We are (almost) midway through the month, so it's time for an update.
Writing: So far this month, I've written a 1,000-word flash story (dark fantasy) and 1,500 words on my next Writers of the Future entry (science fiction), which is coming along swimmingly. My goal is at least 5,000 words per month, so I'm right on target for reaching that goal in February.
Submissions: I've sent out one new submission this month, for a total of five stories on the market. Days out range from 4 to 129.
Reading: I've finished the current issue of Asimov's and am now reading the current Analog. No stories yet stand out as gold. I'm also listening to "Storm Front" by Jim Butcher, which is the first book in his Harry Dresden series. Mr. Butcher is a master of pacing and tension. There's a lot to learn from there. Also, it doesn't hurt that the audiobook's narrator is none other than the fantastic James Marsters, a k a Spike on "Buffy."