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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: the one with a vortex of writing and rejections

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeMore writing on the story that is not a short story. Actually, quite a bit of writing. I didn’t realize how much until I looked up and discovered I’d passed the 5,000 word count mark for the week and then kept on going.

Also this week, there was a blizzard of rejections. Four within a twenty-four hour period. I used to post this sort of thing on Facebook, except my friends would tell me to keep my chin up. They mean well, but my chin is fine. I post this sort of thing because I think it’s funny. And four rejections within twenty four hours is funny. At least, I think so.

Next week I have plans for some of those stories. They’ll go out the door again. In the meantime, I’ll work on the story that is not very short.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~ 6,800 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Five to Freedom
  • The Perfect Canvas
  • Incriminating Evidence
  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: the one with a nice surprise

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeIt was a quiet week on the writing front, with work on the thing that is clearly not a short story, since I’m up to +10,000 words on it so far. This is a story that’s been flitting about in the back of my mind for at least four years and watching it all come out is really kind of fun. 

I didn’t submit anything this week. Nothing came back to me, so there’s that as well.

But I did get a nice surprise from Kazka Press. Editor Michael Haynes named The Burden of So Many Roses as one of his favorite stories from last year. I am enormously pleased he thought so highly of it. You can click through to read (or reread) it. I recommend it for those who had a lousy Valentine’s Day.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~ 5,338 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: the one some Girl Scout cookies

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeSo …  the back of my car? Filled–filled I tell you–with Girl Scout cookies. I don’t suppose anyone would like to buy a box or ten. My weather widget says it’s zero degrees right now. Once it gets “warm” enough, we’re going to layer up and hit the streets. 

I started something new this week, something that is (clearly) not a short story, since it already has 5,000 words. I suspect it will go long, and I’m looking to write a flash sometime this month so I can have an official “write 1” for February. Ah, but the month is still young (of course, it’s short, so I don’t want to put it off for too long).

I’m beginning to think that if last year was the year I wrote short, this is the one where I go long. I guess we’ll see.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~ 5,000 words

Submissions:

  • Abandonment Issues
  • The Burden of So Many Roses (audio market) 

Rejections:

  • Abandonment Issues

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: wave goodbye to January (if not winter)

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeSo … I ended up with a novelette that wants to be a novella when it grows up. Once I told myself “screw the word count” I started writing faster and finished the story on Tuesday this week. I’m not sure what to do with it, other than let it “compost” for a bit and then take a second look. It’s really too long for most markets (especially since it’s YA) and too  short for a novel. 

That left me plenty of time for shaping up some new stories to send out. So, this week alone, I sent out four stories, three of them fresh submissions and one a re-submission.

I’m also still working on learning InDesign, which I continue to love. It’s so pretty. Sometimes I open the program just to stare at the interface. You have to understand, I normally work with XML authoring tools, where the interface manages to be both ugly and difficult to use. InDesign leaves me just a little be breathless.

All in all, this hasn’t been a bad start to 2014.

Writing Work:

  • Lawn Mower Serenade ~ 9,000 words

Submissions:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • Abandonment Issues
  • Where Were You When the War Started
  • The Madness in King’s End

Rejections:

  • The Madness in King’s End

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: the one with a long winter

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeSo … I wrote a lot this week (but I’m not sure how much, I haven’t counted the words yet) and I’m this close to finishing my story. I still think I might not be writing as much as I could be. But then, I always think that. I could write an entire novel in a single week, and still think that. So. Yeah. 

I did do some revising work on another story and I hope to send that out in a day or two. 

I also spent a lot of time working through InDesign tutorials. I really love this program and I’m enjoying myself so much, but there’s a lot to learn as well.

In other news, I think we’re all officially sick of winter. You know things are bad when the kids are upset about missing school.

Writing Work:

  • Lawn Mower Serenade ~ still in progress

Submissions:

  • The Girl with the Piccolo (audio market)
  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies

Rejections:

  • The Girl with the Piccolo

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: the one with two publications

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeIt’s hard to complain when your week includes two publications. It’s even harder when the universe lines up those publications just so. This week I saw not one, but two, military-themed publications.

In writing news, I am seriously inching my way through my story, as you can see. It’s still a work in progress. I’m almost tempted to go back on the weekly challenge, except I am also learning/teaching myself Adobe InDesign.

So, I’m not slacking … yet. And I’m really loving InDesign. Plus, it all contributes to my plan to take over the world.

Okay, maybe not that.

Maybe.  

Writing Work:

  • Lawn Mower Serenade ~ still in progress–I am inching my way through this story.

Submissions:

  • Incriminating Evidence

Rejections:

  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies
  • Incriminating Evidence

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: the one with the polar vortex

W1S1 2014 - Monthly ChallengeOh, but it was cold this week! The kids got two extra days tacked onto their holiday break, which made them happy. But it was so cold that there was no sense in doing anything with those extra days, except shiver and bundle up.

Even so, I managed to get some writing in–not a complete story, but I hope to finish it this week. Also! I had a rewrite/resubmit request, and I’m thrilled to announced I sold Straying from the Path to Flash Fiction Online.

Writing Work:

  • Lawn Mower Serenade ~ in progress

Submissions:

  • Five to Freedom 

Rejections:

  • Five to Freedom

Acceptances:

Publications:

  • None

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