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by Jess
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:35 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Defiance
Replies: 6
Views: 1999

Re: Defiance

I tried to give Defiance a fair shake, but it didn't take. I think I got through an episode and a half before I ended up doing something else while it was on, and missing the rest. I will say that SyFy's recent productions (well, series-wise...they still have some godawful original movies) look pret...
by Jess
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 411280

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

The Submissions Grinder is a brand-new website where you can find short story markets, and after you've submitted your story, you can 'track' it and get a better idea of when you might expect a reply. It's also a FREE website. If you feel like paying, you can mosey over to Duotrope, but the Submiss...
by Jess
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Dave Wolverton's 10 reasons why he rejects a story
Replies: 444
Views: 110856

Re: Dave Wolverton's 10 reasons why he rejects a story

I'm (again) still not sure there's any real difference in tastes or judging styles between the two. I think there are certain universal tendencies among editors, but I never made it out of straight rejections with KD, so I'm inclined to think that there's something DF is seeing in my writing that s...
by Jess
Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.
Replies: 179
Views: 54776

Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.

I'm waiting for "The Three Little Bears and the Zombie Apocalypse," or "Ocean's Seven Dwarves." Sorry, I couldn't help it. I guess it's just me who's tired of these "cleverly supernatural" twists on fairy tales or histories or whatnot. Just feels like they're trying too...
by Jess
Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 411280

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Bill Moonroe wrote:Ah, then you may have seen Jericho, the donkey. He lives in the Portuguese Bend area, and we're often out for walks around there. Why a donkey is a better hiking companion than a dog? A donkey can carry a lot more beer.

I like you already.
by Jess
Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 106370

Re: Cover Workshop

I like the toothpick one better and agree about lowering the drink level. Also, I wonder if you might want to fiddle with the title/author or toothpick color. (I might be wrong, but to me they clash.) Annnnnnd another one! This one is strictly stock art, http://evilmartin.com/images/FatherDaughter60...
by Jess
Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 106370

Re: Cover Workshop

Yeah, I'll add to the "pic feels medical" votes. If you don't want that, you're best off changing it.

Regardless, I really like how you have the blurb in that black bar. It breaks up the orange nicely.
by Jess
Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Dave Wolverton's 10 reasons why he rejects a story
Replies: 444
Views: 110856

Re: Dave Wolverton's 10 reasons why he rejects a story

From David Farland's latest kick: You’d be surprised at how many clichés there are. Every time that I pick up a story where someone is waking up, not knowing who, where, or what they are, I groan inside. Spaceship captains are almost always awakened, either from a cryo tank or thrown physically out...
by Jess
Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Dave Wolverton's 10 reasons why he rejects a story
Replies: 444
Views: 110856

Re: Dave Wolverton's 10 reasons why he rejects a story

This is my concern about my Q4. It's a powerful story, but the weird stuff doesn't really become evident until the mid point, more or less. I tried to drop in lots of ominous hints that there was something strange going on; but it's a long build up of stuff that could have a perfectly normal explan...
by Jess
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.
Replies: 179
Views: 54776

Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.

I wanted to like Falling Skies. I made a point of watching it, but after the first season, I still wasn't sure one way or another. Kind of an ambivalent "meh."

So I watched the second season too. No change. I'm pretty sure it's forgettable.
by Jess
Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3855
Views: 710280

Re: Success!

gower21 wrote:I find it funny I always see my typos better when someone else quotes me.

That's because you don't really read what you said. You already know the gist of it.

When someone quotes you, you have to read it to see what they're responding to.
by Jess
Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3, vol. 29 - RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 54
Views: 13373

Re: Quarter 3, vol. 29

R.

As expected. Weird story, went in a strange direction, and got oddly stream-of-consciousness. Knew it wouldn't be a good fit, but deadlines, y'know?
by Jess
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Short story collections
Replies: 23
Views: 8493

Re: Short story collections

Brutally honest? I rarely like more than two or three stories in a short story collection. They're just not my thing; I want more meat on the bone. WotF does better than average, largely because the stories tend longer. I hate you all and everything you've done. Hey, now. That may have been over the...
by Jess
Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194508

Re: Five Minute Rant

izanobu wrote:I just wrote the worst novel ever.


Go me?

... ... ...

<deleted>

Edit: Inside joke between a couple of RL friends and I. Upon further consideration, better left unsaid here.
by Jess
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: 14000 word story
Replies: 2
Views: 2206

Re: 14000 word story

If you do post an email address, do it like this: email at address dot net

That's how you often see it on blogs and such, to avoid automatic email address searchbot thingies, whatever they're actually called.
by Jess
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213025

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

soulmirror wrote:Ah, we'll ALL be suckers anyway ... when the octopus-robots show up!

Kraken vs Mechakraken!
by Jess
Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213025

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

and the octopus I guess I could've brought home in a doggy bag from the sushi buffet we went to ... but didn't. wotf012 They say octopus can count to ten, so eating them is definitely an ethical no. If that's your ethical dividing line, you might want to know that chickens can do math . I'm pretty ...
by Jess
Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 35920

Re: Chicon 7

Brad R. Torgersen wrote:I am camped at Mike Resnick's house until the weekend. A science fiction (wannabe) historian's dream.

wotf003

A word to the wise: resist the temptation to start a campfire on the living room floor and make s'mores.
by Jess
Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886989

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

This thread is really starting to drag out and fade away. It's reminding more and more of Larry Niven's "Last Days of the Permanent Floating Riot Club", when the last few die-hards all hung around waiting for the good times to finally run out. But you know what would really liven this pla...
by Jess
Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 35920

Re: Chicon 7

I'd like to, but I don't think it's in the cards.
by Jess
Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 106370

Re: Cover Workshop

Getting closer? (Really appreciate all the feedback, guys!) http://kanearts.net/Lachiga_cover_done.png Like the bluish-gray here better than both the b/w and the dull greenish-gray above. I think with the background color coming in a little, you could just use the white text. The name jumps out a l...
by Jess
Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 106370

Re: Cover Workshop

Martin, I don't think I like the red. As plain as it is, it comes off a bit jarring between the yellow and dark blue of the text and corner image.
by Jess
Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 106370

Re: Cover Workshop

I think you want some hint of color. The b/w image is effective and eye-catching, so I don't think you want to overdo it, but at the same time, you don't want to make it seem like you couldn't be bothered with a color picture. It comes off as cheaper, I think. With that in mind, you definitely need ...
by Jess
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886989

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

MJNL wrote:And where's the gratuitous sex, hu? Hu? HU?

wotf011

In the cover letter, complete with name and contact info, in the form of a pickup line.
by Jess
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Dave Wolverton's 10 reasons why he rejects a story
Replies: 444
Views: 110856

Re: Dave Wolverton's 10 reasons why he rejects a story

Baby Got Back to the Story

About, well...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reTx5sqvVJ4

And told from the PoV of an infant, obviously.
by Jess
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 35920

Re: Chicon 7

vanaaron wrote:I'll be there, and Brad promised I could polish his Hugo Award if he wins.

Is that what the kids are calling it these days?
by Jess
Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3855
Views: 710280

Re: Success!

Isto wrote:I was finally able to fit a summary of my 135,000 word novel on a 3x5 index card! wotf053

Let me guess: the trick is to write really small?

Or use both sides?
by Jess
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886989

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Sure is quiet around here... Hope that's because you're all in WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! mode...

On and off. I've had some struggles with this story, and recently it's turned into an all out war of words. I think I'm winning, but it's hard to say for sure.
by Jess
Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886989

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Thanks. Glad it brightens someone's day. Your posts always make me giggle too. I like how you come on, leave a one liner, and go. That's because 99% of the time, when I start writing a longer post, I eventually decide it's not worthwhile and delete it. To quote Stewie Griffin, "I guess history...
by Jess
Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 710
Views: 181087

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I don't think that writers have different tastes than editors and readers as a group. I think that every writer, every editor, every reader, every market is different. If you read each magazine's "what we want and what we don't want" page, it's impressive how different their tastes are. I...

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