Weekly writing check-in: the one with the short list

I didn’t quite finish up An Army of Toads this week. I’m close, but as I mentioned last week, a new character in the form of a Bandit King strolled into the story and complicated things.

One rejection this week (which, you’ll note, I sent right back out). But I am pleased that the story made the short list in Pulp Literature’s Bumble Bee Flash Fiction contest. So, there’s that.

Today, my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop is having an author visit and workshop with Liza Wiemer, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Outlining/Draft writing ~ 4,500 words

Submissions:

  • Lucky

Rejections:

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with another early morning

Or maybe it just feels like early morning, thanks to DST. I love having extra light in the evenings, but I could do without the actual time change.

I got some writing in this week on a new story, along with some outlining. I wasn’t so much stuck as I was in pondering mode, possibly because a minor character wanted to take on a much larger role than I had envisioned. So now I need to consider what it is the Bandit King wants. (And certainly he wants something because that’s how bandit kings are.)

That’s about it.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Outlining/Draft writing ~ 1,500 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the early morning dance competition

Dance competition time! For my daughter, not me. But we were up early and at the event before we’d normally be at school/work.  I’m tired. We’re all tired here. So a short check in this week. I finished How Goldie Lost Her Locks, which came in at ~14,000 words. I also finished up the layout for Coffee & Ghosts 3 and have ordered a print proof.

I think this come week will be a short story week, and I hope to both write one and revise one. We’ll see.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Draft writing ~ 3,700
  • Print layout, Coffee & Ghosts

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with more fairy tales and Girl Scout cookies

It was a week of Girl Scout cookies and fairy tales and print layout for Season Three of Coffee & Ghosts. And that’s about it.

I’ve been doing some world building, but I prefer to write stories along with that, or really, as part of the world building. Because sometimes you have to walk in your world to see whether or not it works.

I’m hoping to finish How Goldie Lost Her Locks this week and move onto An Army of Toads. Then I’ll take a look at a novella I wrote last year with an eye to expanding it (and really, it’s this story that started this particular journey).

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Draft writing ~ 5,100 words!
  • Print layout, Coffee & Ghosts

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the bundle of ghosts

So, this week, I released the bundle of season three of Coffee & Ghosts, because some people like their coffee and ghosts all in one place. I’m still doing the print layout for it, but that should be ready in a week or two.

And … I started in on a new story. For now I’m calling it How Goldie Lost Her Locks, and it’s about how … Goldie lost her locks. I’m also outlining another one that I think I’ll call An Army of Toads. And if you’re thinking to yourself: hm, those sound like reimaged fairy tales, you might be right.

Otherwise, I filled the week helping my daughter with her Girl Scout cookie sales … lots and lots of cookies sales and lots and lots of cookies.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Draft writing ~ 5,000 words!

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

ghost-series-3Coffee & Ghosts 3: The Complete Third Season is now available for those of you who like your coffee & ghosts in one place.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the final project

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This week I completed the final project for my design class, which you can see on the left. I also managed to finish Story Genius and get a little draft writing in. But mostly? Mostly I worked on my final project.

Now that the class is over, I hope to shift priorities a bit and get more writing done. I’m still researching and world-building, but I’m at the point where I can work on the actual story part of it.

This always feels a little shaky. Brand new words in a brand new project, especially after working on Coffee & Ghosts for more than a year. I have to shift gears and remind myself that we all start with a blank page. The first step is to fill it with something.

So, that’s the goal for this coming week!

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Draft writing
  • Story Genius — Done!
  • Graphic design class — Done!

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the roller derby–again

derbySo! I took my Girl Scout troop to the roller derby once again. And you know what that means. This will be a very short entry.

I. Am. Tired.

Even so, I turned in my graphic design homework and made progress on the new series. And that’s about it, for this week and this post.

I’m off for some post-roller derby recovery time.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Story Genius
  • Graphic design class

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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