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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXIII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 22 October 2018 · 36 views

Not much progress to report.  After adding the elf characters to the beginning of the story and editing a few things here and there, I completed the Snowflake Gardens chapter and started on the next.
 
As predicted, I added yet another chapter to the story.  For those keeping score, the outline now sits at 13 chapters plus an epilogue....


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 17 October 2018 · 49 views

Following the advice of my 12 years-old nephew, I sprinkled the first few chapters with some elfy characters with proper names.  It wasn't too hard, there were a few elves making an appearance already and performing some actions; they were just anonymous.  I just added names to give them life.
 
You know what?  I think it worked....


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 13 October 2018 · 78 views

So my 12 year-old nephew read the still-in-progress Christmas Carol story in a single sitting.  Well, actually in two, as he took a break when we left to go to the movies in the afternoon.  In any case, he finished it.  Then, with my heart in my throat and a great deal of apprehension I asked him what he thought and he said ...
 
"It'...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XX

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 12 October 2018 · 55 views

Last night my granddaughter spent the night at our house.  I took the advice from carlsson and decided that, rather than read her another Peppa Pig booklet, I would just tell her the Christmas Carol story.  Only that instead of reading it from my book-in-progress, I decided to make it up and give her the abridged "short-short" version, made up o...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XIX

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 11 October 2018 · 56 views

Sweet candy canes!   :o
 
I just wrote four paragraphs describing the Snowflake Gardens , and I am running out of superlatives! Eek!
 
It seems that every time Carol discovers a new area, it's even more majestic that the previous ones.  However, I'm drawing the line on this one.  This is it, this is The One™ .  Ever since...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XVIII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 09 October 2018 · 56 views

Guess what?  Guess what???
 
Carol Greenleaf made it into the Snowflake Gardens -- finally!
 
She hid herself in the misty fog inside the side tunnel when she heard the Bad Toy approaching from the main corridor.  Then, when he passed her by, she decided to continue deeper into the misty tunnel and find out what's on the other s...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XVII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 09 October 2018 · 88 views

I don't have much progress to report today.  Although I spent several hours working on the story yesterday, I feel like it was all spent just spinning my wheels in place.  I wrote almost an entire page before I halted and decided I didn't really like the way it was going.  After that, it just got worse:  I wrote and re-wrote paragraph...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XVI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 08 October 2018 · 55 views

You know how in the Christmas Carol game the Bad Toy goes rogue and supersedes even the Snowman's reprogramming and attacks him?  (Of course you know, because you is me -- the only reader of this blog. DOH!)
 
Well, I just found out why that happened.  It turns out that the new model 3000 of the T.O.M.Bot , contrary to the earlier Toy-...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 07 October 2018 · 56 views

Well, I'm quite happy to inform that I have finished Chapter 8 and I am now about to start Chapter 9.  I'm on a roll, and very excited, for I think I'll be able to get really far this week, if not finish the story altogether.  Wow!  That would be a treat, indeed.
 
I'm not counting on it, though, I think what I count as two more chapte...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XIV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 06 October 2018 · 56 views

So, having declared my ultimatum in Part XIII , I went directly to the story manuscript and something amazing happen:  I started writing, continuing right were I left off, and the words and the sentences just poured out from my hands like water from a faucet.  It was incredible!  I ended up not only finishing Chapter 8 but writing three mor...






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