Weekly writing check-in: the one with another birthday

 

Another birthday, you say? Well, yes, yes there was. My son turned eighteen this week (yeah, how did that happen). We also attended his college orientation. Not to mention he made a jaunt up north for Scout camp.

Busy week means not quite as many words. It also means there’s a grimy dutch oven in my front hall that will be cleaned by someone who isn’t me.

However, I did get some writing in. That’s the power in having a routine. And speaking of routines, I’m going to complete my busy Sunday (more camps! more things!) so I can get back to it tomorrow.

Writing Work:

  • Pansy 2.0 ~ 4,080 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Doreen’s Muse

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the birthday

tracksMy birthday, that is. Did I write on my birthday? Why, yes. Yes, I did. Not quite as many words as last week (that three-day weekend helped the word count), but I’m pleased.

I also sent some work out, saved my book from hanging out on the wrong side of the tracks, and renewed my driver’s license (one of these things may not be true).

No rejections this week, no sales, but lots of words.

Writing Work:

  • Pansy 2.0 ~ 10,686 words

Submissions:

  • The Perfect Canvas
  • Five to Freedom
  • Abandonment Issues

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with some writing

To be honest, I was a little scared to try the redraft. I wondered: would it work? Was this a crazy idea? One week in, and I think the word count speaks for itself.

I should be clear that I’m not copying what I already have in the first draft. Even scenes that stay mostly the same need to shift in subtle ways–characterization, world-building, and what-have-you. I have sudden thoughts, such as: Wait! I need to introduce the poodle!

I also received a check this week for a story I sold  a while back. In the memo line was:

For Incriminating Evidence

Incriminating Evidence is the title of the story. Still. It feels slightly illicit.

And, speaking of other stories, I got a couple out the door as well. So, all in all, it’s been a good week.

Writing Work:

  • Pansy 2.0 ~ 11,881 word

Submissions:

  • Doreen’s Muse
  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Rejections:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Keeping Quiet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available in print and electronic format:

PrintKindleNookiBooksKoboSmashwords

Last week at $2.99 for the electronic copy!

Also available as a Kindle Match Book. Buy the Print version from Amazon and get the Kindle version for 99 cents! (Note: you must buy the paperback first for this to work.)

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the book launch

Book on a bench.

Book on a bench.

Well, yes, I launched a book this week. I also managed to do a few other things as well. A couple of submissions, some structural work on the story I call Pansy (which is the name of the main character, not the title).

You may remember that I drafted this story last year. And yes, I did. This year, I plan to redraft it. And I will! Or at least, I’m feeling optimistic about the prospect.

Why a redraft? Well, when I reached the end of the first draft, I was all: Oh, so that’s what the story should be. It will be far easier–and faster–to redraft it than to try to revise the original manuscript.

Or so I hope.

All in all, a pretty good week.

Writing Work:

Submissions:

  • Ghost in the Coffee Machine (audio market)
  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Rejections:

  • The Maze
  • Ghost in the Coffee Machine (audio market)

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Keeping Quiet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available in print and electronic format:

PrintKindleNookiBooksKoboSmashwords

Also available as a Kindle Match Book. Buy the Print version from Amazon and get the Kindle version for 99 cents! (Note: you must buy the paperback first for this to work.)

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The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet: Book Tour!

Well, admittedly, we were working with a limited budget, and the venues were small. Still, I think it went off splendidly. Here are the highlights:

Things got off to a slow start.

Things got off to a slow start.

They say this book is on fire.

They say this book is on fire.

car

As marketing techniques go, this one needs some work.

I hear this book really has legs.

I hear this book really has legs.

Coming soon to a local branch near you!

Coming soon to a local branch near you!

fence

No need to be on the fence about this book!

 

Ardent fan demanding autograph.

Ardent fan demanding kibble catnip autograph.

I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour as much as I did the real one! All without a single arrest for trespassing!


Available in print and electronic format:

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Also available as a Kindle Match Book. Buy the Print version from Amazon and get the Kindle version for 99 cents! (Note: you must buy the paperback first for this to work.)

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The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet: Now Available!

Today’s the day!

The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet is now available in print and electronic format! And there’s a special launch price as well. Get the e-book for $2.99, for a limited time.

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all.

Keeping QuietSophomore Jolia does the one thing no one expects from the girl who has perfected the art of keeping quiet.

She joins the speech team.

Jolia can’t confess the real reason–not to her best friend, her new teammates, or even to crush-worthy rival Sam who offers to coach her in secret.

Keeping quiet might be the easy way out, but when what Jolia doesn’t say starts to hurt those around her, it might just cost her a best friend, her spot on the team, and even Sam.

But she isn’t the only one with a secret. It’s going to take words–her words–to make things right.

If only Jolia can find them.


Available in print and electronic format:

PrintKindleNookiBooksKoboSmashwords

Also available as a Kindle Match Book. Buy the Print version from Amazon and get the Kindle version for 99 cents! (Note: you must buy the paperback first for this to work.)

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

slow roadThis week was filled with rain and launch activities for the release of The Fine Art of Keeping QuietI’m really pleased with the free read activity (see links below). I love being able to offer a try-before-you buy sample. (I also love downloading and reading those myself, which is the main reason I’m doing this.)

It’s getting downloads at Barnes and Noble and Apple, but it’s no surprise that the most action is at Amazon:

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Otherwise, I did more work on Pansy, some world building and what I call, for lack of a better term, structural work. I’d like to say I’ve done more writing work this week, but I can’t.

No submissions, but then, no rejections either. I still have some pending work out there, too. I suspect there will be a deluge of rejections much like the rain we’ve had this week.

Writing Work:

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

It’s still free! Get two young adult short stories and the first four chapters of The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet.

KindleThe Trouble with PromNook,  iBooksKobo, Smashwords

 

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