Progress Report –First Quarter 2019
So I spent first quarter 2019 finishing The Real Hope of the Universe. Then everything just sort of fell into place. And how awesome was that?
First of all, I worked to finish The Real Hope of the Universe. But the book got really long! As in over 185,000 words! It is now the longest piece I have ever written.
Then there will be a lot of time was spent on editing it. Also, I worked on submitting to various magazines and anthologies. January seemed to be a month of rejections. Maybe people were back from vacation. February definitely was better. And March was an improvement on that.
Then on Wattpad I posted some fan fiction as I am not posting wholly original work there these days. That is, unless it’s for the WattNaNo profile. However, if some of the shorter pieces never find a home after 10 or so tries, some of them will be reworked. But others just might end up there. I am not sure.
Then on Fanfiction.net, you guessed it, I posted fan fiction, and I even wound down. So except for two incomplete stories, which I may never finish, everything is there. So, no more Fanfiction.net, except for stats!
Also, I have written over two and a half million words (fan fiction and wholly original fiction combined). So right now my stats on Wattpad for wholly original works are as follows:
- How to NaNoWriMo – 12,407+ reads, 137+ comments
- My Favorite Things (like kibble) – 971 reads, 133 comments
- Revved Up – 58,858+ reads, 526+ comments
- Social Media Guide for Wattpad – 12,351+ reads, 587+ comments
- The Canadian Caper – 455 reads, 37 comments
- The Dish – 249 reads, 24 comments
- There is a Road – 188 reads, 28 comments
- WattNaNo’s Top Picks 2018 – 1,307+ reads, 43+ comments
- What Now? – 149+reads, 6+ comments
More Published Works
Also, I am amassing quite the collection of published works!
Untrustworthy, my first published novel.
Surprises, a story in Book One of the 42 and Beyond Anthology set. So this one got to #3 in its Amazon category!
The Last Patient, a story in the Stardust, Always anthology.
Canaries, also to be published by Theme of Absence, on March 29, 2019.
This is My Child, to be published by Asymmetry on April 8, 2019.
The Resurrection of Ditte, a story in the Unrealpolitik anthology.
Complications, a story in the Queer Sci Fi Discovery anthology (so this book is only available from resellers).
Props, a story in the Longest Night Watch I anthology.
The Boy in the Band, a story in the Pride Park anthology.
Cynthia and Wilder Bloom, stories in the Longest Night Watch II anthology.
All My Aliens, a story in the 72 Hours of Insanity anthology (so this book is no longer available – anywhere!).
Three Minutes Back in Time, to be published by Mythic Magazine.
So my current WIPs are as follows:
The Obolonk Murders Trilogy – so this one is all about a tripartite society where a Boston cop is investigating mass murders. But who’s killing the aliens? So how do humans and robots fit in?
The Enigman Cave – can we find life on another planet and not screw it up? You know, like we do everything else?
The Real Hub of the Universe Trilogy – so the aliens who live among us in the 1870s and 1880s are at war. But why? So how can a plucky Irish scullery maid, her closeted employer, and a secret society in Boston save the world?
Mettle – all about how society goes to hell in a hand basket when the metals of the periodic table start to disappear. Then what happens in near-future Boston?
So if you noticed the Boston trend everywhere, give yourself a cookie. Because it’s one of my Easter eggs.
So currently, I have been working on some writing prompts to keep me sharp and keep the words flowing. Yet my intention, for this year’s NaNoWriMo, is that I will probably start a new piece. So this may even be a series in the Obolonks universe. But I need a plot! So a lot of this year will be spent on that.
However right now I am still working on The Real Hope of the Universe so it is on the back burner for now.
Queries and Submissions
So here’s how that’s been going during first quarter 2019.
As of first quarter 2019, the following are still in the running for publishing:
|Publisher||Title||Result||Last Applicable Date|
|Andromeda Spaceways Magazine||None of This is Real||In Progress||3/10/19|
|Bards and Sages Quarterly||Dinosaurs||In Progress||1/17/19|
|Future Visions||Killing Us Softly||In Progress||1/27/19|
|Gods Among Men podcast||Blue Card||In Progress||2/28/19|
|Leading Edge Magazine||Side by Side||In Progress||1/18/19|
|Luna Station Quarterly||Nothing Good Ever Happens at 3 AM||In Progress||1/24/19|
|Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing Newsletter||Who Do We Blame for This?||In progress||12/12/18|
|Polychrome Ink||Darkness into Light||In Progress||1/27/19|
|Wee Tales||A Kitten||In progress||8/14/18|
|Weekly Humorist||Soul Rentals ‘R’ Us||In progress||2/17/19|
I had to resubmit some of the older ones and declare them ghosted. There’s a lot of mental energy that goes into submitting, I feel. So sometimes I need to work my way up to it. Aside from new submissions for some works which were rejected, no news can often feel like goodish news.
All Other Statuses
Also see the Stats section for some details on any query statuses for first quarter 2019 which were not in progress.
So in 2018, my querying stats were:
- 68 submissions of 19 stories
- Acceptances: 4, 5.88%
- In Progress-Under Consideration: 3, 4.41%
- In Progress: 10, 14.71%
- Rejected-Personal: 14, 20.59%
- Rejected-Form: 24, 35.29%
- and Ghosted: 13, 19.12%
And in 2019, my querying stats so far are:
- 18 submissions of 12 stories
- Acceptances: 3, 11.11%
- In Progress: 9, 50.00%
- Rejected (any type): 6, 33.33%
- Withdrew Voluntarily: 1, 5.56%
This Quarter’s Productivity Killers
Work, what else? So I am working on a ton of things. And since that is also writing, it can sometimes burn me out. Because first quarter 2019 will not be the end of that!
Hence keeping up with this blog remains difficult. But I’m trying! Thank you for hanging in there, and sticking with me, first quarter 2019 and beyond. <3
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Finally, you can find me on Google+. But Google+ is closing! So you will not see me (or anyone else, for that matter) there for too much longer. Sigh.