By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 23
Acceptances received: 2
Rejections received: 17
Stories withdrawn: 0 (2)
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 21
August’s submissions look about right to me. I had a photograph that I submitted as part of the 31/31 writing challenge accepted, so that’s one of my two acceptances. The other is that my story, “Nochevieja,” is going to appear in Cobalt City Christmas 2: Christmas Harder. It’s a fun little Huntsman story featuring Sarah Castile home for the holidays, and the Castile family’s New Years Eve tradition, stemming from their Spanish ancestry. (This was also my one new submission for the month.)
The withdrawn stories were not withdrawn per se, but I have a couple of stories that I’ve been trying to sell as reprints that I have pulled from circulation because I’m running out of markets that will take reprints of their length/publication history/etc. They’re just on hold, though–something is likely to open up eventually that will have an interest in them, I’m sure!
Outside of the submissions, I finished the first draft of “rain,” and started writing “green.” I’ve also been chugging along on my serial novel, Camp Haunt, and I’ve come up with a plan to start working on some of my old neglected novels. We’ve also been chugging away on getting Fitting In (for MSJ) ready to publish, and I’ve been helping Jeremy keep his stories/publishing on track.
For September, my plan is to finish the first draft of “green,” start the first draft of “blues,” and revise “rain.” I’ll also keep on trucking with Camp Haunt, and another project that’s been simmering in the background, which I’m not quite at a point that I can announce officially.