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by Ishmael
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 241
Views: 9127

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: 25
Views: 745

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: 25
Views: 9887

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: 25
Views: 9887

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: 22
Views: 1021

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: 25
Views: 745

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: 22
Views: 1021

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: 241
Views: 9127

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: 241
Views: 9127

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: 2266
Views: 362883

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: 5822

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: 22
Views: 1021

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: 5822

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: 22
Views: 1021

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: 25
Views: 745

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: 5822

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: 241
Views: 9127

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...
by Ishmael
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Annual 48 Hour Flash Fiction Contest (New Scientist)
Replies: 5
Views: 5944

Re: Annual 48 Hour Flash Fiction Contest (New Scientist)

Rule 8: SFL Participant hereby acknowledges that SFL will be an owner of his/her completed entry; and that SFL has the right to publish, show, exhibit, broadcast, record or disseminate in any way possible, including and not limited to publication, broadcast television, cable television, radio and/or...
by Ishmael
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 11
Views: 202

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

Given that there are supposed to be thousands of entries per quarter, it's unlikely that a very general comment about length will be sufficient to identify your entry. In our crit exchange section we regularly give approximate lengths so that people can know what they would be taking on in an exchan...
by Ishmael
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Annual 48 Hour Flash Fiction Contest (New Scientist)
Replies: 5
Views: 5944

Re: Annual 48 Hour Flash Fiction Contest (New Scientist)

Ouch! Another of those. My apologies all, I failed to read the small print.
by Ishmael
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 11
Views: 202

Re: Questions: Scene and chapter-breaks

Do please remember that when the rules say 17,000 words, it doesn't mean 17,000 words as counted by your word processor. DF calculates word count by the printing maxim that a letter page (Courier 12 point) with 1 inch margins top, left and bottom and 1.5 inch margin right gives 250 words. Hence 17,0...
by Ishmael
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Annual 48 Hour Flash Fiction Contest (New Scientist)
Replies: 5
Views: 5944

Annual 48 Hour Flash Fiction Contest (New Scientist)

Stories to be written in 48 hours over the forthcoming weekend (8 April)

Details here.
by Ishmael
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Unidentified Funny Objects
Replies: 2
Views: 6200

Re: Unidentified Funny Objects

Well, I'm in. I couldn't write anything in March, but give me a prompt and the story's done in three days. wotf007
by Ishmael
Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Unidentified Funny Objects
Replies: 2
Views: 6200

Unidentified Funny Objects

For those rare creatures who can write funny stories, it's that time of year again.

Up to 5000 words.

Details here.
by Ishmael
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 241
Views: 9127

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Ahem. Some of us are old enough to remember the Chairman of the Board.
by Ishmael
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 241
Views: 9127

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

But it's a long, long while from May to December And the days grow short when you reach September And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame And I haven't got time for the waiting game. Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few September, November And these few precious days, I still need to...
by Ishmael
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 241
Views: 9127

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Lair wrote:They are all in December. Hmmm


NB October 4th = December 30th (I just thought I'd mention that for the ****th time.)

A bit like every day being *****day.

wotf013
by Ishmael
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2266
Views: 362883

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to all our new Forumites. Please consider this your first official THURSDAY. We of the Old People consider this day to have particular mystical significance. It's the day for our ancient ritual when we all put on tin hats, hide under tables, pretend not to hear our incoming email tone and so...
by Ishmael
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Using historical figures in a story
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Using historical figures in a story

If a lot is known about the historical figure, it is, I suggest, not a good idea to make stuff up that contradicts what is known. If little is known it is not unreasonable to speculate. I love the way Christian Cameron weaves historical characters into his Persian Wars series of novels. His hero is ...

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