I'm still gone. I have some time today, as my boyfriend is off earning money (later to be spent on Build-a-Bear, I hope). I've had a few writing successes, so I'll yay about that. They happened before I went away, but things were a little hectic before I left.
More March Fadness
I mentioned in the previous entry that I'd taken part in a Flash-A-Day thing. At the end of this, people could submit their best piece to a competition. The stories were put up anonymously and forum members voted on their favourites.
I won! There was much yaying, as I'm sure you can imagine. It should end up getting published in Coyote Wild as a prize, but I need to get in contact with people to confirm that. Even if that doesn't happen, it's nice to have something that isn't a form rejection.
I also mentioned that I'd sent two poems to Boston Literary Magazine. One has been accepted, so hopefully I'll have a link to share in a few months. I did ponder that people might wonder why I discuss poems with the short stories, but to me, there isn't much difference between them. My poems tell little stories too.
Too Much Information?
One of the things I've had to ponder with all this is how much to tell. Some writers blog about everything they do. Every submission sent out, rejection received and 100 words written gets it's own entry. I don't tend to like that style, hence the idea of these diary posts. It puts all that stuff together.
Others don't mention anything, which also isn't good. If I like someone's writing and I'm reading their blog, I want to know where to go to read their stories.
My current plan is to keep on with the sporadic diaries for all those random writing things. I'll probably not focus too much on acceptances, as I don't believe I have eggs until I'm holding them. Accidents happen, eggs get hit with sledgehammers. Or less metaphorically, magazines go bankrupt, they might change their mind, they might turn out to be mushroom haters... you get the idea.
I also plan to post separate posts when stories/poems go live, probably discussing a bit about the story themes, inspiration for it and that sort of thing. I'm open to feedback on whether that's too much or too little information, or the sort of thing you'd be interested in knowing about stories that get published.