Weekly writing check-in: the one with the end of season two

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So, this week I came to the end of drafting season two of Coffee & Ghosts. The Wedding Ghost is now complete at nearly 31,000 words.

That’s the second time I’ve written an entire novella in a month, so there’s that. Now the plan is to cycle back to episode two and get that in shape for release.  This season ends on the cliffhanger. Not a Sherlock, Season Two cliffhanger, but still, there is one.

And yes, I’m already contemplating a season three.

Otherwise, I sent out some stories and worked in Photoshop–and recovered from the roller derby.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: The Wedding Ghost, 7,215 words, complete at 30,893 words!
  • Photoshop tutorials

Submissions:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • Straying from the Path

Rejections:

  • Straying from the Path
  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the roller derby

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So this week, I somehow managed to write 10,000 words and take my daughter’s Girl Scout troop to the roller derby.

The Minnesota RollerGirls hosted a special badge day event for Girl Scouts. We participated in that, had dinner in downtown St. Paul (fancy), and then went back for the bout. There was a band and dancing at halftime.

But I’m just a little bit tired today and I’m getting creative with the spelling, so I’m calling the week a success and may do nothing more than curl up with a book today.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: The Wedding Ghost, 10,000 words
  • Photoshop tutorials

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with another deep freeze

 

You guys, it’s so cold here I’m not stepping out on the deck to take a picture. It’s making those horrible cracking sounds that have you think the whole thing is going to splinter beneath your feet.

It’s been another quiet week. I was really busy at work, so I’m pleased with the word count and tutorials I did manage. I should probably check to see if I have any reprints to send out. Or just wait. I’m bound to get some of the eight stories I have on submission back very soon.

Stay warm, everyone!

Writing Work:

  • Writing: The Wedding Ghost, 6,177  words
  • Photoshop tutorials

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the deep freeze

wintercoldIt’s one of those mornings where it’s so bright outside you’re convinced it must be warm as well.

You would be wrong.

It’s a balmy negative eleven at the moment.

It’s a good day to stay inside and write or read or really do anything that doesn’t involve opening the door to the outside.

A quiet week this week–I think everyone is hibernating. No rejections and I didn’t send anything out, either. I did manage brand new words after finishing up the brainstorming and outlining of episode 3.

And that’s about it for this cold, cold day.

 

Writing Work:

  • Coffee & Ghosts Season 2, episode 3 brainstorming and outlining
  • Writing: The Wedding Ghost, 7,480 words
  • Photoshop tutorials

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

None, but if you haven’t listened to Ghost in the Coffee Machine over at The Drabblecast, you really should. I’m still so excited about what a wonderful production they put together.

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Giant SF/F Book Giveaway!

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Head on over to Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Promotions for the January 5th Free Book Bash. More than sixty books in all sorts of speculative fiction genres.

But hurry! It’s one day only!

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the New Year and talking ghosts

 

newyearOh. Well. Look at all those rejections.

Here’s the thing: while I knew I had rejections this week (obviously), the number didn’t strike me until I counted them up for the weekly check-in.

That’s the magic of sending things out on a regular basis. It’s not that you’re suddenly immune to rejection or it’s somehow fun for you. You just sort of … forget about it. You take the story that came back, find a new, appropriate place to send it, and log the new submission.

Because logging new submissions is fun.

In other news, despite the holiday, I finished up the short story I was working on, did some more brainstorming on episode #3 for Coffee & Ghosts, Season 2, and some played around in Photoshop.

In really cool news, Ghost in the Coffee Machine is out in audio from The Drabblecast. It was so incredible to listen to this. I love audio stories to begin with, and they did such a wonderful job. It also got me all excited to work on more Coffee & Ghosts stories.

Writing Work:

  • Short story revision
  • Coffee & Ghosts Season 2, episode 3 brainstorming and outlining
  • Photoshop tutorials

Submissions:

  • Gretel and Hansel
  • The Perfect Canvas
  • Straying from the Path (reprint market)
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Rejections:

  • Gretel and Hansel
  • The Girl with the Piccolo
  • The Perfect Canvas
  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Ghost in the Coffee Machine … in audio! Head on over to The Drabblecast and give it a listen (or find the podcast on your phone). It has sound effects! Music! And some very nice artwork as well. I couldn’t be more pleased with the production. They did a tremendous job.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the Merry Catmas

Triple xmas catQuiet holiday week here. I did a lot of baking and a little cleaning and even got some writing work in as well.

I finished up the revisions on the story I was working on–I added about 3,000 more words total. A few new scenes to round out what I was hoping to do with the story.

Next step is to proof it and maybe send it out for a beta read.

We didn’t have a white Christmas, but we did get some snow yesterday. Enough for sledding, which made my daughter very happy.

Also, I spent a fair amount of time tugging the creature pictured above out of the tree. We now have several cat-sized holes in the branches.

Writing Work:

  • Writing work: ~1,000 words
  • Short story revision
  • Design reading

Submissions:

  • Gretel and Hansel

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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