Sunday, January 13, 2013

Week #2 Check-In

2013 is here! Week #2 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.

80 comments:

  1. Productive week: up to 15K in the Captain Quasar novella and 3K in a new future noir + 10 query letters out to agents for Westward, Tally Ho!

    All silent on the submissions front, however, which makes me wonder if I've already been blacklisted...

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Blacklisted? Gasp. Perish the thought. Everything's just slow after the holidays. :)

      Congrats on your novella progress!

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    2. Well done, Milo. Blacklist you? No way. They'll have to catch you first :-) (or something like that) Congrats on the partial request.

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  2. Thomas E1/13/2013

    I wrote a flash fiction and sent it to Daily Science Fiction, and wrote a short story and sent it to Penumbra magazine.

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    1. Nicely done, Thomas. Aim high and often.

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  3. I'm on monthly, but so far I've managed to write and submit 5000 words of articles, plus written two flash stories.

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  4. It's been a good week. Wrote and submitted two new stories, wrote a poem, and submitted an essay for consideration at a high-traffic blog.

    Acceptance: a poem (W1S1 2011) to Penumbra Magazine for their zombie apocalypse issue $

    Two poem sales for the year thus far! Now I need some movement on my stories...

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    1. Poems is good eatin' too. Be sure to drop a link when the poem is published and I'll add it to the Published Work$.

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  5. 2013 Weekly

    Wrote Flash Fiction Story: "Chewing Grease" submitted to Short Humor Site
    Wrote Flash Fiction Story: "Filthy Lucre" submitted to Bastards and Whores
    Submitted: "Chinese Checkers" Flash Fiction to Boston Literary
    Submitted: "So What's New" Flash Fiction to A Long Story Short
    Submitted: "True to His Last Grasp" Flash Fiction to Every Day Fiction
    Submitted: "Thanks Dad" Flash Fiction to Bull Fiction for Men
    Submitted: "Ding-A-Ling" Flash Fiction to eFiction

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    1. Great production, John. Some interesting titles too.

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  6. Wrote 3 pieces of fiction (Penis Envy, The Weatherman Riots, and Future Foretold). Also wrote another chapter of my serial Misty Me and Me (it will appear this coming week on Jukepop Serials). And I wrote 2 blog posts, including The Next Big Thing Database.

    "The Weatherman Riots" was accepted by The Shwibly.

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    1. Nice job, Nate. I've updated the HOF.

      For your serial, we'll count each chapter as an acceptance. Please provide a link in your next update and I'll add it to the Published Page$ as well, and the next Satummary.

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  7. A good week! Finished a draft of January's story, going to go back over it, add a bit, and tweak a bit, then sub later tonight probably. Submitted a few others I'd gotten back.

    Got a copy of Writer's of the Future Volume 18 (because I wanted to read Patrick Rothfuss's winning story), and I'm planning a story to submit to them this quarter. It looks like I'll be able to finish it before February, so I'm surpassing 2013's monthly goals with two stories.

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    1. We love good weeks. Yes, Rothfuss is very good. Best of luck with your WOTF entry.

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  8. In novel news: Sent another round of query letters (6-7) out near the beginning of the week. Got a FULL REQUEST from Hannah Brown Gordon. And a handful of rejections.

    In short story news: Wrote another 500 words or so on "Made". Hoping to finish it by the end of the week so I can edit and sub it by the end of the month.

    SUBS/REJ/ACC/PUBS: NONE. Maybe next week.

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    1. Congratulations on the full request!

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    2. Yay! That is wonderful news.

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  9. Completed an untitled flash, wrote about 5,000 words on an untitled short story (my kingdom for a title). Submitted a persona poem I wrote last year to a lit journal that focuses on historical fiction.

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    1. Very good progress, Charity. Hope a great title makes itself known to you soon.

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  10. I wrote a new flash fiction. Revised and submitted my second story of the month (looks like monthly may be weekly in January). I've already got the market lined up for next week's submission, just need to revise the story a bit.

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    1. That's a great start, Jennifer.

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  11. All of you are inspirational. I wish I had continued from 2011 but was dejected from rejections. For my January story (monthly W1S1) I submitted "The Collector" to The View From Here - Front View Fiction Submissions.

    revised first 70 pages of first draft from Parisian Sky

    I hope to write and submit another story for January.

    W1S1 doesn't offer a fortnight challenge- thus two stories a month. I am going to try for that Four a month is too heavy for my life-load and one is light. Maybe you could consider this third category for 2013.

    Plotting a few stories to submit about hot chocolate to Choclit for due date on 28 february. Viva W1S1 !

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    1. My goal is two a month for the very same reasons.

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    2. Very nice, Angie. Rejection does stink. My advice is to hold your nose and hit the send key to the next market. You're wise to choose a size that fits you best. Better to succeed at a reasonable goal than fail at an unreasonable one.

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    3. Thanks Steve. Smart advice.

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  12. Submitted last week's story, "Beautiful Hunter." Wrote "The Nameless Sword" this week, about 5,500 words.

    I seem to be developing a pattern. Mondays: revise, rewrite, submit. Tuesdays: search for story ideas and anthology themes, research, write outlines for new stories. Wednesdays through Sundays: write like mad whenever I can! Whatever gets it done, right?

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    1. Hi Sparkle. Very nice progress. Patterns are very useful for most writers. The muse seems to appreciated an appointment book.

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  13. Wrote and subbed short story ('Had To') to Notes From the Underground.

    Short Story from Week One ('Davey and Happy') rejected by Foundling Review.

    2 down, 50 to go!

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    1. That's the spirit. On to the next market, the next story, the next potential success.

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  14. A good week!

    Wrote a new SF short and subbed a fantasy short to Apex.

    Got a personal rejection from Shimmer, and an acceptance from Daily Science Fiction ($) Woo!

    Also one flash pubbed,Out Shopping in Hyperspace at Every Day Fiction.

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    1. Woo! indeed. DSF is a great market. We owe Jonathan and Michele a debt of gratitude for helping to revitalize the short fiction marketplace.

      HOF updated for the DSF story, and the EDF piece added to the Published Page$.

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  15. A busy week, but a good one. I wrote one flash story and outlined a second. I sent out one flash story.

    No rejection or acceptances.

    I submitted a flash piece to my critique group a week ago and received some really great suggestions; but when I attempted to implement them I butchered the piece. :( This is my second time trying to fix this piece and I'm ready to give up. So frustrating. Guess it's just not ready.

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    1. Very nice, Von. I hate when that happens in revision. Don't give up, set it aside for a time and come back.

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  16. Very slow week for me. Only one rejection and no acceptances. Only wrote a 6-700 word flash story. Was too busy with work and other various projects to write anything more.

    In other news, this is actually a late 2012 sale but I can now announce that my short story "The Field Trip" (originally appeared in In Situ anthology from Dagan Books) is going to be translated into Polish and published in the February issue of Nowa Fantastyka. This is my first foreign rights sale, and Nowa Fantastyka is a well known and established publication in Eastern Europe, so I'm very pleased it will be appearing there (and soon; the issue is due out in late January.)

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    1. A slow week for you is like fast motion for me :-)

      Translated to Polish is way cool, and, yes, I've heard of that publication. It's a big deal. Post a link if one is available (even if we can't read it, it will be cool to see).

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  17. It's going to take a while to step up my game to a story a week. I drafted a short story, which I'm going to call a "finished" draft, though I think it's a broken story. I'll read and assess it this coming week while drafting a new story. I'm on schedule to submit two stories for January (probably both next week). My plan is to write a story a week and submit two per month, so I'm on target so far.

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    1. Nice, Rebecca. I find that I have to let new stories sit for a while before I can polish and send them off. While you're building up your stock, 4 new and 2 sub is a very good strategy. Keep us apprised.

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  18. I switched to monthly (at least for subbing) and I got my January sub in this week.
    Wrote two flashes this week and squeaked out 300 words for a cranky, stubborn story that needs mucho expanding and refuses to write itself.
    One reject, no accepts
    Plastered the w1s1 logo on my solo plastering place, my blog.

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    1. Nicely done, Lee. Cranky, stubborn stories can be so frustrating. I keep hoping to wake up and find the file has been updated while I sleep. No luck so far, though I did find a couple stories so old I don't remember writing them.

      And, yes, I need to get on that badge-plastering thing too. I've been remiss in my blogging.

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  19. Gary S. Watkins1/13/2013

    I didn't get anything written or subbed this week, but that's ok because I'm a monthly member and I subbed two flash pieces last week. I did, however, get one piece of microfiction published:

    "Happily Ever After" in Nailpolish Stories (http://nailpolishstories.wordpress.com/)

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    1. Nicely done, Gary. I particularly like "His heart–not broken–abscessed / by her words and emotion until it burst."

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    2. Gary S. Watkins1/16/2013

      Thank you.

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  20. I wrote a flash this week, my 2nd for the month.

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    1. A journey evolves one flash at a time, Dawn. :-)

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  21. Congrats everyone on all the progress this past week! I've added about 15K to a few different stories and some articles (part of my Million Word Challenge/W1S1 adventures).

    Hoping to finish at least 1, maybe 2 first drafts this week so I can edit and get them out to beta readers.

    No new subs or acceptances yet. YET! :)

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    1. That's the spirit, Mary. Yet!!! Great to see such progress on your million word goal.

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  22. I wrote another poem and submitted another batch of them. I want to start writing short fiction, but still working on deadlines for my freelance work, so shorter stuff will have to suffice until I have more time. Paying the rent comes first (but glad to be making progress on my own writing, even through that!) and going to put the badge up on my blogs, but last time I did that (for nanowrimo) it took me ages to figure out how, so I'm waiting for a time when I'm a little less busy.

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    1. You pay your rent? I should try that sometime. Actually, this strategy is the best. Take the money pressure off, but don't let it become an excuse to not write. Write what you can, when you can, and sub regularly.

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  23. Wrote a poem a day again. I've been revising two poems, but neither feels quite done, so no subs this week.

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    1. Poems are tough, for sure. Every word is important. Here's to next week.

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  24. I'm late reporting - but I did meet my targets on time. I've written a new story and subbed a couple of things.

    I also have a sale to report. Take a Break have bought Lost and Found which was a W1S1 story from last year.

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    1. Congratulations, Patsy. Be sure to drop a link when the magazine is available, and note that it was a paid sale and I'll add it to the Published Page$.

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  25. I managed to tick off my monthly requirements early, as planned. New story done and out the door, and if the productivity keeps rolling in, I'll have at least one more before the month is over. Possibly two.

    Still riding that wave of New Year's optimism!

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  26. Wrote a blog post (clutching at straws) and subbed a short story.
    I'm finding the weekly challenge quite difficult but it does get my stories and articles out there.
    Well done to all of you who have reached their targets.

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    1. It's very challenging, especially as the year moves on, but you do get into a rhythm, I find. Here's to a great 2013.

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  27. Congrats, Michelle and Alex on the acceptances and everyone else as well on your great work this past week!

    I wrote a flash story that I'm very happy with and trudged forward on the longer story that I've been working with for a few weeks now where I just don't feel like I've got the right handle on it yet.

    No exciting news on the acceptance or publication front and I've been lax (again) with submissions. Something I need to fix ASAP.

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    1. I've been having problems on the sub front as well. Must be something in the water. I hope the troublesome story gives in soon.

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  28. This is my two week check-in (because I forgot to check in last week LoL this switching from a monthly to a weekly mindset is hard, mmk?) but it's been a good couple weeks. I've written one story and one poem and subbed them, plus subbed a few other previously written pieces finished the first draft of a short story that needs to rest a little before revising.

    Also, I had one story published($) at WiFiles (http://thewifiles.com/?p=291). Sadly, it doesn't qualify as a W1S1 sale. I revised and subbed it as a part of W1S1 2012 but it's original draft was done before I started this challenge. Still, it's a sale and a sale is a sale even if it doesn't count for the Hall of Fame ;)

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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    1. Nice work, Rhonda. Actually, we've changed the HOF policy this year so that we aren't biasing things against late-in-the-year stories. As long as the story is part of your W1S1 journey, we'll count it in the HOF when it gets accepted.

      HOF updated. Published Page$ updated.

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    2. To clarify, I went this way based on the "subbed as part of the W1S1 2012". For me, at least, a major revision of an old story is close enough to new to count. If you prefer I don't count it, let me know.

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    3. Oh no, I'm super happy to have you count it LOL Thank you very much :)

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  29. Hi all,

    Hope you are all doing well. Keep it up. Just wrote a wee one.

    Write and Submitt: Sleeves to Postcard Press

    Acceptances: None
    Rejections: None

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    1. Writing a wee think is better than thinking about writing a novel :-)

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  30. My week was this.

    W1: longish flash
    S1: flash to Zest

    Accept: All quiet.
    Published: Not this week.

    It's great to see so many folks checking in.

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    1. Actually, I forgot to report that my micro, "Trickle Down" was published in Polluto #10 . How cool is that?

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  31. I'm keen to try this! Might start with monthly (as I'm still editing and writing novels as well) and see how I go :)

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    1. Welcome, Charmaine. Monthly makes sense. Keep us informed of your progress.

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  32. Submitted "Dove & Crow." Yay! Started in on planning two new shorts, started actually writing one.

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    1. Nicely done, Mary. Keep up the momentum.

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  33. Hmm, you've got an interesting blog here! Week one was a sneezing cold, not the flu; Week Two opened with recovery and writing the opening scene in my next novella. Submitted? Nada. I'm strictly e-pub and have no intention of going another route.

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    1. Welcome, Kittie. Nothing wrong with e-pub. I'd say the 2013 trend is in your favor so far (from sick to productive in two weeks). Keep it going.

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  34. Finished 1 story and sent to a friend to beta; wrote some poetry lines though nothing finished yet.

    Submitted 1 story and 3 poems.

    R for 3 poems.

    Doing okay!

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  35. Ooops, I never threw my hat in the ring. I'm going to be monthly for this year, although I'm weekly for the month of Jan to get back into the habit. So far, so good.


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    1. And a lovely hat it is. Great start, Sylvia. Stop back regularly to keep us updated.

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  36. I almost didn't make it this week! I wrote 2 new poems and submitted them, with one of the poems I wrote/revised last week to 3AM Magazine. No new acceptances or rejections yet. Whew!

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  37. Just finished revising a short story that was workshopped at VPXVI and sent it off to Shimmer, so that's my January submission.
    While I was doing that a producer in LA asked for one of my screenplays, he's already read it and passed on it but liked my writing and wants to see what else I have. So I have to figure out what to send him next while drafting the new story for January. I'm new to M1Sub1, but I think this is great, and love reading about what everyone else is doing!

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