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by LDWriter2
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

For F&SF, there's no correlation between getting a personal comment and getting closer to an acceptance..... All that being said, even if you've only ever received one-day rejections of "didn't grab me," that doesn't mean he won't buy your next story. :) Still would be nice to get one...
by LDWriter2
Wed May 30, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: New type of shorter story
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: New type of shorter story

Yes it is. I must have thought I didn't need to say that here-I was in a hurry.

Could you PM your e-maill address to make sure I have it?
by LDWriter2
Tue May 29, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: New type of shorter story
Replies: 2
Views: 133

New type of shorter story

For me it's a new type while shorter than mine usually are I think it is long enough. How long that is is another matter.


I think its a fun story but we shall see how well it is done. I put in my best.
by LDWriter2
Tue May 29, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

Interesting responses. Latest response from BCS Assistant editor liked a certain description. Disliked what she saw as my hiding something. I didn't hide it, it just wasn't time for that and the story is rather short. wotf017 I will move it up, it's not that big of deal-doesn't effect the plot at al...
by LDWriter2
Wed May 23, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 187
Views: 61357

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

I too am reading the mistborn sort of. Without realizing it I started with book four the new series. Haven't gotten to the fist thee yet,
by LDWriter2
Wed May 23, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

I would not mind something like that. Evidently there is a lukewarm wording and a Hot setting, but nothing in-between from most editors. BCS is different with that and I have sent in stories to a couple of e-zines that also sent out a person comment with every rejection. Lukewarm would be someway of...
by LDWriter2
Wed May 23, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 36
Views: 1644

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Hmm, I have the story for this quarter ever so close to being done. I didn't start it for this contest, or any other one, but as a fun where to show off what I have learned. But it's better than I expected, at least for me it's a bit of a twist, a little different. Which is why maybe, perhaps and ma...
by LDWriter2
Fri May 04, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

Should not have grumbled about 8 rejections in 5 days. Writing gods aren't happy. It's now become 12 rejections in 7 days. Yikes! I have 6 Rs in 6 days going right now... Used to be my numbers but I have gotten so much out of the habit of sending in stories. I am doing good to get one rejection eve...
by LDWriter2
Tue May 01, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

[quote="YM Pang"]

It worked at one time. And it is only the web site the company that owns those four magazines uses, that is the problem.
by LDWriter2
Tue May 01, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16300

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congratulations to the two finalists I haven't congratulated. Plus congrats to the HMs. Those stories usually do good after getting one.
by LDWriter2
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

Second time I have done this. Just figured out what I did wrong. Rolls eyes And why Anyway, When I used to send out a bunch of stories I would get anywhere from two to six back in one day. Not enjoyable. In fact yesterday I just received two rejections. Finlay took a little longer than he has in th...
by LDWriter2
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

Second time I have done this. I hit Post reply but my note just disappeared the other day. Anyway, When I used to send out a bunch of stories I would get anywhere from two to six back in one day. Not enjoyable. In fact yesterday I just received two rejections. Finlay took a little longer than he has...
by LDWriter2
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16300

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

There are strange things happening in the world. I got home tonight and there was a message my machine. It was Joni! She called to say that she knows she sent me my semi-finalist email, and she wanted to congratulate me. Then she said she has even better news for me. Turns out, one of the finalists...
by LDWriter2
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16300

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Boy my memory must have gotten off. I thought I had received a rejection for this one already. Because of that I am not sure which story I sent in for this one either. But anyway I blew it, a total miss. I looked for the story but can't find one that it would be. Came back to say, oh probably that s...
by LDWriter2
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

It had been so long I forgot. The system that Analog, Asimov's and the two mystery mag, use for the online submissions does not like my version of .doc files. It always says it's too long no matter how short the story. With Asimov's I can use .rtf but my current WP doesn't do that format. I have an ...
by LDWriter2
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

Just wanted to say that I responded a day ago, but must have clicked the wrong button because it isn't here. Or it showed up on another thread. But among other things I said Thanks for the response.
by LDWriter2
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 228441

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Just wanted to say I have a new book out Still can not figure out how to do a picture. But everything you need to know is here. New book: an exciting tale of adventure and suspense Meet Kara Stronggear, a very young member of the cadre of Couriers. She thinks she has what it takes to be one. After ...
by LDWriter2
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 36
Views: 1644

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

AmytheAuthor wrote:. Constantly writing in my mind, rarely getting it typed up.



For years that is how I wrote. I hardly ever typed out anything. A couple(literally) of times I tried I got stuck on which way the story should go, then it became too much like work.
by LDWriter2
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 36
Views: 1644

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Okay, I'll be doing it. And I think the story has been written already. A new one, never sent out.

I said I think because I still will be writing short stories and its possible that I will write one I I like better before the middle of June.
by LDWriter2
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

Been while since I have been here. I have been busy with Indie publishing books and writing them. And writing a few very short stories to pictures. All are under 600 words but many are 200 to 400 words. A couple around 100. Anyway, still learning to write and all that, which brings me to something I...
by LDWriter2
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Three short stories needing a grammar check
Replies: 0
Views: 147

Three short stories needing a grammar check

An unusual request As some of you may know, because I have complained about, I have gotten out of the habit of sending out stories. Well, I have three right now that at least one editor likes, even though he isn't buying right now. So all three probably needs a grammar check and I and asking if anyo...
by LDWriter2
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1559

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Since for many reasons I haven't been hanging around here on the forum I didn't know who from here got to me on the show tonight. I caught one guy with long hair who mentioned the forum but they don't put up the names long enough to get more than a glance at them. Thought there might be more activit...
by LDWriter2
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 113
Views: 5212

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Okay, I am in.


Thanks to two people here my story has improved. But like usual is it enough? Have to wait and see.
by LDWriter2
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Rules of Writing

Hmm, I have gathered a few over the years. Use active sentences, not passive sentences, use all five human senses in every major scene and intro and make sure the MC is changed some how, usually but not always use Show not Tell.
by LDWriter2
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critiques by Ishmael
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Critiques by Ishmael

Always happy to help, Louis. Punt it over. I haven't punted yet because someone took a look at my story and sent a bunch of suggestions. I wanted to fix those things first. Then I got involved with my soon-to-be released novel and now I need to spend quality time on my story this week. Depending on...
by LDWriter2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215630

Re: Five Minute Rant

Been a while since I have been here. Mainly because I haven't been sending out stories. And that is what this rant is about. Got half a dozen new stories with one to three times they have been sent out, but I am so far out of the habit I just don't think about it when I have the time. Ugh, I know my...
by LDWriter2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critiques by Ishmael
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Critiques by Ishmael

I could use another check over on mine between 6,000 and 6,600 words. And it is sort of, kind of, well its just plain speculative.
by LDWriter2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange

I'll be down for an exchange in a week or so. Started working on my Q2 sub in earnest and should have something ready by then. Hmm, just saw I had responses here. The site is suppose to send me an E-mail when that happens-or does it send E-mails still? Anyway, I have one person to look over my stor...
by LDWriter2
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 187
Views: 61357

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Right now I'm reading the third book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. I absolutely loved the first 2 and this is growing to be one of my favorite series of all time. I'm going to continue reading Sanderson books after this, apparently they're all connected. I like that series too but I ...
by LDWriter2
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange

This thread doesn't have any new posts but I figure I would give it a try anyway.


A 5500 to 6999 word spec story could use a check over.

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