Sunday, July 1, 2012

Week #26 Weigh-In + June Jack-in-the-Box Award

The end of Week 26 is upon us! Can you believe we're already at the halfway point?

How's it been for you? Have the words been hotter than Fahrenheit 451, or has The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms gotten in the way?

Here's your chance to tell everybody about it, whether you're a weekly or monthly (or anything in between) W1S1 participant.

If you've managed to write a story and submit a story, shout it from the rooftops. Yahoo! If you've had something accepted from this year, tell us so we can add you to the Write1Sub1 Hall of Fame. But if stuff has interfered with your writing and every reply has been a rejection, let us know that too so we can commiserate. We're all in this together.

Also, remember to note your paid publications ($) for our Published Work$ page -- stories published from either W1S1 2011 or 2012, and don't forget to post the link!  While W1S1 continues to encourage all avenues for publication, we want to especially highlight those stories and markets that help to put protein-rich snacks in a writer's fridge.

Are YOU a June Jack-in-the-Box?

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 time, everyone who has done so receives the June Jack-in-the-Box Award (named after Ray Bradbury's short story). So if you managed to meet or beat your W1S1 writing goals last month, just add your name and blog URL to the linky widget below.

And if you had something W1S1-related published last 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!

57 comments:

  1. This month I read out my poem and short story live on local community radio. I have also had a short story accepted by alfiedog.com $ which will appear later this month. I have to confess that the only writing I have done is my blog so I had better get cracking and get more productive. I am delighted with the results that this challenge has brought me.

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    1. Radio? Very cool, Linda -- and congratulations on the acceptance! Was your story written this year or previously (for Hall of Fame purposes)?

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    2. Thanks and yes the story was written this year.

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    3. Bueno -- Hall of Fame updated!

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  2. This week:
    I wrote 8,000 words of story but it didn't come together. I've thrown it all away and started over. *grumble*

    I subbed one and already had my response!

    This month: I didn't quite make the weekly goals but I've been a lot more focused about finishing things which is great!

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    1. So overall a good month, eh? I've thrown away stuff in the past that I've wished I kept, so now I just hide it on my hard drive -- you never know when 1,000 of those words might prove to be salvageable!

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  3. I've been insanely busy with the anthology, but I still managed to put the finishing touches on a short story and send it out to market, as well as write a first draft of a new 2000 word story.

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  4. I finally got my June story out the door yesterday: "The Black Ace - A Coyote Cal Weird Western" (5,900 words), and I'm feeling good about that.

    Also finished the second draft of my Captain Quasar novel, and I'm happy with it. Planning to let it simmer for a couple weeks, then I'll fine-edit and send it off to the publisher for perusal.

    Write on, everybody!

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  5. Yep, I made the cut. The SF story I worked on grew rather large, but I got it out the door:

    Written/Submitted: We, the People of the Clouds (SF, novelette), Butterfly (Twitter)

    Accepted: Your Call may be Recorded for Training Purposes (SF, flash, 2011, $) by Stupefying Stories, Trick or Treat (fantasy, flash, 2012) by Apocrypha and Abstractions

    Published: Pens (flash, 2012) by Metazen

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    1. Hall of Fame updated x 2, Simon!

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  6. Spent most of the week working on a story for an anthology. Wrote 6k of a draft, then started over. >_<

    Submissions/Rejections/Acceptances: NONE

    Published: "Happy After All" @ Goldfish Grimm [$] (technically, it came out today, but by next Sunday I will forget to mention it)

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    1. Excellent! Post the link, and Mr. Ramey will add it to our Published Work$ page.

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    2. Here's the perma-link to "Happy After All". http://goldfishgrimm.com/back-issues/issue-5-hard-metamorphoses/happy-after-all-a-g-carpenter/

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  7. Congratulations, everyone.

    I'm still not writing, but my story The Collector was published today by Goldfish Grimm ($)

    So, yay!

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    1. Oh, and I should have said. My story Blood and Water appeared in EDF as a podcast, read by Folly Blaine.
      She did such a great job reading it. If you like it, give her stars!!!

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    2. Nice one, Lydia! And I hear we're sharing a ToC in the next Triangulation anthology...

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  8. While I've miserably failed on the monthly W1S1, and my hat goes off to everyone who has managed it, I did have a few of my earlier subs come in as sales recently.
    My story Bad Samarian appeared in Silver Blade ($) magazine,
    and I just sold a flash piece to Romance Flash ($) but that one won't publish until Sept.

    A great deal of rejections as well, a few non-paying accepts, and even a few stories still out. I wish I'd been able to see the writing/subbing through this year, and I admire the heck out of all of you who have.
    :)

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    1. Hey, we're ToC buddies! Were your 2 stories written this year (for Hall of Fame purposes)?

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    2. I saw that. Loved your story. Yes, both were written this year, when I was still on the ball. ;)

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    3. Excellent -- Hall of Fame updated! Be sure to post the links so we can add them to our Published Work$ page.

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  9. Some nifty news this month, gang. Radio and podcast and paying pubs. Really encouraging. I've managed to plug along through this very busy month of June.

    This week:

    W1: "Collision Course" (flash)

    S1: flash to The Literarian

    Accept: "Canis ex Machina" by Absinthe Revival (2012 W1S1); "Nora's RV" by Literary Orphans (from 2011 - no HOF).

    Published: Not this week.

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    1. Well done, Flash Master! Hall of Fame updated.

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    2. Just learned that Kazka posted "The Last Liverbeast" today (what a cool photo to go with it). If anyone is interested, here's the link.

      “The Last Liverbeast”

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  10. I've been missing for a few weeks but nevertheless in action, subbing at least two pieces weekly. This week I have also added ~8K words to a wip 'Making good', currently 48K in total. 'Not wanted on Voyage' requires a major re-write, which will be better done after a period of ignoring it.

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    1. Sometimes best to let things simmer, eh?

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  11. A good week:

    Written: An SF novelette and a comic fantasy short

    Subbed: A drabble to 101Fiction and a flash to Apocrypha and
    Abstractions

    Accepted: Damnable Behaviour (flash) by The Pygmy Giant

    Rejected: Flash by Used Furniture Review

    Pubbed: Stop Me If You've Heard This Before at Flash Fiction Offensive

    Well done to everyone!

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    1. Way to go, Michelle! Was your accepted story written this year (for HoF purposes)?

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    2. Yep, that was a 2012 story. Maybe by the end of the year I'll remember to actually put that in the comment! :)

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    3. No problem -- Hall of Fame updated! Looks like you're currently in the lead this year. =]

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  12. I made my goals this month and sent out two Chicken Soup stories, a fiction story, and a new poem.

    Last week I made a comment on here that I hadn't heard back on many submissions and expected an avalanche soon. Oh boy did that come true. I had about ten rejections and a whopping FIVE submissions accepted that are all $:

    - a poem (written 2011) to Illumen
    - a story (2012) to Big Pulp, coming out next June
    - a story (2012) to Every Day Fiction, coming out July 26th
    - my June story sold already (!) to a market I can't name yet
    - a Chicken Soup story (2012) is now officially included in their Hooked on Hockey anthology, out in October

    It's been an amazing week. The rejections don't feel so bad when there are so many positives emails coming in as well.

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    1. Forget about those rejections -- yahoo! I'll add 4 acceptances to the Hall of Fame. Well done!

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  13. Wow! Some excellent acceptances. Congrats to those who sold and published work. It never gets old.

    I've met my goals in writing a story a week and subbing a story a week, have been a little low on my weekly total, but I still managed to exceed my half-year total of 200K by 25K.

    Wrote: 1 short story
    Subbed: 4 stories
    Accepted: 0
    Rejections: 1
    Pubs: 0

    A slow week, but I'm crossing my fingers for next.

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    1. 225K? Very nice! Looking forward to reading your story in Bards and Sages -- got my free PDF yesterday for subscribing to their newsletter.

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  14. I met all my weekly goals this past month, so feel very good about that. Lots of rejections, though, ouch.
    Some fun things - Beam Me Up will podcast my 2011 Daily Science Fiction story (date TBD), and my second 2012 sale to DSF will be on their website tomorrow.

    Congrats to everyone for sticking to it! Love to hear all the success stories!

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    1. DSF rocks. So far, I've only managed to break in once. Looking forward to hearing/reading your stories!

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  15. Wow, everyone seems to be doing well. Me, I'm still plugging along.

    W: Conversations with the Grand Fiend: The Problem with Robots
    S: Conversations with the Grand Fiend: The Problem with Robots

    Acceptance: The Short Order Madman On Cupcake Wars (Linguistic Erosion)
    No Rejections (this week at least)

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    1. Keep on keepin' on, Dave! Was your accepted story written this year?

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    2. yes, I am out of old stories, only sending out this year's model

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    3. actually, this is david under my wife's account, woops

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    4. Not a problem. =] Hall of Fame updated!

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  16. Made it this month.

    1 story pubbed at Wily Writers. Only 4 rejections for the whole month. Methinks there'll be plenty in July, in that case.

    Congrats everyone. Some most excellent sales reported!

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    1. Looking forward to checking out your Wily Writers story!

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  17. Got one story off the ground and subbed it...only to realize it may need more work. Lot's of R's, more than I'd like to count, haha. Nothing accepted.

    Published a story in June: "Invitation" @ Lovecraft eZine($)

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    1. I've been averaging a rejection a day lately, but we shan't let it get to us, right? Every R is proof that our work is making the rounds instead of hiding on our hard drives. Enjoyed your story!

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  18. I met all my goals last month plus my story "Rod's Little Blue Wagon" that was accepted for the No Rest For the Wicked anthology a couple of months ago was published. It's now available on Amazon.

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    1. Nice! Was that a paid sale (for our Published Work$ page)?

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    2. I wish. All I received was a contributor copy for my story, but at least it's something.

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    3. Contributor copies rock! I've noticed some of the smaller markets lately are offering either/or: $15 payment for your story OR a print copy. Leaves me torn.

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  19. I worked on revising my May story, wrote a flash story, and made progress on a longer story for this month. I received some good news on a query letter for my May story. At least the editor wants to see it. I also started putting together a collection of my previously published fantasy stories for a collection I plan to publish via Kindle Direct.

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    1. Productive as ever, sir. I think you're really going to like KDP!

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  20. Looks like June was an awesome month for W1/S1 folks. I met my goals for the month, writing several stories and sending two out for the first time.

    I had two stories published this month: "Special Ops" at Raygun Revival (http://www.raygunrevival.com/special-ops-michael-haynes/) and "Sequence" at Grand Science Fiction (http://grandsciencefiction.com/2012/06/sequence/).

    I also had six stories sell during the month (!!!) to Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Kzine, and Every Day Fiction. I had a passel of rejections to go with those but like Beth said above, the Rs are easier to take when the Acceptances are coming in like that.

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    1. AWESOME, Michael! Way to show us how it's done.

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  21. Somehow I managed to stay on track. Barely.

    I wrote an 8,000 short story (now I just need to find time to edit it) which is fantastic because it breaks the dry spell I'd been stuck in regarding short fiction. I sent out a whack of submissions -and- I even made a couple sales (though they aren't published yet). Whoot!

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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    1. Yahoo! Keep that momentum going.

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