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Below are the 12 most recent journal entries recorded in Pokey Pokey Pokey's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
8:52 am
Despite best intentions
... I *have* taken a lunch break today and submitted to Baen's Astounding newbie thingie (as in the specficmarkets community).

And youse?
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
9:10 am
F & SF--- no thank you.

BUT muy prompt response. Highly recommended!

On other fronts... how long until one may say "ahem... you DID receive my MSS, right?" if no mention of turnaround time is made? Is it rude to, apropos of naught, write an editor and say, "What is the typical response time for this magazine/website?" without making mention of submission after, say, six months?
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
1:10 pm
Christmas-y story submitted
... for *next* year's F & SF. I figure no pain on rejection because there is *by definition* a glut on Christmas stories, esp the Gorey-esque awful sort... they also say "eight weeks" for turnaround. That's groovy.

How about you?
Thursday, September 8th, 2005
8:29 am
x-posted to personal
Okay, it's not spec fic, but it's still pretty cool!

Dear Ms. Hewitt,
I would very much like to use your poem "Matter of Madness" on Strong Verse. Could you please reply with a brief bio and your address?
Also, I would like to consider "The Girl Wearing. . ." if it were only the first stanza. How does this read to you?
Thank you,
Monday, September 5th, 2005
2:55 pm
Anyone know if this outfit is still publishing?

I just stumbled across them on storypilot, and although I'm not really a "furry" in the narrow sense of the word, I do have some story ideas that might work for them.
Friday, August 26th, 2005
1:08 pm
"Submit!" cried Jen the Merciless.

Three submissions, one rejection.

-Lenox Ave, following reallivejen's lead, who were *very* prompt and sweet rejecting me...

-Mosaic Press--- would be nice to get a "hi, we received yr. mss." e-mail, but whatever.

-Neo-Opsis: stay tuned. "The Littlest Zombie" might just be a bit, er, tasteless...
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
5:55 pm
form rejection received from The Southern Poetry Review.

At least I aim high, yes? Poems will be washed, dried and sent back out in to the harsh cruel world as soon as a more suitable market is located. A batch which may or may not include these poems will go out at the end of the week.
2:09 pm
Do rewrites count as submissions?
I just emailed the rewrite of my humorous S&S story to the editor yesterday *fingers crossed as to the result*. Originally submitted back in July, I think.
Saturday, August 13th, 2005
5:55 pm
That having been said...
Tell me what you think about my poetry.

On submitting:
I've been published (prose-wise, I do occasionally do poetry) once, seven years ago, in MZB magazine. Not since.

I *do* like the classifieds in _Poets and Writer's Magazine_ for manuscript calls. Beyond the specfic markets community and the SFWA, which I don't qualify for until I make another pro (prose) sale, what's a good way to look for good markets? I'd *really* like to feel like I was hot-tubbing with my smof friends legitimately, and as I'm disastrous as an organizer, that means being a Real Writer... and that takes ink.

Oh, and if anyone wants to borrow my online membership to _Writer's Digest_, just to preview how nice it is, please let me know.
5:43 pm
The first rule of Pokeology is nobody talks about the stick
...I suppose we all know posting stories on LJ affects chances of being published in pro markets?

So, I propose anything posted for critique be, I dunno, marked "members only" (does lj let you *do* that? I'm not really a moderator type) or deleted/ made "friends only" after a couple of weeks? Also, if someone cattily mentions to an editor, "Oh, yeah, I saw that on Livejournal," I respectfully request that Jen let us use sharp end of that pokey stick.

Sorry--- looks like all here know this, but can't be too careful, but better careful than sorry, yes?
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
12:19 pm
I am most efficient.
I have already managed to rack up a submission and have it summarily rejected by form letter, in under a week! BEAT THAT.

(Lenox Avenue, incidentally).

Oh well, at least it was a polite form letter, and they didn't make me wait three months for it. I am still waiting for the new ink for my printer to be delivered, which is my excuse for not sending off to F&SF yet, but I have managed to finish (and just sneak it under the 1000 word limit!) the story I was writing for the prompts here.

Now I just have to decide which version I'm going to send...

But onto more important things: what are all of you doing? Stop forcing me to talk to myself, because as wonderful a conversationist as I am, I could do that without the help of LJ.

Can't make polls with this journal, but I can do this:

1) Haven't got any stories finished yet.
2) Story finished, still needs editing/polishing.
3) Story finished and polished, deciding where to send them/not got around to sending them.
4) Story sent off, waiting to hear back.
5) Heard back already, off to drown sorrows in chocolate. (Or, theoretically, celebrate!)

Current Mood: rejected
Saturday, August 6th, 2005
2:08 pm
First Post, Yay!
So far we're a select i.e. small group, feel free to pimp this around but I don't mind it staying that way. I might try community_promo and see if I can find some fantasy/scifi writing communities that don't mind community pimping...

At any rate, this is my 'current status' as of this weekend: where are you guys at?

Planned to submit, finished:
A humourous little fantasy snippit that needs a decent title. I'm taking a deep breath and sending it off to F&SF, I've even bought the envelopes.

Planned to submit, story in progress:
Something short for the prompts here.

Submitted, waiting to hear back:
'Anything but Jane', sent off to an anthology a while back. If I haven't heard anything by the end of August I'll query - don't let me forget!

Needing to be finished:
Far too many things to think about.

Needing to be edited:
Unnamed and long-winded story which I have a stack of Critters comments for and have been putting off editing.

Waiting in the Critters queue:
Sci-fi story which I gave some stupid name for the purposes of that submission.

I hate trying to find titles for stories. Hate hate hate HATE.
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