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I received another rejection today. "Man-Ape" got kicked by Strange Horizons after about five weeks. This is the second rejection for that story. It was first rejected by Fantasy Magazine (another online publication). I turned right around and sent it out to Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Where it will probably get rejected again. But that's not my decision to make--it's theirs. So I didn't hesitate to send it out again.

And speaking stories in circulation, my lovely and talented wife thought it would be interesting to see what I've got out and how long they've been out. So, here goes:

"Clean Up Detail" is on its second submission; rejected once, has been out for just over a month.
"Hotel Party" is likewise on its second go round; rejected once, has been out for just over a month.
"Man-Ape" just went out for its third attempt at scaling the walls of published status.
"Watching Jennifer" is still awaiting a reply on its first submission. Going on six weeks now.
"Home Invasion" is on its first submission. It's been out for exactly a month.
"Making Friends" went out on June 1st. Still no word.
"Surprise Party" went out June 4th to a UK publication. Still no word.
"Flying High" went out on June 22nd. Less than a week at this point.

So there you have it. I just discovered (via Duotrope's Digest, a search engine for publications to which one may submit fiction) that there's a new anthology looking for stories about wizards, sorcerors, and so forth. I think I'll have to write something for that.

I also attend my first meeting as a potential member of said writers' group. Three members were there in person; the fourth participated by Skype from the far side of the planet. We're living in the 21st Century, people!

Had my story "Clean Up Detail" critiqued by the four current members. Oh the pain! Uh, I mean, "Thank you, sir! May I have another?" Nah. It wasn't that bad. I intend to go back and assuming I get my magic decoder ring, I'll be critiquing or being critiqued every three weeks or so. We also discussed writing, both of novels and of short stories. I'm planning to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, though I may well start writing a novel before then.

The regular group members announced their goals for the coming month. As a wannabe, I didn't. But I have my own goals. I've been trying to produce a story a week for the last couple of months. I have eight stories out, as is obvious above, but two of them were written in April, so I've missed a couple of weeks. So I'm going to renew my efforts to do so this coming month. So that means FIVE short stories in July. Any work on starting a novel will be IN ADDITION TO rather than instead of.

Wish me luck!

Words Written Today: 0 (so far)
Words Written YTD (since May 1): 70,884
Stores in Circulation: 8
Rejections: 4
Stories Accepted: 0


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