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Weekly writing check-in: the one with all the rejections

So, I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to receive four rejections during the week of one’s birthday. Fair or not, that’s what happened this week. And that’s what happens sometimes when you send out a lot of work. Although I do think four rejections in one week is a new record for me.

But in good news, I sent three of those stories back out again. I also finished writing Must Love Ghosts, which is the last episode in the Coffee and Ghosts serial. I’m thinking a season two is totally possible, although actual story notions for it are a little murky at this point.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 6,500 words
  • How to Hook the Reader coursework ~ complete

Submissions:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms
  • The Girl with the Piccolo
  • Gretel and Hansel

Rejections:

  • The Girl with the Piccolo
  • Like Bread Loves Salt (technically a return, the market is closing)
  • Gretel and Hansel
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with summer school

Mattie chairSo, I’m heading into the home stretch with Must Love Ghosts. I think I can finish it this week. Pretty sure, anyway. Fingers crossed and all that.

And … I’m taking another class, or rather, a series of classes.

Yes, I know. I was going to take a break from them for a bit, but I couldn’t resist this offering. It’s based on Wired for Story by Lisa Cron, and it’s broken into smaller, two-week classes, each one based on a chapter in the book. That? That’s doable.

And it’s especially doable now that I have a spiffy summer reading/writing chair. Granted, I have to share, but there’s room for two.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 5,100 words
  • How to Hook the Reader coursework

Submissions:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Rejections:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with some summer ghostly writing

 

Must Love GhostsSo, this week I worked on revising The Ghost Whisperer while drafting Must Love Ghosts. I’m pretty sure about that title for the last episode. I’m so sure that it even has a cover. (That’s it, to the left.)

Also, a few stories came back so I sent them right out again. Funny thing. I had to check this morning because I couldn’t remember 1) what had come back and 2) how many rejections I received this week.

This is the benefit of keeping stories in circulation. I don’t really think about rejections. I think about the next place I might send the story. So far this year, I’ve made thirty submissions and I’ve sold six stories. Not bad for the first six months of the year.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 4,100 words
  • Writing: Must Love Ghosts
  • Revising: The Ghost Whisperer

Submissions:

  • Gretel and Hansel
  • The Girl with the Piccolo
  • Keeping Time

Rejections:

  • Keeping Time
  • Gretel and Hansel

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

 

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