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by morganb
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Paranormal Horror/Paranormal Romance
Replies: 8
Views: 6510

Re: Paranormal Horror/Paranormal Romance

I think maybe Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" books could fit into this category. I've read all of them and I think they are fantastic.
by morganb
Tue May 19, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Why do you submit? (all markets)
Replies: 17
Views: 2541

Re: Why do you submit? (all markets)

I submit because I'm a writer working to be a published author. Pure and simple.
by morganb
Wed May 06, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 10
Views: 3658

Re: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"

Ever since I started learning craft and technique and writing stories of my own — and also being involved in writing and critique groups — I've often found myself becoming overly critical of stories I write myself, as well as stories I read from others. It seems that sense of innocence and wonder I ...
by morganb
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: I'm looking for a specific type of fantasy novel.
Replies: 11
Views: 4623

Re: I'm looking for a specific type of fantasy novel.

Pretty much anything else from Neil Gaiman. American Gods or Good Omens or Neverwhere or Anansi Boys. I recommend all of them.
by morganb
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What to put in a bio?
Replies: 12
Views: 3789

Re: What to put in a bio?

If any of your favorite authors have a website, you can visit their About section and see what they wrote for their bio. Also, you can check the inside back sleeve of any of your favorite books to get some ideas. I've found these to be a good template for my own bios.
by morganb
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 12
Views: 3720

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

The only time I put words in italics are when 1) I want to distinguish an internal thought, or 2) I want the word to be spoken (dialogue) with an emphasis on the word (ie. I want the reader to hear the word being emphasized for some reason). That's pretty much the only time I do it.
by morganb
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Interior Dialogue
Replies: 10
Views: 3325

Re: Interior Dialogue

How do you show interior dialogue for your main character? Do you put it in quotes? Do you italicize it? I have Googled this and just ended up confused. What is the best way for WoTF? When you say interior dialogue, are you talking thought processes or an exchange between multiple characters? (Ital...
by morganb
Mon May 20, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 17763

Re: Contest Questions

disgruntledpeony wrote:Helge is right; you get paid pro rates PLUS the prize money.



Aaaahhh...nice!
by morganb
Mon May 20, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 17763

Re: Contest Questions

I thought it was interesting, because I was thinking about pro rates and looking at the prize payout for WOTF. Third place pays $500. Depending on how long your story is, that could either be a pro rate, or not. If your story is 10,000 words, that's only $0.05 per word, which isn't a pro rate payout...
by morganb
Thu May 16, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: No Confirmation Email?
Replies: 18
Views: 4989

Re: No Confirmation Email?

That's really exciting. I hope the critique comments are helpful. Looking forward to one day getting at least that far in this contest. ~M Well, you have the perfect picture/avatar for a pro-author, Morgan! That, alone, should set you up for placement and back cover. wotf007 Bwa ha ha! Thanks Drago...
by morganb
Thu May 16, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: No Confirmation Email?
Replies: 18
Views: 4989

Re: No Confirmation Email?

That's really exciting. I hope the critique comments are helpful. Looking forward to one day getting at least that far in this contest.


~M
by morganb
Tue May 07, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: No Confirmation Email?
Replies: 18
Views: 4989

Re: No Confirmation Email?

(Super late reply, woops. I suck at checking social media/forums... but I feel like I have more info now!) So I just found out I got SF and I'm 99% sure I didn't ever actually get the notification email for that - only just found out because Joni sent me my critique. Not sure what was up with that ...
by morganb
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 5019

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

I haven't been published yet anywhere, other than a short essay I wrote for Orange County, California's Literary Arts Center. My default cover letter reads like this: Dear Editors: Please consider my x,xxx word story "Story Title" for publication in "Name of Magazine". Thank you ...
by morganb
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 7804

Re: Dialogue Tips

I went to a workshop one time and learned about text and subtext. People very often do not say what they are really thinking or feeling, and a lot of times that can create really great conflict and tension during dialogue. We know our protagonist is thinking or feeling one way, but because of social...
by morganb
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 80
Views: 12469

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

I just read the interview that Preston did with May S. Ruiz. Ruiz says Preston is vying for the Golden Pen Award with his story. Are all winning writers eligible for the Golden Pen? I thought it was only some of them.

~Morgan
by morganb
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Sex and Cursing in your Story
Replies: 30
Views: 5207

Re: Sex and Cursing in your Story

You're frelling right you can make your own cuss words up! Unless they're from Earth, then it starts sounding frelling silly. I think you have to be very careful when making up your own swear words. They should make sense within the environment and/or culture of the story you're building. One of th...
by morganb
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 19
Views: 4718

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

So like the title says, I've had a story in my head for a long time, but when I sit down to write it, it just feels off. I have the plot, the characters, the setting, conflict, try-fail cycles, satisfying conclusion. It's all there (which as a discovery writer, is weird) but I've started it three o...
by morganb
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 120
Views: 100325

Re: Galaxy's Edge

Reading in this old thread and concerned it may be time to follow up. When I submitted via email to Galaxy's Edge, I never received an automated confirmation. At the time of submission it said "wait 3 weeks," but now says "wait 4 weeks" to inquire. It's been that and change, but...
by morganb
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: No Confirmation Email?
Replies: 18
Views: 4989

Re: No Confirmation Email?

I have since gotten in contact with Joni, though, and she's confirmed that my stories for both Q4 and Q1 were received, so yay! Now I'll just have to keep an eye on that pesky subconscious mind of mine... >.> Hannah, Were you ever able to figure out why you didn't get any of the submission confirma...
by morganb
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Q2 quick turn around exchange blitz
Replies: 1
Views: 2349

Re: Q2 quick turn around exchange blitz

Thomas Woodward wrote:Would anyone be up for a quick 450 exchange before the end of this month? Please PM me if interested.


Hi Thomas,

I saw you note and, unfortunately, I'm WAY behind on writing so won't be able to critique/review anyone else's work this quarter.


~Morgan
by morganb
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Reading vs writing
Replies: 13
Views: 4841

Re: Reading vs writing

One of the exercises I've found to be helpful is to find a story--or a passage of a story--that was done very well. Then I go through and try to deconstruct what made it so effective: what words did the author use, how did he arrange their order, what senses were involved, etc. It's a pretty fun act...
by morganb
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 3800

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

The other aspect to consider is that artificial gravity has become such a trope in science fiction that you probably don't need to explain it at all. Whenever I read a story that has people walking around inside starships or moons or asteroid bases, I just assume there's some sort of machinery to ge...
by morganb
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 52085

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Going to rewrite my HM for this one, which gives me lots of time to just polish. The story is done, only I think I may have to kill somebody. It's impossible to tell what was wrong with the story, since there's no feedback. My first hypothesis is always going to default to, "Maybe not enough p...
by morganb
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 65076

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

At the risk of going into religion... For the love of God, why in the hell would you ever consider going to an agent? I can kind of understand...sort of...going with a trad pub deal. Maybe. If you're desperate for validation and don't care to make money. But an agent??? Are you trying to have your ...
by morganb
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 17763

Re: Contest Questions

When you find yourself in that position of wondering whether you're still eligible to enter the contest, you can always send a note to Joni and ask. Include the word count of the stories you've sold, who bought the stories, and how much they paid you. She'll let you know.
by morganb
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?
Replies: 29
Views: 9811

Re: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?

Once in a very great while a story will arrive whole and complete, and all I have to do is draft it all out. Then it's a cycle of reading, thinking, revising, and rewriting until I feel like it's good enough. Most of the time though, all I get is a brief glimpse of an idea. The hard part for me is a...
by morganb
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4256
Views: 1121696

Re: Success!

Nice way to give an old story a new twist, Will. Congrats!


~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I submit stories I'm posting on my website?
Replies: 5
Views: 3729

Can I submit stories I'm posting on my website?

Hey all, I'm doing the 52 Week Story Challenge (thanks again Phillip McCollum!) and posting the stories on my website. Not a lot of traffic there: maybe a couple members of my family and a few friends, if I'm lucky. Can I still submit these stories for publication elsewhere? I can't seem to find any...
by morganb
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story
Replies: 5
Views: 3553

Re: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story

Solid advice from everyone above, and I wholeheartedly agree. A couple more points I'll throw in: 1) Make sure YOU are happy with the story before you send it out to others for a review. There's no point in making other people point out something you already know is an issue. I never send a first dr...

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