By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 22
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 18 (+1)
Stories withdrawn: 0
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 21
Only one month in to 2017, and I’ve already received an acceptance and started a new story in the rounds. The acceptance is not quite finalized, so I’ll post more about that later. The new story that I finished was one that I came up with, wrote, and polished in a fairly short amount of time–it wasn’t one on the usual schedule. The +1 on rejections was a market that closed unexpectedly and returned all the stories they had received.
In addition to the above, I have:
- Finished the first draft on a novel that I’ve been working on for a while (kyra)
- Outlined the second book in my steampunk series and started writing it (B&G2)
- Recorded another story for Girl Cooties (“Unexpected Sparx” – listen to me read it here!)
- Wrote a review of Glittership Winter 2017, which was published at Mad Scientist Journal
- Organized my plans for doing some research for my next short story collection
One of my day job co-workers gave me a day planner, which I’ve turned into a sort of journal/tracker for my writing. So I now have a really good record of what I’ve accomplished in any given month. This goes along with my longer-term planner in a Google Doc spreadsheet, which I’ve been told is basically a Gantt chart. So I feel REALLY organized, which is good.
For February, I plan to:
- Write more on the second book in my steampunk series (should be working on chapter 6 at the end of the month)
- Write a couple of essays for my next short story collection
- Review a short story collection for MSJ and Girl Cooties
- Start writing a new story (arcology)
I’m also going to be doing a lot of work on Mad Scientist Journal in February, especially as we just launched our fourth anthology Kickstarter this morning. Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures, will be a collection of stories about haunted houses and other weird places. You can learn more about it (and back it!) here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bolthy/utter-fabrication-tales-of-haunted-houses-and-weir.