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April 2015 recap

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 6
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 3
Stories withdrawn: 0
Resubmissions: 4
New Submissions: 0
Stories out at the end of the month: 6

The numbers this month seem a little low to me, but I think that’s mainly because I’ve got stories out at markets that have a longer turn around time. I finished up the revisions to one story (blind) and sent that back out, but the day after I sent it, I realized how to make it even better. So when it came back with a rejection, I shelved it again until I have time to work on it more. And I did have one story accepted, but I’m still waiting on sharing those details!

On the writing front, things are slow but steady. I’m still working on revisions to the novella (cats), but it’s getting into a pretty good shape. Couple more weeks of edits, and then I’m going to begin the process of querying agents (*gulp*). I’m not entirely sure that I will end up going the traditional publishing route for this, but I’d at least like to give it a shot, as nerve wracking as that is.

I finished first drafts on three short stories this month (runners, shoes, and allies). I should have all of those revised and ready to go out by the end of May. Except allies is not actually going out for submissions, as it’s part of a project that I’m working on for a self-published mini collection. More on that as it gets closer to done!

Finally, I outlined a new story (candle) that’s been floating around in my brain for a while, but I finally got the pieces to fall together nicely. This was one that was largely image driven, so a lot of it was figuring out what was going on with those images and what it meant in terms of a story.

Some of this is slightly rearranged from my plans for April. I wound up moving up two stories (allies and candle) in exchange for bumping back two others (booze and monkey!) because of specific projects that I wanted to work on. The really nice thing is that the way I’ve got my schedule set up right now, I can rearrange short stories pretty much to my heart’s content, and still keep on track with everything.

In terms of May plans, I should have three finished stories (runners, shoes, and allies), a first draft of two more (candle and sea), and the beginning of a third (team up). I’m also planning on pulling an old story (game) out of storage and figuring out how to fix it. I’ve got more rewrites to do for another story (blind). And I’m going to make revisions to a novelette (coil) that’s part of the self-published mini collection. LOTS to do in May.

The good news is that I’m going on a short writing/crafting/getting away camping trip with some of my friends, starting on Sunday. Three of us are writers, three of us are crafters, and all four of us are gamers. I think we’re going to have a blast, and hopefully I can hide away for long enough to get some work done as well!


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