By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 20
Acceptances received: 0
Rejections received: 19
Stories withdrawn: 1
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 23
This month has mainly been about keeping stories moving–a rejection comes in, back out that story goes. I did have one story that I withdrew, as the market was unresponsive. The rights reverted on another story, so that one is back in circulation. And I finished something new!
The something new was a little bit odd. I had signed up for Zoetic Press’s Write Like You’re Alive challenge. The idea was to write something every day of the month. I did not succeed at that, though I did pretty well. Most of what I worked on was Camp Haunt. But I also submitted a photograph and my first ever legitimate attempt at writing song lyrics. (I am not counting the weird snippets of songs I wrote in college as real song lyrics, because they never got farther than perhaps one verse and a chorus… if that.)
I came very close to finishing one of my two Cobalt City stories, but I didn’t actually finish it in July. The other one got backburnered, as did “green.”
August will be dedicated to getting that second Cobalt City story into shape (maybe not quite done, but close), and starting on writing “green.” Because I’m having a surprisingly busy crafting month in August, I’m easing up on my writing schedule. But I am giving myself a personal challenge to work on more songwriting, so we’ll see what comes of that. Could end up accidentally committing poetry again. Who knows!