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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the flu

Jr. High Rainbow

So I thought I dodged getting my daughter’s “flu-like virus” (as her doctor described it). No such luck. It hit me hard on Sunday afternoon. So hard that I’m afraid to go look at what I wrote in my blog last week.

I pretty much gave up on being productive for the rest of the day and into the week. Instead, I binge-watched The Expanse, which was surprisingly therapeutic.

But … I did feel better as the week went on. I did the final listening proof on An Army of Toads and sent it on its way. I did some research on the new series, attended the monthly Truby class, and noodled about with a new project, which may not turn into anything. So, I’ll refer to it as the noodle project for now. At some point I will be more specific than that.

Also! I’ll be going to the Iowa Summer Writing Festival! I received my confirmation letter and one from my instructor. I’m only attending a weekend workshop, but I’m very excited.

Bullet Journal update: I’m liking it. I’m cautiously optimistic about it as well.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Noodle project
  • Truby class

Submissions:

  • An Army of Toads

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with West Side Story

So my daughter and I went to see West Side Story this week, which was a lot of fun, but a very late night for both of us. We went on Friday, and the Wild (as in the hockey team, Minnesota Wild) were playing as well. And that was fine, except the game got out when the play did, and we ended up spending some quality time in the parking garage.

Also, I have no idea if the Wild even won their game.

I did some more editing this week, some planning, and some reading/research.

I also started a bullet journal. I’m always making lists, but I end up making them in twelve different places, then I lose all my lists. This is an attempt to keep all my lists together. We’ll see how it goes.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Revising, editing An Army of Toads

Submissions:

  • Fire and Ivy

Rejections:

  • Fire and Ivy

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with some editing

Another quiet week. I did some editing on An Army of Toads, some research and planning of a new series (or possibly more than one series–ideas, I have them), and some reading. I’m hoping I haven’t caught that “flu-like” virus the doctor said my daughter had all last week.

So, to be on the safe side, I’m going to go drink a little tea, do a little editing, and read a lot today.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Revising, editing An Army of Toads

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the great courses

A quiet week this week. I’ve been doing a lot of background work and not so much actual story writing. Still, it seems like I’ve done a lot of work but don’t have much to show for it.

I recently took the plunge and went in for a full membership at Audible. One of the things I love are The Great Courses. They’re also kind of expensive. This is where the membership credits come in handy. (Some, but not all, are available in the library system, so I use that option as well.)

One nice thing about the courses is all the lectures are about 30 minutes long. This is the perfect length for my commute or for listening with ear buds while I do some chores, and so on.

And that’s about it for me. I think I’ll go listen to another lecture.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Drafting/outlining/structure and so on

Submissions:

  • Fire and Ivy

Rejections:

  • Fire and Ivy

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the roller derby–again

derbySo! I took my Girl Scout troop to the roller derby once again. And you know what that means. This will be a very short entry.

I. Am. Tired.

Even so, I turned in my graphic design homework and made progress on the new series. And that’s about it, for this week and this post.

I’m off for some post-roller derby recovery time.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Story Genius
  • Graphic design class

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the reading challenge

This week looks a lot like last week. I’m still in class, working on a new series (or so I hope), and reading/researching. I’m also hoping to start in on a reading challenge this year. I haven’t done one for a while, but War Through the Generations is hosting a stress-free World War II reading challenge this year. Check out their read-along books as well. I’ve been meaning to read All the Light We Cannot See, which is up first in March.

So? Join me? I’ll start doing mini-reviews again once I log a few books for the challenge.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Story Genius
  • Graphic design class

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Fabulous Fantasy and Science Fiction Special

Another fabulous promotion courtesy of author Patty Jansen. If you need to fill up on books to beat the winter blues, this is just the thing. All books (and some boxed sets!) are 99 cents. But hurry! This weekend only!

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