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by morganb
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 104

Re: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps

I'm not quite sure what I'll be submitting for Q2 yet, but I'd be more than happy to read and provide feedback on your story if you'd like. -Phillip Thanks Phillip! Send me a PM with your email addy and I'll send it over. And whenever you get your story done and need a review, just let me know. ~Mo...
by morganb
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 104

Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps

As it was just pointed out to me, Q1 is over and we're on Q2 right now! Anyone interested in swapping for Q2? My story is currently @ 4300 words.



Thanks,

~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q1 Volume 35 Story Swaps
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: Q1 Volume 35 Story Swaps

RSchibler wrote:Q2?


Ha ha...yes! Q2. Sorry.
by morganb
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q1 Volume 35 Story Swaps
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Q1 Volume 35 Story Swaps

I think I'm at a point where I'm ready to swap stories for critiquing/feedback. My story is about 4200 words. Any takers?


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

FYI to all...4th quarter winners have been posted on the WOTF website. I'm totally excited about my Honorable Mention! lol


~Morgan
by morganb
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Has anyone received their certificates yet from Q4? This was my first HM and I'm super excited. It's like a late Christmas present, only I'm not sure when I should expect to get it.


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 16
Views: 406

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I pulled out an old (June 2017 timeframe) piece of flash fiction that eventually morphed itself into a 3,000 word short story. I had abandoned it after the folks at Critters crucified it because the story apparently raised more questions than it answered, which just frustrated me. In a way I guess i...
by morganb
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2863

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I had to email my story to contests@authorservicesinc.com. I'm really hoping that's the correct email address to use. Did anyone else send theirs to a different addy?

~Morgan
by morganb
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Re: Conflict & Tension

I have to disagree with the notion that every sentence must be jam-packed with tension. Certainly there will be periods of high tension. However, the reader will also need periods in which he or she can stop and catch their breath, otherwise a writer runs the risk of exhausting his readers. There ar...
by morganb
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Does anyone know when Q4 results will be posted on the WOTF website?


~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2863

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Isn't there a thread somewhere specifically for critique exchanges? I thought I saw it once but can't seem to find it now. I've got one person currently reviewing my Q1 entry, but would like at least a couple more people to give me a content critique. Any takers? Of course I'm more than happy to ret...
by morganb
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2863

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Just finished another round of rewrites. Looks like I'm going to make it for Q1 after all, although this isn't the story I had originally intended to submit. This one is coming in just shy of 2300 words though and that concerns me. Is that too short for the contest? Should I add some more depth and ...
by morganb
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 22
Views: 1341

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

Need to give derispaka25 the old boot...


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Retellings

I'd speculate that just about every story is really a retelling of some kind or another. After all, just how many really *new* ideas are there? Think how many vampire stories and ghost stories and elf/goblin/dragon stories there are -- aren't they all really based on the same premise? Yet they're al...
by morganb
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2863

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Starting to get really worried I'm not going to make it this quarter, gang. Just seem to be SO MANY other demands on my time right now. Can't seem to get into it.


~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Thank you all!
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Thank you all!

Welcome back, Martin. And thanks for everything you're doing!

~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423838

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Ayman wrote:I am expecting my first baby in December so seems unlikely but who knows, maybe it will turn out to be a saint and I will have all the time I need to get it done. :)

-Ayman


Congratulations! Delivering a baby is MUCH more exciting than delivering a manuscript. Best of luck.


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Nice going everyone!

As soon as I got to my lunch hour today, I sent my HM story out into the markets to try and find a home. Guess we'll see if anyone is willing to adopt.


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423838

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Ayman! You're going to love it here. Plenty of time for you to whip a story into shape before the end of year deadline for Q1.


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Just got my message from Author Services...Honorable Mention. Glad Dave liked it enough to read it all the way through! lol

Does anyone know how many submissions they received for Q4?

wotf055

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Some people have for sure. A recent winner had to "withdraw" a piece because she submitted before learning that she had won. I think many (most?) tend not to submit before hearing the prior quarter's results simply because they're still working on/tweaking/obsessing over a piece until the...
by morganb
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 21
Views: 818

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

Nice going on the sale, Wulf. And your comments are so very valuable. I started writing seriously about five years ago and entered Q3 and Q4 2012. Flat out rejected both times and I let it crush my hopes and dreams. But then I put on my big boy pants and got back to work. Q4 this year is the first t...
by morganb
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:*cracks knuckles* I got a rejection from Asimov's the other day. I'm ready for it.


wotf019 Oh man, that just made my day. Love the attitude. You rock.

~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I didn't know they gave out certificates for HM and SHM. That's kind of cool for framing and hanging in your writing space!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423838

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

...Also, this may not be the right place for the question, but do any of you guys “write into the dark” when you create your tales? I mean, do any of you sit down and just write what flows from your mind and fingertips without planning, outlining, and researching? Welcome Blake! Hope you're having ...
by morganb
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2863

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Ugh I'm only halfway through draft one. Pencil to paper. Gotta finish the first so I can get to the fifth... Or tenth... Three scenes left to write for my first draft...less than four thousand words to go...and I'm having trouble staying focused. My new Millenium Falcon model is calling to me, and ...
by morganb
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I can't even imagine what it must be like for Dave to get through THOUSANDS of stories every single quarter like that. Does he read them all electronically with a special REJECT button, or are they all printed out and he sorts them into piles? Then maybe the piles are sent to Joni at the end of ever...
by morganb
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3883
Views: 735745

Re: Success!

amoskalik wrote:I just got an acceptance from Nature!


Woot! Nice going! Is it your first acceptance? Someday I hope to know what that feels like. Until then, I'm living vicariously through you guys.


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10059

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:It varies. Considering how many entries the contest has been getting, we might not need to sweat until November or December.


November starts next week! LOL


~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Form vs Personal Rejection
Replies: 12
Views: 432

Re: Form vs Personal Rejection

I usually count it as a personal rejection if the sender mentions something they either really liked about my story and/or offered some specific reason for why they didn't accept it. For example, I recently got this one, which I consider a personal rejection: Dear Morgan, Thank you for your patience...

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