This monthly group meets the first Wednesday. All are welcome. Come along and share your writing insecurities and inspirations. Be sure to visit other participants and encourage them, too. To sign up, click on Alex's name above, go to the IWSG tab, and enter your blog link. Then post. Easy!
Our co-hosts this month are Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter! Stop by and say hi to them while you're out.
Today's optional question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
Unfortunately, I notice issues in writing much more than I did before, though I try to block out the writer in me when I'm reading, as it's such a relaxing thing for me. Typos, cliches, things I'm editing in my own work, etc., all these stick out when I'm reading. Also, bad plot devices and characterizations. I try to learn from the things that pull me out of a story now, so I can attempt to not make the same mistake.
Jumping into my monthly stats. I like to keep myself accountable by reporting my stats each IWSG, so here are my January stats.
In January, I:
Got 7 rejections (3 of these were personal rejections, which is great!)
Got 0 acceptances (sad face)
Have 2 pieces shortlisted (fingers crossed)
Submitted 5 pieces
Currently have 9 pieces out on submission.
I have several short stories I need to finish edits on so I can get those out, too. I'd like to have 20 short stories going at a time, but I'm not up to that productivity level yet. So I'm participating in a writing challenge for writing every day in February via Facebook. I'll share that challenge to my Warrior Muse FB page in case anyone else wants to jump in.
Link time! Bear in mind that I am not endorsing any of these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.
Vine Leaves Literary Journal is open for submissions of vignettes for their May issue. 800 words or less. Poetry and vignettes. Pays $5 AUD. Deadline February 28.
Imprimo is open for submissions of short stories to their current theme: Time. Any genre. Also take poetry. 2000-6000 words. Pays in royalties. Deadline February 28.
Parsec Ink is open for submissions of short stories to their current theme: Cravings. Up to 6000 words. Pays $.02/word. Deadline February 28.
Body Parts Magazine is open for submissions of short stories to their current theme: Killer Clowns and Freak Shows for their Spring/Summer issue. Flash fiction up to 1000 words, short stories up to 8000 words. Pay varies by type between $5 and $20. Deadline March 1.
Upstreet Literary Magazine is open for submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction for their 13th issue. 5000 words or less. Pays between $50 and $250 per piece. Deadline March 1.
The Literary Hatchet is open for submissions of short dark fiction, poetry, narratives, art, photography, illustrations, etc. Up to 6000 words. Pays up to $10. Deadline for April issue March 1.
Contrary is open for submissions of original commentary, fiction, and poetry. Pays $20. Deadline March 1.
Skirt! Magazine is open for submissions of essays by women to their current themes. See their page for each month's themes. 800 to 1100 words. Pays $200. Current deadline March 1.
Mugwump Press is open for submissions of short sci-fi and fantasy stories having to do with time travel and related mattes for their anthology Afrofuturism. 1000 to 7500 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline March 1.
Goblin Fruit is open for submissions of fantastical poetry. Pays $15. Deadline March 3.
What are your insecurities? Has writing changed the way you read? How are your stats for this month? Are you submitting? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share?
May you find your Muse.