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Yup, it's that navel gazingish time of year again when New Year's provides me with as good an excuse as any to to take stock of my writerly shenanigans.

So, 2013. It's the year that came riding in on a wave of awesome, yet now looks poised to trickle out with a whole lot of meh. The first half of the year, I was feeling good about my writing (but not in an unhealthy, complacent, I-don't-need-to-improve kind of way), selling stories consistently at the pro level, and had gotten acceptances from a couple publications I previously hadn't been able to crack. But that all came to abrupt end as summer ended and a months-long dry spell in both the writing and selling of things began, which in turn makes me feel like I'm back at square one. Again. So, um, happy new year?

Anyway, the awesome was awesome while it lasted, so with fond remembrance of its awesomeness, here's 2013 in a nutshell:

Published in 2013

Sold in 2013

Four of the stories above, plus these two forthcoming in 2014:

Writerly Progress

Sadly, I've barely written a thing fiction-wise since September. Or blog-wise either, as you can probably tell by the silence and cobwebs here. Stupid non-writing life getting in the way. But before that, fiction was accomplished. I finished major revisions on an older short story and wrote six new stories. One of those stories went straight into the trunk, sure, but two of them sold pretty darn quickly, so I call it even. The rest, though, are traipsing around slush piles with heads bowed in shame as they collect more rejections.

I also managed to return to revisions on My Big Fat Epic Fantasy Novel this year. I didn't get very far into them before my fall semester began and school work took precedence, but my brain has clearly still been plugging away at the novel even when the rest of me hasn't. I recently had a big old revelation about one of my protagonists that is going to seriously change several things in the story. In a good way, I think. I hope. Mostly I'm just grateful that my brain had said revelation before I got to rewriting the parts of the novel it affects.

So, what awaits me in 2014? For starters, I intend to make some more headway in the novel revisions before my spring semester starts in late January. And then, LAST SEMESTER EVER, PEOPLE! By May, I'll have my master's degree and should finally have time to be a writer again. And I'll be able to read for fun again instead of spending all my time on textbooks and dry academic articles. Damn, I miss fiction.

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Date: 2014-02-13 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
I'm trying to get caught up with people, which is why I'm commenting on this so late! Congratulations on the publications and especially on the sales.

As a fellow writer I'm curious: how many submissions would you estimate you sent out in 2013? I got two acceptances in 2013, thanks to about two months of concerted efforts towards the end of the year (in the neighborhood of 10-15 submissions total). It would help me to learn what someone else's comparative ration is.

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Date: 2014-02-14 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babarnett.livejournal.com
Better late than never, to inflict a cliche. :) Thanks for the congrats, and congrats on your own acceptances as well!

I've got a handy database I made for submissions, and according to that I sent 55 submissions during 2013. That's total for about 16 different stories, though, and it varied how many submissions per story I made. Some had been circulating a while before selling, some others sold within only a few submissions, and some are still trying to find a home.

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Date: 2014-02-14 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing that information. It's nice to be able to compare it to what I've been receiving. My most important thing to remember is that I've got to send them out if I want even a chance of success.

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