So I finished a first draft of the short story with Fruben and the demented shopkeeper. I’m working on revising it at the moment, and I’m planning on posting fragments of the story each morning during the next week, while I continue to work on it. Once the story’s done, I’ll put the completed version on the website somewhere so it can be read in its entirety.

I’m really excited about this story for some reason. I mean, I can’t think of a reason not to be, it’s just an exciting thing. I’m trying really hard not to think about too much stuff that comes later, I want to be surprised when I write it. I want to try and enjoy the thrill of “writing with abandon” while it lasts. Maybe I’ll get a whole series of short stories!

I have some things to do — mostly reading to catch up on — before I can submit Fruben’s story to be critiqued in my writing group. Now I have some incentive to barrel through this one novel I can think of … still, I have a lot to catch up on. I remember this quote from a mug, I think it belonged to my mom (it was full of cooking utensils at the time):

“God put me on earth to accomplish certain tasks, right now I’m so far behind I’ll never die!”

I empathize.