It's time for the February Insecure Writer's Support Group, and boy am I insecure.
Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG exists for writers to gain support and get support. Anyone can participate by signing up at Alex's blog or the IWSG site. It's more fun if you go around and visit old friends and new alike.
Speaking of friends, the optional question for this month is: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It's often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?
Of course! When I first created my blog, it was because it was recommended for the big "P" word for writers just starting out (platform). What I didn't expect was to find these great things called blog hops (and the fun things that branched out from those), which led me to the AtoZ Challenge, which I got to co-host for a while, and then to the IWSG, which I also got to be a part of for a while. Both these led me to so many great friends, a couple who I've gotten to meet in real life at writing conferences. Hopefully there will be many more of those opportunities in the future. I was looking forward to meeting one of those bloggers at Stoker Con this year, as it's being held in Denver, but they're still holding it in person before most people have gotten vaccinations, which means I'm likely not going. We locals had sort of hoped the in-person would be delayed until next year, with an online one taking its place this year, but it doesn't look like that will happen. Hopefully next year's is somewhere I can afford to travel and a place I'm willing to go alone since I don't have a bunch of local horror friends to travel with me there as I might have for another different type of conference.
My insecurities from the last few IWSG posts have followed me into this one, and I've done a lot of thinking, with plenty more on the horizon. Some of it has involved a possible change of direction. But thanks to a surprising burst of support from editors lately, both past editors and ones I got recent rejections from, I will try to maintain my current path for a bit longer. In the meantime, I'm considering some options, including a change in genres and lengths.
That seems like a good time to segue into my monthly stats, which I do to keep myself accountable and find the encouragement to keep submitting. In January:
10 submissions (all on the 29th and 30th when I took a night off to do some major editing and submitting to get caught back up after school took up all my time.)
19 stories currently on submission (this *may* be a record number of stories out at one time)
1 full MS requested and currently under review
1 novel query unanswered, but not yet at the point where I'm to consider it a no
Not much to the stats this month, but that's okay.
Because I keep squeaking my blog posts out with little time, I'm going to try to do a monthly round up of places open to submissions in the next month, so they'll all be in a single post. It just takes too much time these days to try to go through and find them each week then get all the necessary info for each post. So look for that later this month.
What are your insecurities? Have you made any friends in the blogging community? Have you been writing and submitting? What are your stats?
May you find your Muse.