Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May? More Like "Meh"

The old saying, "April showers bring May flowers" seems to be reversed in may case, at least in terms of my literary output. Well, perhaps "output" is the wrong word; I've put out over 10,000 words of prose in May...the problem is that I haven't been able to put them together.

Two different stories reached word-counts in the thousands, and both ended up in my Sucky Stories bin (as in folder; I never throw anything away). The only story I actually managed to complete this month was a bit of Twitter fiction entitled "Disposition in situ", which I'm surprisingly proud of, despite it's size (boy if I had a quarter for every time I've said that). I'm still not sold that Twitfic is really fiction, even though I won't complain, as it suits me to look the other way, at least for right now, but I think at some point we'll have to reevaluate things. I almost want to say that it should be considered poetry, though I'm sure there are poets who would cuff me for that. Anyway, that's another topic for another day. Today is for my writing and subbing.

Speaking of subbing, that's one thing I did very well this month. Nine (count em': 9) submission have been made since May 1st, which is a new record for me. And what's more, only two of those nine subs was one story being resubmitted, so, if I do the math correctly, that means....carry the six...divide by the circumference...seven! Seven stories made their way out, which is another of my personal bests.

All this excitement, you'd think I'd have gotten a sale somewhere along the way, but sadly, I did not. Oh well, there's always next month!

Oh, and speaking of that, as of next week, as I said in my last post, I will be moving up to the weekly W1S1 challenge.

Here's the breakdown:


Disposition in situ


Disposition in situ 

Back in the Day

(Non W1S1 Subs)

The Bright Walk

The Last Dragon Dancer (x2)

...And Other Significant Junkies

The Liar


Back in the Day (Fiction Collective; anderbo)

The Bright Walk (ChiZine)

The Last Dragon Dancer (Fantasy Magazine)


  1. Yay for the May Marionettes! Congrats, Mazeltov, and all other happy wishes. Onward and upward!

  2. "I never throw anything away" -- wise choice. I wish I'd done the same over the years, but I guess it's never too late to start. And hey, congrats on your May Marionette WIN!

  3. Yes, many congrats on the May Marionette. I'm sure you'll finish loads of pieces in June.

  4. Thanks, Simon! And yeah, I'm pretty confident about this month.

  5. Good stuff Joe. And I don't throw anything away either. You should see how big my unfinished folder is getting. But I do sometimes go back and finish them off, so it's a good plan.

    Have a great June.

  6. Thanks, Deborah! And I've done the same thing, actually, though more often than not it just reminds me why I put them there in the first place.