Sunday, May 26, 2013

Week #21 Check-In


Week #21 of 2013 is over and done.

How's it been for you? Did you get the writing and submitting fell like The Long Years, or was it a Holiday? 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.

50 comments:

  1. Although I'm on the monthly scheme I've been writing and subbing weekly in May for some reason. Possibly displacement behaviour because I should be writing novel sequels...

    A pro sale to report: The Crystalline Eye (4000 words) to the Dark Expanse game universe. This was written and subbed this month.

    Write on all!

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    1. Way to go, Simon! You and Deborah get to play in the same sandbox.

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    2. Hah! So you're procrastinating on your novel by writing short stories. Well played, muse.

      Congrats on your pro sale. Very cool.

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    3. (Pssst! Check out the cover of Simon's new novel ENGN.)

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  2. Snap! A pro sale to 'The Twins Shine Over Emperor's World' to the Dark Expanse. I had a reprint poem (W1S1) published in the current issue of Bete Noire.

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    1. Nice! You and Simon are taking them by storm -- or something like that.

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    2. Happy Dance!! A second W1S1 sale to Dark Expanse. Congrats on your poem, too. It's hard enough to place a poem once and you've managed to place one twice--awesome!

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  3. Up to 45K in the current novella; slow week, writing-wise.

    Published: the last episode of my novelette The BackTRacker @ Jukepop Serials

    Available for pre-order: my first novella, Immaterial Evidence, from Musa Publishing

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Getting everything ready for your upcoming release probably took up all your writing time for the week. :) Only a few more days. Wow! Big congrats.

      Happy Writing this week.

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  4. Really slim week. Returned to work after an absence, so was focused there.

    Write on, everyone!

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    1. Wishing you more writing time in the coming week. :)

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  5. My first completed novel sits with my 2 dedicated seperate readers. So far the feedback has not been uplifting. I'm getting past the depression and gearing up for a complete rewrite of the whole ugly thing.

    My Escapers© Feature Story for The Baja Citizen "DIG IT, THE CROSSROADS 3rd. ANNUAL SANDCASTLE DAY has been accepted and published in the upcoming issue of the newspaper. http://www.bajacitizen.com

    A second Escapers© Feature "WONDER WOMEN OF THE EAST CAPE" has been submitted and I'm awaiting approval from The Baja Citizen.

    Wrote:

    "PRO TO CALL" Flash Fiction 800 words — submitted: Long Story Short

    "BEDROOM GOLF" Flash Fiction 500 words — submitted: Bull for Men

    "CRUSH" 25 words Pulp — submitted — submitted: Literary Juice

    "OY!" 25 Words Pulp — submitted: Literary Juice

    Rewrote:

    "TRUE TO HIS LAST GRASP" Flash Fiction 630 words — submitted: The Cynic

    "DING-A-LING" Flash Fiction 1000 words— submitted: The Cynic

    "WILD SOUNDS" Flash Fiction 500 words — submitted: Every Day Fiction

    "EVENT" Flash Fiction 300 words — submitted: Short Humor Site

    "LEFT WAS RIGHT" Flash Fiction 300 words — submitted: Long Story Short

    "LOVES LOST & FOUND" Flash Fiction 500 words — submitted: Long Story Short

    It's amazing that once I put that damn novel aside after six solid months of writing, I seem to be regainging my vigor.



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    1. Wow, John, this is the second week in a row that you've blown me away with your long list of writing and submitting. Awesome work.

      Sorry about the less than uplifting feedback on your novel. I just helped a friend with his and I was blown away by the amount of tedious work the rewrite takes. But it will be so worth it when you're finished. Hang in there. :)

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    2. Hola Von,

      I see that you have been very busy this week, that's a lot of writing. Feedback that's constructive from a rejected piece of work is so damn valuable. Actually any feedback, negative or possitive, from a reader is a precious gift.

      Thanks for your encouragement and good wishes.

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  6. Good week for me. Lots of writing. Six shorts and five poems. One of the short stories arrived in a beautiful burst that won't require very much editing.

    One rejection--a poem, of course. :) But the feedback was encouraging so I might resubmit.

    I subbed three pieces. One of them is a 2000 word Sci Fi story sent to a new market. Kind of exciting to branch out.

    Thanks for all the encouragement week after week. The writing and submitting is feeling quite natural now. I hope the feeling continues. ♥

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    1. Sounds like a great week, Von. It's a special feeling when a piece comes out in a perfect little package like that.

      Good on you for branching out, best of luck with that submission!

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    2. Thanks, Dan! It's scary branching out, but exciting, too. :)

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    3. I always like subbing stuff to new markets, too. For some reason, I think I stand a better chance!

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  7. Very good week! Got an acceptance: "The Baseball Gods," which I wrote in February, will be in Every Day Fiction in a few weeks.

    Zero rejections! Yay!

    Finished the first draft of what looks to be my longest short story so far.

    Wrote an 800 flash fiction piece today in the tub, and hope to submit it by the end of the month. (I don't know if I'll be in the tub when I submit, but maybe I should.)

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    1. Congratulations on your acceptance to EDF! Can't wait to read it.

      LOL! You wrote flash in the tub--that is very funny (punny, maybe?)

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    2. I do all my best work in the tub!

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  8. Good amount of progress this week: subbed one revision to F&SF, edited a few stories for later submission to Clarkesworld and Electric Spec, and continued editing my novel, which will need heavy rewriting probably soon . . . like tonight, if I'm lucky. And another story on the backburner for this quarter's WotF contest.

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    1. Yay, Devin. Sounds like a good week. Best of luck on your rewrite. Seems like lots W1S1 folks are rewriting/editing books this summer.

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  9. Very productive week. I plugged holes in my novel and added a few thousand words (and deleted a lot, too) and sent our gobs of poems. I now have over 50 poems on submission!

    Written: more words on the novel as I revised

    Submitted: lots of new poems written in April

    Accepted: one of the new April poems to Star*Line ($)

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    1. Congratulations on your poetry sale! I'm in total awe of your 50 poem submissions. I hope they all find special homes. You have more than enough for your own poetry book. Very cool.

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    2. 50 poem submissions - wow, awesome.

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  10. I sent out four submissions and received two rejections. No acceptances or publications. A boring week. :)

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    1. Wishing you luck on your four submissions. :) I think you're right, weeks without publications or acceptances are quite boring.

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  11. Monthly report for me. Hit 10k on my novella. Tinkered with some old shorts, but didn't focus on them. Got a lot done on both the writing and editing biz. Life is busy.

    W: "The Woman on the Bench," lots of bad poetry lol

    S: "Ginny & The Ouroboros" to Crossed Genres

    Accepted: "The Cicadas of Okinawa" ($) to Penumbra (July issue) Magazine by Musa Publishing

    No rejections or publications to report... yet.

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    1. Yay, congratulations on your acceptance. Very cool title. I really need to work on title writing. Each week at W1S1 I'm amazed at the titles everyone comes up with.

      Best of luck this week. :) I know that "life is busy" feeling. I need life to slow down just a bit.

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    2. I believe I remember reading "Cicadas" -- and it was freakin' amazing. Congratulations!

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  12. No movement on any of my submissions this week.

    Productivity was off-- did write, but not enough. Stupid need to sleep really got in the way. :) Will be back at it this week.

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    1. Darn that need for sleep. Someone should really do something about that. :)

      Wishing you lots of time and energy to write this week.

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  13. Sounds like a number of folks had a great week, and a few not so much. That's part of what makes this site so cool. Even when you're not feeling the mojo, you see that it's still there to be felt when you're ready. (or something like that...)

    W1: "The World Through Vaseline" (flash)

    S1: short story to Pure Slush; novelette to Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

    Accept: "Catherine's First" by Pure Slush.

    Published: "Innocence" in Cactus Heart; "The Life of Gum" and "Swung" in Crack the Spine.

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    1. Congratulations on your published pieces. Nice writing on both The Life of Gum and Swung--they felt like prose poetry. Excellent rhythm and word choice. Kind of melancholy feel to them.

      Best of luck with your submissions. Another W1S1 writer with super interesting titles. :)

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    2. Way to go, Flash Master! How do you find these obscure publications?

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    3. Thanks Milo.

      Usually through literary writer friends having work published in them first. I have three pieces coming up in a really cool venue, Gone Lawn, which often features absurd, surreal, and symbolic pieces.

      Thanks, Von. I'm so grateful to you for taking the time to find and read these pieces.

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  14. My poem, Alien Skin Creme, was published by Every Day Poets ($) this week --> http://www.everydaypoets.com/alien-skin-creme-by-rhonda-parrish/

    That was the high mark LOL Other than that I wrote a thing and I subbed some things but... yeah, the publication was definitely teh best part.

    I'm glad to see other people had a better go of it than I, though :)

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    1. Enjoyed your poem and left a comment. Intriguing idea.

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  15. Late check-in.

    Written: Not this week.
    Rejections: Steampunk Novel and SF Western Novella (Carina Press)
    Submissions/Acceptances/Publications: None

    Already working on polishing some noted rough spots out of the novella before resubbing somewhere new.

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  16. Not much to report. Kept going.
    One sub and one rejection.
    But writing well and that is what counts.

    Congrats to everyone who is keeping with it.

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    1. To keep on going is a great accomplishment! It's all momentum.

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  17. Hanging in there - got ahead on my monthly goals earlier so feel ok about being less productive this week. Wrote a couple of blog posts instead of fiction, attempted to revise (revive?) a couple of broken stories. No subs, no accepts, no rejects, no pubs.
    Eyeballing my 100th-sub-ever. Thinking to choose my favorite venue for that one. Hmmm...

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  18. You're all doing so great.

    Wrote: still working on May's piece, "A Deft Hand Dormant" and finishing an edit on the big novel. Now just pages away from completion.

    Subbed: 2 stories this week

    Rejected: None

    Accepted: None

    Published: a 2011 story, "The Dead River," at Roar and Thunder ($): http://roarandthunder.com.au/2013/the-dead-river/


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  19. I check in just once a month, but May was again keeping me in positive territory. Bad weather is good for writing.

    Liquid Imagination is publishing “Grammie’s Waiting” in Issue No. 3 any day now, narrated by Bob Eccles.

    “Light Up My Life” was published by Short-Story.Me on May 23, at http://www.short-story.me/mystery-stories/549-light-up-my-life.html .

    A throw-away bit of humor “Blondes Get No Respect” was put up on The Short Humour Site May 9 (at http://www.short-humour.org.uk/3writersshowcase/blondesgetnorespect.htm). I now have 30 witty, insightful snippets of humour there.

    My romance novella was rejected from one of those X-rated publishers of bodice rippers. I better stick to the tried-and-true genres.

    “Power Failure,” a serious piece of literary fiction was subbed to trans lit mag. And “Shock Therapy” went to Metro Moms.

    Heading to a weekend writing program in July and will have to concentrate on editing “The Ways of Being Foreign,” my 140,000-word, 367-page novel that’s been lying dormant.

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  20. Too much holidaying and getting out of routine. I have kept up with draft travelogues and short stories which need a lot of editing and submitting.
    I'm feeling really wimpish after reading what some of you other guys have achieved along with your busy lives.

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    1. When you're holidaying you're still writing. Gotta live life in order to write. :)

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  21. Congrats to everyone hanging in there!

    Good week here:

    Wrote: 2 - Horror flash and dark fantasy short.

    Subbed: 4 - 2 new, 2 resubs

    Rejected: 3, all personal

    Accepted: 2 sales - 'Toil and Trouble,' a comic fantasy flash, by the W1S1 anthology (really looking forward to this) and 'Underneath All the Skeletons of Rats,' a horror flash, by Liquid Imagination.

    Published - 'Jeanette's Feast ($), a horror short, at The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, where I am thrilled to share a ToC with Cat Rambo!

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    1. Congratulations on your sales and on your horror short at The Journal. Gotta tell you, that was creepy. I especially loved the beginning--you made me feel quite safe at first, then gradually pulled the safe feeling away. Nice. I loved the ending--grandma kind of needed to go. :)

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