Sunday, September 29, 2013

Week #39 and Month #9 Check in + The September Pillar-of-Fire 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 one a September Pillar-of-Fire?

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 September Pillar-of-Fire Blogfest Award, named after Ray Bradbury's short story. If you've met your W1S1 writing goals during the month of July, 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!

35 comments:

  1. Another month down? Yes... Met my goal for September; subbed a query/partial of Yakuza Territory to Musa, and they asked to see the whole thing.

    Accepted: "Lost Pets of Suburbia" to Wolf Willow Journal ($)

    Published: "Girl of Great Price," the story I sold to Criminal Element back in 2011, is now available in the Girl Trouble anthology ($)

    Still neck-deep in revisions -- 130K down, 20K to go...

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Well done, Milo!

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    2. Woot! Keep it up, Milo.

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    3. Sounds great, Milo! Love the title "Lost Pets of Suburbia."

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    4. Super congrats, Milo!

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  2. Well, after 3 rejections in 4 days for the same story last week, I am happy to report....no rejections this week! :) I resubbed said piece on Monday.

    Managed to up my word count for the week to just over 14K, but much of that was to a freelance project so I'm looking forward to getting back to my own writing this week.

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    1. Hi Mary! Bummer about the 3 rejections, but YAY YOU for sending it back out there. I hope it finds its perfect home soon. Have a great writing week.

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    2. Thanks Von! Just gotta keep on keepin' on :)

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    3. Best of luck with that story, Mary. I have a couple myself. Just keep sending them out.

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  3. Wrote about 2k on the MagicPunk novel. Worked on a couple of shorts but didn't finish anything. Overall, stayed on track for the month.

    Rejections: 1 personal from the Stupefying December Special
    Acceptances/Publications/Submissions: None this week.

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    1. Congrats, A.G., on staying on track all month and for that personal rejection! Best of luck this week on the MagicPunk novel.

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  4. (Oops-- sorry about the blank comment above...)

    Finished the first draft of a short story. I like the idea and characters, though it doesn't quite "gel" yet.

    1 New Submission; 2 rejections, 2 re-submissions.

    Getting to the point where I'm frequently making it past the slush pile, but not quite making the cut. I'm trying to step back and get a fresh view on my work to see where I need to make those adjustments that will help put me over the top.

    The only other thing to do is persist! :)


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    1. Thanks for saying this: "The only other thing to do is persist! :)" I needed to hear that, too. Congratulations on making your way past the slush pile. That's an awesome accomplishment. :) Have a great week.

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  5. Goal achieved. Sanity maintained. The novel edits took up most of the month, but I think I'm in a good place with them now. I hope so, anyway.

    S1: submitted story to a contest

    Published: "The Sweetness of Bitter" at InterGalactic Medicine Show. The link shows a teaser for the story and the lovely illustration. This is a dream publication for me. Absolutely one of my highlights of the year.

    Also published "Clouds For Each and All to Ride" at Every Day Poets.

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    1. Really enjoyed your poem, Beth. :) And kudos on getting into IGMS!

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    2. Congratulations on your two publications this month, especially your dream publication! I caught sight of your poem over at EDP earlier in the week--really enjoyed it. Had to pull it up and share it with my kids--they loved it, too.

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  6. I'm on track first novel MOTHER LODE© in my Trilogy is at the final stages with a pro editor. Will be published before the end of October. The second novel SHUT UP MOTHER© is currently in the second draft stage. Massive additional writing is required, damn. This manuscript should be ready for the editor, early November. A massive amount of historical research has mostly been completed for the final book MY MAD MOTHER© which will be heading into second draft the total book should be ready for edit by January.

    No stories or poems submitted this week. Novels sure take a humungous amont of time to write.

    Write on all you marvelous writers.

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    1. Congrats and good luck with your novel.

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    2. Thank you so much for your encouraging messge.

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  7. Yes, I am a pillar of fire! Wrote and subbed a whole bunch of stuff this month - poetry, flashes and a short story. Basically all deck-clearing so I can get onto a novel.

    Accepted: a poetry reprint but it's non-W1S1 so doesn't count. A couple of other poems have been shortlisted so fingers crossed.

    Published: Lord Lion's Design in KZine.

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    1. Congrats on your pub and acceptance. I'm also trying to clear the deck to start another novel next year. Best of luck with it.

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  8. Another week and still on track. Wrote one subbed one. Thanks to W1S1 challenge for motivating me.

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    1. That's all it takes. Good luck for October.

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  9. Not a whole lot of to report on except for rejections. Bleh. I did get a rewrite request from Bards & Sages, so hopefully that turns out well. Will do the tallying up tomorrow.

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  10. I'm on track with the writing and subbing. I've had acceptances too, but not for W1S1 pieces.

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  11. Co-wrote a flash story with Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. My first-ever collaboration. This makes two original new stories in the month of September, which is quite satisfactory for me.

    Had "Worldbuilding" published in DSF this week (it should go live on the web site late tonight) and "The Rumination on What Isn't" published in Nature. Both paid sales, obviously :) Rumination was also podcast by Nature as well.

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    1. Kudos for co-writing. I've always been interested in trying that. Congrats on you pubs.

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  12. Still on track with writing and subbing, but I'm still not finished with September's -- longest piece I've written in a while. It's gonna break 10,000 before tonight's over. I've still got another day though!

    Got rejected from WotF and sent them another before the quarter ended.

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    1. Good luck on your stories, Devin.

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  13. A good September for many.

    I submitted over fifteen stories this month. Wrote one 5K story and one flash fiction, and polished up few others to submit for October.

    My novella, "Feral Things" was accepted by Damnation Books, and I have two other short stories being held by some other good markets, so fingers crossed there.

    Received two rejections this month, but both were positive, so no hard feelings, and I already have markets to prep them for another round of submissions.

    Gearing up for October. Good luck everyone.

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    1. Sounds like a great month, Erin. Congratulations on your acceptance from Damnation Books! I love, love, love October so I'm gearing up, too. Have a great week!

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  14. I did not meet my weekly goals for September. I'm very sad that I don't get to share that super awesome badge on my blog, BUT I'm very thankful that I'm submitting my work again.

    Last week I wrote a few poems and created a new flash. I revised one flash and sent it off, along with a poem. The poem was rejected today. Ah well, at least I'm submitting. No publications or acceptances.

    Can't wait for next month! Blessed be the creepy things for they make me happy in October. :)

    Congratulations to everyone on all your hard work in September! The final quarter of the year is nearly here.

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  15. Let's see. This week brought:

    W1: "Roller Coaster" (flash)
    S1: flash to Bartleby Snopes

    Accept: Nope, it was an all rejection week.
    Published: Not this week

    Overall, I made my quote for September, though not always on the weekly schedule. Here's to a great October for everyone, and candy too!

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  16. Late again - not sure why I keep missing Sundays. But - so happy I made my goal for the month by finally writing & finishing a new story. Been deep in revising and tweaking instead of writing new stuff, so was very happy last week to finish one. Subbing & getting rejects regularly - the writing was more difficult. Love that badge!

    Kudos to everyone for all the hard work this month!

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  17. Congrats all! I was on holiday for a lot of September so no new stories, but I did revise the outline for my novel, and sent a couple of subs. 6 bounces including 2 personal, 1 acceptance ($) for a flash, 'The Portal to a Lost World' at Goldfish Grimm (yay!) and 1 pub, 'You Don't Want What I Get' ($, horror/crime) at Untied Shoelaces of the Mind.

    Not a bad month, in the end!

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