Sunday, January 27, 2013

Week #4 Check-In

2013 is here! Week #4 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.

90 comments:

  1. Thomas E1/27/2013

    Wrote 2 short stories, a flash, and a couple of erotic shorts. Didn't work much on the novel. Subed as well to daily science fiction, idiomancer etc.

    I now have 35 shorts out.

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  2. Written: the first draft of this month's novella, "Captain Quasar and the Bounty Hunters" (25K -- about halfway through revisions)

    Accepted: "Sins of the Father" from W1S1 2011 Week#45 to Bards and Sages Quarterly ($) for their July issue

    Published: a scifaiku in the latest issue of Star*Line ($)

    Signed my contract with an editor I've been hoping would accept one of my stories for the past three years -- more on that next month. (Don't you hate teasers like that?)

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Congratulations, Milo! That's a good week. :)

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    2. Beautiful, Milo. Especially the contract. Looking forward to hearing the details (though I have a hypothesis)

      HOF updated, Published Page$ updated.

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  3. Written: 4 poems; made progress on a short story and a journal article.

    Accepted: none, though an editor was very positive about an anthology submission and added me to a list of potential contributors for a future endeavor.

    Publications: none.

    Rejections: 10 - one of those weeks!

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    1. To help soothe the above sting, here are my acceptances from 2012 I never reported, with links to published works. Sorry for not reporting as we went along; I’ll keep up to date this year!

      -"Moral" - poem - Goblin Fruit ($)
      -“Milky White” – poem – Paper Crow ($)
      -"Et in Arcadia ego" - poem - http://www.sfpoetry.com/sl/issues/starline35.3.html, Star*Line 35.3 ($), Editor's Choice
      -"Asteroid Orphan" - poem - Aoife's Kiss ($)
      -"Flower of Flower, Bird of Birds" - short story - Demeter's Spicebox ($)
      -"Rice Grower: a song for Inari" - poem - http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/issues/autumn-equinox-2012/rice-grower-a-song-for-inari, Eternal Haunted Summer ($)
      -"Evolutionary Biology" - poem - http://www.abyssapexzine.com/2012/09/evolutionary-biology/, Abyss & Apex ($)
      -"The Dryad, on Marrying the Oak" - poem - http://throughthegate.net/issue1-sept2012/cole-oak.html, Through the Gate ($)
      -"Speech Lessons" - poem - Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction ($)
      -"The Education of Martian Youth” - flash fiction - http://eggplantproductions.com/the-education-of-martian-youth/, Miscellanea: a transdimensional Library ($)
      -“Truants” – poem – The Martian Wave ($)
      -“An Herbalist’s Loves” – poem – http://expandedhorizons.net/magazine/?page_id=2988, Expanded Horizons ($)
      -“Teaching on Mars” – poem – Asimov’s Science Fiction ($)
      -“Maud Gonne, After” – poem – Mythic Delirium ($)
      -“The Language of Flowers” – poem – http://niteblade.com/home/december-2012/, Niteblade ($); the cover art and issue title are based on my work :)
      -“Once, I Was a Mermaid” – poem – Strange Horizons ($)
      -“Tarantella” – poem – Plunge Magazine ($)
      -“The Conjurer” – flash fiction – At Year’s End: SFF Holiday Stories ($)
      -“Atibon Legba” – poem – Eternal Haunted Summer ($)
      -“The Magician Makes a Phoenix” and "Counting Stones" – poems – http://www.electricvelocipede.com/2012/12/two-poems-by-alicia-cole/, Electric Velocipede ($)
      -“Artemis Speaks to Aphrodite” – poem – Ideomancer ($)
      -"Clarification" - poem - Phantom Kangaroo – this journal, unfortunately, has recently died :(
      -"The Beekeeper's Daughter" - poem - http://clutchingatstraws.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/the-beekeepers-daughter/, Clutching at Straws - before name change :)
      -“Crucible” – poem – Gothic Poems and Flash Fiction Anthology
      -"Roadside, US 64" - poem - http://www.eclectica.org/v16n3/curtis.html, Eclectica Magazine

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    2. wow, what a list!

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    3. Impressive, Alicia. I've updated the HOF 2012 list. I'm not going to add these to the Published Page$ because it will take a lot of time to do that, and I'm short on time (I have to look up the links one at a time, paste them into the proper place, etc). Feel free to submit anything written after you joined W1S1 (June 2012) for the W1S1 anthology if you care to.

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    4. Steve - thanks! I understand about the Published Page; thanks for updating the HOF 2012.

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  4. This week: CRAZY. Can't even talk about it, crazy.

    It's also been crazy with acceptances--four poems and one big short story sale. The poems I can announce:
    - ($) 2011 poem to Penumbra, space opera issue
    - ($) 2012 poem to Every Day Fiction
    - ($) 2012 poem to Star*Line
    - ($) 2012 poem to Not One of Us

    I also had two poems ($$) published this week in issue 36.1 of Star*Line (with Milo!). Both of these poems were written last fall for W1S1 goals.

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    1. Great week, Beth

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    2. That is fantastic. And well-earned.

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    3. Crazy good, Beth. HOF updated. Published Page$ updated for Star*Line. Be sure to drop links for the other published pieces when they appear.

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  5. Beth,

    What an awesome week! Congratulations!

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  6. I wrote a short story and submitted it to Glimmer Train this week. It's gonna be a long, long wait until April.

    I was saddened to hear that Pill Hill Press, the publisher that accepted my first, third, and fourth stories ever published, all written during W1S1 2011, has closed. A story that I had submitted to one of their anthologies last year was returned to me. Sigh.

    I tried something different this week. Most of the time I get my story ideas by searching for anthology themes on Duotrope. The hardest part of writing for me is finding an idea that grabs me enough to actually write it. I have a difficult time just writing without a full story in mind. So this week I went to one of those story generators, closed my eyes, clicked the button a bunch of times, and went with the general plot and character that popped up when I opened my eyes. I didn't think I'd be able to pull off a decent story this way, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

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    1. I'm like that too with story ideas. One thing I've tried is poetry books/prompts. Those often unlock a story I didn't even realize I had in me.

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    2. Yes, prompts have been a tremendous help for me. It seems like the more I constrain myself, the harder my imagination works to come up with something interesting. Good luck with Glimmer Train. Man, that will be a great credit.

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  7. Well done everyone, we've got some good stuff going on!

    Not a bad week for me:

    Wrote a new 5k horror, subbed 3 flash and 4 shorts (3 new, 4 resubs). No acceptances, one rejection, no pubs -- but I did finish the formatting and cover art for my first self-pubbed collection :)

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    1. Finishing the formatting and cover art for a self-pubbed collection is definitely an accomplishment :)

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    2. That's very nice progress, Michelle.

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  8. Wrote one short story and read it out on local radio.
    Submitted one short story.
    One acceptance and no rejections.

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    1. A radio appearance. How exciting! :)

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    2. How fun. Nice. I hope you enjoyed the heck out of it.

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  9. Written: Another (small) chunk of the Steampunk Gorilla novella.

    Subbed: "Mother" to Threepenny Review, "The Hardest Kiss" to Apex.
    Rejected" "Mother" (Threepenny Review), "Call-center" (Tor.com)

    In novel news: Partial request from Ginger Clark. And lots of crickets.

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    1. Fingers crossed for the partial. Good progress on the rest.

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  10. Wrote and submitted flash ('Staring Up At the Stars') to Flash Fiction Online.

    All quiet on the responses front!

    Keep on keepin' on, everyone!

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    1. Aim high. Good luck. That's a great market.

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  11. Taking it easy this past week with one flash written (The Madness At King's End), one short-short subbed, and two rejections (one of them that short-short--back to me in eight hours). Plus, I read and critiqued a novel manuscript for a friend.

    Love seeing everyone's progress.

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  12. Great progress everyone.

    I finished a 2K story for this month, "The House on Cornerstone Road," and will be subbing it next week. Also had some time to polish the novella.

    I resubbed five stories from last year, had two rejections, no acceptances, and no publications. And after over a year wait on publication after its acceptance with The Fabulist, I've finally decided to withdraw one of my favorite stories, "The Dead River." That was a tough decision, but I feel the story can and will do better in other markets, especially after Shimmer said they liked it, but wanted a little more fleshing out.

    Good luck everyone!

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    1. Ah, that stinks, but I suspect you're right. The best home for the piece is what will matter in the end.

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  13. Wrote a 3700 word short story--my second for January, so I'm ahead of my goals. Submitted a story from week 11 2012 to the W1S1 Anthology. No word on the six or seven stories I have in the mail. Maybe some positive news this coming week . . . ?

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    1. I hope so, Devin. These lulls can be annoying.

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  14. I had a good week this week :)

    I made 10 submissions to various markets (some were multi subs), wrote the first draft of one poem and revised another. I also made one $ sale to Bete Noire and one unpaid one to The Stray Branch.

    I hope the momentum keeps going ;)

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    1. You have had a good week!

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    2. Nice, Rhonda. HOF updated. Be sure to drop links when these are published.

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  15. This week was okay. Not as much writing as I hoped. I wrote one story and completed two interviews. I submitted 5 pieces. I had one acceptance and one rejection. I have 14 submissions currently pending.

    I also had one story published this week. You can read "Laundry Day" here: http://oldtimeyhedgehog.com/post/41448744296/laundry-day-by-nathaniel-tower. This is a paying venue!

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    1. A slow week for you makes my head spin. I enjoyed "Laundry Day" a great deal, as well as your blog about its history.

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    2. Have to have some slow weeks, right? Don't worry. I picked it up big time in week #5.

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  16. A great week for me. Wrote two new short stories -- a 750 word flash for a contest and a 3800 word humor fantasy story, which needs more revision but should go out onto submission in a few days.

    Made a very, very nice sale. I can't talk about it yet, but will be able to spill the beans in the next day or two. It was my first sale of 2013, and it was for a story written in 2013!
    Watch this space for more details.

    Published: "Life at the Lake's Shore" in FISH Anthology from Dagan Books:
    http://daganbooks.com/2013/01/27/fish-for-sale-drm-free-ebooks-direct-from-us/

    A handful of rejections and lots of long-overdue submissions in the ether. Such is the writer's life :)

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    1. Here's to great weeks -- may they continue :)

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    2. Thanks, Rhonda!

      I can now say that the story $ale was for "The Far Side of the Wilderness" to the Beyond the Sun anthology. Very excited about this!

      http://alexshvartsman.com/2013/01/28/the-far-side-of-the-wilderness-accepted-at-beyond-the-sun/

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    3. Tremendous news, Alex. HOF updated. Published Page$ updated.

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  17. Wrote and sent off another piece of flash fiction and started building a longer short story from scratch with things I'm learning about plotting. Really feel like I'm making progress.

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    1. Yay progress!

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    2. Very nice, Cathy. Steady progress is the key.

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  18. I wrote. I subbed. I did have an acceptance but for a very old piece so no points for that one.

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    1. It's still cool. Congratulations, Patsy.

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  19. Been madly novel-editing, mainly, but also wrote and subbed a 2k SF story, so keeping up...

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    1. Impressive, Simon, but you always are.

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  20. Hello all, I sold a reprint to Whispers in the Abyss, and that was an original W1S1, so whooo-hoo it counts under the new rules.

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    1. Nicely done, Deborah.

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    2. HOF updated (a little fast on the ENTER key there...)

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  21. I finished and subbed too flash-length stories, then pulled back two stories from last year (one published vanished, the other ignored both my sub and my query. Sigh.) gussied them up and re-subbed those. No accepts or outright rejects, but I have eight stories in circulation, which is close to my record out at once! :-)

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    1. That's the spirit, Mary. What happens, happens. What we do about it counts.

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  22. I have been writing but didn't get to submit what I have been working on, so I whipped up a quick one for this week.

    Submission: The Preparation of Superargo, Hacky Sack Avenger (BLink/Ink)

    No acceptance or rejections this week

    had one poem published at Leaves of Ink
    http://www.leaves-of-ink.com/2013/01/green-acres.html

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    1. I love the "...so I whipped up a quick one for this week." That's the difference between pre- and post-W1S1 for me. Public accountability encourages us to produce SOMETHING at least, and sometimes that something turns out pretty good.

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  23. This was flash challenge week in my flash critique group. Five prompts were supplied and we were required to write flash stories for at least three of them, AND give feedback on our teammates' pieces. Wow! It was challenging, but wonderful. I now have four flash stories to play around with in the coming weeks. Two of them are outside of the norm for me so I'm pleased.

    Wrote: 4 flash stories
    Submitted: 1 flash story
    No rejections.

    Great work, everyone!! I LOVE reading the check-in posts each week.

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    1. Color me impressed. I keep meaning to try a challenge like that. I'm a wimp next to you. It's particularly nice that you're stretching yourself.

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  24. Wrote a few more poems, but no subs. One rejection. I have two poems ready to sub, but have to figure out where to send them. Guess I might try subscribing to Duotrope after all!

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    1. Ah, Duotrope. Can't afford it, can't sub without it. I feel your pain. (Actually, the feature I need so badly is the database of my works - I have something like 200 stories in there now).

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  25. Weekly 4

    Wrote Flash Fiction 500 words: "Show Don't Tell" not submitted yet.

    Wrote Flash Fiction 800 words "Wild Sounds" not yet submitted

    Writing Novel 150,000 words. Write 1,800+ per day. 7 Scences Part One drafted

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    1. Great progress, John. That you can keep moving steadily on both fronts speaks well of your writing discipline.

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  26. New to the Write1Sub1 community, and excited to be here!

    Wrote 1 flash story.
    Submitted 2 flash stories and 1 short story.
    Worked on the novella.
    Duotrope tells me I currently have 7 things on submission pending response.

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    1. Nice work, Beth. We're happy to have you.

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  27. I wrote at least 10K words on what was supposed to be a short story but is looking more and more like a novelette. I resubbed a lot of stuff from last year, but nothing new. I am going to crank out some flash and send it out there before the end of the month. All in all I've written far more than I usually do and am please with my progress.

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    1. Very nice, Rebecca. The only way I manage 10K is to hit the "K" key ten times. That's impressive production.

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  28. I just replied to the Satummary, oops.
    Congrats to everyone.

    I am going to change from the monthly to the weekly challenge.
    I wrote 900 word flash Coda di Paglia
    subbed 1000k flash Diamond Light to Graze Magazine
    subbed 1000k flash to Black Heart but they have a 3 month wait.

    No work on the Novel.

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    1. No problem, Angie. The Satummary gets lonely. It's great that you're producing so much.

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  29. Super late checkin - I have been on the monthly challenge but I did write a story every week this month (and some weeks 2!).
    I submitted 2 stories, new ones.
    I had two rejections this month and no publications or acceptances.
    Cheers to everyone for hard work and successes!

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    1. Not as late as me (I'm becoming a slacker...) Nice work for the month, Lee. Here's to February.

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  30. Managed to finish and sub two stories this month, which is something I hope I can do all year long. I'm on monthly, but my New Year's Resolution is to write and submit 24 stories this year. On track, so far! Still no acceptances yet, but a couple of close calls.

    Good luck in February, everyone!

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    1. Excellent, J.W. 24 is a very good goal. Keep on keeping on. Read Milo's blog or Nate's blog if you need inspiration to maintain your Persperistence.

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  31. I just started, I'm on the monthly plan. I read a story publicly, in Ireland, the first time ever I read for an audience. After the reading I revised that story and sent it out again. It was rejected in two days and I revised and sent it out again, still waiting to hear.
    I wrote a hard sci fi flash fiction for my new writing. It's a new thing for me, to write so many short stories.
    I've been revising my novel. So far this month I've revised 12 out of 40 chapters. When revisions are complete I hope to send out.
    I feel pretty good about my output considering I was traveling in Europe the first two and a half weeks of the month and could hardly write, then came home with bronchitis.
    One of my screenplays won a prize last year; part of the win is that they will submit to agents, etc, but I have to revise, so I've been working on that too.
    Somehow even though I'm writing more I've found more time to do crits for other people, amazing how much I learn from that.

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    1. Welcome, Alison. We're happy to have you on board. You're getting a lot done, and it sounds like you are having a good time doing it. Win-win. As for critting, yes, I truly believe we get more from that process than from writing our own work, particularly early in our development. It's very hard to be objective with what we write.

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  32. I'm checking in for the month of January, as a monthly participant. My first check-in! Woo!

    Wrote: 2 flash fiction stories, 1 short story
    Submitted: 1 short story
    No rejections or acceptances. It's a long wait if you only do one a month.

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    1. I guess I'll have to remember to sign in via Google instead of Wordpress. :) Dreamcollision is me.

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    2. Very nice, Amy. You've got the idea. Building up a backlog of stories in the pipeline and out for submission helps to spread the emotional investment (I think it's related to the Irish Potato Blight or something). Welcome.

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  33. My week was:

    W1: "Falling Off the Moon" (flash)
    S1: 3 flashes to Bookends Review; 2 flashes to Zest

    Accept: nope
    Published: not this week

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  34. Doing the monthly check in for January. Not a bad month. I wrote a novel chapter (I'm counting that as my story for the month). I also did a lot of editing on three different stories. Bards and Sages has bought one of my W1S1 stories from last year ("The Facts in the Case of M. Hussman"). Also, I heard that another of my stories from last year has been short-listed for a pro-paying anthology (fingers crossed).

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    1. Very cool, Jeff. Be sure to drop a link when the Bards tale is available. Here's hoping the short-list turns into a long hurray! HOF updated.

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  35. I had hoped to do so much more this week but the weather and feelings of blah kept me down. I did write 1 poem and sent it out to 5x5 magazine. This is my tortoise phase.

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    1. Look at it this way. Even though you didn't want to write, you still did. There's room in that shell for a keyboard :-)

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  36. Very impressed with all the highly productive - and successful - writers here. Well done, everyone!
    Not so pleased with my own efforts this month. I wrote a short story to enter in a competition but it was 400 words too long and I was still frantically editing it at midnight on 31 January! But I'll be submitting it this week so that will get February off to a good start.

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  37. Congrats everyone. These comments are a treasure trove of inspiration. I should get back to writing. : )

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  38. My round-up for Jan stands at 2 flash pieces and 5000 words if articles written, 1 flash piece and the articles submitted.

    Now starting all over again!

    Cheryl

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