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by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 571327

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

I'll be brave and go first (unless someone beats me to it while I'm typing this)! Here's my initial 250 vignette from the start of the workshop: Setting Stars The portal snapped shut as Balac stepped over the bodies. Orchid-scent wafted toward him. Home. He took in the overgrown vines and drooping ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5013
Views: 1313895

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

BeeW wrote:Wow... picking random pages of this thread is like opening a time capsule!



Yeah, I'm part of the time capsule; something like 15 years of it.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5013
Views: 1313895

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Dustin Adams wrote:Hey Sean, I saw your interview where you specifically said you did this, and you did!

Re-read your story the other day. Forgot how artistically written it is. Most excellent.


Just bought Sean's anthology. Supporting each other is vital to friendship and to survival on the long road of writing.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 250
Views: 118980

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

czing wrote:Looking for a first 450 swap if anyone is willing.


If you want, I'll swap with you. Email me at: corbin.maxwell@yahoo.com

Thank you,
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 250
Views: 118980

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

sorte001 wrote:I am down. I may need to catch up on the rules here. But I am open to a swap. wotf008


I don't think there's many rules to a 450 swap. My email is corbin.maxwell@yahoo.com

Thank you.
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Anybody up for a 450?
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 250
Views: 118980

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Anyone up for a 450?
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

For those who are a bit down about their R’s. I’ve been writing for 17 years with 15 years of R’s. I’ve won two contests and a small press published a book of mine that sold about 50 copies. The publisher went out of business. I guess in these 17 years my biggest accomplishment has been that Charli...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

For those who are a bit down about their R’s. I’ve been writing for 17 years with 15 years of R’s. I’ve won two contests and a small press published a book of mine that sold about 50 copies. The publisher went out of business. I guess in these 17 years my biggest accomplishment has been that Charlie...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

SHM, which makes three in a row now. Steady on, until up. I'd say that's a good sign. SHM is early / mid finalist pile. So I’ve been told. Though I submit to the contest, I’m not writing for it. I write for me and my sanity, writing the way I want regardless of judges and editors. And I know people...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

sorte001 wrote:Third R in a row. Close to just calling it quits for awhile.


If you really like to write don’t call it quits. If you want I can try to help you. Or you can look into Wulf Moon’s writing advice forum thread. I don’t follow it myself but I think it’s designed specifically with the contest in mind.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

SHM, which makes three in a row now.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 571327

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

[quote="SwiftPotato"]Results of check-in already here (I'm sharing this one cause I think it's important for y'all to see): got a really, really good personal from Charlie on this one. He gave me a big long thing with paragraphs, character names, examples, and page numbers. Which is TERRIF...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story Critique Request
Replies: 6
Views: 1771

Re: Story Critique Request

Hey everybody,

Anyone feel like a read through on 5,800 words?

I'm curious about the story's excitability.

Thank you,
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 37607

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

My Q4 was submitted a few weeks ago. So I'm good.
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 37607

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Can anyone recommend resources for upskilling my line-by-line prose? I’m not looking for anything on spelling/grammar (that’s a whole other kettle of sardines); rather, I’m looking for strategies to make my prose flow effortlessly, while still retaining a bit of vibrancy. I already read my stories ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 11011

Re: How do you write eloquently?

My problem with eloquent writing is when it enters the world of "purple" prose, or the imagery doesn't actually make sense but sounds pretty, or it's a literary attention grab that doesn't actually add anything to the story. Anybody want to post writing snippets as practice towards eloque...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 75726

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

HermioneLee wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:
HermioneLee wrote:Just got my second R...hope I can finally break my streak of Rs next quarter

That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.

Great idea! But what’s 450?


First 450 words of your story.
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 75726

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Working on my Q4 as we wait in twitchery.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 11011

Re: How do you write eloquently?

If it were my paragraph, I would start my description with the hills because the rivers run through them. The hills stood against the skyline, blocking out the horizon to the far edges of the world. Through the grassy hillsides ran rivers their water red as blood. Filthy and without compassion for ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 11011

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Anybody want to post writing snippets as practice towards eloquence, or whatever you're going for. I really like this idea and would want to start it up again if anyone's interested. Of course, I like all exercises, as seen from the Wulf's exercises thread. (That's because they give good exercise t...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 11011

Re: How do you write eloquently?

[quote="Corbin Maxwell"][quote="Reuben"]You didn't ask for a critique, but I figure that's the point of the thread, and I would certainly appreciate if someone would critique mine, so here goes.


What did you need critiqued?
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 11011

Re: How do you write eloquently?

You didn't ask for a critique, but I figure that's the point of the thread, and I would certainly appreciate if someone would critique mine, so here goes. My suggestions: Read Syn and Syntax, Cormac McCarthy, and Faulkner. My two paragraphs: John McCarthy stands awash in the finality of sunset, sta...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 11011

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Post an example so we can see the problem better. This is a particularly bad case: They walked through the town in the dim afternoon light. Grass filled the cracks in the asphalt and spilt into windows and doorways. Old vehicles sank deep between dark nettles, and a bicycle plaited itself into the ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 75726

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Heh. I had a long talk with Joni yesterday, and she didn’t drop a clue about Q2 results, alas. I did discover she’s been enjoying pictures of Disgruntledpeony’s baby pictures, so there is that. :) Oh god. wotf019 We talk a bit in post-results e-mails sometimes, and I've been sending her pics of the...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 11011

Re: How do you write eloquently?

At the moment when I'm telling a story I feel like my sentences are thick bricks I'm chucking against windows, smashing them to get my point across. They aren't beautiful. A brick is a brick, I find myself relying on the same repetitive sentence structures over and over again as I write. Post an ex...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 11011

Re: How do you write eloquently?

My suggestions: Read Syn and Syntax, Cormac McCarthy, and Faulkner. My two paragraphs: John McCarthy stands awash in the finality of sunset, staring into tinted glass through which a muted sun glows out of the burnt horizon. The day’s final moments spilling forward against the window where his refle...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I'm not greedy. I'll settle for just one spot and leave the others to whomever the judges choose. I have a Q4 ready but not sure I want to submit that one unless I can't push out something I like better.
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Submitted my Q-3 today. Another quarter notched into my pistol grip. This is my 13th year of entering the contest and my 17th year of writing. Just before writing this post, I was looking over the list of forum members. It's filled with writers and judges I knew and forumed with since 2007. I've wat...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat May 23, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 571327

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

I was thinking that flow-state should be a compound noun. It seems to read better that way. Personal choice I would imagine.

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