Sunday, February 10, 2013

Week #6 Check-In

2013 week #6 has come and gone!

How's it been for you? Have your ideas sparkled like diamonds or melted away like ice? 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.

69 comments:

  1. It's not strictly W1S1 related, but I did finish my 130K novel redraft, so I'm pretty pleased about that. Just hope my editor is, too...

    Also wrote and subbed a fantasy flash story so I'm good for the month. Not that I'm going to wait until March to start the next one.

    Also had four SF haiku published at scifaikuest - all W1S1, all $.

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    1. Way to go on the redraft! So, how much do you hate it by this point?

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    2. I hate it and love it in equal measure...

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    3. Sounds about right; I'm there with my WiP right now.

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    4. Congratulations on finishing the redraft!

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    5. Congrats all around -- especially for completing your redraft :)

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  2. Nice work, Simon. I had a reprint story accepted for the 80 Countries Anthology, that was a W1S1 story.

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    1. Great stuff, Deborah. Can't think of a better person to represent us (UK? England?) in that antho...

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  3. I wrote (Oh how I wrote!) I subbed and I sold a 2012 W1S1 piece to writers who rock (it's due to be published March 5th)

    Congrats on getting that draft done, Simon. Great feeling, isn't it?

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    1. Fantastic stuff, Patsy! I'll add that to your Hall of Fame entry.

      It is a great feeling, for sure. Although it does mean it will soon be time to start a proofreading redraft...

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  4. Wrote and submitted a short story for a competition and submitted a piece to a local magazine. Bit of a light week; little writing, no acceptances but no rejections.

    Well done to you others who were more efficient and successful.

    I'm finding the weekly challenge quite hard, but I will persevere.

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    1. Well done for keeping up. You might find it gets easier once you hit your stride. But don't kill yourself; plenty of us follow the monthly scheme...

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  5. Had a good week! I wrote a short-short for the Flash Fiction Chronicles string of ten contest. And since I wrote it, I also submitted it (why not?). I drafted another short story as well this week. Submitted a short mystery to a local contest as well.

    Accepted: a 25-word + one word title story to Literary Juice for their Big Pulp section. No pay, and not a W1S1 story, but it was still nice.

    Published: $ and a W1S1 story to Kazka Press, The Burden of So Many Roses:

    http://www.kazkapress.net/?page_id=1846

    All this, and helped my daughter sell Girl Scout cookies. I'm beat!

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    1. Fantastic week's work! Enjoy your day of rest...

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    2. Didn't realize you were a fellow W1S1'er, Charity!

      Thanks for submitting So Many Roses to Kakza. I (obviously) enjoyed the story quite a bit and was pleased to have it as part of the first issue of my ongoing editorial term there!

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  6. Keep up the good work, y'alls!

    Written: up to 10K in this month's novella

    Accepted: my 2011 Week#46 story "Brains" to Schlock Magazine. It's been tough to find this one a home due to content (Every Day Fiction said they wouldn't publish it since most of their readers are on their lunch breaks), so I'm glad to see it finally accepted with great enthusiasm.

    In other news, Waylines is holding onto my story from August. Here's hoping, right?

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Fingers crossed for you on Waylines!

      I had a tough week, with travel and upcoming move stress and -- well, life, I guess. I finished a story this morning, and I'm counting it for last week :-) Is that cheating??

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    2. No, it's not cheating. It's completely acceptable. Well done for finishing that story.

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    3. Milo - fingers crossed here too. Congrats on the acceptance and, of course, for never surrendering...

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    4. Congrats Milo, and fingers crossed for your story at Waylines :)

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  7. Thomas E2/10/2013

    I wrote a short story. And submitted a short story.

    Other than that it was a week I am glad to get past :)

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    1. Well done for sticking at it - glad you got past the week!

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  8. Good job Thomas, Patsy, L, and Charity. Congrats Simon on finishing a redraft, and to you Debs on your acceptance. Best of luck, Milo.

    Okay, I'm liking the monthly challenge!

    Had a micro published at One Forty Fiction: Secret Lover, a W1S1 2012.

    Have already finished my Feb story and will be submitting that next week, so I might get two stories in this month. One rejection, and getting close on news at Lovecraft eZine.

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    1. Great stuff, Erin. Best of luck with Lovecraft eZine. A fine market.

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  9. Congrats all!

    This week I wrote a micro-flash for the String-of-Ten contest and a slipstream-y, horror short. Subbed 11 (6 resubs, 2 new, 3 reprints) and had 4 rejections (3 form, 1 personal). No acceptances, but I did get an SF short advanced to the 2nd round at Waylines. Fingers crossed!

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    1. An impressive tally. Fingers crossed here, too.

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  10. Mostly, I shoveled. But I did get a piece written and sent. I also did a rewrite on an invited revision. I am so sore.

    Wrote and Submitted: Frottage in the Modern Age (Flash Me)

    Nothing else to report, no acceptance or rejections

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    1. Congrats on keeping with the program. Now that's an intriguing title!

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  11. I've been abysmal about submitting stories lately. I wish I knew quite why that part of my process had gotten so broken. On the one hand, I keep writing, so I figure that at some point it will all work out. But on the other hand I just can't figure out why I went from being a submitting machine for over a year to really struggling to keep stories in circulation for the past four or five months. I've been dealing with some personal issues during that time, but I don't *think* they're entirely to blame.

    Oh, well. It's a long career, right?

    News for the week:
    Wrote a first draft of a new story this afternoon for the weekly Liberty Hall contest. Feeling pretty good about it, but as usual will wait and see what others have to say about it.
    No new story sales, though a late 2012 piece is in second round consideration at DSF.
    "Back to School" -- a zombie teacher story -- was published by Plasma Frequency this week in their issue #4 which is free to read. This is a pre-W1S1 piece for me, but it's short and fun and I hope some folks will check it out. :)

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    1. I certainly go through phases like that, too. Hopefully you can work your way through it. Best of luck with that DSF submission.

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  12. Wrote and subbed flash ('Late Kick-Off') to The View From Here.

    Rejections: 3 poems from Neon and Week 5's submission from The View From Here.

    Great to see everyone's progress! Write on!

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    1. Thanks, Ross - best of luck with the sub. Still got the hat!

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  13. Polished and submitted the two stories from last week. Wrote a new flash (850 words) and submitted it.

    No sales to report this week, but in terms of publications, three of my stories are appearing in the Campbell Award Eligible anthology. It's a free download and you should all check it out:
    http://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2013/02/just-released-2013-campbellian-pre.html

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    1. Thanks - a really impressive anthology TOC. I shall certainly be downloading...

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  14. Polished one story and three poems; submitted the story (1450 words) and seven poems (one of the polished ones, six additional subs).

    Added to a story and a journal article. Sent two sets of poems out for a beta read.

    No sales.

    Two rejections, both poems.

    Publications: My contributor copy of Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction arrived; the book goes wide release this Tuesday, February 12th. The reviews are great so far! http://underwordsblog.com/publications-projects/futuredaze/


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    1. Best of luck with those subs. Futuredaze looks really great.

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  15. Very productive week. Wrote and subbed flash piece, "The Baseball Gods," to Kazka Press. Rewrote another flash piece, "The Man Who Ate Bugs," and subbed to Every Day Fiction. But not feeling to good about my chances for publication after Milo said he had a story rejected "since most of their readers are on their lunch breaks." :(

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    1. Yes, I saw that comment from Milo; it made me laugh. Best of luck with the subs.

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  16. Out of town this week, so I subbed one and planned my February story, which I'm starting to plug out methodically, painfully. Should be a decent-sized fantasy story, if I do it right. Here's to hoping.

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    1. Let's hope! Best of luck with it.

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  17. Hi W1S1 writers! I just love this part of the week. You guys are so creative.

    W1: I wrote a Sci Fi story for the String of 10 contest, but I couldn't get the word count down. :( On the bright side, I really like the story so I'm going to devote some serious time into cleaning it up.

    S1: I submitted a flash fiction piece I wrote in a class a few weeks ago.

    I also wrote another press release and produced another podcast. :) Busy week.

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    1. Great stuff. Funny how longer stories often grow from very short ones. I say, let it go where it needs to go.

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  18. I polished a new story and sent it off. I also wrote two poems; one is something of a collaboration that may be published in a very cool non-paying way, and the other went to a paying market.

    I am preparing to start on a new novel in March and it's historical fiction, so right now I'm in full research mode. I have a number of books to read and Google searches to make. This will be my main focus for the next while.

    I had a guest blog posted at the WOW! Muffin this week, "Defying Stereotypes."

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    1. The very best of luck with that novel. Don't forget short stories can be a welcome relief when you're 100K from writing "The End"...

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  19. A week of rejections for the novel query. A teensy bit of writing done.

    Also, a rejection for my not-a-zombie story. No other submissions/acceptances/publications this week.

    Onward! :)

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    1. Ah well! Sounds quite like my week. Onwards!

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  20. A super successful week for my writing. I wrote 7 pieces of flash, 1 short story, and 1 non-fiction piece. I completed my first juggling performance read. I recorded and posted 3 new episodes of Cold Reads. I had two stories rejected, 1 accepted, and another accepted and published (Living Next to a Psychopath at Postcard Shorts: http://www.postcardshorts.com/read-1036.html). I submitted plenty, so hopefully more acceptances are on the way.

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    1. That was me above. Not sure why it posted as bartlebysnopes.

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    2. Wow, a deeply impressive tally for the week. I guess those two acceptances are W1S1, so I'll update the Hall of Fame...

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    3. Simon, yes those were W1S1 stories and subs.

      Thanks,
      Nathaniel

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  21. I wrote a short story set in the desert (I guess I'm longing for summer here in slushy, sloppy Alaska) and submitted a story from Write1Sub1 2011. It was one of my acceptances that year, but the anthology it was slated for fell through, so technically it is still unpublished. I have high hopes it will find a new home this year, perhaps even a better one.

    I got asked to perform in a local theatre production, so I'm really going to have to buckle down and account for every minute of the day to keep up my usual pace. But it's worth it, definitely worth it. And my discipline could use the challenge. :)

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    1. Ah, it's annoying when that happens. Best of luck with the resub.

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  22. This week I wrote and submitted a short short story and got a few more rejections (all with encouraging notes). Feeling good about the momentum. Also still working on my two blogs regularly. -- Cathy Tenzo

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    1. Excellent - momentum is good. Best of luck.

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  23. Congrats to all.
    I wrote Volterra Drive but did not sub it
    wrote and subbed a cigarette story for Smokelong Quarterly
    I won another rejection with nice feedback.
    Still waiting of other rejections/acceptances

    I'm happy that I've been able to keep up with the weekly challenge.

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    1. Delighted you have, Angie. Best of luck.

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  24. This week

    W1: "Jump" flash; "Grave Matter" flash

    S1: 2 flashes to FCC String of 10, micro to Press 53

    Accept: None

    Published: "Cheshire Cheese" podcast @Cold Reads.
    "Office Rapport" @Pure Slush

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    1. Another impressive week, Steve...

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  25. Any week that includes a sale is a good week. So week #6 was good to me :)

    I sold one poem ($) to Every Day Poets.

    I also submitted 4 other poems to various places, wrote the first draft of a new short story and revised the first draft of a poem into something submittable.

    Yay!

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    1. Yay indeed! Great stuff. You have, incidentally, prompted me to submit to EDP too, so thanks for that.

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    2. Oh, you're so very welcome :) Good luck, I loves me some EDP :)

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  26. Hi, I just joined. It’s great to find a site with such dedicated writers. Just reading what everyone is doing is a great motivator.

    I am doing the weekly – and have been doing it since January, though not here.

    My last week was not bad. Wrote two flash stories, made one submissions. Best of all, one story was accepted – Journal of Microliterature. No rejections this week.

    I know – just keep going.

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    1. Great to have you aboard!

      Well done with the acceptance!

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    2. As Ross said, great to have you on board. I'll add you to the Hall of Fame for that acceptance...

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  27. Not such a good week for me. Got a rejection for a flash fiction story and then got kind of sad and depressed for a few days. Didn't write a new story this week. I did find a new place to submit the rejected story. And I wrote a little on the novella.

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    1. It's all to easy to take it personally isn't it? Great that you resubmitted the story. That rejection was most likely just one editor's view on one particular day.

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  28. I am writing madly and running to keep up. The problem is that my last few stories have grown quite large. One is a novelette now. If I'm going to keep up with writing a story a week, I'm going to seriously have to up my flash fiction output. So, feeling a little disorganized regarding W1S1, but also very productive.

    I'm only committing to submitting 2 stories a month so I'm still on track in that department. I have a couple stories shortlisted and one coming out at the end of the week, but they are all stories I wrote last year, before I started on the whole W1S1 journey.

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    1. Well done for keeping up. Two stories a month is a good target; we encourage people to set targets that suit their own situation. And, yes, flash fiction is a lifesaver...

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  29. Working on a 1-per-month goal and just finished writing "The Least of These" and subbed it for an anthology. I missed Jan so I'm feeling pretty good about getting this one out there.

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