Week 8 already? Wow. This week is literary for me. I still have stories to finish from prior weeks’ goals, but I have been generating at least one brand new story each week and at least 2-3 submissions, so I’m not going to beat myself up. We’ll see if taking that added pressure off helps my daily production. As long as I DO finish these stories I begin, I’ll be content.
Saturday: For Week 8 I’ve chosen to target a local literary journal called Jenny. It’s put out by Youngstown State University. I’m not sure what story I’ll write, but I want to include a rustbelt angle. Loss, repurposing, rebirth, etc.. The impact of the loss of a way of life on the human psyche or the effect of the slow process of rebirth on human hope.
Jenny will publish short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and interviews with artists and writers. We hope to bring together writers and artists both from the local region as well as the wider world, connecting our stories with yours, yours with ours here in America’s heartland and America’s rustbelt. Submissions do not have to be set in Youngstown, or in rustbelt or postindustrial settings at all, though we do encourage writing and art that speaks to that experience.
Jenny will appear twice a year, in late fall and spring. We will be publishing 5-7 pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry per genre, per issue.
We ask that prose not exceed 7,000 words (preferably 5000 or under), and that poetry submissions not exceed 5 pages (or 5 poems).
Sunday: We were away most of today. A reading at Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh for the Triangulation series and my nephew’s tenth (!) birthday bowling party. It was closer to dodge ball than bowling at times, but a lot of fun.
Monday: Finished Chapter 7 of the fantasy novel. I also worked on an edits of a couple of previous stories, with hopes of getting at least one of them subbed this week. Received a rejection from OSC Intergalactic Medicine Show. I have reader comments for that story and will edit it this week as well.
Tuesday: I did my moderator gig today at Show Me Your Lits. It’s quite a bit of work, but certainly I get a lot out of my participation and should be willing to give something back. I wrote two literary flashes as well and am proud of them both for different reasons. Neither has the rustbelt theme I wanted. Just couldn’t get that to kick in with the prompts available.
Wednesday: Today was a great day, with an acceptance arriving from Daily Science Fiction and my flash, “Clockwork Clef” appearing at Eschatology. I’d been in a bit of a slump, so this really helps. On the writing front, I came up with a new literary story that includes a rustbelt theme and Youngstown setting. I also decided to pare the Fantasy back to two viewpoints and greatly streamline the plot. It feels like the right decision for my current level of competence. I also worked through a critique for a story subbed to Triangulation. Good story that needs some reining in in places and dramatization in others. I suspect we’ll purchase it for the anthology if revision goes well.
Thursday: My, but the days fly by. I subbed stories today and worked through a couple of small revisions, but nothing major. The two literary flashes I wrote this week are getting good feedback.
Friday: Today, at long last, I worked through the story critique. Also had a couple of twitter fictions accepted at trapeze magazine and a couple by Cuento magazine. Tonight, I’ve been submitting flash stories to various markets, trying to keep my sub count above 20.