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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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What a way to relax: 5000 words in one afternoon

I am currently working on a couple of big projects that are taking up a lot of time and energy, and I am doing all I can to keep my weekends free to recharge my batteries. One of the two jobs is causing me a lot of stress and anxiety – something that had never happened before, not this hard. So finding the time to relax is essential.

On the other hand, there is an open call I received at the end of last year that I really like, and I really would love to be part of the connected project. All I need is a 5000-words story, a swashbuckling romance with a twist.
And anyway I always said I find writing relaxing – especially if I am writing for my own, and not for my clients.

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48 hours to write

I am turning off the cell phone and shutting down my connection because I got a very attractive call for a science fiction story yesterday, that comes with a slight drawback: the call closes in 48 hours. Can I make it?
Of course I can.
Maybe.

The fun bit is, for one of those strange serendipitous things that happen, the call – that is for a story about the future of sex, of all things – arrived in my mailbox just as i was watching a video on Youtube.
This video, from thew 1969 musical Sweet Charity:

… and it sort of gave me the basic idea on which to start writing.

Say, wouldn’t you like to know what’s goin’ on in my mind?

Well, that got me something going on in my mind, and I’m currently 600 words into the story. I’ll let you know what comes out of it.