Ugh. Busy week. But a few updates here:
– I completed a draft story today that I have tentatively titled, "Scintillation." It’s not finished by any means and though I think the thrust is excellent, getting the execution right is going to take some more work. Thus far, word count is about 3500, but I have a feeling it is going to balloon.
– I got a couple critiques in to Critters. Gotta keep that percentage up!
– My first slush project came in email the other day. I got through the first 20K words today. It’s … weird; thus far, I’m not quite sure where it’s going. But I’ll stick with it, for a while longer anyway. Our guidelines don’t require us to read the whole manuscript, if it is badly written. This one isn’t badly written but it is awfully disjointed.
– I checked on a couple of my submissions. I realized I have several that have been out for more than four months. I previously had one submission that was out for fourteen months. That’s …. pretty piss poor, if you want my opinion. For novel length submissions, I fully understand a long turn. But seriously, for short stories – especially if you throw up a 5K word limit or something similarly thin – having a story for that long is inexcusably rude. I also understand that events occur outside our control but a little research shows that certain publications do this routinely. Reading a 5K story for the first cut should take no more than 1/2 hour. If an editor is sorting through 200 submissions a month, they should hire five volunteers as slush readers and give instructions as to what they want. A good slush pile can cut an editor’s primary load by 80%. There’s no reason for a fourteen month turn time on a short story. But I will try to be patient with my current submissions.
Meh. Okay, enough from me.