This month, it’s all about fairy tale retellings. First up, a retelling of … well, you can probably guess.
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I’m making some progress on the revision of The Trouble with Necromancers. So much so that I’m actually writing this ahead of time so I can get more hours in on Sunday morning. (Writing first, then the internet: a strategy that seems to work. Although really, this shouldn’t be a surprise.)
In this week’s fun thing, I was featured as part of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors. They’re celebrating their five-year anniversary, and I’m thrilled that I’ve had two stories published with them during that time. To celebrate, they’re also running sales on their magazine and books. So head on over for some deals.
This week, I also finished up the formatting for the Coffee and Ghosts series bundle, which I’m calling The Complete Coffee and Ghosts. You know, for those who need all their ghosts (and coffee) in one place. The ebook is already up for pre-order and the paperback is making its way into various stores as well.
That’s it for this week. Have a lovely Sunday filled with reading and writing.
My flash fiction piece, The Potato Bug War, is now available in issue #19 of Pulp Literature.
This is my second historical fiction story, and like The Saint of Bright Red Things, it takes place in France during World War Two.
And it’s so short, that all I’ll say is it’s about insects, Nazis, and resistance.
In other news, I’ve added about 10,000 more words to the revision exercises I’ve been doing, sketched out a few “big picture” ideas, and got knocked in the side of the head with yet another idea I might like to write. I’m resisting that mightily (for now).
I have a guest blog post over at Nunum this week:
In other news, I started writing the new series this week (and by “started” I mean I’m not sure I’ve even hit 1,000 words yet).
My current mood is neatly summed up by the picture to the left. I always feel this way when I start a story, whether it’s a five-hundred-word flash fiction piece or a 50,000-word novel.
But if it feels new and untested, if I’m–you know–stepping outside my comfort zone, maybe that’s a good thing.
At least, I hope it is.
Blizzard last week, spring this one. We’re looking at temperatures above 60 degrees today. There’s still a bit of snow on the back deck (we got a lot of snow last weekend), and it’s weird to have the air so warm and the ground covered with snow in places.
But … we’ll take it.
In other news, you may have noticed I’ve done some spring cleaning on my covers. I did like my coffee pot covers, but they didn’t convey everything about the stories that I wanted them to.
I really like the update. I think the covers convey the fun, quirky, and romantic feel of the stories. And I’m not the only one who agrees. Just this week, the first in the series was selected for a BookBub featured deal (coming up on May 21st). As some of you may know, Bookbub is pretty much the premier book advertising platform. And you may also know that there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a featured deal–ever. (And I’ve been trying. Oh, how I’ve been trying.)
So … I’m pretty excited about this.
In other news, I started really digging into the fairy tale series this week, not draft writing, but lots of structure for the first story (while keeping the entire series in the back of my mind). I also turned in the article I was working on and just okayed all the edits this morning.
And that’s it for this week. Now, I think I will take a walk in this amazing weather and ponder the fairy tale series a bit more.
So the news this week is The Binge-Watching Cure is out in the world.
You know you want to read more. You remember once losing yourself in books. You recall how exciting the adventures were, how late you stayed up following your favorite characters, and how you cried, gasped, or bit your nails.
But how to start reading again when binge-watching TV is so easy and — let’s be honest — fun?
You start slowly, of course. Baby steps. First, with a story that’s only twitter-sized in length. Then the next, a mere 75 words. Then a few hundred words, followed by progressively longer tales until you’re reading novels without even knowing it.
That’s The Binge-Watching Cure, a collection of stories encompassing a range of genres, including mystery, romance, horror, science fiction, literary, crime and more — a little of everything for everybody.
Fun concept, right? Because you can always read just one more.
My story is The Saint of Bright Red Things. It’s my very first historical story of any length, and I’m pretty excited that it’s included in this anthology.
In Nazi-occupied France, Marigold Jenkins, the daughter of ex-patriot Americans, must keep her identities—all three of them—a secret. She navigates the streets of Paris armed with a bright red handbag, scarlet lipstick, and a compact tailor-made for her role as a courier in the resistance.
But when a train accident leaves her concussed and stranded in a provincial hospital, Mari must navigate a new reality, one that leaves her at the mercy of a German officer. She must decide whether she can trust this man—and what she must sacrifice in order to do so.
In other news, I worked a bit on the fairy tale series, and by “worked a bit” I mean I mostly pondered, did some reading and some listening to fairy tales and not a lot of actual writing. It will come.
I also spent a fair amount of time with Photoshop (yet again) this week. And that’s about it.
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.
Busy week! My daughter had a dance meet this week (the first of the season) and then an invitational on Saturday. I. Am. Exhausted. You’d think I was the one doing all the dancing.
A little writing, a little work on a fairy tale project, and that’s about it. Oh, except for Steadfast, of course.
- Series work (structure, brainstorming, research)
- Fairy Tale project
- Writing ~3,000 words
- Moving Day
The story is a modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, with a gender flip and an unapologetic happy ending. (Take that, HCA!)
Head on over and give all the stories a read.