Sunday, April 28, 2013

Week #17/Month #4 Check-In and April Blogfest

2013 week #17 and month #4 are behind us!

How's it been for you? Did you feel like a Powerhouse getting the words down and sent out, or did you feel trapped inside The Day it Rained Forever? 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. And if stuff has gotten in the way of your writing or you're starting to feel like a rejection magnet, let us know, 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.

April Witch Blogfest

Are YOU an April Witch winner?

At the end of each month we publish a list of everyone who has managed to stick to the challenge: whether weekly, monthly or whatever variant is working for you.

This month, everyone who has done so receives the April Witch Blogfest Award, named after Ray Bradbury's collection of stories The April Witch. If you've met your W1S1 writing goals during the month of April, just add your name and blog URL to the linky widget below. 

And if you've had something W1S1-related published this month that you're particularly proud of, add its title and URL to the widget as well, and we'll be sure to check it out!

79 comments:

  1. April was a tough writing month for me. Finished my first revised draft of my novel, now awaiting my dedicated readers impressions of the work. Finally completed my Pitch and Synopsis for and sent on to the readers. Awaiting their impressions

    I've had one accepte flash fiction piece accepted for publication, "Rocking 'N Rolling to Old Blighty" by Long Story Short for their May/june Edition.
    http://www.alongstoryshort.net

    Still waiting for word on three other flash subs.

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    1. Congratulations on the acceptance -- and the novel draft.

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    2. Congrats on your acceptance and finishing your novel...that must feel good.

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    3. Getting that novel done is a big darn deal! Congrats on the acceptance, too. :)

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    4. Bringing the revised draft to completion and an acceptance is pretty productive month. Keep at it, John!

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    5. Congratulations. Finished a novel - that is wonderful.

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  2. Week #17 was okay. I wrote a crapload of poem first drafts (that's actually what I wrote in my records. I was catching up for my April Poem a Day challenge and apparently writing down all the titles was too much work LoL) and I subbed another poem. No sales or publications to announce, but it's all good :)

    Congrats on finishing that first draft John, and on the acceptance :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the recognition, I sure needed it. It gets lonely out there sometimes.

      Good to hear that you are undaughtend writing on. Writing is what this thing is all about and you are into that as a writer.

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    2. A Crapload of Poems -- great title for your next collection.

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    3. Writing poetry is hard work, so congrats on that, and best of luck in future sales and pubs.

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    4. All those poem drafts are sure to bear fruit later. Congrats for getting them done.

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  3. Almost finished the A-Z blogging challenge (letter Y tomorrow). Wrote one story. Nothing else to report.

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    1. AtoZ is quite a challenge; keep up the good work.

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    2. Still, congrats on all your hard work.

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    3. That A-Z challenge looks daunting to me. Congrats!

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  4. It's been an okay week. I have continued to write a poem a day, and this week I sent out my first submission batches of the new stuff. I also spent a few days mentally preparing for the first read-through and revisions of my new novel, and I now have that underway.

    Published: "autism" at Every Day Poets ($) (W1S1 from November)

    Acceptances: I can now announce the big acceptance I had a few weeks ago. My January W1S1 story "Stitched Wings" sold ($) to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, one of my dream publications. I'm ecstatic!

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    1. Congratulations, Beth!

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    2. Dream publications are such a treat. Congrats, Beth.

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    3. Congrats, Beth! BCS is a great market! Way to go on the poem a day, too.

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    4. Terrific! Congrats, Beth.

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    5. Congratulations on your dream acceptance, Beth. Loved your poem and left a comment too. All the best for your novel.

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  5. This week, nothing new written. I did get another full request for The Steampunk Novel. (Brings me up to four under consideration. Yikes.)

    Rejected: NONE (Always a good feeling but the crickets are driving me nutty.)
    Accepted: "Love Like Dysphoria" at New Lit Salon for inclusion in their Southern Gothic anthology. Been trying to find a home for that flash piece for a while so I'm excited.
    Published: NONE

    Keeping up the good fight! :)

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    1. Full requests are most awesome indeed -- and congratulations on the acceptance.

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    2. Congratulations! Excellent on the acceptance; best of luck with the full request.

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    3. Congrats on the acceptance, Aggy. You've got four fulls out there on your novel? That's awesome--good luck!

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    4. An acceptance and a full request is great news-- sounds like the good fight is paying off for you!

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  6. Fell off the map for a while – sorry! I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like, but here’s my check-in for the past three weeks. Yikes, I don’t want to get this behind again! No Witch Award for me this month. ^_^

    Written: 2 poems, drafting a third

    Submitted: 3 poems; 1 flash fiction

    Accepted: 1 poem to Foliate Oak; 1 poem ($) to Every Day Poets; 1 poem to Dark Mountain Book 5

    Published: “Our Hearts Cried Out” in Starline 36.2

    Rejected: a 2nd round rejection from Daily Science Fiction; 2 poems from A Capella Zoo, one form, one personal; 1 poem from Spellbound, personal; 1 poem from Beloit Poetry Journal, personal

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    1. Looks to me like you've been busy -- and congratulations on all those acceptances.

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    2. Nice work, Alicia, and congrats.

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    3. A trio of acceptances--congrats!

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  7. Up to 30K in the novella "Madame Antic's Hotel Grotesque" -- it's a weird one.

    Written/subbed: "Captain Quasar and the Pestiferous Pirates of Narvana 6"

    Accepted/published: 2 haiku @ Trapeze

    Published: episode 4 in The BackTracker

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Congrats, Milo. Love that novella title.

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    2. Congrats, Milo! Both those titles are awesome.

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    3. Congrats on the acceptances, and I agree with the above comments about your titles.

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    4. Waiting impatiently for the next episode of The BackTracker... I need to know what happens next. :)

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  8. April just whizzed by.

    Finished: A Journey Walked Widdershins
    Subbed: 2
    Rejected: none
    Accepted: none
    Published: Hand in Mine, W#35 2012 at Thrills, Kills, 'n' Chaos

    Good work everyone. Here's to May!

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    1. The month did go fast! Way to go this month, Erin.

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    2. Good work this month, Erin!

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    3. Enjoyed your story - chilling. For some reason it would not take my comment so here it is.

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  9. Congratulations to everyone on another week of productivity and acceptances!

    As for me, I fell off the time management wagon this week. I got a lot of words on paper, but they were scattered across a number of different projects, so none of them actually got done. A bit disappointed in myself, but I start fresh again tomorrow.

    No action on my outstanding submissions.

    Still feeling like I'm learning & improving, just need to buckle down and apply it.

    Write on!

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    1. A new day and a new month gives you the opportunity to start again, Dan. :) Still, getting writing done is something, even if it's a bit scattershot.

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    2. Dan, some weeks are just like that. Best of luck this coming week!

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  10. Kudos to everyone in their writing and progress!

    April has (surprisingly) been a very good month for me.
    Written: 2
    Subbed: 17, so far...
    Rejected: 21, so far... (always a few that sneak in)
    Accepted: 3--from On Spec($), Plasma Frequency($), and Nightfall Magazine($) March 2014 issue.
    Published: none!

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    1. Three acceptances and all that writing and subbing make a very good month, indeed. Congrats!

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    2. Wow! Three acceptances is very cool. I can't wait to read them.

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  11. Hi Everyone! Wow! I'm so excited to see all the acceptances posted this week. You guys totally ROCK.

    It was a good week/month for me. Nothing much published or accepted but lots of writing and subbing and getting rejected. :) I helped a friend edit his book which was a huge learning experience for me. I loved the process and hope to volunteer for someone else soon. Really helpful.

    I wrote a piece for a friend's blog: http://mystiparker.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-z-blog-challenge-w-is-for-women-by.html. I'm particularly happy with this piece because it's a topic that is very near and dear to my heart.

    Have a wonderful week, Writers!

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    1. Gosh, I forgot to say that I submitted 2 flash pieces and wrote 4 flash pieces and 1 poem. I received two rejections--one for a poem and one for a flash piece.

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    2. Way to go on writing and getting those subs out there. BTW

      *Women are beautiful. Without makeup. Without pretense. Without covering their mouths when they laugh. Without a man, without children, without hurting other women.*

      Awesome opening for an awesome blog post. *fist bumps you*

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  12. I got distracted last week, editing a collection (or two) of horror stories for possible self publishing. A bit of a time suck, as I want to rewrite most of the stories. Hmmm. Tricky. But I'm sure I'm learning something.

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    1. Good luck on the self-publishing, Deborah. It can be quite an adventure.

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  13. I've been terrible about checking in (just like last year), but so far I've met all of my monthly goals. Still no sales for this year, as the dry spell continues, but still trucking along.

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    1. Nice to see you, J.W.! Congrats on meeting all your goals and on your acceptance over at Oddysey! Have fun over there and be sure and let us know how it goes.

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    2. Congrats on meeting your goals!

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  15. Checking in late, but I did make my goals for the week and the month. Wrote a 1,000-word story independent of the novel I'm revising, although I put in some serious effort on that and added words (which I want to do, so it's all good). Three submissions this week, no acceptances, but hey, no rejections either. Busy, but good.

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    1. Congrats on meeting your goals!

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  16. Met my W1/S1 monthly goal, though some of my more ambitious goals haven't gone to plan.

    My story "Small Creatures and Large" is in the new issue of InterGalactic Medicine Show.

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    1. Congrats on meeting at least some of your goals. :) My ambitious goals sometimes come back to haunt me, but I try.

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  17. A good month, all in all.

    “Grammie’s Waiting” was accepted by Liquid Imagination on Apr. 21, to be pubbed in May.

    “Sammy the Madman’s Near-Death Experience” was accepted Apr. 24 (a three-day turnaround!) for Pure Slush’s Barcode print anthology. This is a story that didn't make final cut on my collection, "Cruising the Green of Second Avenue" avail at B&N and other online retailers.

    “Inside Lookin Out” was pubbed by The Story Shack on Apr. 19, at http://thestoryshack.com/2013/04/19/inside-lookin-out-by-carolyn-foulkes-and-mike-s-young/

    “Life Settlement, Finally” was pubbed at OMDB! ($) on Apr. 25, at http://www.overmydeadbody.com/wgbach3.htm

    “Dusty Poems from the Barnyard,” some creative non-fic, was pubbed by Connotation Press Apr. 15, at http://www.connotationpress.com/creative-nonfiction/1837-walt-giersbach-creative-nonfiction

    Subbed a crime/spec fic story, to Short-Story.Me and a novella to Total E-Bound books. And a few new stories are in the works.

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    1. Wow, Walt. Congrats! I've added your two new acceptances to your total in the HoF. Great string of pubs, too.

      Good luck with the submissions. Total E-Bound is a publisher I've considered submitting to before--hope you to see you announce that acceptance soon.

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  18. Its been a slow month for me but I did meet all my goals.

    This week, a story, 'That look in his eyes', accepted by Everyday Fiction.

    No publications or rejections.

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    1. Congrats on the acceptance and on meeting your goals!

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    2. Congratulations on the acceptance at EDF! That's a great market.

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  19. Jeepers, all day Friday and Sat I kept the tab to this site up, wanting to remember to check in on Sunday and I forgot. Anyway, I am on the monthly because last year I struggled to keep up towards the end of the year. But so far I have 20 subs for this year so on that end I am ahead of the game.
    For April:
    Wrote 1
    Subbed 4
    Rejects 3
    Accepts none
    Pubs none
    Still have 5 subs out, so hoping for some good news soon.

    Cheers to all for the great work & commitment!

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    1. Twenty subs is great. Congrats on meeting your goals, and good luck on the subs.

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  20. This week I

    W1: "Because You Love Me" (flash)

    S1: flash to Vine Leaves

    Accept: No

    Published: "Jump" won the Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize at Flash Fiction Chronicles.

    "A Snifter of Absinthe" was published in The Zodiac Review.

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    1. Congrats, Stephen. Both those shorts are awesome.

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  21. I wrote 2 new stories and submitted to several places. No acceptances for this week (I did get one today, but that doesn't count since it is a new week). Chapter 20 of Misty Me and Me did go up though. One personal rejection with an invitation to resubmit a novella.

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    1. Good luck on the resubmission, and congrats on meeting your W1S1 goals. Be sure and mention the acceptance in next week's update so it gets added to your HoF total. If I do it now, it'd probably just be duplicated.

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  22. Checking in for the monthly. One rejection, one poem written, but alas, no subs. I decided to tackle an editing project for CampNanowrimo and got about 12,000 words of a novel revised, which included a new beginning.

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    1. That's fantastic progress on your revisions!

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    2. Congrats on the revision--those can be tough. Good luck in May!

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  23. Lots of editing this month, almost done with a novel, got two short stories to follow on its heels and a good plan for May's story already in the works. Hoping to hear some acceptances coming up this month!

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    1. Awesome progress! Here's hoping for those acceptances!

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    2. Sounds like April was a busy month. Good luck in May!

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  24. After a very long dry spell and a collection of 2013 rejection letters, I can happily report the following for April...

    W1: To Kill a Thief
    S1: To Kill a Thief

    Accepted: To Kill a Thief sold to editor Paul Genesse for anthology The Crimson Pact Vol 5 ($)

    Also, another hefty dose of personal rejections received this month. People like to be personal with me, it seems, and though I'm grateful, it is increasingly frustrating to come so close and yet be so far away...

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  25. Writing: 26 blog posts for the month of blogging challenge, plus a writing sample for a company that never bothered to get back to me.

    Sub: Said writing sample, and a short story.

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  26. April was up and down for me. I was told by a publisher that he wanted both of the flash fiction stories I had submitted way back in January, only to hear from him a week or two later that he was shutting down due to a lack of high quality submissions.

    I turned around and submitted said stories to another publisher and one was accepted! He rejected the other one, but said he might be interested if I built it out a little more with a rewrite.

    W: None
    S: "Electrical Failure" and "Deadline" to This Mutant Life anthology.
    R: "Deadline"
    A: "Electrical Failure"
    P: None

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