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, but a short YA story of mine has been short-listed, so I’m pleased (and a little hopeful).
Week 28! It was my birthday this week, also, the big trip to the local amusement park with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop (I’m one of their leaders). It’s what they wanted to do with their cookie money this year. I hazard to say that a good time was had by all–yes, even me.
We got to the park right when it opened, did all the long-line rides in the morning (when there were no lines) and the water park in the afternoon. The hardest part was the shopping at the end (each girl had some money to buy a souvenir). Oh, the deliberation that went into that!
Writing wise, it was a quiet week. Wrote a story, submitted a story, and that was it.
- None (!) I had to double check, but no rejections this week.
Week 27! This was a weird week, what with the Thursday holiday (I worked on Friday). I worked on some more prompts from the The Southeast Review’s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen. The result: a maybe flash fiction piece and the start on something possibly longer. We’ll see how that shakes out this week.
- The Girl with the Piccolo ~1,000 words
- Just a Matter of Time ~ Another nice rejection and I’ll send this one out again in the coming week.
Week 26! Last week, we spent four days without power and I was grateful that I:
1) Sent out my sub 1 early in the week.
2) Was working longhand on a story and could simply keep writing.
I’m still behind on prompts from The Southeast Review’s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen. But it’s not like they’ll go all soggy in the summer humidity or anything. I’m guessing on my word count, which turns out to be pretty accurate once I know how many words a page of my current notebook holds (this one, with the hedgehogs, about 250 to 280, depending).
As you can see, I went a little crazy on the subs this week. Next week, my aim is to get at least one brand new story into the mix–and not get too ahead of myself and run out of things to send.
- A Boy and His Witch ~1,000 words (last week)
- Keeping Time ~ 1,000 words (this week)
- Filling The Space
- The Burden of So Many Roses (reprint market)
- Just a Matter of Time
- The Secret Life of Sleeping Beauty (reprint market)
- The Burden of So Many Roses ~ you guys, what a nice rejection! Not only did the editor ask me to submit in the future, but gave me market suggestions for this particular story as well (and permission to name drop). So. Yeah. It went right back out this week.