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May Madness and Some Flash Fiction

May was a wildly busy month. I worked more than fifty hours a week in my law practice. We released three episodes of The Write Approach:

And I wrote more than 10,000 of my fifth novel. I’m currently writing the last chapter of the Act II and plan to finish the novel in July. I’ll then do several rounds of editing and start querying agents.

In the meantime, here’s some flash fiction based on a conversation that occurred in a hotel room lobby.

J. W. Judge Expectant Writer May Madness and Some Flash Fiction

Interracial Interaction in a Hotel Lobby

“Howdy,” he said to the woman making her coffee at the station next to the hotel’s breakfast bar.

“Morning.” She returned the greeting. “I’ll be done in a minute.”

He smiled at her. “I’m in no rush.”

She paused stirring her artificial sweetener into the coffee that that creamer had turned blonde. “You must be from the South.”

His corners of his lips turned up. “Originally from Texas, but I’ve lived most of my adult life in Birmingham.”

She nodded as if taking a moment to appreciate what she already knew about her own powers of observation and assessment about folks.

He asked, “Was it the howdy that gave me away?”

She shook her head and returned her attention to her coffee. “Nah. Nothing like that.” She put the lid on her paper cup and made a gesture that the station was all his.

Before she turned to go, he said, “I’m curious how you knew where I was from.”

She looked him directly in the eyes. “I’m a truck driver from Jackson. It’s only when meet white people from the South that they talk to black folks. Everybody everywhere else?” She shook her head again and frowned. “Nothing.”


“That’s a fact.” She turned an ambled off toward the table where her breakfast waited on her.


I’ve written more than 5,000 words of Novel No. 5 in the first half of May. That has topped me over 47,000 words and put me at approximately the 2/3 mark for the novel. While the framework has stayed in place, many of the particulars of what I think are going to happen in a given scene between conception and conclusion. I continue to be excited about this project and have no doubt it will be my most commercially successful novel.

On May 2, my fourth novel, Casual Business with Fairies, released. You can buy it on Amazon or any other online bookstore. Here’s an early reader review.

That’s all I’ve got for now.

End of April Writing Update

If my writing in April were a landscape, it would definitely be a mountain range. So many peaks and valleys. But not the Rockies. Probably the Smoky Mountains, because the peaks weren’t all that high. I had four days in which I didn’t do any writing, and there wasn’t a single day that I hit more than a thousand words.

Still, including this update, I’ve written more than 10,000 words in April and hit some significant milestones in the writing of my fifth novel. I went over 40,000 words in the book and put it over the halfway point. In fact, this morning, I finished the third chapter in the second half of the book.

I sent the first half to my Alpha Reader a couple of weeks ago. They read it all in one sitting and provided some great feedback. I’m feeling really good about this murder-mystery. Of course, that’s subject to change without warning, because that is just the nature of writing. I reserve my right to hate everything tomorrow.

In other creative pursuits, my fourth dark fantasy novel, Casual Business with Fairies releases on Tuesday. The protagonist in that book is an insurance lawyer, who more closely resembles many aspects of my nature than any other character I’ve written. You can order it from your favorite online bookstore.

If you’re interested in the origin story of my debut novel, Vulcan Rising, I made a video about it. Available on YouTube. I plan to do similar accounts of my other novels as well.

We also had great interviews with some really impressive guests on the podcast I co-host with Barbara Hinske, The Write Approach: