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Weekly writing check-in: even more writing and walking

Sunrise on my walk

Even more walking this week. I’m surprised and pleased with how quickly my ankle is healing.

I get around pretty well as long as I have shoes on and the surface is relatively even. I’m grateful for that because I really love walking and working out, and I don’t feel quite right when I can’t do either.

And even more writing this week. Not so much during the week, but I got some words in over the long weekend. I’m in spitting distance of 10,000 words on the first episode of Coffee and Ghosts, Season Four, tentatively titled The Ghosts You Left Behind.

Perhaps the very best part of all of this? I’m having so much fun with the story.

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Weekly writing check-in: Morning rainbow

A little more progress this week on Coffee and Ghosts, not to mention this rainbow out the back deck this morning.

My ankle is so much better, too, surprisingly so. I’m hobbling around the house and garden reasonably well. Our eggplants and cucumbers are flowering, and we have tiny peppers and tomatoes.

Right now, I’m looking at ways I can get more writing done during the week. Oddly, working from home doesn’t translate into more time for writing.

When I went into the office, I wrote during my lunch hour, away from my desk. That was my mental trigger for: now it’s time to write.

I don’t have anything like that these days, and it shows.

This week’s goal: figure out a new writing trigger/ritual.

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Weekly writing check-in: Lemons into Kona blend

So, just when you think it’s safe to step outside and maybe walk the dogs … you take a tumble and end up hurting your ankle.

When the doctor first saw it, she gave me a 50/50 chance of it being broken. Fortunately, it’s not. Just a bad sprain.

My urgent care experience was excellent.¬†Yes, there were the COVID precautions, which I appreciate, but it didn’t take too long, and everyone was so nice (and apologizing for the wait–truly, it was fine).

My ankle is still swollen and has entered that truly ugly phase of all the bruising coming to the surface in all its purple and greenish glory.

So what to do when life gives you lemons? Make lemonade, or in my case, some Kona blend.

I opened the outline to season four of Coffee and Ghosts, made a few notes, and then this morning, wrote the first scene.

So that? That was good. I’ll take it and hope to post more progress next week.

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Weekly writing check-in: outlining in the rain

Actually, the rain is outside, so I wasn’t outlining in the rain. However, I did finish an outline for what I think will be my next book (novella or novel, not quite sure at this point).

At least, I hope it will be my next book. I don’t want to jinx it or anything.

In the meantime, I need to go research a few things, like haunted engagement rings, wedding magazines, and ghost puns.

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Free Fiction Friday: Spooktacular free and 99 cent books

In the mood for some spooky reading? Grab some free and 99 cent books this weekend and get ready for Halloween.

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Weekly writing check-in: quick check in

Just a quick check-in today. It was a busy week; I didn’t get a ton of writing done, but I started work on a Coffee and Ghosts story, so there’s that.

And it’s October, which means I get to post about ghosts, and coffee, and all things Halloween all month long.

So, if you’re in the mood for something a little bit spooky (but not too spooky), you can always listen to the first episode for free.

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Weekly writing check-in: fun with cover practice

Not a lot of writing this week. I’m playing around with an idea for Coffee and Ghosts. Not so much a sequel, but a look at what happens near the end of the series from Malcolm’s point of view (which is about all I can say without spoilers). I wouldn’t publish this but instead, offer it up as a newsletter bonus.

I am also thinking seriously about Coffee and Dragons, or as seriously as someone can think about Coffee and Dragons. The idea is starting to grow on me. I’m not sure how I’d pull it off, but I am considering the challenge.

I did take some time to have some fun with covers. If these were real covers, I’d spend a lot more time refining the edges around the masks on the cover models, maybe reconsider my font choices, and so on.

This effort was a practice go since I don’t write contemporary romance. Low stakes, just for fun.

Knight here is very Broody McBroody. Or maybe he’s mourning his unfortunate choice in footwear.

Mr. Prince here does look worried about being the prodigal son, no? Or maybe the oven timer’s gone off, and he’s concerned the crust on his par-baked pizza is going to burn.

This guy? This guy is what’s known in Romancelandia as an alpha-hole. You can just tell. Either that, or he really doesn’t like the new engineered hardwood floors.

And that’s it for this last full week of September.

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Weekly writing check-in: two (so far) for September

So not a blistering pace or anything here, but I did manage two stories this week. If I can keep that going, I’ll be pleased.

I also sent out a slew of stories, some new, some reprints. My submission tracker was looking a little thin.

Not a bad week. Plus, Nothing but the Ghosts is up at Audible (and a bunch of other places as well).

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Weekly writing check-in: photoshoot and short stories

This week, I finalized the audio for Nothing but the Ghosts. The wonderful people at Findaway Voices are doing their technical checks, and then it’s off into the world.

In writing work, I finished one short story and started on another. I have a couple of notions that I think I want to write before I dive back into a longer project.

Earlier this week, we were all over the place, the Landscape Arboretum, Lake Minnetonka, and downtown Wayzata for a senior picture photo shoot. And it’s a little hard to believe we are gearing up for senior year. I’ve already updated the calendar with dance and school activities.

It’s going to be busy.

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Weekly writing check-in: tiramisu and tea

I missed last week. The audio for Nothing but the Ghosts was ready, and I spent a good chunk of the weekend listening to that. The narrator, Amy McFadden, has done such a fantastic job with the entire series that I’m pretty much speechless.

In other news, I finished a story this week that I started longhand in Iowa while working at the Java House with a little tiramisu and tea.

And I did a little background/worldbuilding work on a possible story/series. Yes, I know. That’s vague. On purpose.

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