Sunday, 11 August 2013

Ducks in a row

I'm not naturally an organised person, but I do keep proper records of which stories I've sent where and which competitions I've entered. That came in handy recently when a magazine editor had a computer problem. He knew he'd recently accepted something from me, but not what. I was easily able to tell him and send a replacement copy.

If I enter this poetry competition, as well as being sure to include the word 'feather', I'll update my spreadsheet to say I've sent it in. Who knows, maybe I'll also get to update it to show a £25 win?

Could you write an essay on bird brained pseudo science? If so this competition might appeal, as might the £5,000 prize. Get it winging it's way in quickly though as the closing date is 25th August.

Have you backed up your work recently? And do you know where the 'ducks in a row' phrase comes from?

ps the mojo is back, thanks to support from all my lovely writer friends, a sale to Woman's Weekly and a a few cocktails in the Fiction Hotel.

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  1. Hi Patsy .. well done on being organised. Congratulations on a sale - that's great ... and the evening out sounds happy!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. I'm only organised in that one thing, Hilary. Still that's better than not at all.

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  2. Glad the mojo is back! Congratulations on the sale. And yes, I back up my work several times a week.

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  3. Excellent point on staying organized! I back up my work quite a bit--my hubby bought me a separate back-up drive, which is probably the best gift he's ever gotten me :)

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    1. A hubby who understands the importance of your work is a good hubby, Jess.

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  4. Good for you and being so organized. When you have many projects going out, I can see the need.

    It's funny how that mojo comes and goes. I hope this time it sticks around for a good, long while!

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    1. Sneaky little devils, those mojos, Robin. I've paperclipped mine to the desk now so that should hold him steady.

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  5. I always back up my work and have a table which shows which story has been sent to which magazine. It's colour coded to show stories pending, sales and publication - so hopefully I know where I am.

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    1. That sounds like a good system, Wendy.

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  6. Yay! Patsy! Well done on the sale and being organised!

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  7. hey Patsy.
    thanks for visiting me and giving me the opportunity to land here :)
    lovely space you have..

    I'm organised.. I keep things in check :)
    I guess its better that way.. clutter brings unnecessary trouble in life.

    hope to see you more :)

    Take Care !!

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    1. It is better to be as organised as we can, Jyoti. In my case it isn't very, but I do try.

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  8. Congratulations on the sale, Patsy.
    I'm finding that I spend more and more time keeping records. I have a file for each mag with a list of stories I've sent them plus a list of stories with submissions against each entry. Published stories are highlighted in colour. Every now and then I do a cross-reference to make sure it's all up to date.

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    1. Sounds as though you have it under control, Keith. I use a spreadsheet myself, mostly because I wouldn't be able to read written notes due to my terrible handwriting.

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  9. Hi Patsy. Yes, I'm a meticulous saver (until the day I discover I haven't, which so far, thankfully, hasn't happened)
    Great news about that story sale. Congratulations.
    P.S. Loved your interview over on Sarah England's glamorous rooftop garden! Rx

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    1. Thanks, Rena - I hope the day you discover you didn't save your work never comes.

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  10. You are sounding sooo organised Patsy, and back on track. Brill.

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    1. More back on track than organised, Maggie!

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  11. Hooray for returning mojo! And for good organizational skills. :)

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  12. Congratulations on the sale, Patsy. I enjoyed reading about your visit to the Fiction Hotel. I would love too to go to dinner with Agatha Christie at Bertram's Hotel, what a treat and I'd want a new dress too. Glad you are feeling better!

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    1. I'd need a new dress too, Sharon. I already have the right sort of hat though.

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  13. Hi Patsy, well done on the WW sale, and here's to many more, chink chink, fizzy drink. I like to keep a record, it would be too embarrassing if we sent the same story to the same place twice wouldn't it? One note is good for keeping track and spreadsheets of course. Thanks for the links. I think I'll register with the pigeon.

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    1. Cheers, Suzy!

      Yes that would be embarrassing - and it would be annoying not to be able to sub something because you couldn't remember where you'd already tried it.

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  14. So glad your writing mojo is back. Mine waxes and wains too. I have started keeping records of writing sent out, too. Though I haven't sent anything out for ages...!
    Thanks for links

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    1. 'Waxes and wains' - I like that and will try to think of it that way in future as it implies the lack of enthusiasm is rather temporary (which thankfully it generally is)

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  15. Yep, I track all that as well. It really does come in handy.

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  16. Thanks for the reminder on backing up honey, I haven't done for a couple of weeks *gulp*

    Xx

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