Sunday, February 3, 2013

Week #5 Check-In

2013 week #5 has come and gone!

How's it been for you? Have the words soared or failed to get off the ground? 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 (or poem) and submit a story (or poem), here's your chance to shout it from the rooftops.

And if you've had something written as part of your W1S1 participation accepted (from whichever year), tell us so we can add you to the Write1Sub1 Hall of Champions. 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.

76 comments:

  1. Novel editing is still my main focus, but I have also just about completed a fantasy flash story this week so I'm good for the month.

    That's the thing with novels; they take a loooong time. Very refreshing to be able to go from idea to completed in a few days with a short/flash story...

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    1. Can't wait to read the novel, Amigo!

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  2. Wrote and submitted flash, 'The Eccentric Roger Baltimore', to The View From Here.

    No responses this week.

    Look forward to seeing everyone else's progress!

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    1. Best of luck with that, Ross. Still working the Christmas hat I see?

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    2. And same to you with your novel, Simon!

      I am indeed, since Christmas 2011 actually! I really should get around to taking it off...

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  3. Thomas E2/03/2013

    I've written and submitted a story to clarkesworld.

    Spent a couple of days working with a program called LyX. It is a typesetting program that should eventually let me get much better internal pages for my self-published books. At the moment it is a heavy learning curve, though.

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    1. Best of luck with Clarkesworld - a fantastic market. LyX sounds interesting; must check it out.

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  4. Written and submitted a story for a competition.
    Written another piece for my travel articles Are we nearly there yet?http://www.yorkshire-east-coast-unofficial-guide.com/pocklington-canal.html
    One story pubished:http://www.cafelit.co.uk/TheColleagueWhoCameToStay3.html
    One story returned to be re-edited.
    I'm absolutely chuffed that I have reached week 5 of the challenge after doing the monthly one in 2012.
    Well done everyone on your efforts and successes.

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    1. Great stuff, Linda. As it happens I'm visiting Yorkshire for a few days soon, so I must read your travel guide. Congrats on the One Story success.

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  5. I submitted The Collector to Bartleby Snopes
    earned two rejections from Black Heart and The View from Here.

    Wrote The Explosion, worked on novel

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    1. Angie - I hope you got those rejected stories back out there? Best of luck with The Collector and The Explosion.

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  6. I'm in a good place with my goals. Weekend Warrior on Codex has pushed me to write a story over each of the past five weekends; I have one story ready to send out this week, and a few others I think are good enough to edit and send as well. My long story for January (5k) was sent out this week, too.

    I had a full acceptance this week on a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum ($) and notice that another one of my stories is in final consideration for another Chicken Soup anthology.

    In publishing news, I have a poem in the zombie-themed issue of Penumbra. ($)

    Best of luck to everyone for February!

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    1. Congratulations on your acceptances, Beth

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    2. Impressive tally, Beth. I'll add your acceptance to the Hall of Fame.

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  7. Way to go, y'alls!

    Written: Finished the 2nd draft of last month's W1S1 "Captain Quasar and the Bounty Hunters," now at 27K.

    Subbed: Re-subs to Asimov's, Shimmer, Lore, Waylines, Electric Velocipede, and Plasma Frequency after 6 rejections last week.

    Accepted: A 2012 scifaiku to Seedpod

    Published: "Principles" (a Captain Quasar misadventure) @ 101 Fiction

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Way to go, Milo - best of luck with those subs.

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  8. Sales:

    Ended January with a bang: two acceptances on the 31st! "One Thousand and First" will appear in One Sentence Stories anthology edited by M Bennardo, and The Miracle on Tau Prime (originally appeared in DSF) will be translated into German for the "80 stories around the world" anthology which attempts to collect 80 SF stories from 80 different countries. I get to represent USA!

    I also signed the contract for "The Far Side of the Wilderness" sold to the Beyond the Sun anthology last week (couldn't make the announcement last week, it went public on Monday).

    Publications:

    The Polish translation of "The Field Trip" is out in this month's issue of Nowa Fantastyka. I get to be TOC mates with Tad Williams on this one, and the cover looks awesome: fantastyka.pl

    Wrote a new flash story for the Weekend Warrior contest. Submitted the WW story from last week. Still revising the 4000 word story I wrote last week, hope to get it out on submission soon.

    Also, for the first time in a long time EVERY completed/unsold story I have is out on submission somewhere. I was productive yesterday. Total submission count for 2013 stands at 31 currently, though half of those subs are reprints.

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    1. Impressive all round, Alex. I guess that would be 3 for the W1S1 Hallf of Fame?

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    2. Simon,

      Thank you. And yes, all 3 are paid sales :)

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  9. I revised a lot this week, but did manage to write a poem, so I got my write 1 in. Submitted two stories, and received an acceptance from Kazka Press for their undelivered valentine prompt. This was a W1S1 story as well, written on 1/3/2013.

    All in all, a good week.

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    1. Great stuff, charity - congrats on the acceptance.

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  10. Hi.
    Hope all are doing and writing. I got a story done at the wire.
    Wrote and Sub: The Inherent Problem with Crying at the Movies (Everyday fiction)
    I received a request for a rewrite from Shotgun Honey (I like what they do, I hope I can fix it)

    one thing got published. Propriety stops me from going on about the writing and the weird rejections this got, so let me just say, after one editor said, Stories about writing will always find it difficult to be accepted, to that editor I say, Na-Na!

    http://www.radiuslit.org/2013/02/01/at-the-slush-pile-saloon/

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    1. David - excellent; just goes to show how subjective this game is at times. Best of luck with the sub.

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  11. Congratulations to all those above who achieved acceptances and commiserations to those who received rejections.

    After the desert of January (when I had nothing to report), I have had a fruitful week:

    The Copperfield Review accepted my review of (Write 1 Sub 1 member) Patsy Collins' book, 'Paint Me a Picture'.

    I also subbed three 'old' stories, and won an acceptance for one of them, 'Anna the Dissident', with 'fledgling' historical ezine 'Circa'.

    I also managed to finish editing 'Last Hot Chocolate in Mostar' and to sub that.

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    1. Excellent week by the sound of it. Congrats.

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  12. Still working on my novelette, revising now. To keep on track I wrote a piece that's either flash fiction or a prose poem and posted it on my blog, then sent it out (as a reprint). Gearing up to write my first story of February!

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    1. Well done for keeping up, Rebecca. Good luck with that story...

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  13. I've done pretty well this week. I've finished a couple of stories and stated some, I've subbed a few things and I've sold a couple of stories.

    Also I've had a great review of my book! (see above)

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    1. Great stuff; well done. I guess those couple of sales are W1S1?

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  14. This week: wrote a little more on The Gorilla Story and The Steampunk Novel (revisions, eh?).

    Rejected: The Hardest Kiss (Apex), Made (Shimmer)
    Submitted: Made (Shimmer), Call-Center (Waylines), Mother (One Story), The Weather's Always Fine in Paradise (Kalideotrope)
    Accepted/Published: NONE

    One rejection for the Novel Query Letter; all else is quiet.

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    1. Sounds like a pretty packed week. Best of luck with those subs.

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  15. Written: two poems, a few hundred words on a new short story, edited a 1,400 short, wrote more on a journal article
    Submitted: 1 poem
    Rejected: 7
    Accepted/Published: 0

    Onwards!

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    1. Onwards indeed! Best of luck with those.

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  16. ...great idea, Milo!

    Been promoting my latest release on Amazon for the past ten days, give or take. A quick pager turner that can be chewed up during one sitting.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Fall-ebook/dp/B00AZBIM68/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_AGGG

    Thanks!

    El

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    1. Best of luck with that, Elliot!

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  17. Aww, no linky-link thing? (I have no idea what it's called)

    Submitted stories: 25 (some sim-subs)
    Rejections: 15
    Acceptances: 1
    Rewrites request: 1

    Finished one story that I had started last month, so counting it for this month.

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    1. Ah, yes, the linky-link thing. We thought we'd try without that this year, but feel free to add links to comments.

      An impressive tally of submissions and congrats on the acceptance.

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    2. We're doing the Satummary this year, which collects publications from the previous week into one easily digestible package.

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  18. I had a mixed-results week. Early on, I wrote and submitted a flash-fiction piece, and re-edited and re-subbed a rejection that came on Monday. Then, between the upcoming move and a very sick hubby, my week went to Hades in a hand basket and I got NOT ONE WORD typed after Wednesday noon. While I made the "goal" for the week, I feel so less than successful...sigh.

    This week, I'm itching to type!

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    1. Ah, we all have weeks like that! Well done for keeping with the program.

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  19. Productive week despite family visiting...wrote 2 flashes, polished an old story that may be my sub 1 for February. My story "Wildness and Wet" goes out to DSF subscribers on Tuesday, and will be on website a week later.
    One rejection, one answer to query on 297 day sub..."still considering."

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    1. Best of luck with those, Lee. Those considerations can take a long time, no?

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  20. This was definitely a "made it by the skin of my teeth" week as far as weekly commitment goes. I just now finished a flash piece after sending one of my stories from 2011 off to its second submission. It's 11:10 pm in Alaska as I type this. Just one of those weeks where I had a lot of events and people pulling me in all directions. Every time I sat down to write, I got interrupted. Ah, well. Such is life.

    One cool thing that happened this week is I got a real writing desk, so now my writing space is all organized and neat-looking. So that will help the rest of this year's journey run a tad more smooth, I hope. :)

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    1. Well done for making the cut! The desk sounds great; I'm pretty jealous.

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  21. I wrote 3 new stories this week, had one acceptance from Infective INk ($10!), one rejection from Word Riot. I also wrote a non-fiction piece and Chapter 13 of my serial novel, Misty Me and Me (it's up now on JukePop!). I think that's it. I have about 20 submissions pending right now.

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    1. Well done Nathaniel! It always feels good to be paid for a story doesn't it?

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  22. Well done, all!

    A cool week:

    Wrote: new 1k SF
    Subbed: 1 new, 1 reprint, 1 resub
    Acceptances: None
    Rejections: 1 personal, 2 form
    Pubs: Released the first two collections in my Transient Tales series of short stories: Vol 1 and Vol 2

    It was a hell of a learning curve, but I'm glad I climbed it--it's a real thrill seeing them go live :)

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    1. Fantastic stuff, Michelle. Many congratulations.

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  23. Hey everybody. Hope everything's well.

    I came in just under the wire for January, but at least I'm on the board. I wrote a new short story, "The Last of the Fuzz", and started it on the pro circuit. It's the longest story I've ever finished--at the first draft, it met the required length to be a novelette, but I managed to shave off 3000+ words and bring it down to the short story range. No surprise I feel like I've succeeded already.

    Got the usual handful of rejections this week, but one acceptance came through: I sold my flash story, "How to Charm Moon Worms", to Perihelion Science Fiction. Exciting times.

    Looking forward to this next week. Best luck to everyone!

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    1. Many congrats on that, Erik. Great news on the acceptance. Is that a W1S1 story?

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    2. It's not, actually. I wrote it a ways before I started W1S1.

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  24. Wrote a flash piece and more poems, but no subs again. One acceptance, and now I have nothing else out there, so time to get going with submissions.

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    1. One acceptance is good! Well done.

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  25. As a monthly participant... I didn't make it. But I'm not giving up! I will finish "Janaury's" story this week and then write a shorter piece for February!

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    1. Don't give up! Sounds like you're putting it behind you and moving on. You can do it!

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  26. Great energy continues. Way to go W1S1ers.

    My week was:

    W1: 1 flash

    S1: 3 flashes to The Bookends Review; flash to Pure Slush; flash to Nib Flash Friday.

    Accept: "Office Rapport" by Pure Slush (this was my 2013 week 4 story)

    Published: Nope

    Rejections: 4 or 5. I don't really pay that much attention to them anymore.

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    1. Well done Steve. I'm with you on the rejections. They used to sting; now I just sigh and move on.

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  27. Wrote two stories in January (on the month plan), submitted them and nine others from W1S1 2012, all rejected, two at the final round and one with positive words. Got a longer piece in mind for February.

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    1. Keep going, Devin. I'm sure they'll all find a good home.

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  28. I'm happy to report that January was a successful month for me. I wrote "Actuarial Year" and submitted it to a contest. Will let you know if I get any $$ from it.

    Now on to February!

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    1. Thanks, Melvyn. Best of luck!

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  29. Oh my gosh, will the year slow down already!!! I have been so busy.

    Wrote: 2 short flash pieces, very rough and 2 press releases. I guess the PRs don't count, but they were kind of fun. I also produced my very first podcast and had a blast!

    Submitted: 1 flash piece, a romance. ♥

    Rejections/Acceptances: None.

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  30. Great stuff, Von. Best of luck with that sub.

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  31. Good week writing-wise. Got a lot of work done on fiction, which is great as I'm trying to teach myself plotting. Hadn't finished anything, so I wrote and submitted my first piece of Twitter fiction--that, too, was a learning experience! Also got a rejection letter with a very encouraging personal note from Rosebud, so I was thrilled about that (although not nearly as thrilled as I would have been by an acceptance.) Oh, and just remembered to reply to post....was excited to do it yesterday but the day slipped away. I must set some reminders.

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  32. Oh, and just a note--Haiku Plate Special is Cathy Tenzo. Still trying to figure out this posting thing--on some sites it loads as my name, and I uploaded a "Gravatar" so I don't know why it's not showing...ah, the intertubes!

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    1. It's a learning experience for all of us! Best of luck with that sub. If you have any questions over Gravatars or whatever, I'm sure someone here would be able to help...

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  33. Wrote one short story and submitted it.

    Worked on the novella a little.

    I can't believe it's February already!

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    1. Good luck with that sub, Beth. I agree - time flies!

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  34. Wewps. I forgot to check in on Sunday LOL

    I had a good week five. I subbed four pieces and wrote/revised two others. No sales in week five, but that's okay too ;)

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  35. Today I: revised 2 poems, sent 4 poems out to Fact-Simile, wrote a new futuristic social commentary poem loosely inspired by Qatari poet Mohamed Ibn al-Dheeb al Ajami.

    Got a rejection from Corium Magazine which makes this #20. Yes, I will keep bashing my head against that wall until my brain trickles out my nose.

    In other news: if you are looking for a place to submit your flash, try Matter Press (matterpress.com). Their submission period opened Jan. 15 this year and they pay.

    Cheers!

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  36. Wrote and subbed "The League of Lame Heroes" to the anthology "Oomph: A little super goes a long way." My first story and submission of 2013! I know it's a bit late to report, but I'm new to W1S1 :)

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