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01 March 2009 @ 04:36 pm
February Stats  

Here are my monthly stats for February:

  • 6,300 new words of fiction written this month. 1
  • 14 first drafts currently in progress. 2
  • 1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3
  • 0 second drafts currently in progress
  • 1 second draft currently in the hands of "trusted readers."
  • 3 third drafts currently in progress.4
  • 0 third drafts currently awaiting polishing.
  • 1 fourth draft in currently in progress.
  • 11 stories currently submitted to markets
  • 100 words in shortest story currently submitted.
  • 14,000 words in longest story currently submitted.
  • 0 offers of publication received this month.
  • Longest current wait without response: 278 days.

1 More than January, more than my median, but still not very good. The end of our Winter term, at the end of February, messes me up a bit.

2 I always have a lot of first drafts "in progress," until one of them really grabs me and I work on it obsessively. The new fantasy-horror story mentioned above is all I've touched for days now; it's nearly complete.

3 I employ a six-week "ripening" period for first drafts. That's where the new story will go when the draft is complete.

4 These have been stuck, stuck, stuck for a long time. They're stories where the second drafts were so badly flawed that I had to start from scratch again. And then I did, and sort of lost steam; it's hard to muster enthusiasm for the task.
Current Location: Cold
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Disappear Fear
girlspell: sitting by watergirlspell on March 1st, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
You seem like you're doing pretty well. Though those 3 third drafts currently in progress aren't so well. Do you think you'll get so discouraged you'll drop them.? I hope not. I wonder if any of those stories wound up as being sold?
Kenken_schneyer on March 6th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Hi, R. I sometimes feel that I want to drop them, but I know that each of them has something worthwhile in it. So I'm going to keep on trying...