I’ve been writing a lot of dark stuff, recently. So, at the end of a sunny, productive week at work, I just didn’t want to venture back into that ugly universe of gunslingers and death-dealers. I wanted to do something light. As it turned out, something sappy, too, but we have to take the respites when they come as they come. Thankfully, one of my Twitter buddies – George McNeese – gave me the push I needed to see the following short story brainworm through. It’s a free write I pulled together between 4:30pm yesterday and 9:00am this morning, so it’s quite rough. But, I had fun writing it. Hopefully, you have fun reading it, should you so choose.
Click the link below to read the story in PDF format. It follows the characters and situations introduced in my “Finding Mister Wright” series. It’s also fluffy and silly (and quite non-traditional), but all the stories told are true, albeit taken from different sources.
All Yours – A Finding Mister Wright Free-Write
‘Til next time, happy writing!
I really enjoyed this, Mayumi! Marshall is growing as a person, and that’s what characters need to do in good fiction. It’s fun to think that he and Caitlin have a chance at something he never thought he would have in his life. I’m glad to see that you’re continuing to work with these characters and to develop their stories!
Thanks, JM! I’m really having a lot of fun seeing these characters move into new conflicts, even if those conflicts are not life-threatening. Marshall is a refreshing ray of sunshine among my protagonists, so it’s always nice to take a little refuge with him when things are getting me down.
If all books were about life-threatening conflicts, I wouldn’t be reading. 😉 And I don’t think I’m alone in that. At least I hope so!
Ha ha! I hope so, too!
Sometimes we need a break from the world we’ve been writing. Six Train is a complete departure from Reckonings. I wrote Reckonings first and I didn’t want to write in that vein again. It’s fun to stretch into new territory. 🙂
Totally agree, Kourtney. Without breaks, I think I risk losing focus, no matter what I’m writing. For this one, I just needed to get out of the sucking muck of one ugly world for a while.
I’m really curious about Reckonings, from the hook you posted. I hope your title quandary solves itself soon, because I can’t wait to read the finished product! 🙂
I love the voices you established here. The little argument at the beginning was perfectly dead-on. I can see this couple in real life, the female denying she’s angry when she truly is upset, lol.
Thanks, Kate! Though, I do feel like I cheated with the voices, here, especially Marshall and Caitlin…because I can’t tell you how many times THAT argument came up between me and my husband! 😀
Maybe that’s why it rang so true. Very often, in fiction, we draw from our own experiences. Obviously, we have to fudge them a bit to fit the plotline and characters, etc., but one of our main objectives is to establish believability. So, consider yourself on the right track!
I really enjoyed this wedding scene. It took me a second to realize it was a gay couple–but that’s so awesome. It was sweet and tender and the perfect mix of joy and happiness. 🙂
Thanks, Kourtney! I worried – for a second – that some readers might be put off by that detail…but then I thought, It’s my story. 😉
I enjoyed the opportunity to do some fluff, especially after so much dark and gritty scenes in my more regular story. But we all need a break now and again. 🙂
If they are, they aren’t your target readers. 🙂 There’s always something that will upset someone. You just have to tell your story and hope it will find it’s audience.
I wish I could “Like” this reply. 🙂
I thought this was well done overall. I rather enjoyed Marshall and his bond with the newlyweds. I’m interested to see where he and Caitlin go
This one has an awful lot of rambling, but – like with Souji and Yukiko’s wedding scene – I enjoyed (perhaps a bit too much) recalling all those familiar feelings and retelling all those familiar stories. If I rewrote/edited it, I’d likely cut a lot or beef it up, I’m not sure which would work better. But, there’s something very freeing about just typing and letting it stand, as is.
Marshall and the rest have grown a lot beyond the original “Finding Mister Wright” story. It’s been great fun seeing him grow up through these vignettes. I’m glad others enjoy them, too. 🙂