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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Mother’s Day

It was another busy week, but we’re not quite as tired today. I managed to make four submissions (!), including a brand new one out the door. I think I have one more week left of writing on The Time After. It’s creeping up to 90,000 words and I’ll probably top that in the coming week. Well, fingers crossed and all that.

I also have a bunch of submissions in orange (meaning they’ve been out for a while) in my submission tracker. I’m preparing to be pelted with rejections like so much hail from a Minnesota thunderstorm in the coming week(s) as well.

And now I’m off to enjoy this somewhat cloudy Mother’s Day.

 

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~5,631 words

Submissions:

  • The Perfect Canvas
  • Breaking Plans
  • A Measure of Sorrow (audio/reprint market)
  • Where Are Your Men (new submission!)

Rejections:

  • Abandonment Issues

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 24 the one with a complete novel

Week 24! I did not do any prompts from The Southeast Review’s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen this week. I was all about Pansy and I figured the prompt emails aren’t going anywhere. I will simply extend the regimen an additional week for myself. (Alternately, you could save all the prompts and use them every other week, or weekly, or whatever. The content doesn’t have an expiration date.)

But, as I said, it was a Pansy week. And I’m excited to say that I now have a complete rough draft of nearly 54,000 words. All this from a flash fiction call for submissions prompt.

Writing:

  • Pansy ~7,243 words.

Submissions:

  • The Madness in King’s End 
  • The Patron Saint of Lost Things

Rejections:

  • The Patron Saint of Lost Things
  • It Only Takes a Minute

Acceptances:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 23 the one with hot goblin action

Week 23! A fun week with The Southeast Review’s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen. No doubt all the other writers are crafting prose that illuminates the human condition. I, on the other hand, write a story that involves hot goblin action. Really.

That being said, I don’t necessarily mean action of the bow-chicka-wow-wow variety. Still. The story has a goblin. Who’s hot. In more ways than one.

I also wrote two flash fiction fairy tale type of things. There’s a third I hope to write that goes with the first two.

On top of this, I wrote ~ 3,000 more words in Pansy and even better I know how it ends.

Writing:

Submissions:

  • The Secret Life of Sleeping Beauty ~ reprint market! I sent it to Drabblecast and wonders of wonders, it made it through the first round, so now I wait some more with fingers crossed.

Rejections:

  • Filling The Space
  • The Short Sweet Life of My Invisible Prom Date

Acceptances:

  • None

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 22 the one where it turns into June

Week 22! I woke up yesterday and all of a sudden it was June. How on earth did that happen? Wasn’t it just May (like two days ago or something)?

I totally wrote myself into a corner with Pansy this week. I was chugging along and then had the thought, if I write the scene this way, I have no idea how to get them out of it. Then I shrugged and did it anyway.

After my writing session, the solution smacked me in the head. The funny thing? The answer was in the very first scene I wrote, back when Pansy was supposed to be a response to a flash fiction prompt (and 43,000 words later …).

This book is weird. In more ways than one.

Writing:

Submissions:

  • Playing Soldier

Rejections:

  • Playing Soldier ~ I like those fast markets–no messing around for them.
  • The Weight of Secrets ~ this was actually a rejection from last week that I forgot about. Another benefit of Write 1/Sub 1–you totally forget the rejections the second they happen.

Acceptances:

  • None

Other:

So. Yeah. I won that pitch contest I entered. And now I’m thinking … thoughts. Not necessarily deep thoughts, mind you. Still. I’m thinking them.

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Write 1/Sub 1 check in: week 21 the one with a long weekend

Week 21! I’m still working on Pansy, as you can see. I’m maintaining a good pace–not writing so much that I burn out, but enough that I don’t get all twitchy, either.

I’m also all signed up for The Southeast Review’s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen, which starts next Saturday.

And … I wrote a blog post that wasn’t a check in, so there’s that as well.

Writing:

Rejections:

  • Leap of Faith
  • The Short Sweet Life of My Invisible Prom Date ~ very nice rejection from UFO2 anthology. Not quite funny enough, but Alex did call it a beautiful story. He invited me to submit something else, but I have nothing that is both speculative and funny. Maybe by the time UFO3 rolls around.

Submissions:

  • The Short Sweet Life of My Invisible Prom Date ~x2. Since this came back in a day, I decided to send it back out again.

Acceptances:

  • None

Other:

I got the most charming sorry you didn’t win, but … note about The Life Expectancy of Fireflies:

Although the four finalists have been selected from the sea of talented entries, we wanted to let you know that your piece sparked conversation between the editors and is still being considered for possible publication online. With that in mind, we ask that you hang in there like a kitten on a tree branch while we sort the details out. Thanks for participating. You are magical.

I haven’t heard back yet, so we’ll see what we’ll see, won’t we.

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