearly total so far of 21,644.  My goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am well ahead of schedule.

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I don’t really have any other writing news.  There are some ideas I hope to put into blogs, but that’s about it.  But here is a haiku for the month.
Enjoy,
Steve

a list of ideas
and nascent anthologies –
the author buried

Stephen L. Thompson’s January 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , , on February 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering January 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “Rise” on Kindle.

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This month I wrote 10,038 words.  As I said last month, my goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am well on my way.

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I wrote 10,000 words this month, putting me on track to meet my goal, but I’m a bit unhappy with my work.  I had hoped to put a lot of those words towards my novel None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky by writing a chapter a week.  However, I only managed to finish one chapter.  Most of the other words went towards a collection of essays “The Future is Coming” which is now about a third finished, as well as a still untitled story.  The untitled story started with an idea I had maybe a year ago and had been lounging in the back of my mind ever since.  But one night as I tried to fall asleep, I figured out how to start it.  And once I started it, I kept going.  I don’t fully know where it’s going, so I don’t know how done I am with it.  Now you may be wondering why I’m unhappy getting work done on two projects.  The reason is, I wanted to get more work done on my other projects.  Something I didn’t say in my last newsletter was that I starting counting all the stories, anthologies, and other writing things I wanted to do this year.  I started, but stopped when I hit thirty.  And that untitled story, wasn’t one of them.  Some days it feels like if I wrote 10,000 words a day, I’d still be backlogged.  On that happy note .…

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I wrote this month’s haiku last minute.  I have problems with my internet connection, especially when it’s cold and windy.  I don’t know if others have the same problem, so I made a change for the haiku.
Enjoy,
Steve

blustering wind strikes
fear into all before it –
might knock cable out

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