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My Revision Wall

| February 24, 2020

I’ve been working through revisions on a novel since the beginning of 2020, and I’m finally reaching the end of those. But I wanted to show off the tool that I’ve been using to help with those revisions–my Revision Wall. Some people use post-it notes to do something similar, but I needed a) more space […]

Question from the Audience: De-Trunking a Story

| November 18, 2019

I’m back today with another question from the audience! Do you have any advice on trying to “de-trunk” and resuscitate a story you really liked? Like, how do I know if it’s time? How do I find the good bits without holding onto the ones that just aren’t working? So remember how I talked about […]

January 2016 recap

| February 2, 2016

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 16 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 13 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 14 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 18 Hard to believe that a month has already passed! I’m still putting 2015 on plenty of stuff, but I’m finally starting to remember what […]

April 2015 recap

| April 30, 2015

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 6 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 3 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 4 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 6 The numbers this month seem a little low to me, but I think that’s mainly because I’ve got stories out at markets that have a longer […]

February 2015 recap

| February 28, 2015

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 5 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 8 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 11 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 9 More good numbers for February! I finished up revisions on one story (code name: play) that I had written in […]

March recap

| April 1, 2013

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 2 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 3 Resubmissions: 2 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 2 March was a rather productive month for me. I finished one short story and sent it off to an anthology. Though the story […]

September recap

| October 2, 2012

Huh, September ended when I wasn’t looking! So here’s the recap, a few days late! By the numbers Stories out at the beginning of the month: 4 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 3 Resubmissions: 2 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 3 Numbers are a bit down this month because […]

Goals for the weekend

| September 7, 2012

So my friend Folly, posted about her goals for the weekend writing retreat. And I just spent a couple of minutes figuring mine out, in the form of a ridiculously formatted and color-coded word document. But I realized that while the color-coded word document is pretty, it does nothing to actually keep me on target. […]

May recap

| May 31, 2012

By the numbers Stories out at the beginning of the month: 5 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 2(*) Resubmissions: 3(*) New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 5 In addition to the above, my novella went out to beta readers! I now am trying not to check my E-mail obsessively, because […]

Friday recap is back!

| May 18, 2012

Yeah, I know. I haven’t remembered to recap for a while. My bad. Then again, I haven’t had a lot to recap. See, hubbie found this MMO, and it’s all been downhill from there. It’s got me sucked in, which means that most of my spare time is now spent gardening and trying to level. […]