Monthly Archives: November 2016

Weekly writing check-in: the one with formatted ghosts

Again, all about Coffee & Ghosts this week. The first read through and revisions are done, now for the listening proof/edit. I also formatted episode two. Now that I use Vellum, this is so easy. In fact, it’s so easy, I still wonder if I’m missing a part of the process or if I’ve overlooked something.

I double check, of course. Every time. But it’s just that simple to format with Vellum. If you own a Mac, definitely look into buying the application. It’s worth every penny.

But that means A Few Good Ghosts is up for pre-order, with an on-sale date of November 30th.

Writing Work:

  • Revising Coffee & Ghosts, episode 3
  • Formatting and uploading episode 2

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Paper Trail

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

a-few-good-ghostsNone, but A Few Good Ghosts is available for pre-order in some places, including Amazon.

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It’s a matchbook kind of day (buy a paperback, get the Kindle version free)

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Looking for something new to read along with getting your holiday shopping done? Well, here you go. Fifty paperbacks, in all genres, plus the free Kindle version for yourself. Shop early, shop often.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with so many ghosts

ghost-cupWe’re pretty much nothing but coffee and ghosts around here. I’m revising episode three and doing final edits on episode two (which should come out on November 30th). This involves revision work on episode three (reading over scenes, thinking about scenes, staring at words and wondering if they’re the right ones).

For episode two, in addition to extra eyes on the story, I’ve also completed two “listening” proofs–that’s when I send the file to my Kindle Fire and have it read it to me with text-to-speech.

I have to say that text-to-speech is one of the best proofing tools there is. If you don’t own a Kindle Fire, you can try the free online apps or if you own a Mac, there are several apps you can download as well (I have one on my Mac Book Air that I use). I like proofing on the Kindle since that lets me check the e-book file for glitches at the same time.

And that’s about it for this week before (the US) Thanksgiving.

Writing Work:

  • Revising Coffee & Ghosts, episode 3
  • Final proofs of episode 2

Submissions:

  • Fire and Ivy

Rejections:

  • Fire and Ivy

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Review: Women Heroes of World War II—the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and Survival

War can teach you so much about evil, and so much about good.
~ Zainab Salbi

Women Heroes of World War II—the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and Survival*

From the publisher:

Glamorous American singer Claire Phillips opened a nightclub in manila, using the earnings to secretly feed starving American POWs. She also began working as a spy, chatting up Japanese military men and passing their secrets along to local guerrilla resistance fighters. Australian Army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel, stationed in Singapore, then shipwrecked in the Dutch East Indies, became the sole survivor of a horrible massacre by Japanese soliders. She hid for days, tending to a seriously wounded British soldier while wounded herself. Humanitarian Elizabeth Choy lived the rest of her life hating war, though not her tormentors, after enduring six months of starvation and torture by the Japanese military police.

In these pages, readers will meet these and other courageous women and girls who risked their lives through their involvement in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Fifteen suspense-filled stories unfold across China, Japan, Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines, providing an inspiring reminder of womens’ and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.

These women—whose stories span 1932 to 1945, the last year of the war—served in dangerous roles as spies, medics, journalists, resisters, and saboteurs. Seven of them were captured and imprisoned by the Japanese, enduring brutal conditions. Author Kathryn J. Atwood provides appropriate context and framing for teens 14 and up to grapple with these harsh realities of war. Discussion questions and a guide for further study assist readers and educators in learning about this important and often neglected period of history.

womenheroeswwiipacThis is the third Women Heroes book by Kathryn Atwood and part of the Women of Action series from Chicago Review Press.

To say I liked this book the best isn’t accurate. I enjoyed the first two immensely. I read a lot of World War I and World War II nonfiction. I majored in Russian in college, and along with that came a lot of Russian literature and history. So I was already familiar with a lot of the women presented in the first two books.

Ah, but this one? I’m a bit chagrined to admit it. This was fairly new territory for me. I haven’t done nearly as much reading about the Pacific theater as I have the European one. That’s about to change.

As with the other books, this one starts off with a chapter about how the war with Japan begun and provides a short, but excellent, historical overview. The volume ends with a wrap up that explains how the war ended and the consequences that followed (the Cold War).

In between? Fifteen riveting stories about women in the Pacific theater, from Australian nurses to Navy flight nurses to war photographers and citizens fighting for their countries. Each chapter highlights a woman hero and invites us to understand her struggle. Each chapter ends with a bibliography for further reading.

All the stories in this book are incredible, but I was struck in particular by the courage of the Philippine resistance.

This book along with the two others in the series make excellent resources for not only students, but teachers, writers, or anyone who wants to know more about the world wars but doesn’t know where to start.

Heroism is endurance for one moment more.
~ George F. Kennan

* I received a review copy of this book from Chicago Review Press.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Veterans Day

Still doing that Coffee & Ghosts thing. I completed the second pass on episode two and made my book map and wrote the description for episode three. And that’s about it, well, except for the book review I hope to post in a bit. So, I’ll keep this short.

Oh, and in honor of Veterans Day, The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath is only 99 cents.

Writing Work:

  • Revising Coffee & Ghosts, episode 2 and 3

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

fine-art-waterNone, but The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath is on sale for Veterans Day. 99 cents on all vendors. But hurry, it will go back up to full price next week.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Ghosts and Consequences

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So, Ghosts and Consequences went into the world on Halloween, which I think is appropriate. And fun. It was a lot of fun, too. I’ve completed the first pass revision for the next episode, which I’m calling A Few Good Ghosts.

I want to publish that at the end of November. I’m aiming for every 30 days or so for each episode. Not too far apart, but at a pace that’s reasonable for me to maintain.

This week, I plan to make a second pass on the second episode and also do the book map and description for episode 3.

As you can see, it’s pretty much all coffee and all ghosts around here and will be for a while.

Writing Work:

  • Revising Coffee & Ghosts, episode 2

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Ghosts and Consequences is now live on all vendors. You can check out some early reviews on Amazon as well. Plus? It’s only 99 cents.

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