History That Never Was

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June recap

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 3
Acceptances received: 0
Rejections received: 1
Resubmissions: 1
New Submissions: 0
Stories out at the end of the month: 3

It’s been another month with not much movement on the submitted short stories. I had one story come back with a rejection, but I haven’t resubmitted it yet, as I’m waiting on one of my friends to give me some feedback on it. The resubmission that I had was actually another story, which I had been sitting on for a while for revisions.

I haven’t been completely slacking, though. I worked on revisions on another old story, did a bunch of research for a new story (that unfortunately just didn’t click, once I started writing it), wrote one super short story (which will probably get edited down to under 1,000 words), and started on another short story. I’m hoping to finish the first draft of the started story in the next week or so. I probably won’t get either of the new stories into circulation until August, though, because I’m taking another month off from short stories to work on novel revisions.

After letting the rough draft of my novel sit for a month, I started reading it last night, and finished reading it this afternoon. (It didn’t take me long to read it, partly because it’s a bit on the short side for a novel, and partly because I didn’t read it nearly as thoroughly as I would if it were a book I hadn’t written.) Despite some frustrations, I’m pretty content to say that it’s not horrible. Well, to be fair, it is in pretty bad shape. But there are good bones underneath, and now they just need more substance. It’s something that’s going to take work, but it’s doable work. The novel is fixable.

So tomorrow, I start going through chapter by chapter and fixing it. Assuming all goes well, I’ll have a second draft done by the beginning of August, and will be able to get people to read it. (If you’re interested in reading it, drop me an Email: historythatneverwas@gmail.com.) And then I’ll really find out whether or not it’s decent!

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