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Writing Progress Report – Second Quarter 2019

Progress Report –Second Quarter 2019

How great was second quarter 2019? So I spent second quarter 2019 mainly editing. This is because The Real Hope of the Universe had over 185,000 words to start with. So how amazing was that?

Second Quarter 2019 Posted Works

Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Quill | Second Quarter 2019
First of all, I spent time on editing The Real Hope of the Universe. The beast is truly enormous and I need a chainsaw. Seriously.

I also had on a number of new short stories. A lot of these had been drafted on paper and so I considered spending some time fixing and polishing them.

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.

Finally, on I posted

Milestones

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 – 13,603+ reads, 142 comments
  • My Favorite Things (like kibble) – 972 reads, 133 comments
  • Revved Up – 59,005+ reads, 526 comments
  • Social Media Guide for Wattpad – 12,680 reads, 587 comments
  • The Canadian Caper – 457 reads, 37 comments
  • The Dish – 249 reads, 24 comments
  • There is a Road – 188 reads, 28 comments
  • WattNaNo’s Top Picks 2018 – 1,545 reads, 45 comments
  • What Now? – 1,602 reads, 44 comments

More Published Works

Also, I am amassing quite the collection of published works!

Untrustworthy, which is my first published novel. So yay!

Almost Shipwrecked, a story in the January 2019 edition of Empyreome.

Canaries, a short story in the March 29, 2019, edition of Theme of Absence.

Complications, a story in the Queer Sci Fi Discovery anthology. So this is an anthology where the proceeds went to supporting the QSF website.

Cynthia and Wilder Bloom, stories in the Longest Night Watch II anthology.

Props, a story in the Longest Night Watch I anthology. So this is an anthology where the proceeds go to Alzheimer’s research.

Surprises, a story in Book One of the 42 and Beyond Anthology set.

The Boy in the Band, a story in the Pride Park anthology. So this is an anthology where the proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

The Interview, the featured story in the December 14, 2018 edition of Theme of Absence. So they even interviewed me!

The Last Patient, a story in the Stardust, Always anthology. This was an anthology where the proceeds go to cancer research.

The Resurrection of Ditte, a story in the Unrealpolitik anthology.

This is My Child, a short story published in the April 8, 2019 edition of Asymmetry FictionApril 8, 2019 edition of Asymmetry Fiction.

Three Minutes Back in Time, a short story to be published in Mythic Magazine.

WIP Corner

So my current WIPs are as follows:

The Obolonk Murders Trilogy – so this one is all about a tripartite society. But who’s killing the aliens?

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 is that?

Mettle – so it’s all about how society goes to hell in a handbasket when the metals of the periodic table start to disappear. But then what?

Prep Work

So currently, I have been working on some writing prompts to keep me sharp and keep the words flowing. My intention, for this year’s NaNoWriMo, is that I may write a new novel in the Obolonks universe. But I need a plot! So a lot of this year will be spent on that.

Second Quarter 2019 Queries and Submissions

So here’s how that’s been going during second quarter 2019.

In Progress

As of second quarter 2019, the following are still in the running for publishing:

Publisher Title
Future Visions Killing Us Softly
Gods Among Men podcast Blue Card
Hecate Gentrification
Leading Edge Magazine Side by Side
Mithila Review None of This is Real
Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing Newsletter Who Do We Blame for This?
Polychrome Ink Darkness into Light
The Weird and Whatnot Dinosaurs
Unfading Daydream Nothing Good Ever Happens at 3 AM
Wee Tales A Kitten
Weekly Humorist Soul Rentals ‘R’ Us

Some of those have been out for a while, so I’m not exactly hopeful. Dinosaurs is on its 8th query, and Side by Side is on its 9th. Assuming they’re not picked up, at some point, I’ll throw in the towel on those, and just post them on Wattpad.

All Other Statuses

So be sure to see the Stats section for some details on any query statuses for second quarter 2019 which were not in progress.

Stats

So in 2018, my querying stats were:

  • 68 submissions of 19 stories
  • Acceptances: 4, 5.88%
  • In Progress-Under Consideration: 3, 4.41% (so these don’t seem to have panned out)
  • In Progress: 10, 14.71%
  • Rejected-Personal: 14, 20.59%
  • Rejected-Form: 24, 35.29%
  • Ghosted: 13, 19.12%

So in 2019 my querying stats are:

  • 23 submissions of 11 stories (so 6 submissions carry over from 2018)
  • Acceptances: 4, 17.39%
  • In Progress-Under Consideration: 0, 0%
  • In Progress: 11 (so this includes 2 holdovers from 2018), 47.83%
  • Rejected-Personal: 4, 17.39%
  • Rejected-Form: 3, 13.04%
  • Ghosted: 1, 4.35%

Second Quarter 2019 – The Productivity Killers

So it’s work, what else? I am working on a ton of things and since that is also writing, it can sometimes burn me out. Because second quarter 2019 just will not be the end of that!

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