Sunday, April 7, 2013

Week #14 Check-In


2013 week #14 is in the bag.

How's it been for you? Did you scale the week with Bradbury's persperisistence, or do you feel like you fell a bit short? 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 it, comment today and let everyone cheer! If something you've written as part of W1S1, whether this year or in previous years, has been accepted, let us know so your name can be added to the Write1Sub1 Hall of Champions. If stuff has gotten in the way of your writing or you're starting to feel like a rejection magnet, let us know too, so we can commiserate. We're all in this together.

And don't forget to let us know when your W1S1 creations are published so they can be mentioned in the weekly Satummary. Be sure to note if they're paid publications ($) so they can be added to the Published Work$ page. Publications qualify for this page as long as they were written during any year's W1S1 participation, whether they pay pro rates or help you pay for morning coffee.

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

66 comments:

  1. Rejection from Asimov's. Resubbed to Waylines.

    Participated in #CarinaPitch and got requests for both projects I pitched. (The Steampunk Novel and a SF Western Novella.)

    So, productive week despite not getting many new words out. :)

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    1. Good luck with the Carina submissions. Getting requests for both sounds incredibly encouraging.

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    2. Hooray for pitching and getting requests!

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    3. Good luck on the requests, that's great!

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    4. That's awesome news about Carina, A.G. And nice work resubmitting so fast. I'm terribly lazy about resubs. Best of luck this week. :)

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  2. Written: Lit horror flash, 2k words on new SF that's on schedule to be novelette.

    Subs: 1 new, 4 resubs.

    Rejections: 2 form, 1 personal.

    Acceptances: 1 lit flash from Vine Leaves Literary Journal, schedules to run on 19th April. Also a SF short advanced to the 2nd round at Apex.

    Keep on keepin' on, everyone!

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    1. Congrats on the acceptance, and good luck at Apex! It starts to really get exciting (and nerve-wracking, for me) when you find out you've advanced to yet another round. Here's hoping!

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    2. Congrats on the acceptance and good luck with Apex!

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    3. Awesome work, Michelle! I love seeing the resubs. Congrats on your acceptances! Best of luck this week. :)

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  3. Wrote and submitted A - F in the A - Z Challenge. Sunday came round far too quickly!
    Well done to everyone who has received acceptances this week.

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    1. Awesome!

      The week did seem to go by quickly for me, too.

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    2. Mrs. Fowler is AtoZing this year. Fun to see what everybody comes up with.

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    3. L! I just hopped over and read through your A-F offerings and I LOVED your choices. You have a gift for layout--the posts were as pretty as they were charming. I thought about doing the A-Z, but I lack the discipline. I do have a few guest posts for friends that I need to write--R, W, and Z. :)

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  4. It's been a depressing week for me. Struggling with the ending of my novel. It's in the revision stage pror to the complete rerwrite. About 400 pages, Gasp.

    To top this awful week off.
    Everyday Fiction rejected what I considered two of my best Flash Fiction pieces. Waiting for the shoe to drop on my third submission.

    That's all folks for this week.

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    1. John, I'm sorry you've had such a discouraging week. Novels can be so daunting, especially during revisions. Hang in there.

      And don't give up on those flash pieces. There are plenty of other places to send them!

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    2. Hang in there! The ends of novels are hard. I'm at the rough draft stage in mine right now, and it's a slog.

      Keep submitting the flash fiction, too. EDF is a picky market and they get a lot of submissions.

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    3. Every rejection letter is just a permission slip to send your story where it really belongs. (That's what I tell myself, anyway.)

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    4. I feel your pain. The Steampunk Novel went through five drafts and three major rewrites before I got it to a point I really liked it. Keep up the good work. It eventually gets (a little) easier.

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    5. Sorry your week was so bad, John. :( The good news is there are many other flash fiction markets and EDF does give pretty detailed feedback. Best of luck with your resubs and your novel. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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    6. Sorry to hear about the rough week, John. As Milo said above, a rejection is just one more step in finding the right home for your work. And as someone who can struggle to keep my butt in the chair long enough to write a short story, the fact that you've invested 400 pages of hard work into your novel is quite an impressive accomplishment.

      Keep at it!

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    7. Been there, done that! Its very depressing at the time but it does get better.
      Best of luck next time.

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    8. I feel your pain, oh so much. Don't give up though, this week WILL be better.

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  5. Written: about 10,000 words on the novel, and a poem each day for the Poem a Day challenge

    Submitted: nothing new

    Acceptances: huge acceptance from a dream publication but I can't announce it publicly yet

    Publications: many...

    - "American Shadow" in The California Canta (this was a W1S1 sub/accept from last year) $

    - "Bloom" at 713 Flash; this was my W1S1 for March. $

    - "We Love Vermont" in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum: 101 Inspirational Stories for Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger's, available for sale everywhere. This was a W1S1 from last year. $

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    1. California Cantata. I wish I could edit these posts!

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    2. Great job, Beth!

      Curious about that acceptance. :)

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    3. Wow, Beth. Awesome week! Congrats on everything--and I can't wait to find out which publication you can't yet talk about! :D

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    4. Looking forward to your BIG reveal! And well done all the way around.

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    5. Congrats, Beth. Excited to find out about the big acceptance!

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    6. Congratulations. Awesome.

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  6. Thanks for your encouragement ShellyO,

    To top off this Sunday, I just received another rejection for my third submission from Every Day Fiction. That's 3 rejections in 1 day — boo hoo.

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    1. Aww, John. Well, that means it has the chance to get sent to a market that will want it that much faster. :)

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  7. Beth C, Thank you for your message it bouyed me up to know that I'm not the only one struggling with writing a novel.

    Yes, no doubt about EDF being picky. The positive asspect about their rejections is the Editors provide a useful critique about why your work bombed. Very useful to consider when the author rewrites. In the past, when their slush-pile wasn't so huge, they have actually published a bunch of my stories. And they paid.,

    Kudos on your underwraps dream victory.

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  8. Wrote: 1 poem that I'm really happy with; finished an 1,800 short and a 3,400 short; both on beta, second round each

    S1: two poems

    Acceptances: 0

    Publications: 0

    Rejections: 3 total - 2 personal, both complimentary, one asking for a second submission closer to theme; 1 form

    In today's freak out moment, Amal El-Mohtar has featured me on Tor.com!!!
    http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/how-to-read-poetry-101-whys-and-wherefores

    *still breathing*

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    1. Way to go! And wow on the Tor mention--definitely freak-out worthy. :)

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    2. Also, that's a haunting poem. (That's going to have a ton more eyes on it, thanks to the Tor link. :D )

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    3. Wow! Congratulations on getting the mention on Tor.com! That's huge!

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    4. That's fantastic! :)

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  9. Finished all three rounds of edits on my future noir novella Immaterial Evidence; now it's off to the line editor, and I get to work on the tagline and blurb.

    Rejections: PLENTY

    Published: "Boom Town" (a Coyote Cal origin story) in Plasma Frequency ($) and the first episode of The BackTracker is up at JukePop Serials ($)

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Congrats on the pubs this week! And editing a novella is no easy feat. Wtg!

      Good luck on writing the tagline and blurb. I find blurbs challenging, and by challenging I mean face-clawingly frustrating. Here's hoping you embrace the challenge better than I do. :)

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    2. Forgot the link to Plasma Frequency's latest issue, available for free download in all eReader formats.


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  10. Lots of good stuff this week. Congratulations to all who have written and submitted.

    W1: "Shadow Play" (flash)

    S1: 3 flashes to Crack the Spine

    Accept: "Any Way the Wind Blows" (W1S1 2013) by Orion Headless

    Pub: "Love Seat" was published at Zest Literary Journal.

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    1. Looks like you head a good week, Steve. Congrats on the Orion Headless acceptance!

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  11. Congratulations to everyone who has produced work and put it out the door!

    This week I wrote a fun heist story, and re-submitted a horror short which I had inexplicably let sit idle for a couple of months.

    No word on any of the pieces I have out for consideration, though thanks to W1S1 that number continues to grow!

    Looking forward to next week...

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  12. This didn't go through last time. Let's try this one more time. Okay, so different from what I usually write this week. My wife is the special features editor for the literary review, The Worcester Review (a decent annual literary journal), and last summer I pitched and had accepted an article for her section about Cole porter's time at the Worcester Academy. It was accepted and for nine months I didn't write it. Bad writer. My wife told me I am not allowed to do any projects until this was done and so I sat down and wrote a 2000 word article. It is submitted and being fact checked now. I think that will count for my w 1 s 1

    Wrote and Submitted: A History of Cole Porter in Worcester in Seven Items (Worcester Review)

    Rejections: Same story (Watch Shop) was rejected two more times but it is out again.

    Acceptances: A story I wrote for the first year of W1S1 (I only did it for a month) and did nothing with after its rejection was sent out, fixed up, and was accepted. So, The Detective Presents the Evidence will be in the third issue of Black Scat Review.

    Glad to read about everyone plugging away

    David

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    1. You gestated that article the length of a pregnancy--I'm kind of impressed. :P WTG on finally getting it in. Congrats on the acceptance, too!

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  13. Not a great week. Busy editing and re-writing. Did not manage a sub but will make up next week.
    Silence - no acceptances or rejections or anything.

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    1. Those not-great-weeks come and go. Next week will be better!

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  14. Bit late this week!

    Wrote and submitted flash ('Floodlights') to Flash Fiction Online.
    Week 11's story rejected by FFO.

    Well done to all who are keeping up.

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  15. Ooh congrats to everyone who had a good week, and even those who didn't. It's okay if you lose a battle now and then, as long as you win the war.

    I had an okay week. *So* many rejection letters, which sucked, but it meant I had lots of things to (re)sub LOL I wrote the first draft of a couple poems and subbed a bunch of things, so I'm still on track. Nothing awesome like a sale or publication to report, but that's okay. I guess :-p

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    1. A bunch of subs are seeds for the awesome stuff later. :)

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  16. Pretty low-key week for me. Wrote one story (barely). Only submitted to one place. Received one acceptance on a previous W1S1 submission.

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    1. Congrats on the acceptance (and the write/sub, one's all it takes). :)

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  17. Added 7K to the serial I'm writing but other than that not much to report. THIS close to finishing 2 short stories and sending them out, then on to 2 other new ideas I've got kicking around.

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    1. Sounds like you did pretty darn good to me.

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  18. I have been doing this for 3 years, and, as I love to write, I just go along daily and add things which are interesting to me.
    This tactic, if I thought about it, would not be very agressive, but then again it isn't smarmy either.

    Best Wishes,

    jean yates A to Z 2013

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    1. We have a common goal and encourage each other, and those who want to join in are welcome.

      I think every writer has to do what works best for her and not worry about what other writers do. I think that's true for a lot of things in life, in fact.

      Good luck with the A to Zing.

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  19. Acceptance from Bards & Sages for my story "The Zombie Who Had a Name." Very happy about this, especially since zombie stories can be a tough sell nowadays. Subbed another story. Zero rejections. All in all, a good week!

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    1. Congrats! There do seem to be a lot of zombies out there, but I don't think zombie fans mind a bit. :D

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  20. I'm here! I'm here! Sorry to check-in so late, but I have a good excuse--I was writing. :) I've fallen back in love with my middle school novel, determined to finish it this time.

    Wrote three flash pieces and five poems.
    Submitted 2 poems and one flash piece.
    Received rejections for 2 poems and 2 nonfiction pieces.

    Onward and upward. :)

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    1. Sounds like a great week for you! Being in love with a project is the best thing ever.

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