As you might imagine, it was a strange week for everyone. I did a bit of Photoshop work and got a Friday story scheduled and … that’s about it.
Here’s the thing. You might be super creative during this time. In which case, go you! You might not. In which case, go you! Do what you need to during this time, whether that’s binge-watching or binge-cleaning, along with keeping yourself and others as safe as possible.
Some random things that you might find helpful:
- Judicious social media blocking. There are many app and social media blockers. I use Freedom. Keep yourself from reneging on your promise NOT to check social media (and avoid the inevitable guilt spiral). Seriously. It works.
- Free Shakespeare plays from the Globe Theatre.
- Free stories from Audible (for littles to teens).
- Writing in a time of crisis:
Finally, the first season of Coffee and Ghosts is nearly everywhere in audio. There are a few holdouts, but it’s making its way through distribution.
You can find it all over, too. Check your library because you might be able to check it out right away or request it.
In the meantime, you can list to episode one for free.
I can’t say how much I love Amy’s narration. She’s really captured Katy’s voice and the overall feel of the Coffee and Ghosts world. I couldn’t be happier (and season three is coming my way for review in a week or so).
Find Must Love Ghosts here:
Amazon (Whispersync, get a discount with the free ebook)
Old Capitol Building, sunrise
I’m back from the IowaSummer Writing Festival. I had an incredible time. It was just what I needed.
Of course, after that five-hour drive, I think I need a nap.
This week, I’ll review the extended sample for Season 3 of Coffee and Ghosts, which means in a few weeks, the entire audio will be ready for review.
Now, I’m off to do some laundry and maybe a little writing as well.
I did a lot of listening this week and made it through the audio for Coffee and Ghosts 2: The Ghost That Got Away.
The narrator, Amy McFadden, has done a fantastic job. I can’t wait for it to make its way through the audio distribution system. This could take a while when you consider that Coffee and Ghosts 1: Must Love Ghosts still isn’t up at Audible.
Otherwise, I’m finishing up a time travel class (writing, not a how-to) and getting ready for my writing retreat at the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop.
On Friday, a nice surprise landed in my inbox. The audio for Coffee and Ghosts 2: The Ghost That Got Away is ready for review.
I’m really looking forward to getting the entire series out in audio.
Season 1 is making its way through the distribution system (sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly), but listeners are already discovering it in various library systems. I have to say: I love this pay-per-checkout model.
That’s about it. I’m gearing up for a week of listening (and maybe some writing as well).
Introducing … Milo!
Yes, we’ve added another four-legged member to our family (this makes three dogs and one cat if anyone is counting).
Milo is an American Bulldog, and he’s the sweetest dog you’d ever want to meet. American Bulldogs are often called a large-breed lapdog. Um. Yeah. He’s totally that. And everyone is (more or less) getting along as well.
In writing news, I not only completed the “book map” for my trip through expanding The Trouble with Doppelgangers into a novel, but I started work on it as well.
I also played around with some cover concepts for the first book and the series.
In audio news, I approved the audio for the first season of Coffee and Ghosts. Now the fine people at Findaway Voices will do all their technical checks and get it into the distribution system.
And yes, I drank a lot of coffee this week.
This week, I was not too optimistic. I completed the edit of The Trouble with Necromancers and the audio review for Coffee and Ghosts 1: Must Love Ghosts! I even managed a note or two for the second book in the series.
As far as progress goes for the week, I am pleased.
I can’t wait to share the audio of Coffee and Ghosts. The narrator is one of my all time favorites. I knew she’d do a fantastic job, but I’m completely blown away by her performance. She’s captured Katy’s voice completely, and even the minor characters shine.
That’s it for this week. (Except for prom–but that’s a whole different story. I may need to go back to writing YA one of these years. So. Much. Material.)