Write 1 Sub 1–February Recap, March Plans

I’m a February Fahrenheit winner, because I met (and slightly exceeded) my goals for the month! I wrote 5 new stories, heavily revised an old one and made 4 submissions. The page linked at the top is updated weekly with the status of my Write 1 Sub 1 Stories.



  1. Manny’s Candy (7,200 words) — genre (horror)
  2. Smoke and Drum (750 words)– genre (horror)
  3. Reasons to Kill (6,400 words) — genre, (horror)
  4. Skeins of Gold (1,400 words) — genre, (fantasy/fairy tale)
  5. Not Enough Steps in the Whole Freakin’ World — genre (horror/parody)
  6. Revised Sounds on Blacktop — literary



  1. Sounds on Blacktop — Threepenny Review
  2. Manny’s Candy — “Zombie Kong” anthology
  3. Reasons to Kill — Leather, Denim & Silver: Legends of the Monster Hunter anthology
  4. Not Enough Steps in the Whole Freakin’ World — It was a Dark and Stormy Night anthology


Rejections in Feb:

  1. Sounds on Blacktop


Acceptances in Feb:

  1. Reasons to Kill accepted by Leather, Denim & Silver for summer publication
  2. Mod accepted by Brain Harvest, will appear March 13
  3. A Light-Bulb Moment accepted by AntipodeanSF, will appear in August


Other Stats–more than anyone (except me) could possibly want to know:

Most stories in circulation at once in Feb: 6
Fewest stories in circulation at once in Feb: 2
Stories out end of day Feb 28th: 3
Stories out as of today’s date: 4

From Jan: 3 of the 4 stories submitted have been accepted for publication, 1 is still on submission.
From Feb: 1 of the 4 stories submitted has been accepted for publication, 1 was rejected, 2 are still on submission.

Overall: I’ve submitted 5 of the 9 original stories written this year, 4 still need to be revised and submitted–2 from each month. Of the 4 acceptances for the year, 2 were new fiction, 1 was previously published and revised, and 1 was written last year and revised in January.

My short-fiction word count for February, without counting revision words, was 20,250 words. While word count isn’t my goal, I was still gratified to see I’d written that much. I managed two stories during week 6, a flash of less than 1,000 words and the longest original story I’ve written to date. January topped out at 5,345 words, but that’s in part because two of the “stories” were Twitter fics, totalling less than 50 words between them.

I wrote last month that I hoped to get two older stories out the door in February. I ended up submitting only one, but I wrote 2 stories one week, which I hadn’t planned on. I also wrote that I had at least 2 anthologies I wanted to write for. I wrote for 3, with 1 story accepted so far and the other 2 still pending.

For March:

I’d like to get at least one more older story out this month, and maybe some poetry. I’m not counting poetry in my W1S1 however, even I write something new. My focus here is fiction.

I still have one anthology due in mid-summer I want to write for, and I’d like to do it this month that way if it’s rejected soon enough I may have another chance. There’s an anthology due at the end of the month that I have an idea for, too. It’s a sketchy idea, so I’m not sure. Aside from those, I have some ideas with no markets in mind that I plan to tackle before the end of the month.

February was great on the writing front. I hope that extends into the spring!

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  1. March 2nd, 2011 | Samuel Mae says:

    Those are some nice stats, Shelley. Yay for being a February Fahrenheit winner and yay! for selling 3 stories in the month. I hope one day to know what that feels like 😀

    Hmm–i think i wrote, across three completed stories, about 13K words, and maybe 15k counting a draft i’m still working on.

    Let’s hope you (and me) can keep the momentum going!

  2. March 2nd, 2011 | Samuel Mae says:

    That’s 15k total, not 13k + 15k. That’d be nice, but unlikely given my current available times for writing.

  3. March 2nd, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Thanks, you!

    And yes, yay for us. We’re just awesome, aren’t we? 😉 I think you have enough enthusiasm for several people, so I have no doubt you’ll keep your momentum going. I also have no doubt you’ll soon have 3 or more hits in a month.

    Thanks for being such a great cheerleader at AW.

  4. March 2nd, 2011 | GreenRoom says:

    Wow, you’ve accomplished loads. Congrats on completing your longest story to date, and for earning your February Fahrenheit badge.

    Two down, ten more to go!

  5. March 2nd, 2011 | soap says:

    Holy moly, girl! You’re word count is PHENOMENAL!
    Congrats on your productivity and good luck with your goals for March.

  6. March 3rd, 2011 | Shelley says:

    GreenRoom and Soap: Thank you, and congratulations on your badges, too. We’re, all of us, doing great. Go us!

  7. March 5th, 2011 | NicoleMD says:

    Yes, very impressive stats! You sound like me — going into this thinking I was going to crank out a bunch of flash fiction and ending up writing a longer story than I ever had. Congratz on your successes so far and hope you have many more!

  8. March 6th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Thanks, Nicky! You’re doing fantastic, too. But yeah, either the story seems to want to stay at 1,000 words or under, or it wants to hit 5,000 words or more! I’d love to have some flash inspiration and do some shorties for a change, but that doesn’t look like it’ll happen for at least a few weeks.

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