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by bobsandiego
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 19975

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

And the word is - nope. I did not win but I am not depressed. Coming this far on a story I fully would not expect to strike's Dave's fancy is a good feeling all on its own. Commiserations. I feel like we're all fairly poor judges of "what strikes Dave's fancy"; things we send with high ho...
by bobsandiego
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 19975

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

And the word is - nope.
I did not win but I am not depressed. Coming this far on a story I fully would not expect to strike's Dave's fancy is a good feeling all on its own.
by bobsandiego
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 19975

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Thank you everyone. Honestly I had very nearly forgotten about the entry but it goes to show you can not predict the editor. Submit - that's your job. accept or reject is their's do not do it for them. How true. And congratulations on making Finalist, Bob! Here's to your making the top three! The w...
by bobsandiego
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 19975

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Thank you everyone. Honestly I had very nearly forgotten about the entry but it goes to show you can not predict the editor.
Submit - that's your job.
accept or reject is their's do not do it for them.
by bobsandiego
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 19975

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

so Q2 vol 34 I posted that Dave had returned me to the dog house.
Last week I found out that this year, this Q2, I am a finalist.
It doesn't seem real.
wotf058
by bobsandiego
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 2, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 13
Views: 3025

Re: Quarter 2, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34

Dave has returned me to the doghouse

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by bobsandiego
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 8026

Re: Cover Letters

From a slusher: you can only ever hurt your chances with a cover letter. I scan the cover letter for two pieces of info (relevant to PodCastle): word count and reprint/original. Some markets only take originals so you don't need to mention the latter; other markets also accept multiple genres, so m...
by bobsandiego
Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 228416

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

It's been a long time since I posted to this thread, but I feel that I must. Editor's telling me that he enjoyed my story, it held his attention right up to the end, and he goes on to say that it was his favorite for the week. He doesn't buy it, though. (sigh) Give me form acceptances, any time. Th...
by bobsandiego
Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Etiquette Question: Responding to Emails from Magazines
Replies: 6
Views: 1533

Re: Etiquette Question: Responding to Emails from Magazines

I second that answer. At most acknowledge that you got the message and then move on.

(I too originally hailed from the South and the urge to be overly polite still runs strong.)
by bobsandiego
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 249208

Re: Five Minute Rant

rant about the industry: man o man I am learning patience. I had hoped - naively it turns out - that representation would make things much quicker. Nope. MY novel sits at a publisher and in the time while I have waited for an answer from the editor I have written an entire new novel. to quoteThe Pri...
by bobsandiego
Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What did you publish in 2015?
Replies: 17
Views: 13079

Re: What did you publish in 2015?

Sold two stories, but only one published during 2015, the other is coming out 2016
The Story Is a Lie -SciPhi Journal #6 July 2015
by bobsandiego
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4105
Views: 905647

Re: Success!

I'm very pleased to report a ninth acceptance for the calendar year, eleventh overall. My 2700 short story Time's Winged Chariot has been accepted for Third Flatiron Publishing's Spring 2016 anthology, It's Come to Our Attention . This is my first piece of alternative history to be accepted. wotf00...
by bobsandiego
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1070401

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I've run gamed since 1979.
it's a blast.
my current player don;t know I plan on shutting down my current campaign and that the adventure's end is the big finale.
by bobsandiego
Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 23
Views: 5490

Re: writing books

There have been some great suggestions here. Lots of great craft and story, and character how to's, but let me step to a different kind of writing book. Building Great Sentences by Brooks Landon. I got this as the audio lecture series but there is also a book version. Iy greatly changed how I approa...
by bobsandiego
Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 249208

Re: Five Minute Rant

Argh! Why can I write a 7,000 word story that I'm in love with, but can't come up with two or three words for a title that I don't despise? Someone should start a service where you can send them a story, and they'll come up with an awesome title for it. I would be their best customer. My wall is bl...
by bobsandiego
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4105
Views: 905647

Re: Success!

I've been head down in my novel -- almost done 71,000 words out of an estimated 80,000.
But to all the great success stories here:
Hurray!
by bobsandiego
Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 16573

Re: Story Titling

I bang my head on the wall for character names and titles. Something it knocks loose something decent but most I just blunder through. My HM was titled Hanuessen' Hex 'cause I was hoping 'hex' would carry Dave enough since there wasn't any spec-fic explicit in the first several pages. For submission...
by bobsandiego
Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4105
Views: 905647

Re: Success!

wotf009
Rebecca Birch wrote:My fantasy short story Beneath the Raven's Wing is live at Fantasy Scroll Magazine today. It received an HM from WotF once upon a time. wotf008

wotf009
by bobsandiego
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4105
Views: 905647

Re: Success!

Today I enjoyed receipt of the Flame Tree anthology Chilling Ghost Short Stories. I have never before held a hardback containing my work. I feel like a proper author. They arranged the stories by author alphabetically. There are classic authors as well as modern. I'm between Nikolai Gogol and Washi...
by bobsandiego
Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2896

Re: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question

Has anyone gotten a rejection from Fantastic Stories of the Imagination? I ask because, I got a form rejection, but I'm not sure if it's the higher tier rejection. They're not listed in rejection wiki, so I am unsure. "Thank you for sharing your story with us at Fantastic Stories of the Imagin...
by bobsandiego
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 249208

Re: Five Minute Rant

Oh brothers and sister you must deny the Dark lord, the Lord of Lies, that fallen angel.
He whispers in you ear but they are lies meant to deceive you.
Reject the dark arts.
reject the rejecotmancy
by bobsandiego
Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 249208

Re: Five Minute Rant

Truly, the waiting is the hardest part.
by bobsandiego
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4105
Views: 905647

Re: Success!

Dustin Adams wrote:Bestseller list: mind wotf039

As for me, I've got a surreal, Heroes sorta take on literature that's up today at Every Day Fiction

I was hoping for a release on the 24th when the new season starts. Alas, I'm two days early.


Congrats
by bobsandiego
Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:50 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4105
Views: 905647

Re: Success!

wotf009
izanobu wrote:I hit the USA Today bestseller list just about two weeks ago. That was kind of awesome :)
by bobsandiego
Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1070401

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Rebecca Birch wrote:
Strycher wrote:The mechanical voice really makes those nitpicky typos stand out.


It really does. And makes invented names very . . . interesting. wotf004


Not just invented names. If you use non-western European names it can be very amusing.
by bobsandiego
Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4105
Views: 905647

Re: Success!

Ishmael wrote:I just received another acceptance from Sci Phi Journal. wotf006

Of course Jason hasn't got round to publishing the first one yet. wotf012

I am becoming blasé. wotf013

Congrats.
I have a story waiting there
by bobsandiego
Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1070401

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

off topic - not that THIS thread has a topic: As some of you know I signed with the Virginia Kidd agency in June. So while Will shops my novel around looking for a suck---editor in love with it, I started a new one. I asked him if I should write the next book in the series or something else and he t...
by bobsandiego
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1070401

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

] I seem to be having a bunch of characters named after me. I'm a dying spaceship in one of Martin's stories. You are the main character in mine... I'm sorry for all the mental anguish I've put you through, but you'll be happy to know that you and Kary get together and start a family. Bob is a weal...

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