Weekly writing check-in: stealth cat and an honorable mention

Meet stealth cat, my latest Photoshop project.

My big news this week is my short story (really, flash fiction) The Potato Bug War received an honorable mention in Pulp Literature’s Raven Short Story Contest.

This is the second historical fiction story I’ve written, and I’m kind of amazed I managed to pull off a story about World War II in 540 words.

So, you may be asking, at some point will I try writing novel-length historical fiction? I might. I just might.

Not as much writing this week. I started (yet another) set of courses. This one is on advertising for authors, and I’m loving it so far.

And that’s about it!

Writing work:

  • Series work (structure, brainstorming, research)
  • Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors Course
  • Graphic Design/Photoshop tutorials
  • Writing, ~3,000 words


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Filed under Weekly Writing Check In, Writing

3 responses to “Weekly writing check-in: stealth cat and an honorable mention

  1. anno

    Cool cat!

    And, congratulations on the honorable mention for for your WWII story… I have a hunch that a historical novel would offer a lot of creative scope for your interests and experiences. If you write one, I, personally, would be very interested in reading it.

    Also… what are you using for your photoshop/graphic design tutorials? I’ve done a little work with InDesign, and I’d like to do more with photoshop, but the program is a little intimidating for someone whose done nothing more than tweak the exposure & color settings for a photograph. Do you ever work with Illustrator?

    • Thanks! I have a subscription on Skillshare. You can find many, many, many Photoshop tutorials there. I like the ones by Helen Bradley and Meg Lewis in particular, but there are so many ones I haven’t even tried yet. It felt like it took me forever to get used to Photoshop, and I watched different basic tutorials until I got the hang of things. It was a repetitive, brut force approach.

      I haven’t ventured into Illustrator yet. One program at a time.

  2. apg

    Thanks! I’ve been using lynda.com a lot, as well as coursera.org for work with Tableau and Python… but I am kind of desperate for a project-based approach to Photoshop and Illustrator, so I appreciate your lead to Skillshare. (And, of course, I meant “who’s” and not “whose”. I also meant it when I said that I’d love to see any historical novel you feel inclined to write. As proof: on my current bookstack: The Romanovs, (Montefiore), The Land of the Firebird (Massie), and Catherine the Great (the other Massie)….)

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