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by Corbin Maxwell
Tue May 21, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Could be you need to write something new. Possibly your subconscious is telling you the story is no good and that's why you're having so many problems. No, not in this case--even the last draft is pretty good, actually, and I was just getting into my stride editing it for submission. This was more ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue May 21, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

But what does everyone think of the quoted paragraph? Is it hurt by having the main character start by waking up? I can't remember which of Dave's tip emails it was in, but he said something along the lines of you can prove him wrong and go against his tips. Heck, there are hundreds of ways to do i...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue May 21, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

Of course in Maze Runner that would be absolutely necessary to the story given the story world.
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue May 21, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

But what does everyone think of the quoted paragraph? Is it hurt by having the main character start by waking up?
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue May 21, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

This is all great stuff, Wulf, and very helpful knowledge. I sure learned some stuff. In the same spirit of giving, I can perhaps add a little bit to all of this. I've read every WOTF volume multiple times, and have studied all the stories looking for commonalities. As a result I've come up with ab...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue May 21, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

I like my Q2 entry a lot. Feels my best entry yet. I don't think my Q3 attempts are crap, but if my Q2 entry isn't good enough then it doesn't seem worthwhile completing and entering my Q3. The Q3 I'm struggling with effectively continues the style of my Q2 (very different story). Perhaps I should ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue May 21, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I'm rewriting mine, again, after realising that I could make a single key change and greatly improve the story's weight. Fourth time of writing now, and I get to keep about fifteen percent of what I wrote previously. This doesn't even count the the three times I tried to write this story before. Ho...
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue May 21, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Corbin Maxwell wrote:Other than Dragonchef (who's already got my Q-3) anybody up for the first 2,600 words of something new. Once finished it will go to F&SF, and if rejected, to WOTF if I can keep it to the word limit.



Now it’s at 14k and won’t be going to WOTF.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon May 20, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

I’ve just crossed 14k of new material, which is not going to WOTF but to F&SF Mag. But still a new story. Sort of.
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed May 08, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

I think you’ll go on to do great things. And I’m glad you won the contest. You deserve it. As for other winners belittling the contest, I can’t explain it. Maybe they thought by winning that was the apex of their development as a writer and they needed nothing further. Maybe they felt cheated someho...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed May 08, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

I think your challenge is a good one. It gets people to produce stories. And regardless of a win, they'll have written a bunch of stories and that's always good for a writer. I'm not trying to start an argument. The person who told me that about it being just another short story sale is, or was, a c...
by Corbin Maxwell
Wed May 08, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

I still WANT to win. I'd LOVE to win. Right now - I need a coffee. (I thought there were many roads to Rome? Damn! No wonder I haven't seen the Coliseum yet.) Maybe winning the WOTF contest is not your Rome. Your Dark Tower. As Jeff Carlson once told me, “At the end of the day it’s just a short sto...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon May 06, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

That guy went on to win the two biggest writing contests in the world. And like Anika said, he didn’t care what people thought about his writing. He wrote his way. And of course the story is not a graphic account like it would be today.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon May 06, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14659

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

A trick I've found to work for me, and maybe would for others as well, is the reminder to self that there are no crappy ideas. Have an idea for a story? Write it. Bugger whether people would like it or not, just write it. Write them all. Even if the drafts aren't complete. Then, when you want to si...
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Correction, 1700 words. Just realized I had some narrative from a previous start to the story that I needed to take out.
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: My rejection from F&SF
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: My rejection from F&SF

That's the second best rejection I've received from them. The first best was when Mr. Finlay said he like the story and passed it on to Gordon Van Gelder but Gordon passed on it.

It's these little treasures that keep a unpublished writer going.
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Other than Dragonchef (who's already got my Q-3) anybody up for the first 2,600 words of something new. Once finished it will go to F&SF, and if rejected, to WOTF if I can keep it to the word limit.
by Corbin Maxwell
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Just purchased my copy of vol 35.
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

No, not over everything. I still have memory problems and difficulties concentrating. But it does feel good to write, always has. I've had to reassess my reasons for writing, which means that I'm doing it for the enjoyment since becoming the great writer that I wanted to be seems like such a long s...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I just sent my entry off for this quarter. First one in several years, since a failed book contract and a failed publishing company, a gnarly car accident and a traumatic brain injury. It seemed like I was getting close to winning when KD Wentworth was the judge. I received my Semi Finalist in the ...
by Corbin Maxwell
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I just sent my entry off for this quarter. First one in several years, since a failed book contract and a failed publishing company, a gnarly car accident and a traumatic brain injury. Dude Corbin - Had a bit of a bout with a nasty leprechaun, eh? Guess the luck of the Irish is not what they say it...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’m now in the process of writing the next story but am stuck on the opening.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I just sent my entry off for this quarter. First one in several years, since a failed book contract and a failed publishing company, a gnarly car accident and a traumatic brain injury. It seemed like I was getting close to winning when KD Wentworth was the judge. I received my Semi Finalist in the l...
by Corbin Maxwell
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: My rejection from F&SF
Replies: 2
Views: 188

My rejection from F&SF

Dear Corbin, Thank you for giving me a chance to read "The Unvanquished." I appreciated the quality of the sentence-level prose, but overall the narrative didn't quite grab me and I'm going to pass on this one for Fantasy & Science Fiction. I wish you best of luck finding the right mar...
by Corbin Maxwell
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Just submitted a15,000 word ms to F&SF Magazine. It took me about a year to write it.
by Corbin Maxwell
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I remember when Kary was first entering. We used to trade stories for critique. And now she’s a contest judge.
by Corbin Maxwell
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 125
Views: 2646

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

After 12 plus years I'm still here. I don't remember when exactly I joined the forum. There was one before this one started in 2007 and I was posting on that one. I saw Brad and Kary win, plus lots of others before them. It's a strange feeling when you're writing, entering, and posting; and then wat...
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 21
Views: 326

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Babies make everything harder.

I haven’t entered the contest in years. But maybe this year.
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 21
Views: 326

Re: How do you write eloquently?

And I'll raise you the first paragraph of my next project: Grissel Farr stood with his face pressed against the glass and his reflection pressed against his face. In the window played the image of coal smoke rising from a factory miles behind him. Past the factory—where hills like skinned buffalo st...
by Corbin Maxwell
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 21
Views: 326

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Yours kind of reminds me of Joyce's Ulysses.

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