Weekly writing check-in: the one with the view

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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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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the ghost whisperer

So, The Ghost Whisperer ventured into the world this week. After a flurry of rejections last week, things settled down considerably. Well, they settled down to nothing. After last week? I’ll take it.

This week, I’ve kept myself occupied with taking a class on The Great Gatsby.  I recommend the Jake Gyllenhaal narration via Audible. Even better, if you own the iconic blue cover in Kindle format, that version and the audio one are Whispersynced and you can get a reduced price on the audio.

I also revised Gone Ghost and will head straight into revising Must Love Ghosts, just to keep the story continuity in my head. Then? I don’t know. I’m starting to feel the need to go on a writing tear.

Writing Work:

  • Revising Gone Ghost
  • Lit class: The Great Gatsby

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Ghost Whisperer

Episode 3 of the Coffee & Ghosts serial is now available! You can buy or borrow The Ghost Whisperer 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 3 in my post of a few days ago.

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New release: The Ghost Whisperer!

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

Ghost Whisperer

When it comes to the supernatural, Katy Lindstrom–ghost hunter and expert coffee brewer–always knows what to do. Give her five minutes and some excellent Kona blend, and she’ll trap your ghost.

Katy is completely unequipped when a mysterious and beguiling ghost whisperer floats into town. The so-called Mistress Armand charms away Katy’s clients and accuses her of ghost cruelty. At the town-wide séance, nearly everyone falls under the ghost whisperer’s spell–including Katy’s business partner, Malcolm.

But Mistress Armand isn’t the benevolent, new-age medium she pretends to be. She craves something dark and shameful from the citizens of Springside Township. This time, Katy is going in blind. This time, coffee won’t work. And this time, she may need to give up something shameful of her own.

Just 99 cents or read for free with Kindle Unlimited!

 

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

So, I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to receive four rejections during the week of one’s birthday. Fair or not, that’s what happened this week. And that’s what happens sometimes when you send out a lot of work. Although I do think four rejections in one week is a new record for me.

But in good news, I sent three of those stories back out again. I also finished writing Must Love Ghosts, which is the last episode in the Coffee and Ghosts serial. I’m thinking a season two is totally possible, although actual story notions for it are a little murky at this point.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 6,500 words
  • How to Hook the Reader coursework ~ complete

Submissions:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms
  • The Girl with the Piccolo
  • Gretel and Hansel

Rejections:

  • The Girl with the Piccolo
  • Like Bread Loves Salt (technically a return, the market is closing)
  • Gretel and Hansel
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with summer school

Mattie chairSo, I’m heading into the home stretch with Must Love Ghosts. I think I can finish it this week. Pretty sure, anyway. Fingers crossed and all that.

And … I’m taking another class, or rather, a series of classes.

Yes, I know. I was going to take a break from them for a bit, but I couldn’t resist this offering. It’s based on Wired for Story by Lisa Cron, and it’s broken into smaller, two-week classes, each one based on a chapter in the book. That? That’s doable.

And it’s especially doable now that I have a spiffy summer reading/writing chair. Granted, I have to share, but there’s room for two.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 5,100 words
  • How to Hook the Reader coursework

Submissions:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Rejections:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with some summer ghostly writing

 

Must Love GhostsSo, this week I worked on revising The Ghost Whisperer while drafting Must Love Ghosts. I’m pretty sure about that title for the last episode. I’m so sure that it even has a cover. (That’s it, to the left.)

Also, a few stories came back so I sent them right out again. Funny thing. I had to check this morning because I couldn’t remember 1) what had come back and 2) how many rejections I received this week.

This is the benefit of keeping stories in circulation. I don’t really think about rejections. I think about the next place I might send the story. So far this year, I’ve made thirty submissions and I’ve sold six stories. Not bad for the first six months of the year.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 4,100 words
  • Writing: Must Love Ghosts
  • Revising: The Ghost Whisperer

Submissions:

  • Gretel and Hansel
  • The Girl with the Piccolo
  • Keeping Time

Rejections:

  • Keeping Time
  • Gretel and Hansel

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

 

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with giving up the ghosts

Finished off the last bit of work for my classes (for now). Yay!

I started the last of the Ghost episodes (also for now–there might be a season two). This episode is challenging. It not only has its own story arc, but also the entire season story arc comes to a close in this story. Again, hats off to television writers. This. Is. Challenging. I’m calling this last episode Must Love Ghosts–tentatively (for now).

But it’s a lot of fun. As I mentioned earlier this week, Giving up the Ghosts is live. Plus, Ghost in the Coffee Machine is free and it includes a sample of Giving up the Ghosts. So, if you’re uncertain about Coffee & Ghosts, you can give it a no-risk sort of try.

Writing Work:

  • Calvino class: All done!
  • Writing ~ 3,600 words
  • Started Must Love Ghosts
  • Revising The Ghost Whisperer

Submissions:

  • The Perfect Canvas

Rejections:

  • The Perfect Canvas

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Giving up the GhostsGiving up the Ghosts is now live! And Ghost in the Coffee Machine is free to read.

If you want to learn more, see my post from a few days ago.

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