First draft of “Homecoming” is done!

The first draft of the story that had a working title of "Cats in the Cradle" is done. I’m now calling the story "Homecoming" and unless I come up with something better in the final draft, that will likely be the title. I did another 1,325 words this evening and overall, I’m pleased with the result. The story can definitely use work, in particular, in unifying the theme throughout each of the 9 scenes. But story is there, and now I’ve just got to bring it to life.

Total words: 4,337 | This session: 1,325 | Net change: +1,330

The story is about 1,000 words longer than I intended, but it is still well shorter than what I usually end up writing and I’m happy about that for two reason: (1) I was aiming for a short story and succeeded and (2) I’ve always wanted to write a story where a long span of time passes in a short span of reading.  In the course of the 4,300 words of this story, morethan 1,300 years go by.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.