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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXVII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 05 January 2019 · 59 views

To fly ... or to boat ...?  That's a question I have now, based on a dear friend's suggestion.
 
She points out that a boat is too slow, so that perhaps the Evil Snowman could use a different mode of transportation to escape from the North Pole with his loot.  My first reaction to this was ... hmm ... does it really matter?
 
I mean, i...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXVI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 04 January 2019 · 68 views

Wow, still here, huh?  I thought I was done with this thing.  Man, oh, man, was I wrong! :roll:
 
For the past week I not only proofread the book, but have spent a considerable amount of time doing some research on preparing query letters and identifying potential children's book publishers that could be interested in my manuscript.  I...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 31 December 2018 · 62 views

It's been two weeks since I finished writing the story, and I finally took some time to read it start-to-finish and proofread it as a complete work.  I was very pleasantly surprised to discovered that it all flowed nicely, and that it had a very compelling story arc which is easy to follow.  It also surprised me how well the thing works:  i...


CvW Grand Prizes

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, CvW Championship, Stuff 23 December 2018 · 74 views

I just got a notice from the USPS that Fushek 's special Christmas present has been delivered.  I am also packing grips03 's special present to ship early next week.  I can't wait to hear from them what they think.
 
I ran the Carol vs. The World Championship with my wife from 2012 to 2016 as a way to promote the game and foster camarader...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXIV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 17 December 2018 · 94 views

Well, I did it.  I would not have believed it, but I was there, and I saw it, so I know it to be true.  I did it.
 
I finished the story.  Phew!
 
It now stands at a full 15 chapters plus the short epilogue, for a total of 83 pages.  Here are some statistics, straight from the word processor:
Words : 29,615
Pages : 91
Lines :...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXIII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 09 December 2018 · 74 views

I just finished writing chapter 14, the penultimate chapter to the story, where the final climactic confrontation between Carol and her foes takes place.  I'm quite happy with it.  I think I need to re-read it a few more times and tighten and polish the narrative a little here and there, but overall, I'm satisfied with how it turned out.
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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 03 December 2018 · 76 views

As I wrap up the ending of the story, it occurred to me that it may be a good idea to offer a brief introduction, like a short blurb describing the world to be found therein.
 
Then I thought it may be even better to offer it as a short letter to the reader, inviting them to believe in the world they were about to enter.  You see, to me, Christm...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 02 December 2018 · 67 views

Uh-oh!  The unthinkable has happened.
 
No, I did not play again with the fonts and the paragraph layout (although I did that last week just to see how it would flow in different formats).
 
Also no, I have not finished the story yet (although that act should not really be unthinkable at this point, having written more than 13 whole chapter...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXX

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 26 November 2018 · 91 views

I can't believe I've made 30 entries on this topic since I started this blog.  I probably wrote as many words on them as I did on the story itself!  Talk about procrastination, with an emphasis on pro .   :grin:
 
Anyway, in this entry I have some good news for anybody still reading along (yeah, I know, 30 entries can get exhausting)....


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXIX

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 22 November 2018 · 85 views

Phew!  We're good.  We can finally unclench now -- it's all good.
 
As mentioned in the last entry on this topic , my [s][s]grand-stepson    [s][s]step-grandson    [s][s]grandson-step   --  Aargh!  You know what?  Let's call him Timmy.
 
So, 9-year-old Timmy came to visit last week-e...






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