49,842 - the battery charger failed me during the long drive home last night so after 3 hours writing and building up steam I had to close up shop. I spent long dark hours watching shadowy hills pass by and feeling the story seep out of me.
Instead we played a game:
"Okay, I've got my animal. Guess, yes or no?"
"Mammal? Bird? Fish? Insect? Parasite? Mollusc? Freshwater?"
"Does it have six legs? Antennae? Is it red? brown? green?"
"Is it native to Oregon? Have you ever seen one?"
"Is it poisonous?"
"Does it have three syllables in its name? Does the first syllable begin with a? b? c? d?"
158 more words is no problem.
It's just how to get to the ending and what that ending is - (mammal? fish? parasite? Does the second syllable begin with a p?q?r?)
Fritz says to celebrate just for the 50,000. But I wanted a story, not just a lot of words.
O please, dear Muse, send me a story ending that sizzles. Just one more day. Please.