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So this was September 2019

1 Oct

Damn, but it’s been a busy month!

As you may or may not know, I’ve been submitting at least 1 story every day day for the last month. More about that here:- https://raymondwriteswrongs.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/summing-up-the-submission-challenge/

I’ve made 211 new submissions. 172 rejections. 10 acceptances.
3 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.

Shots Of Repatriated Bastard & Sam, I Am both sold on Jan 21st to Jouth Vol 2.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) was accepted by CafeLit.
(Please note, this was not a sale. No money was involved)
The Subaudibles sold on Mar 18th to Aurora Wolf.
The Parting was sold on July 18th to Electric Athenaeum.
A Million Light Years From Home was sold on Aug 19th to Escaped Ink.
Summer At Camp Long Drop was accepted on 6th Sept by Ghost Light.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis was sold on Sept 8th to Flash In A Flash.
Uniform was sold on Sept 15th to New Orbit Magazine.
A Tooth Fairy Dreams was sold on Sept 25th to Aether & Ichor.

There are currently 53 stories out in submission:-

I’m still hopeful that Tuck & Roll will be published this year, 2 yrs after it was sold.

The Razors Edge is now out in issue 1 of The Weird And Whatnot.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) is available to read for free at CafeLit.
The Subaudibles is available to read for free at Aurora Wolf.
How Have The Mighty Fallen? is now out in Insignia Vol 7.
The Parting is now out in Issue 2 at Electric Athenaeum.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis was published in issue 7 of the Flash In A Flash newsletter (subscribers only)

EDIT:- Jouth Volume 2 is officially postponed until further notice. Until I know otherwise, I’ll continue to list these as sold.

Uniform will appear in New Orbit Magazine next month, I’ll put up a link when I’ve got one.

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I Understand That It’s Been Quiet This Month

21 Sep

Please be aware, I am neck-deep in the Submission Challenge, trying to stay on top of my scheduling. Also, one of my trade training colleagues died yesterday so I’m dealing with having to notify people on Facebook of her passing.

It’s not an easy time.

In the RAF, once you know someone, that’s it, you know them for the rest of your life. Yes, I may not have seen her since 1993/4, but service friends are forever.

I’m not going to share any challenge updates here, I’ll do a full post on everything on October 1st. I will also do a “So This Was September” as not all news is challenge related.

Try to bear with me, I haven’t abandoned you, I’m trying to motivate all the people who have joined me in the challenge as well as keeping myself going too.

So this was July 2019

1 Aug

I’ve made 131 new submissions. 121 rejections. 5 acceptances.
3 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.

Shots Of Repatriated Bastard & Sam, I Am both sold on Jan 21st to Jouth Vol 2.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) was accepted by CafeLit.
(Please note, this was not a sale. No money was involved)
The Subaudibles sold on Mar 18th to Aurora Wolf.
The Parting was sold on July 18th to Electric Athenaeum.

There are currently 29 stories out in submission:-

I’m still hopeful that Tuck & Roll will be published this year, 2 yrs after it was sold.

The Razors Edge is now out in issue 1 of The Weird And Whatnot.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) is available to read for free at CafeLit.
The Subaudibles is available to read for free at Aurora Wolf.
How Have The Mighty Fallen? is now out in Insignia Vol 7.

One story has been placed on hold as the market may use it later this year.
I’m still in the reading queue for two submissions currently.

There’s some news which hasn’t been officially announced yet, so I’ll share that when it’s live.

EDIT:- This news is currently on hold. Sorry about that.

I’m really please to have finally sold The Parting after 8 failed submissions. As soon as I get a solid publishing date, I’ll let you know, as we’re currently in pre-publication edits.

Summing Up Camp NaNo Jul 2019

1 Aug

I set a goal, and I beat it. I deliberately set it lower than normal as I’d struggled during last camp, and I knew I would be losing at least half a day to an eye clinic visit. This month’s camp wasn’t helped by the crazy heatwave. Fortunately for me, I had built a decent lead before it got insanely hot which allowed me to miss a few days.

What follows are my daily check in posts.


01 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 1. Daily count 2010 words. Total count 2010 words.
02 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 2. Daily count 2560 words. Total count 4570 words.
03 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 3. Daily count 2452 words. Total count 7022 words.
04 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 4. Daily count 2810 words. Total count 9832 words.
05 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 5. Daily count 1830 words. Total count 11662 words.
A real struggle to get going at all today. It was almost a 0 words day.
06 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 6. Daily count 2174 words. Total count 13836 words.
07 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 7. Daily count 3668 words. Total count 17504 words.
08 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 8. Daily count 1336 words. Total count 18840 words.
I wasn’t able to make as much from that idea as I had hoped, but I got over the daily word count.
09 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 9. Daily count 2850 words. Total count 21690 words.
Half way, fuckers! Yes. Downhill all the way from here.
10 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 10. Daily count 2063 words. Total count 23753 words.
11 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 11. Daily count 0 words. Total count 23753 words.
Taking a mental health day so nothing written today. It’s extremely important to care for your own mental well-being, so I decided a day off was exactly what I needed today, being several thousands of words ahead of schedule.
12 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 12. Daily count 4606 words. Total count 28359 words.
A good story, golden age style off a simple title.
13 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 13. Daily count 1495 words. Total count 29854 words.
14 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 14. Daily count 3194 words. Total count 31553 words.
For something which literally only had a title, I did well today.
15 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 15. Daily count 0 words. Total count 31553 words.
Decided against putting unnecessary pressure on me & my body. It was either minor heatstroke or heat exhaustion/severe dehydration causing the light-headedness. Either way, I chose not to write today. I had written something by hand at the hospital but I’ve chosen not to count it as I didn’t type it up.
16 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 16. Daily count 0 words. Total count 31553 words.
It was crazy hot for me again today. No writing done.
17 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 17. Daily count 1002 words. Total count 32555 words.
I can conclusively say this had been the single worst Camp Nano ever for interaction (lack of), cheats, and cabinmates who don’t leave feedback or encouragement. I won’t be taking part in a July Camp again.
18 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 18. Daily count 1506 words. Total count 34061 words.
19 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 19. Daily count 2308 words. Total count 36369 words.
20 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 20. Daily count 1169 words. Total count 37538 words.
21 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 21. Daily count 3133 words. Total count 42166. WIN!
Confirmed win. Somehow I managed to eff up my totals somewhere along the line but I’ve done full word counts & checked, that is my correct total.

As you can see, on several days I didn’t write, and I stopped as soon as I broke 40,000 words, which was my original goal. I chose not to extend the goal any further, mostly due to the heat.

On a few days I got so hot I was having dizzy spells when I tried to stand up. I didn’t write on those days.

And no, I won’t be taking part in another summer camp again. The heat and the general attitude of camp mates in 4 different cabins showed me no-one really cares any more.

I wrote 19 new stories, a few of them are garbage & will probably be deleted. A decent amount have potential for submission.

I’m pleased to say I made a sale during camp which really picked me up at exactly the time I needed it. More about that in the end of month summary!

So this was June 2019

5 Jul

I’ve made 117 new submissions. 106 rejections. 4 acceptances.
3 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.

Shots Of Repatriated Bastard & Sam, I Am both sold on Jan 21st to Jouth Vol 2.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) was accepted by CafeLit.
(Please note, this was not a sale. No money was involved)
The Subaudibles sold on Mar 18th to Aurora Wolf.

There are currently 32 stories out in submission:-

_out in subs

I’m still hopeful that Tuck & Roll will be published this year, 2 yrs after it was sold.

The Razors Edge is now out in issue 1 of The Weird And Whatnot.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) is available to read for free at CafeLit.
The Subaudibles is available to read for free at Aurora Wolf.
How Have The Mighty Fallen? is now out in Insignia Vol 7.

One story has been placed on hold as the market may use it later this year.

There’s some news which hasn’t been officially announced yet, so I’ll share that when it’s live.

EDIT:- This news is currently on hold. Sorry about that.

So this was May 2019

3 Jun

I’ve made 91 new submissions. 88 rejections. 4 acceptances.
3 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.

Shots Of Repatriated Bastard & Sam, I Am both sold on Jan 21st to Jouth Vol 2.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) was accepted by CafeLit.
(Please note, this was not a sale. No money was involved)
The Subaudibles sold on Mar 18th to Aurora Wolf.

There are currently 26 stories out in submission:-

may, out in subs

How Have The Mighty Fallen? will appear in Insignia Vol 7. Kelly is hoping to get that out some time in early June.

I’m still hopeful that Tuck & Roll will be published this year, 2 yrs after it was sold.

The Razors Edge is now out in issue 1 of The Weird And Whatnot.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) is available to read for free at CafeLit.
The Subaudibles is available to read for free at Aurora Wolf.

One story has been placed on hold as the market may use it later this year.

I managed to get a decent chunk of stories out in May, I’m fairly pleased about that. I now have a “new” laptop which is just for writing so I can write literally anywhere I want now, including in bed.

There’s some news which hasn’t been officially announced yet, so I’ll share that when it’s live.

So this was April 2019

4 May

I’ve made 79 new submissions. 80 rejections. 4 acceptances.
3 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.

Shots Of Repatriated Bastard & Sam, I Am both sold on Jan 21st to Jouth Vol 2.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) was accepted by CafeLit. (Please note, this was not a sale. No money was involved)
The Subaudibles sold on Mar 18th to Aurora Wolf.

There are currently 25 stories out in submission:-

_april out in subs

I’ve got 1 story awaiting publication in the near future.
How Have The Mighty Fallen? will appear in Insignia Vol 7.

I’m still hopeful that Tuck & Roll will be published this year, 2 yrs after it was sold.

The Razors Edge is now out in issue 1 of The Weird And Whatnot.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) is available to read for free at CafeLit.
The Subaudibles is available to read for free at Aurora Wolf.

One story has been placed on hold as the market may use it later this year. I won’t say who, out of respect. Please don’t ask who it is?

It was a quiet month during April, and not because of Camp NaNo either. I gave up on that on the 8th, I wasn’t in a good headspace but I’m hoping the reason for that will resolve itself soon.