Desperately seeking a final story

Yesterday was the last day of NaNoWriMo

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Apart from one day of panic, when I thought I might have sucked my brain dry of inspiration, I’ve done pretty well during this NaNo month.

30 short stories in 30 days is no mean feat.

Yesterday, it was time to come up with my final story and I turned to a wisp of an idea that’s been gentle wafting through my mind for some time.

It involved a woman searching for her tortoise. And finding love instead.

Anyway, that’s it. #30days30shorts over and done with. Now follows the most important part of any writing spree: the dreaded editing!


Illustrating the stories

Somebody asked me where I found the illustrations I used in this series of NaNo posts.

  1. I searched for Creative Commons Zero images (CC0) on sites such as Unsplash, Pixabay and Pexels,
  2. opened them in my Corel PaintShop Pro programme,
  3. modified them with line drawings on my Wacom pad,
  4. and experimented with various photo manipulation tricks.

It’s been great fun finding suitable images and converting them for each piece.

Creating the illustrations took almost as much effort as writing the stories themselves. Should have really called this project #30days30shorts30pics Anyway, here’s a gallery of them all:


Author: Ruth Livingstone

Walker, writer, photographer, blogger, Doctor, woman, etc.

4 thoughts on “Desperately seeking a final story”

  1. The thought of coming up with 30 inspirations in 30 days and writing and illustrating them exhausts me just thinking about it. And now the editing……!? My question is when/where or how can we read them?

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    1. Hi Jacquie. It was strangely satisfying. The trouble with a novel is that even if you are a NaNo winner you still haven’t finished it, because novels are longer than 50,000 words. Short stories, on the other hand, can be finished in a single sitting. So, very, very satisfying 😀
      I’m editing at the moment and submitting to various competitions and magazines. So hopefully some will be available to read soon!

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