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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

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.

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


Writer’s Stew

Posted in Groups, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , on April 12, 2013 by oneoveralpha

I’m a member of the Inspirational Writers’ Fellowship, and we just put out a small collection of poetry, prose, photos, etc., titled Writer’s Stew.


I have a haiku and short story in it.


If you would like a copy for yourself, you can find one – while supplies last – at the Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library for the price of a donation.

Writing group prompt – Why I write

Posted in Groups, Writing with tags , , on November 7, 2012 by oneoveralpha

The one writing group I’m in has a prompt for every month.  This month’s was “Why I write?” I came up with the following:

At first, I was going to say I write because it’s fun, but that’s not true.  Yes, coming up with story ideas and exploring the plot possibilities is fun, but I’m taking writing to mean putting words on a page or a screen.  Most times that is the opposite of fun, i.e., work.  For the last few months I’ve been trying to write something every day, even if it’s just a sentence.  But after a day of splitting firewood or suffering through a cold, writing a sentence can be on par with pulling teeth.

So why do I put up with it?  Because I have so many ideas in my head it feels like it will explode if I don’t get some of them out.  It’s a losing battle, but what else am I going to do?

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