A Week of Writing: 8/20/18 to 8/26/18

It’s Monday, and here’s my literary ledger sheet for the week.

Words to Write By

Still reading a bunch of Elmore Leonard, and since he’s such a great source for quotes, here’s another one.

“When you are developing your style, you avoid weaknesses. I am not good at describing things, so I stay away from it. And if anyone is going to describe anything at all, it’s going to be from the point of view of the character, because then I can use his voice, and his attitude will be revealed in the way he describes what he sees.”

—Elmore Leonard

This one resonates with me for a couple of reasons. First, I wholeheartedly agree that your style is a focus on things your good at and probably the minimization of the things you struggle with. The other reason this quote speaks to me is, well, I’m not great at describing things either, and if Elmore Leonard can get away with it, maybe there’s hope for me too. No surprisingly, in Leonard’s famous Ten Rules of Writing number eight (Avoid detailed descriptions of characters) and number nine (Don’t go into great detail describing places and things) are my favorites.

The Novel

Late Risers is still with my critique partners, and preliminary feedback continues to be positive. I’m eager to get the novel back so I can start fixing all the problems my critique partners have almost certainly identified.

I have some other news about another book I can’t share right now, but I’ll fill you all in just as soon as I’m able. 🙂

Short Stories

I finished a new science fiction short story last week, and it’s currently being worked over by my writing group. I expect to have a version ready to send out this week. I also revised a flash fiction story and got that out the door.

Got a few more submission out last week.

  • Submissions Sent: 2
  • Rejections: 1
  • Acceptances: 1
  • Publications: 0
  • Shortlist: 1

A pretty good week for submissions, maybe not in volume, but the overall results were encouraging. The acceptance is from Factor Four Magazine, a new pro market I’ve been trying to crack since they opened. The story I sent them was a brand new one, and it’s always great to get those one-and-done submissions, especially with a really good market. The submissions last week put my at 83 total for the year.

The Blog

Two more blog posts last week.

8/20/18: A Week of Writing: 8/13/18 to 8/19/18

The usual weekly writing update.

8/22/18: Accepting the Unacceptance 

In this post I discuss the rare and unfortunate unacceptance.


Uncanny Magazine is still open for submissions, and there’s a story I’d like to revise and send to them. I’d also like to finish up the initial revisions on the new story I mentioned and get that out the door.

Writer Pal Spotlight

This week we’re going to do something a little different. Instead of directing you to my own meager accomplishments, I’m gonna point you at two brand new novels by two of my writer pals you definitely need to check out.

First up is Vox by Christina Dalcher. If you haven’t yet heard of this book, get out from under that rock and go buy it.

Next is Texas Ranger co-authored by Andrew Bourelle and some guy named James Patterson. 🙂

That was my week. How was yours?

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