I signed up for Kasie Whitener’s Just Write Challenge in December of last year (I think). The goal was to write 13 original short stories in the year.
Later, Kasie amended the rules a bit to include revised stories.
The goal was to have everything ready to submit in the fall. Well, I’ve been submitting my stories all along. I don’t think that disqualifies me, but I just wanted to come clean.
Here is my progress review:
- Nothing’s Perfect – flash fiction – posted to my blog for one of Chuck Wendig’s challenges – January 2013. No acceptance or rejection carried with the challenge.
- Beneath the Foundations – short story – completed and submitted to Sword and Mythos anthology, February 2013. Subsequently rejected. Free Press
- Molly Finder – short story – completed and submitted to In Places Between, April 2013. Subsequently rejected.
- The Broken Places – short story – completed and submitted to anthology, May 2013. Subsequently rejected. I can now say that I’ve been rejected by the likes of Ellen Datlow. Not sure whether that’s a good or a bad thing 😉
I’m so glad that Kasie changed her expectations, because, whew, I kind of petered out after June 😦
- Downtime – short story, revised and submitted to On Spec, January 2013. Accepted! (2014 schedule)
- A Terrible Thing – short story, revised and submitted to Tesseracts 17, February 2013. Subsequently rejected.
- The Gabriel – short story (approaching novella), revised and submitted to Writers of the Future, March 2013. Subsequently rejected.
- Cicadas – short story, revised and submitted to the Rannu Fund Prize, June 2013. Outcome unknown at this time.
- Night Traffic – flash fiction, revised and submitted to Mouse Tales Press, July 2013. Accepted! (October 2013)
- Killing with Kindness – flash fiction, revised and submitted to Gigantic Worlds anthology, July 2013. Subsequently rejected.
So, with 4 new and 6 revised, I’m up to 10 stories written or revised and submitted, yielding 3 acceptances, 5 rejections, 1 neutral, and 1 outstanding response. That’s not bad.
Previous year’s submissions
Submissions last year resulted in acceptances of my poetry to The (July 2013) and Enhance (March 2013), the inclusion of a creative non-fiction piece in Spooky Sudbury (October 2013), and the acceptance of one of my photos, also to Enhance (January 2014).
My poetry has also been accepted by Sulphur (date of publication as yet unknown). This was the only poetry submission I have made this year.
I have finished what I thought was going to be my last revision of Initiate of Stone before querying, but I’m still quite a bit over the maximum word length generally considered by agents and editors in my genre.
As my goal is to obtain representation and a traditional deal (if I can), I’m parsing again, but am 3/4 the way through that process as well. I may need one more go-though to trim those last few thousand words, though. I’m getting to the point that it seems naked!
Once that’s done, it’s beta time*, preparation of my synopsis and query, sending to interested parties from a pitch conference last fall, and the slow agony of the querying process.
Other writing goals
I’m going to be attending the Surrey International Writers’ Conference this year and entering their fiction contest. It will likely be a revised story.
There is another contest in early September for which I will likely revise something.
If I’m able to get a self-funded leave (this is a work thing—lots of stuff happening, or not, on that front, but I’m saving it up until I have a better idea of my fate), I will be revamping my blog and moving to self-hosted WordPress (eek!).
Once my current WIP is into the querying stage, and until I hear from my betas, I will return to Gerod and the Lions, my MG fantasy, just for something different. I’m going to be on the lookout for more anthologies and interesting calls to see if I can get some more original fiction written. Again, this may depend on whether I get my self-funded leave or not.
Once GatL is drafted, I’ll return to my Ascension series, either revising IoS based on beta/other recommendations, or moving on to Apprentice of Wind.
That’s all I have on the go or in the plan for now.
What have you been up to recently? Have you joined any challenges? How is it going? Working on a novel? Short stories? Poetry? Creative or other non-fiction? I’d love to hear about your creative adventures!
*I have several people in mind, but if you are interested in epic fantasy with a female protagonist, drop me a line at melanie (dot) marttila (at) gmail (dot) com.