Category: My Work

A Week of Writing: 9/6/21 to 9/12/21

Two weeks into September, and here’s my weekly writerly report card. Words to Write By A great quote about revision from author Leigh Bardugo.  “I think the hard work of writing is just how long a book is terrible before it’s good.” ― Leigh Bardugo… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/6/21 to 9/12/21”

Write to Revise: My WIP Checklist

This week, I started the second revision of my WIP novel Hell to Play. This is the big revision/rewrite before I start shopping it around, and it will be driven by the comments and notes from my three excellent critique partners (bless you, you wonderful… Continue Reading “Write to Revise: My WIP Checklist”

Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21

A couple of fairly productive weeks. Here’s the score. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Michael Crichton. “Books aren’t written- they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21”

Submission Statement: August 2021

And there goes August. A better month than July, but just barely. August 2021 Report Card Submissions Sent: 11 Rejections: 9 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 1 Further Consideration: 1 I did manage a solid number of submissions in August, and 11 more gives me a… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: August 2021”

Hold, Please: Further Considering the Short-List Letter

I’ve discussed the hold or further consideration letter a few times on the blog, but since I’ve received a bunch of them this year, I thought it was time to revisit. We’ll look at a couple of examples, what they may tell us, and… Continue Reading “Hold, Please: Further Considering the Short-List Letter”

A Week of Writing: 8/9/21 to 8/15/21

Another week gone by. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from one my favorite sci-fi writers Joe Haldeman. “I think any writer keeps going back to some basic theme. Sometimes it’s autobiographical. I guess it usually is.” —Joe… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 8/9/21 to 8/15/21”

Weeks of Writing: 7/26/21 to 8/8/21

A couple of productive weeks of writing and submitting. Let’s see how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Mark Twain. “It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense.” —Mark Twain I think this quote is particularly important… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 7/26/21 to 8/8/21”

Submission Statement: July 2021

July has come and gone, and, uh, good riddance. Not my best month in submission land. July 2021 Report Card Submissions Sent: 6 Rejections: 2 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 2 Further Consideration: 0 Only 6 submissions in July, bringing my total to 60. Technically, that… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: July 2021”

A Week of Writing: 7/19/21 to 7/25/21

Here’s my accounting of another week gone by. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Ernest Hemingway. Good dialogue is not real speech–it’s the illusion of real speech. —Ernest Hemingway I have said many times that dialogue is my favorite way to… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 7/19/21 to 7/25/21”

A Week of Writing: 7/12/21 to 7/18/21

Midway through July. Here are all my writing endeavors for the week, warts and all. 🙂 Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from William Zinsser. “I almost always urge people to write in the first person. … Writing is an act of… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 7/12/21 to 7/18/21”

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