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Long Lists and Short Progress

May 24, 2010
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Found out this morning that my story T.O.L. has been added to ASIM’s shortlist.  That’s two stories in their holding pattern.  However the email says that only one in twenty stories has been making the transition from short list to print.  If that’s the case, they need to rename their short list or start being pickier, even with my stories.  A timely rejection with some positive comments (theirs always have comments) is a lot more useful to me than a three month hold followed by a rejection.  I could have the story in and out of one to four markets in three months.  I think I will stop sending them stories for a while, at least until the two stories are printed or released.  Their response times have slowed significantly and with this one-in-twenty thing, their backlog must be overwhelming.

In less encouraging news, I missed my two chapter goal for the weekend.  It turned into a half-chapter weekend.  Boo to me.  Lots of excuses, little production.  I need those chapters done by the end of the week.

There is a new possible distraction on the horizon, an opportunity that I was very excited about four years ago when it fell through and now I am on the fence about.  Like I need another distraction.  But it’s part of the goals I set for myself long ago.  I may still back out before it becomes an issue and it might not happen, but right now it’s a distinct possibility, better than 1 in 4 chance.  No more details than that for now, lest I jinx anything.

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