This whole “story a day” thing is more like a “story a week” thing.
Still, I’ll take it. Especially since I wasn’t sure how this one was going to end. It took a turn when the dragon in the story ate a character I did not expect him to eat.
This is the second … third dragon story I’ve written during this challenge. I’m beginning to think my subconscious would really like me to write more of these. Dragons and Coffee anyone? (I mean, why not? I made Coffee and Ghosts work.)
Also, thanks to the wonderful people at BookFunnel (seriously, if you’re publishing and don’t have a BookFunnel account, you need to get one), I have a lovely landing page that features both audio and ebooks for Coffee and Ghosts.
Stay tuned to see if I write (yet another) dragon story next week.
Yes, I know. Still not a blistering pace. But I am writing. Two more stories for this week, one’s a little longer (and may end up in a novel at some point) and the other a flash fiction piece.
Plus, I sold a short story, a retelling of Godfather Death, to Corvid Queen, and it should be out in March of 2020.
Also, I collected a handful of rejections as well, because that’s the way it works when you submit stories.
So not a blistering pace or anything here, but I did manage two stories this week. If I can keep that going, I’ll be pleased.
I also sent out a slew of stories, some new, some reprints. My submission tracker was looking a little thin.
Not a bad week. Plus, Nothing but the Ghosts is up at Audible (and a bunch of other places as well).
That’s right. I wrote five short stories this August, including two this past week (one flash fiction, the other a short story).
I don’t know if I’ll go all out–so much depends on what happens with my schedule. But I am participating in A Story A Day in September. I even got today’s written, although it’s more of a series of vignettes than an actual story (see above about whether or not I’m going all out).
In other words, my aim is to get some words, not necessarily a story, every single day.
So, tune in next week to see if I really did get those words (it’s like a cliffhanger). And if you’re a writer, consider signing up.
The Official Jo March Writing Tear Picture
I’m on a roll. I wrote another short story this week, revisiting the characters from Knight at the Royal Arms (Pulp Literature Summer 2017: Issue 15).
I’ve missed writing short stories, and I’m going to continue this trend for as long as the ideas keep coming. Also, with the school year (and dance team) about to start, they fit nicely into what is going to be a busy year.
The technical checks are done on the audio for Nothing but the Ghosts. It’s making its way through the audio distribution system and is already popping up in places.
Last week, I added Ghost in the Coffee Machine to the sidebar. Click to listen to Amy’s marvelous narration.
This week, I finalized the audio for Nothing but the Ghosts. The wonderful people at Findaway Voices are doing their technical checks, and then it’s off into the world.
In writing work, I finished one short story and started on another. I have a couple of notions that I think I want to write before I dive back into a longer project.
Earlier this week, we were all over the place, the Landscape Arboretum, Lake Minnetonka, and downtown Wayzata for a senior picture photo shoot. And it’s a little hard to believe we are gearing up for senior year. I’ve already updated the calendar with dance and school activities.
It’s going to be busy.
The Portal 10: Speculative Fiction anthology is free–for a limited time. Head on over to Amazon to grab a copy before Sunday, July 14th.
This anthology includes my story In a Manner of Speaking.
So, I discovered that the US Amazon store was selling the print version of The Complete Coffee and Ghosts for $6.88.
Usually, it’s $24.99.
I know. Totally insane. The price stayed like that for a few days, so this morning I took a chance and alerted my newsletter subscribers to the deal.
You know what happens next, right?
Amazon jacked the price back up to $24.99. Because, of course, they did.
No doubt people clicking through from the email triggered some algorithm or other. Even I missed picking up a couple of copies. I was going to grab some for a giveaway or little free libraries.
But all is not lost. The Kindle version is still on sale for $6.88. It’s not the fire sale of earlier, but it’s not bad.
In less frustrating news, I submitted a story this week, played around with some time travel ideas (story ideas, not actual time travel), and of course, saw The Way Home published over at Long and Short Reviews.
So, minus the Amazon debacle, not a bad week.
So, no Free Fiction Friday yesterday, but I give you: Short Story Saturday.
Head on over to Long and Short Reviews for one of my retellings of Rapunzel: The Way Home.
While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the other Saturday stories. Read a few reviews or enter a giveaway–they have a lot going on over there.
This week, I played around with ideas and structure for The Trouble with Necromancers (which may or may not remain as the title).
I do not want to revise (once again!) only to realize that I’m no closer to the true story.
Therefore, I’m questioning everything.
And I do mean everything. Lots of what if and do I need that and what happens when …
I hope this is it. If it isn’t? Well, then there’s a good chance this book and series weren’t meant to be. Or maybe that I need to let it compost for much, much longer than I have.
But I hope not. Let’s see what this new week brings.
Wish me luck.