Sunday, April 29, 2012

Week #17 Weigh-in + The April Witch

Are YOU an April Witch?

At the end of each month here at Write1Sub1, we list everyone who has managed to stick to the challenge: weekly, monthly, or whatever variant is working for you.

This month, everyone who has done so receives the April Witch Award (in honor of Ray Bradbury's short story). So if you've managed to meet or beat your W1S1 writing goals this month, just add your name and blog URL to the linky widget below.

And if you've had something W1S1-related published this month that you're particularly proud of, add its title and URL to the widget as well. We'll be sure to check it out!


BLOGFEST RULES: Visit all of the participants above and give them each a virtual slap on the back for their success this month. Then visit their published works, and leave a comment if possible. Well done, everyone!

76 comments:

  1. A small, low-key, slogging sort of witch - 2700 works on WIP, two MuDSpots submissions at 250 words each and two to Lily Childs Friday Prediction - last weeks' won the challenge and can be read at http://lilychildsfeardom.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/lilys-friday-prediction-and-exciting.html
    (not sure whether they qualify for Mr.Linky)

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    1. I'd say it qualifies -- go ahead and post it. Good work, Sandra!

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  2. Well, it's been a mixed month.

    It started good. I got three acceptances (I've been Hall of Famed already). One of these (Far from Shore) has been published already. It was for $.

    Then my life went to hell in a handbasket, and I hardly got anything done.

    But I did manage to scrape together two short things, and sent them out. So at least I met my goals.
    I should have another publication coming up on the first of May, but I suppose I'll be waiting a month to talk about that one here.

    So, yeah, everything was great, until it wasn't.
    Bleh.

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    1. Don't wait to share the link in May; the sooner the better so's we can read it.

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  3. Just about managed to write one short story and submit one post to my blog, which just about covers it. No excuses; tend to think there is a good deal of the month left before I need to reveal how I did on the challenge. No procrastination for me in May.

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  4. Lydia, congrats on meeting your W1S1 goals from a hellish handbasket. Sometimes you just gotta keep slogging through.

    In April I received seven rejections and one acceptance (to appear this summer. Also re-sold a previously published story to a best-of anthology. Finished a requested rewrite (still awaiting the verdict) and one new story. Got a start on another story which is on the docket to finish in May. So, on sched.

    This month's publication: "Aquarium" at Drunk Monkeys. http://drunkmonkeys.onimpression.com/2012/04/aquarium-short-story-by-anne-e-johnson.html

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    1. Was the accepted story from this year? Let me know, and I'll add you to the Hall of Fame.

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  5. This is the first month I've written and submitted every week so I feel great about April.

    I found out a few days ago I sold "When the Dead Decide to Disco" to Every Day Fiction. I'll post that link after it's published.

    Congrats on finishing another month, everybody!

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    1. Excellent! Was the EDF sale written this year?

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    2. Thanks, Milo! Well, I wrote a version last year and then rewrote it a month ago by editor request. So technically the bulk of it was written in 2011 and probably doesn't count for the official tally. If we're being technical. :)

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    3. But we'll definitely include it in Published Work$ as soon as you have the link. =]

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    4. I'll post this again on Sunday since it was just published today, but here's the link:

      http://www.everydayfiction.com/when-the-dead-decide-to-disco-by-folly-blaine/

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  6. April's been a very good month for me. I've written five stories, two of them have gone out for their first submissions. One of them has already sold and will be published in just a couple of days. The other three are all ones I think I'll be getting out the door in the next week or two.

    I had two stories published by Kazka Press early this month: "Vacant Thrones" (which I linked above as it was a March 2012 W1S1 story) and a 2011 pre-W1S1 story "What You Can Change" (http://www.kazkapress.net/short-stories/what-you-can-change/).

    I also self ePublished a 2011 short story I wrote called "Gravity's Pull" (http://www.amazon.com/Gravitys-Pull-ebook/dp/B007VXL7L0).

    Congrats to everyone on the hard work they've put in this month!

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    1. Way to go, Michael! Have we already counted the April sale in the Hall of Fame?

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    2. My records show that I've sold four 2012 stories so it looks like it's not in the HoF yet since there's a "3" by my name there. (That is how it works, right? If I've got it wrong, just let me know...)

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    3. You got it, dude; Hall of Fame updated!

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  7. Most exciting news this month - suitably enough for the April Witch - is my fantasy novel Hedge Witch getting a publisher. Short fiction progress has been made as well, though ...

    Written:
    A Ring, a Ring o’ Roses (SF, short story)
    ComStar-88b (SF, flash)
    Submitted:
    A Ring, a Ring o’ Roses (SF, short story)
    ComStar-88b (SF, flash)
    Accepted:
    Pens (flash, 2011) by Metazen
    Accepted/Published:
    A Late Night Call (Twitter, 2011, $) by Nanoism

    Had a bunch of rejections too. But we don't talk about those ...

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    1. You ought to get 50 points for a novel, Simon. Many congratulations.

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    2. Good point! Are you listening, W1S1 orgainzers? Oh wait. I'm one of them.

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    3. Yahoo, Simon! Can't wait to get my copy.

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    4. That's great news, Simon. Congratulations!

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  8. One reprint sold, this week. And a 2012 poem to be added to my count for the Hall of Fame (Jabberwocky)

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  9. I managed to submit one, finish one, and start a new one. No news back yet from any submissions but the one at Apollo's Lyre finally got posted. It's HERE.

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    1. Oooh...nice one, Charity. And well done this month!

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  10. I just joined W1S1 this month, and sent out 4 new subs to make up for lost time. ;) Two were accepted for publication in a local spec-fic journal, so huzzah! I also wrote a new story yesterday. All in all, April was good.

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    1. Way to start the race already running; Hall of Fame updated!

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  11. As for me...

    Written: Up to 43K in my novel WiP

    Subbed: "Boom Town" to The Western Online -- it's getting tough to find weird western markets, but this one looks like a good fit.

    Should have some W1S1 publications coming up soon that I'll be able to share with y'all. Can you believe we're already 1/3 of the way through the year?

    Write on, everybody!

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  12. Congratulations, Simon, what great news! And congrats to all who made progress or sold stories this month.

    this week - wrote 1, subbed one (again, whee!!)
    One rejection, no sales, no pubs
    April - total 7 subs, 4 new stories written.
    Slowly but surely getting my stories out there!

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    1. That's the stuff -- well done.

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  13. Simon, that's awesome news, congrats!

    I've been bad about writing and worse about updating. But I did complete pieces last week and the week before and I've been submitting throughout.

    This isn't fit for the hall of fame because I wrote it last year (for a group of friends) but as a result of a post on the Absolute Write W1S1 group, I submitted to Punchnels and was accepted before the week was out: http://www.punchnels.com/visuals/modern-sewage-or-in-deep-shit/

    My commitment for May is to post here every week with an update!

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  14. A truly banner month for me in terms of publications (6 total in April!) but I'm especially happy with all the new writing I've been doing.

    I wrote and already sold a 1600 word SF short "Seven Conversatinos in Locked Rooms," made final edits and submitted a 2500 word magical realism story "Things We Leave Behind," wrote a 5500 word modern fantasy "Life and Other Variables" which is undergoing a critique and revision process now and, this week, finished the first draft of time travel SF "Hourglass Brigade." This one will need lots more work and major revisions, but it's 3k words of new material.

    So not only did I manage four new stories in April, but none of them were flash fiction. 12,600 new words!

    Not sure if I'm going to try for four stories in May because I want to push myself to write better longer stories, and I still want to spend time revising my two latest. Then again, you never know when the inspiration will strike. The Shock Totem contest is right around the corner!

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    1. Excellent work, Alex -- Hall of Fame updated!

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  15. My brain is gone after several days at a conference, so forgive any typos or nonsense.

    This has been a spectacular month. I made several sales, and I also had three stories come out in amazing publications. I sent out two new stories and have written 29 poems (with one more day to go).

    I had an acceptance ($) this week for a poem written last November. It will be in Space and Time Magazine.

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    1. Sweet! Post the link when it's published, and we'll add it to our Published Work$ page.

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  16. Congrats everyone. Some of you are rockin!

    I was able to meet my W1S1 goals this month, punching out 39K words: a big dent on my werewolf novella and nine new stories to boot, though some of them are still in drafting stage.

    I also had my first story written this year, accepted by Bards & Sages Quarterly. The rest of my submissions are all very slow going ... long submission periods with publications, so I know the editors are at least taking a good, hard look at my work.

    Good luck to all this May-

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  17. Finished a rewrite of a humorous (I hope) story and submitted to the Best of Times Competition.

    Three twitter fiction accepted - The Traveller by One Forty Fiction, and Adventure Evolved and How Does Your Garden Grow by Cuento Magazine.

    Two twitter fiction rejections.

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    1. Keep on keepin' on; Hall of Fame updated. =]

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  18. I got an acceptance that made me pleased and I think it has re-invigorated me a little. I was writing, but feeling a tad discouraged, but it is nice to get an acceptance from Every Day Fiction, one of my favorite places to submit to. I got rejections as well, but I hope to send them out again this week. Let them bounce about some more.

    W: Green Acres
    S: Green Acres (Every Day Poets)

    Rejections: Lit Up and Running, and In School Suspension (both from Every Day Fictions)
    Acceptances: Angels I Have Known $ (Every Day Fiction)

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    1. EDF is a great venue; Hall of Fame updated!

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  19. I finally finished that massive story I was working on in March. It came in at 11.5K words. The limit for the publication is 12K. And I submitted it three weeks late but the editor tells me that he's still going to read it. Fingers crossed. After a couple days to clear my head, I've started on a new story.

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    1. That's the spirit -- here's hoping your mammoth tale gets snatched up quick.

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  20. I had a good week. I made one sale to The WiFiles and wrote a lot of poems as part of the April Poem a Day challenge. I'm not sure what my sub numbers looked like... I'll have to check them out for when I write my wrap-up post for the month on my blog, but right now my computer is running too slowly.

    Congrats to everyone else who had a good week, it seems like there were a lot of us :)

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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    1. Let's keep this momentum going -- Hall of Fame updated!

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    2. How does the Hall of Fame work, Milo? None of my W1S1 pieces have actually been published yet this year (and two of them are scheduled for 2013 LOL) but I've made 4 W1S1-related sales so far this year.

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    3. Anything written in 2012 that's been accepted for publication is HoF-worthy. =] Our Published Work$ page is for anything W1S1-related (2011 or 2012) that's been published by a paying publication.

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    4. Gotcha. Thank you :) That means my HoF thinger is accurate at 1. I'm looking forward to some of my W1S1 works actually being published for the Our Published Work$ page ;)

      ~ Rhonda Parrish

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  21. WAY TO GO, SIMON!!! (do caps count as 50 points?) The rest of us are doing well, too. Pride swells. Another minimal week from me, but I did get my Witch, so that's good.

    W1: "Canis ex Machina" (flash)

    S1: flash to Pure Slush

    Accept: "Pathways" by Pure Slush.

    Published: "Infested" at Daily Science Fiction. $

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    1. Hall of Fame updated, and a GREAT story at DSF, sir.

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    2. Thank you, Milo. Even a blind rabbit finds a hare now and then.

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  22. Well, I did it I think. Strange month, I didn't do much but it took all month. In any case I think I finished a story this month. It is well beyond my capability as a writer. It is a time travel tale in which the two rivals go back to try to change the past and get rid of each other. In a strange way they both succeed. That's where the telling of the tale gets tricky.

    The first version is done. I think this one will have to rest for awhile before I go back to it.

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  23. My Daily Flash Project ended in March, so my output in April suffered by comparison -- but then I suppose you do need to make time for the 'Write Longer Stories And Revise All Those First Drafts' Project too, right? :)

    Still, I did manage to write 4 and sub 6 in the month, so I'm bagging myself an April Witch.

    Also had a $ sale for a 2011 story from Roar and Thunder in week #17. So, in conclusion, yay!

    Well done to the rest of the gang, especially Simon -- way to go on the novel sale!!

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    1. An April Witch ye are! Post the link as soon as your R&T story becomes available, and we'll add it to Published Work$.

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  24. Congrats one and all! I actually made my goal this month and wrote and subbed a story. Woo hoo! I also had "Knit" published at The Drabblecast. A pre-W1S1 story, but still--success!

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    1. Thanks for sharing it -- and well done this month!

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  25. Congrats everyone! Seems like April is publishing month. :P

    For me, published "Death by Anything" (Flush Fiction anthology) and "The Storm" (over at Eschatology).

    No acceptances this month, but did manage to get my Penumbra sub out the door. Have lots of stories to edit. Joy.

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    1. Definitely a good month for you, too -- nicely done.

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  26. Got a last minute April acceptance from EDF for a 2011 story.

    Also Heads you Win has gone up on Comets and Criminals. That was for $$$. It has already been put into the Hall of Fame.

    I'd also like to mention that April marked the anniversary of me starting W1S1 and sending out my first ever sub. Yay!

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    1. :)

      Thanks.

      By the way, both of mine should go in the published works list. Pretty please.

      Far from Shore - 15 April
      Heads You Win - 1 May

      Thanks.

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    2. Feel free to shoot Steve an email (posted on the Published Work$ page), and he'll take care of it forthwith. =]

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  27. I've posted my exciting news up and my W1s! monthly badge, so I guess i'm an April witch :O)

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  28. April has been good. One rejection, 2 acceptances and one sub.

    COngrats to everyone who has achieved their goals.

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    1. Excellent! Were the accepted stories written this year (for Hall of Fame purposes)?

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    2. Yes. They were both new creations.

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    3. Bueno -- Hall of Fame updated!

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  29. Alas - April was the Witch! With work being extra stressful this past month, I was unable to finish my W1, and I currently don't have a story ready for S1 that isn't already out. Dang!

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    1. You'll make up for it this month; keep on keepin' on!

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  30. Fell off the W1S1 wagon in April, but jumped onto the A-Z Challenge. So the month wasn't a total wash. Felt good to write a blog post everyday and complete the A-Z challenge. Will aim to make up for it and sub 2 in May.

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    1. A to Z is a major commitment -- congratulations on surviving this year's!

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