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Gosh, 2012 seems like such a long time ago….

Way, way back in 2012, I wrote a series of short stories about a time traveling news reporter.  A few of you have been Internet friends with me long enough to remember that project.  It was called Tomorrow News Network.

I say these were short stories, but actually they were kind of long, more like novelettes.  The challenge for myself was to produce ten of these stories in a year.  It would have been twelve stories, but I wanted to give myself a little leeway in case anything went wrong.

And things did go wrong.  I missed my self-imposed deadlines on several occasions, and there were a few stories that really didn’t turn out the way I wanted.  But still, by the end of 2012, I’d learned a lot about myself and my writing process, and I felt really proud of my accomplishment.

Now here we are in 2019, and I am officially rebooting the story universe I created for myself way back in 2012.  I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I could make Tomorrow News Network better. Also, I’ve had a lot of time to think about the continuity problems I wrote myself into in the original run of the series.  And of course, my muse is here, providing me with all her wisdom and guidance, as she always does.

So now I’m really excited to get the ball rolling again.  I’m also kind of scared.  I still remember how hard 2012 was and how emotionally drained I felt by the end of it. This time the plan is different, easier in some ways, harder in others.  Perhaps much harder.

So in conclusion, wish me luck.  I’m going to need it!

P.S.: I realize how busy everyone is on these Insecure Writers’ Support Group days, but if you have a few minutes to spare, please click here and check out the first little piece of the revamped story universe I’ve created.  Thank you!

33 responses »

  1. Steve Morris says:

    Good luck! I look forward to reading it.

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  2. Megan Morgan says:

    Good luck! It seems like a great project though, and with all the experience you have now, you’ll make it even better!

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  3. I’m so excited for the return the Tomorrow News Network


  4. Kate Rauner says:

    I missed your 2012 escapade, but I like the title Tomorrow News Network. I’ve tried to impose hard deadlines on myself, and for me that’s an excuse to give up on a piece because it expired (as it were.) My last book – Titan – I suddenly realized I could get it out before Xmas so I had a frantic month or so. But in general – no hard deadlines.


  5. Angela Wooldridge says:

    Oh, great idea! Your muse will have been digging away since 2012 – you’re going to find so many gems 🙂


  6. ChrysFey says:

    Ten novelettes in one year. Holy moly! That is a big goal.

    Have fun with revamping your story universe!

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  7. cgcoppola says:

    Look at you go! Good luck on the revamp!! 🙂

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  8. emaginette says:

    Congrats on the reboot. Dazzle us. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  9. I wish you the best of luck!

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  10. You’ve grown so much as a writer since then. You have something to begin with in those old stories and now you can create something really awesome.

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  11. Lauren Macrie says:

    Best of luck! My favorite part of revisiting old stories is realizing that they weren’t as horrible as I thought they were at the time. And by the way, I checked out the link – wow! You’ve got me so hooked!

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    • J.S. Pailly says:

      Oh good, I’m glad to hear it!

      And you’re right, revisiting some of those old stories—especially the ones I felt the most disappointed about back in 2012—has not been as cringeworthy as I thought it would be. I have a lot of good material to start from, if nothing else.


  12. Erika Beebe says:

    I wish you much luck and I really liked the part of her eyes 🙂

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  13. ChemistKen says:

    Glad you’re excited about your new project. Having a little time to mull over earlier attempts can be very beneficial. It allows you to see everything with fresh eyes. Now start writing before anything else distracts you.

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  14. Loni Townsend says:

    Best of luck with your renewed ventures! I enjoyed the first installment! 🙂

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  15. Juneta says:

    Ooo, I loved it. Can’t wait to read more. Excellent reboot. Congratulations. Happy IWSG!

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  16. LucciaGray says:

    Good luck! I’m sure your experience and thoughts since 2012 will help you in your new venture! There’s only one way to learn to write, and it’s by writing!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Toi Thomas says:

    Best of luck with your goal’ it sounds like a fun project. I think, sometimes, the ideas we go back to are the ones that really stand out.

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