By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 11 (miscounted last month)
Acceptances received: 0
Rejections received: 18
Stories withdrawn: 0
New Submissions: 2
Stories out at the end of the month: 15
Holy cow, looking at the numbers for June, I have to say I’m a little impressed. I’ve been doing an awesome job of keeping my stories in circulation. And while that can mean a lot of rejections, I’ve got at least two stories that are currently being held for consideration, which is a really nice feeling.
I added two new stories to the rotation this month (candle and sea), and I had the rights revert to me on two other stories. I also completed allies (for my mini-anthology), but that one isn’t going out for submissions.
In addition, I got first drafts done of team up (for the mini-anthology) and an old story (demon) that had been on the backburner for a couple of years. I talked through the plot with Jeremy last night, and worked out what I needed to fix to make it work for me, so I wrote up the last scenes this evening.
I also got just the tiniest toe-hold into one new story (monkey!) and have just started working on revisions to a novelette-length piece (occult).
There were a couple of things that didn’t go quite as planned. Team up took way longer to write than I expected, I think in large part because I was tackling an existing character that I’d never written for before (part of a shared universe). I found that probably the most daunting part of it. I also had plans to work on another backburnered story (cryo), but when I sat down to outline it, I couldn’t really figure out how to make it the story I wanted to tell without it being fairly boring. So it’s back to the backburner with that one, till I figure out how to fix it.
July is going to be a busy month for me–my little sister arrives Thursday for a brief visit, we’ve got a mini gaming convention, and a couple of new games scheduled for other weekends. I suppose the good news is that I won’t also be singing in a band this month (unless anyone knows a Seattle-area pop punk band (covers or originals) looking for a female lead singer). I have also loosened up my writing schedule a little bit. Still aiming for five days a week of writing and revisions, but not trying to power through as many projects at the same time, and setting more realistic expectations on how long it takes me to write and/or revise a story.
My plans for the month are to continue working on the revisions to occult (to be finished in August), revise team up and demon (and get the latter submitted), and finish writing monkey! and start writing a new story that I’m calling “booze” as its codename.