Month: August 2010

More rejections than you can shake a stick at!

I finally got caught up on my short stories in my spreadsheet today.  Bad writer!  Bad!

Here are the short story rejections I’ve received from April-present:  12*

Here are the stories I’ve finished since April (8), when I started purposefully doing more of them:

  • The Cargo of the Gods (SF)
  • People Juice (Crime)
  • The Cliff House (F)
  • Murder God of West Branch (F)
  • Winter Fruit (F)
  • Uvlechenie (SF)
  • Miracle, Texas (F)
  • The Procrustean Mirror (F)

I should be done with “The Resignation” (SF) tomorrow.

I have two more stories (old ones) out for submission, “Abominable” (H) and “Things You Don’t Want” (H), which makes:

  • Science Fiction: 3
  • Crime: 1
  • Fantasy: 5
  • Horror: 2

The next one should be a mystery, n’est-ce pas?  Of the genres that I like to read, I haven’t written any mysteries.  Sure, the other genres have elements of a mystery story, but they aren’t actually mystery stories.

I’ve submitted to eighteen different markets since April.

Rejections to date this week:  3.

Most rejections received on one day:  5 (including novel rejections).

General cockiness level:  Not terribly.  But it’ll take more than this to cow me!

*Which makes it look a lot less painful. Except I keep getting novel rejections at the same time.  But more on that later.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-01

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  • In a heroic effort to get caught up, I wrote almost 10K today. Five chapters. I'd feel better about it if I weren't so stunned. #
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  • How to boil an egg: http://www.b3ta.com/links/502106 All I need is a chainsaw… #
  • Another personal editor rejection. Siiiiiigh whee! siiiiiiiiiigh. #
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  • Half Moon Investigations – Eoin Colfer: A master of character. High (personal) stakes for a middle grade book. Liked it. #
  • After dog highjinks today, I want to take my day, throw it on the ground, and stomp all over it. #
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  • Actually got Ox to obey for [drumroll] thirty seconds today. Hard-won victory. #
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  • To write a short story within a few hours, have a viable story idea (for you) B4 starting. A good idea isn't enough; *you* have to love it. #
  • Painful lesson, perhaps learned, perhaps not. #
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  • Okay, this week's story is Not Ready to Write; I only had half the idea. Last week's story is done now, though. WHEW. #
  • Uvlechenie done: "Space. It was the biggest small town in the universe." #
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  • Up for today: Chapter, silly food show, short story, brainstorm murder-mystery characters, movie! #
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  • Just so. Anne Rice refuses name "Christian."
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  • Friday is rejection day. Two so far… #
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  • Watching a cable TV show off the Internets for research. Really? How do people stand to watch TV without Bejeweled? #
  • Wow. There are a lot of Dibs out there. #
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