I've got six months to fill my issue, so I've got to be pretty particular as it comes together. And I've recently accepted that, in order to maintain some semblance of _functional_ sanity, I have to be willing to err on the side of caution and perhaps lose a masterpiece or two. GUD gets such amazing quality, consistently, that I actually feel somewhat blessed that I can do such.
It does make me wish, occasionally, that we weren't a print mag at all--I wouldn't have to worry quite so much about length, then. But 10,000 words estimates out to 28 of 200 pages (considerably more than 10% of an issue, then; and we do honestly consider works up to 15,000 words. 10,000 just comes to mind because there's a story that length that I'm going to have to bash my dowsing rod against for a while). Come to think of it, there's a 13,000 word story sitting there now as well.
40 hours, poetry and fiction and the occasional report or art (and breaks for food, and a bit of this or that in terms of work, and I think two games of warcraft3) ... wiped, and I've got to get back to work now. At the least one last minute thing to tidy up, then sleep.
((note--this is all in reference to Issue 5; Julia's managing Issue 4, pruning her shortlist further and starting to work on possible "set lists"))
Oh, and I spent a few hours in there adding a few things to writersplanner.com--community page added, duplicate markets cleaned up, ... and some more statistics added. Duotrope continues to be (and will always be) more complete--but I like to think writersplanner is a little smoother to use for tracking and planning. :)