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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 43 the one with the rift in the space–time continuum

Week 43! This week I wrote another practice flash for the next round of the Flash Fiction Challenge.

This week’s combination?

Drama / Mount Everest / a teacup

I almost didn’t do this. I mean, Mount Everest? Really? Then I pondered what might happen if I drew a similar combination in the actual challenge and decided it was in my best interest to at least try. I don’t know if it’s a story I’ll ever send out, but I did it, and in exactly 1,000 words, so there’s that.

I also spent some time this week shaping up stories to send out. Plus, I received a contributor copy for an anthology, signed a contract for audio rights, turned around a rewrite request, and had two acceptances–all in the span of 48 hours. It’s like I’m a real working writer or something.

And, in one of those weird coincidences, I had two acceptances this week, and both involve time. Keeping Time will appear in the November edition of Kazka Press. Just a Matter of Time will be part of volume 3 of Sucker Literary Magazine.

I’m excited about both, but especially Just a Matter of Time. Have you ever tried to find a home for a YA novelette? (The story is ~7,800 words long.) It’s no easy task, let me tell you. And also, let me tell you this:

Feedback I received from one market was I should dump the romantic aspect of the story (I’d been getting high marks for the “time” aspect of it). Yes, I know, I was trying to not only place a YA novelette, but essentially a paranormal romantic one at that. The trifecta of will not sell.

What aspect helped it with Sucker Literary? The relationship. I believe the editor may have used the phrase swoon-worthy.

I was going somewhere with this. Oh. Yeah. Editor feedback? Often very helpful. I did do some tweaks before my acceptance with Sucker Literary. However, it isn’t always right, or right for that particular story. Something to keep in mind.

Writing:

  • The Cure for Love Sickness ~ 1,000 words

Submissions:

  • Two Hammers
  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • What Little Remains

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • Keeping Time
  • Just a Matter of Time

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 42 the one with some practice flash

Week 42! This week I decided to do another practice flash since the next round of the Flash Fiction Challenge is coming up at the beginning of next month. So I reached into the magic hat (AKA the Flash Fiction Challenge website) and picked the following:

Suspense / cemetery / sewing machine

The combination screams out for a Halloween/sewing-a-ghost-costume kind of story, so I resisted that. Instead, I set it on the winter solstice and still managed to work in the sewing machine. It was good to stretch with a pure suspense tale as well.

Two rejections this week, but also two stories being held for further consideration, so it evens out. Also! I placed my 100-word story in a forthcoming anthology filled with other 100-word speculative fiction stories.

Writing:

  • The Longest Night of the Year ~ 1,500 words

Submissions:

  • Playing Soldier
  • Keeping Time
  • Rhymes with Orange
  • Five to Freedom

Rejections:

  • The Madness in King’s End
  • Rhymes with Orange (boomerang rejection)

Acceptances:

  • Leap of Faith

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 41 the one with a new goal

Week 41! This week I made my 78th story submission. I thought to myself, hmm, maybe I could make that an even 100 by the end of the year. Maybe I could. As I mentioned on Facebook, my battle cry is now:

Bring on the rejections!

Because, really, getting rejected does, in its own weird way, make that much easier. Also, I have a backlog of stories that I need to revise and send out. True, I have a few crazy ones (like the one I wrote this week) that probably won’t go anywhere. Still, I should at least test the waters with most of them.

My write 1 this week was crazy, so I put that word right in the title. Honestly, it has the feel of an accidental novel, one that needs historical research. So. Yeah. Not that I’m against 1) novels, 2) research, but I’m not sure I have the endurance for either at the moment. Still, it was fun to play in this particular world, and I will no doubt revisit it at some time.

Writing:

  • The Crazy History of Max and Em ~ 2,000 words

Submissions:

  • Straying from the Path
  • The Girl with the Piccolo ~ audio market (Yes, this one went right back out)

Rejections:

  • Playing Soldier
  • The Girl with the Piccolo

Acceptances:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 40 the one with yet another quiet week

Week 40! Another quiet week here, at least as far as the writing goes. The kid stuff however? That’s getting busy. All sorts of scout stuff and conferences and so on. And there’s more of the same coming up.

This is where the power of write 1/sub 1 comes in. Nine months in and it’s pretty much a habit now, like exercise.

Writing:

  • The Maze ~ 6,000 words

Submissions:

  • Playing Soldier
  • The Girl with the Piccolo ~ audio market

Rejections:

  • Straying from the Path

Acceptances:

  • None

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