Writing Wins and Woes: A little less laziness, please.

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Okay, I confess. I’ve been a lazy writer this week. I only wrote about 1000 words so far, and I did have opportunity to write. I chose to chisel away at my time doing mundane things, like playing with the pooch and surfing facebook and enjoying a lunch out with a family member. But hey wait. If writing becomes a complete duty, and therefore becomes unenjoyable, what are the chances that my work will shine?

Well, that is the excuse I use for today. In the future, I tell myself, a little less laziness, please. Unless I work at writing, my dreams will never be fulfilled. I have no brags or whines this week. I did submit to The First Line. Here’s a link if you’d like to do it also. http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm
If you check out their home page, you can submit to what I submitted to. It is a little contest called The Last Line. The First line provides the first line and you creatively spin a story from that. As you can guess, the last line provides the last line that your story must end with. I’ve submitted to First Line before and haven’t yet made the cut, but I’m still hoping. Deadline for last line is Oct. 1,2014 so you still have a few days to come up with a winning story.

Thought for Today: Don’t beat yourself up for slackness as long as you don’t make a habit of it.

Writing Wins and Woes: Brag Box Edition

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I love fairy tales. I love reading them, and I love writing them. I’ve written a few that have been published on the Enchanted Conversation website. Some of my children’s stories I consider more like fairy tales. So, I have been trying unsuccessfully in the past to have my work accepted in one of my favorite fairy tale magazines. However, this forthcoming issue, 12 Dancing Princesses, I’ve finally had a break through.
Without further ado I present to you, Writer’s brag box as promised.

Writer’s Brag Box

I had a piece accepted this week at Timeless Tales. This work was hard fought. My original submission came with a non acceptance, non rejection caveat with a rewrite suggestion. When writers get one of these they can do one of two things 1. Get angry and delete because the publisher dared to question the greatness of your submission as you intended the work to be. or 2. The writer can swallow a little pride, take the suggestion and rewrite a better story. I’ve done the latter and so my rewrite was accepted. What is so great about this particular magazine is that it is digital and audio, so I will have an opportunity to either record my story or have someone else do it. Further details will be forthcoming in the weeks to come. Celebrate with me!

This is one of the weeks where it is good to be a writer. Not only did I successfully see a dream through to fruition, but I wrote another full story to submit to another magazine. This one is also a favorite of mine. I have also tried submitting to them before unsuccessfully, The First Line. While I don’t know what the outcome will be, I keep my hopes high. As you should, too, fellow writer. Write on.

Writer’s Wins and Woes: Whine Box Edition

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Well, this has been an eventful writing week, but not in a good sense. Because I am submitting more again, I am also receiving more rejections. So I am introducing a new feature to my blog. It’s actually just a refining of an old feature, but who’s to argue with me about my blog? As I have always been painfully honest about my rejections, I am instituting the Writer’s Whine Box, where I will post my rejections in the week I receive them. On more fortunate weeks, I will post Writer’s Brag Box, with links to my stories, if applicable. Anyway, without further ado: I present Writer’s Whine Box:
Writer’s Whine Box
Personal Rejection from SQ Magazine:Verdict: interesting Premise but needs rewrite to connect the reader
Personal Rejection fromFreeze Frame Fiction: Verdict: interesting but needs polishing. More unraveling of MC’s character
Rejection from Saturday night reader: over word limit
Rejection from T. Gene Davis Spec. Blog: no comment
I’m sensing a pattern here. I need to connect the reader more to my main character. I need my main character to be more personable. etc. etc.

So, yeah, you got it. Four rejections in one week. It does sting, but I’m learning as I go how to make little improvements to my stories. I’m making some dumb mistakes which I need to correct, and I’m seeing where my work tends to mediocrity. I need to step up my game. Polish, Polish, Polish. Too often I submit the raw materials that haven’t been cooked thoroughly. Rare is not always good with writing.
Anyway, I press on. If you’re smart, you will, too, fellow writers.

Writing Wins and Woes: 23 at Guardian Angel Kids

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I just had another article accepted and published at Guardian Angel Kids. Here is the link: http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/ The article is on Bats. I had an encounter once with a bat. I chased it around our bathroom until I was able to knock it down with a broom into the bathtub. Then I scooped it up with a record album cover (real old school) and covered the bat with a parakeet net and tossed it out the bathroom window net, album cover and all. Of course, I then felt sorry for the bat that didn’t seem to know how to get out of the parakeet net, so I had to poke the broom out the window and slide the net off the bat. It finally made its escape. It did not come back.

This article for Guardian Angel Kids made me wonder how many pieces I have had published in that ezine. Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was #23. I have had 14 articles published, 8 stories and one poem. I feel so thankful to the folks at Guardian Angel Kids for their support in my writing life. When I break it down, I have written on everything from alpacas to Special Needs Kids. I love researching all the topics and then writing about them. It’s great to learn while I write.

So, I had one acceptance this week, no rejections, so far, scathing or otherwise, and I submitted to one place. More about that when I hear back. Fingers crossed, please.

Thank you for the comments last week, both on my blog and on facebook. It really encouraged me to keep on keeping on.

Thought for the Day: Learn while you write. It will give you experience and make you a better writer.