Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

January Report

What a weird month. Here's what I can account for having accomplished:

  • Received 18 short fiction rejections

  • Sent out 19 short fiction submissions

  • Sold four short stories and a novelette, to Clarkesworld, Lone Star Stories, Mammoth Book of Monsters, New Ceres and Weird Tales

  • Sold "The Big Ice" (with specficrider) to the Dozois YBSF, plus a reprint to The New Weird, ed. Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

  • Wrote four new short stories and and a novelette, totalling 26,000 words in first draft

  • Banged out next month's IROSF article with specficrider

  • Revised Stemwinder

  • Signed the Czech rights contract for Trial of Flowers Clarkesworld | Amazon ]

  • Did a bunch of market planning

Not to mention the day job, the_child, an extended trip to Omaha, and my efforts to have a better social life.

So why do I feel like I didn't get enough done?

I blame my developing novelist brain. There's a part of my writer's consciousness which knows that I can crank out 2,500 words a day, so it wants to know where the 75,000 words for January are. Couple that with my extremely deep-seated sense that I'm never doing enough anyway -- a big motivator for me, frankly -- and you have the above output/action items in the hands of a slightly puzzled me.

I'd say I need to have my head examined, except I'd be afraid I might break something important in the process. So I muddy onward, confident in my ability to only make major mistakes once, twice at the most.
Tags: child, process, publishing, stemwinder, trial, writing

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