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by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue May 03, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 867517

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Awesome! Less * than 400 to go. Tina? Where are youuuu? *fewer wotf004 And oooh, first post on lucky page #159. My bad. "If you want a simple rule, the difference between less and fewer is straightforward: The traditional advice is that fewer is for things you count, and less is for things you...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun May 01, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Registering Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 1828

Re: Registering Problem

Speaking! As soon as paperwork is processed, I'll be the new Administrator hereabouts. That will give me a direct contact to the hosting company, instead of the layers between us right now. This issue is my number one task to address. It has been going on for six months or so, but it has been imposs...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Finalists: When did you receive The Call?
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Re: Finalists: When did you receive The Call?

My first Call was on a weekend. I'm pretty sure, because I was home, and it was during the day. The follow-on call to tell me that I hadn't won but that JERRY POURNELLE LOVED MY STORY was also a weekend during the day. I remember because I was working from the writing porch on a warm spring day. My ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 71538

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

*twitch* wotf013 Okay, when Martin starts twitching, with a *smiley* . . . then I get nervous. wotf004 When Martin starts making ambiguous comments with SMILEYS... that's when we know something's up. What do you know, Martin? K.D. already shared all the news I have, honest! I just thought this plac...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 867517

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

There are children in kindergarten who were not alive when this thread was created. Now you say that... neither of my two boys were, and one of them starts school in six months wotf015 It also amuses me greatly that Tina starts the thread, idly discussing the story that went on to be the Golden Pen...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 867517

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Dustin Adams wrote:There are children in kindergarten who were not alive when this thread was created.


To many people (sadly) the definition of "history" is "it happened before I was born".

So we're now part of history!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Nebula Awards 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1734

Re: Nebula Awards 2016

It'll be great to see you again!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Nebula Awards 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1734

Re: Nebula Awards 2016

katsincommand wrote:So are you coming to Chicago then? :D


Yes! I'm so lucky it's that close.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 867517

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

emilymccosh wrote:Well, darn. I was hoping for a crazy story! wotf024


Then write one! We're writers. When reality is boring, we write a new reality!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 867517

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

ThomasKCarpenter wrote:
Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Polo...


Well, hello there Mr. Nebula Nominated Martin L. Shoemaker. :)

wotf010 wotf010 wotf010

wotf009 wotf009 wotf009

If you haven't read his story, yet. Go now!!!

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/shoemaker_08_15/


Thank you! I'm still kinda stunned.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Nebula Awards 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1734

Re: Nebula Awards 2016

Thank you! This story is very special to me, so the reader response is special, too.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 867517

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

It's getting a little quiet around here...

wotf013
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: New Writer? Never Scored higher than an HM? I'll crit you!
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

Re: New Writer? Never Scored higher than an HM? I'll crit yo

I would add a joke here at Stewart's expense, but I'm too tired to think of one just now. So imagine your own joke here, please... wotf013 Now, with the obligatory joke out of the way... Stewart's a brilliant critiquer, folks. He's really insightful about what makes a story work. He has a better tra...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 867517

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Galen wrote:I make a tiny contribution to the effort of this bold endeavor.

Clearly what a glorious quarter this was.


Even tiny contributions keep the thread alive. Thank you!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Formatting & Italics for WotF Entries
Replies: 4
Views: 1225

Re: Formatting & Italics for WotF Entries

wotf009 Much appreciate the update, Matt. Might have been two years ago he posted the kick saying to underline... I still remember his first few kicks after he re-took over the gig. He had all kinds of stuff to say after diving back into this mega slush pile. But that was what, three years ago now?...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: grammatical errors
Replies: 20
Views: 3084

Re: grammatical errors

"Never tell me the odds!" -- H. Solo, esq.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: award show?
Replies: 12
Views: 2107

Re: award show?

Ishmael wrote:I've decided to send my android alter ego. No-one can tell us apart anyway.


Ah, the Battlestar Galactica type! Completely, utterly indistinguishable from humans down to the molecular level, but stronger, faster, and able to transmit their dying consciousness to a resurrection ship.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: grammatical errors
Replies: 20
Views: 3084

Re: grammatical errors

If you have a typo, and Dave makes it a finalist, that same typo will go to the judges. I imagine they'd have the same level of forgiveness as Dave. Maybe more because they'd trust that he wouldn't send them something that is way off. This. Dave is reading thousands of stories, looking for reasons ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: grammatical errors
Replies: 20
Views: 3084

Re: grammatical errors

If Dave loves a story but sees some grammatical errors, here and there, will he sharpen up the story before it's passed on to the next stage of judging? Or does that error, somehow missed by repeated edits, like a missing apostrophe, a wrong tense used, or a comma in the wrong spot, carry forever o...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: award show?
Replies: 12
Views: 2107

Re: award show?

Should I be fortunate enough to reach the gala I shall look forward to everything except the book signing. Not that I wouldn't enjoy the stardust and all, but I have Tenosynovitis is my right wrist. Is it perhaps too early to practice writing with my left hand? wotf011 They actually coach you on si...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: award show?
Replies: 12
Views: 2107

Re: award show?

Emily is correct. Published finalists don't get a check in the mail (only quarterly winners do) but my understanding is that they and the winners alike receive a check during the workshop week some time which pays them standard rates for actual publication in the anthology. (This is in addition to ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 867517

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Happy New Quarter!

(Also not drunk...)

wotf013
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 71538

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I have just submitted my story! I'm in danger of becoming ineligible so this might be my last chance, folks. Best of luck to everyone! I'm looking forward to obsessing, er, I mean, waiting patiently with all of you. To repeat myself: you remain eligible right up to the day you aren't. The day your ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What did you publish in 2015?
Replies: 17
Views: 11675

Re: What did you publish in 2015?

"Brigas Nunca Mais" in the March issue of Analog. "Unrefined" in Writers of the Future Volume 31. "Racing to Mars" in the September issue of Analog. "Today I Am Paul" in the August issue of Clarkesworld. "Scramble" from Digital Science Fiction (both ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 71538

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

storysinger wrote:I'm still procrastinating.


Listen to Bob...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 71538

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

emilymccosh wrote:We'll see if I can write a worthy story within three weeks...


You can. Have faith!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 71538

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Dustin Adams wrote:Read the Q1 v29 thread for just how late one can submit and still win gold.


And comment while you're there! If there's one thing that thread needs, it's more comments!

wotf013
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 71538

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Just a question: do you guys think it's better to submit much earlier rather than later? I'm feeling very confident about this story, and I have a niggling fear that if I've submitted it so very late Dave won't see it until the last few he reads, and by then he might have a good enough idea about t...

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