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by Ishmael
Fri May 26, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 34
Replies: 19
Views: 1440

Re: Quarter 1, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 34

Many congratulations! Well done! wotf010
by Ishmael
Thu May 25, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3745
Views: 635541

Re: Success!

Well, not only has my story 'The Waiting Room' been accepted by Third and Starlight but I got a really nice note from Dr Bob about it. IMHO this story deserves reprinting, but in the context of Peony's news it might be worth remarking it's my Flame Tree story - the one that found me sandwiched betwe...
by Ishmael
Thu May 25, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3745
Views: 635541

Re: Success!

I'm so excited I finally get to post in here. My Heroic Fantasy submission to Flame Tree Publishing got picked up for publication! I found out about three weeks ago, but they asked me to keep quiet until they made official announcements. http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fan...
by Ishmael
Thu May 25, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 41
Views: 10312

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Well done. Good to know we weren't shut out here! wotf010
by Ishmael
Tue May 09, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 41
Views: 10312

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

wotf005 0 for 5!
by Ishmael
Sun May 07, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 195
Views: 6915

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I don't think this is the first pass for this particular kick. Pretty sure it's recycled. Nevertheless he probably is on his first pass.
by Ishmael
Sat May 06, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 23
Views: 1254

Re: Poems for Pleasure

And another rejection from Rattle's 'Poets Respond' Obamadvice You might have thought he would have learned before, Obama, when he cast the Brexit runes, Telling the British how they should vote for Europe, not go off whistling their own tunes. Well, his advice did not go down so well; “You know wha...
by Ishmael
Thu May 04, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 337
Views: 11968

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Ysocks wrote:can someone point me to a link for the Q1 results please.

I've looked and looked, but must be missing them somewhere



Not likely to be available for a while. Final judges have yet to pronounce and the blog won't be published before everybody involved knows the outcome.
by Ishmael
Wed May 03, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 195
Views: 6915

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

RELAX! No-one is going to break my record of a rejection 28 days after the closing date!

Yeah, okay, we know the record's been broken before but it ain't gonna be broken this quarter, see?

wotf013
by Ishmael
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 337
Views: 11968

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

HM Congratulations to everyone above. To be honest I knew this one had a problem but until today I didn't know what to do about it. Strange how it seems so easy when it's too late! By the way, newer members might want to calculate their WotF batting average. It's simply every entry = at bat and ever...
by Ishmael
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: Dialogue

A little mention of the importance of stress perhaps wouldn't go amiss. In spoken dialogue we can hear the stress. In written dialogue we can't. Here's a six word sentence with seven different meanings I once came across in a text book. You didn't think it was important? You didn't think it was impo...
by Ishmael
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 337
Views: 11968

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

It's the same, the 'ole world over
It's the writers 'as ter wait
Til the slush piles turn to compost
And our stories all mutate.

Once they was the bestest stories
Wot was wrote by man nor beast
But by the time we gets the reesults
We don't know 'em in the least!
by Ishmael
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 53
Views: 1761

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

p.s. - I belive I may live near the real Bob Writer. They are very similar I suspect this must be a doppelganger as well as a typo. Given that some of Bob's best friends are lumberjacks and only a few of them are transvestites It is unthinkable that they inhabit the same county as the Lincolnshire ...
by Ishmael
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 41
Views: 10312

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

I confess to being twitchy about having five in for this (2 time travel). The problem is, the more you put in, the more they could throw out. Moreover they have in the past sent me an 0 for 2 reply in one email. That's bad enough. I really dread to think of the impact an 0 for 5 email might have. wo...
by Ishmael
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 41
Views: 10312

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Three of the four had a small wave of responses just before Easter. None since that I've seen.
by Ishmael
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 23
Views: 1254

Re: Poems for Pleasure

(With apologies to NW) Don't laugh at me, 'cos I'm not cool. Try, at my age, I'd look a fool, Some days it just seems I'm only dreaming dreams Of writing stories that really move you. I see you all reading a lot Oh why don't you like me a jot? Some day maybe Your taste will turn to me Don't laugh a...
by Ishmael
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 53
Views: 1761

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

And I'm in! wotf007 Ishmael must be a firm believer in "the early bird gets the worm." : ) Best of success, ~Moon~ Thanks Moon. Actually I'm just following Martin's advice for those worried about pro'ing out. If you submit before your disqualifying pro sale is published, you aren't disqua...
by Ishmael
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 23
Views: 1254

Re: Poems for Pleasure

Bad guys are problems
Quite easily solved by the
Mother of all bombs.

Oh my! That may be
A step too far over the
Edge of The Abyss.

For whom the bell tolls
Doesn't matter so long as
Someone still tolls the bell.
by Ishmael
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 337
Views: 11968

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Here's a little poem dedicated to the forum's equivalent of a secret handshake: The day that was Thursday I've heard some declare Is a lesson in patience To anarchy's heir; Not all of us here Who have torn out our hair Just waiting for Thursday When Thursday's not there Can have trophies presented Y...
by Ishmael
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 337
Views: 11968

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Jarebcollins wrote:Is there something significant about Thursday?


See the recent explanation on the newcomers' introduction thread. We of the Old People consider *****day to be a magical day.
wotf005
by Ishmael
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2293
Views: 367875

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Greetings to all those who've de-cloaked since my starship last past through these portals. It's great to see so many new members - I was rather wondering whether an all-devouring black hole was lurking outside the Forum's index page. So here's another little message from the Old People . Some of yo...
by Ishmael
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 5890

Re: Cover Letters

Fantastic, but surely should have been submitted to some gumshoe magazine, not here?!
by Ishmael
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 23
Views: 1254

Re: Poems for Pleasure

Thanks. Iambic heptameters are probably too wordy for most people's tastes, but they do therefore provide something unusual. The only poem of mine to win a competition prize in modern times was actually written in iambic pentameters. Right now that's in Rattle's long term slush pile. I am hoping to ...
by Ishmael
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 5890

Re: Cover Letters

I agree with Matt. The one exception I might suggest is directly relevant personal experience, e.g. the story is about a deep sea diver who's been eaten by a squid and you ARE a deep sea diver who's been eaten by a squid. If I remember rightly I told CRES when submitting 'The Wild Hunt of Sliabh Man...
by Ishmael
Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 23
Views: 1254

Re: Poems for Pleasure

I've been taking an interest in Rattle's weekly 'Poets Respond' feature, for poetry about current news. I doubt if poetry from an idiosyncratic UK perspective will suit their audience, even were it not for my seldom writing blank verse* and never writing free verse**, two features of my work that ma...
by Ishmael
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 53
Views: 1761

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Here we are a whole week into the quarter and entries are still not open. Oh dear! What can the matter be? Can't get stories in any categ'ry Been tryin' to enter since first thing last Saturday Nobody knows I am there! I think it's a conspiracy They've sure all got it in for me Wait til I go and win...
by Ishmael
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 5890

Re: Cover Letters

I experimented for a little while with mentioning my SF. No obvious positive results. I suspect it ranks no better than a personal rejection in the great scheme of things and I don't think I'll bother repeating it, given that numerous editors only want to hear about your top 3 sales and I'm fortunat...
by Ishmael
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 337
Views: 11968

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

I remember "Ole Blue Eyes." I have High Hopes that The Best is Yet to Come for my story, though this quarter might be won by a Girl From Ipanema . Still, I'm in and They Can't Take That Away From Me . Unlike you, I will twitch, waiting to see if I've won it All or Nothing at All , and hop...

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