Sunday, May 25, 2014

Week #21 Check-In

The end of Week 21 is upon us!

How's it been for you? Have you been gazing through the Kaleidoscope or feel like you're Driving Blind 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 our acceptances and paid publications. (Thanks to Jeff Chapman for keeping us organized.)

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 new books on a writer's shelf. 

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.

28 comments:

  1. W1: Polishing up a new Captain Quasar tale for an anthology; hope to have it ready by month's end.

    S1: Managed to get all of my rejected tales back out where they belong -- 21 currently making the rounds.

    Published: My story "Survival of the Fittest" survived 21 rejections before appearing in Black Chaos - Tales of the Zombie. Always believe in your work, folks. "Never give up, never surrender!" - Galaxy Quest

    Started one last round of edits on my post-apocalyptic fantasy novel; planning to have it query-ready by mid-June.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Best of luck as you approach the querying stage. For me, that involved so much anxiety and frustration! Here's hoping you get good news quickly.

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    2. Wow! Congrats on your 21R acceptance! That's amazing AND encouraging. Good luck with that final round of edits. I'm going to have to ask for some advice when I get to that point.

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  2. Anyone else get a flood of responses? Over Friday and Saturday alone:

    8 poetry rejections
    2 poetry acceptances, for different magazines
    2 poems that I was told were being held and I might hear goods things
    1 story that was sent to a head editor for consideration

    Yeesh! Thank goodness for the acceptances and maybes.

    W: I've been working on hefty novel revisions for my agent. I hope to send those in this coming week.

    S: Nope. I'll need to play catch-up with poetry re-subs after this novel is wrapped up.

    Write on, folks!

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    1. Congrats on all that positive poetry news! Those can be hard little burgers to find homes for. Crossing my fingers for you on those maybes!

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  3. Mediocre week. Wrote one, subbed one, no acceptances and one rejection. I take heart from Milo's tale of "Survival of the fittest" - apt name - and will submit elsewhere.

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    1. Yup, that's the right attitude, Linda! Keep it up--you're doing great.

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  4. After two weeks with almost no fiction written, I've managed to pull the novel-ish past the 44k mark. Heading into the final 1/3 of the book so there's lots happening and a lot that has to happen before I can write "The End" on this sucker.

    No subs/rejections/acceptances/publications this week. (I did write a 14 page legal brief in 16 hours in order to meet a deadline, but that doesn't count as fiction. :P)

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    1. Congrats on reaching that 44k mark! Keep up the momentum. You can do it. :)

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  5. I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Sounds like some good progress, and let me just add: Go Milo go! My week was;

    W1: "Have Fun With It" (flash); "Frack" (flash)
    S1: flash to Just a Touch of Saccharine anthology

    Accept: "Hobbies" by Every Day Fiction
    Published: nope

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    1. Wowser, Stephen, you are on fire over at Every Day Fiction! Congrats on another acceptance. Your title "Hobbies" is intriguing--can't wait to read it. :)

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  6. W: About 2000 words of a new story that is turning out to be pretty long. This one is going to be a challenge! But in the end I think it will be original and salable.

    S: Two rejections from last month, now out to some different magazines.

    My story "The Ascension Song" was published in Every Day Fiction this weekend. Very happy to see it in print and read people's comments. :)

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    1. Great story at EDF, Devin. The balance between gritty reality and magic is very well done, and it's such an interesting concept overall.

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    2. Congratulations on your publication at Every Day Fiction! I'm so behind on my reading, but I will definitely make time for your story. :)

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  7. I've not 'reported in' for a while, but I have been writing and subbing. Just completed a 16,000 word story which took a few weeks, but I've still maintained an average of at least one new piece every week.

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    1. Hooray, Patsy, 16,000 words is HUGE and keeping up with one new piece a week is wonderful. I haven't "reported in" for a while either-- I'm happy we're back at the same time. :)

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  8. Oh, the end of the month’s coming, and a pretty good month at that. Over My Dead Body, a paying market, mailed me a contract for “Chasing Janus Man,” so that crime story should be up in June.

    “Best Enemies Forever” was published by Short-Story.Me May 4 at http://www.short-story.me/mystery-stories/652-best-enemies-forever.html

    “Hook Your Readers,” commentary on attractive ledes, was re-published by Flash Fiction Chronicles May 15, at http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/hook-your-readers/.

    “Dance with the Jersey Devil” will be published by Bewildering Stories June 9.

    “Executive Sweeties,” a trio of erotic romances, should be published any day by the House of Erotica (royalties).

    Subbed “Motorcycle Mama” to a themed antho. at Elektrik Milk Bath, and “Pirates on Hard Scrabble Road” to Writers Haven. And a rejection of “Six Stops,” an experimental piece, from the Corner Club Press.

    Between times, I translated several Taiwanese company brochures from academic English to idiomatic phrasing and rewrote a position paper on education reform and a bio for a Chicago mayoral candidate.

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    1. You've had an amazing month and it's not over yet!

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    2. And there's one more. "Pie Man" was carried in the Short Humour Site, today, at http://www.short-humour.org.uk/3writersshowcase/pieman.htm

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    3. Great story. I wish I was as smart as Allen.

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    4. Ooh, ooh, and one more acceptance today, May 31. Writers Haven will published "Pirates on Hard Scrabble Road" in its Issue 17. And thank you, L., for your kind thoughts.

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    5. You ROCK, Walter!!! What an exciting month for you! I'm inspired just by reading your list, can't wait to click on all your links! :)

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  9. Been mostly novel writing and rewriting for me this month - but I did also write and sub a flash piece to Daily Science Fiction so I'm still in the game...

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    1. Of course you're still in the game--in it to win it. :) Sounds like a good month.

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  10. I'm back! :) For the month of May, I switched to the once a month plan. (I knew I would be too strapped with doctor's appointments for my kiddo to complete and submit once a week. Still no diagnoses and no huge improvement, but lots of PT.)

    At the end of April, my Rocky character decided to tell me a story that needed more than a single flash. I'm now writing it 1000 words at a time, trying to keep it organized in a flash kind of way since that's what I know best. I've written roughly 40 scenes--40,000 words. I don't have all of them in the computer yet--many were scribbled in a notebook, old school style. :)

    I finished one short story in May and submitted it.

    I had one short story published in May--Waiting for Midnight in the May issue of Romance Magazine.

    Happy Writing, everyone!

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    1. Excellent, Von. I'm glad your boy is doing better, and hope for some definitive diagnosis soon. Nice job on the writing front too.

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