Well, yes, it’s been about a month now. So can I really call this post a weekly writing check-in? I’m going to be optimistic and say: yes.
I haven’t been posting for a variety of reasons. One, I got a new computer! Yay! I’m still setting it up, getting it to where I need it to be. The other is … I still hate the new WordPress interface, and blogging has become a chore, and it’s never been that before.
So, I either need to get over myself and learn to love–or at least tolerate–this new interface or figure out something else.
But in actual writing news, I’m in the home stretch with Coffee and Ghosts Season 4! Three scenes to go, more or less. I hope that next week I can report that the draft is done.
That’s been my week: words coming so quickly I can barely keep up and then the slowdown. Then, it picks up again.
I think it’s because I’m heading into the last third of the story. Sometimes I can’t wait to reach the finish line, and other times I want to draw it out, spend more time with the characters.
At some point–some point soon–I will reach the end.
We’re finally getting some rain today, and we really need the rain around here. It’s been weeks. I can already tell the plants and trees are much happier.
And I have some words going on as well. I zipped past 10,000 words this week, zip being one of those relative terms. But I’m making progress, and like the trees and plants, I’m happy.
We lost internet last week for a few days. Thankfully, we had power since the temperatures hit the upper 90s. I thought I was going to melt right into the asphalt.
But, no internet, except for a hotspot, and I needed to save all my data for work.
We’re back online now (I mean, obviously), although I have to say, I didn’t miss it all that much. I spend most of my evenings reading. And over the last two weekends, I got in a lot of writing.
I’m inching toward 10,000 words in episode three, which I’ve decided to call The Necromancer’s Nephew. It’s both fun and complicated because I’m pulling in threads from all three seasons. I’m hoping to tie up everything in a nice bow at the end of this.
It’s starting to feel real. Not real enough to put up a pre-order, mind you. But real, nevertheless.
And that’s nice.
I went on a bit of a writing tear this weekend, and I finished episode two of Coffee & Ghosts Season Four! It came in at ~24,000 words, which is a nice length for the middle novella in the season.
Just one more episode to go, and season four (and possibly the series) will be complete.
I’ve also decided I’m going with my original (pretend) title of Misty Sandborne and the Vampire Husband. Just because I like it, and it’s fun. And if you can’t have fun, why bother.
Also? It won’t be the title for season four. For that, I’m using the title from episode one (The Ghosts You Left Behind). When naming the seasons, I’ve used the episode title that matches the season thematically.
I mean, as far as Coffee & Ghosts has a theme. (It does, actually, but that’s not the main point of the stories. They’re meant to be fun.)
So no one will be giving Misty Sandborne and the Vampire Husband the side-eye on Amazon when they’re searching for books to read. Although that sort of title might pull in a definite reader demographic, I’m not sure there’s much crossover with Coffee & Ghosts.
This coming week, I hope to get the framework for episode three underway. I already have so many ideas for it that it will be more along the lines of corralling cats than figuring out what happens next.
Still with the slow and steady progress. Somedays, I wish I could write faster, but at this point in time, this is how fast I’m going. It is what it is.
But it’s spring! So now when I end up stalled in the manuscript, I can step outside and do a little gardening.
Some people take their gardening very seriously. Us? Not so much.
Yesterday, my daughter and I bought a bunch of random plants at the garden center and had fun finding them new homes.
As you can see, the dogs helped too.
Due to a little spring cleaning, I missed last week’s check-in. Make that a lot of spring cleaning. So much so that by the time Sunday rolled around, I didn’t have the energy to boot up my laptop, never mind wrestle with the new block editor.
I am making slow but steady progress with episode two, so I’m pleased about that. And spring has actually sprung here. I even have some forget-me-nots sprouting up from where I sprinkled a packet of seeds our energy company sent us last year. Sprinkled very late, I might add because … COVID.
I also have some oak leaves and weeds I should do something about. But in the meantime, I’m enjoying the progress I’m making with flowers and words.
I’m making progress on episode two on everything but a title.
Generally, my Coffee and Ghost titles are ghost-related plays on words and puns. You know, like Ghost in the Coffee Machine or Nothing but the Ghosts (a play on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth).
And yes, clearly, I’m often the only one who finds them amusing.
I’m stuck on what to call this particular episode because the only thing I want to call it is:
Misty Sandborne and the Vampire Husband
Which is really quite literal for me (and the story in question). So I’m pondering how to work ghosts into the title (because there will be more than vampire husbands in this episode, absolutely).
I’m sure something will occur to me sometime before I’m ready to format this thing. Otherwise, I may just go with:
Misty Sandborne and the Vampire Husband Plus Some Ghosts
I did swim this week, oddly enough. True, episode two still doesn’t have a title. But it has a framework (i.e., outline), and I’ve started the actual writing. I’m pleased. I’m very pleased because I wasn’t sure I’d make it this far.
In other news, it’s very April-ish around here. It’s spring! No, it’s still winter! Wait, here’s spring. Ha, fooled you, pull on your wool coat.
I expect by the end of the month, things will have settled down.
In other news, I’m still missing the classic editor. I won’t tell you how long it took me to write out this post, but suffice to say: too long.
I finished the short story I was working on. It will be part of the Coffee & Ghosts world. It clocked in at 4,600 words (give or take), and I’ll be sending it out to my newsletter as part of the launch of Season Four.
Mind you, I don’t plan on straining any muscles launching Season Four. I’ll get it out there into the world and then carry on with something else.
So now I turn my attention to episode 2, which doesn’t have a name and only the barest whispers of a plot. But I’m printing off all my notes and diving in.
I’ll let you know if I sink or swim.