Sunday, June 30, 2013

Week #26 and Month #6 Check in + The June Jack-in-a-Box Blogfest

So how has the writing gone this week/month?

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. While W1S1 continues to encourage all avenues for publication, we want to especially highlight those stories and markets that help to put tea in a writer's teapot.

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



Meanwhile, are YOU a June Jack-in-the-box?

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 June Jack-in-a-Box Blogfest Award, named after Ray Bradbury's short story. If you've met your W1S1 writing goals during the month of May, 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!

47 comments:

  1. Went down to the wire on the short fiction front this month, but I did manage to write and sub a 3.5K SF story to Dark Expanse (sent off late last night), so I'm keeping up.

    One acceptance to report: Professor Pandemonium's Train of Terror (comedy horror) sold to Stupefying Stories ($).

    I also had a couple of rewrite requests (a short story from Bards and Sages and a poem from Every Day Poets) so fingers crossed there. Also, SF flash story The Cat's Tale was published by Stupefying Stories, a W1S1 piece from 2011 ($).

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    1. Looks like a good month to me, Simon!

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    2. I read "The Cat's Tale" this morning and laughed my butt off. Fantastic. :)

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    3. Thanks, AG! Thrilled you enjoyed it.

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    4. Nice work, Simon! I LOVED "The Cat's Tale.' Very funny with an excellent cat voice.

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    5. I agree with Milo, that looks like a great month to me :)

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    6. Way to keep at it, Simon. Best of luck on the rewrites and subs.

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    7. Congrats on the successful month! Glad to hear that "Train of Terror" found such a good home.

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  2. Sent out my W1S1 for the month: "The Showgirl and the Wendigo" (a weird western) to Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

    No new writing this week; all revising/editing.

    Plasma Frequency is holding "Memory Lane" for further consideration, and Every Day Fiction asked for a rewrite of "Night Stalking," which I've submitted -- hopefully, I'll have good news to share about one (or both) of those next month.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. You forgot to mention all the reading you've been doing. ;)

      Congrats on Every Day Fiction--you might end up in July's table of contents. I'll cross my fingers for Plasma Frequency.

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    2. Oooh g'luck with those submissions. *fingers crossed*

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    3. Milo, I am consistently impressed with your ability to come up with a titles. "The Showgirl and the Wendigo" is another one that would get me to flip to that page immediately.

      Good luck with the submissions!

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  3. I LOVE THE JACK IN THE BOX!!! Very cool. Thank you! I'm very fond of graphics for my blog. (Probably pretty obvious when you stop by, huh? It's kind of loud.)

    And could I just say, thank goodness June is nearly gone? She can't leave fast enough for me. :)

    W: 8 poems and 2 short pieces, another 7000 words on my Purgatory Novella.

    S: 5 poems and 1 short story (I think my poems are improving. Still no acceptances though.)

    R: 5 rejections. Yes, five.

    No acceptances or publications.

    Happy Writing and submitting, everyone!!! ♥

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    1. Five rejections is good. It might not feel good but at least it means you're sending stuff out there :)

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    2. What Rhonda said. Those five rejections simply prove you're hanging in there. Sounds like your June maybe matched mine. I'm happy to see July.

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    3. Good month, Von! I agree with the comments above, and it sounds like you got a lot of writing done in June. Keep at it!

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  4. Working on the revisions for The Steampunk Novel, so there were new words written but of the vanishing variety (as the dead stuff gets cut out and replaced by livelier stuff).

    Rejections: A second-rounder from Daily Science Fiction
    (Re)Subs: 1 Short Story to Crowded Magazine
    Acceptances/Publications: None this week

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    1. Hi A.G.! I love your revision analogy--quite apt. It does feel like cutting the dead stuff and replacing it with alive stuff. Nice.

      Best of luck with your revisions and with your submissions. Happy (almost) July!

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    2. Ahh I love revisions :)

      G'luck with your sub, and the novel.

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  5. Written a short story to be presented on local radio. No other submissions and no rejections.

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    1. Hi L! Awesome news about your short story for local radio. I'm a huge fan of audio stories. Have a great week!

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    2. That sounds pretty awesome :)

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  6. I'm on track for this month, though this week was pretty, well, weak LOL But still...

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    1. Maybe not every week is a winner, but if you're still on track for the month, then you're doing something right!

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  8. My February story, "The Baseball Gods," was published at Every Day Fiction (http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-baseball-gods-by-james-aquilone/) this week.

    Even had an article published on W1S1! (The Richard Matheson tribute)

    Also had 1 rejection and started a new story this week. For the month I finished my longest story, about 8K words, but it needs a bit more tinkering before it goes out the door.

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    1. Congrats on the publications, James. Also, just wanted to say that I enjoyed the Richard Matheson piece. I think that you're absolutely right that his influence goes far deeper than his name recognition.

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  9. I'm still on track despite a June that didn't go as planned (power outage, family member in hospital, etc.). Wrote a flash fiction piece this week and sent out four stories. Also got a terrific rejection from Cast of Wonder. The editor invited me to sub another story and suggested markets (with permission to name drop) for the rejected one.

    But I'm really hoping July isn't quite so hectic.

    Happy writing, all!

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    1. I'm sorry about the rough June (and I hope all is well with your family member). That's a terrific rejection story-- sounds like it's a strong piece for an editor to want to help champion it like that! Hope to hear that you've found a home for it soon!

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  10. Pretty quiet week. I got a piece through the rough draft stage, and managed to finally figure out where I'd gone wrong in the initial plotting. Also put another submission out there.

    No responses to any submissions for a second straight week, so I'm hoping to start hearing back soon. (It may end up being one of W1S1 rejection avalanches, but still...)

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  11. I was offline the first two weeks of the month while on a cruise to Alaska and then visiting family out of state, but I managed to write a story on cruise. I returned home and dived into catch-up mode. Man, I had a lot of rejections. I am now caught up on resubmissions.

    I wrote another Chicken Soup story this week and sent it out. I've also been working on novel edits.

    Written & submitted tally for the month: two stories, one fiction and one non

    Acceptances this week: "Clouds for Each and All to Ride" to EDP ($) and "Four Addenda to HOA Rules" to Star*Line ($)

    Publication: A W1S1 from last year, "A Library of the Living," in Clones, Fairies, and Monsters in the Closet. ($) It's an LGBT-themed speculative anthology from the editor at Big Pulp.

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    1. Congratulations on your acceptances. I should think a cruise is a good resource for new characters for your stories!

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  12. I don't know what I did last week. Certainly I seemed to be working hard. I got distracted by marketing and sorting out my new blog, and investigating some social networks. How they do take up time.

    So no new stories for me this week. This makes me sad.

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  13. Lee Hallison here - for some reason the site no longer lets me use my url to post, and won't take my WordPress user name.

    Late to reporting - met my monthly goals in both writing and submitting.
    The big one was finally submitting a story I've been tweaking/revising/ruminating over for several months. Whew.
    My Daily Science Fiction story will be on their website on Thursday.
    Congrats to all for a great June!

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  14. Oh, guess it does link to my site - in the preview pane it said my comment was from "anonymous." Still odd that I cannot use the url & label it with my name instead of my link.

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  15. Churned out several thousand words on a novella. Hoped to finish it in June but I still haven't reached the end. Maybe July. My novelette Highway 24 ($) http://www.amazon.com/Highway-24-ebook/dp/B00D91M13G came out on June 7. My short story "Why the Squonk Weeps" made it into Underneath the Juniper Tree's 2012 best of anthology.

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  16. I wrote one 2,500-word short story (writing-mojo was a lil' slow this month), and a few scenes from various other stories and even a couple of poems. Not sure what to do with the poems, tho...

    Had an acceptance/publication, "The Mission," ($) from AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review (first SFWA-qualifying sell, too!)
    http://aescifi.ca/index.php/fiction/35-short-stories/1848-the-mission


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    1. Congratulations on the acceptance/publication from AE! That's a tough market to crack.

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  17. W1: 2 poems, finished a third; have the story frame for a new short

    S: 1 short fiction

    Accepted: 1 to inkscrawl, “Where the Rabbits Run, Near the Shore”

    Shortlisted: 1

    Rejected: 4 (2 fiction, same piece – going in the trunk for a bit; 2 poems), all personal, one scathing (that one was not fun)

    Published: “Once, I Was a Mermaid” on Strange Horizons’ June Poetry Podcast
    http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/20130624/xpodcast-p.shtml

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  18. Congrats to June successes everyone.

    I managed to meet my goals, and then some. I have one piece on a pretty positive rewrite request, another being held for final voting, and got three subs out this week. Phew, let holiday begin early!

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    1. Yay, Erin!! That sounds like a great month. :)I'm ready for the holiday, too. Happy July!

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  19. Time flies. They're everywhere these days. And they bite!

    W1: "Doing Laundry With Aphrodite"

    S1: Two flashes to LucidPlay.

    Accept: "The World Through Vaseline" (2013) and "The Veil Between" (2012) by LucidPlay.

    Published: not this week

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  20. Not a damn thing to report about my writing last week. My time has been totally taken up with 24/7 nursing of my badly injured spouse in an accident that broke her hip and fractured her skull. Hope to make up lost time during this week.

    Happy to read that all you writers so active in your work.

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    1. OMG, John. I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope she's doing better. Our thoughts are with you.

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    2. Yikes! That's horrible! I hope her recovery goes well, and that you get the chance to breathe and take care of yourself, too.

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  21. I finished and submitted two stories in June -- a 12,200 word novelette titled "H.G. Wells, Secret Agent: The Case of the Yellow Submarine" and a short story called "How Earth Narrowly Escaped an Invasion from Space" which is one of the silliest pieces I've written to date, and I wrote many silly ones.

    Still well ahead of my two-per month goal for the year!

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  22. Very late checking in for June - but I got 9 stories (reprints) subbed to foreign markets, 1 submission of a new story (my Write 1 for the month), and new versions of my self-published work up on Smashwords and Kobo.

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