Right now I have twenty-five stories out, in slush piles, somewhere. While this is not the greatest number of stories I’ve ever had out at one time (I’ve gone above 30), this is the first time in several years that I’ve had every submissions-ready story out.
Of course, I accomplished this by deleting five stories, which had been languishing unsubmitted for six months to a year, from the “submissions-ready” worksheet in my larger submissions spreadsheet. In other words, I trunked them (but isn’t trunking kind of a horribly obsolescent word for supposedly cutting edge SF writers to use?). Those stories will never again increase the unread email count of an editor’s inbox.
It felt good, real good. And then I submitted twelve stories, and now here we are…fully submitted…this isn’t going to last, I’m sure I will wake up to at least one rejection, so I thought I’d commemorate the occasion.