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Weekly writing check-in: Keeping Time in the New Year

I’m going to switch things up a bit for the New Year. When I started my weekly check-in, I was spending the year doing a write one/sub one with short stories. That was a great year. It got me back into writing on a regular basis and reminded me why I love writing to begin with.

But I’m not writing as many short stories as I did that first year. Or rather, I tend to binge-write them. Also, this year, I hope to focus on longer, series work. (Now that I’ve stated that, just watch. I’ll end up on some sort of short story tear.)

So I’m going to change my check-in a bit, just covering what I did the previous week. I’ll still log submissions made, stories sold and published, but the format will be more free form.

Without further ado, I give you my week:

This week

Writing: ~3,500 words, plus outlining and structure work. I can see the end from here, but I’m not quite in the home stretch. Almost though. And I may be closer than I suspect.

Published: Keeping Time is in audio over at The Centropic Oracle. They’ve done a fabulous job with the production, and the narrator is marvelous. She brings so much to my little story. If you have seven minutes to spare, go give it a listen.

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Weekly writing check-in: Steadfast

Busy week! My daughter had a dance meet this week (the first of the season) and then an invitational on Saturday. I. Am. Exhausted. You’d think I was the one doing all the dancing.

A little writing, a little work on a fairy tale project, and that’s about it. Oh, except for Steadfast, of course.

Writing work:

  • Series work (structure, brainstorming, research)
  • Fairy Tale project
  • Writing ~3,000 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Moving Day

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

My story Steadfast is in the December issue of Flash Fiction Online.

The story is a modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, with a gender flip and an unapologetic happy ending. (Take that, HCA!)

Head on over and give all the stories a read.

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Weekly writing check-in: hello, new sale

A rejection this week, but we’re just going to ignore that because not only did I write +5,000 words, I sold a story!

I sold Steadfast to Flash Fiction Online. Details forthcoming. Steadfast is a modern (and non-magical) retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier with a gender flip and an unapologetic happy ending.

That’s about it. I’m almost to 10,000 words in the novel, which means it’s starting to feel more like a real thing and less like vaporware. I’m adjusting the structure as I go along. It’s a lot like going on a trip after you’ve done some extensive planning. Sure, you read the guides books, planned the route, maybe even checked Google’s street view. But there’s something about driving–and writing–that changes everything.

Writing work:

  • Series work (structure, brainstorming, research)
  • Graphic Design/Photoshop tutorials
  • Writing, ~5,200 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Three by Three

Acceptances:

  • Steadfast

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: wrapping up classes

Wrapping up some classes this week. I finished my seventh and final story for the flash fiction class. It’s the last week of the fairy tale class, and we’re in the home stretch for the folklore one as well.

Next week, I hope to revise and send a few of those stories out into the world. Also? I think it’s about time to get to writing the new series.

And that’s it for this week.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Story planning and notes
  • Folklore class

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: flash and fiction

So far for the flash fiction class, I’ve written six stories, the shortest was 100 words and the longest 600. We just got our last assignment today–a generous 1,000 words. It’s been a terrific class, and I’m so glad I signed up for it. I’d forgotten how much I love writing flash fiction.

Not that I’ve abandoned longer fiction, not at all. I’m still researching for the new series (all of them), still reading, and still planning.

But now I’m going to have a slew of new stories to send out as well. I’m kind of excited about that.

So … last assignment. I’d better get going on that.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Story planning and notes
  • Fairy Tale class/Folklore class
  • Flash Fiction class (!)

Submissions:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the short list

I didn’t quite finish up An Army of Toads this week. I’m close, but as I mentioned last week, a new character in the form of a Bandit King strolled into the story and complicated things.

One rejection this week (which, you’ll note, I sent right back out). But I am pleased that the story made the short list in Pulp Literature’s Bumble Bee Flash Fiction contest. So, there’s that.

Today, my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop is having an author visit and workshop with Liza Wiemer, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Outlining/Draft writing ~ 4,500 words

Submissions:

  • Lucky

Rejections:

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with good ghosts and tiny dragons

So! A Few Good Ghosts is out in the world. I spent most of the week working on the revision and listening proof for the final episode. This is a bittersweet sort of thing. I mean, I never say never when it comes to writing, but for now, episode three will be the last Coffee & Ghosts story.

I might write some standalone stories (I left some “white space” between The Ghost That Got Away and The Wedding Ghost just for that reason). Or something might hit me out of the blue.

But I have ideas for other series and only one pair of hands for typing.

In other news, I have a drabble out this week, in issue #2 of  Spirit’s Tincture. What’s a drabble? It’s a story of exactly 100 words. This one involves a dragon.

Writing Work:

  • Revising, listening proof Coffee & Ghosts, episode 3

Submissions:

  • Fire and Ivy

Rejections:

  • Fire and Ivy

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

The Bargain in issue #2 of Spirit’s Tincture.

a-few-good-ghostsA Few Good Ghosts! Now available everywhere!

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