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by Corbin Maxwell
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 978

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I started writing my Q1 on Sunday. I'm 7,500 words in. Seems like it's almost writing itself. Yesterday I wrote over 3k.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

It was top two percent this quarter, not ten.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 239
Views: 6664

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Q3 HM, Q4 entered, and 600 words of Q1just written.
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

HM for me.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4065
Views: 890628

Re: Success!

https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/hs-fs/hubfs/9781787556942.jpg?width=244&name=9781787556942.jpg I'm happy to report my fourth Flame Tree acceptance. This one is for 'Detective Stories', due out in November. It's a second outing for my two Victorian policemen, MacAndrew and Smithers, whose f...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I have a 3500 page, annotated, collected works of Shakespeare of which I’ve only read a few of the plays. So I think that would fulfill a lifetime of study.
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I am enthusiastic in my dislike of Moby Dick, though I did at least read it in its entirety. I like bits of it, but don't like the way it's written or structured overall. (I'd note that I'm generally in a minority group on this one though--some of my other friends adore it. But I dislike the idea t...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I think I'll write what I want and in the manner that makes me happy. And if nobody likes it, oh well. I guess it wasn't meant to be. I can live with that. And please don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying that reading Harry Potter is a bad thing. But one shouldn't stop at that level; one should str...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Yes, money over artistry at all costs. Because God forbid we push aside Harry Potter to read Moby Dick.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Corbin, I know that, dude. Or we wouldn't be having this conversation. Without being a broken record, Hang in There! At least you're not cold-calling production companies and getting hung up on because you can't attach an A-list actor to your project, or because you're not represented by the #1 eli...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

All of my WOTF accomplishments happened with KD Wentworth. DF rejected me three times in a row which I know is part of the process. Rejections don’t get me down. I write because I love to write.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Hey Corbin, You might find it interesting Hollywood produced a movie on a variation of your theme. INKHEART - where a teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her fa...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I tried to write a story once with magical blankets that when a character read a book beneath a blanket tee-pee, the blanket transported the reader into the book. Your blanket fort comment reminded me of that I would enjoy your blanket tee-pee Corbin. Well, I suppose it depended which book I was re...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I was thinking "rewrite" meant no editing (or touch-ups, as Wulf put it) at all. Dean Wesley Smith mentioned writing stories without any rewriting (which I took to mean editing) - just sending them out straightaway. You should do what works best for you. Try all the rules then break all t...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

An exemplar of the rewriting that I spoke of earlier: Original paragraph, written Friday afternoon: Billy nodded and clenched his eyes tightly shut against the visions of war trying to invade his mind. Yet the images slipped through. The furnaces where the N.A.E. Nazis were burning the kids’ bodies ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Remember Heinlein's rules. How seriously do you take those rules? Do you never rewrite your stories? Alex, I can't speak for Heinlein and his method on producing a manuscript before sending it out. I am sure, like any writer, he read what he wrote and made necessary corrections, whatever might have...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Remember Heinlein's rules. How seriously do you take those rules? Do you never rewrite your stories? Do you seriously think that Heinlein never did any rewriting? But perhaps he didn't. That may have just been his particular way of writing. He could've been possessed of such genius that he didn't n...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

It might be an error, but I am ready to start twitching. I am obviously a glutton for punishment and my story is too short to be a real contender BUT I do love to twitch. Soooo, I'll be under the table rearranging the blanket fort until the rest of you get here. wotf035 I tried to write a story onc...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I haven't heard anything yet. Makes me wonder if the judges even got my entry... Does anyone know if there's a way I could check...? Even a rejection is better than no response at all... Any help anyone can give me would be great. Thanks!! If an it's online submission then you should've received an...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Think of your rejections as acceptance into an elite world that few dare to enter. It takes courage to write. To lay your hopes and dreams upon the surgeon’s table. To expose your soul to he who commands the death toll.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

July seems awfully late for Rs and HM results for Q2.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Are these initial results for Q2 or Q3?
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Any chance of notices going out today? Does it have to be Thursday? Apparently, that's just something these folks say. Could be any day. Somewhere, someone did a count. I think Tuesdays and Wednesdays happen more often. I could be wrong about that. Thursdays were a pattern someone noticed back in t...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I won't argue about that first part. But I am not a good judge of how my writing is coming along. If editors start to say good things about my writing, or actually buy my stories, then I know my ability to tell the best story I can has improved significantly. Feeling good about writing is what has ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I think you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to get published. It’s sucking all the pleasure out of it. I feel that when you write, the prose should make you feel good. Like you took a drug or something. Or exercised. Chances are nobody’s ever going to pay for working out, but generally peo...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

“All is silent in the halls of the dead. All is forgotten in the stone halls of the dead, behold the stairways which stand in darkness; behold the rooms of ruin. These are the halls of the dead where the spiders spin and the great circuits fall quiet, one by one.”

No results yet?
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

You still have a better record than I do. One pro published story years ago than I forgot how to write. Or so it seems. Been learning and working my way back up but nothing works so far. Well, a couple of slight improvements since Dave at least read all of a couple of stories but neither he, nor an...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19118

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

My long time discouragement and occasional whining does look different after your story. Yikes. I’ve been writing since about 2002. In all that time, I’ve only won two writing contests from companies that went under and had one book published from one of those same companies. If I didn’t love writi...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40872

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

wotf042 Well, I already wrote one in July, so sure, why not. I am a glutton for punishment, I guess. It'll get me that much closer to my million words, and give me something to do between writing novel chapters. Congratulations, Becky! As the first challenge member to commit to my bonus 3F for Q4 c...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Are the Q2 results still pending?

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