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by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 106358

Re: Cover Workshop

Thanks for the feedback, Soulmirror. I'll have to look into a more distressed font for the title, and I like the idea of breaking the description in a different place--I teach poetry sometimes, so I should have thought of that!

Thanks to Strycher and as well AustinDM as well.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 106358

Re: Cover Workshop

I guess it looking literary isn't deceptive, as far as the plot goes, though it is far closer to Vonnegut than Hemingway. It was sort of inspired by this Donald Barthelme story, "The School" where a class adopts one thing after another (each a progressively more serious commitment), only t...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 106358

Re: Cover Workshop

Hello all you fine WOTFers! I was wondering if I could solicit some input on a mock-up of the cover for my first ever short story in ebook format. I did this in Gimp, using a free stock photo (all I did to it was crop it rather severely). http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MfVvvLK-m7Q/USP6FGlrZOI/AAAAAAAAALY...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:15 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1, vol. 29
Replies: 78
Views: 27358

Re: Quarter 1, vol. 29

All the best to Tina, Marina, and Steve. Well done! (Ditto for all the non-placing finalists, or course.)
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 2, vol. 29
Replies: 60
Views: 19803

Re: Quarter 2, vol. 29

HM for me.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Fri May 04, 2012 7:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194500

Re: Five Minute Rant

Understood. I occasionally read science fiction, but rarely the spacecraft kind. I think my problem is that technology often bugs me, and anything I wrote about it would be really pessimistic. I don't keep up with the latest science or technological breakthroughs, and I loathe a lot of the gadgets m...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Fri May 04, 2012 6:39 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194500

Re: Five Minute Rant

I just looked up "Augmented Reality" on Wikipedia to see if I have anything in my trunk or brain that might be worth submitting. Nope. I can recall some good stories I've read that might count, but it isn't in my imaginative toolbox. I guess I just don't get science fiction kind of ideas. ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Oh well, I'll know soon enough. Each quarter is a little experiment anyway. The hypothesis I tested this quarter was: Can I write interesting science fiction that someone might actually want to read? I assume an HM means "Yes." So, from that perspective the experiment was a success. My ex...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Oh! I just connected your dots. Okay.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Also, someone with the handle "toddmcc" joined the forums today. Pattern-seeking minds may jump to their own conclusions, and I will only be a little insufferable for a wee span of time if I've jumped to the right ones. Having just read a rejection myself, it may be worth noting that it a...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1, vol. 29
Replies: 78
Views: 27358

Re: Quarter 1, vol. 29

Straight up rejection for me, as I suspected it would be. Submitted electronically on the 31st. Good luck all.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

*sets up the card table in the basement* *deals 6-handed euchre* *baits a Joni-trap with Vernors, Win Schulers bar cheese and crackers, cocktail weenies in BBQ sauce, beer cheese dip in a bread round, some Kogel Viennas (hot dogs), and a jug of fresh cider from Farmer Bayne's* There, that's about a...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Cards, eh? Come to think of it, we might have enough Michiganders here for euchre. I'll feather it, in no-trump. Yeah, spoons is for card idiots like me (I've learned euchre six or seven times, but still don't know how to play). Only 2 or 3 simple rules--sort of like old maid combined with musical ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

There are 21 posts on the Q1 results thread....and more than 2000 views! Who keeps clicking on that square, even though they know nobody's posted there? Besides me, that is! wotf001 Preston Dennett (HM x 2) Nice of Lair to post that he had not heard anything. I'm sure all of us clicked and visited,...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 411243

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hey Dustan, welcome (back)! I grew up on an island--nothing quite like it. Good luck this quarter.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194500

Re: Five Minute Rant

I've got a story with a setting that, for some reason, I am reluctant to write about. It has appeared in other iterations in other projects, but this time I feel this trepidation about "going there." The set piece at the end takes place there, so I know the setting is absolutely necessary....
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 411243

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome back, Sarah! You're in good company. We tend to be a pretty supportive and grown-up bunch. I've been around here since November '11, though my first WOTF sub was several years back. Like you I failed to keep submitting after that (unlike you, I got a straight-up rejection), though I did keep...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

You have to write better than the pros (in the editor's eyes) to get into their mag, but how is that really any different from WotF? Even without a name, you still have to write the best story (in KD and the other judge's eyes) in order to win. So, no matter where you go, the editor has to like you...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I think he was querying, and is still in.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194500

Re: Five Minute Rant

They weren't evil laughs, but they were knee jerk laughs, that's what bugged me. Afterward it's all like, no, no, it's cool you got paid... But too late. wotf23 D I hear that. If I recall correctly we were firing congratulations your way on the "Success!" thread not long ago. I guess the ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I received the email at 1:00 AM this morning (5 Apr). I sent my query roughly 8 hours before that. So, that would make tonight a very suspenseful evening for all of us that are still in. Thanks for the quick follow-up! That's what I was hoping, though why I would hope that is a complex question I m...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

All, I couldnt' find my receipt for my entry and I'm pretty used to getting Rs by now, so I sent Joni an email to make sure they got my entry. This is what she said: Dear Joe, It is still being judged. You are in there just fine. Notices go out every week and this week more go out tonight. It will ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194500

Re: Five Minute Rant

Coming up through the academic/literary journal side of things, 90% of my pubs were not "sales" per se.* *Unless, that is, the following scenario is also a sale: A neighbor is making pies. He asks me for some flour to complete the recipe. When the pies are done, I get a slice of one. Did ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194500

Re: Five Minute Rant

People don't understand that--unless you get the Rowling-esque big break--a writing career, like that of most indie musicians, is a matter of steady accretion of work and the recognition that hopefully comes along with it. Coming up through the academic/literary journal side of things, 90% of my pub...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

And I'm probably as non-public-speaker as they come... Whereas they should pick me simply because I would be a natural at the podium. A decade of corporate instruction and presentations have made me into a natural ham. I never use notes any more, never need them. My best presentations are all impro...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot use images in signatures?
Replies: 21
Views: 10563

Re: Cannot use images in signatures?

I've been able to see it (animated too) all along. And just to clarify, in Brad's post below (or above, if that's how you {sc}roll) it was only signature images he was deliberating on, not images at large.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

They've got to be done reading stories. We've started a new quarter. Now it's only a matter of time. Get ready for the flood. *rolls up the cuffs on her pants and grabs the nearest tree* We have *gorgeous* weather today, and I'm feeling like a walk on the beach. wotf008 Sorry Kary, I neglected to r...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

The worst part might just be that one lucky writer will get to deliver two speeches (or perhaps the same one twice). If you wrote two of them, but got them mixed up and gave the gold award acceptance first, that would be embarrassing, though somewhat less so if you did in fact go on to win the big o...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3855
Views: 710217

Re: Success!

Congrats, Steve! Way to go.

Proof once again that no market, not even WOTF, is the arbiter of good and bad stories. It is often more about how it fits with a market than a quality issue.

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