Progress Report, May 17, 2021 from Jeff Baker

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Surprised myself and started a longer short-story when the market dropped into my lap. Deadline’s the end of this month and all I have to do is the middle. Wrote a little on the baseball story I’m aiming at the Saturday Evening Post, and finished the Friday Flash story for last week. Wrote the Friday Flash story for this week, tightened it up and it looks good. I have been actively studying Damon Runyon’s stories about Broadway and his influence made its way into “Blowing Smoke,” which will be posed on Friday. Not influence in the use or “Runyoneese,” but in the plot and themes. I also wrote a line on a poem that popped into my head. The week of May 25th is my fifth anniversary of writing the weekly flashes and (as I am current moderator I have a couple of pics chosen in advance) so I have cheated and wrote out the anniversary story in advance. More on that later.

That’s about it for now.

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