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Writing - a productive day

Yesterday, I woke up knowing why I've been having so much trouble trying to write the fairy gold story. But there were errands to do, and My Angel and I had plans to go to Bastille Days, which we did, leaving later than planned, but that way we missed the thunderstorm.

Nearly all of the food was problematic for me, but I expected that. I dug through my rings and covered my fingers to reduce temptation, and wore the moon necklace and matching earrings that I just finished. It was fun. My big splurge was buying some new stone beads from a sale bin. So sometime soon I can make a new necklace for me--and a similar one to give away or sell. So yesterday's big writing task was getting a few people who will be commenting on my old ghost story, so I can consider whether a rewrite will make it more publishable.

Today, I woke up not quite focused to work on the fairy gold story, so I looked over the comments I'd gotten on another story and rewrote it, printing it to send it off by snail mail. I also sent a query on a story that has been out there for months--and got back an apologetic rejection.

Then I rewrote the story, saving a backup copy, and then deleting so much it was practically like writing it from scratch. I now have a 2300 word first draft, though the shape of the story isn't quite right yet. I think it needs more at the end, or a different beginning, but I'm much happier with it than the previous, longer and far-from-finished, draft.

Then I returned to my list of stories. I've gotten several rejections recently, which means it's time to send stories out again. So, today I sent a total of two stories out electronically, and have three ready to put in the mail tomorrow. That brings me to a total of 45 submissions to paying markets (not including Torn World submissions, which are substantial) for the year. Not really on track for my unofficial goal, which was to send out at least 100 submissions over the course of the year, but not too far off.

Of course, sending out so many by snail mail doesn't help me send those stories out again soon. But what can you do? You've got to respect the wishes of the editors if you want to sell to them.

The pictures are from Bastille days.  I do have more; as an experiment, I'll offer to post more if they're sponsored.  $1 a photo.  You can use the donation hat on my profile, and leave me a message, so I know what's being sponsored.

Now, I'm off to send The Headmaster's Cat to another market, and increase that total to 46.

And then to sleep!

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kelkyag
Jul. 12th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
I have no useful feedback, I just want to squeak in favor of sending out "The Headmaster's Cat" again, 'cause I want to see it published! Fooey on the first place for sitting on it for so long.

Vast curiosity about the fairy gold. <attempts to be patient>
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Comments don't have to be "useful feedback", though that is always appreciated. (-:

I did get that story out again last night; this is the fifth market I've sent it to. And at least it's not one of the snail mail markets, which means it has the potential to have a quick turn-around time. No guarantees, of course.
xjenavivex
Jul. 12th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
::beams::
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for the smiles!
red_trillium
Jul. 13th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
Best wishes for this round of stories sent out. May these ones bear fruit.
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