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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXVI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 29 October 2018 · 96 views

After last week's plot crisis, I've since re-read the updated parts a few times.  As expected, I had to tighten up some things and polish the narrative a bit more; but it all seems to work and flow with the rest of the narrative.
 
The thing that I am most proud of in this whole "Mountain Magic" episode is that it adds depth to the story without...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 27 October 2018 · 146 views

I recently received some feedback from my friend, the secret elf who's been reading the story, and he had some very interesting things to say.  Among the praise and kudos (he says he is really enjoying the story so far), were some very sharp points on narrative devices that seem to have promise, but did not really work very well.
 
The key argum...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXIV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 24 October 2018 · 125 views

Well, look at that, I added a new chapter.  This morning I woke up with a clear idea of how to connect the remaining pieces of the plot in order to reach the exciting climax.  So, I went through the final sections of my outline to make sure I had everything covered.  I added a detailed description of the plot points and the story beats I wa...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXIII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 22 October 2018 · 107 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 · 139 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 · 153 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 · 113 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 · 102 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 · 128 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 · 191 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...






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