Sunday, February 24, 2013

Week #8/Month #2 Check-In

2013 week #8 and month #2 have come and gone!

How's it been for you? Have your words been Fahrenheit 451 hot or as cold as an Ice Cream Suit? 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. Thomas E2/24/2013

    Yep, I wrote one story and submitted a story, and started a novel.

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    1. Keep up the good work, Thomas.

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    2. Great stuff, Thomas. Best of luck with them.

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  2. Hi guys. Hope you are all doing well and writing what you can. I got a couple rejections, two acceptances (one from something submitted a year ago) and churned out a few poems (thingies, I hate the designation between story and flash and poem and prose poem and memoir and overextended tweets---they are all just pieces of writing) I resubbed a few things as well. 13 pieces are out right now

    Wrote and submitted: The Classification of Action Figures (Leaves of Ink)
    Eat the Poet (Every Day Poet)

    Rejections: The classification of Action Figures, The Ceremony of the Cage of the Big Cats

    Acceptances: Johnny Roadside - to Haggard and Halloo
    Swim Class - to Linguistic Erosion which already published it.
    http://www.linguisticerosion.com/2013/02/swim-class.html

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    1. Congrats, David. Keep it up!

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    2. Yes, I agree with you about "thingies"; they're all just pieces of writing. Well done on the acceptances; I'll update the Hall of Fame.

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  3. This month, I finally got last month's W1S1 out the door: Captain Quasar and the Bounty Hunters to Alchemy Novellas.

    Also wrote/subbed this month's flash: "One Meal a Day" to Flash Fiction Online

    In other news, I finished the first draft of a future noir novella and am about halfway through the first draft of a weird western. This 1K/day rhythm is turning out to be very productive.

    Also: one of my pre-W1S1 stories survived 2.5 years of rejection to be accepted last week by Grey Matter Press.

    Never give up on your work, folks!

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    1. Always an inspiration, Milo. I especially love how you never get discouraged by rejections on stories you believe in.

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    2. Another great week, Milo. Just absolutely never give up...

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  4. A second slow week in a row for me. Wrote a 700 word flash and did some revisions on older stuff, but that's it. Very, very unproductive. Perhaps I'm making up for the crazy amount of stories I wrote in January?

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    1. I know you'll get back into the groove soon, Alex!

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    2. This happens to me and I am absolutely convinced that I'll never write again. Then I do.

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    3. You'll be cranking them out again soon. You subconciousness is probably working overtime coming up with ideas...

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  5. This week I jumped back into W1S1 after several months away to concentrate on my novels. Wrote one and subbed one this week. Hope I can keep it up!

    Good luck to everyone.

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    1. Thomas E2/24/2013

      I hope you have fun

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    2. Hope you do, Anne! Best of luck with those and thanks for checking in.

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    3. Keeping your priorities straight. Good luck and have fun with the short stories.

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  6. Bounced back a bit this week. Wrote a 2,000 word short story and an assignment for a class I'm taking. Submitted two pieces, and learned that while a story I entered in a contest didn't win, it did receive one of two honorable mentions. Plus, my non-W1/S1 short short is up at Literary Juice.

    Considering how busy I was with kid stuff this week, I'm pretty pleased to still be on track.

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    1. Well done for keeping up, Charity. An honorable mention is very good. The best of luck with those subs.

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  7. I haven't checked in for a couple of months, but I'm trying to get back in the habit. This year I'm focusing on the monthly participation, and I do have one submission for February. I'm grinding away on another.

    Not much else to report, but it's so inspiring to read about everyone else's experiences. Makes me want to do more.

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    1. Great to have you back, Folly. Glad W1S1 is helping to inspire you.

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  8. Wrote - 1 poem; slim writing week, but that's okay!

    Submitted - 7 poems, 1 flash fiction

    Accepted - none

    Published - none

    Rejections - 4 poems, nice personal on 1

    Onwards!

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    1. Absolutely; some weeks are better than others. Best of luck with all those subs. Onwards!

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  9. Well done, everyone!

    Wrote a new 4k contemporary fantasy and subbed 1 new story and 2 resubs. Received 2 form rejections, 1 personal and 1 rewrite request.

    Onwards!

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    1. A rewrite request is always promising isn't it? Best of luck with those subs and resubs. Thanks for checking in.

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    2. Good luck, Michelle!

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  10. Great progress, everyone!

    I have stupendous, awesome news, but it will have to hold off for a while yet. Contracts and all.

    Wrote: few thousand words on world-building for the new novel

    Submitted: sent out the new poem, which makes three new poems out this month; sent out several stories and poems that had been rejected.

    Published: "Maps" at Daily Science Fiction ($)

    My poem "Iraq" at Every Day Poets ($)

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    1. Looking forward to hearing that news, Beth. Sounds very exciting. Good luck with the subs.

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  11. Well done on all your writing, submissions and acceptances. It's invevitable to receive a few rejections along the way.

    Not a good week for me. Wrote 2 and submitted 1. Couldn't get it together to re-edit/re-submit, but in the word(s) of Michelle Ann King *onwards!*

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    1. Onwards! Sorry to hear it wasn't a good week. Hope you do resubmit...

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  12. Wrote 1, subbed 1 (to the W1S1 anthology! only one of my pubs last year qualified, I think) and began doodling around on a novel/novella idea.
    One reject from Nature's Futures editor that sounded like he remembered me ("..once again disappoint you...") haha - no idea if he remembers me as in "oh no, it's her again" or he is sorry to disappoint me.
    Onward, all - great job everyone!

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    1. I'm sure he's just sorry to disappoint you. Must be hard to send out rejections, I guess. More on the anthology coming soon.

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  13. Hi everyone,

    I discovered W1S1 last Sunday, and I'm happy to report that since then I've submitted one older story and knocked out a first draft of a new one.

    I remember reading about Ray Bradbury's productivity when I was a kid, and just being blown away by his work ethic and the obvious joy he took in telling stories. I'm very excited to come across this site and look forward to trying to keep up the pace!

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    1. Great to have you here, Dan. We're all in the same position, trying to bash out the words to bring the stories in our heads to life...

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    2. Welcome aboard, Dan.

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  14. Polishing the story I started last week. Keep getting stuck. 2 rejections, 1 acceptance, to One Forty Fiction. No subs.

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    1. Many congrats on the acceptance; I'll update the HOF. I'm sure we all get stuck at times. I find just writing something, however poor, gets the words flowing...

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  15. Didn't do much on the short fiction front, but that's cool as I'm monthly so I'm keeping up. I did have one acceptance - Spaceports & Spidersilk bought The Tale of the Dog ($), a W1S1 tale from last year.

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  16. Wrote and subbed flash ('Genre of the Conventional') to The Pygmy Giant.

    No responses this week.

    8 down, 44 to go!

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    1. Thanks for checking in. Best of luck with that sub.

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    2. Good luck, Ross.

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  17. Wrote 3 stories this week and submitted all 3. Haven't heard back on any.

    My W1S1 story "Star Murders" was published (paid acceptance!): http://infectiveink.com/?p=975

    Released a new chapter of Misty Me and Me

    A story I wrote a long time ago but submitted this year was published: http://thestoryshack.com/2013/02/22/cat-army-by-nathaniel-tower-sayantan-halder/

    Did an interview for the blog and put up another blog post.

    I was interviewed for Caroline Leavitt's blog: http://carolineleavittville.blogspot.com/2013/02/meg-pokrass-interviews-nathan-tower.html

    No responses from any publishers this week. 18 pending submissions out there.

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    1. Fantastic week's work, Nathaniel. Congrats on the publication - one for the Satummary - and best of luck with all those subs.

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    2. Thank you, Simon. W1S1 is being good to me so far!

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    3. The Story Shack is an interesting, idiosyncratic market. Congrats. Noticed Hooljimans is now putting author's and illustrator's names in the e-mail lead--my quiet suggestion to lure readers like us into clicking through on familiar names.

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  18. I am on track.

    Submitted one story and one poem. Wrote a story.
    No acceptances but then, no refusals either.

    8 submissions pending, one from mid last year.

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  19. Been in the Yorkshire Dales all weekend. That was fab.

    Reporting the sale of a reprint poem to Mirror Dance (counts as a W1S1) and a reprint, The Unmoveable Sky was podcast over at Toasted Cake. I loved the reading.

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    1. Weird; I was in Yorkshire all weekend, too. Many congrats on the reprints; I'll update the HOF.

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  20. I didn't do too bad for the week. Since I already finished and subbed my story for this month, I'm polishing up some stories from last year and resubbing...which ended up with an acceptance.

    Acceptance: W1S1 2012, W#44 - "Her Quest for a Beating Heart" to The Lorelei Signal, July 2013 issue, that came with a small token ($) payment, and will be included in the Mystic Signals anthology later this summer.

    Subs: 3 resubs from 2012
    Rejections: one from Grim Corps.
    Published: none.

    Good luck to a new week, everyone.

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    1. Great stuff, Erin. Congrats on that acceptance. Good luck for the next month.

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  21. Trying to keep up. Wrote one, but no subs.

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    1. Good work for writing one. Hopefully it'll be ready to sub soon...

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  22. This week was one of false starts, but I did manage

    W1: "The Do-Tell Motel" (flash); "Nested" (flash).

    S1: flash to Pure Slush

    Accept: None

    Published: None

    Congrats to everyone who is keeping up.

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  23. February was a good month in spite of my being on the road for 16 days. Thought I’d come back from Taiwan with loads of ideas and plots, but nothing jelled…yet.

    Over My Dead Body (paying market) accepted “Life Settlement, Finally,” and will publish in April.

    “Marilyn Monroe Loved Me,” a creative non-fiction piece, was published by Writers Haven Feb. 10 in its 9th issue, at http://original-writer.com/writershavenissue9page4walter.html.

    Wrote a new crime short story, “You Ain’t the Only Catfish” and began subbing it.

    A second erotic romance novelette (18k words) was finished and subbed to Breathless Review.

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    1. Very impressive month. I'll add your sale to the Hall of Fame. Thanks for checking in.

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  24. Pretty good, if not a little slow, month. Wrote and submitted a 3,100-word story to Sword and Mythos anthology.

    Sold a flash piece to The Lorelei Signal($$), so I'm happy, haha.

    12 rejections for this month, but I'm sure a few will sneak in before the month closes. Did some revising, but wished I'd done more.

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    1. Woo, hoo - congrats on that acceptance!

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  25. Totally spaced on last week's check-in and almost spaced on this one! So last week I submitted to two Writer's Digest contests, the opening line one and the flash piece written from a prompt. This week I wrote an undead retelling of a fairy tale classic and submitted that to a "Happily Ever Afterlife" anthology submission call. I've been struggling with Yahoo mail the last few weeks, and I can't tell if it's Yahoo's problem, or my internet connection. (We don't have a wide range of choices where I live.) It makes trying to send attachments a royal pain in the patootie.

    Anyway, things are rolling right along!

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    1. Thanks for checking in and the very best of luck with all those subs. Your internet connection sounds depressingly like mine...

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  26. So far so good. I'm still doing short stuff, but still writing and submitting so I count that as a win. Now to remember the check-in! Cathy Tenzo

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    1. Definitely a win! Thanks for checking in.

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  27. Late check in, sorry. But February's story turned out well--8,000 words. I've got a friend reading it now and once I hear what he thinks I'll make some changes and (probably) send it to W1S1.

    No acceptances, subbed a few I'm waiting to hear about. Fingers crossed.

    Already 3000 words into March's story. I like this monthly path, it's fun working on longer pieces! Tough though!

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  28. Week eight was productive for me. I wrote the first draft of three different poems, revised another and revised a collaborative short story. I also made five submissions. Yay!

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    1. Great stuff, Rhonda! Best of luck with them all.

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  29. No subs for week 8 but wrote a good story. The next few weeks will be hard to sub because of no internet connection but I'm not giving up, just a forced pause from subs.

    Congrats to all you you who worked so well.

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  30. Gosh, I'm so late with this. Sorry about that. My work load has been OVERloaded lately.

    I had a productive week. I wrote one short story--it's really bad right now--and cleaned up a second. I submitted a short piece.

    I haven't heard back from any of my submissions from the past two months. Kind of a bummer, but eventually those 75 days will pass and I'll be able to email them. ;)

    I have a guest blog post up at Mysti Parker's blog: http://mystiparker.blogspot.com/2013/02/nickel-nasties-series-19-where-ive-been.html I managed to pull in some fiction elements so I enjoyed writing it.

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    1. We can handle late check-ins! Best of luck with those subs. Hopefully you'll hear from them all soon...

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  31. Just subbed to kindle-singles for my w1s1 this month :-D Phew! Just in time!

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  32. My Month 2 score was around 6 poems written, 3 subbed.

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  33. I’m very pleased with my results for February.
    Wrote: 1 new children’s short story (plus most of a new adult short story, and a few more pages of the novel).
    Submitted: 1 short story to a competition (written last month).
    Published: 1 short story that won joint 3rd prize in a competition (written and submitted in 2012)

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