A Week of Writing: 4/5/21 to 4/11/21

Two weeks into April. Here’s how I did.

Words to Write By

This week’s quote comes from Herman Wouk.

“I try to write a certain amount each day, five days a week. A rule sometimes broken is better than no rule.”

~ Herman Wouk

This has long been my approach, and though the amount I write per day can vary, I tend to stick to the five-days-a-week plan. For example, when I’m writing the first draft of a novel, I shoot for 2,000 words a day, which gives me a comfortably-sized book in about three months. For short stories, I like to hit 1,000 words a day, and I end up with a fairly chunky story in about a week. The second part of that quote is also important. Some days, for whatever reason, I can’t write. Then the routine becomes a chance to practice allowing myself some grace. I’ll admit I’m far better at the former than the latter, but I’m working on it. 🙂

Short Story Submissions

Another decent week in submission land.

  • Submissions Sent: 2
  • Rejections: 0
  • Acceptances: 0
  • Publications: 1
  • Shortlist: 0
  • Pending: 13
  • 2021 Total Subs: 31

Two more submissions last week, which is the minimum number I need to hit my goal of 100 subs for the year. No rejections or acceptances, but I’ve got pending submissions that should be getting near a decision. I expect more activity this week on that front. Hopefully, some of that activity will result in an acceptance. I did have a story published last week. More details on that below.

Night Walk

Last week, we received printers proofs and finalized the manuscript for Night Walk & Other Dark Paths. The collection is looking great, and I’m excited for release day on 4/22/21. The anthology is available for preorder in print and digital through Amazon. If you’re so inclined, click the cover below.

I have a new feature on the blog called Night Walk Wednesday, where I give you all the rejectomancy stats on individual stories from the collection. You can check out the first three installments below.


Last week, my sci-fi flash piece “News from Home” was published by Wyldblood Press. This is my first publication with this market, and I hope it may be the first of many. You can read “News from Home” by clicking the link.

Read “News from Home”


Same as last week: send out more submissions and keep going on my commission work.

That was my week. How was yours?

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