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Weekly writing check-in: a little spring cleaning

IMG_4336Due 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.

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Weekly writing check-in: in search of a title

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

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Weekly writing check-in: April-ish

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.

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Weekly writing check-in: The Haunting of Whiskers and Willow

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.

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Weekly writing check-in: Hello, April! Farewell, classic editor.

The very latest update to WordPress has removed the classic editor I loved so much. True, there’s a kind of/sort of version of it that I’m using right now, but it’s not the same.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

In other news, we’ve had a lovely Easter weekend, unseasonably warm and lots of sunshine.

I also did some work on a short story that may be part of the Coffee & Ghosts world, a mini-episode between 1 & 2 of Season Four.

But … I’m not sure how I feel about that either.

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Weekly writing check-in: tree be gone

I’m sure everyone’s been waiting with bated breath about our tree issue. I’m happy to report that our friendly neighborhood tree service had it safely down in less than twenty-four hours (along with another nearly-dead pine, and they limbed some of our oak branches as well–trees, we have lots of trees).

In writing news, I compiled all my notes into one (searchable) document. I’m feeling pretty good about the overall worldbuilding for the last season. It still feels like I’m going painfully slow. However, I’m truly wrapping up the series with this season. There are so many threads, large and small, to consider. Not to mention those 230,000 words that came before.

That’s a lot.

I didn’t work on the framework for episode two, but I did do some work on a short story that comes in between episode one and two, something that I think will be mostly stand-alone. Or so I hope.

So for the coming week, my plan is to work on that.

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Weekly writing check-in: off on a writing tear

I spent the weekend on a “Jo March” writing tear.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the hat.

I do have many draft words.

I didn’t log onto the internet (except for a quick check of my mail and to sync my file).

I thought about booting up my desktop and writing my update on Sunday.

Clearly, that didn’t happen.

But I can see the end of this new draft, and that’s a good thing.

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Weekly writing check-in: spills and chills

So way back in the day, I had a weekly paper route.

Those of you of a certain age may remember the weekly shopper newspaper. It was a small publication of mostly ads held together by a few human interest stories.

For three or so years, every Tuesday, I would diligently deliver these little papers in the neighborhood next to mine.

Fun fact: this neighborhood was the neighborhood from the Betsy-Tacy books.

The neighborhood contained several hills (and still does, to my knowledge). One hill, in particular, was particularly brutal. Each winter, like clockwork, my feet would slip out from under me, and I would smash my tailbone against the ice-slicked asphalt.

Even after I’d relinquished the route, I made it a practice to slip on the ice or the steps at least once a year. It wasn’t winter until I took a tumble and bruised my tailbone.

Well, last Sunday, I renewed that tradition. I’m fine, but I went down hard on some ice in our driveway.

After that, I was in no mood for the internet, never mind booting up my computer.

And yes, my tailbone still aches.

But I am making good progress on Coffee & Ghosts. So there’s that. I mean, it’s currently -9 right now. It’s not like we’re going to pull on our boots and take a hike.

I’d probably just slip on the ice anyway …

 

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Weekly writing check-in: winter and story storms

We have storms. Many storms. All the storms. After our October surprise snow, we’ve had nothing here until the 23rd.

Then it was Mother Nature playing catch-up with a blizzard.

Now we have lots of snow.

This week, I did a little work on Coffee & Ghosts. Mostly I focused on the holiday and musings for 2021.

I also officially released Here’s How We Survive: The (Love) Stories for 2020, which is the ebook and print version of all the (Love) Stories for 2020 (which you can absolutely still read for free).

I also signed up for Tara Lazar’s StoryStorm. 30 story ideas in 31 days. I’m pondering what sort of ideas I’ll (hopefully) be generating. Fiction? Nonfiction? Blog posts? Really, you can use it for any type of writing.

Want to join me? Click the image or the link to visit Tara’s site.

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Weekly writing check-in: that’s fairly rough

I’m not really sure why I’m so surprised that my rough draft is so … rough.

But it is, and I am.

Okay, not too surprised. I do need to pull out an entire section (trust me, it doesn’t work) and delete an entire character (he’ll just have to wait for another book/series). I was hoping that the structure, at least, was solid, if not the prose.

Alas.

But I slept on it. In the morning, things looked brighter (as things tend to do). I have a sense of what the story and the revision need and how that will cascade into the other two novellas in Coffee & Ghosts Season Four.

Again, I’m writing at the speed of tortoise, but I’m nevertheless pleased with my progress this week.

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