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by vanaaron
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 808821

Re: Success!

Ember wrote:I made a sale to DSF recently. It is my second sale there, but the first that will count as SFWA qualifying as the first one was so short.

Congratulations!
by vanaaron
Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 808821

Re: Success!

Thanks, all!
by vanaaron
Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 808821

Re: Success!

Forgive me for popping back onto the forum after too long an absence just to make a bragpost, but I can't help it. The March/April issue of F&SF , containing my story "The Long View," is now on sale. I had to see it at a newsstand with my own eyes, before I could be sure the whole thin...
by vanaaron
Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:35 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 222247

Re: Five Minute Rant

I'm at 205 days with Weird Tales. I should probably send a note to them asking what's going on soon, but seems like they've gone underground. No one is reporting responses. Makes me worry about the health of the magazine. Hmm. They changed editors too recently I believe. There was much ill-feeling ...
by vanaaron
Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202152

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I suppose "serious consideration" is good, but it will just be that much more disappointing if it finally gets rejected. And sure enough, Gordon rejected the story after a four-month wait. He did send a very complimentary note, which would have thrilled me a year ago. But that's why this ...
by vanaaron
Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202152

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I suppose "serious consideration" is good, but it will just be that much more disappointing if it finally gets rejected.
by vanaaron
Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202152

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I queried last month, and he said it's still under consideration . . .
by vanaaron
Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202152

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Good show! May I ask when you submitted the piece? Gordon has been holding onto one of mine for four months now, and I'm curious if others are experiencing a wait like that.
by vanaaron
Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 41598

Re: Chicon 7

They've now posted a day-by-day near-final program with descriptions and participant names, which means the rest of my workday is shot . . .
by vanaaron
Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 41598

Re: Chicon 7

I know at least 3 Writers of the Future will be at Chicon . . . Mike, I think the former winners will number more like three dozen . wotf007 I spotted 19 in a quick scan of the list of program participants, and at least another dozen in the list of registered members (although some of those could b...
by vanaaron
Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 222247

Re: Five Minute Rant

At least he said it could Keep his attention but still my best writing and story-after a bunch of extra help-and it barely moves on his scale. I got to that level by myself with Lisa reading, of course only to that level. All those improvements and nothing. Hey, if you're receiving any feedback bey...
by vanaaron
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 808821

Re: Success!

Nice set of tocmates there, Alex!
by vanaaron
Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 808821

Re: Success!

Strycher wrote:According to Duotrope F&SF has an acceptance ratio of only .17%.

In the words of Han Solo: Never tell me the odds!

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone!
by vanaaron
Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 808821

Re: Success!

wotf054 A long and depressing streak of rejections for me has ended in style: My story "The Long View" just sold to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction . My goal since WOTF27 has been to sell a couple stories to Asimov's or F&SF , so I guess I'm halfway to having to come up w...
by vanaaron
Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Worldcon for Beginners
Replies: 33
Views: 10021

Re: Worldcon for Beginners

I'll probably give mine to an empty room. :-) Fat chance! I'm figuring on arriving early, to have any hope of getting a seat. By the way, Mike, "The Homecoming" is terrific. It reminds me of "One Perfect Morning, with Jackals," one of my all-time favorites. You're in a tough cat...
by vanaaron
Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 41598

Re: Chicon 7

I originally wrote "his rocket" but changed it to avoid the double entendre. I guess I underestimated the group's ability to find inuendo . . .
by vanaaron
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 41598

Re: Chicon 7

I'll be there, and Brad promised I could polish his Hugo Award if he wins.
by vanaaron
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2524
Views: 465115

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi, I'm Sarah. I'm a little shy about BBs like this, so bear with me if I post something lame. I've entered WotF once, in Q4 of Y26, and received a Semi-Finalist Award. Then I stopped writing--I had a baby, graduated from law school, took a bar exam, and dove headlong into an empty job market, all ...
by vanaaron
Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 808821

Re: Success!

Well done, Annie! GigaNotoSaurus has two stories on the current Nebula ballot, so that's a great market to place a story.
by vanaaron
Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5020

Re: Battle of the Books

And now the Spring Bracket is up. The four seeded books this time are Christopher Fowler, Hell Train ; Ken MacLeod, The Night Sessions ; Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet ; and Saladin Ahmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon . I think that's a nice mix of horror, science fiction, literary contemporary fanta...
by vanaaron
Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5020

Re: Battle of the Books

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W46jeJMxgw0/TxUJzE_OlVI/AAAAAAAAA_c/POGO4mPaQBc/s320/Range%2Bof%2BGhosts.jpg And this bracket is complete. Over at the Fantastic Reviews Blog , we have announced the Championship Round of the Winter 2012 Battle of the Books . The winner of this bracket was Range of Ghosts ...
by vanaaron
Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 34822

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

Example #2, from "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains" by Neil Gaiman. Our first-person protagonist has hired Calum MacInnes to lead him to a fabled cave in the black mountains, on the Misty Isle, which MacInnes has been to once before. Here is a passage of beautifully written dialo...
by vanaaron
Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 34822

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

OK, my Example #1, from "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. LeGuin. By the way, I agree with Grayson that Orson Scott Card usually goes for clarity rather than beautiful language (although there are exceptions where he writes in a more elaborate style, including "Unaccom...
by vanaaron
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 34822

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

As I work my way through these suggestions I'm finding that the problem seems to be that I lack taste. Many (maybe all) of them are lovely/brilliant/beautiful stories, but I can't put my finger on a line of prose I'd call pretty. You may just be focused on story rather than wordsmithing. I agree wi...
by vanaaron
Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 34822

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

I'm just reading an advance copy of Elizabeth Bear's forthcoming novel Range of Ghosts, and the writing is wonderful.
by vanaaron
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 34822

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

I'm going to list some short stories that I think are great examples of beautiful prose. I'm hoping this gives you a more manageable reading list than if I listed novels, but let me know if you want me to name some novels (or just find novels by any of the authors below, and chances are it's going t...
by vanaaron
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5020

Re: Battle of the Books

The first round is complete. All the results so far have been posted at the Fantastic Reviews Blog, and the updated full bracket is here.

I've read a lot of terrific opening sequences -- I hope I'm learning something.
by vanaaron
Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5020

Re: Battle of the Books

Yes, I should have started this thread out with, "Apologies to Jonathan Swift." I feel like such a yahoo . . .
by vanaaron
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5020

Re: Battle of the Books

Your match is posted, Tom. No hard feelings, I hope . . . wotf030
by vanaaron
Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5020

Re: Battle of the Books

The first round is under way, beginning with When We Were Executioners by J.M. McDermott vs. Eyes Like Leaves by Charles de Lint. Feel free to post here or at the Fantastic Reviews Blog if you care to let me know what an idiot I am or for other comments.

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