Sick Day Productiveness

This past weekend, I took a small break from editing the first draft of my second novel to work on a short story whose kernel of an idea demanded immediate attention and then blossomed, nearly fully formed. In between having a new water heater installed by my awesome brother-in-law and trying to get our overgrown yard back up to snuff after lots of rain (and during the course of said lawn work, I managed to twist my ankle...), my weekend was filled with a ton of writing. I think I hit some personal bests pounding out this bit of fiction, typing up more than three thousand words each day.

Then, last night, I got hit with some kind of stomach bug or a severely upset stomach. Anyway, it waylaid me for Monday and forced me into taking a sick day from the day job. On the other hand, despite feeling like crap, I managed to finish up the story and topped out at over 4K, so definitely a new word count record for me.

And, I managed it despite the "help" of my frequent collaborator.


I also hewed pretty closely to my proposed ten thousand word limit, with the story topping out at a smidge over 11,000.

I'm not ready to say too much about this short story yet, other than to tell you it's not a science fiction piece and it has nothing whatsoever to do with my novel, CONVERGENCE. Nope, instead, this one is a straight-up horror gore-fest, (and a horror story that I haven't seen approached in a manner quite like this, but if I'm wrong, I'm sure I will hear about it), so consider yourself warned. There is a fair amount of editing to do on it, particularly since it's currently a very rough draft and with much of it written in a sickly daze, but hopefully I can release it by the Fall. Look for more details in the near future!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to have some more hot tea and a nice bland tortilla.

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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