After 190 days of waiting, I broke down and queried the Writers of the Future Contest administrator about my entry from quarter 1 - the one I submitted the week before Christmas. Since then, the presiding judge has died and been replaced. I also entered by paper sub, which always takes longer to judge. All this added up to an epic wait. It came to an anti-climactic end with a response to my query and a straight rejection. This is the first time in four years that I have received a straight rejection two quarters in a row, but seeing as it has been almost eight months between responses, it doesn't feel like two straight quarters.
Happy Father's Day! My family celebrated this morning with my husband, who is indeed a wonderful, wonderful father. When I met him, he was already a father to a 3-year-old boy, and his devotion to his son (now our son) was one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. And of course, there's my own dad, who was my soccer coach when I was growing up and from whom I got my love of reading. He's now a great grandpa, too, and is known as "Papa" around our house. I couldn't be luckier to have these men in my life.
Is it already halfway through June? This year is flying by fast. Today is a black day at my place of employment, The Denver Post, because it's the last day for most copy editors. Only eight of us are staying out of 23; the firings were necessitated by newsroom budget cuts. I thought for sure I would be one of those being shown the door, but instead of dealing with unemployment, I am grappling with survivor's guilt -- and with how to produce a nation and world section each day essentially by myself
Now, on with the mid-month writing update:
This week I'm in revisions mode. I revised a flash based on a rewrite request and polished up another flash and got that submitted. Tonight and tomorrow, I plan to finish and submit my Quarter 3 story for Writers of the Future. There's a good possibility that as of Saturday, I will have three stories out to WotF at the same time, which has happened to me only once before. With all the revisions done, I can start the Quarter 4 story next week.
Words of fiction written: 1,000, which is one flash. I have a lot of catching up to do to reach my goal of 5,000 for the month. Stories started: 1 Stories finished: 2 New submissions: 3 Stories out on submission: 8 (from 1 day to 178 days waiting)
I have a reason for my blog silence: I had all four wisdom teeth out on Wednesday and have been in recovery mode ever since. Two of them were impacted and horizontal, and those are the holes in my mouth that are taking the longest time to heal. I'm up to eating soft foods. My diet this weekend consists mostly of scrambled eggs, refried beans, oatmeal, yogurt and fruit smoothies. Oh, and I cannot believe the number of medications I'm taking. I have greater respect now for people who take a medley of pills at various times all day, every day. I have to do it for only a week, and I can hardly keep it all straight.
True Blood starts up tonight, and for the first time ever I get to watch the episodes as they air because we now have HBO. For all the previous seasons, I've had to wait for the DVD release, which usually comes about a year after the season airs. I haven't watched last season yet except for the finale, so I'll be watching both seasons at the same time. Should be interesting.
Writing progress: I finished a flash piece last night about a priest, an AI who thinks she's Annie Oakley, a dirigible and some mechanical bees. It was damn fun to write. My third-quarter entry for Writers of the Future is basically done, and I'm hoping to submit the story this week.
May was a difficult month for me personally, and that affected the time I devoted to writing. I feel like I'm getting somewhat back to normal now, so hopefully June will more productive than the past couple of months have been.
Words of fiction written: 4,000 -- below my goal of 5,000 Stories started: 2 Stories finished: 1 New submissions: 5 Stories out on submission: 8, which is a record for me Sales: 1, to Daily Science Fiction