Sunday, January 5, 2014

Week #1 Weigh-in

The end of Week 1 is upon us!

How's it been for you? Have the words been hotter than Fahrenheit 451, or has The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms gotten in the way? 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 W1S1-related accepted, 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.

This year we have cool forms for reporting your acceptances and paid publications. Thanks to Jeff Chapman for the design work.

Please report ONLY accepted/published stories that you wrote as part of your participation in W1S1 (2011-2014).

(Please note that reports will not immediately appear, as they must be verified/processed by the weekly moderator)

While W1S1 continues to encourage all avenues for publication, we want to especially highlight those stories and markets that help to put protein-rich snacks in a writer's fridge.(Please note that reports will not immediately appear, as they must be verified/processed by the weekly moderator)

Even if you have no acceptance or publication news to report, please update us on your week's progress in the comments. Successes and failures, triumphs and disasters, brilliant ideas and insane dreams: we want to read all about them.

**W1S1 2014 is here, so feel free to plaster our new badge wherever you plaster such things to spread the word!

74 comments:

  1. Thanks to Jeff Chapman for our new Acceptance/Publication forms! So organized.

    I'm off to a good start this year with two acceptances to report:

    "Captain Quasar and the Coliseum of Queen Kronikthalia" to Every Day Fiction ($)

    "The Unwelcome Clown Detective" to Green Gecko Publishing ($)

    Polishing up my thriller Waiting for You -- 40K edited with another 70K to go. Planning to start querying agents in February.

    Also drafted a new Quasar tale, but it's a mess and needs a rewrite or few.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. The acceptance/publication form looks great. (I'll be glad when I get an opportunity to test it out.:) ) Congrats on those acceptances--awesome way to ring in the new year. Can't wait to read your EDF story--W1S1ers are rocking it over there in Jan.

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    2. Nice start to the year, amigo. Keep those words a'rolling, yee-haw!

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  2. Finished up the revisions on The Steampunk Novel, which meant slamming through 40k words in five days. But the hard work is done. Just need to do a little polishing and typo-killing.

    The short story front is quiet. Hoping to get more of the unfinished ones completed once the novel is back with the agent.

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    1. Sounds like a great start to the new year! Congratulations on finishing those tough edits. The polishing will be fun after all that. :)

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    2. 40K worth of edits in five days? My head would be swimming with the sharks. Well done, and we look forward to your shorts (um... and he calls himself a writer) when you start up again.

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  3. Good start for me: 1 new story written, 1 story revised and submitted. Making 2014 great. :D

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    1. Yahoo! That's how it's done. Good for you! Yup, 2014 is going to be great. :)

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  4. And we're off! My week was:

    W1: "Balls" (short).
    S1: Short to Pure Slush; flash to Apocrypha and Abstractions; flash to Burningword.

    Accept: "Twist and Turn" by Every Day Fiction; "Balls" by Pure Slush.
    Published: "The Leaning Man" by Every Day Fiction; "Twist and Turn" by Every Day Fiction.

    I've reported these via the forms above.

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    1. Incredible stories over at EDF, Stephen! Awesome end to 2013 and an awesome beginning for 2014. :)

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    2. Thanks, Von. As always, the editors over there were helpful in tweaking it right.

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  5. I'm jumping on the monthly track this year. I loved writing a story a week last year (well, minus the weeks I wrote that accidental novel), but one thing I noticed is I ended up short-changing some of my stories, or not venturing into ones I knew would take me longer than a week.

    Plus, I have a pile of stories I need to shape up and ship out, some still longhand in various notebooks. But if I start to slack off, I'll put myself back on the weekly challenge.

    This week, I got two stories into electronic form, submitted three stories. Also, received an acceptance (non-W1S1), and had a publication (W1S1, $) A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots in Timeless Tales, which I submitted via the form (love that).

    Happy 2014, everyone! Here's to some great writing!

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    1. Sounds like your year is off and running, Charity! Best of luck embarking on the once a month challenge. I can't wait to read some of your longer pieces. :)

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    2. Very neat story at Timeless Tales, Charity. You're off to a great start.

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  6. I worked on novel revisions for Champion in Flight, wrote a poem each day, and submitted five poems . . . no glorious stories of acceptance yet, but writing done and submitted feels good. :)

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    1. Awesome report, Tyrean! The acceptances will come--just keep up the writing and submitting. :) Congrats on all that writing. I love writing a poem a day--starts my day off on the right/write foot. ;)

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    2. That hard truth is that it's the writing we control. Acceptances are fickle and distracting. So, yeah, you have every right to feel good this week.

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  7. 2013 was an incredibly rough year for my non-writing life. Things happened, some of them good, most of them bad, but I've persevered. I'm so very excited for 2014 and the possibilities. So let's start things off right with my weekly report!

    W: Wolf's Head
    S: Revised & subbed Woman on a Bench to DSF

    No acceptances/rejections to report, Ginny & the Ouroboros still pending with Writers of the Future Q4 2013.

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    1. Hi Stephanie. I'm sorry 2013 was a rough year. :( Wishing you a more peaceful time in 2014. I'm with you on the possibilities a new year brings! Isn't it exciting? I've been giddy for the last five days.

      Best of luck with your submission to DSF. I submitted one to them yesterday--mine's a long shot, but I decided to try for more pro-markets this year.

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    2. Fingers crossed for WoftF. You will look good standing up on that stage, smiling.

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    3. Thanks, Von & Stephen. Here's hoping!

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  8. I'm starting the weekly challenge for 2014. :-) And I'm SO EXCITED that I got through the first week successfully--the story turned out longer than I expected, and took me right up to my social plans Saturday night. But it got done! And after I got home I subbed a story I had ready.

    This week:
    W1: Short story
    S1: Short story--just over flash length

    Non-W1S1 Pub: "The Price of Awakening" at Kazka Press.

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    1. Hi Brynn! Congratulations on completing the first week! :) And your story over at Kazka was fabulous, gave me the shivers at the end.

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    2. Thank you so much! I'm so pleased that you liked it. And thanks for the warm welcome!

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    3. Well done, Brynn. The first weeks are the toughest, they say. (I put on my foil hat so they would stop saying it)

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    4. Lol! Thanks for the encouragement, Stephen. Now I know where to go for hatmaking tips when I need some quiet. :-)

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  9. Over the holiday I returned to a fantasy short story that I started back in Write1Sub1 year 1 (2011). Finished it this week and it's now a submitted 15K novelette. Also wrote and subbed a couple of haiku to 50 Haikus and wrote and subbed a 200 character SF story to the Nature.

    Here's to a great 2014, all!

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    1. Congratulations on finishing your novelette, Simon! I wrote a bunch of drafts of my 200 character story submission for Nature, but haven't submitted yet. It's been great fun playing with ideas. Have a great year and a wonderful week. :)

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    2. You do us proud, Simon. Way to go.

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  10. Happy New Year, everyone! :) I feel like this is the year of the short story--I've read some incredible ones this week--many from folks here at W1S1. You guys ROCK.

    I'm trying to focus this year on polishing and submitting the stories I wrote in 2013. I'm working on one a week at this point. (That might be overly-ambitious.) Yesterday, I sent off one to DSF--a long shot, but I promised myself I'd try to submit to more pro and semi-pro markets this year.

    I wrote two flashes and a few poems. No publications.

    Happy New Year and Happy Writing!

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    1. More pro is good - you can do it! Have a wonderful 2014.

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    2. More pro is wonderful and tough, but stick with it. :)

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    3. I'm rooting for you, Von. You work hard at this. Yep, I'm with you on subbing to more pro markets this year. Let's nudge each other, shall we?

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    4. No reason you shouldn't submit to pro markets. You're got the same chance as all of us to be published pro. :)

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    5. Sounds like a great plan to move into some tougher markets, Von. Looking forward to seeing your progress over 2014!

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  11. Written one and subbed one. No acceptances and received the first rejection of the year. Things can only get better!

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    1. Now, there's the spirit. I remember when my first sub to Bartleby Snopes was accepted quickly w/o revision. This is easy, thinks me. Me thinks wrong, it turns out. So, yeah, you might as well get the rejection out of the way early.

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  12. An interesting week. First time ever I had to turn down an accepted story because the contract was a mess and publisher was unwilling to change any of it. (Note: avoid publishers/editors from Utah, if at all possible.)

    Lots of rejections, which means lots of resubmissions.

    Wrote and subbed a vignette to DSF.

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    1. We need a new category :-) Congrats for getting that DSF sub out after that experience. Shows you have what it takes.

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  13. Good to see so many people here starting off the year right.

    This week I wrote a 1st draft and sent in a resubmission. Also managed to work in some revision time on a longer piece as well.

    Looking forward to keeping it going the next 51 weeks!

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    1. Very nice work, Dan. Here's to next week.

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  14. I love the new forms. Fantastic work, Jeff!

    I've been sick with wretched allergies this week but I've still pressed on. I may not have had a voice for two days, but I could still type. Thank goodness!

    W: Started work on the new novel, Clockwork Crown, on the 1st. As of today I have 13,000 words. I also wrote a new poem that will likely be my S1 for the month. Edits continue on my novelette from December.

    S: Nothing new.

    Publication: "Cold Beyond White" in Stupefying Stories Showcase #13.

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    1. Your dedication explains (in part) why you're having good success. Congrats on the Stupefying story. A great venue over there.

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  15. Thanks for the form :D

    Wrote 1 sub'd 2

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  16. Gah, didn't remember that the week ended on Sunday!! (I knew, but had filed it away somewhere useful.)
    Wrote most of 1 (will likely finish it tomorrow). No subs because I don't have anything to sub right now! (Writing will fix that but I may have a couple weeks of no-subs until then!)

    Onward and upward!

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    1. Yep. These week-things, they move too fast. Keep up the momentum.

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  17. Well, I started off halfway though the week, and I've been sick as a dog, but I made it. I wrote one draft and revised/submitted a piece I had laying around. That's the first time I've submitted anything in about a decade. 2014 is off to a good start. :)

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    1. Very nice indeed. Fighting through adversity is particularly praiseworthy.

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  18. I have been blogging so much that I have no written much. No more blogging haha. Time for me to work!

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    1. Yep. Time to buckle down for you and me both. I've been a little spoiled by the holidays.

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  19. I'm new here at W1S1 but I managed to hit my goal for the week (since I'm aiming to conquer the once-a-week challenge rather than monthly).

    Wrote and submitted a piece of Twitter fiction (140 characters long). That's not exactly the most impressive length but, still, it got sent to a market and it has my name on it so I'm pretty proud of that.

    Also submitted a poem I had written back before New Years.

    Next week I'm looking to finish writing and submit a short story I had been working on a few weeks ago, as well as write and submit a piece of flash fiction for a contest with a rapidly approaching deadline.

    All I need to do now is start updating the blog I created for W1S1! Happy writing, everyone.

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    1. Nice. Step by step, inch by inch...

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  20. Off at a fair clip!W1: finished a 2100 short, a 1000 flash, a 500ish flash and an eight poem poetry cycle

    S1: "Among the Aspens" (2100, fic) to Kaleidoscope

    Accepted: 0

    Published: "The Bookspeaker" in Spacrports & Spidersilk

    Rejected: "To My Sailor" (poetry, form) from Scheherezade's Bequest

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    1. Strong start. Congrats on the Spaceports pub.

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  21. The new year started on a great note with the publication of my new year story Resolution on Every Day Fiction. I will fill it into the form.

    Kept my target his week. Hope the rest of the year goes so well.

    Rohini Gupta

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    1. What a great story it is, too. Way to go Rohini.

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  22. I've done the writing and subbing bit. No acceptances to report yet this year.

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    1. It's early. Keep up the good work.

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  23. Jeff, great work on the forms, they look great!

    Making some headway on January's story while trying to finish a longer piece. January is a busy month. New Year's Resolution: Not to let writing fall by the wayside when life tries to butt in. Also, time to get hardcore submitting. Let's get going!

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    1. That's the challenge isn't it? How to keep it going despite life's many demands. Here's to 2014.

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  24. Hey

    Wrote and submitted " Ettiquete" to Outfunny

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    1. Nice job (and interesting venue).

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  25. I wrote 1 piece of 1,000 words. Otherwise been working on my writing blog so much I can't get to keep writing.

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  26. I submitted 4 shorts that I had previously written; and then set to work on a new short. It's in the 'clean-up" stages right now.
    I am so glad to have found write1sub1! This is going to be a huge help for me, as I level-up my writing goals :)

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    1. We're glad to have you, Daniel. I like the "level-up" comment. Great way to look at the process.

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  27. Goals for next week:
    Write 1 flash piece
    Get 5K done on memoir

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  28. Just wrote a piece of flash fiction!

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  29. Reworked 2K I'd written last year, added 1.5K and submitted to Lightspeed Magazine.

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  30. So far I've submitted one story written in December and one in January (approaching deadline...). Another two stories are hopefully on their way. I'm in the monthly challenge; I've got time for more short stories a month now but should start working on a new novel in spring.

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