I set out to write twelve short stories over twelve months. I’d finished my novel, ‘A Measured Thread’ and wasn’t ready for another marathon. A number of short sprints seemed like a better idea. I’ve never written short stories, although I suppose all the letters I’ve written over the years are just that. Still, the format allows for many more lies and fabrication. Although I’m a month or two behind my stated goal, I’ve just started on story #11. It’s been such fun, especially as I have a group of wonderful beta readers who are not shy to give me excellent and critical feedback. With Covid-19 lurking around every encounter, spending time writing is a wonderfully safe alternative. I’ve been surprised at what, when and how ideas pop into my brain for stories. Towards the end of the month when I am wrapping up a story, reading and editing it for the umpteenth time, it will get ‘bumped’ by an idea so compelling that I cannot wait to move on. At other times I’ve dragged out the story I am writing, not wanting to let it go because the location is so compelling… and of course with Covid-19, I’m not traveling. My plan is to publish the collection (title: Kernels) next year. I’m also going to ask my beta readers for their top three stories, and which of them, if any, might make a novel.