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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 […]

Cosmos Online buys “Tenure Track!

I’m happy to say that Cosmos Online will publish my SF story "Tenure Track". This is my first sale of a story actually written at the Clarion Writers Workshop.  It was my final (Week 6) story, written in an usual (to say the least!) style.  I’ve also sold both of my Clarion […]

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 […]

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 […]

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   […]

Clockwork Phoenix 3 TOC

has released the final table of contents for Clockwork Phoenix 3. My story "Lineage" is in position 12, between ‘s "Where Shadows Go at Low Midnight" and ‘s "Murder in Metachronopolis". (I love these titles!) Also he’s added stories by and to the list, making the total fifteen. Still really, […]

What is a Good Market?

The recent fracas about the lousy pay rates in some short fiction markets has led to a discussion of what constitutes a "good" market to which to apply, or a "good" credit to put on a cover letter. If you’ve been following my compulsive numerical analysis of things like honorable […]

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 […]

YBH Honorable Mentions

I’ve broken down the 531 honorable mentions in this year’s Year’s Best Horror by market.  You’ve seen me do this before with Year’s Best SF and the late lamented Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.  I think it’s probably the most accurate way of guaging the relative "status" and "quality" of different […]

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 […]

Honorable Mentions in YBSF

As I’ve done in the past, I’ve tallied up all the "honorable mentions" in the 26th annual Year’s Best Science Fiction, and reported the ones attributed to periodicals below.  This is sort of my "state of the markets" survey. Asimovs 55 F&SF 53 Postscripts 38 Jim Baen’s Universe 25 Interzone […]

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.   […]

Odyssey buys “The First Day of Spring”

I’m happy to announce that Odyssey Magazine has bought  my flash fiction story, "The First Day of Spring." Odyssey: Adventures in Science is a magazine for "young adventurers" aged 10-16.  Each monthly issue has a theme.  My story, which concerns the beginnings of prehistoric agriculture, will appear in the October issue, whose theme […]

June Statistics

A quick post in the middle of crit-work at Clarion. Here are my monthly stats for June: 6,200 new words of fiction written this month. 1 BUT:   5,000 words of workshop critique written this month (in the last three days, actually)   19 first drafts currently in progress (some […]

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 […]

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 […]