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by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 367
Views: 15983

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: 367
Views: 15983

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: 367
Views: 15983

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: 367
Views: 15983

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: 367
Views: 15983

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: 319
Views: 11914

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: 319
Views: 11914

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: 367
Views: 15983

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: 319
Views: 11914

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: 319
Views: 11914

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! Vol. 36
Replies: 924
Views: 31699

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: 367
Views: 15983

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Are the Q2 results still pending?
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2783

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I submitted one in April and I guess I let the whole Q3 go by. I meant to submit to Q3. But I guess I got confused.

This stuff happens to me all the time now.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2783

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Submitted my Q3 this morning. My Q4 turned into a book. I’m at 20k with a ship-load of material still to write. You submitted your Q4 instead of your Q3, if you submitted it this morning. Q3 ended on June 30th. I guess I’m confused. It comes with the brain damage. Then I guess my other entry was fo...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2783

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Submitted my Q3 this morning. My Q4 turned into a book. I’m at 20k with a ship-load of material still to write.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’m not saying it’s easy to stay positive. And I’m only offering my experiences as motivation to other writers in hopes they’ll not let rejection crush them and give them pause when considering whether or not they should be writing. My long time discouragement and occasional whining does look diffe...
by Corbin Maxwell
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

JVAshley wrote:OMG! CORBIN!!! wotf015

I shall hence forth cease all whining. Well, until I give up and whine again, because I have never been a Marine nor am I made of the steel you are. But I can write, and I shall. And good luck to you my friend.



Thank you. And good luck to all of us.
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’m not saying it’s easy to stay positive. And I’m only offering my experiences as motivation to other writers in hopes they’ll not let rejection crush them and give them pause when considering whether or not they should be writing.
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Oh yeah, prior to scraping down the freeway cement, I hit a semi truck and the passenger side of my vehicle locked onto the side of the semi. That’ll wake you up in the morning. The accident was caused by my vehicle having a blow-out not that I remember because most of that week and the next week ar...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

To continue then with my story: in 2012 I got rheumatoid arthritis, which basically feels like getting your ass kicked every day. The doctor’s treat that with chemo pills and opioids. So I didn’t skip the usual addiction. Also I was in the Marine Corps for 7 years. And I drank a lot. I haven’t had a...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

We could build a Frankenwriter. Give it Tolkien’s intellect to start.
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I left somebody out: Cormac McCarthy, minus the early years of poverty. I’d say Balzac and Tolstoy too, but I’m not sure I’d like to live in the 1800s.
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Remember, there was a time when even Stephen King couldn't write his way out of a wet paper bag. But through the grace of cocain and looming poverty, he persevered. ... Yeah, that didn't come off as encouraging as I'd intended.... ROFL! I was remembering the story of his vasectomy. He was told to l...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Remember, there was a time when even Stephen King couldn't write his way out of a wet paper bag. But through the grace of cocain and looming poverty, he persevered. ... Yeah, that didn't come off as encouraging as I'd intended.... Not to argue, and not that I’m a die-hard SK fan, but when in his ea...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I started my Q4 today. I've had this idea bouncing around my brain for a few weeks now.... I only had my lunch break to write, but managed about 800 words... Just trying to get the voice. A bit difficult. A little frustrating. And completely fun. Woo hoo! 800 on a lunchtime - wow! It's rare I manag...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I received two rejection slips in June, and I can almost guarantee a third from WOTF this quarter. It seems my writing style and stories are not what the SF&F venues are looking to publish. But that's okay. I like to write the way I want because the writing is the reward. I got three the last c...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Henckel wrote:I started my Q4 today. I've had this idea bouncing around my brain for a few weeks now.... I only had my lunch break to write, but managed about 800 words... Just trying to get the voice. A bit difficult. A little frustrating. And completely fun. Woo hoo!



800 is pretty good.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

WOW, Corbin!!! What an amazing recovery! I wish you continued health and spare writing time. I am 16K into a rewrite of a book as well, but only have an outline for Q4. I will try to follow your lead and catch up. wotf024 Thank you JV and others for your kind words and support. I'm still in the rec...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Just wanted to say to anyone who’s on the fence with whether or not they should be writing or entering the contest because they doubt their abilities or chances to win, well I’m doing it brain damaged and all, and if I’m doing it (and others who are probably worse off than me) then you can too. Whe...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 319
Views: 11914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Final hours of the Q. Good luck everyone. Just wanted to say to anyone who’s on the fence with whether or not they should be writing or entering the contest because they doubt their abilities or chances to win, well I’m doing it brain damaged and all, and if I’m doing it (and others who are probably...

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