NaNoWriMo: An Update!

NaNoWriMo 2020

Week One of NanoWrimo2020 is in the bag! (As of the end of yesterday).(note, I SWEAR I hit publish on this Sunday night, so read it as it it was written Sunday night…)

Ciel and Rowyn showed up for my Nanowrimo-countdown-to-Midnight on Halloween, and between the two of them they got me to midnight, which meant I managed to stay up ’till something like 2 a.m. getting my first 2k words in, hooray! Continue reading

Pumpkin Call Round-Up


I have written some Pumpkiny Squash Stories!

If you want more, comment on the stories!  First two with 5 comments, then 7 comments, and so on…

The Original Call can be found here:

Pumpkin Patch – Stranded World, Summer, Melinda, and Bishop.  A trip to a pumpkin patch and some interesting discussion.
4️⃣ comments

The Pumpkin Witch – a story, a tale, a myth, a truth?
0️⃣ comments! 

A Voluntary Offering – You can find all sorts of things in Crossroads Park. Including squash.
5️⃣ comments

Heirloom Gourds – the Aunt Family. Cordelia’s neighbors grow heirloom gourds.
7️⃣ comments

Heirloom Smiles – Cordelia may have more in common with her neighbors than she expects.
1️⃣ comments

Orange – Stranded.  Autumn setting up a harvest display.
3️⃣ comments

Squashed – fae apoc. Sometimes the bad guys are right behind you. Sometimes you have to be creative to stop them.
5️⃣ comments

Growing Home – Fae Apoc (but fluffyish) – when what you have is a garden and what you need is home…
2️⃣ comments

Pumpkin Diplomacy – when snowed in, you have to do something.
2️⃣ comments


So, tell me…

Husband got me a new microphone and I’d like to try reading a short story for people to listen to.

This is very nerve-wracking but I want to do it.

Please suggest one of my short stories – Probably something short enough you say “not done yet!” – preferably under 2000 words max – for me to record myself reading for you.

Upcoming Plans~

I have plans for Autumn and Winter!

October: The Squish-Squash Prompt Call!  Check it out and leave a prompt; comment on stories you want to see continued.

October, too: Preptober!  Gonna end up starting a little late – probably tomorrow, maybe as late as the 15th.

November: NaNoWriMo!  I’m going to do a series of completions, and maybe a story for submission.

Compendium of Completion

December:  Map-vent.  A new event I’m making up.  25 days of maps. Or work on maps.  Mapping on Maps.

Late December: Live Writing Day – see this tag – – for past years of livewriting days! I have off:  Friday, December 25-Friday, January 1, 2021.  One of these days (probably Wednesday), I will be doing a full day of writing.

January: Sleep!

Autumntime Prompt Call: Squish, Squash, Pumpkins & Gourds

Over a field of gourds and squash - Squish, Squash, Gourds & Pumpkins

The theme for this prompt call is: Squash & Gourds!

The idea: you prompt, as many prompts as you want, as long as they are related to the theme (puns not only okay but intentionally allowed for)

I write at least one story or vignette or beginning of a story to at least one of your prompts. (Or try to, see my prompting policy if you have questions)

(optional step: you say “Lynnnnnn! Cliffffhanggger!  What happens next?”)

Ideal step: you comment on the fictions I have written, possibly also boosting the signal on social media.

I continue until morale improves, or until my writing vacation is over, or until I lose power and am reduced to writing on my phone.

Everyone is welcome to prompt, and prompting is free!

If you are a new reader/prompter, please let me know, and please let me know also from whence you came. 

Prompt on!


One note: Prompts of a sort I like are somewhere in the middle: not a complete scenario and not just one-three words.  “Ice Fishing”: a bit too broad.  “Three people go ice fishing on a day the ice is about to thaw.  One of them falls through because of the actions of the other two.  What happens next?” is a little too specific. 


See here – – to see how to get more words. 

The October Patreon Theme Poll is Up!

A slowly-growing collection of theme-poll-option descriptions is available on my current projects page.


  1. I finally got a wiki up!
    It requires you to create a login, but I would love y’all to add to it.

    1. addendum: for every three pages you complete, I’ll write you one “blort” (approx 250 words+) related to that (i.e., 3 Aunt Family character pages means a story about at least one of those characters.
      See The Bellamy pages for some idea of what I’m looking for.
  2. I’ve put up a Policies page as part of my menu update!  It involves a commenting policy.


The Fishy Call Follow-Up Summary

Way back at the beginning of August, I opened a prompt call on fishing!

Since then I have written, well, a number of stories to the prompts provided.

If you would like another continuation of any of these – a) see the Want More; currently three people are owed continuations; b) get the comments up! The current goal is 9 – the first two posts (original or continuation) to get to nine total comments (or, say, 14 or 16 or 18 if they’ve already had one continuation written, i.e., 9 more than the first continuation cost) – will get a continuation.

The *️⃣ marks stories who have gotten a continuation.

The Stories So Far

Clean…?  The plant offered clean energy.  Cleaner might’ve been more accurate.  The fish living downstream of the runoff might’ve said something different entirely.   This is set in the universe/city/power plant featured in Saving the Cult (If not the World), a ‘verse tagged Organization.

Cleaning Up – The problem begins Austin not understanding what’s going on with the plant.  Then it gets worse.
4️⃣ comments

Seek And…?  Long long ago, I began a story about a woman lost in a blizzard and ending up in a different world. This story peeks in on her life, as she fishes for answers and is caught in turn.

Fresh Fish  The city of Scheffenon, on the North Sea high on the edges of the Empire, is known for many things.  But one thing that it is not known for – at least in modern times – is fish, or at least fish pulled from the North Sea.  They do not fish, not as such, on the North Sea. (Things Unspoken ‘verse)

The Freshest Fish – Eliška goes fishing for information about the fish in the North Sea.  She finds mostly more questions – and some gods to fish for, as well.
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Unplumbed Depths – Fishing in Minecraft can get you some strange results.  This fictional view of the fishing strips out a lot of the blockier elements but does leave a fishing pole with, perhaps, a little too much Luck enchanted into it.

(In the Depths coming soon)

…A Break…? – Jess works security at The Facility, a place where science which nobody calls mad (in the hearing of the scientists) is perpetrated.  It’s a really good job.  But sometimes, your friend up in the top end of things asks for a favor…

Breaking Out – Jess didn’t think she’d find herself saying okay, next year, we’ll…  with these interns, but then again, she didn’t expect to feel so protective of them, either.
1️⃣ comment

The Night Fishers – they only fished at day.  Murph was about to find out why.

Fishing Day – She should’ve done something better with the body, but it was her fishing day, and she didn’t want to be interrupted.

Biting – She needed this fishing day.  On the other hand, the police were far too worried about this body…
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Fountain Fishing – There’s nothing alive in this abandoned mall except Abby, Liv, and the fish in the fountain. Not even a protein bar.  So going fishing seemed like the reasonable idea, right?

Robotic – How do you get away from a robot?  Abby and Liv had tried any number of things in the neverending Mall On Infinite Earths.  This time, they find something that seems to work…
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