Sunday, June 23, 2013

Week #25 Check-In

Summer has officially began and there was an enormous, giant moon last night. Did that inspire any stories?

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.

51 comments:

  1. I finished the novelette I've been working on for like two months! Well, I finished the first draft of it, anyway. It stands at 11,600 words and is the longest thing I've written to date. I figure I only need a little bit of revision before it's ready for beta readers.

    There's a deadline that will force me to finish and submit a flash story about cats this week. In space. :)

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    1. Way to go, Alex! We should run a post sometime about publishers who accept those longer tales -- novelettes & novellas.

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    2. Congrats on your novella, Alex, and good luck with your cats story!

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    3. Cats in space = awesome

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    4. Awesome, Alex!! It was fun to watch you record your WC progress on Twitter. :)

      Deadlines are nice.

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    5. Thanks, everyone!

      Milo: That's a great idea. This being my first novelette I'm no expert at submitting them. Perhaps someone moderating one of the upcoming months can do it?

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    6. Congrats on completing the novelette. And thanks to you, I keep hearing "Cats... in... Spaaaace!" (a la the Muppets) running through my head. Let us know how it turns out!

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  2. An avalanche of rejection buried me this past week, and I'm gradually digging myself out. One problem is that there just aren't enough spec poetry markets out there, so I have a backlog of stuff that I can't send. Therefore, I'm going to back off on my goal of writing a new poem every month.

    Acceptance: a poem to inkscrawl ($)

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    1. Ooooh...Inkscrawl. Nice, Beth!

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    2. I'm hoping for some new markets in the future too. Congrats on your acceptance, Beth.

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    3. Congratulations on your poetry acceptance!!! Wonderful market.

      Sorry about the rejection avalanche--there's a lot of that going around.

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    4. Beth: I kept getting 2 per day for 5 days straight a little over a week ago. Mercifully, they stopped (or at least slowed down!) I just kept sending them back out. Hope some of yours go out and turn into acceptances, too!

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  3. Written: 8K this week; finished the first draft of Madame Antic's Hotel Grotesque at 60K -- now it needs to sit and fester for a while; wrote "Back for Blood," a Mercer tale that will be next month's W1S1.

    Subbed: planning to have "The Showgirl and the Demon," a Coyote Cal weird western, revised and ready to sub by the end of the week.

    Accepted: 2 haiku to Scifaikuest ($) for their November issue.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Congrats on finishing your longer piece, Milo. I look forward to reading another Coyote Cal.

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    2. Wow. That's some big numbers, Milo. Congratulations. You do big, and you do small, congratulations on the scifaiku, too.

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    3. Congratulations on the novel with the intriguing name and on your haiku acceptances. You're the King of the haiku right now. :)

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  4. Having finally finished a big edit on my novel and published another short story collection, I can now focus on short stories again. No rejections, acceptances, or publications this week, but I plan on sending a wave of submissions for the rest of the month.

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    1. Congratulations on your novel edits, Erin.

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    2. Congratulations on your novel edits and on your short story collection. Big edits are a huge time suck, but so rewarding when you come out on the other side. (I only know this vicariously, but someday... :) ) Have a great week.

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    3. Nice-- a submission tsunami! Go get 'em, Erin.

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  5. Good week for me, although I got distracted by marketing. Marketing is fun.

    Rewrite request for a UK anthology and published $ a story, 'Ezra's Prophecy' in the Seers anthology.

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    1. Congratulations on your rewrite request AND on your published short story in the Seers anthology. I just jumped over and bought it so I can read your story. :)

      Marketing is great fun. I get totally caught up in the excitement of it all, especially the promotions side.

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    2. Great week, Deoborah! Best of luck with the rewrite (and the marketing).

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    3. Ooh, I love marketing too. Congrats on your acceptance, Deborah. Ezra's Prophecy is a great story, and sure is doing well, many times over.

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  6. Well done everyone!

    Finished an SF novelette, my longest story to date at 12.6k. Feels good!

    Sent 5 subs & received 3 rejections. No pubs this week.

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    1. Yay!!! Your first novelette--cause for celebration. :) I can't wait to hear the title--you come up with great ones. Have an awesome week!

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    2. Nice! I think after I'm finished with my edits, you are still going to beat me by a couple of hundred words. I'm looking at around 12,000 total, after revisions.

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    3. Wow-- 5 subs, well done Michelle!

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    4. Congrats, Michelle.

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  7. Written one, submitted one had one acceptance. There are a few which need polishing up before submission. Must get back on track.

    Well done on your successes!

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    1. Congratulations on your submission and on your acceptance! It's hard to get back on track--I'm going through that with my blog right now.

      I hope you have a successful week! :)

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  8. My short story side is woefully lacking.

    However, I got one (full MS) rejection on The Steampunk Novel. Which was promptly balanced out by a R&R request. I anticipate the next several weeks involving revisions. :)

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    1. Congratulations on your R&R request--very good news. :) Good luck with the revisions.

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    2. Glad to hear the novel is still moving along. Looking forward to hearing how the revisions go!

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  9. I managed to submit 4 Flash Fiction stories to a new audio website.

    A Mermaids Tale — 931 words
    A Thing of Beauty — 995 words
    Bummer — 200 words
    Replaced with Superceded — 50 words

    I think people with smart phones and tablets are a growing market that wants short entertainment that Flash delivers via the authors own spoken words. Check out this new site.

    earfiction.com

    John

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    1. John,

      They offer no information about pay rates, rights, or even who the editors are. I would hold off submitting there until those details become available.

      Meantime, you can find great many podcast markets at The Submission Grinder:

      http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/

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    2. Hi John! :) Congrats on your submissions. I love the titles Bummer and Replaced with Superseded--very creative. Best of luck with your submissions and your writing this week.

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    3. Thank you so much for your observations about earfiction.com — yes, this is a new temporary site until the owner gets his actual website up and running. I have been in consultion with him and was keen to get in early, without guidlines. This will be a paying site for contributors and will seking purchased subscriptions from listeners. I was excited by the possiblities and rushed to get in early.

      Also thank you for suggesting The Submission Grinder and the many podcast markets out their. I think this is the way for short stories and flash fiction to grow. All good points.

      Von, apprieciate your support and happy that you liked my two Titles. Thanks for wishing me luck through another grueling week at bleeding out my writing.

      Gracias

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  10. Pretty good week:

    Wrote 1 flash, revised 2 shorts, submitted 2 pieces.

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    1. Yay, Dan! That does sound like a good week. Wishing you lots of writing and publishing over the next 6 days.

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    2. Best of luck with your subs, Dan.

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  11. I forgot to post mine yesterday.

    Another busy week. I keep asking for the world to slow down, but it isn't listening. Someone told me I need to fly in the opposite direction of the rotation of the earth and somehow that will slow it all down. Preparing to try that this week... :) Will report next Sunday.

    Submitted: at least 5 poems and 3 short stories and 1 resubmit. I got lazy about recording them and now I have a few items floating out in literary space, untethered.

    Wrote 5 poems, 1 flash, and 5000 words on my Purgatory novella (and a bunch of semi-beautiful sentences that amounted to nothing.)

    Rejections: none, which means they'll all arrive at once. Oh the joy.

    Publications: none, which maybe means they'll all arrive at once??? (A girl can hope.)

    Have a great week, everyone! Keep marching.

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    1. Wow, you are busy, Von. I tend to get everything at once too. Best of luck with your subs, and congrats on all your hard work.

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  12. Day four of power outage here in stormy Minnesota. I did submit a story early in the week and I wrote one long hand, so I'm feeling good about that. One rejection. It was a quiet week, which is probably just as well.

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  13. I received an acceptance for a poem that will be published by Kaleidotrope in 2014--my first poetry acceptance.

    Besides that happy news, I added some rejections to the pile and sent a short story to my critique group for feedback.

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  14. Good energy this week. Congrats to all who are keeping up with the challenged. I second Von's motion to slow the damned world down a bit. Jeesh.

    W1: "Dads" (flash)
    S1: flash to Of Sun and Sand antho

    Accept: "The Sea as a Sickness" by Apocrypha and Abstractions.
    Published: a speculative twitter story at trapeze

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    1. Congrats, Stephen. I'll be looking out for your story at A & A.

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  15. I've been sick for the last six days with tonsillitis. It's pretty nasty. I managed to start two short stories, write a new chapter of my serial novel Misty Me and Me (going up later this week), and put up a new blog post.

    I didn't submit anything new this week. I did have one publication and two rejections.

    Publication: "Arson and Brotherly Love" at Cease, Cows: http://ceasecows.com/2013/06/21/arson-and-brotherly-love-by-nathaniel-tower/

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  16. June story complete at 2800 words. Gonna go through some edits and maybe submit it to Shimmer. Got a story promoted to the second level of review at Daily Science Fiction, and have another hopeful waiting at Flash Fiction Online. Also, been doing a lot of planning for longer works but no word count to show yet. It'll come.

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  17. June was a moderately productive month. “Brace Beemer, Please Come Home” and a look back at the glory days of radio shows was published by The Connotation Press July 15, 2013, at http://www.connotationpress.com/creative-nonfiction/1929-walt-giersbach2-creative-nonfiction

    “Catfishing” was rejected by The Corner Club Press. Amazing, since five out of the past five stories I subbed there were accepted. I’m losing my mojo with Editor Amber Forbes! So, out it went to another editor.

    A piece accepted last October by Bill Olver at Big Pulp (“No More War Redux”) for his Kennedy Curse anthology will be out before October, he tells me, and possibly by August.

    “Sammy the Madman’s Near-Death Experience” will be in Pure Slush’s “Barcode” print anthology shortly.

    Still waiting on other subs while I finish off two new short stories and edit a monstrously long novel.

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  18. Hey guys

    I am done with school, but now have to find a new job, because of budget cuts, I was laid off or to put it more pleasantly, I am not at liberty

    But we can still write and submit, and i did

    Write and sub : The Insurance of Professional Service (Linguistic Erosion)

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