Well I’ll start with the disclaimer that February has three fewer days than January, so if I missed a goal, that can be my excuse 🙂
Ha, but on a more serious note, this month has been super busy with non-writing stuff. Among other things, we took on the task putting new flooring down on the other side of the duplex. (Note to readers, if you buy a duplex you have twice the home “improvements” and repairs. Keep that in mind.)
The time spent put aside, it actually hasn’t been that bad doing the floor. It’s been a good learning experience, and we’re saving a ton of money doing it ourselves.
But anyhow, this doesn’t really have anything to do with writing, so let’s get on to my writing report card for the month.
So I immediately failed at reaching the goal I set last month of finishing and submitting one short story every month. (Yes, I am blaming the housework for that.) But it was a good month in another way. My first acceptance for the year came this month and it’s perhaps one of my most exciting. We’ll have more on that later this years.
I also finished outlining a kid’s story that could either work as a fairy tale(ish) short story, or a short picture book if I want to take it down that road. I’d like to get it cleaned up and submitted to either an appropriate anthology, or an agent if I want to try the book route with it.
Finally, here are my short story submissions stats:
- Number of submissions: 4
- Number of rejections: 3 (2 form letter, and 1 non-response)
- Number of acceptances: 1 (Story scheduled for print in October)
- Number still pending: 7
Theme of Absence
Theme of Absence is still going strong. Traffic was way up this month due to a couple of big listing sites adding us, and so were the number of submissions I received. I’m working through my backlog of stories, but as of right now, I’ve got 46 more stories to read. We’re still at a consistent acceptance rate of 26%, so if you’re looking for a good token paying market, don’t forget to consider us. Click here for the submission guidelines.
Let’s just revisit this in May, lol.
Goals for March
March will be a “fun” month. We’re hoping (dreaming, praying) to finish all of the home repairs before the baby (that’s # 4, for those of you counting at home) so things should get a little less hectic after that. But it’s like my wife said, we’re totally in survival mode until then. So I won’t be planning anything too ambitious this month, but I would like to clean up at least one more short story, possibly two since I have a few that are close.
But that’s about it. I want to keep my current blogging schedule and get caught back up on Theme of Absence, which I can do, but otherwise I need to spend a little more time preparing for all the things I have set up for April. And, of course, the baby.
Finally, I’ll take a second to share any upcoming writing event I have scheduled. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.
- Red Path Art Gallery – I’ll be speaking about the business of writing fiction, signing signing books, and drinking wine. This is my first solo, so maybe lots of wine. April 23, 1:30-3:00 (Seward, NE)
- Constellation 8 – I’ll be staffing the Nebraska Writers Guild table, and plan to participate in some table discussion on writing. April 28-30 (Lincoln, NE)
- Six Corners Southeast – I’m one of the author scheduled for a reading and book signing at this event. May 7, 12:30-5:00 (Bellevue, NE)
And that is it. Another month down in 2017. Hope your year is good so far, and if you’re up for the challenge, go ahead and share a few of your success stories and goals in the comments section. We’d love to hear ’em!