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  I wrote this story straight through with very few edits and then posted it on Patreon .  After that I made a few edits that were suggested by Pro Writing Aid and I'm reposting it here. I waited for Anne outside the bank. She would not wonder why I was there. It was normal for us to run into each other from time to time in such a small town. In fact, I had seen her just the day before. As I was heading into the grocery store, she was just leaving. She was a good friend, and we always had plenty to talk about — kids, family, the weather, that sort of thing. She emerged from the bank carrying a stuffed envelope and some bags from shopping in town. “Hello Anne.” “Joanie, it seems we see each other everywhere these days.” “I was just saying that to your brother at the grocery store the other day.” “How is he liking his job as manager? He never talks to me anymore, now that we don’t see each other at mom and dad’s.” “He seems to like it just fine. Lots of work, but the money is
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Continued Progress

  It has been a while since I posted here.  Since last time I have posted several other things on Patreon .  I have been continuing to work on my first short story.  The final draft is almost complete.  When that is complete I will probably post it here.  The notes and earlier drafts will be on Patreon.  It has been interesting.  The story was originally planned as kind of an introduction to the story that I will write for my novel.  That has changed.  I am going to keep the short story as is, but many of the details of the world will be different in the novel.   I am starting on a second short story that will take place in the same world as the larger story, unless things change again.  I have just gotten started on that one, so it will be a while.  As I get stuck on that story I will continue to do other writing.  Some of that will be posted here and some on Patreon.  Writing is still new to me, so I will continue to learn and practice as much as I can.

Recent Writing Activity

 I have been writing pretty consistently lately.  I have almost finished a draft of my first short story.  It takes place in the same world as my "novel" and involves some of the characters.  I quote "novel" because I will not necessarily be publishing it in that form.  I have also written drafts of several shorter stories unrelated to my main story.  These are shorter, in the range of a 500 - 1000 words.  My first short story will probably be around 2000 words. I plan on making it the first of three short stories that I will finish before I start writing my novel.  In the mean time I plan on writing several more of the shorter stories, or flash fiction as they are called. I am publishing drafts and some other content on Patreon if anyone is interested.  I have some plans for after my novel also.  Maybe a second book. 

Using Github for Writing

I recently setup a Patreon account.  One of the things that I plan on publishing for patrons are early drafts of my work.  For my day job I work as a programmer and we use Github to store our work because keeps everything backed up and maintains a record of all changes. I decided to do that for my writing so I can easily go back and find drafts and early versions of my writing to publish on Patreon.  It has been working well so far.  I think it will be very fun to be able to look back.

Short Story and Other Progress

I have been working on a short story that is related to the larger work that I will be publishing here eventually.  The short story makes use of some of the characters and setting from the main story.  I have started working on an outline and making other notes.  I'll make some of this available at some point. I have also started writing some other unrelated stories.  These are much shorter.  I believe this is sometimes called flash fiction.  I have published some drafts of that work on Patreon if anyone is interested. It has been very interesting.  I am beginning to enjoy writing very much.  It gives me the feeling that I could do anything or go anywhere in a story.  I had never thought about it that way before.

Patreon Account Setup

I have setup a Patreon account to allow early access to my work as I make progress towards becoming a writer and eventually finishing my first novel. I am beginning work on a short story that I hope to finish within a few months.  My plan is for it to take place in the same world and introduce some characters from my novel.  I will post more here as I make progress.

Writing Practice

My last 3 posts have been some writing practice unrelated to the story I am working on.  I chose to write about running since I've been doing a lot of that lately.  I started with a first person account of going on a morning run, then I copied that and changed it to third person point of view .  Some things are different between the two just because they sounded better.  It was fun to write about something personal. I came back a couple days later and read them both.  I didn't really like either one.  The first person story seemed like it had "I" in every sentence, and the third person story had "he" in every sentence.  I decided to try to write something that doesn't use either one .  I managed to do it and I like the way it reads, but I'm not sure how it would work for a longer story.  I feels more like a poem.  Most of the "sentences" aren't actual sentences.  I think I'll give it a couple days again and come back and read it