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July 2018 Recap

Stormageddon got himself INTO the bag, which is sort of the opposite of the cat’s out of the bag.

By the numbers:

Stories out at the beginning of the month: 33
Acceptances received: 0
Rejections received: 22
Stories withdrawn: 1
Resubmissions: 18
New Submissions: 2
Stories out at the end of the month: 31

The numbers for this month aren’t all that different from last month, aside from fewer new stories and acceptances. There were a couple of stories that I pulled out of circulation due to a lack of markets, which lowered the number of stories out at the end of the month. But I have a lot of things in progress!

I’ve been chugging along on Brass and Glass 3 all month (and I finished the first draft on Sunday, which I’ll talk about more later this week). I’ve written three flash fiction stories as part of contests in July. One of them, I’ve cleaned up and started on its rounds. The other two, I’m waiting for more feedback on. I also wrote a fourth flash fiction story (my other new sub for the month) outside of the contests. And I’ve finished the first drafts of two short stories, star and rain. Plus I’ve written a couple of reviews and worked on the Battling in All Her Finery read through. So basically, I finished EVERYTHING on my July to do list! Woo hoo! It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that!

Additionally, I went digging through my old “Pieces” folder, where I throw stories that I’ve backburnered. I found two stories in there that I started about 6 years ago and never finished that were in surprisingly good shape. I’ve long ago lost their outlines (if they ever had them), but I’ve decided where I want to go with them now, and have pulled them back into my to-do pile.

In August, I’m planning to:

  • Start editing Brass and Glass 3. That will run into September, too.
  • Write another contest flash story, the final one for one of the contests.
  • Edit two contest flash stories (both from that same contest).
  • Finish a long-abandoned story (cryo).
  • Revise star.
  • Write a Cobalt City story with Nate.
  • Write a book review or two.

Lots to do, but most of the month to do it in!


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