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November 2015 recap

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 19
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 20
Stories withdrawn: 0
Resubmissions: 14
New Submissions: 0
Stories out at the end of the month: 12

Well, November is over, and I don’t have a new novel to crow about. I started NaNoWriMo very strong, completing 20,000 words in 9 days. This was in accordance with my plans, though I would have liked to have 30,000 words done at that point. Then we went and did our yearly November convention, then my brother came out to visit, and then I had a craft show. Unplanned, however, was me getting a bad cold right after the craft show, and being barely functional for a couple of days.

So by the point when I could have picked it back up again, I had pretty much lost the trail of the story. But I’m pretty pleased with what I have so far, so I do plan to finish it at some other point. Just not yet.

Meanwhile, on the short story front, I got one acceptance in November. My story, “Origin Story,” will appear in the first issue of Black Girl Magic Lit Mag, which will appear in January 2016. I’m really excited to be a part of this, and glad that this strange little piece found a good home.

The numbers at the end of the month are off because I had collected a stack of rejections while I was sick and over Thanksgiving, which I didn’t get back into circulation until tonight. So December will look a lot better!

Because November was NaNoWriMo, I wasn’t writing any short stories either. But I’ll start back up on that front when I get back to Seattle. Right now, I’m working in Kansas City for the week, which means loads of time spent with my niece and nephew. Last night, I sat with my nephew (who is 9) and we talked about one of the stories I’m working on, and I think we came up with a fun direction for me to take it in that wasn’t where I had originally anticipated going. So I’m looking forward to starting that one soon!


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