And already we are at the end of September! It has gone by so quickly.
Here are the summaries of my last six stories for this month. I am happy that I managed thirty stories this month. As usual, it is the sense of community, and the accountability that comes with that, of the Story A Day Superstars group that has made this possible.
I couldn’t be this productive without them. (I am writing this while in a writing spring with three of that group who join me manyThursday nights. It is so fortunate to have such a community.)
On to the stories!
On September 25, the prompt was Anita G. Gorman Is Mysterious.
This prompt of Anita’s — two dates on a piece of paper in your own handwriting — is great. I have said before that my favourite prompts are highly specific, because I love seeing how totally different stories can from the same precise beginning. My story was about a woman with dementia that she has as the result of time travel.
The prompt for September 26 was to write A Story In Memos. For this one, I wrote another one of my novella-prequel stories. My main-prequel-character communicates (through memos!) with her younger brother, who is in a place of political/bureaucratic power and is firmly refusing to address a looming crisis.
September 27’s prompt was Miriam Laundry Cites The Golden Rule, but I did not write a children’s story about the Golden Rule.
Instead, I wrote a story about theoretical non-existent children, so that’s at least adjacent to the prompt! This was another novella-prequel story, as my all-but-immortal beings do not reproduce (it’s a long story and their inability to reproduce is related to the micro-evolutionary changes that resulted in them being all-but-immortal).
The prompt for September 28 was Leslie Stack Objects To This Marriage. This is another great, specific prompt, although I used it not so much as the central theme of the story I wrote, as much as a jumping off point. Yet another novel-prequel piece, this one begins with the characters watching an old movie (in which, yes, someone objects to a marriage) which is quickly abandoned to discuss a technological advancement.
The September 29 prompt was to write a story in three sections, each section recounting the same event from a different character’s point of view. For this I wrote about the first death amongst the all-but-immortal (emphasis on the all-but part in this case) from the points of view of the one who died, the one who was working with them, and their partner.
And finally today, the last day of Story A Day, the prompt was to write a story about someone who has just completed a huge challenge. What have they learned? What did they sacrifice? Was it worth it?
This was perfect for another/last novella-prequel story. I wrote about my all-but-immortal main character considering the place they have built for the people who will replace them.
And that’s all for this Story A Day September.