Story 4 – A Ship of the Line (Science Fiction)
This one was the perfect story. I got the prompt the night before, came up with the idea, was too tired to jot it down, and when I woke up in the morning it was still there. So I wrote up a 558 word synopsis to keep it from escaping. Then my day kind of went crazy and it took all day to get to the end, but still, this is why I love SAD. The feeling of getting a solid idea in a flash is a thrill, and then making it happy that same day? Just wonderful.
This story came from here: http://www.seventhsanctum.com/gens/generalpersongen.php
Story 5 – Balance (Fantasy)
This story was an interesting one. I set it down first as a synopsis with two POVs. Then as I was writing it, I thought it would end up too long, so eliminated one of the POVs and futzed with the outline to fix it. Didn’t write much of anything most of the day, and panicked at the end. I finished all but about 400 words out of 3,338 using voice recognition (saving frequently but it didn’t crash…possibly because I wasn’t using it in Trillian and had cleared up some system resources). Where I had noticed before that I tended toward dialogue with VR, this story is oddly not quite narrative but certainly not dialogue heavy. It’s a mood piece I guess. I’ll see what I think when it comes time to edit.
However, with this one I definitely broke through any worries about Dragon crashing and worries that VR was going to be dialogue heavy.
And whoops, I used the same generator twice: http://www.seventhsanctum.com/gens/generalpersongen.php I guess it really works for me :). For those who might have read it, this generator brought both Purity, which got an Honorable Mention in the Oceanview Short Story contest, and Ties That Bind, which got an Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future.