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Submissions: The Long Road

I've heard many expressions of disappointment, frustration, and sometimes despair about story rejections. As a veteran of many story rejections myself, I totally get it. But sometimes I think new writers (or maybe I should say newer writers, since I'm relatively new myself) have an unrealistic notion of how long […]

September report

Here (very late) are my monthly statistics for September 8,500 new words of fiction written this month. 1   23 first drafts currently in progress. 2   10 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   4 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in the […]

August report

Here (a little late) are my monthly statistics for August: 7,800 new words of fiction written this month. 1   24 first drafts currently in progress. 2   9 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   4 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in […]

Monthly report for July

Here are my monthly statistics for July: 14,600 new words of fiction written this month. 1   25 first drafts currently in progress. 2   7 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   4 second drafts currently in progress   0 second drafts currently in the hands of […]

June Report, and, er, Other Reports

Yeah, I know, I haven’t done a monthly progress report since February. I’d like to claim that I didn’t have time because of All the Writing I was doing, but actually I was ashamed that I was getting so little done. (I actually predicted this in my  report for February, […]

Kickstarter Success

Wow. The Kickstarter project worked. I now have a bunch of backers who have done me the honor of paying me to write. I owe them regular reports, copies of drafts, etc. Some of them are going to appear as characters in the stories. Some are going to give me […]

First Lines Meme

I saw several other writers do this, and it looked like fun. First Lines Meme Below are the first lines from each story on which I am currently working. Not included on this list are stories I have submitted for publication. The stories are in alphabetical order by title. And, […]

February Report

Here are my monthly statistics for February: 5,500 new words of fiction written this month. 1   22 first drafts currently in progress. 2   1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   5 second drafts currently in progress   0 second drafts currently in the hands of […]

Châteaureynaud / Gauvin book; Monthly stats

First, the good stuff: Small Beer Press will soon release A Life In Paper, a collection of short stories by the French fabulist Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, translated by Edward Gauvin. Edward was my classmate at Clarion, and is a gifted literary SFF writer as well as a skilled translator. Putting Châteaureynaud […]

December and 2009 Stats

I have my monthly writing/submission stats for both December and all of 2009. First, December: 8,400 new words of fiction written this month. 1   21 first drafts currently in progress. 2   5 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   3 second drafts currently in progress   […]

Tally for November

Monthly stats for November: 4,800 new words of fiction written this month. 1 21 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time) 4 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. 2 3 second drafts currently in progress 1 second draft currently in the hands of "trusted readers." […]

Monthly Tally for October

Monthly stats for October: 10,182 new words of fiction written this month. 1   20 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   3 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. 2   4 second drafts currently in progress   2 second drafts currently in the […]

Monthly Tally for August

Here are my monthly stats for August: 7,600 new words of fiction written this month. 1   19 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   4 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.   3 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently […]

Monthly Stats for July

Here are my monthly stats for July. 24,000 new words of fiction written this month. 1 AND:   30,000 words of workshop critique written this month 2   19 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   3 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.   […]

Choosing First Clarion Story

I hope to post periodic updates on my Clarion experience here, although not every day. What I’d most like to do is share the best writing advice that I hear from the instructors, and the insights that arise from the crit process. I’ll parallel-post on my other LJ, and if […]

Report for May

Here are my monthly stats for May: 6,200 new words of fiction written this month. 1   19 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   2 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.   2 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in […]

Report for April

Here are my monthly stats for April: 9,100 new words of fiction written this month. 1   17 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   2 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.   2 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently […]

Possibly not a good sign…

, in her lecture on the Odyssey Podcast, says that people (especially Americans) love to read details about how things work. So, if you know somethin’ about somethin’, and can work it into a story, you’ll make it more interesting to many readers. The things I know somethin’ about (apart […]

March Statistics

Here are my monthly stats for March: 6,500 new words of fiction written this month. 1   15 first drafts currently in progress. 2   1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   1 second draft currently in progress   0 second draft currently in the hands of […]

February Stats

Here are my monthly stats for February: 6,300 new words of fiction written this month. 1   14 first drafts currently in progress. 2   1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   0 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in the hands of […]

January Statistics

Here are my statistics for January: 6,200 new words of fiction written this month. 1 13 first drafts currently in progress. 2 1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3 0 second drafts currently in progress 1 second draft currently in the hands of "trusted readers." 3 third drafts […]

October Stats

Here are my monthly stats for October 4,400 new words of fiction written this month. 1   15 first drafts currently in progress. 2   1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   0 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in the hands of […]

Monthly stats for September

Here are my monthly stats for September 2,705 new words of fiction written this month. 1   16 first drafts currently in progress. 2   1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   0 second drafts currently in progress   0 second drafts currently in the hands of […]

Drabbles on Flashshot; August Report

I was happy to learn, today, that three of my drabbles will appear on Flashshot. The titles are: "Before Playing"   "Imagination’s Curse"   "Too Much Sense" I’ll let you know when I learn the exact dates. Meanwhile, here’s the montly update for August: 4,300 new words of fiction written […]

July Tally

Here’s my monthly tally for July: 21,900 new words of fiction written this month. 1 14 first drafts currently in progress. 2 3 first drafts currently “ripening” before second draft. 3 0 second drafts currently in progress 1 second draft currently in the hands of “trusted readers.” 1 third draft […]

June Tally

Here’s my monthly tally for June: 12,300 new words of fiction written this month. 1 12 first drafts currently in progress. 2 3 first drafts currently “ripening” before second draft. 3 0 second drafts currently in progress 1 second draft currently in the hands of “trusted readers.” 0 third drafts […]

Tally for May

Here’s my monthly tally for May: 12,100 new words of fiction written this month. 1 11 first drafts currently in progress. 2 2 first drafts currently “ripening” before second draft. 3 0 second drafts currently in progress 0 second drafts currently in the hands of “trusted readers.” 1 third draft […]

April Tally

Here’s my monthly tally for April: 9,100 new words of fiction written this month. * 10 first drafts currently in progress. † 2 first drafts currently “ripening” before second draft. ** 0 second drafts currently in progress 0 second drafts currently in the hands of “trusted readers.” 1 third draft […]

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.** […]