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Izz

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It's Monday afternoon where I'm at. I'm ill. I failed.

I started working on a short-story on the 26th of July. The deadline was today.

In my defense, I've been very busy with work the past week. Rather, administrative obligations have been placed upon me, because some people just can't make up their mind in time whilst others simply don't care. This gave me just a couple of hours of writing-related hours to make do with.

To all of that coco jamboo, I got Covid. It's not as bad as the first time I've had it, in 2020, but it still sucks. The bright side is that it's going away, slowly but surely. I would expect to be completely fine by Thursday at the latest.

So here I sit, bummed, whelmed, and quite a bit discouraged. Considering that I joined this challenge hoping to maintain a solid pace, I don't know what to do. Do I finish my story? Maybe, but I won't be able to sub it. The submission guidelines where specific, especially regarding theme. I won't be able to sub it to another publication, at least not in its current form.

The positive part of this little journey is that I've had a great deal of fun researching some historical facts which have completely eluded me in the past, not for a lack of trying, but quite honestly for a lack of interest in the subject. Never have I imagined that one day I'd be looking into 19th century railway publications or reading about currency rates from the same time period. Even if I failed my goal, I have come out the richer for it.

If any of you can offer any advice, it would be much appreciated. What would you do in my position?
Sorry to hear you've had a bad week, Lucius, and that you've caught the big C again. My advice: rest and recover. Bad writing weeks (or months, or even years) happen and for all sorts of reasons, and slapping ourselves around when they do isn't of any use. You'll bounce back :)

Whether you keep plugging away at the story or whether you put it aside for a while and work on something else is really only a decision you can make. But it's not one you have to make right now :)
 

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I think it depends on how much you like the story. I wrote a story for a themed anthology once that closed early (>: ) and I just stopped editing immediately. I liked it, but not enough to clean it up and see if I could make it less obviously themed. If you like it, it might be worth finishing. As you write, you might get ideas for how to change it for another market.

I don't know if that's actually any help. It does suck. I don't think any writing is ever wasted though.
 

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It's Monday afternoon where I'm at. I'm ill. I failed.

I started working on a short-story on the 26th of July. The deadline was today.

In my defense, I've been very busy with work the past week. Rather, administrative obligations have been placed upon me, because some people just can't make up their mind in time whilst others simply don't care. This gave me just a couple of hours of writing-related hours to make do with.

To all of that coco jamboo, I got Covid. It's not as bad as the first time I've had it, in 2020, but it still sucks. The bright side is that it's going away, slowly but surely. I would expect to be completely fine by Thursday at the latest.

So here I sit, bummed, whelmed, and quite a bit discouraged. Considering that I joined this challenge hoping to maintain a solid pace, I don't know what to do. Do I finish my story? Maybe, but I won't be able to sub it. The submission guidelines where specific, especially regarding theme. I won't be able to sub it to another publication, at least not in its current form.

The positive part of this little journey is that I've had a great deal of fun researching some historical facts which have completely eluded me in the past, not for a lack of trying, but quite honestly for a lack of interest in the subject. Never have I imagined that one day I'd be looking into 19th century railway publications or reading about currency rates from the same time period. Even if I failed my goal, I have come out the richer for it.

If any of you can offer any advice, it would be much appreciated. What would you do in my position?
I'm sorry you have Covid, glad to see you're on the upswing. I'd say first and foremost is taking the time you need to get well.

That you missed the deadline sucks, for sure. If you like your story, finish it when you can. Odds are you will find other places to sub it, or a fresh angle to tweak to make it competitive in other venues, or who knows, maybe one day you'll expand it, or take the research done to work on something new :)
 

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There was a note on their story email today. They’re going on hiatus, “either temporary or somewhat longer”. They have stories accepted/scheduled through mid-December.
 
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My subscription was cancelled as well, which was... like... oh dear. Then I saw the story note.
 
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