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Like any manufacturing plant, here at the Story Factory, we value quantity over quality.

More words, more hours, more stories. The goal is 52 stories at the end of the year. So far, we are on target. Which, I know, isn’t much to say at this point of the year, but on the other hand, this time last year, I was already behind. So, Wednesdays, we will report production and celebrate the little victories.

Wednesday 6/23/2021 Production Report:

Words through 6/23/21 – 182,737

Hours through 6/23/21 – 756

Stories 20 out of 52

(That includes Morning pages each day, prewriting on either the week’s story or the novel that I am re-writing, and this blog. I only count the short story once, so there is the total for that, and I don’t count the blog on Story Sunday.)


So, a bit behind. I also had a goal to read 100 books in 2021, and I have read 54 so far, which may be part of the problem. So I am a few stories behind and massively behind in creative hours. But I will work the day job half time for the next six weeks, so I hope to catch that back up. 

Another thing that has occurred to me: I don’t like short stories. I don’t enjoy reading them, and I obviously don’t enjoy writing them. There, I said it out loud. I have three novels crawling around in my brain, so I will call it at 20 and happily channel my inner James Michener.