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by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

Another rant. At myself, this time. I've been struggling with this story since January. I knew the very broad outlines the whole time, and I always knew the nature of the climax. But I didn't know the details, so I did research. And I kept getting interrupted by other work. (Darned goats!) A month ...
by Solanavi77
Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Total Recall Remake
Replies: 5
Views: 2606

Re: Total Recall Remake

The one thing I never understood, and still don't, is that Dick is unclear as to the nature of the memory experience. Are the people JUST given the memory or are they given a memory AND the experience? And by 'experience' I mean something like a vivid hallucinogenic real time story-type-thingy. In t...
by Solanavi77
Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

Hmm... I'd like to do a rant about writers who seek instant gratification and can't figure out why they're not published after two months of trying... but that might be inappropriate (dealing with someone like this on another forum--ugh). Nice. People just have to know it'll take time to get publis...
by Solanavi77
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

A story I sent to "Dark Wisdom" has been out for over 2 months now. I am beginning to wonder if the magazine is defunct. I say this since I submitted a story to them the first day of their reading period. And their title page has old information. But SFWA still has them listed as a qualify...
by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

dantzel wrote:Seriously, Kary? That's very cool. Both of my subs to Lightspeed said 'didn't quite work for me.'

Still a form rejection, but... but... still!


All of mine have been like this, too! It's good to hear! wotf010
by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

ROFL! Touche, madame. Then again, mutually assured destruction much? And with that we return you to your regularly scheduled ranting. Here's mine. Dagnabit! I'm here to rant that I can't even RANT about rejections if these people won't return my subs! So that means this rant is about waiting. I hat...
by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

Look, I don't want to make enemies on here. And I sure don't want to torpedo my writing career before it even started. I like you all. And many, if not most of you have experiences I can learn from. I was just looking to rant.

Peace? wotf008
by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

Just so we are clear and so I don't come out as the bad guy, here is the context of my statements: "I get hundreds of stories each month, I can't give personal feedback on all of them." I was responding to THIS claim from editors. Now, if there are other reasons, fine. I can live with that...
by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:And no, I don't think it's at all correct to call him lazy.


ugh...I called no one lazy. I say *if*, notice the conditional, *if* it's laziness, just be honest.
by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

Ugh. Forget I said anything. I thought this was a RANT thread. Guess not.
by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

As a teacher, your primary responsibility is to teach your students. You are a service provider, and the students are your customers. (Well . . . technically, the parents of the students are your customers.) My point being the excuse that they don't have the time. I understand who the customer base...
by Solanavi77
Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Total Recall Remake
Replies: 5
Views: 2606

Total Recall Remake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vO8cAHnVbY

For those who haven't seen the new trailer. It looks promising.
by Solanavi77
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Science Fiction Story, Around 9,000 words
Replies: 2
Views: 1441

Re: Science Fiction Story, Around 9,000 words

Alright, I just finished it. It's just under 7,000 words.
by Solanavi77
Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Science Fiction Story, Around 9,000 words
Replies: 2
Views: 1441

Re: Science Fiction Story, Around 9,000 words

Oh, I forgot. Just send me a PM if you want to exchange stories. I'll give you my email address then.
by Solanavi77
Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Science Fiction Story, Around 9,000 words
Replies: 2
Views: 1441

Science Fiction Story, Around 9,000 words

Hey folks,

I am about 3/4 done with a very rough draft of a story for Q3. If anyone wants to exchange stories when I am finished, let me know. I'll look at either science fiction or fantasy of pretty much any length (nothing beyond 17,000 however. I just don't have time).
by Solanavi77
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

I've sort of become immune to rejections. After hitting 20, I think I became like the king who slowly drinks poison so he builds up a resistance. At first, it kinda stung, but then you realize rejection can be divorced from quality. Excellent stories get rejected. My attitude is to pump out science ...
by Solanavi77
Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Prophets of Science Fiction - Philip K. Dick
Replies: 0
Views: 1495

Prophets of Science Fiction - Philip K. Dick

A great series, if you aren't familiar with it. Of course the episode on Philip K. Dick is my favorite wotf004

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7imBE7PKP4
by Solanavi77
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:14 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: A Short Lecture from Philip K. Dick
Replies: 0
Views: 1537

A Short Lecture from Philip K. Dick

A good lecture from one of my favorite science fiction writer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhkzYnaAvAA

Enjoy! wotf008
by Solanavi77
Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 410917

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello! I made my first submission to Writers of the Future yesterday. It's the longest short story I've written yet -- although still nowhere near the 17,000 limit -- and I had a lot of fun working on it. Now I need to concentrate on my entry for Q4, make progress on my other writing projects, and ...
by Solanavi77
Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 179
Views: 53626

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Also, "Solaris" by Stainslaw Lem is fantastic. It's got his classic cynicism about human beings, which I quite enjoy.
by Solanavi77
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:40 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 179
Views: 53626

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Interesting point, Alex. And I like that quote.
by Solanavi77
Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:55 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 179
Views: 53626

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Speaking generally, I'm also a pacifist. But when it comes to art, honesty is key...and let's face it, the world is a harsh, violent place sometimes. So I think it makes sense that a lot of science fiction and fantasy involves a lot of violence. Right, but it's a matter of glorification. This is wh...
by Solanavi77
Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 200
Views: 62612

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

I'll toss my hat in the ring too. send me a PM.
by Solanavi77
Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 179
Views: 53626

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

I really need to pick up The Forever War next time I get paid. I've read a couple short stories by Haldeman, which were fantastic, but I keep seeing The Forever War being mentioned all over the place, often touted as the greatest example of military SF ever. Hard to ignore a reputation like that. I...
by Solanavi77
Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 179
Views: 53626

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Pretty much anything by Philip K. Dick. Thought his stuff in the late 70's and 80's isn't as good as his earlier stuff. I probably recommend his short story collections. He was a master at short fiction. Of his novels, "The World Jones Made," is very good, as are "Do Androids Dream of...
by Solanavi77
Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 410917

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Well, I surmise from your picture that you're a female, so in the 1920's vernacular, that would make you a "doll." But, we're in a different era, so we can probably flaunt the rules of 1920's word use wotf004 As for rejections, meh, they don't get me too down now. I mean, Dune got rejecte...
by Solanavi77
Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 410917

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome David! (And Michael and everyone else I missed) Am I a cat or a doll? I like cats better... :) It's been interesting to begin gathering rejections - I just got my 5th in 5 months. Even though it's always a little bit of a bummer - since I don't send out stories unless I believe they've got ...
by Solanavi77
Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 410917

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Thanks for the warm welcome, cats and dolls. Rock on.
by Solanavi77
Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 410917

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Well Martin, when Clarkesworld and Lightspeed usually respond within 2-3 days, it's easy to rack up the rejections. wotf019 Plus, the short Daily Science Fiction stories can be written and revised in an hour or 2. I usually have 4 or 5 stories out at a time. Oh well. You win some and you lose some. ...

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