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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the ballet bun

So I had one of those moments this week, one where I think: oh, so that’s what happens in this story. It wasn’t a week where I did a lot of writing, although I did transfer a story I had written longhand in a notebook to the computer. But! I think I have a handle on the next episode of  Coffee & Ghosts.

Otherwise, it was one of those quiet weeks. My daughter’s Girl Scout troop bridged to Senior Scouts and we’re gearing up for the big dance recital next week. To that end, I need to cobble together her hair into a ballet bun.

Edited to add: Ah, yes, it took our combined efforts and forty minutes of work to unlock the ballet bun achievement level.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ Coffee & Ghosts brainstorming and outlining
  • Photoshop tutorials

Submissions:

  • The Saint of Bright Red Things

Rejections:

  • The Saint of Bright Red Things

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the falls

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I’m blogging a bit late today. I spent the morning here (see picture to the left). That’s Minnehaha Falls, and my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop volunteered this morning to help out with registration for the local MS Walk.

My job was to stand in the shelter doorway and direct people. Never has one person uttered the phrase, “Did you register online?” more than I have. My throat hurts, and I nearly lost my voice. Plus, since I’m an introvert, I’ve used my allotment of words for the month. Yes, I realized that it’s the first. Simply put, I won’t be speaking again until June.

In writing news, I not only wrote 6,400 words this week, but the first episode of season three is done! Plus, I sent out two stories as well.

And now I’m going to go take a nap.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ 6,400 words, Coffee & Ghosts, Season Three, episode one. Done, at 31,00 words!

Submissions:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Rejections:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with chicken fat and whipped cream

So last week I did a topic chat at Writers Village University about how to go about submitting short work to markets. And then I followed that up by not submitting anything at all this week. Well played, right?

But! I have a publication this week. Chicken Fat and Whipped Cream is up at Easy Street.

Other than those two rejections, I had a good week with +6,000 words in season three of Coffee & Ghosts. I’m closing in on the end of the first episode (at least, I think I am), although it still doesn’t have a ghostly title.

Other than feeling sad about Prince–we’re all sad here in Minnesota–it was a pretty productive week.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ 6,600 words, Coffee & Ghosts, Season Three
  • Craft work
  • Topic chat

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Gretel and Hansel
  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Chicken Fat and Whipped Cream over at Easy Street.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with spring (for real this time)

So, the weather did a complete turnaround from last week and we now have a pollen alert–which is obvious every time I step outside. We have leaves and blossoms and spring has pretty much sprung around here.

In other news, I wrote another 6,000 words this week. It’s a nice pace and I’m having fun with Season Three of Coffee & Ghosts. No submissions this week, but hey, I didn’t get any rejections either, so there’s that.

And, of course, the Season Two series bundle for Coffee & Ghosts is in the wild, in Kindle and print.

Not a bad way to start spring.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ 6,000 words, Coffee & Ghosts, Season Three
  • Craft work
  • Topic chat

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Coffee and Ghosts 2 Ebook coverIn case you missed it yesterday, Season Two of Coffee & Ghosts is now available as a series bundle. Yes, that’s right. All your coffee and ghosts in one place.

Available in Kindle and print. Read more about it in my post from yesterday.

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Coffee & Ghosts: the complete second season now available!

It’s here! The season two series bundle.

Get your coffee and ghosts in one volume.

Coffee and Ghosts 2 Ebook cover

When Christmas brings both strangers and ghosts of the past to Springside, ghost-catcher and expert coffee-brewer Katy Lindstrom fears her new business, new relationship, and quiet hometown will never be the same.

She’s right.

The ghost of a jealous dead husband. A sexy siren of a spirit who has a claim on Malcolm. It will take more than some excellent Kona blend to permanently rid Springside of both the unwanted ghosts and the necromancers who brought them to town.

But Katy harbors a secret, the sort more than one necromancer is willing to kill for, and this time, the stakes are higher than she ever imagined.

This time, to keep Malcolm, Springside, and even the world safe, Katy must do the one thing she vowed never to do.

And once she does, there’s no turning back.

Coffee & Ghosts is a cozy paranormal mystery/romance serial told over multiple episodes. This series bundle contains all three novella-length episodes of Season Two, in Kindle and print.

Episode 1: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Episode 2: The Ghost That Got Away
Episode 3: The Wedding Ghost

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with April (snow) showers

aprilsnowSo, snow showers this week. They’re promising seventy degree weather here in a few days. I think we can all agree that April is drunk.

Two rejections this week that I haven’t turned around yet. I will, eventually.

I spent some time working on some promotional stuff for a thing, which is as precise as I can be about it right now. All will be revealed soon.

But! I also got +6,000 words in this week on Coffee & Ghosts, and that was fun.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ 6,538 words, Coffee & Ghosts, Season Three
  • Promo stuff
  • Craft work

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • The Perfect Canvas
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with 90 free fantasy and science fiction books

So, I turned around three rejections into submissions this week, wrote some words on season three of Coffee & Ghosts, and messed around a bit with the formatting of the series bundle for season two.

And … that’s about it for the week. Except you should really check out the link below. There are some seriously good books up for grabs.

  • Writing: ~ 3,324 words
  • Print formatting for Coffee & Ghosts, Season 2 series bundle

Submissions:

  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Rejections:

  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

None, but look at what you can download! More than 90 books in this giveaway. But hurry! The promotion ends today!

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the ghostly pre-order

Well, would you look at that! An acceptance. So I’m pleased about that. Otherwise, I took some time this week to work on the formatting and layout for the Coffee & Ghosts, Season 2 series bundle in both e-book and print. It’s the print layout that takes the longest. The e-book is a simple matter of combining the three episodes into one.

On the other hand, the print version I do in Adobe InDesign, and that requires a little more work. It isn’t hard (well, I don’t find it all that difficult), but it does take time searching out orphans and widows and wonky hyphenation, and so on.

But, it’s done! The e-book is on pre-order and I’ll get the print proof to review in a week or so.

Writing Work:

  • Brainstorming and outlining Coffee & Ghosts, Season 3
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Craft work
  • Print and e-book formatting and design for Coffee & Ghosts, Season 2 series bundle

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots

Acceptances:

  • Chicken Fat and Whipped Cream

Publications:

None, but look what’s up for pre-order!

Coffee and Ghosts 2 Ebook cover

That’s right! The series bundle for Season Two of Coffee & Ghosts will be available to read on April 11th, but it’s already up at Amazon. The print proof is on its way to my house. So if you like your coffee and ghosts in one place, you won’t have to wait for long.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with thirty fantasy books

Hey, no rejections this week and I sent three stories back out. I also made some progress on season three of Coffee & Ghosts, both outlining and actual writing (although I’m not done with either).

I also did a bit more with Photoshop and design and dipped my toes into a little writing craft work.

Not only that, but it’s the first day of spring!

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 2,400 words
  • Brainstorming and outlining Coffee & Ghosts, Season 3
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Craft work

Submissions:

  • The God of Bright Red Things
  • Chicken Fat and Whipped Cream
  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Fantasy-E-book-GiveawayNone, but be sure to check out the fantastic fantasy giveaway: 30 fantasy books and a Kindle Fire could be yours!

 

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with The Wedding Ghost

Four rejections this week. Is that a personal best? I think it might be a personal best. It was a busy week, so I haven’t had the chance to turn those back into submissions. That’s something I can do this week.

However, I did write a standalone Coffee & Ghosts short story of 4,200 words. And The Wedding Ghost is out in the world. So, there’s that.

But between dance competitions and Day Light Saving Time, I’m just a little bit tired. I may spend the rest of the day reading.

Writing Work:

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Chicken Fat and Whipped Cream
  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies
  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • The God of Bright Red Things

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

The Wedding GhostThe Wedding Ghost is out in the world.

You can read more about that in my post from yesterday.

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