2022 Clarion West Write-a-thon

Vera Brook

June 6, 2022 - July 30, 2022

Vera's Writing Goals

My big & lofty goal for this Write-a-thon is to draft my neuroscience-inspired thriller, or at least get a solid start.

But my writing brain is very susceptible to new, shiny ideas, and I usually end up juggling multiple writing projects. [sigh]

So my more flexible goal is to add at least 500 words to one of my WIPs every day. Ideally, this WIP will be my thriller, but if it's an unrelated short story that's really calling to me, that's okay too. 

In addition, every day, I will feature a different speculative short fiction magazine, with links to their website and to their listing on the Submission Grinder. 

Now let's get writing! Good luck with your own goals!

Vera's Writing Progress

June 27, 2022

  • Writing: Just some notes today, plus a bit of editing on the story I just finished, before it goes out to my beta readers.
  • Magazine of the day: Radon Journal (Submission Grinder listing here)


June 26, 2022

  • Writing: Woo-hoo! I added ~1140 words today, and my solarpunk story is DONE at 6780 words total. A draft at least! Always a great feeling.
  • Magazine of the day: Dread Machine (Submission Grinder listing here)


June 25, 2022

  • Writing: Added ~680 words to my solarpunk story. Every time I think I'm close to finishing, the story gets longer. But I'm not complaining. It's getting longer for a good reason. 
  • Magazine of the day: Etherea Magazine (Submission Grinder listing here)


June 24, 2022

  • Writing: Some days are for brainstorming and taking notes, and today was like that. Still fleshing out the outline for my thriller. I’ll get back to my solarpunk story tomorrow.
  • Magazine of the day: Solarpunk Magazine (Submission Grinder listing here)


June 23, 2022

  • Writing: Added ~680 to my solarpunk story. If all goes well, I will finish it tomorrow.  
  • Magazine of the day: After Dinner Conversation (Submission Grinder listing here)


June 22, 2022

  • Writing: I took more notes on the science & tech in my solarpunk story (~600 words, plus some diagrams). One of my favorite parts of writing science fiction is to take the existing science or tech, and stretch it just a little, to what it might look like in the near future.

Magazine of the day: Flash Fiction Online (Submission Grinder listing here)


June 21, 2022

  • Writing: Added ~550 words to my solarpunk story. Fewer words today because, you know, day job. But I’m loving this story and the characters, and I hope to finish a draft this week.
  • Magazine of the day: Bourbon Penn (Submission Grinder listing here)


June 20, 2022

  • Writing: Holy smoke! I added ~1600 words to my solarpunk story today, which is A LOT of words for me. It took me the whole day (with short breaks) to produce those words, but still a great feeling. I write slowly and edit as I go, and aim for a clean draft. Anything above 500 words is awesome.
  • Magazine of the day: Metaphorosis (Submission Grinder listing here)


June 19, 2022

Woo-hoo! My first writing update for the Write-a-Thon 2022. :)

  • Writing: I added 1040 words to my solarpunk story, plus more outlining & research notes on my thriller. So a great writing day!
  • Magazine of the day: Translunar Traveler’s Lounge (Submission Grinder listing here)


Note: There are so many speculative short fiction magazines out there, publishing amazing flash, short stories, novelettes, and novellas. I had no trouble making a list of 42, one for each day of the Write-a-Thon. In fact, I came up with more than 60 without even going online. So for my "Magazine of the Day" feature, I've decided to highlight the newer and/or smaller magazines. The order is random. (I literally wrote down the magzine names on pieces of paper and drew one name for each day.) 

I hope your writing goes well. Good luck with all your projects!

Vera's Published Short Fiction

“How To Keep Your Cool If You’re A Mech First Day On The Job” (2022)

The Kiss” (2021)

  • Paranormal love story (11,500 words)

“Music Therapy” (2021)

  • Science fiction (9950 words)
  • First published in Aphelion (November 2021)

“Of Bugs, Debts, and Distant Planets” (2021)

  • Science fiction (995 words)
  • First published in Fifth Di… (June 2021)
  • Reprinted in Cast of Wonders (forthcoming)

“Mira” (2021)

  • Science fiction/ biopunk (1350 words)
  • First published in Hyphen Punk (June 16, 2021)

For complete bibliography, see Vera's website.

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