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October 2017 recap

My black cat meets a plastic bird skeleton

Halloween kitty and his new bird friend

By the numbers:

Stories out at the beginning of the month: 25
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 21
Stories withdrawn: 0
Resubmissions: 23
New Submissions: 2
Stories out at the end of the month: 27

October has been a very productive month. On top of doing a lot of work on Brass and Glass Book 2, I’ve also completed two new short stories–monsters and arcology–and have started them on the rounds of submissions. I pulled one other story out of my not-in-circulation pile, as I found a good potential home for it. And there’s one story that I pulled from circulation because I’ve run out of good markets to send it to, but it’s a reprint that’s also in one of my collections, so I feel like it’s done good work and is probably ready to take a break. I also had one acceptance, but the ink is still wet on that one, so I’ll announce it later!

I worked some on monkey!, but it’s not quite done yet. I’ve got to finish up the first draft today, though, so that I can keep it on schedule. But we completed our rewrite of AustenWorld, just in time for the convention that it’s going to be playtested at (first playtest being on Thursday!) And I wrote a couple of book reviews, too.

In November, we start things off with a convention and then I have a couple of craft shows. So it’s traditionally a difficult month for me to get writing done, which is why I’m skipping NaNoWriMo this year. I’m still planning on getting stuff done, just not a new novel!

So the work to be done is:

  • Copyediting on a book that DefCon One will be publishing in the spring.
  • Working on my next collection of short stories.
  • Finishing monkey!
  • Getting a first draft of a rewritten story (“matryoshka”) done.
  • Another book review.

It’s a little less ambitious than some of my previous months, but I think it’s a good pile of things for November.

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