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Weekly writing check-in: scheming and reading

I’m still excited about my Iowa trip (and still scheming for next year).

This week, I’m back on a regular schedule. I am trying to wrap up all the research I need to do so I can start writing my new series (or two). This wrapping up, however, is taking longer than I’d like. But what I am reading is informing a whole bunch of stories, so there’s that. It’s like three for the price of one.

And that’s about it. Except for all the reading I need to do.

Writing Work:

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

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the Iowa adventure

I spent last weekend at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Did I have a good time? Well, let’s just say I’m already scheming ways to spend a week there next year. It. Was. Amazing.

So? What did I do?

I made some new friends:

Saw the sights:

   

 

Went Legend Tripping:

   

 

I also attended the workshop Fiction and Fairy Tale. Lots of prompts and quick writing, lots of new ideas. I stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast, did a lot of walking, and basically had a blast exploring the campus and downtown. If you can make your way to Iowa City during the summer, I highly recommend it and the festival.

Also, if you scroll down a bit, you can see that my story, A Knight at the Royal Arms is live in Pulp Literature #15.

Writing Work:

  • Planning/researching new series
  • Story planning and notes
  • Fairy Tale class/Folklore class
  • Iowa Summer Writing Festival

Submissions:

  • Lucky
  • The Way Home

Rejections:

  • Lucky

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

My story A Knight at the Royal Arms is included in Pulp Literature #15.

The story is a light-hearted fantasy about a modern-day damsel in distress (one who wears steel toe boots).

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Fabulous Fantasy and Science Fiction Special

Another fabulous promotion courtesy of author Patty Jansen. If you need to fill up on books to beat the winter blues, this is just the thing. All books (and some boxed sets!) are 99 cents. But hurry! This weekend only!

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the new year, new story, and new ghosts

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I have one more story to add to last week’s list. In a Manner of Speaking was up on Escape Pod on December 29th. While I didn’t realize it at the time, looking back, I can tell this story is a tribute to Doctor Who. So, if you like Doctor Who, especially the sadder episodes, you might enjoy this story as well.

Also, today is release day for Nothing but the Ghosts. You can read more about that in my post here.

I looked at my word count for the year, and I wrote ~160,000 words, most of those in Coffee & Ghosts. Most of the year was dedicated to Coffee & Ghosts. I wrote four episodes (each novella length) and published five, along with the bundles for each season.

As for the rest of the word count, it ended up in some short stories, some playing around, and the start of what I hope will be a new series in 2017.

Writing Work:

Submissions:

  • Lucky

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Two!

In a Manner of Speaking in audio on Escape Pod. The text is there, too, for those who prefer to read.

And, of course, Episode Three of Season Three of Coffee & GhostsNothing but the Ghosts went live this morning.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one where I miss National Coffee Day

coffee1Did you know there was such a thing as National Coffee Day? And did you know it was on September 29th? Neither did I.

Well, clearly I blew it this year. But next year? I’m all over that. There will be a celebration.

Making progress this week with the Coffee & Ghosts revisions. Lots of reading and thinking, but I have a plan, and I really hope to start publishing the season on October 31st (Halloween, of course!).

In other writing news, my daughter’s Girl Scout troop is starting work on the Novelist badge. Did you know there was such a thing? Well, there is. We’ve picked our book to read “as an editor” and I’ve found some great online classes to get us started writing stories.

Writing Work:

  • Reading/revising Coffee & Ghosts

Submissions:

  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one where I drink too much coffee

coffeeheartThe problem with both writing a story that involves coffee (and ghosts) and then rereading the entire series? The overwhelming urge to drink coffee–and lots of it.

I was part way through The Ghost Whisperer when I thought to myself: I really need another cup of coffee.

If this keeps up, I’ll need to splurge and buy some Kona blend.

In other, non-caffeine related news, I sent out three more stories, making a total of five for the month, three of those brand new ones. My submission tracker is looking a bit more robust these days.

As for this coming week, I expect to be drinking even more coffee.

Writing Work:

  • Reading Coffee & Ghosts
  • Photoshop and design
  • Revision work/short stories
  • Craft work: Truby class

Submissions:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • Paper Trail
  • Fire and Ivy

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one where I finally (finally!) reach the end

Well, it took me more than a day. Of course it did. But at long last, I finished the third and final season of Coffee & Ghosts! It looks something like this:

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The plan is to let it percolate for a bit (ha, a coffee pun), and then I will read the entire series from season one all the way through season three. I want to make sure I haven’t violated my world building, forgotten an important plot point or character, and add everyone’s coffee preference to the series bible (vitally important when the series revolves around coffee), and so on.

Then I’ll start in on revising and editing, proofing and publishing season three.

In the meantime, I have some stories I’d like to revise and send out. In fact, I sent a new one out the door this week. I have lots of reading planned and some craft work. In other words, I won’t be bored.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: Coffee & Ghosts ~ 4,500 words
  • Photoshop and Vellum
  • Revision work

Submissions:

  • In a Manner of Speaking
  • Lucky

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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