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Of all the silly things…

Here’s an odd one for you: For a fantasy story I’ve recently been circulating to magazines, I made up some terminology for people who have certain abilities.  They were simple, generic terms, but I’d never heard anyone use them in this particular way before, and neither, apparently, had my friends and beta-readers. Last […]

December and Annual Statistics

Neither December nor 2008 is over yet, but I don’t realistically expect to get anything done in the next 36 hours, so I’m posting my report now.   I’ve got the regular monthly report first, followed by some year-long figures. First, December: 3,400 new words of fiction written this month. 1 […]

Response Times

In a previous post we had a discussion of simultaneous submissions. One issue that came up was the relationship between simultaneous submissions and long review periods. Recently I took a look at my own submission-review history.

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 […]

WOTF Question

One of my stories just made the first "Honorable Mention" list on the Writers of the Future contest. This is the first time I’ve submitted to WOTF.  Am I correct in believing that receiving "Honorable Mention" means that I’m not going to be selected as a finalist or semi-finalist?    I ask because […]

YBF&H Honorable Mentions

In my obsessive record-keeping that keeps me from writing, one of the things I do is track the number of honorable mentions various magazines’ stories get in the big "Year’s Best" anthologies. I just got my hands on the 2008 Datlow-Link-Grant Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and did my tabulations. […]

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 […]

Flashshot Drabble Publication Dates

Flashshot has announced its publication schedule for the next two months. Here are the dates for my three drabbles: "Before Playing" will appear on October 9th.   "Too Much Sense" will appear on October 27th.   "Imagination’s Curse" will appear on November 16th. I hope you’ll drop in and read […]

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 […]

YBSF Honorable Mentions

I like to track several different parameters on different markets (especially periodical markets) to guage their relative visibility.  One of the things I follow is the frequency with which stories from that market appear in the “honorable mentions” appendix of Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction collection. There are a few hundred stories in […]

Earlyworks Press Anthology Sales

I have already mentioned that my 60-word drabble Among Strangers won first prize in the Sixty-Word Sagas competition at Earlyworks Press, and will be appearing in the next Earlyworks Press Anthology. I am now pleased to report that, by invitation, an additional three drabbles of mine (each 100 words long) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Highly Visible Fantasy Markets

This is a follow-up to my earlier post about SF markets.  Using very similar filters, I’ve come up with a list of highly visible fantasy markets. There are some horror markets thrown in there, as some filters didn’t separate the two. Markets with stories nominated for World Fantasy Awards 2006: […]

Highly Visible SF Markets

I’ve been looking at markets for short science fiction, trying to see which are “prominent” or “highly visible.”  I used four different filters, which came up with different results. Markets with stories that received Hugo nominations for 2007: Market Nominations Asimovs 10 Jim Baen’s Universe 1 F&SF 1 Strange Horizons […]