Sunday, January 6, 2013

Week #1 Check-In

2013 is here! Week #1 has come and gone.

How's it been for you? Has your writing experience been the Cat's Pajamas or have you been Driving Blind?

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 you wrote as part of your W1S1 participation accepted, tell us so we can add you to the Write1Sub1 Hall of Champions. (Note that this represents a policy shift, in that you no longer have to have written the story in the current year, but you must have written it as part of your W1S1 journey). 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 W1S1 publications for our weekly Satummary Post and note if they're PAID ($) for our Published Work$ page. W1S1 2011, W1S1 2012 and W1S1 2013 stories all qualify for these honors.

Successes and failures, triumphs and disasters, brilliant ideas and insane dreams: we want to read all about them.

**And be sure to spread the word: W1S1 2013 is here! Feel free to plaster our new badge (located at the top of our sidebar) wherever you plaster such things.

106 comments:

  1. This has been one of my most productive writing weeks ever. I finished three, count 'em THREE complete stories! One is a six-thousand-word behemoth and the other two are flash pieces. Submitted one of the flashes last night and will be submitting the other two stories in the next week or two.

    My DSF story "The Miracle on Tau Prime" which has been emailed to subscribers last week is now live on their web site:

    http://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/aliens/alex-shvartsman/the-miracle-on-tau-prime

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    1. I really enjoyed "The Miracle on Tau Prime". Excellent story!

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    2. You have been busy this holiday while everyone else has been taking it easy. Good going.

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    3. Really enjoyed your DSF story, Alex. Gratz on all the productivity this week!

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    4. Way to go, Alex. Very good story, indeed. Published Work$ updated.

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  2. Nice work, Alex!

    As for me, I'm up to 9,000 words in the Captain Quasar novella; I have twenty 1K episodes planned, so I'm making progress. Planning to sub either to Alchemy Novellas or JukePop Serials.

    Had a story shortlisted this week with Big Pulp Magazine for an upcoming anthology; can't wait to see this one greet the world. It's about JFK dealing with an alien invasion...and LBJ is a cyborg.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. I haven't heard of Alchemy Novellas, Milo. Thanks for bringing them to my attention! I have a serial of novellas I'm going to attempt to sell soon. :)

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    2. That sounds really fun, Milo! Good luck!

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    3. Are you sure it's fiction, Milo? :-) A great start to the new year.

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  3. Sweet, Alex! Way to go.

    I had a good week, too. I wrote a flash and submitted 2 stories.

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    1. The Dawn of a New Year. Yes!

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  4. It's a new year, and I hope to get back in the swing of weekly. I wrote and submitted something today
    W and S: A Red Bull, a Diet Coke and a Bag of Pretzels to Share. (Submitted to shotgun honey)

    I got a story from 2012 accepted this week, Dirt Bikes to Linguistic Erosion

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    1. Well done, David.

      I've updated the HOF. This will go on the 2013 list. As long as the story was written as part of W1S1 we'll list the acceptance in the current year. (policy change, to be fair to stories written late in a year)

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  5. Thomas E1/06/2013

    I wrote a short story this week and submitted it to writers of the future.

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    1. Great, Thomas. Aim high and shoot often.

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  6. I'm happy with my progress this week. I finished a story that I began last year, but hey this week was a short one right? I'm about 3K words in on this week's new story. I'm planning on writing a story a week, but submitting 2 stories a month. So, kind of a hybrid challenge.

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    1. I do a version of this, myself. Very seldom do I sub a story I wrote in the same week. When Ray Bradbury did this, he wrote a story, polished it and submitted it, all in one week. Incredible, but what we're trying to do here is to encourage each other to produce regularly and submit regularly, and whatever works best is the way to go. The impulse to rush a story out the door is not always helpful.

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  7. Anonymous1/06/2013

    A new year and a new resolution for me. I'm on the monthly plan, but most of my writing comes during school breaks. This year I hope to be more consistent.

    January:
    Wrote: 2 Flash Fiction Stories ("Deadline," and "Electrical Failure")
    Submitted: Both to Super Flash Fiction
    Published: None yet, but I had one published in December.
    "Bug Catcher" 12/05/2012 in The Story Shack
    http://thestoryshack.com/2012/12/05/bug-catcher/
    This was after the story received 5 personal rejections
    from other publishers over the year!

    I should have a couple more stories published in the next couple months if the publishers stick to their schedules, don't go on hiatus, or any of the other situations that have plagued me the past year! Good luck, everyone. May 2013 be your luckiest year yet.

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    1. Gary S. Watkins1/06/2013

      Oops. Didn't mean to be anonymous. I'm Gary Watkins.

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    2. :) Congrats, Gary Watkins. :)

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    3. Good work, Gary. Persperistence in action! I've updated the 2012 HOF for The Story Shack acceptance.

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  8. I'm mostly editing novels, but I'm 1K into an SF short story that should be ready to go well before the end of the month.

    Some really impressive check-ins already. Well done all!

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    1. Steady Simon. Hope the novels are coming along. I look forward to reading them.

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  9. This is my first year trying Write 1/Sub 1 (although I started practicing in December).

    I'm very pleased with my progress so far. I wrote:
    a novelette (~8,500 words)
    a flash piece (~1,260 words)

    I submitted a short-short piece to a local contest (100 words or less), which I hope not to win, since part of the prize is reading on stage. This, of course, is the introvert writer's nightmare.

    Happy to be here and looking forward to an interesting writing year.

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    1. Wow, 10,000 new words is an awesome start to your year. Welcome to W1S1!

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    2. Hi Charity!! So wonderful to see you over here! :) Congrats on all your hard work.

      You made me laugh about not wanting to win that contest. I'm totally with you. Reading on stage is a terrifying idea for me, too!

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    3. Welcome, Charity. That's an excellent start. I did my first reading last year and it wasn't so bad. I just imagined I was naked. Oh, wait...

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  10. Hi Writers!!! I'm so excited to be here with you guys this year. I've watched you, shyly, from afar for the past year, too afraid to join in. I actually started the challenge in December, a warm-up I guess, when I wrote a piece a week and submitted a piece a week. I'm happy to say one of my December pieces was accepted to Every Day Fiction and published on Jan. 1. I know it doesn't count for this year, but it still started my year off well.

    This week I wrote one flash fiction piece and I submitted one flash story and one nonfiction piece. My finger are crossed!

    Congrats to Alex, Milo, D.M., David, Thomas, Rebecca, Anonymous, and Simon. :) Happy Writing

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    1. Welcome, Von! Loved your piece at EDF.

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    2. Welcome, and congratulations on your EDF sale/publication. A good way to start off the year :)

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    3. Thank you, Michelle and Alex!!! I'm so excited to be a part of Write 1 Sub 1 this year. Ray Bradbury is one of my literary heroes. :)

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    4. Wonderful to have you here, Von. That is a great start. A very good story at EDF, and a particularly good choice to lead of the new year.

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    5. Hi Von! Congrats on your EDF publication and diving in here, too!

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  11. It's also been an enormously productive week here. Wrote three stories (4,900; 940; 700). The 940-word one has already been pared down and submitted to a contest. I also wrote my poem for the month and sent it out.

    I had a poem accepted at Every Day Poets.

    My story "An Echo in the Shell" (W1S1 2011) has been published at Waylines Magazine: http://www.waylinesmagazine.com/

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    1. That's great! And Waylines looks mighty fine. Everyone should check them out.

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    2. "Enormously productive" is a phrase I love to hear. And, yes, that's a great venue. HOF updated for the poem, and Published Work$ updated for "An Echo in the Shell"

      Nicely done.

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  12. Made my first sale of the year to Third Flatiron for their "uncaring/hostile universe" anthology.

    The week was dedicated to editing; want to finish these few stories before starting anything new, otherwise they'll never get out there!

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    1. Solid! Great to see so many W1S1 sales in the very first week of the year.

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    2. Nice job. Yes,it's easy to fall into the write, write, write trap. The full instructions are Write, Edit, Submit (repeat). HOF updated.

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  13. Signed up to the monthly plan! Have just sent a short story off to a competition.

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    1. Good job, Lindsay, and good luck with the submission.

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  14. Congrats to everyone and welcome aboard Charity and Von.

    I will be doing the monthly challenge this year so that I can focus on a novel and novella. So far, I have a solid first draft to my January story. I hope to sub it and a few others next week.

    Had my first rejection of the year, one invite to publish my story, "7 Seconds," in the Best of All Due Respect anthology soon to be coming out, and no publications.

    Best of luck everyone.

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    1. Thank you, Erin. Best of luck to you this year! :)

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    2. Congratulations, Erin. Is "7 Seconds" a W1S1 story (It sounds familiar). If so, I'm happy to list this as an acceptance for 2013.

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  15. I'm on monthly again this year, though my overall goal for the year will be 24 stories written and submitted. So I'll be doubling my efforts and trying to do two per month when I can.

    I've already submitted this month, but still have to get a new one (hopefully two) written. Good luck, everyone!

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    1. I KNOW YOU!! Hi J.W. :) Best of luck to you.

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    2. Heeeeeey. ;)

      Same to you, Yvonne! And welcome aboard.

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  16. I'm back for the weekly this year. I wrote a poem a day this week, and just subbed one of them. Happy writing, everyone!

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    1. Good job, A.S. Daily writing is a great process.

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  17. Newbie here! Hoping to do the weekly challenge.

    Wrote and submitted short story ('Davey and Happy'). Good luck everyone!

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    1. Welcome, Ross.

      You're off to a great start.

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  18. Written a short story and a travel article, which I have submitted. This is the first time I have attempted the weekly challenge and I can see that there is no room for slacking.

    Good start to the year everyone.

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    1. No room for slacking. That's so true. It can be stressful at times, but it's so worth the struggle.

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  19. Great start, it's awesome to see this year's newbies and realize that I was one last year. I wrote a little over 1000 words so far on a fantasy story, and plan on doing some editing and submitting tonight. Submitted a flash to DSF, and I'm planning out January's longer piece, a sequel to a novella I wrote last year. Should be fun!

    Can't wait to see how everyone's stories grow this year!

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    1. Excellent, Devin. Here's hoping DSF takes that story of yours, and that the novella goes well. Some say the Novella is the perfect length for SF.

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  20. Here we go!

    Wrote a new horror/crime short this week, and got halfway through a vicious rewrite of an SF story that started at over 5k and should end up under 2k. I do love wielding the machete!

    Subbed an SF flash and got one personal rejection from Third Flatiron. No acceptances or pubs yet, but I've got one coming up in EDF next week.

    It's great to see the old names back, and the new ones coming in :)

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    1. Well done, Michelle. That is some impressive cutting. Be sure to drop a link when the EDF story goes live.

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  21. I wrote a chapter of my serial novel ("Misty Me and Me" available at Jukepop Serials). I also wrote two blog posts.

    Submitted two stories, one of which was already accepted (by a new lit mag called Shit Luck). Was notified of two other acceptances this week as well.

    It was a successful week.

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    1. I've been reading your Jukepop story, Nathaniel. Good stuff!

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    2. Welcome aboard, Nate. Yes, I'm enjoying "Misty and Me" as well.

      Was the accepted story written as part of W1S1? If so, I'll update the HOF for you. You're off to a flying start, in any case.

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    3. Steve, I wrote this one near the end of last year, so I guess it doesn't count. Hopefully next week.

      Stephanie, thanks for reading "Misty Me and Me." Glad you like it.

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  22. I'm on the monthly plan and making great progress this week. Working on a new story called "FLIGHTWITCHER."

    Submitted a 2012 story I've been attempting to sell. It's collecting slips...

    Found out my December 2012 story is in the final rounds for potential acceptance to it's first market. Very exciting.

    Nice work all and best of luck in 2013!

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    1. Persperistence, Stephanie. Read Milo's blog if you need encouragement :-) Glad to hear about the Dec 2012 story. Fingers crossed.

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  23. Signing up to participate in the monthly challenge again this year. (Hope to make it through the entire year this time.) Wishing everyone another productive and successful year of writing and submitting!

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    1. Try, try again. The only way to surely fail is to give up. Here's to your best year yet.

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  24. Back again for 2013's weekly challenge! Just finished writing my first story of the year (and my first story in about six months or so) and submitted a story from 2011 to the Write 1 Sub 1 anthology. It was my sixth week doing Write 1 Sub 1, and my first story ever accepted for publication, so there's a lot of excitement tied to it.

    It's somewhere around 9:30 PM in Alaska as I post this, so I just barely got it done in time for the check-in. Whew! On to the next week!

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    1. That's what we're all about, Sparkle. Congratulations on meeting your first deadline of the year.

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  25. Hi everyone! I'm new to Write1Sub1, and I had a very productive week as I also made other writing commitments this year (I've had a lot published in the past but survival issues have distracted me from my own work....) This week I wrote a poem and made a poetry submission to Rosebud. I'm hoping to start writing short stories during this year as I need a lot of practice there. This week I also posted on my blog for the first time in a while (it's a blog about joy called Yay! Pigeons,) and I also started a haiku blog called Haiku Plate Special to document my commitment to a daily haiku this year. Looking forward to taking this journey with you all, and check out my blogs if you are so inclined (they are linked together) http://haikuplatespecial.wordpress.com/

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    1. I love haiku, though I don't claim to write much myself. Have to check out your blogs.

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    2. Welcome, Cathy. Glad you were able to post, and especially that you had a productive week. Daily Haiku is intriguing. The ones you've posted so far are quite good.

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  26. Hi everyone! I dropped out of W1S1 last year in the first month (bad year). But, I'm back and excited for 2013. I currently have the monthly badge on my blog, but I may submit 2 or more per month. We'll see how January goes.

    I submitted a flash fiction piece to a writing contest: Women on Writing. I have a second flash fiction (scifi/horror) piece to submit this week. I also have a couple of short stories I wrote last month that need a bit of revision then a market. Looks like I should have 2 subs this month - maybe I'll even make weekly.

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    1. Here's to a good year, then. You're off to a great start.

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  27. Eeek I've got some catching up to do, I've had a few w1s1 things published from last year:

    Alms Race at Interstellar Fiction
    'First Foot'at Nature

    I've also sold a poem from last year to
    Lorelei Signal.

    And I've made the first 2013 w1s1 sale of the year. A poem written and accepted on the 2nd to Eternal Haunted Summer

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    1. See, now you've made me have to concentrate :-) Very nice work, Debs. You do us proud.

      HOF 2012 updated
      HOF 2013 updated

      2 stories added to Published Work$ (Dec 2012, Jan 2013)

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  28. I'm a new participant this year, and going on a strange self-made Bi-Weekly path (one week write 1, one week submit 1). I started and finished a story last week! Woo-hoo! I'm on track.

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    1. That's a good strategy. Congratulations on making your first week, and welcome to the funhouse :-)

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  29. Two flash stories completed this week and I made progress on a longer short story whose words have been fighting me.

    No acceptances this week, but my story "Act of Penance" (2012, $) went live at Kazka Press Thursday.

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    1. Nicely done, Michael. Published Work$ updated.

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    2. Michael, nice to see you here! Congrats on your early success (two completed, one in progress).

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  30. I've written. I've subbed. No rejections yet!

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    1. Now that's an update. :-) Congratulations.

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  31. I guess I should report too, huh.

    W1: wrote a piece today, and will write another tomorrow.

    S1: flash to Hellroaring Review.

    Accept: Not this week.

    Pub: "Maine Thing" and "Sauce" appear in Gorge

    "Red Windmill" appears at Pure Slush.

    My collection of short literary stories is nearing release. The promotion page is posted now.

    It's been a Pure Slush kind of week :-)

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    1. Awesome, Steve! I LOVE your promotions page--it motivated me. Congratulations on your upcoming release!

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    2. Thanks, Von. I'm pretty stoked about this project. Matt Potter is a superb editor.

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  32. Hi everyone, Wonderful to meet you all after being directed here by a writer I very much admire (Thanks, Von!). Congratulations all of you on your accomplishments so far. I'm also on the self-made bi-weekly w1/s1 path (LOVE that phrase), so claiming the monthly goal. Finished my first story of the year yesterday. :)

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    1. Well done, Joan, and welcome aboard!

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    2. Yay, Joan!!! Good to see you posting over here. I didn't want you to miss out on the fun and support. Congrats on your story. :)

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    3. Thanks Von & Steve!

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  33. A little late to report, but I wrote 2, subbed zero (on the monthly plan this year!).
    No accepts, no pubs yet.
    Yay, look at all the folks writing!

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    1. Better late than never, Lee. Welcome back, and congrats on the solid start.

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  34. Hi everyone! (Hi Steve!) I really wanted to do this last year but STUFF kept me down, but no longer! I am super excited to be a part of Write1Sub1!

    Last week I wrote 1 new poem and revised 3 poems.

    On Jan. 4 I sent 2 of the revised poems to Corium Magazine, which is one of those magazines that I've been trying to get into for 3 years now, maybe 10th time's the charm? It's also one of the few magazines that I like so much I'm going to keep throwing poems at them until I get accepted.

    This morning, Jan. 9, I sent the other revised poem to DIAGRAM...all I can say is probably not but we'll see. Again, I am so hopeful.

    Yesterday I got a rejection from Omnidawn, which made me said because I paid a contest entry fee (it was a contest). But I got better.

    Again, I am super excited to be doing this and can't wait to see what next week brings, thanks everyone!

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    1. Jessica! It's great to have you here. You're off to a solid start. Keep that momentum going.

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  35. I wrote a post about my first week. Not a lot going on, but I did keep my promise.

    Posted Here

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    1. Welcome, Nia. Nice post. The link in comment isn't working for some reason, but I found it.

      http://mywordsarealive.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/write1sub1-update-week-1/

      You're on your way to an exciting year with us.

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  36. I'm doing w1s1 monthly, and I just subbed my first of the year :-D I'm excited and I hope something will get accepted!

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    1. Very nice, K.W.. It made a huge difference for me to go from having one or two pieces "out there" to having 20 or 30 at a time. Here's to filling your pantry with new stories to submit :-)

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  37. Hola, I've trying to check in to this site forever. Is this the place to check in for weekly story completion scores?

    My first week I completed 1 Flash Fiction Story, "SO WHAT'S NEW?" and submitted it.
    Second week completed 2 Flash Fiction Stories "FILTHY LUCRE" and TRUE TO HIS LAST GRASP"

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    1. Wow, at this rate you'll be doing something like 16 a week in a month :-) Keep up the good work.

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    2. And, yes, this is the place. Each Sunday we post a check-in.

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    3. Hola Steve,

      Thanks for the confirmation. I will now start posting on a regular basis. I write and submit 1 to 3 Flashes a week. I also complete a poem, about once a month,

      Gracias

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  38. Week 1

    Wrote three new poems, submitted six total

    R from The Green Man Anthology - 145 days
    R from Neon - 1 day

    Last year was a good year. Ready to go. :)

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    1. Very good work. Let's make 2013 even better, yes?

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  39. I've done almost nothing :)

    - 23 blog posts
    - Submitted a few pieces
    - Wrote 1 piece

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