Sunday, March 10, 2013

Week #10 Check-in


You made it to the end of Week #10!

How's it been for you? Have the words blown in like The Wind through the Key Hole or were they trapped in a Heart-shaped Box?

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 accepted from this year, tell us so we can add you to the Write1Sub1 Hall of Fame. 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 paid publications ($) for our Published Work$ page -- stories published from W1S1 2011 or 2012, and don't forget to post the link! While W1S1 continues to encourage all avenues for publication, we want to especially highlight those stories and markets that help to put peanut butter on a writer's toast.

Successes and failures, triumphs and disasters, brilliant ideas and insane dreams: we want to read all about them.

82 comments:

  1. Wrote - check
    subbed - check
    sold - check

    For the first time ever I can actually provide a link to a W1S1 story sale - http://www.writerswhorock.com/#/new-short-story/4573312265

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    1. That's a great feeling. Congrats, Patsy.

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    2. I loved your story, Patsy. I'm 40 and still not ready to ride that bus again!

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  2. Congrats, Patsy!!

    I have been working on the same one piece of fiction since November. *cry* I have a lot of non-fiction freelance work which has eaten up my time, so it's not like I'm not writing my brains off. I am just not getting anywhere with my fiction. I really would like to get on board with this, though. Oy. (lynnswayze.com)

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    1. I imagine that if you're used to writing non fiction it can be hard to get in the right frame of mind for non fiction, Lynn.

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    2. Keep on keepin' on, Lynn -- and welcome to W1S1!

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    3. I write non fiction too so I know that it is hard to change tracks. What worked for me was writing fiction every day, even a little, until I got into the habit. That was how I got into flash fiction.

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    4. Hi Lynn, I know how you feel, nonfiction eats up most of my week, too. This website and these dedicated writers have really inspired me to give my fiction the time and respect it deserves. Best of luck to you! We'd love to have you join us.

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  3. No new sales to report, but I did write a 2600 word story and submitted it to the Glitter & Mayhem anthology. Hoping to finish revising another longish story from a few weeks ago and get it out on submission ASAP as well.

    A new issue of One Buck Horror which includes one of my stories should be coming out tomorrow. Also, I published several short stories as ebooks on the Kindle:
    http://alexshvartsman.com/2013/03/08/the-great-short-story-ebook-experiment/

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    1. Welcome aboard the Kindle train, Alex! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have -- great way to get our reprints out to a whole new audience.

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    2. That's all wonderful news, Alex! I haven't tried Kindle publishing yet, but I definitely have it on my wish list. I think it's a smart move for writers.

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    3. Thanks, guys. Milo, one day I need to pick your brain about Kindle publishing strategies. You seem to be doing very, very well with it :)

      I also wanted to add that One Buck Horror #6 has been published a day early, so I can report it now to be added to the $sales page:

      http://alexshvartsman.com/2013/03/10/publication-a-thousand-cuts-in-one-buck-horror-6/

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  4. Written: 8K in this month's novella; still managing about 1K a day, though some days are better than others

    Accepted: "Boom Town" (my Coyote Cal weird western from last April) to Plasma Frequency ($) for their next issue

    Also: Raygun Chronicles funded thanks to the kindness of 325 space opera fans, so "Captain Quasar and the Insurmountable Barrier of Space Junk" (reprint from W1S1 2011) will be in print ($) this November.

    And: I've been assigned an editor for my future noir novella Immaterial Evidence, scheduled for release in May from Musa.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. WOW! So much to say WOW about. Congratulations on all your hard work and acceptances. I'm so thrilled that Raygun Chronicles was fully funded. Bryan Thomas Schmidt was on the podcast I produce, DJ Grandpa's Crib, and he was excellent, very funny and very genuine. Best of luck to all of you who are involved in the project!

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    2. Great news, Milo. I'll be interested in seeing how your 'editor hat' goes, and what that brings to your writing, though being an English teacher, I'm sure it is second nature for you.

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    3. Great news, Milo! I'm a weird western fan, so I'll be keeping an eye out for your story in Plasma Frequency.

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  5. Written: 7,600 words on the new novel

    Submitted: Nothing new for the month yet; trying to balance novel and visiting family is hard enough!

    Acceptances: VERY good week...
    - "Clementine, Who Swims with Mermaids" to Penumbra's ocean issue ($)
    - "Queries, Agents, and Insomnia," a nonfiction story to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. It comes out in May! My story's about the whole neurotic novel querying process. ($)
    - "Hat Trick" to Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way, published by Crossed Genres. ($)

    Published: I forgot to mention last week that I have a poem in the new Bete Noire Magazine ($)

    The biggie is that my W1S1 from December, "Canopy of Skulls," is in Nature Magazine. ($)

    Good writing vibes to everyone!

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    1. Beth! Big congrats to you. What a hard working writer you are. Very inspiring to me--thank you!

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    2. Terrific week, Beth!

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    3. Way to go!!! You're so successful!! :D

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  6. No new news to report, which means no rejections and a few pieces under serious consideration.

    Good luck to everyone.

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    1. Hi Erin! I'm crossing my fingers for you!

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    2. That;s an excellent week, Beth. Good going!

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  7. This week I wrote a flash piece and submitted it, but the big news is my short "Before the Fireworks" placed third in the Flash Fiction Chronicles String-of-Ten FIVE contest--which means a little money and a publication in April.

    Because it's for a contest, I'm not sure if this counts for Write1Sub1 as a paid publication.

    Best of luck, everyone.

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    1. Thanks, Rohini! I enjoyed your recent article at FFC.

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    2. Congrats! That's wonderful!

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    3. Congrats, Folly. Yes, it counts as a paid publication, since it is paid and will be published :-) Be sure to drop a link when it goes live and I'll add it to the published page$

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    4. Thank you, Charity! And thanks, Steve! I'll be sure to post the link.

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    5. Hi Folly! Congrats on your 3rd place finish! I saw your name over there and knew it looked familiar. :) I'll look forward to reading your story next month.

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    6. Congratulations, Folly! And yes, it does count for sure (Steve beat me to the details) :)

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    7. Super congrats, Folly on your win. That was a tough competition this year.

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  8. A good week. One rejection but also one acceptance - my story will go up on Linguistic Erosion next week.

    And one publication, though not fiction. My article, the Best Way to Get Ideas was published by Flash Fiction Chronicles on the 6th-
    http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/the-best-way-to-get-ideas/

    One sub. It's been a good month.

    All the best on this long journey we are taking together.

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    1. Hi Rohini! Congratulations on your acceptances this week. I just jumped over and read your article--I LOVED it. I'm going to share the link on facebook with all my writing friends. I think you offered truly valuable advice for all creative people. THANK YOU!

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    2. Thank you, Von, you have made my day!

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  9. Wrote a flash story, submitted another, received two rejections, and worked a bit on a longer story. What with the snowstorms and stomach flu this week, I'm pleased to be on track with Write 1/Sub 1.

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    1. Hi Charity! Wow, I'm totally impressed with your progress this week. The stomach flu can suck all of the creativity out of you. I'm glad you were able to keep moving forward. Best of luck on your submission!

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    2. Dedication! Nice work, Charity.

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    3. Way to soldier on, Charity-- very impressive to keep going while you've got the flu bug.

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  10. Still redrafting novels but I'm at least thinking about what story to write for W1S1 this month.

    Another market shortlisted an older W1S1 story so that's three I'm waiting on now. One must get accepted, surely?!

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    1. Hi Simon! YUP, one has to be accepted. My fingers are crossed for you and I'm sending out story acceptance positive vibes to you. :)

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    2. Absolutely. Whether they're accepted or not , at least with getting shortlisted, we're on the right track. I think you'll do well, Simon. BofL!

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    3. I agree with Erin: you're clearly doing something right to keep popping on people's radar. Good luck!

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  11. Wrote: one flash, still needs a bit of editing; finished and submitted the rewrite for an article

    Submitted: 5 poems

    Rejected: 1 poem

    Accepted: 1 poem to Witches & Pagans

    Published: None

    Enjoying the almost spring weather. Have a great week, all! ^_^

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    1. Congratulations on your story acceptance! That's wonderful news. Best of luck with your other submissions. I'm with you, loving the spring-like weather. :)

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  12. Gary S. Watkins3/10/2013

    Just one to report, a very small flash piece I wrote last year, but it is a paying venue.

    Published: "Homunculus" ($) in Deimos Ezine March 2013 Issue, http://deimosezine.com/issues-2/issue-2-1-march-2013/

    On an aside, is there really another Gary Watkins on W1S1? Last year's Hall of Fame link shows a Gary Watkins with a link to a Facebook account, but it isn't mine. Just curious. Thanks.

    Gary

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    1. Hi Gary! Congratulations on your flash piece! Those short pieces are super hard to write so I'm totally impressed.

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    2. Hi Gary.

      With any luck, I've corrected last year's HOF link. Congrats on the flash piece publication.

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  13. Well done, everyone!

    For me:

    New story: 3.5k SF thriller
    Subs: 4 resubs, 1 new
    Responses: 3 form rejections, 1 personal

    Hanging in there!

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    1. Wow, Michelle! Congrats on your submissions. I get lazy with the resubmissions so you've inspired me to try harder. Thanks! And best of luck on your new story--that's a great word count.

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  14. Wrote 1 story, submitted 2 stories, had one story accepted (paid acceptance!) and two stories rejected. Had two stories entered in contests that did not win (but didn't formally hear back from the contests). No new publications went up. Kind of a crummy week. I had parent/teacher conferences two nights, so I didn't have a lot of time to write.

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    1. Congratulations, Nathaniel. But don't be afraid to brag and tell us where your story has been accepted! :)

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    2. Congrats on your story acceptance, Nathaniel! That's wonderful news. I'm glad you were able to write one story and submit two even with your week being busy. I hope you have more writing time this week!

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  15. Kudos everyone!

    Kind of a slow week for me. A few rejections, no acceptances, no publications. I did write a flash story and sent it off to Nature. Also sent my first submission ever to Tor.com, now that their response times a bit more reasonable.

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    1. Best of luck on your submission, S Gallagher! I've never heard of Tor.com--thanks for mentioning it to us. :) I learn about so many markets through reading the weekly check in here at W1S1.

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  16. Hi Writers! I wrote a short story and I submitted a poem. I heard back from one of my submissions asking for a few changes. I sent in the changes, but haven't received a reply yet.

    I managed to write 750 words every day on my middle school novel. I never thought I'd pick the book back up this year, but I was inspired. Crossing my fingers I can keep my bottom in the chair and finally finish it.

    Best of luck on all your writing and submitting this week!

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    1. Good luck on your rewrite.

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    2. Good week, Von. Hope to hear good news about your rewrite soon!

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    3. Thanks, Erin and Dan! :)

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    4. Gary S. Watkins3/11/2013

      Inspiration can be half the battle. Keep up the good work.

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  17. Still plugging away writing and submitting very short pieces -- Cathy Tenzo

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    1. That's awesome, Cathy! Those very short pieces are really challenging and help improve your writing by leaps and bounds. Best of luck this week!

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  18. Wrote and subbed short story, 'A Change of Pace', to The View From Here.

    Short story from pre-W1S1 rejected by The Ranfurly Review.

    Ten weeks down? Hell yeah!

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    1. Hi Ross! I can't believe ten weeks are behind us. Thanks for the reminder! Good luck this week with your writing and your submitting. :)

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  19. Week ten was, in a word, ugly. I did manage to meet my goals by writing and subbing something, but it was close. I need to do better next week. I'm beginning to feel like I'm on a downward trend that isn't good.

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    1. It must change, hang on. You're still meeting goals!

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    2. Hang in there, Rhonda! I hope this coming week is a super one! We're all pulling for you. :)

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  20. All very impressive; well done everybody.

    Week 10 has not been great for me. Barely managed a blog post. Must do better next week.

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    1. Hi L! I'm trying really hard to blog, but it's very hard for me. My goal for this week is to complete two post. Let's both try! :)

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  21. Hi everyone. Glad to hear about all the great progress here.

    Got two rejections this week, but both came with notes, and one editor requested that I send in additional work.

    Being new to W1S1, I'm chalking this week up to a learning experience. I got a lot of writing done, but didn't finish anything. I spread my time out among too many pieces, and I was guilty of jumping from them when they got to a difficult stretch.

    I think that I need to pick a single project for the week, then focus on that with all of my core writing time. If I'm able to do work beyond that, I can move to something else. (Kind of like a reward for doing the tough slog of the other stuff.)

    In any case, I'm looking forward to putting this into practice this week, and seeing what the results are.

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    1. Rejections WITH notes are always the best rejections to get. :) It takes a little while to get used to the idea of finishing a piece each week. I got a lot of practice finishing pieces in flash challenges with my critique group last year which has made it easier for me this year. Keep plugging away at it; you'll get it! Good luck for next week!

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  22. This week was

    W1: "Any Way the Wind Blows" (micro); "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" (micro); "Saint Alphonso's Pancake Breakfast" (flash)

    S1: flash to Nib Flash Friday

    Accept: "Jump" was a finalist in the String of Ten-Five contest at Flash Fiction Chronicles, and won the Patricia McFarland Award for best use of prompt

    Published: Not this week.

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    1. Congratulations on your Patricia McFarland Award over at FFC! I was so excited when I recognized your name in the list! :) Happy dance.

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    2. Thanks so much, Von. I hope folks will enjoy the story when it's published in April.

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  23. Slow writing week, crazy with other things. Managed some notes for a poem, but no subs. Also, my poem "Used" was published at Every Day Poets this week ($).

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  24. Thomas E3/11/2013

    Oops... first time I missed a W1S1 deadline this year! I wrote a story, but did not submit it by sunday due to unexpected developments. I have submitted it today.

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  25. Wow. 72 comments. This is big. Reporting in a $ sale and a publication for my story, 'The Love of Money' in Spinetinglers written under my pen name, Kelda Crich.

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  26. Hi Pluggers. Forgot to send this yesterday. My wife went to the big writing programs conference and brought back a ton of journals and calls for submissions. This was written based on one of those calls. I love writing to order, bites in me in the ass later when I have no where to send it to if it gets rejected, but its still fun

    Wrote and Submitted: The Five Senses at the Fair - (Blanket Stories)

    No acceptances or rejections this week

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    1. Hi David! I love writing to order, too--makes me finish pieces faster than I ever would have thought. Best of luck on The Five Senses at the Fair--excellent title.

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  27. Great to see so many check-ins! I got a test story for "Skipping Stones," coming out next Monday in DSF--very exciting! I'm done with March's story already, so I'm thinking about some flash fiction, and also outlining a screenplay with a friend. Very tough, but also a lot of fun. Looking forward to next week! Keep up the great work, all.

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    1. Great work, Devin! Isn't it exciting to see so many check-ins and enthusiasm? It makes me WANT to get my work done. :) Congrats on "Skipping Stones." I love the title.

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