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September 2021 Recap

The waiting area before my surgery, with Jeremy!

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 142
Acceptances received: 3
Rejections received: 92 (+1) (+5)
Stories withdrawn: 0
Resubmissions: 91
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 133

My numbers for September are a little on the low side, because, as you can see from the lovely photo, I had surgery a couple of weeks ago. It went well, no complications, but between waiting to find out if it was happening and then having a week when I did little other than recover, I didn’t get much done in September.

The oddities on the rejections this month are one market that went on hiatus, returning the stories that had been submitted, and one market that never responded for a batch of poems.

I did have three acceptances, and I’ve signed the contracts for two of them. Utopia Science Fiction will be publishing my story, “First Rights,” and Daily Science Fiction will be publishing “Turning the Tide.” Both of these are flash pieces (and the third acceptance is as well).

I only finished one story this month, which was for the late September flash fiction contest, and it just worked out that I could get the story written and submitted before my surgery. I didn’t do much else on my September to do list, since most of it got shoved to the backburner once my surgery was scheduled.

October is also going to be lighter than usual, as I’m trying to take it as easy as I can as I continue to recover from surgery. Even with a good healing process, it still takes a lot of time!

But I am planning:

  • Drawlloween pieces (Maybe poetry, maybe story starts. I have an overload of unsold flash fiction right now, so I’m trying to focus my attention on other lengths instead.)
  • Two flash pieces for contests
  • Working on creepy river (it’s about halfway done, but it needed more focus than I could give it in September)
  • Writing a book review

Drawlloween is really the bulk of what’s on my plate this month, and it will likely result in fewer finished pieces at the end of the month than I usually shoot for. But I think it’ll be a nice, gradual way to ease back into my normal schedule.


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