Sunday, January 20, 2013

Week #3 Check-In

2013 is here! Week #3 is in the books.

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.

72 comments:

  1. Up to 21K in this month's novella; hope to have the first draft finished today, and then it'll be revision time.

    Accepted: 2 haiku from 2012 to Cuento

    Published: a pre-W1S1 story "Beneath the Surface" in Arcane II. This was the first story I ever submitted for publication, way back in the summer of '09. After three years and 24 rejections, it's finally found a home!

    Never give up on your work, folks.

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    1. Thomas E1/20/2013

      That's cool news:)

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    2. Awesome! That gives me hope for some of my unloved stories that have been rejected a bunch of times.

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    3. Kathryn Hughes1/20/2013

      Congratulations, Milo!
      That's wonderful news.

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    4. Well done, Milo. I've updated the HOF for the two Cuento pieces, and very much enjoyed your blog about the Arcane II piece. You're an inspiration.

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  2. Thomas E1/20/2013

    Wrote a story, and sub one to clarkesworld.

    Very odd week, lots of snow, not as much writing as I would like.

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    1. That's the deal, Thomas E. Nicely done, but for the "not as much" part :-) Hope this week is going strong for you.

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  3. I wrote, only a short silly piece but better than nothing. I made a few subs too. I haven't had any acceptances this week, but I've released a new novel and I have sold a few copies of A Year and a Day. (It wasn't written as part of W1S1 though!)

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    1. It is indeed. I'm a short silly man, but my wife says I'm better than nothing too ;-) Nice job on the novel, and good luck with the subs.

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    2. Thanks, Steve. My husband's not exactly tall either, but I wouldn't swap him for a less compact model.

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  4. A much more productive week for me than the last one. I wrote a flash story for a contest (750 words) and a 2600 word story I'm quite happy with for an anthology I was invited to submit to. Did lots of critiquing, editing and other writing-adjacent chores, too.

    No acceptances or publications this week. Several rejections. LOTS of stories sitting way past average response times at markets.

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    1. The trend is positive, Alex. Longer is better they say... waits, I mean.

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  5. Crazy busy week here. I'm in the same situation as Alex, with several stories and poems sitting way past average response time. It's a spooky quiet. Of course, when the rejections come, it'll be a flood.

    I wrote a new flash (750 words) for a contest. I don't know if I mentioned it yet, but I wrote two poems this month; one is out, and the other will wait as I compile more poems on the theme.

    This week I plan to dive into revisions on the 5k story I wrote early in the month.

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    1. Hopefully there will be a counter-current of acceptances too. Hope the revision is going well.

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  6. My flash fiction "The Education of Martian Youth", a 2012 sale, was published this week by Eggplant Literary Productions. http://eggplantproductions.com/the-education-of-martian-youth/

    Continuing the momentum. I have a slew of 30 submissions out and about, mix of poetry and fiction (flash and short). Several are past average response time or really inching up there. Sent out one query.

    I wrote a new poem this week, began a new short story, but only 100 words in at this point. I submitted 7 poems this week; also, completed edits on 4,400 story and sent it out for its first round.

    No Rs this week!

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    1. 30 submissions out & about! That's fantastic! I feel like such a slacker :)

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    2. 30 is a very good number to have out. I'm down to 8 at the moment, and feeling moody about it. One way to fix that problem, right? (or is that 'write'?). Nicely done on the writing and submission front. I enjoyed your flash at eggplant.

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    3. 'Write' for fixing that, yes!

      Thank you very much. Since it was a 2012 sale, does it count for that year or this? Also, quick Q - I had a number of sales last year I didn't report here. I was really lax on reporting. Can I report now?

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    4. Hi. It would count for the HOF in 2012. If it is a paid sale, it counts for the Published Page$ for 2013 as well.

      Go ahead and report the other stories in your next update, and note that they were 2012 accepts written while you were part of W1S1. For those that paid cash to you, include a $ in the description, or just say it was paid.

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    5. Thanks! That clarifies.

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  7. Busy week here, but I'm at the point in different short stories that I need to take a break and re-evaluate so I can finish them up. There are 2 anthos with deadlines at the end of the month i want to hit, and one mid-February so I need to buckle down!

    About 13K added to various projects this week and I am ashamed to say I only have 1 sub out (and it's been out since Nov 2011. Uh, I think it might be time for a query, yes?)

    Congrats to everyone on their sales and keeping at it!

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    1. That's always an issue, Mary. How to make time for polishing/editing, and how to make sure we make the deadlines. I'm not nearly as successful at that as I'd like to be. But, yes, you do need to get that sub count up. Having only a few out, in my experience, is like carrying around a bag of laundry all the time. When you get the count up to 20 or so, you can almost forget they're out there until the replies come in. Yep, sounds like query time on that one.

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  8. A good week for me. I wrote 3 brand new stories and one new nonfiction piece. I received one acceptance from Drunk Monkeys and one acceptance from The Legendary. I revised a really old story of mine and sent that out as well. I submitted a total of 10 times this week. 2 acceptances, 1 rejection, 7 pending.

    Next week I plan to write a chapter in my serial novel (Misty Me and Me over at JukePop). I plan to work on my other novel, The Funeral Attendee. I'd also like to write at least one new story.

    Okay, back to writing. Congrats on everyone's successes.

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    1. Wonderful, Nate. That's how success is made. HOF updated for the two acceptances.

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  9. Drafted a poem a day again (some of these are super short and horrid - just to keep me putting words down every day!). Subbed one today.

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    1. That's what you have to do (he says, not having done it this week... sigh). If you can keep up when the muse is running low, you're on to something good.

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  10. Weekly 3

    Submitted Literary Flash Fiction: "ROCK 'N ROLLING TO OLD BLIGHTY" to Boston Literary Reviw

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    1. Good luck with this. Great venue. I'm copying your other status here, just so's not to lose track of it later.

      Wrote: Literary Flash Fiction: "ROCK 'N ROLLING TO OLD BLIGHTY" ready to submit today.

      Wrote: Flash Fiction Story: "SHOW DON'T TELL" read to submit today.

      Nice job, John.

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  11. Written 1 and subbed 1 this week. No acceptances but no rejections either.
    Well done to everyone and congratulations on the publications.

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    1. 1 and 1 is good stuff. Keep them coming and going :-)

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  12. Weekly 3

    Submitted Literary Flash Fiction: "TRUE TO HIS LAST GRASP" to Boston Literary Review +

    Submitted Flash Fiction Story: "SO WHAT'S NEW?" to Longstory Short +

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    1. Didn't see this before my previous reply. No problem. Nicely done.

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  13. Week 3:

    Submitted 1 flash piece.
    Finished 1 flash piece.
    Submitted 1 flash piece to my critique group for feedback.

    Received 1 rejection. :( Wish they'd treat it like a cake that isn't quite right. "Needs more cinnamon." "Needs less vanilla." You know? ;) Alas, writing and cooking are two different arts.

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    1. That's good progress, Von. Consistent and steady is the best way forward for most of us. You should submit to Triangulation. We're constantly telling authors they need more cinnamon and less vanilla :-) There's usually more than enough frosting, though.

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  14. Wrote and subbed flash story ('Smoking Kills').

    No rejections this week! Hooray!

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    1. Now, that's a positive attitude :-)

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  15. While I don't usually write flash, that is what I ended up writing this week, and submitted it to a contest. I was kind of cramped for time, so it worked out well. Also my first attempt at writing steampunk, so this was a different sort of week for sure.

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    1. Stretching is good. Stretching is important. Let's hope it's a warmup for an even more productive week.

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  16. Finally finished up "Made". It clocks in just under 5k, just where I wanted it.

    SUBS/REJ/ACC/PUBS: None this week.

    And in novel news everything is quiet. Sent out another small batch of queries, just waiting for a nibble. :)

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    1. It's nice when a story comes in at a good word count. Makes it easier to pat it on the head and send it off. Hope you get that nibble soon.

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  17. Subbed my January story to F&SF, along with four or five others from W1S1 2012. Received a rejection from Penumbra saying my story had made it to the final round--this is the fourth story from them that's made it that far and been rejected. One of these days, I'll make that final jump!

    Planned a few ideas for stories to come--can't wait to get to work on them this week. Also have novels to edit . . . phew, it's gonna be busy.

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    1. Nicely done, Devin. Keep pounding on that door until it comes off its hinges if necessary.

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  18. Wrote a long short story (novelette that wants to grow up to be a novella) and submitted two flash pieces.

    Found out my super short piece (44 words) was a finalist in the contest I submitted it to, but didn't make it onto the winners' list. This was fine with me since part of the prize was reading on stage--yeah, no thanks.

    After writing two longish stories, I'm hoping to draft some shorter pieces in the coming weeks.

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    1. Great production, Charity. It's an honor to be nominated, right? :-] As for reading on stage, it's not nearly as bad as it seems. It's not nearly as nice as it could be, either, but it's better than reading to yourself in the bathroom.

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  19. good to hear that people are plugging away

    Wrote and Submitted: Monday Night Clean Out (The Glass Coin)
    No acceptances or rejections

    here is the link to a story I had published at Fiction 365
    http://www.fiction365.com/2013/01/the-mugshot-of-dorian-gray/

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    1. Thanks David.

      I've updated the Published Paqe$.

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    2. Dave, I hope I mentioned earlier at Fic365 how much I enjoyed Dorian Gray. Keep up the good work!

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  20. Kathryn Hughes1/20/2013

    Greetings, everyone. This looks like an encouraging group, and I'm looking forward to seeing how productive I will be with accountability on a monthly basis. I'm working on a serial fiction called "The Exciting Adventures of the Trent Twins" which will be published in the March 2013 issue of the Poway Progress. It should be done in time for tomorrow's critique group.

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    1. Welcome to the happy house. We look forward to your progress reports and stories.

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  21. Well done, everyone!

    Written new: 4k SF short
    Subs: SF short to Shimmer
    Rejections: a bunch!
    Acceptances: none, but a horror short did get advanced to the 3rd round at Untied Shoelaces of the Mind.
    Pubs: none

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    1. Good luck with Untied. It's a tough nut to crack. Well, at least you have all those stories to send to new homes, right?

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  22. Well done, all. A load of great stuff being written by the sound of it. I'm mainly still editing away on a novel - 75K or so in - so no short fiction written this week. Lots of ideas, though, so I'm going to have to get some of thme down soon...

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    1. Glad you're having ideas. Means you're starting to get the itch, I suspect. Editing can be rewarding, but it does get old.

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  23. Already met the monthly goals, but still hoping to get another one out the door before the month ends. Nothing but rejections so far, alas.

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    1. Above and beyond is a good way to go, J.W. Keep pushing.

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  24. I revised and submitted January's first story. Both my second and third stories were meant to be flash pieces but have outgrown their britches. I'm afraid one is turning into a novella. I'm earnestly trying to write a flash story THIS week so that I can finish and revise the previous two. I totally understand Jay Lake's point that writing a story a week will teach you about scaling! That said, I'm having a blast!

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    1. An interesting experience, Rebecca. Maybe you've begun a new category: The Flash Novella :-] Glad you're being so productive.

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  25. For week three I subbed nine pieces to various markets and also wrote a poem I was pretty pleased with, so I'm still on track for a successful W1S1 year :)

    Even better? I'll have a sale to report for week four ;)

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  26. I wrote a submitted a short short story this week. I've done something every week, but as I'd especially like to get more practice on fiction writing this year, I'm really very pleased. It was done on time, too, but I forgot to post here....

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    1. Better to forget to post than to forget to write and sub. Which reminds me... I forgot to post this week.

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  27. I am on a roll this week: it's only Wednesday and I've written 1.5 poems, made 1 sub and got 1 rejection. This rejection was really impressive because it was almost exactly 12 hours after I made the sub. That takes a huge dose of epic. One of the poems that was rejected was my first ever successful fairy tale poem, based on the armless/handless princess. So I, in my infinite wisdom, decided to turn it right around and sub it out to (drum roll please) Ideomancer, one of the most, in my opinion, difficult sci-fi magazines to get into. Am I insanely hopeful or what? I also took inventory of my subs and so far I have 4 left over from last year and 3 from this year. Since it's only Wednesday, I hope to get another sub out by Wednesday.

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    1. We'll take insanely hopeful over sanely hopeless any day. It's great to see your progress so far. Keep it up.

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  28. I revised and submitted a story I haven't touched in over a year. Fingers crossed! I now have two pending with 4 rejections for the month, all for the first piece which I wrote back in November. It doesn't look like I'm going to wrap up a new one before the month's up, but I hope to start.

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    1. For me, a thorough revision of an old story is as much of an investment as writing a new one. It's easier in some ways, but also hard to let go of what's there. I hope the new one goes smoothly.

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  29. My own week was:

    W1: flash at Show Me Your Lits
    S1: 1 flash and 1 short story to Zest; short story to Bluestem.

    Accept: Not this week.
    Published: None

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  30. Heading out of the country for awhile, so I’ll wrap up January by noting that “Movin to the Moon” was published by The Story Shack Jan. 5, at http://thestoryshack.com/2013/01/05/movin-to-the-moon/#respond.

    “Flying Objects” was published in print by Big Pulp Jan. 10.

    “Postcard from Chinguashi” was published by Short-Story.Me Jan. 20, at http://www.short-story.me/crime-stories/517-postcard-from-chinguashi.html.

    “Goodbye, Stockholm,” a 180,000-word novel, was submitted to a CreateSpace contest. Two other short stories were written and submitted, including a new one, “You Ain’t the Only Catfish," about falling for a social network impersonator and murdering her abusing uncle.

    And my erotic novella was published, pseudonymously, in a print anthology by Erotique.

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    1. Fabulous output, Walt. I've updated the Published Page$ for Big Pulp and Short-Story.me. Best of luck with the novel, and the new story.

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  31. Thanks, Steve. I imagine what I could do if I didn't have to take out the garbage and bring in the mail. Am actually going back to Chinguashi (setting for the crime piece) and hope to dig up new ideas in Taipei.

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