Weekly writing check-in: the one with the everything week

Well, if last week was quiet, then this one was more than exciting. Look below. I have something in every category I track, from submissions to publications. I love that sort of week. It’s a writer’s writer sort of week.

I also continued the Photoshop tutorials, did some revision work on a couple of stories, and started getting the last Coffee and Ghosts episode ready to publish.

All in all, not a bad way to end the summer.

Writing Work:

  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Revision work
  • Ghost publication work

Submissions:

  • Gretel and Hansel
  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • The Perfect Canvas

Rejections:

  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • The Perfect Canvas
  • Gretel and Hansel

Acceptances:

Publications:

CicadaStoryStraying from the Path in the September/October issue of Cicada.

Look at that gorgeous layout!

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with a quiet week

No nautical dog this week. Too rainy. Another quiet week. We’re gearing up, I think, for the school year and all of that. One week left of summer? How did that happen?

So this week, I fell down some research rabbit holes while fact-checking my historical short story. A few were quite entertaining. I’m still not sure where I’m going to send it, so those side trips really didn’t delay anything.

I also did some other writing-related tasks, some reading and planning. I am gearing up to start drafting over my lunch hour again.

Writing Work:

  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Revision work

Submissions:

  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots (reprint market)

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with nautical dog

nauticaldogAnother quiet week. I did some work on a short story. It’s historical, the first one I’ve written, so part of the revision process is underlining anything I’m uncertain about and researching to make sure the details/phrasing/whatever works for the time period and setting (WWII in France).

So, it was my intention to take all the Wired for Story classes, but now I’m having second thoughts. I’ve done a lot of craft work in the past several months–and my word count has suffered for it. I’m switching gears for a while and will do more drafting and revising.

And boating. With nautical dog. Of course.

Writing Work:

  • Story Focus class (second chapter of Wired for Story)
  • Photoshop tutorials (along with updating the Creative Cloud)
  • Revision work

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Gone Ghost

sunriselakeI was up early enough today to snap this photo at the lake. But now? Now, I’m a little tired.

So, this week. Well, there’s that reprint sale to Evil Girlfriend Media–my second. Fabulous market with fabulous stories, and it’s nice that The Girl with the Piccolo has a new online home now that Kazka Press is offline.

I sent out a story this week, kept up with classes, and of course, launched another ghost story into the world. I also squeezed in some tutorials (I worked on InDesign last year–time to tackle another program).

Writing Work:

  • Story Focus class (second chapter of Wired for Story)
  • Lit class: The Great Gatsby essay done ~ 1,000 words
  • Tutorials: Photoshop

Submissions:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

Publications:

 

Gone GhostEpisode 4 of the Coffee & Ghosts serial is now available! You can buy or borrow Gone Ghost over at Amazon.

Ghost in the Coffee Machine is still free to read and includes an excerpt from the second episode, Giving up the Ghosts.

You can read more about what’s up in episode 4 in my post from yesterday.

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New release: Gone Ghost!

And … it’s here! The fourth episode in the Coffee & Ghosts series is live.

Gone Ghost

 

Katy Lindstrom is pretty handy at capturing ghosts with nothing more than coffee and some Tupperware. She’s an expert at catch and release as well. She’s never once returned a ghost to a client.

Until now.

After rival ghost hunters roll through town, exorcising haunted objects, and roll out again with some of those very objects, suspicion falls on Katy. Clients stop calling. The police chief thinks she’s guilty. And a dear friend’s Purple Heart—and its ghost—goes missing.

Katy and Malcolm devise a plan to retrieve the Purple Heart—and clear Katy’s name. A plan that defies the police chief’s orders, and one that includes a whirlwind tour of Malcolm’s alma mater and haunted frat house.

But the big city offers more than bright lights and adventure. Something has lured Katy here, something dark and sinister with an agenda of its own.

This time, Katy has stepped into a trap. This time, everything she thought she knew—about ghosts, Malcolm, and herself—will change forever.

Just 99 cents or read for free with Kindle Unlimited!

 

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Gatsby

GatsbyA fairly quiet week. There’s that one rejection, and the only reason I haven’t sent the story back out is there’s a market I’m looking at that opens next week. So, I’ll send it along then.

I’m in the last week of the Gatsby class, so I gathered up all the information I need for my essay.

My topic? Gatsby and the Great War. I even looked up the order of battle for 3rd Division (because clearly, the whole novel hinges on that). I was hoping it would write itself overnight, but that hasn’t happened.

So, that’s on the list for this coming week. Along with … other things.

Writing Work:

  • Revising Must Love Ghosts
  • Lit class: The Great Gatsby

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the view

view

The view this morning. It came with pelicans, but they were too far away for a good picture. Still. They’re huge! Pairs of them were streaming across the lake this morning, quite focused on getting somewhere.

As far as writing? A pretty quiet week, all in all. Some revision. Some work on the Gatsby class.

But! Two publications (see links below). A Measure of Sorrow has a new online home at Evil Girlfriend Media and The Life Expectancy of Fireflies was published in the summer issue of Fine Linen Magazine.

For writers, I recommend EGM. Check out the submission page. For flash fiction, they’re looking for reprints as well as original stories.

Writing Work:

  • Revising Must Love Ghosts
  • Lit class: The Great Gatsby

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Fine LinenA Measure of Sorrow

The Life Expectancy of Fireflies (check out my author copy to the left)

 

 

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