The Paperwork

Because you can't just have a blog challenge and not announce it

For the past three or four years, I've had a blog challenge for the twenty days leading up to my birthday. I have a new blog home, new blog platform, and no content from the old blog, but I figured I'd keep up for tradition's sake. The summer blog challenge seems to have gone the way of the ol' dodo, but I really like this one, and I think I'll keep it going. If it goes well enough, I might revive the SBC and take 'er from there.

In past years, I've used the #20toX blog series to post anecdotes, whether they were about jobs I've had, or my time at university, or even just random ones, it's been very personal, very share-y, and always based in fact. I like this, because I don't take a lot of time to look back, so I do like to force myself to do it every now and again. I do have good stories to share, and I like to think I tell them pretty well. But

Because there's always a 'But'

This year, I figured I'd do something different. I really want to write fiction. I want to plumb the depths of my brain and create something out of thin air. It's one thing to recount things that have happened to me, but another thing entirely to come up with something out of nothing and put it out there. So, that's what I'm going to do.

Over the next twenty days, I'm going to post a piece of short fiction each day. And here are the rules: The writing, as of right now (April 4, 2017 - 9:50PM MDT) none of the writing has been done. I've planned each of the stories a little bit (one-liners to give me something to write towards) but I haven't put any words down that will actually be there when the post is published.

What does this mean?

This means that each day, there will be a shiny new post with a staggering work of original fiction for you to read, from me. Will it be new? Yes. Will it be complete? Yes. Beginning, middle, end. Promise. Will it be edited? Well... that depends, in large part, on how much time I leave myself, and how much time I dedicate to the writing of the posts. I HOPE to edit MOST of the stories, and I hope they make sense. But that's not what this is about. This is a creative explosion the likes of which you've never seen on this blog. 20 stories. 20 beginnings. 20 middles. 20 ends. All for the same price as it would be if there was only one. Think of the discounts!

What are you going to write about?

Well, like I said, I have some ideas. I'm not ready to divulge anything, because... well... I reserve the right to change my mind. I whipped this list together over an hour at the Leduc Public Library, so nostalgia and dislocation may have played a part. And I don't want to give away any surprise endings.

Anyway, none of this is getting my first story written, so I will hope you excuse me for cutting this post here