Tuesday, 1 July 2008

And that was June... Plus, one

Okay, here is my usual round up of what I did last month plus a wee extra. That is, it is my blog's 1st Anniversary - YAY! One year ago I was a very lonely blogger with no one to link to, no comments and not a clue what I was doing (okay, not everything has changed!). If you are very, very bored check out my first post and the hideous first attempt at a story after a few years away. I'll cringe with you.

Anyhow, let's resume with normal service. Here's what I did in June...

1. I sent out THE POISONED APPLE - Yay! . Current response figures are 0 full requests (gulp!), 2 partial requests (please), 7 rejections (3 form / 4 personal - one outstanding one that made my heart thump-thump-thump for about three hours despite the fact it was a rejection.)

2. Three Flash Short Stories completed.

Gasoline - Very short, a wee bit silly and not at all scary. Sent to Susurrus Magazine.

Selling Happiness - Already retired. Was very bored, couldn't sit still long enough to work on something long so sent a wee bit of 150 word silliness off to 'Alien Skin'. Got a 'cute' but 'no' response. Seriously the word cute consigned the thing to the dustbin. :)

Beneath a Hungry Sky - Sent to Northern Haunts.


3. Five Short Stories completed.

Through The Warped Eye of Death - has to be one of the swiftest returns on this. Written, rejected and accepted (by Sand) within the space of a month.

Sneakers on Asphalt - Probably officially a flash at 994, but I'm claiming it a short to make me appear more productive. Sent to the Terrifying Toys Competition. Fingers crossed and all that. Very surreal, hoping its scary.

Manipulating Paper Birds - I love this story. So there. Great rejection from 'The Black Garden'. Sent it along to 'Clarkesworld' - how brave am I?

Cold Coffee Cups & Curious Things - My attempt at scary without the surreal (okay there may be touches) - sent to Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror.

The Flat-Packed Golfer - Sent to the new 'golfing' related magazine (see previous post) Stymie.

4. And to the most important part. I've finally started work on my next MG novel 'Matchsticks, Moths & Machinations' with 4658 words completed so far. Expect a title change sometime this decade. I'm having so much fun writing it.

10 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

Well, that's a kick in the ass ; )
I've sold five stories TOTAL never mind in one month.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I wish I had sold five stories in one month!!! How awesome would that be? Maybe this month (there should be a smilie symbol for fingers crossed).

Natalie L. Sin said...

Oh wait...you wrote completed, not sold. I really need to drink coffee before reading anything of substance. Still, sold was believable so maybe that day far off!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Perhaps your psychic!!! LOL!

Brenda said...

A little late, but congrats on the one year anniversary of your blog.

Good luck with the Poisoned Apple...

Lilfix (blueboards)

Catherine J Gardner said...

Thanks, Brenda and thanks for popping over...

K.C. Shaw said...

You had a good month there! You make me feel like an utter sloth. I hope your July is even better!

Catherine J Gardner said...

KC, it was an improvement on the previous month, thank the lord...

Mary said...

Happy Blogiversay!!! :)

And I’m always impressed with what you achieve each month. Which is good, because I’m a slowcoach and reading about other people’s productivity helps to stop me slacking.

Glad the new MG novel is going so well!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Cheers, Mary.