Weekly writing check-in: the one with the summer slowdown

summer dogsI have a whole lot of orange in my submission tracker. I suspect summer is the culprit and everyone is doing what the dogs are doing–napping on the screened-in porch.

Another quiet week with some writing and formatting and other things that aren’t all that exciting.

Despite the slow and steady pace (or maybe because of it), I’m in the home stretch of episode two of Coffee & Ghosts, and I really hope to finish it this week and start brainstorming the third (and final?) episode.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: Coffee & Ghosts ~4,000 words
  • Formatting and prepping to go wide

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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It’s Christmas in July!

July_KindleLooking to cool off with something to read this summer? Look no further. Hop on over to author Stacy Claflin’s site and celebrate the holiday early this year … very early with free and 99 cent e-books.

There’s something for everyone in multiple genres, including:

  • Romance
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Paranormal/Fantasy
  • Humor/Heartwarming/Family

And there’s even a couple of children’s stories as well.

Happy reading!

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the Tupperware

tupperwareflea

Another weekend at the lake, and what do I discover? Tupperware!

For those of you not familiar with Coffee & Ghosts, the main character, Katy, uses Tupperware to catch ghosts (and coffee, usually Kona blend).

I’m pretty sure I’ve uncovered the spot where Katy buys her Tupperware, at least some of the time. Just look at the sign. It was, after all, voted the best flea market in Minnesota.

And look at all that lovely, rainbow variety of Tupperware!

Otherwise, a quiet week for a little writing, some formatting and promo work, and I did manage a submission.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: Coffee & Ghosts ~3,000 words
  • Formatting and prepping to go wide

Submissions:

  • The Saint of Bright Red Things

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the Fourth

porchThe dogs have decided a good place to spend the summer is on the screened-in porch, watching the kids.

This is also an excellent place to read (for me, not the dogs).

Some writing this week, some formatting work, and so on. Lots of reading.

It’s summer, after all.

One rejection, and I have a few stories I should send back out again, which I hope to do this week or next, along with some more writing.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: Coffee & Ghosts ~4,600 words
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Formatting and prepping to go wide

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • The Saint of Bright Red Things

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the first week of summer

Summer is here! It’s official, not because of the date, but because it’s the lull between regular dance season and summer dance.

Not as much writing this week, but I did do a lot of prep work for taking things wide. This includes a fair amount of reformatting and making sure the epub format is working, revamping some covers, setting up accounts, and so on. This always takes longer than I think it will. Always.

And that’s about it. Submissions/rejections, as always.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: Coffee & Ghosts ~3,000 words
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Formatting and prepping to go wide

Submissions:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms
  • In a Manner of Speaking

Rejections:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms
  • In a Manner of Speaking

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the dance recital

So it was the week of the big dance recital–dress rehearsal on Friday (no small thing) and two performances yesterday. Despite that, I did do some writing this week. I finished up the brainstorming and outlining for episode two and even drafted +2,000 words.

I also decided that after a year of being exclusive at Amazon, I’m going to take all my content wide, selling on iTunes, Kobo, and Nook. I’ll lose money initially, but it isn’t really money I depend upon, so now is a good time to make this change. Plus, I have a much larger catalog of books this time around, which I think will help. Also, I have a Mac now, which means I can go direct on Apple. That might make a difference as well.

And that’s it for the week.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ Coffee & Ghosts brainstorming and outlining, 2,600 words
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Copy edits for Gretel and Hansel

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the ballet bun

So I had one of those moments this week, one where I think: oh, so that’s what happens in this story. It wasn’t a week where I did a lot of writing, although I did transfer a story I had written longhand in a notebook to the computer. But! I think I have a handle on the next episode of  Coffee & Ghosts.

Otherwise, it was one of those quiet weeks. My daughter’s Girl Scout troop bridged to Senior Scouts and we’re gearing up for the big dance recital next week. To that end, I need to cobble together her hair into a ballet bun.

Edited to add: Ah, yes, it took our combined efforts and forty minutes of work to unlock the ballet bun achievement level.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ Coffee & Ghosts brainstorming and outlining
  • Photoshop tutorials

Submissions:

  • The Saint of Bright Red Things

Rejections:

  • The Saint of Bright Red Things

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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