I know you’re all about my writing, oh ye who come regularly to my blog, so here’s an update:
First, since January, I’ve submitted twenty-six manuscripts to various markets; my goal for 2023, as it has been since 2021, is 100 submissions per year. I’ve gotten plenty of rejections, some personal with actionable feedback, some personal without actionable feedback, and some form rejections. Mostly form rejections. Editors are a busy lot, so they don’t tend to send personal rejections unless they are really impressed by the story, so I’m pleased with the ones I got.
Right now, I have eight outstanding submissions. I haven’t sold any stories to any pro markets, but I have high hopes for the rest of the year.
BUT! My sale to LOLCraft last year was enough to qualify me for membership in both Codex, an online writers’ group, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA). Getting into both of these organizations has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and I honestly had gotten to the point where I didn’t think I’d ever get into them. But lo and behold, I did! Yay me!
Work continues apace on revisions to my novel And the Devil Will Drag You Under, which I hope to have done by the end of June. After that I am planning to revise The Solitude of the Tentacled Space Monster, that bane of my existence since 2005. After that, I have an idea for a novel called Witness to the Scourge, an urban fantasy novel that has grown out of my short story of the same title (earlier titled “The BIM” for reasons which I can no longer recall). That’ll be fun. I’m enjoying all these projects, but the vastness of revising a novel is… well, it’s intimidating, even if I’ve taken a class from Cat Rambo on novel revision and read a couple of articles and a book about the process.
Ah, well. The words continue to spew forth.
In other news, I went to a dermatologist on Wednesday to have a suspicious growth on my leg looked at. Did you know that there are over 3,000 diagnoses that can be associated with dermal conditions? I didn’t. But that’s the kind of small talk you get into when you chat with a dermatologist while he’s injecting anesthetic into your skin, slicing off a growth, and cauterizing the wound. I also hadn’t realized that the skin on the shin is so thin that wounds there can’t be stitched closed, so cauterization is necessary. Interesting.
I’ve also been attacked by kobolds the past week… and if you haven’t been around here long, kobolds are my chosen representative of depression. Winston Churchill had his Black Dog. I have my kobolds. Nothing major happened. I’ve been sick with a cold, though that’s lessened, and that always exacerbates things.
But I’m feeling fine now. A little bit wheezy and short of breath, but the kobolds have moved on and I’m feeling better.
I hope you’re all doing well. Until we meet again.
3 thoughts on “Writing: A 1st-Quarter o’ 2023 Update”
Sounds like you have been productive. Good for you. What do you mean please by “actionable feedback?” Actionable as in you could file a lawsuit or a list of actions you could take to improve the piece.
Who edits your work? I ask because I happen to know a brilliant editor who will find every flaw, including any lack of continuity.
Actionable in the second sense: a list of actions to approve the story. As for who edits them, well, I generally edit them myself, based on feedback from critique partners (including my wife) or editors. I certainly can’t afford to hire anyone!
Good for you!
I always have a case of the winter kobolds. Hopefully I’m starting a new show next week and that may end. Hopefully.