Sunday, October 6, 2013

Week #40 Check-In

You made it to the end of Week #40!  That's big.  Stand tall.

How's it been for you? Have you conquered your goals like The Last Colony or did your efforts fall to Doctor Sleep?

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 and submit a story, shout it from the rooftops. Yahoo! If you've had something accepted from this year, tell us so we can add you to the Write1Sub1 Hall of Fame. But if stuff has interfered with your writing and every reply has been a rejection, let us know that too so we can commiserate. We're all in this together.

Also, remember to note your paid publications ($) for our Published Work$ page -- stories published from W1S1 2011 or 2012, and don't forget to post the link! While W1S1 continues to encourage all avenues for publication, we want to especially highlight those stories and markets that help to put peanut butter on a writer's toast.

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

59 comments:

  1. Pretty good week all things considered - wrote 3K on the novel and also wrote and subbed a fantasy short story. One acceptance to report - another sale to the Dark Expanse game universe (my 3rd there in total). Also finished edits to my novelette-length contribution to Deepwood's Ruined Cities antho.

    Write on all!

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    1. Well done, Simon!

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    2. Way to go -- you've been BUSY!

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    3. Excellent, Simon. Hope the novel work is crafting smoothly.

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    4. Congrats on your sale to Dark Expanse game universe. Gamers are awesome fans to have.

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  2. I've had an excellent week! Wrote quite a lot, subbed a few things and have sold ($!) two W1S1 stories - one to Take a Break's Fiction Feast and one to My Weekly.

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    1. Congrats on the terrific week, Patsy!

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    2. Fantastic news on the sales.

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    3. Patsy! That's EXCELLENT news! Two sales must have put you over the moon. So happy for you.

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  3. Somewhat slow week for me. Wrote a flash story which I'm fairly pleased with, and resubmitted one story.

    No response on the items I have outstanding.

    Keep writing, everybody!

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    1. Responses have been slow for me too; keep on keepin' on.

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    2. It's that time of year for slow responses. Right before everyone either clears their desk or closes up for the holidays. Keep up the good work!

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    3. Congratulations on your flash story, Dan. It's always so satisfying to write something that seems pretty good when you're finished. LOVE that feeling. Have a great week. :)

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  4. Finished revising BackTracker -- ended up cutting 11K, bringing it down to a stately 147K. Agent turned down Westward, Tally Ho! but liked the characters. On to the next...

    Re-subbed 8 stories that have been gathering virtual dust. Felt GOOD to get them out making the rounds again.

    Published:

    "The Cost of Freedom" in The Kennedy Curse anthology ($)

    "Lost Pets of Suburbia" in Wolf Willow Journal ($)

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Congrats on finishing the revisions! Sorry to hear about "Westward, Tally Ho!" but I'm sure you'll find someone who loves it soon.

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    2. Heading off to Wolf Willow Journal now. Congrats on your pubs and good luck with those submissions.

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    3. Bummer about the turn down of Westward, Tally Ho! No worries--you'll find an agent for it or a publisher on your own.

      "Lost Pets of Suburbia" was absolutely creepy and had me glancing over my shoulder. SPOILER ALERT: I loved you main character and his oh-so-patient wife. The terrier at the end made me happy.

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  5. Written 2 blog posts, submitted nothing but one published at http://alfiedog.com/products-page/linda-casper/a-turn-for-the-better-linda-casper-1150-words-feel-good/
    Well done to those who have been productive and successful.

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    1. Congrats on the publication and completing the blog posts. (My blog tends to languish unattended for weeks at a time so I'm always impressed by folks who can keep up with theirs.)

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    2. I just wrote two blog posts last week too, my first two in about five months, so that's good production I say, staying connected and keeping yourself out there. Congrats on the publication.

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    3. Writing those blog posts is a good thing, Linda. I can not stay connected to my blog for the life of me. I don't think I've found my inner blogger yet. :) Congratulations on your published story.

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  6. Not a bad week...
    -- Finished a 4K story and started two other flashes.
    -- Subbed only one piece. Hope to get more in this next week.
    -- Had one Rejection from Dark Moon Books.
    -- No acceptances or publications.

    Good luck everyone.

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    1. It only takes one. And progress is progress. :)

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    2. Sounds like a great week, Erin! Finishing a 4K story and starting two flashes is fabulous progress. :)

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  7. Slow week here, too. Spent most of it planning the edits for my novella (which I'll start this week), and scheduling new projects for the rest of the month.

    No new subs, rejections or acceptances.

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    1. Planning is good. And it helps to let the writing "batteries" recharge a little between projects.

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    2. I love to schedule new projects - have fun and good luck with them, on the edits too.

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    3. Hi Mary! Unfortunately, the paperwork, scheduling, and calendar work is part of the job.Congrats on getting that busy work done. It's good to get it over with so you can work on the fun stuff--writing and editing. :)

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  8. Hectic real world, but keeping on with the writing!

    W1: Drafting a non-fiction article (hope to finish and submit this week); edited one flash fiction

    S1: one flash fiction, 5 poems

    Accepted: 1 poem (Dream of the Forge) to Star*Line ($)

    Rejected: 1 poem, form; also, I didn't win the Aroho Orlando Prize :( Oh well, still a great organization!

    Good luck to all, onwards and upwards!

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    1. Congrats on the acceptance! And the persistence. :)

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    2. Excellent work. Well done on your acceptance.

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    3. Wow, you accomplished all that during a hectic week! Yay, you!!! Nice work. Congratulations on your poem acceptance--intriguing title. Six subs is awesome.

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  9. Received from my editor yesterday the final draft of my first novel in a trilogy, "Mother Lode©" riddled with mostly with grammatical corrections to my incorrect dialogue structure, and some other stuff on about half the 350 pages of the manuscript. She must be out of her mind with this blizzard of small detail corrections. Great job. I've corrected 96 pages so far so, I'll meet my publication date. The second novel in the series "Shut Up Mother©" has been rewritten about 50% so far. It's still viable to meet my editing date in late November.

    Completed 1 flash fiction story and 1 poem, both will be submitted this week.

    No new submissions this week, but have re-submitted "Weepers©" a flash fiction story to another publication.

    It's been a good productive week for me, and I wish all the writers on this wonderfull list good fortune.

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    1. Staying on track is at least half the battle. :)

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    2. Congrats on your final draft, John. That's the good stuff, and well earned.

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    3. That sounds great, John!!! I'm glad you have such a careful editor! Sounds like a lot of work, but it will be so worth it when that book is published. Not sure if I mentioned it last week, but I love your titles. :) Congrats on finishing a flash and a poem on top of those edits.

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  10. Worked on a short story. Worked on the MagicPunk Novel. Got a couple of query rejections.

    Also got an email from The Agent mentioned previously; we're having a lengthier conversation about my Steampunk novels, potential edits and "moving forward" on Tuesday.

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    1. Fingers crossed on your Steampunk novels and edits. It sounds promising.

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    2. Your agent correspondence sounds quite promising. Keep the faith--sounds like it's going to work out. Have a great week. :)

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  11. Slow, but steady. Really busy with the school year and all the kid stuff, but I'm still on track. Write a 6,000 word short story this week, sent off two submissions, received one rejection.

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    1. School with kids has me pretty busy too. Still, great work on your progress.

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    2. Awesome, Charity!!! I have not tackled a 6,000 word short story yet--I'm totally impressed that you found the time to get one written this week. Best of luck with those submissions!

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  12. I wrote a thing.
    I subbed a thing.
    I had a thing published (http://www.everydaypoets.com/mary-lee-by-rhonda-parrish/) which I got paid for.
    I am calling that a good week :)

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    1. "Things" seem to be working out for you : )

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    2. I think you have a good "thing" going, Rhonda. ;) Awesome poem--my girls and I loved it, read it out loud a bunch of times just for the lovely creepiness of it.

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  13. Nothing new written and very little subbing. Another rewrite request, this time from EDF.

    Published my long awaited flash piece, "Peaches in the Breeze" at Abyss & Apex ($)
    http://www.abyssapexzine.com/2013/09/peaches_in_the_breeze/

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    1. Congrats on your publication. Nice to have those long-awaited ones finally seeing the stage.

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    2. Oh my heavens, that was a lovely piece. The imagery and language really captured my attention. The ending very satisfying. Really nice writing--those short pieces are hard to perfect, but you did it! I would have left a comment, but I can never remember my wordpress password.

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  14. Busy week indeed. More novel edits, though all nitpicky stuff. Started work on a story. Sent off a bunch of queries on old submissions.

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    1. Good luck with your querying - I'm about at that point too.

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    2. It's nice when you get down to the nitpicky stuff, means you're almost there. :) I hope you hear good things from those queries. Thanks for the awesome recipes on your blog--the pumpkin doughnuts and the apple fritter bread were huge hits.

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  15. Hi Writers! Busy week for me, but I stood my ground. I drafted a new flash story, wrote 2500 words on a Mars story, and did some rewrites on a very old story. I submitted one short story that has about eight rejections to its name, but I buffed it before I sent it out. Maybe no one will notice the tread marks on it. :)

    I'm reading a really awesome writing book called The Anatomy of Story by John Trudy. It's messing with my brain a little bit, changing the way I look at story structure. I LOVE it. Lots of great advice that I started using after about the second chapter. Can't wait to use parts of it with my students.

    Have an awesome writing week!

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  16. Did a couple of early novel chapters and a lot of planning for the rest. Two rejections, no acceptances. I REALLY need to get back on the resubbing horse next week, and query some old ones hanging around. My oldest sub has just had its first birthday!

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    1. Wow! Sounds like you definitely need to query. A bunch of writers I know have been talking about the really slow responses they've received from publications over the past year. Feels like a year is too long. They should definitely offer an update on a submission they've had that long. Best of luck with your resubs next week! And with your writing. :)

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  17. Slow to the part, slow to leave it :-]

    W1: "Giant Pink Snails in Love" (flash).
    S1: Short story to Lore; short story to Chiral Mad 2.

    Accept: Nope, on a string of rejects at the moment.
    Published: Not this week.

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    1. LOL! I love your title "Giant Pink Snails in Love." Send that one out and get it published so I can read it! I hope you have a great writing week!

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