Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG is the blogging community's chance to air their insecurities, and to give and get support from other writers. Anyone can join by clicking on Alex's name above and signing up.
Our co-hosts this month are Joylene Novell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, and Christine Rains! Be sure to stop by and say thanks for all their hard work.
Let's see. What are my insecurities this month? Why don't I swish around in the swamp and pick one? Squish, squish, squish.
I frequently have ups and downs. One moment I think I can do this writing thing. The next, I'm doubting everything I write, panicking when I submit a story, even if it's just to my critique group. Doubt is a nasty, clawed monster, and right now it's living in my stomach.
And then there's impostor syndrome. I was a speaker at MileHiCon this past weekend, and I had to introduce myself each time. (Which I'm terrible at, by the way--I can talk about writing all day long, but myself? Not so much.) I always state that my current focus is short stories, and that's where I'm published, and there's this moment where I wait for people to wave me off like it doesn't count, because short stories are often treated that way. Of course, no one has done that, and I've had great fun speaking at various cons this year. It's great to connect with attendees and panelists alike. I can only hope that someday I'll have more confidence going into it. It does appear to get better the more I do it.
Alright, time for this month's stats. In the month of October:
Short stories submitted - 6
Short stories rejected - 8 (1 I was short listed on...sob)
Short stories accepted - 0
Short stories published - 0
Short stories currently on submission - 12
Short stories in edits - 2
Short stories written - 3
Now that we've established that it's November, it's time to discuss NaNoWriMo. While I'm not doing the classic form, I will once again be doing ShaNoShoStoWriEdSubMo, which is where I set my goals for the month. (It stands for Shannon's novel and short story writing, editing, and submitting month.) I like to ride the energy of NaNo to increase my own output. I haven't had time to work out any goals for the month, so I'm going to go with:
Write 3 new short stories.
Write 10,000 words on WIP #3.
Complete a round of edits on WIP #2.
Complete edits on 2 short stories currently being edited.
Submit 1 short story to critique group.
Submit at least 2 more short stories to markets (and continue to submit anything rejected during the month of November.)
Choose 1 new form, genre, or topic that is outside my comfort zone and write a short story or flash fiction piece for it.
Link time! Bear in mind that I'm merely passing along publications I've happened across, not endorsing any of them. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.
Contrary Magazine is accepting fiction, poetry, and commentary. Pays $20. Their winter deadline is December 1.
Sirens Call Publications is looking for first person horror stories for the anthology First Hand Accounts. 4000-8000 words. Pays $25. Deadline December 1.
Goblin Fruit is seeking poetry about the fantastical. Pays $15. Deadline December 1.
Brain Mill Press is accepting science fiction short stories for their anthology Ab Terra. 1000-10,000 words. Pay is not mentioned. Deadline December 1.
Goal Publications is open for short stories about official country/state/province animals for Fur the More. 2000-15,000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline December 1.
Scary Dairy Press, Inc. is seeking short stories for their anthology Mother's Revenge. Speculative fiction. 3000-7000 words. Pays $30-$70, dependent upon length. Deadline December 2.
What are your insecurities? Do you ever feel like an impostor? Do you have any tips for introducing yourself on panels? Did you submit anything in October? Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo or making your own goals? Any of these links of interest to you? Anything to share?
May you find your Muse.