A Long-Delayed Progress Report, Covering Sept/Oct. 2021. (November 3rd, 2021, by Jeff Baker)

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I haven’t posted a regular one of these since mid-September, although I did post a couple of the live blogging things. So, here’s a catch-up post.

Since September 15th I’ve written several Friday Flash Fiction stories (including two for Halloween.) Done a little writing on some random stories and worked on revising a longer story from notes sent to me from a very fine beta reader.

I’ve tried to keep up with the idea of working on the mysteries, and have done pretty well, but in Mid-October I realized I have a deadline for an anthology story (October 31st!) that I’d known about since about May when I’d drawn a blank and given up after writing a couple of pages. So, I decided to get into Pulp Writer mode and polish off a 3000 word detective story in about a week or so. I wrote about 2500 words (including about 1500 words on one night. In the middle of it all, I found the deadline had been moved to December 31, 2021, so I have some breathing space. I wrote more the next night, and have about 3600 pages now (including the couple of pages from months ago that had to be revised.

That was all before Halloween. I’ve done a lot more reading and note taking since then, including reading some of pulp writer Norbert Davis whose tone and (hopefully) humor I can emulate.

Whew! That’s about it for now!

——j.s. baker, November 3, 2021

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