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by Dustin Adams
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Go for the novel? Or stick with the short story?
Replies: 10
Views: 151

Re: Go for the novel? Or stick with the short story?

Write for joy. My joy, personally, is writing for the contest, despite being a novelist at heart. I love that process, but it's lonely, and having worked from home for the last seven years, I need all the socializing I can get. Ahem. Anyway, my point is that you have to do what you love. If your st...
by Dustin Adams
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 35
Views: 707

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

rachelwrites wrote:I know it's early in the quarter, but would any of my fellow 4-in-35ers be interested in a critique swap? I have a 6000-word draft that has gone through some revision, and would love some general feedback before I obsess over polishing.


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by Dustin Adams
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 18
Views: 355

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

I'll add a little more to Preston's definition: SHM means you were in the "Finalist pile" that Dave segregates from the Rs and HMs. From what I have heard from people who have asked him directly, he culls and mulls, then culls some more. So the silvers survive an extra round, and are given...
by Dustin Adams
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 143
Views: 4047

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

katsincommand wrote:wotf048

I believe this is what we're all looking for.


Indeed!
40 and 41 straight?!?! wotf009
by Dustin Adams
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Age Limit?
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Age Limit?

I believe the submission age runs the table.
It starts at 1.
So, babies, get your keyboards ready! wotf006
by Dustin Adams
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 143
Views: 4047

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I keep forgetting to report in here, but I submitted on September 29th, and I just received the confirmation a few minutes ago, so I'm in for Quarter 4! I first entered the contest 10 years ago this quarter, and I've only missed one quarter since--this is my 40th entry wotf024 Daaaaamn. Where is th...
by Dustin Adams
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Sense of Belonging
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: A Sense of Belonging

I recommend writing from the heart, and a place of honesty.

The theme, the core of both my finalists were of a personal nature.
My stories that I write from my mind aren't ever quite as good.
by Dustin Adams
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What does "win" mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 168

Re: What does "win" mean?

Winning is placing. It means Joni asks you if you're sitting down. Words I have yet to hear. However, published finalist is not a win, but grants almost all the benefits of a win, plus you can keep entering. I love Eric James Stone's method. His Q4 was the published finalist, and around the time he ...
by Dustin Adams
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 9349

Re: Story Titling

I used to think my titles were pretty good, but my critiques often suggest other titles. When I critique, I rarely suggest different titles to folks. Well, except for one recently wotf011 Lately (for a few years) I've been into my title being in the body in some meaningful way. Not accidentally or i...
by Dustin Adams
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 28
Views: 991

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

Chris,
I believe he said an extra $108.
So maybe $1000 plus $108 because of word count.
Then the grand prize.

Matt pretty much cleaned up.

And he has a cool accent...
by Dustin Adams
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 35
Views: 707

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

T-Shirts coming soon. wotf019
by Dustin Adams
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 19
Views: 433

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Bump.

Because we're LIVE!
by Dustin Adams
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 35
Views: 707

Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

T his is the official thread for the 4 in 35! club. Here is where we dedicate ourselves to getting four entries into volume 35. The rules are thus: We support each other for Q1. Q1 is traditionally the thinnest quarter, which our guess has been because of the holidays and travels, etc. (Start now!)...
by Dustin Adams
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 143
Views: 4047

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I'm in. I am seriously hoping for an HM this time around. It would be my first for a story that did not go through a gauntlet of critiques. This one is all me save the 450. Fingers crossed! (but not too tightly. 4 in 35!) I wasn't going to enter, but disgruntledpeony (Liz!) told me I could get somet...
by Dustin Adams
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2348
Views: 403908

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the new folks!

Saying hello is the first step to getting involved - and getting involved sometimes leads to winning!

See ya around.
by Dustin Adams
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jeff Carlson has passed away
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Jeff Carlson has passed away

Cancer at 48. That sucks.
Sorry for your, and his family's loss.
And the community who will not read his future stories.
by Dustin Adams
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 143
Views: 4047

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Rui,
It's difficult to return the favor when I don't send you a story. wotf001
I have one brewing, which may be too damn dark for WotF, but it must be exorcised from my brain.
Probably for Q1...
by Dustin Adams
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: So you want to write sci-fi?
Replies: 1
Views: 95

Re: So you want to write sci-fi?

This is spam, but very well targeted spam...

And that magazine or whatever should not just use her last name. It's just too strange seeing Rambo in isolation like that.
by Dustin Adams
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 200
Views: 61994

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Do I have someone's 450? I've got one on my desktop, and I can't find in my e-mail where I received it. Very strange because I'm an e-mail freak... Anyway, reply here or send a PM if I have yours and haven't replied. Incidentally, very good anonymity. wotf009 ETA: Mystery solved! I'm planning a trip...
by Dustin Adams
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 143
Views: 4047

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Well I know I'm not going to make it this quarter. Too many unexpected health problems that I'm still trying to deal with. Didn't even have the time or energy to write these last few months. Hopefully I can get back on track for the next quarter. It's a whole new year with 4 new chances to make it ...
by Dustin Adams
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 143
Views: 4047

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Finally have a working second draft. It's far from perfect, but it's definitely better than the first draft was. I've got almost three weeks to get the story ship-shape for submission, depending on things and stuff. I feel much better about the odds of having this done in time than I did last Wedne...
by Dustin Adams
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 19
Views: 433

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm hoping to write something completely new.
Lord knows if this will happen, but as I sit here now, I'd like to think that a completely new story is going to be what I sub, and it's as of yet unimagined. That idea gives me a thrill, and a boost.
by Dustin Adams
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 19
Views: 433

Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

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This is Quarter 1 for Volume 35.

Submission period is:
October 1, 2017 -- December 31, 2017
by Dustin Adams
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 12723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Agreed, I believe you do need to reply.
Even if to say, thanks! List me on the blog.
Or W/E.

But either way, congrats!
by Dustin Adams
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 12723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Imagination Vortex wrote:Congrats to everyone so far! As for me...

wotf055

Always hoping for higher but I'll take it. wotf007

Ditto
by Dustin Adams
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 143
Views: 4047

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I don't like the way my Q4 is shaping up. Too generic. Grr...
But the more I think, the more time passes.
Only one month remains! wotf005
by Dustin Adams
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 19999

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

This news totally ROCKS! wotf013
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by Dustin Adams
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 15
Views: 627

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

From the dawn of time we came, moving quietly, down through the centuries. No one has ever known we were among you... until now. No, that's a different Highlander. I understand Preston has read every word. However, while I am close to completing my antho collection (still need that big table top vol...

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