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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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the amazing tour

Tour

Ah, the last week of school. To celebrate, my daughter and I went to see Phil and Dan and The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire. It did not disappoint, especially if you’re a fan–or should I say phan. No spoilers, but I will say that it was LOUD.

In other news, I finished off the novella I was working on. I do plan to add to it, especially the front end, since I started it off thinking it would be a short story. But for now, I’m pleased. And while I didn’t truly do a story a day in May, I’m happy with the amount I did write.

Otherwise, I didn’t do anything else except a few tutorials–no submissions, no rejections, nothing. I’m looking forward to getting back to Coffee & Ghosts this month. The break from it was good because now I’m really excited to finish off season three.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ 7,000 words
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Craft work

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the new novella

I have well and truly fallen into the rabbit hole. I think we can declare the story I’m working on a novella and possibly the start of a series. So even though I didn’t quite do a Story a Day in May, I’m calling it a win with nine short stories and one novella.

In other news, a couple of rejections this week, a couple of submissions, some Photoshop tutorials.

And that’s about it for this quiet week in May.

Writing Work:

Submissions:

  • The Bargain
  • In a Manner of Speaking (reprint)

Rejections:

  • Knight in the Royal Arms
  • The Bargain

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Gretel and Hansel

Well, that story I was working on last week led me down a rabbit hole. I’m 7,500 words in and–dare I say it–I think I might have another series on my hands. We shall see. I plan to complete the draft of this story and, with a little luck, finish off Story a Day in May with another shorter story or two.

In other news, I sold Gretel and Hansel!

I’ll talk more about that later, when I know what issue the story will be in, but I’m very excited about the market (pro-paying) and pleased about this sale. And if you scroll through my weekly entries, you’ll see that I’ve been sending this one out, consistently, for a while.

And the biggest news this week is that the Simply the Best boxed set went on sale. And if you’ve been reading along or follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know all about that.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ 7,500 words
  • Craft work (reading, video lectures, etc.)
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Promo for Simply the Best

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Auld Lang Syne

Acceptances:

  • Gretel and Hansel

Publications:

Simply the best front coverSimply the Best is in the wild! You can read more about the boxed set here and here.

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Release Day: Simply the Best!

And now … it’s live! The big boxed set of IDA winners is available for purchase. Buy early! Buy often! Well, for a limited time anyway. This set won’t be around forever. Plus, the long Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. You might need something to read. Just saying.

Boxed set cover

Six Award Winning Romance Novels

One Incredible Collection

This collection of multi-genre romances features winning novels from the International Digital Awards, including historical, suspense/thriller, short historical, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult. Simply the Best of all worlds!

Available at:

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  iTunes  Kobo

Only 99 cents!

Learn more about the collection here.

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