High Noon

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With my solemn apologies to Gary Cooper and the always spectacular Grace Kelly, I take the title of their classic western for today’s “ticker to madness” blog. While my arch enemy is not arriving on the noon train, my personal deadline of 2k on my “Not Quite Shakespeare” short story is steaming in at midnight. And despite the fact that no guns will be blazing, I am going to be rounding up all you town folk to back me up. (The fact that almost none of said “town folk” backed up Gary Cooper we will ignore for this wholly silly exercise.)

It’s 3pm here in Tallahassee and I am done! The word count is officially…


Pretty spectacular, right? Now for the bad news… the story has strayed. What was supposed to be simply “Jack and Jill went up the hill” has somehow veered off into a Crimean War spy thriller.

Ok, it’s not quite that bad, but tangents have occurred. The last 500 words I’ve written are great but not what a little short story needs. I’ve got to rein myself back in. I’ve got to get the old garden shears out and do some heavy pruning.

I hate pruning.


The question becomes: is it worth the aggravation? I don’t know. Part of the reason I’m doing this is to get my name out with different publishing houses. You know, flood the market with Chloe Stowe. Make everyone at least recognize my name. This would be a good opportunity to do just that, plus it should have a good turn around time.

So, what do I do?

I’m going to take a few hours break and let the story sit for a while. Then I’ll either reach for the pruning shears or another long, cold drink of “Ah, hell. Another failure.”

I’ll let you guys know when I know. Look for that update tonight.



UPDATE… It is 7:30 pm here on the gulf coast of Florida and a decision has been made. As to the question of whether I will abandon or prune my short story, I believe the following picture says it all…

See ya tomorrow, guys!
See ya tomorrow, guys!


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