Friday, July 15, 2016

By Bus - Part 7 and Help Wanted

Hello FFFs,
Yes, you are still getting the next part of Vicki's travels, but I also needed your help, your input, your advise, your two cents worth.

Here's the situation:
After this story, I don't have any other short stories written. I can post a little more of "Dylan's Story" and another section of "Hymns in the Hills" but that's all the new things I have that can be posted. You see, with trying to write two books (okay 4, but two aren't top priority right now), finish my website, write blog posts for Read Another Page, work on the big project of the Bike Trips, plus adding teaching writing this fall again, I just don't have time to keep trying to fit in short stories just for this blog. I was trying to figure out how I did it before. :P I guess I wasn't so focused on my books. And I didn't have a website, or 33 bike trips to turn into a book. 
So, the question is, what should I do about this blog after this story is finished?

  • A.) Keep posting until I run out of new things and then shut the blog down.

  • B.) Post until I run out of new things and then leave the blog up but don't do anything with it.

  • C.) Finish the new things and then start re-posting the old stories from when I first started. 

  • D.) Leave the blog up and post whenever I get a short story written.

  • E.) Post any short stories on Read Another Page instead of this blog.

  • F.) Forget writing books and only write short stories.

  • G.) Open the blog for other writers to "guest post" their short stories.

  • H.) Something else.

Please help! Give me your opinion. I don't want to lose my loyal fiction fans because I'm too busy to write short stories all the time. I don't want to completely shut this blog down as I've been posting every Friday for about 7 1/2 years! But I just can't keep it up. My books are calling louder than the short stories. ;) I have too many other things going on right now. Maybe later I could come back with more short stories, but I don't know. So please, tell me what you think!

I have been enjoying both "Finding Joy" and "TCR-6" as they've been moving along. Not racing this week, but moving steadily. Hopefully tonight and tomorrow night will be productive days too because next week we'll have 4 of my nieces and nephews from Tuesday–Sunday. No time for writing then.

Okay, I'm going to be looking forward to your answers. Thanks. And enjoy the next part of this story.

By Bus with Vicki
Part 7

When she reached the very back, she stopped. Now where could they have gone? “Maybe the driver put them in the overhead,” she thought, catching a glimpse of the doors above the seats. “I’ll go ask him.”
    Staggering back up the aisle and trying not to fall on any of the sleeping passengers, Vicki at last made it to the very front. “Excuse me,” she said clearly, yet quietly.
    The driver glanced at her in the mirror. “Yes?”
    “I can’t find my bags. Did you put them in the overhead place above the seats?”
    “No, I don’t touch the things the passengers bring on the bus, just their luggage that goes underneath.” He turned and looked at her momentarily.
    Vicki gave a gasp. “Oh, what happened to the new driver?” She was suddenly wide awake.
    “The driver that drove us from where I got on introduced me to the new driver when we got to the station, but it wasn’t you.”
    Again the driver looked at her. “Miss, where are you going?”
    “San Jose, California.”
    The driver drew a long breath almost like a whistle before he spoke. “Well, you’re headed for Montana right now.”
    “Montana? But I don’t want to go to Montana. How can that be?”
    “You got off your other bus, right?”
    “Yes, but only for a few minutes. I was going to call my parents, but–”
    The driver interrupted. “Then you probably got on the wrong one.”
    “But I saw Mr. Newspaperman get on this one, and he was on the bus when I got on this morning.”
    “He probably had to take a different bus at the last station.”
    Vicki sat down in a seat behind the driver. It was strange to have a conversation with a man in a mirror, but she couldn’t see the driver’s face any other way. “Well, can’t you just turn around and take me back to the station? The other bus might not have left yet.”
    “That’s about two hours behind us.”
    “Two hours,” echoed Vicki, disbelief written all over her face. “But I didn’t go to sleep. I’m sure I didn’t. At least . . . I don’t think I did.” For a long time she sat in total silence trying to make herself realize that she, Vicki Rogers, had gotten on the wrong bus and was now going, not to her sister’s in California, but north to Montana. At last she spoke. “Do I have to go all the way to Montana?” She was thinking about the money it was going to cost to get a new ticket to California.
    “No, I’ll see what I can figure out when we get to the next station. You’ll be late getting to your destination, but we’ll make sure you get there.”
    The driver’s words were a welcome relief. “Thank you. But when will the next station be?”
    “Not for a while. You might as well go back to sleep again.” The driver looked at her in the mirror and smiled.
    Vicki smiled back. This was certainly an interesting trip she was taking. After tucking her purse between herself and the back of the seat, she curled up right where she was and closed her eyes. “And Mom and Dad think I’m on the right bus. At least they won’t be worried about me. Well, I wanted adventure. Now I have it. A lot of it. They’ll probably never let me ride another bus again as long as I live.” She yawned widely, and shifted a little. “Then I may as well enjoy this trip.” With those thoughts, she fell asleep.

    When she next awoke, the bus was coming to a stop. All was still dark, but Vicki thought she could detect a faint glow in the east. “But it might be a city,” she decided. Stretching, she remembered that she was on the wrong bus.
    Turning around after parking the bus, the driver looked at Vicki. Her headband was about to slide off the back of her head, she had an impression of her purse handle on her cheek, and she didn’t appear very awake. “Good morning, young lady,” he greeted her. “I want you to promise me you won’t step foot off this bus until I tell you to. I’m going to go see what I can do about getting you to where you are supposed to go.”
    Vicki promised solemnly that she wouldn’t stir from her seat without his permission. While she waited, she adjusted her headband and pulled her sweater closer. The warmer jacket her mother had insisted she take was in the other bus. “And here I am going farther north than Mom had planned. I wonder how I’m to get back to the right bus.”
    At last the driver came back with another man. Quietly he called Vicki off the bus. “This is Mr. Lynwood, the station master. You are to stay with him until transportation can be arranged to get you back on the right route. Please don’t get lost!”
    “I won’t. I’ll stay right with him.”
    Moments later the bus had pulled away and Vicki was sitting in a seat inside the quiet and almost deserted station. Though she had many questions, she didn’t ask any because Mr. Lynwood was busy talking on the telephone. Clutching the handle of her purse, the girl swung her feet and  yawned, letting her eyes wander around the empty room. They rested on a large clock. “I didn’t know it was quarter after three in the morning,” she thought. “No wonder I’m still tired.”
    Mr. Lynwood came over. “All right, young lady, we are going to attempt to catch the bus that left here fifteen minutes ago. A friend of mine who works for the sheriff’s department is going to take you in his car. That bus will take you to the station where you should have been had you not gotten on the wrong bus"

Have you ever gotten in the wrong car, bus, train, or something?
What would you do if you discovered you were heading in the wrong direction?
And what should I do about this blog?


Ashley said...

Hm. That's a hard decision. I've enjoyed reading your posts.
Maybe you should write short stories and post them every week. Or you could write about your life every Friday. And post pictures too. :)
I don't want you shut your blog down.
I'll try to think of more ideas.:)

Kate said...

I vote for H! Serialize one of your older books! ;)

Rebekah said...

I'm glad you've been enjoying the stories, Ashley. My whole problem came because I couldn't write a short story every week and keep up with everything else. And, because I don't have a iPhone, it is more time consuming to post pictures. But thanks for sharing.

Interesting idea, Kate. :) What book are you suggesting? And if I did that, wouldn't I lose all the readers who have already read that book?

Anna Sue said...

I vote for G! :) I super don't want you to shut down this blog, nor halt work on your books. You could still post a short story when you have one written, but this way there will be more steady content.
BTW- I'm dying to know more about Finding Joy after peaking at your Pinterest board about it!!!!

Rebekah said...

Thanks Anna Sue for your feedback. I don't really want to shut it down either.
Are you signed up on Read Another Page to test read? If you sign up, you might be asked to read an early copy of "Finding Joy." :) And glad to know you are interested in it. I am too. ;)

Blessing Counter said...

Oh, dear, don’t close down your blog! That would be “dre-ful” as my younger brother says :) I really liked options C and G. And since I do understand the business, (though maybe not to the extent you’re experiencing it ;)) E would be a good option too. But oh, I would be so sad not to be able to read your stories every week again! :-)

Rebekah said...

Thanks for sharing your opinion, Blessing. I'd hate to shut the blog down too. :) Hopefully I can figure out something to do to keep this blog up and running. I do find it rather astonishing that in all my years of posting, there as only been ONE time that I have reposted something. Every other week has been something new.

Elizabeth said...

I think you should do D and G. That way we still have something to read and you can work on your books without being pressed to have a short story ready every week. Then if you need a break from your books you could write a short story and post it. Please don't shut the blog down!! I do read your stories every week, even if I don't comment very often.

Rebekah said...

Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth. All this feedback is very helpful. :)

Kate said...

I'm not sure which book I would serialize. It is probably true that most everyone on here has read all of your books, but you could do "movie commentary" on them to keep interest up. ;)

Rebekah said...

Sounds like an interesting idea, but I don't have the time to write a "commentary" about my books. :) I'll keep it in mind though. Maybe later.

-Christian said...

I say don't shut the blog down. I'm for option C. It would be interesting to re-read the stories. Plus most of them would be 'new' to some of your readers.

Rebekah said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Christian. Every comment and suggestion is helpful to me in deciding what to do.

Holly said...

Oh, don't close this blog! I do enjoy it! (I should probably comment more! ;)) I vote for G!
Perhaps maybe we could do some sort of link up with Noble Novels... I could look through your old posts, post a link to one story once or twice a week and bring new people to the blog. Anyone new coming to this blog doesn't need you to post something new because there is a plenty to read here! Plus, I'm sure a few of the Noble Novels authors would love to do a guest post for you! I would love to help you out anyway I can! Let me know what you think!

Rebekah said...

Thanks, Holly!
With all this pleading not to shut the blog down, I'll keep it open. :)
I'll probably just start re-posting older content until I have more written. That way there will still be a new post a week and the new readers can enjoy the older stories.
If you'd like to like to whatever current story I have posted, that would be great! I'd love to get some new readers.
I haven't decided yet if I'll be doing guest posts on here or not. I'll be sure to let everyone know if I do. :)