I was too optimistic, but I came close. I have fewer than fifty pages left in this edit. I’m confident I can finish it off this week (well, 99.99% confident).
One additional thing I did this week was work on the notes for book two. I have seven pages of longhand notes along with an updated calendar (pro-tip: always write with a calendar), and a whole slew of new ideas.
Plus (and I’m so excited), the audio is in for Coffee and Ghosts 1: Must Love Ghosts! The narrator is fabulous and I can’t wait to share the end result.
So, this week, I’ll be pulling on the headphones and listening to nearly seven hours of Coffee and Ghosts. The last time I reviewed the text (for world building), I ended up with the overwhelming urge to drink cup after cup of coffee. I think I better stock up on a fresh supply along with some half and half.
One of the things I’m doing this year is expanding my audio catalog and reach.
My first two audio books are now available nearly everywhere (not just on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes). In fact, you can listen for free if your library uses Overdrive.
If you like this story, you can also read the other two in the collection for free (except on Amazon, because they’re stubborn).
Or to listen, click-through on the SoundCloud link for a list of audio vendors.
Sending you over to Cast of Wonders for my short story The Secret Life of Sleeping Beauty, along with a few other stories that put a new spin on an old tale.
Happy reading (and listening)!
Exciting news! The Drabblecast is back!
The full relaunch is in the fall, but you can head on over and listen to the backlist stories, including Ghost in the Coffee Machine. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the audio.)
I love this audio production. It has sound effects! And music! And artwork.
If you enjoy both speculative fiction and the audio format, be sure to click through and give The Drabblecast a listen.
It’s good to have them back.
What if time doesn’t run out?
Soshi Patel believes herself the last inhabitant on earth, trapped in an abandoned prepper’s shelter, living by candlelight and on canned peaches. Out of desperation, she uses the last of her good candles to build a ham radio from a kit. When she connects with a voice on the other side, it’s more than she could’ve hoped for.
But this voice, this Jatar, knows things he shouldn’t. As he comforts Soshi through the last days on a dying earth, it becomes clear that he carries his own burden, the weight of which can only be measured in time.
Download for free over on Instafreebie or listen over at Escape Pod.
Note: this is probably the saddest story I’ve ever written; you’ve been warned.
Head on over to Instafreebie for some fabulous free short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres. While you’re there, you can pick up my (one and only) science fiction/post-apocalyptic story, In a Manner of Speaking (which you can also listen to–for free–on Escape Pod).
I’m going to switch things up a bit for the New Year. When I started my weekly check-in, I was spending the year doing a write one/sub one with short stories. That was a great year. It got me back into writing on a regular basis and reminded me why I love writing to begin with.
But I’m not writing as many short stories as I did that first year. Or rather, I tend to binge-write them. Also, this year, I hope to focus on longer, series work. (Now that I’ve stated that, just watch. I’ll end up on some sort of short story tear.)
So I’m going to change my check-in a bit, just covering what I did the previous week. I’ll still log submissions made, stories sold and published, but the format will be more free form.
Without further ado, I give you my week:
Writing: ~3,500 words, plus outlining and structure work. I can see the end from here, but I’m not quite in the home stretch. Almost though. And I may be closer than I suspect.
Published: Keeping Time is in audio over at The Centropic Oracle. They’ve done a fabulous job with the production, and the narrator is marvelous. She brings so much to my little story. If you have seven minutes to spare, go give it a listen.