Sunday, October 13, 2013

Week #41 Check-In

You made it to the end of Week #41!  Excellent.  Give yourself a pat on the back, or in my case, a Halloween Oreo cookie.

How's it been for you? Have you arrived at your goals, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, or did your endeavor get trapped in The Time Machine?

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.

30 comments:

  1. Written a blog post and resubmitted a short story. I do find it difficult to re-edit a short story, any tips?

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    1. Try setting it aside for a month or so, then come back to it with a fresher perspective. Works for me -- usually.

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    2. I'll give it a go, thanks.

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    3. Change the font or the margins, L.

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    4. I agree with Milo and Deborah, and sometimes, I try editing in a different room of the house, or even out of it - coffee shop, bookstore, etc.
      Good luck!

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    5. I agree with all of the above suggestions and here are a few more:

      Do you have a critique circle? When I reach a wall with my short stories, sharing them with my writing circle and asking for feedback helps the most. They notice things I missed; they find everything from tiny grammar mistakes to plot actual holes. After their advice, the rewrite is much easier. If you've already shared it with your writing group, share it with someone who hasn't read it before, doesn't have to be a writer.

      I read my story out loud and record it, then play it back. I catch flow problems that way. You can also use a free text to speech program on the computer.

      Copy and paste your story into an email compose window. I'm not sure why, but it helps me find mistakes that I missed in my word processing program.

      Don't be afraid to change the POV or the tense. I have a short story that's been rejected at least a dozen times. After the last rejection, I took a closer look and realized it needs to be written in 3rd person. Ugh. Lots of extra work, but I think it will be worth it.

      Best of luck, L. :)

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    6. That's all good advice. Changing the word length can make a big difference too. Adding in another strand, or taking one out will make it feel very different.

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    7. Thanks for all your help. Lots of tips to work on.

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  2. Received some revision notes from Musa on Yakuza Territory and spent the week whipping that novella into shape. Continuity issues, mostly. Sent it back and am hopeful it might be accepted this time around...

    Was invited to be part of Rhonda Parrish's A is for Apocalypse anthology, due out in the spring. My letter is C, so I'm going with "C is for Cookie" -- or something else.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Rhonda's anthology looks fab. Congratulations, Milo

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    2. Congrats, Milo. A good antho indeed.

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  3. Well it's been a bit of a week for me. With 6 acceptances to report all of them W1S1. Two requested reprints subs to Morpheus Tales: Best Weird Tales V4. A reprint to India SF, a reprint $ to Cthulhu Haiku II, a poem $ to Eternal Haunted Summer and a poem $ to Lakeside Circus.

    phew

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    1. Super congrats, Deborah! I'm going to be interested in reading the Lakeside Circus.

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    2. Wow - that was a good week!

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    3. Well done, Deb. You do us proud.

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  4. My week was a bit of a bummer.
    Rejections: 3 in a row. In fact, not counting my novella acceptance, that makes it 10 in a row (granted some of these publications have 1-5% acceptance rates and a couple of them were at least positive/send more), so I may take some time from some of my short stories, let them cool, and focus on other projects.
    Wrote: one new flash
    Subbed: 2
    Accepted/Published: 0

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  5. Another tough week of final editing based on my editor's excrutiating detailed autompsy of my novel "Mother Lode©" Now finally in final production mode, ready to go to publication tomorrow.

    3 rejections for my Flash Fiction submissions. Never was able to submit my poem this week. There is still hope for my Flash Fiction story "Weeper©"

    Gearing up for NaNoWriMo this will be my 10th year, It's a wonderful enviroment to just let go and write from the heart. Managed to be a winner 7 our of 9 attempts. I've drawn on what I produced into my actual writing of novels. It's a wonderful experience.

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    1. Excellent, John. Tenth year in NaNoWriMo...wow. I have yet to attempt one. November is always a busy month for me.

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  6. Had a great conversation with an agent this past week (but no offer of rep yet) and that's resulted in focusing on outlining revisions to the Steampunk Novel.

    I did sub 1 story twice (after a rejection, a resub and a prompt rejection): Interzone, Strange Horizons
    Rejections: Shimmer, Interzone
    Acceptances/Publications: none this week

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    1. Good luck with your resubs and novel queries.

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  7. I've met my writing and subbing targets and made a sale $ of a 2012 W1S1 story to My Weekly.

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  8. Exhausting amount of revising this week, but managed to be happy enough with three stories to sub them all today.
    Funny thing. Two were exactly 2,201 words.

    Hurray everyone for all the great work - keep at it!

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    1. Good luck with those subs, Lee.

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  9. I am back. Last month was tough - health, work, everything just piled up, but now I am back to writing and subbing again. So not much to report - as yet.

    Flash Fiction Chronicles published my article today - http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/finding-that-quiet-writing-space/

    Rohini Gupta

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    1. I enjoyed your article, Rohini. I like the analogy of quiet space to a mythical beast. So true, it is.

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  10. Last week was a time for me to play catch-up with small submissions.

    W1S1: I sent out a new story and had it return already. Now I'm debating whether to edit more.

    Acceptances: Good week for poetry! Two acceptances, one to NewMyths.com and another to Star*Line.

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  11. W1: Finished non-fiction article (1800 words); wrote 1,000 words on a new short story; wrote two poems

    S1: one non-fiction article, two short stories, one flash fiction, three poems, one reprint poem

    Accepted: “On an Iranian Goblet, 5,000 Years Old” to Strange Horizons ($)

    Published: “If Sappho Studied Egyptology” and “The Lift Equation”, both W1S1, at Abyss & Apex; “The Gravedigger’s Song” at Underneath the Juniper Tree; “Temple Building” at Silver Star Journal

    Rejected: two poems; one form, one personal

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  12. Thanks for the sidebar update, I'm at 25 now actually. :)

    Alicia Cole and three magpies should be added together, plus thus week's sale.

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  13. Man, those time flies suck.

    W1: "Hallowed Ground" (flash); also revised a couple of longer SF stories.
    S1: story to Strange Horzions; story to Tor.com. flash to Meat for Tea

    Accept: I'm on a rejection role, baby. I feel your pain, Erin.
    Published: Not this week, but soon.

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