Daily Archives: July 21, 2013

Ten day challenge day 2: Writing Confessions

10 Day Write Blog Challenge button200Today’s Ten Day Writing Blogger Challenge included the option not to blog at all (got to love these prompts).

Instead, I went with the one that involved posting, since I already had for my Write 1/Sub 1 check in.

Today’s prompt:

Make 10 Writing Related Confessions

Here are my ten (odd) writing confessions: 

  1. I must have short fingernails to write. If my nails are too long, I get annoyed; I feel less creative. This makes no sense, I know. But that’s the way it is.
  2. The more I write, the less I’m tempted/impressed by programs, software, etc. to help me write more efficiently. It’s like I’ve regressed. Give me a pen and some paper and I’m happy.
  3. I check my submission tracker at least once a day. Everyone knows looking at your submissions makes editors respond faster.
  4. I once edited a manuscript in Chuck E. Cheese’s while my kids attended a birthday party.
  5. I also write major chunks of stories in the lobby areas of my daughter’s dance and gymnastics studios. A little ambient noise + music? Not a bad combination.
  6. If I don’t write every day, I feel like I will lose the ability to write. Yes, just like that. Overnight. And forever.
  7. My favorite pen is the uni-ball Vision Elite. I can write with other pens, but … meh. I put these on my Christmas list every year.
  8. The blank page still scares me.
  9. I’m always amazed when someone likes something I’ve written.
  10. I’m always amazed when I sell something I’ve written.

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 29 the one with the milestone

Week 29! This week saw a milestone in my Write 1/Sub 1 journey. I submitted my fiftieth story for the year. That’s right. 5 – 0. 50 submissions (if not 50 stories) since January first.

My daughter was at camp this week, which means the yearly tradition of the story I write about the alien who lives in her bedroom when she’s away. This year it was Xelenia: Alien Spy Girl, who battled the Blocknarians–because I’m all kinds of creative when writing these off-the-cuff camp stories.

Still, I must do a somewhat convincing job of it, since my daughter still isn’t sure if Xelenia does live in her room while she’s away or if I write these for, as she put it, “my entertainment.”


  • Cracks in the Sky ~2,500 words
  • Xelenia: Alien Spy Girl (camp story)
  • Pitching a Fit (blog challenge post)


  • The Girl with the Piccolo


  • None (!)


  • None, but a short YA story of mine has been short-listed, so I’m pleased (and a little hopeful).

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