Just a short check-in this week. I did some story work, but now that I have my brain back (post-COVID), I tackled moving my newsletter to a new provider this weekend.
I. AM. DONE.
More next week. But now, I’m going to go read.
This week, I got all of September’s stories scheduled. That always takes longer than I think it will. But they’re scheduled, and I’m pleased.
I need to conjure up nine more stories to round out scheduling until the end of the year (I have four already waiting in the wings). Unless I do another serial story, but I’d rather try for the nine, if I can make it.
I also did some story building work on Coffee & Ghosts.
But perhaps the biggest thing I did this week was to send my daughter off to college.
Honestly, I’m not sure how she’s old enough to attend college. But there you have it. You turn around one day, and they’ve become someone you’re incredibly proud of.
Well, I didn’t quite make my goal for an outline for the next episode of Coffee & Ghosts, Season 4.
I did get some story notes done, and I’m almost to the point of starting to write.
Sometimes you simply must ponder things, such as: What if the vampire husband is from another dimension?
I mean, really, what if?
That could change everything.
I did do some work on September’s stories (and it’s hard to comprehend that September is right around the corner–how did that happen?), along with some editing and image work, and I hope to get those scheduled very soon.
Otherwise, I took several sunrise walks, got some good thinking time in, and while my mouse friend has vanished (!), I’m hoping she makes an appearance again sometime in the coming week.
Look! I have a new friend! A new mouse friend at that.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one missing friends on my walk. So many new critters and heart rocks and such along the trail this week. I’m thinking I need to add my own contribution.
This week, I did some brainstorming on the next two episodes of Coffee & Ghosts, Season 4. My goal is to get the outline done and start writing episode 2 by next weekend. (And to be fair, my “outline” is more like a road map. It tells me, generally, where I want to go, but that’s about it.)
I also worked up some new story posts and the images for the coming month. So, I have a little breathing room there as well.
And that’s it for this week.
Life has given us cucumbers. Many cucumbers. All the cucumbers.
In related news, we also now have pickles.
And I have a novella! That’s right. It’s done! (Well, for now.) I’m pleased with my progress and the story so far. I’m going to let it rest while I work up the second novella in the season, which as yet has no title, but might involve haunted engagement rings.
That’s it for this week since I really, really, must go get some story posts ready for August.
My rock friends have vanished. (You may or may not have been waiting for an update.)
This may have something to do with all this rain we’ve been getting this week. I don’t know. I miss them.
However, I’ve been drowning my sorrow about that with writing. I’m over 20,000 words and closing in on the end of this novella.
Even better, I’m having so much fun. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to say that. I think I may have figured out my (new) process. More on that later. I don’t want to jinx it.
I also played around with a cover for Season Four.
Not a bad week, although I really must get the stories for August posted.
We’ve had some serious thunderstorms and rain these past few nights. This morning I discovered my rock friends have been washed away!
I hope by tomorrow they’ve found their way back into their trees. If not, I may need to search for them. (Yes, I realize I may be too heavily invested in this rock friendship.)
In actual writing news, I’m making good progress. I’m about 60 words away from an even 3,000 for this writing session. I’m compelled to get back to the manuscript–if only to make it an even number.
So with that, I’ll leave you to your Sunday.
I made it past 10,000 words this week (with plenty of words to spare.
My ankle is (almost) healed. I think. I don’t want to jinx it or anything.
But I’ve been taking long walks in the morning and making new friends!
Someone has painted little bug rock friends and left them scattered about along the walking trails around here.
Someone (perhaps the same someone, perhaps not) moves them about from time to time, so you have to search out your friends to find their new homes. It’s an exercise that never fails to make me smile.
I don’t know who’s doing this, but they’re clearly performing a public service here.
Even more walking this week. I’m surprised and pleased with how quickly my ankle is healing.
I get around pretty well as long as I have shoes on and the surface is relatively even. I’m grateful for that because I really love walking and working out, and I don’t feel quite right when I can’t do either.
And even more writing this week. Not so much during the week, but I got some words in over the long weekend. I’m in spitting distance of 10,000 words on the first episode of Coffee and Ghosts, Season Four, tentatively titled The Ghosts You Left Behind.
Perhaps the very best part of all of this? I’m having so much fun with the story.
Yes, I am walking! My ankle still hurts, although it doesn’t actually hurt when I walk (which sounds weird, but it’s true).
And … I’m writing, too. Not as much as I want to during the week, but I got some words in this weekend. I’m having fun with the story, and new notions for what happens next keep popping up. It feels good to be back at it.
Plus, I signed a contract this week for my story Simon the Cold.
I love audio, and I’m looking forward to hearing what they do with this story.