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Monthly Tally for March

As I’ve seen others do here, I’m going to begin posting a monthly tally of words written, submissions made, etc., just to keep me honest.

Here’s the tally for March:

  • 3,300 words of fiction written this month.*
  • 10 stories currently submitted to markets
  • 60 words in shortest story currently submitted.**
  • 7,500 words in longest story currently submitted.
  • 0 offers of publication received this month.
  • 9 currently incomplete 1st drafts.***
  • 2 1st drafts currently “ripening” to await 2nd draft.****
  • 0 2nd drafts currently in the hands of “trusted readers.”
  • 0 3rd drafts currently awaiting polishing.

* The word count is so low because I spent three weeks working on a conference paper. In February, by contrast, I wrote 20,000 words.

** The 60-word story was submitted to a drabble contest.

*** I always have a lot of 1st drafts “in progress,” until one of them really grabs me and I work on it obsessively.

**** I’m enforcing a six-week “ripening” period for 1st drafts at the moment.

Once I present this conference paper (only six days to go) I’ll be able to work on my second drafts and the two new stories I want to work on.

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