Insecurity, shcminsecurity. Not to say I haven't been insecure this month, but I ended up so busy that there wasn't much room for more to make me insecure. Plus, I'm riding the high of having finished a story last night, with another ready to be queued up when I'm at a write-in tomorrow. No, I'm not doing NaNo (you can see my current writing goals here), but I do have goals for the month to help me get back into gear and writing, editing, and submitting like a fiend. And my year of focusing on short stories and ignoring my novels has nearly drawn to an end, so I want to get my short story process a little more honed before I add novel work back in.
The good news is that I'm actually sitting on my hands to avoid my WIP, so I'll be more than ready to go once the new year gets here.
The stats for this month are minimal, but here they are:
1 rejection since last month's IWSG post
21 rejections for the year
4 stories out on sub
7 stories needing to be re-submitted
4 critiqued stories needing to be edited and submitted
And one of those critiqued stories is at the top of my list since the market I want to submit to just re-opened. So that's number one on my list for tomorrow night.
I'd love to see a check-in of your goals, whether NaNo related or otherwise!
I never finished posting aquarium photos, so thought today was as good a day as any. Here are some of the little fishies that were cool to look at.
|This guy's not so remarkable, but he has a really angry face, which amused me.
|Every time we go to the aquarium, this octopus is stuck to this corner of the glass. Every time. I think he likes the company (It's where the face painting lady sits.)
Now for some links! I have not personally researched these, so always do your due diligence before submitting.
Three-Lobed Burning Eye Magazine is seeking dark speculative fiction short stories up to 7000 words and flash up to 1000 words. Pays $.03/word.
One Teen Story is looking for stories on the teen experience. Literary fiction between 2000 and 4500 words. Pays $500 and 25 contributor copies.
T. Gene Davis's Speculative Blog accepts short stories in speculative fiction and magical realism, posting one per week. Pays $50. Must be family friendly content.
Volunted Tales is open for submissions. Up to 7000 words. Short stories, comics, graphic short stories, and artwork in science fiction and fantasy. Also some steampunk. Pays $10.
Buzzy Mag is taking speculative fiction short stories. Up to 10,000 words. Pays $.10/word ($.02/word for reprints).
Fantasy Scroll Magazine is seeking speculative fiction up to 5000 words. Pays $.01/word.
Argosy Magazine is looking for short noir fiction and illustrators. Always open for submissions. Pay unknown.
Despumation is looking for stories based on metal songs. 3000-5000 words. Pays $10 + a contributor copy or 2 contributor copies.
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly has several anthology calls out. Their Mystical Bites anthology is open for submissions through December 7. 2000-10,000 words. Must contain mystical elements. Pay unknown.
Polychrome Ink is accepting submissions. They're seeking diversity in their writers and content. Reading period ends December 1. Pay unknown.
Any of these interest you? How are you doing on your current writing goals? Anything to share? Publication news? What are your insecurities?
May you find your Muse.