Tag: Writing

One-Hour Flash: The Christmas Crypt

I don’t write many holiday-themed stories (okay, maybe Halloween), but I did write one Christmas story nine years ago for a one-hour flash fiction event. I’ve shared it before, but, you know, ’tis the season and all that. It’s a weird little flash that’s… Continue Reading “One-Hour Flash: The Christmas Crypt”

One-Hour Flash Success Stories (2021 Update)

Many of the stories I write begin life as part of a prompted bi-weekly one-hour flash fiction writing contest. I’ve been doing this contest with my writing group for years, and some of the stories produced during these sprints turn out good enough to… Continue Reading “One-Hour Flash Success Stories (2021 Update)”

Rejection Roundup: 3 Shortlist Rejections

I’ve received a fair number of close-but-no-cigar or final-round or shortlist rejections this year, which I’m just gonna shorthand to shortlist rejections (hah!) in this post to make things easy. Overall, this kind of rejection is a positive thing, as it generally tells you… Continue Reading “Rejection Roundup: 3 Shortlist Rejections”

Weeks of Writing: 11/29/21 to 12/12/21

Another couple of weeks in the books. Here’s how it went down. Words to Write By This week it’s another quote from Ray Bradbury.  “You fail only if you stop writing.” — Ray Bradbury When you’ve had a tough week, month, or year in… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 11/29/21 to 12/12/21”

The First 500 Rejections: An Analysis

Earlier this week, I collected my 500th rejection since I’ve been tracking them through Duotrope. It took me almost ten years to amass that many, and, well I’ve certainly learned a fair bit in that time. In this post, I’ll break down what 500… Continue Reading “The First 500 Rejections: An Analysis”

Weeks of Writing: 11/15/21 to 11/28/21

The final two weeks of November have come and gone. Here’s what I got up to, writing-wise. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from author Lawrence Block.  “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 11/15/21 to 11/28/21”

A Week of Writing: 11/8/21 to 11/14/21

The second week of November is done and over with. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from historical fiction author Steven Pressfield.   “Start before you’re ready.” ― Steven Pressfield This quote is short and sweet, but it carries a… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 11/8/21 to 11/14/21”

A Week of Writing: 11/1/21 to 11/7/21

First week of November is history. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By Another quote from one of my faves, Elmore Leonard.  I think the best advice I give is to try not to write. Try not to overwrite, try not to make… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 11/1/21 to 11/7/21”

Submission Statement: October 2021

October is no more. Let’s dive in. October 2021 Report Card Submissions Sent: 5 Rejections: 5 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 1 Further Consideration/Shortlist: 1 After sending 18 submissions in September, I slowed down a lot, and only sent 5 in October. Some of that is… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: October 2021”

A Week of Writing: 10/25/21 to 10/31/21

The final week of October has come and gone. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote is comes from Carol Leifer.  “As a writer, the worst thing you can do is work in an environment of fear of rejection.” —Carol… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 10/25/21 to 10/31/21”

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