Sunday, January 26, 2014

Week #4 Check-in

The end of Week 4 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.

58 comments:

  1. Hi all,

    Wrote and submitted a story this morning: The Impertinent Traveler to Goreyesque (a new online journal focusing on writing inspired by Edward Gorey, too cool)

    David

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    1. Way to go, David -- I'll have to check it out.

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    2. Goreyesque? That's a *thing?*

      Fantastic. Can't wait to read their launch.

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    3. Awesome, David! :) That title ROCKS. Love it. Crossing my fingers for you.

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  2. Wrote two short stories, submitted one, no acceptances but one, not too disheartening, rejection.
    Hope everyone had a productive week.

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    1. "Not too disheartening" is good -- now get that story back out there where it belongs.

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    2. Sounds like you're right on track! Congrats on writing two stories in one week--that's not easy. I'm glad your rejection wasn't too disheartening. Have a great week!

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  3. Even though I'm on the monthly installment plan, I've already written 3 stories this month. Weird. Polished one of them up ("Captain Quasar and the Formless Phosphorescent Exiles") and sent it to DSF yesterday.

    Accepted: "Dance by the Light of the Moon" to Perihelion SF ($); "Captain Quasar and the Fastest Thumbs on Zeta Colony Four" (reprint) to Comets & Criminals ($); "Mercer's Ghost" (reprint) to Pulp Literature ($).

    Finished revisions on my thriller Waiting for You and printed it out for a final round of proofing. Then it'll be off to as many agents as I can query.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Sounds great, congratulations!

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    2. Sounds like you're still on "weekly time." ;) Great job on writing three stories this month. Best of luck with DSF--I think Captain Quasar would be a great fun addition to their site.

      And you have acceptances, too!!! Yay! Nice work. That Captain Quasar is getting around.

      I had no idea there was such an active reprint market until I started hanging out over here. Very cool to see stories reprinted again and again.

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  4. Wrote one story this month, submitted three (two of them written at the end of last year and polished a bit). Let's see how it works out...

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    1. Nice job, Julie! Having three stories out there making the rounds is awesome. A very productive month for you.

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    2. Let's hope for three acceptances. Why not?

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  5. W1: flash
    S1: flash

    Non-W1S1 acceptance: "Gray Ebenezer" to appear in Penumbra's March issue (theme: "A Night at the Villa Diodati")

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    1. Wow, Brynn, congratulations on "Gray Ebenezer"! Cool title. And you wrote and submitted--nice work keeping up. :)

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  6. Had a busy week. 1 acceptance, to Third Flatiron, 1 rejection, 1 new story written, and 1 new submission. Also signed a contract for a pro publication acceptance I had a while back. So far, 4 stories written this month.

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    1. James! What an awesome week. Congrats on signing that contract and writing four stories this month. Great total to end the month with.

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  7. Continuing to write the novel. I'm currently past 67,000 words this month.

    It's an unpaid publication, but Folly Blaine did a lovely reading of my story "Frail Men of Metal and Bone" at Every Day Fiction. (If you drop by to listen, please give it a star rating! Thanks!)

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    1. Beth, I can not believe how fast you're pedaling forward with your WIP. Labor of love, it sounds like.

      I adored Folly's reading of your story. That was one of my favorite short stories from last year. Something about it resonated with me.

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    2. I really am loving this book. I know it needs a LOT of revising, but I love these characters.

      You would be amazed at how many times "Metal Men" was rejected. It made the full rounds, but that makes the publication and your comments all the more awesome!

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  8. I have got so many rejections in the past few weeks. I am waiting for acceptance. My blog is doing well and I wrote a few contest pieces this week.

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    1. I'm sorry about all the rejections.:( Send those stories out to other markets. They just haven't found their perfect home yet. I'm glad your blog is doing well--I'll stop by and give it a read. I had planned to work on mine this year, but I've been so busy with home stuff that the blog got pushed to the back burner.

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  9. I'm doing the monthly, and I wrote and subbed a poem this month.

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    1. Awesome job on the monthly! Crossing my fingers it gets accepted. :)

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  10. Sold a suspense story "Die, Miles Cornbloom" to Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. Two new publications: "High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity" in IGMS, and "The Keepsake Box" in DSF.

    Finished a commissioned 5000 word story and will send it in on Monday. Wrote two new flash pieces, too -- so a super productive week!

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    1. Wow, Alex! That is one fantastic week. And you're knee high in a Kickstarter--where do you find the time?

      I was so happy when The Keepsake Box arrived in my email. I read it first thing. Really nice writing on that. The end surprised the heck out of me--I didn't know where you were headed with it. The language was especially lovely.

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    2. Thanks! Really glad people are reacting well to this story as it was definitely a bit of an experiment for me.

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  11. This week was a week of few words. Lots of outlining though, for two different novella length projects.

    No S/A/R/P either.

    Maybe next week. :)

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    1. Yup, next week! The end of a month and the beginning of a new one are prime times to hear back from submissions. I've been stalking my submittable page--I have no self-control.

      Outlining feels like writing to me, a necessary part. Best of luck on starting those novellas!

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  12. I've been bogged down by school this week, but made some progress nonetheless. Among them I finally have a likeable blog set up. I just need to start posting, and sort out some of the pages. It's pretty barren at the moment.

    On the writing front, I wrote and submitted 5 haikus to Kind Of A Hurricane's High Coupe project. Haven't heard back on them yet.

    Wrote an experimental form poem that I'm sitting on for the moment.

    Got an acceptance at the Poppy Road Review for 'Deer,' the first poem I've ever had published, anywhere. I'm super stoked about that. Need to report it here ASAP.

    Lastly, I'm about 1500 words in on a short story that I'm hoping to finish and send off to Midwestern Gothic before their submissions period closes on February 2nd. I also have two flash fiction pieces in various stages of being written that I'm hoping to wrap up.

    All in all, I'm really glad I decided to stop being such a dilettante and do W1S1. I've written more this month than I think I did during all of 2013.

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    1. Wow, Sam!!! Your progress report makes me so happy! Your first poem acceptance--how awesome! :) Happy dance, huh? Sounds like you're getting lots written AND submitted. Great job! Congrats on nearly completing Month 1 of W1S1.

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  13. Sold two stories, on to T Gene Davis and one to Vignettes at the End of the Week. But nothing finished the week. Grrrrrrr. This novel is really cutting into my short story time. Must juggle better.

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    1. Congrats on your sales, Debs!! :) I'm sure it takes time to learn how to juggle the novel writing with the short story writing. February will be your month to successfully juggle both. :)

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  14. Gosh, another busy week for me. I caught a cold, a foot of snow fell on us, and by the end of the week, everyone in the house was suffering in some stage of the cold. I think we will all be better by tomorrow.

    The writing is going very well. One of my characters from a previous flash story demanded a second story--that's a first for me. Her name is Rocky, and she's pretty darn awesome. Her stories are my first journey into urban fantasy. In addition to her story, I wrote two flashes, one poem, and one drabble.

    I submitted one poem and one flash.

    No rejections this week, but I know I have a few on the way. Some of my stories are hitting that 60 -90 day mark.

    One acceptance!!! :) :) :) My drabble Daddy's Gladiolas (which started out life as a failed poem) was accepted by The Boston Literary Magazine. I'm a fan of their stories, so this acceptance made me really happy. Not to mention the fact that the editor was very encouraging and enthusiastic in her acceptance email. Kind words really do make a huge difference.

    I think that's it for me! I hope the rest of the month is filled with stories, submissions, and acceptances for everyone!

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    1. Way to go, Von -- looking forward to reading the drabble and your urban fantasy as soon as it gets picked up. Which it will, of course; only a matter of time.

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    2. Awesome work! Here's hoping everyone does totally recover from their colds ASAP.

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    3. Awesome acceptance! Congrats!

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  15. Writing away. My post-graduate studies started up again this week, so not as much writing as usual.

    W1: 2 flash fictions

    S1: 2 flash fictions

    Accepted: "Chapel-of-Ease" to Atlantean Publishing's 2014 Scary Poetry Collection, out of the UK

    Published: "The Tobacco Barn" in Crack the Spine Issue 99. http://www.crackthespine.com/2014/01/issue-ninety-nine.html

    Rejected: 2 poems (both personal) and 1 flash (form)

    Also, my poetry proposal was accepted by the Lillian E. Smith Center in Clayton, GA for a one-week May residency. http://www.piedmont.edu/les/ Yay! ^_^

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  16. Wrote a new flash this week, no subs (but already met monthly goal, so still pleased.
    No rejections or accepts, did finally withdraw a story after 270 days. They were responding to my periodic queries, but no response to latest so I finally gave up.
    Good luck to everyone, keep up the great work!

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  17. The writing and subbing part is going really well. No new sales to report though.

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  18. You all are so inspiring! I wrote and subbed my monthly W1S1 earlier this month and have been plugging along on my novel. Working on ideas and markets for February though. :)

    Any news re the W1S1 anthology? Is it still coming out this month?

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  19. I have been super slack lately! I'm trudging through January's story trying to finish it in time, and have a few I can submit, but I really need to step up my production. It's been a busy month but I've been lazy too. I have so many stories on the back burner I can't count them all, and a nearly finished novel manuscript I can't bring myself to complete. I'm really hoping to get my nose back to the grindstone before too long and get some serious submissions out there. :/

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  20. Hi hi :) I wrote one and while I didn't submit anything new this week, I had about 8 resubmissions.

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    1. Awesome on those 8 resubmissions!!! Resubs are always hard for me because I tend to want to tinker with them before I send them off. :) This year I'm trying really hard to "don't look, don't look" and just send them off.

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  21. My week was:

    W1: "Birthday Boy" (short); "Sleeper" (flash); "Predestiny and a Potato" (flash)
    S1: flash to Orion Headless; flash to Every Day Fiction; short story to Pure Slush; 3 flashes to Cease, Cows.

    Accept: "Like a Virgin" (short) by Zest
    Published: None

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    1. Wow, Stephen, you were VERY flashy last week. :) That's a great write and submit count. Congratulations on your acceptance.

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  22. I just changed up my yearly goals. I am trying to write around 45 pieces.

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    1. Wow, Daniel, that's an impressive goal. Wishing you luck with it. In November, there's a blogger who posts daily prompts for NaNoFlash--those really increased my output last year. If you're interested, I can find you the link.

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    2. Yeah well I'm trying to do a lot of flash then take some time write a few longer pieces. This goal includes 100 word Drabble and micro fiction of course.

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  23. wrote 1 sub'd 1

    found an old story that i had finished and hadn't submitted it.. how strange

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    1. A "found story"! What fun. :) Best of luck finding a home for it.

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  24. I have been traveling so not much done as yet. But I did write a story and submit a haiku, which was accepted. Now that I am back hope to do much more.

    Rohini

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    1. Hi Rohini! Congratulations on your haiku acceptance. Those aren't easy to write or find homes for. Wishing you a protective week. :)

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  25. For January, not too bad. “Waiting to Join the Grey Lady” was published by Short-Story.Me Jan. 5, at http://www.short-story.me/mystery-stories/611-waiting-to-join-the-grey-lady.html

    A 3,000-word erotic romance was accepted by House of Erotica (pays royalties).

    “Who Is That Masked Writer?” on using pen names was published by Flash Fiction Chronicles Jan. 26 at http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/who-is-that-masked-writer/.

    Every Day Fiction invited a rewrite of “She Thought Samuel Ws a Gem.”

    “Call Him Lucky” was subbed to Infective Ink; “Settling Scores with Queenie” was subbed to Writers Haven; and subbed “Attic Stowaway” to Liquid Imagination.

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    1. Waiting to join the Grey Lady is a great story

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  26. I'm in again this year, after bailing in September last year due to Life.

    Four flash stories written so far this month, and a story submitted to Lightspeed.

    Cheryl (CL Holland)

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