A Happy End to StoryADay May 2016!

Over 41,000 words written. 29 stories plus 2 rewrites. A story 140-characters long up to a story 3,862 words long. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, literary fiction, fictionalized memoir, and a narrative poem. Mostly third person point of view, but several first person and a few second person, especially mixed in with other POVs.

I averaged two to three hours of writing a day, mostly in the evening. The writing was rarely difficult, but the getting started was sometimes difficult, especially later in the month.

I’m grateful to the founder of StoryADay May, Julie Duffy, and I plan to participate annually. It’s a great feeling to not only write every day, but to write a complete story—beginning, middle, and end—every day. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and also built a habit of accomplishment. After National Poetry Writing Month in April and StoryADay May, I realize that coming up with new ideas is not that difficult. Sitting at the computer and writing routinely has become habit.

Here is a list of everything I wrote this month:

  1. The Circle
  2. The Mayor Heads Home
  3. 100-Word Glances at Men and Memoir
  4. The Pod and Not Sleeping
  5. Better Later Than First
  6. Dan Makes a New Friend and Wins a Battle
  7. Dialogue Before Exile
  8. Cinder Rocks
  9. Actions Taken at Saturn After Encounter
  10. A Toy Prince
  11. The Creek Under the Blackberries
  12. Protagonist at Exoplanet
  13. Antagonist Heading to Exoplanet
  14. Sidekick at Exoplanet
  15. Dusting and Cleaning
  16. Him Among the Other Immortals
  17. Artistic Pursuits After Aging
  18. Lifestyle
  19. Rewrite: Dusting and Cleaning
  20. The Land of Mirrors Takes Hold
  21. Animal Training for Robots
  22. Fallen Tree
  23. Autonomous Escapes
  24. Scouting the Robot Apocalypse
  25. Crystallize
  26. Rewrite: Fallen Tree
  27. Connection Between Sex and Art
  28. The Ravages of Not Aging
  29. Garbage Day
  30. Compassion
  31. Persistent Motions

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).