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February 2015 recap

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 5
Acceptances received: 0
Rejections received: 8
Stories withdrawn: 0
Resubmissions: 11
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 9

More good numbers for February! I finished up revisions on one story (code name: play) that I had written in December, and it’s off to find a home. This one took me a little while to figure out how to get to work, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I also did my heavy edits on three older stories, all of which are now back in circulation. I finished the first draft of another story (code name: island), and I’m going to take a look at that one tomorrow, with a view to getting it polished up and out for submission by the middle of March. And I’ve been working on revisions to the almost-a-novella story (code name: coil), which only promises to get longer before it’s done.

I’ve also nailed down a little more than half of my outline for the novel. I’m now getting to the difficult part (for me) of outlining–the protagonists have hit their first encounter with the big bad, and now I’ve got to keep them occupied for about 5-8 more chapters before they get their final confrontation with the big bad. So it’s a fine balance between having them do things that are meaningful without immediately running headlong into that final confrontation. I will say, however, that I usually bog down in the outline around chapter 5 or 6, and then struggle through the rest. This time around, the first half of the outline laid itself out pretty easily. So that’s promising!

Plans for March include revisions to two stories (island and coil). I am already anticipating that I might not get done with the revisions to the latter in the next week, so that one may go back on the back burner for a while. I also need to finish up the outline in the next couple of weeks, and then start writing on March 15th. My plan is for about 30,000 words in the second half of March (and then 50,000 more in April), which is going to be challenging. We’ll see how it goes!

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