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by morganb
Thu May 17, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 109
Views: 70343

Re: Galaxy's Edge

MIne was submitted 57 days ago. Having misplaced Mike's email address, I sent it to the general submissions when the slush pile was opened to non-invitees for the first time two months ago. It looks as though Mike's continued to reply promptly to those that go direct to him, but very little activit...
by morganb
Thu May 17, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 109
Views: 70343

Re: Galaxy's Edge

For those who have submitted to Galaxy's Edge previously, did any of you receive a confirmation that your story was received? I did not, and based on activity in The Grinder, looks like most results come back within 12 days or so. My story's been out 14 days, and I just want to make sure Galaxy rece...
by morganb
Thu May 10, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

wotf059 Second place! I still can't believe it. Got the call today at work. I screamed and cried. Joni is the sweetest person ever. I'm ridiculously excited. This was the 47th time I've submitted. I began submitting back in 1986-1992, then again in 2009-2018. It's been a very long journey. Here's m...
by morganb
Thu May 10, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hello everyone!
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Hello everyone!

Henckel wrote:Hi Morgan. Good to have you on board.


Why thank you! lol
by morganb
Wed May 09, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1158
Views: 213475

Re: Five Minute Rant

I guess you know you're getting warmer when you start seeing more personal rejections...? One of my flash stories this year made it to the final round of reviews at FFO. Suzanne Vincent sent me a personal email to tell me how close I was, which really sucked on one hand (to be THAT CLOSE and not qui...
by morganb
Tue May 08, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

The final outcome of the contest is always the annual anthology. I'm sure Dave wants to make sure there's a little bit of everything in that anthology -- a melting pot flavored by all the subgenres found inside fantasy and science fiction. So you might submit an amazing fantasy story in Q4, but if t...
by morganb
Tue May 08, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hello everyone!
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Hello everyone!

Frasier wrote:Hi all. I'm new to the forum,very happy to meet you.

Best Regards


Welcome aboard, Frasier. Happy writing!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon May 07, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Can someone help me out? Let me see if I understand all this? The portal closed early for Q1 this year. They realized their mistake and allowed additional entries? Then this backlogged the results so they have not yet published the winners? Is this correct? Are there any websites up that have a lis...
by morganb
Tue May 01, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 412

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

I think one of the biggest traps associated with WotF is to think that it's a rite of passage, barrier to cross, or even some definitive arbiter of quality--the attitude that "I'm getting Rs in this 'beginner's contest' so my stuff isn't saleable in pro markets." I think Jon makes a very ...
by morganb
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 412

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

Every published writer gets rejections and acceptances. Therefore, if you get a rejection, you're 50% of the way to being a published writer, right? That makes a certain amount of sense and is exactly how I'm going to choose to think about it from now on as long as I...ummm...don't think about it t...
by morganb
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"
Replies: 15
Views: 299

Re: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"

For more "modern" works, I'd have to recommend: Fantasy Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn" series Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" series Lauren Oliver's "Dilirium" series Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" (could be...
by morganb
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats to everyone who heard back already. I was really hoping to hear something by now, because the anticipation of not knowing is killing me, whatever the response is. But I was also one of those who got locked out on December 31st and had to email my sub to Joni because I waited too long. I ho...
by morganb
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats to everyone who heard back already. I was really hoping to hear something by now, because the anticipation of not knowing is killing me, whatever the response is. But I was also one of those who got locked out on December 31st and had to email my sub to Joni because I waited too long. I hop...
by morganb
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I think I'm not going to leave the office tonight; just going to sit here at my desk and hit the refresh button on my email until something comes through. This is BEYOND twitching!

~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

You can always join up with Critters online and get feedback on your stories. I've always received feedback from at least ten or a dozen different people and most of the information is pretty useful.


~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1158
Views: 213475

Re: Five Minute Rant

I totally feel your pain, LD. You meet that one editor and the two of you totally connect and they really like what they're seeing in your work, but your work isn't selling at THEIR OWN MAGAZINE. Argh! Workshops are unique because it's a smaller group of writers and the workshop leader -- in this ca...
by morganb
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 16
Views: 2534

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

I've driven myself nuts in the past trying to box my story into a pre-fabricated package where so many rules apply. I've always thought of Swain's scene/sequel format more of a guideline of how the elements of a story naturally progress, rather than a step by step plotting guide where every thing mu...
by morganb
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 44
Views: 1252

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

A four hour video of the event?!? It's gonna take me a week to watch that whole thing!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 703

Re: Contest Questions

Question asked from newbie Jason on the intro thread I'm also wondering... Do they offer a critique for our entries? Thanks! My understanding is they only provide critiques for semi-finalist entries and above. But I don't really know for sure because my entries have not reached above HM yet...YET! ...
by morganb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 44
Views: 1252

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

Matt -- were you able to get a print of Adrian's final artwork for your story? That would be amazing.


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 44
Views: 1252

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

How much time are the illustrators given to finish their artwork for the stories? Maybe that's their 24 hour challenge? lol


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Not to make anyone twitchy, but according to The Grinder, average response time from WOTF is 94 days and my Q1 story is now at 93 days. lol

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 93
Views: 3614

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Submitted Friday night on the 30th.
by morganb
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm twitching, but not for Q1 results. I went WAY overboard last night on last-minute redlining for my Q2 entry and now I'm thinking I might have to pull an all-nighter because this entry WILL get submitted tomorrow ahead of Saturday's deadline! Good thing I have tomorrow off from work. This is by f...
by morganb
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14651

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

HAPPY THURSDAY!!!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Another question; this time about story inspiration and focus
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Another question; this time about story inspiration and focus

Here are my two French francs-worth on the topic... As soon as I start writing anything, that nasty little Tasmanian Devil that lives inside my soul spins up and starts telling me it's crap, it's cliche, it's been done a thousand times before, no one's going to like it, you should just really quit w...
by morganb
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Middle of the Night Writing
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Middle of the Night Writing

I woke up last night around one in the morning and knew I wouldn't get back to sleep unless I got right up and wrote some stuff down. So I left the bedroom and turned on a lamp and spilled the contents of my brain out onto the pages of my notebook. Thirty minutes later I read over what I had written...
by morganb
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 93
Views: 3614

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I'm on my final round of polishing, then it's off to the submission form in a few days. No way I'm waiting until the last minute like last quarter . . . that was a nightmare.

~Morgan

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