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2014 in review plus scoreboard update

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s some of what the aforementioned WordPress monkeys told me:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I also promised a scoreboard update. On December 30, 2014, I looked around and noticed this:

I have made a total of six submissions. Pitiful. I have a total of zero acceptances and six rejections, putting me and the publishing universe in a dead heat. Time to pull out one last-ditch effort, to end 2014 as a winner!

My submissions scoreboard now looks like this:

December 31, 2014 — 8 p.m.
Submissions: 8   Acceptances: 0   Rejections: 6

I spent Wednesday afternoon finding a couple of markets for two out of three of my poor little orphan stories. Still need to shop out the last one, but at least I’m ahead for the year.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and will have a happy, healthy, prosperous 2015!

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Eep! Submission scoreboard brain freeze

I absolutely can’t believe that the last time I updated my submissions scoreboard was in March. At that point, I had made 3 submissions to short story markets and had 0 acceptances and 2 rejections. At the time, I asserted this made me a winner, since the number of my submissions plus the number of my acceptances was greater than the number of rejections received. It’s long past time to see where I stand. If I can even find the documentation (roots around in old cardboard boxes).

Okay, found it. I have made a total of six submissions. Pitiful. I have a total of zero acceptances and six rejections, putting me and the publishing universe in a dead heat. Time to pull out one last-ditch effort, to end 2014 as a winner!

I’m confessing all this because I hate to admit fault in public. It’s one reason NaNoWriMo works for me. If I say I’m going to write 50,000 words in the month of November, I hate for people to find out I didn’t.

Since I fully intended to end this year so that my submissions + acceptances > my rejections, I have fallen down on the job. Shame is a strong motivator for me, is all I’m saying. So if I haven’t at least made one more submission by midnight December 31, 2014, you have my permission to catcall, heckle, jeer, and otherwise humiliate me as a big loser. Since I have three unplaced stories to submit, I might make as many as three submissions.

I will keep you posted.