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Weekly writing check-in: done!

JoI went on a bit of a writing tear this weekend, and I finished episode two of Coffee & Ghosts Season Four! It came in at ~24,000 words, which is a nice length for the middle novella in the season. 

Just one more episode to go, and season four (and possibly the series) will be complete. 

I’ve also decided I’m going with my original (pretend) title of Misty Sandborne and the Vampire Husband. Just because I like it, and it’s fun. And if you can’t have fun, why bother.

Also? It won’t be the title for season four. For that, I’m using the title from episode one (The Ghosts You Left Behind). When naming the seasons, I’ve used the episode title that matches the season thematically. 

I mean, as far as Coffee & Ghosts has a theme. (It does, actually, but that’s not the main point of the stories. They’re meant to be fun.)

So no one will be giving Misty Sandborne and the Vampire Husband the side-eye on Amazon when they’re searching for books to read. Although that sort of title might pull in a definite reader demographic, I’m not sure there’s much crossover with Coffee & Ghosts.

This coming week, I hope to get the framework for episode three underway. I already have so many ideas for it that it will be more along the lines of corralling cats than figuring out what happens next. 

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Weekly writing check-in: pockets of time

Depositphotos_22887200_s-2019You know that exercise productivity gurus have you do? Where you write down how you spend (nearly) every minute of every day to see where you’re losing time?

Yeah, that exercise. The point being that you are clearly a slacker. And look! You’re wasting all this time.

Normally, I shy away from this sort of thing. I don’t believe everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.

People with chronic pain or chronic fatigue have a very different 24 hours. So do people who need to work an extra job (or two). New parents vs. empty nesters?

And so on. You get the point.

However, it’s an exercise I like to do because it helps me understand where I’m spending my time. I might not change anything. Sometimes it’s enough to see what you’re doing and why.

But, to be honest, I’ve been frustrated lately with a lack of writing time. So I went searching for a pocket of time I might be able to use.

There are various things I do in the morning. Coffee and morning pages come first, but other blocks of time I can move around. Dogs wake up early? I can take them out and feed them before I exercise (although I prefer if they sleep in).

I felt like I was missing something obvious. Last Monday, I was struck with a possible answer. And I asked myself:

Why do I shower?

Okay, I know why. More precisely, my question was:

Why do I shower at that time of day?

Before the pandemic and working from home and everything else, I would go to the office. And, of course, my coworkers appreciated it when I took a shower after I exercised.

But I don’t go into the office anymore. I don’t need to shower at that particular time of day. Ever.

So I moved my shower to another time where I wasn’t doing much and started using that morning time for my writing.

Not only have I been writing more since I made the switch, but I’ve also been using my peak creativity time for my writing. (Yeah, I was kind of wasting it there in the shower.)

I doubled my word count this week. And I’m pretty excited about that. I’ll let you know if it will stick—new habit and all that. But so far, I’m optimistic.

In other news, I also went into the KDP Dashboard and updated all my Australian print book prices since Amazon now distributes to Australia.

Heads up, writer friends. If you have any books published through KDP print, go into the dashboard and update your prices. You might be shocked to see just how little money you might make if someone buys a print copy of your book.

As in zero dollars, as was the case with some of mine.

Not that I’ve sold a print book via KDP print in Australia yet, but when I do, I’d like to make more than zero dollars.

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Weekly writing check-in: words and herbs

Still with the slow and steady progress. Somedays, I wish I could write faster, but at this point in time, this is how fast I’m going. It is what it is.

But it’s spring! So now when I end up stalled in the manuscript, I can step outside and do a little gardening.

Some people take their gardening very seriously. Us? Not so much.

Yesterday, my daughter and I bought a bunch of random plants at the garden center and had fun finding them new homes. 

As you can see, the dogs helped too.

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Weekly writing check-in: a little spring cleaning

IMG_4336Due to a little spring cleaning, I missed last week’s check-in. Make that a lot of spring cleaning. So much so that by the time Sunday rolled around, I didn’t have the energy to boot up my laptop, never mind wrestle with the new block editor.

I am making slow but steady progress with episode two, so I’m pleased about that. And spring has actually sprung here. I even have some forget-me-nots sprouting up from where I sprinkled a packet of seeds our energy company sent us last year. Sprinkled very late, I might add because … COVID.

I also have some oak leaves and weeds I should do something about. But in the meantime, I’m enjoying the progress I’m making with flowers and words.

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Weekly writing check-in: in search of a title

I’m making progress on episode two on everything but a title. 

Generally, my Coffee and Ghost titles are ghost-related plays on words and puns. You know, like Ghost in the Coffee Machine or Nothing but the Ghosts (a play on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth). 

And yes, clearly, I’m often the only one who finds them amusing. 

I’m stuck on what to call this particular episode because the only thing I want to call it is:

Misty Sandborne and the Vampire Husband

Which is really quite literal for me (and the story in question). So I’m pondering how to work ghosts into the title (because there will be more than vampire husbands in this episode, absolutely). 

I’m sure something will occur to me sometime before I’m ready to format this thing. Otherwise, I may just go with:

Misty Sandborne and the Vampire Husband Plus Some Ghosts

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Weekly writing check-in: April-ish

I did swim this week, oddly enough. True, episode two still doesn’t have a title. But it has a framework (i.e., outline), and I’ve started the actual writing. I’m pleased. I’m very pleased because I wasn’t sure I’d make it this far.

In other news, it’s very April-ish around here. It’s spring! No, it’s still winter! Wait, here’s spring. Ha, fooled you, pull on your wool coat.

I expect by the end of the month, things will have settled down.

In other news, I’m still missing the classic editor. I won’t tell you how long it took me to write out this post, but suffice to say: too long.

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Weekly writing check-in: The Haunting of Whiskers and Willow

I finished the short story I was working on. It will be part of the Coffee & Ghosts world. It clocked in at 4,600 words (give or take), and I’ll be sending it out to my newsletter as part of the launch of Season Four.

Mind you, I don’t plan on straining any muscles launching Season Four. I’ll get it out there into the world and then carry on with something else.

So now I turn my attention to episode 2, which doesn’t have a name and only the barest whispers of a plot. But I’m printing off all my notes and diving in.

I’ll let you know if I sink or swim.

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Weekly writing check-in: Hello, April! Farewell, classic editor.

The very latest update to WordPress has removed the classic editor I loved so much. True, there’s a kind of/sort of version of it that I’m using right now, but it’s not the same.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

In other news, we’ve had a lovely Easter weekend, unseasonably warm and lots of sunshine.

I also did some work on a short story that may be part of the Coffee & Ghosts world, a mini-episode between 1 & 2 of Season Four.

But … I’m not sure how I feel about that either.

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Weekly writing check-in: tree be gone

I’m sure everyone’s been waiting with bated breath about our tree issue. I’m happy to report that our friendly neighborhood tree service had it safely down in less than twenty-four hours (along with another nearly-dead pine, and they limbed some of our oak branches as well–trees, we have lots of trees).

In writing news, I compiled all my notes into one (searchable) document. I’m feeling pretty good about the overall worldbuilding for the last season. It still feels like I’m going painfully slow. However, I’m truly wrapping up the series with this season. There are so many threads, large and small, to consider. Not to mention those 230,000 words that came before.

That’s a lot.

I didn’t work on the framework for episode two, but I did do some work on a short story that comes in between episode one and two, something that I think will be mostly stand-alone. Or so I hope.

So for the coming week, my plan is to work on that.

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Weekly writing check-in: we have a tree problem

We have a tree problem. And yes, before anyone asks, we’ve called the power company. Also, the tree isn’t actually resting on the power lines … yet. With the wind we’ve been having, it could happen.

In writing rather than tree news, I spent this week tagging all my longhand notes with post-its with labels like backstory, episode 2, episode 3, and so on. Now I’m compiling it (and expanding on it) in a document. Once I have all that completed, I’ll start the framework for episode 2. In fact, I just had a brainstorm on episode 2 this morning, and I’m so glad I was waffling on starting on it.

Sometimes, procrastination is productive and creative.

For this coming week, I hope to get all the notes together and complete a framework for episode 2. I’m calling it a framework rather than an outline because it is more like an idea of the story than a lockstep list of everything that happens.

I will report back on trees and writing next week.

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