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by amoskalik
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6119

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

For those who do not get Dave's newsletter: Illness On Sunday, March 10th, after teaching his very fun “And the Plot Thickens” workshop, Dave suddenly collapsed from a combination of pneumonia and a heart attack. Dave is in the hospital recuperating and will most likely be getting a pacemaker in the...
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 19
Views: 267

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

My Q2 WIP will likely slip to Q3, but I have a flash piece I'm working on I can send in Q2. Write on, everyone, and see you in Thursdayember.
by amoskalik
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?

It depends on what you mean by central question. Typically, I start with a concept, which is probably what you mean. For genre fiction, this would be the what is unique and interesting about the world you are building, be it magic or technology or societal construct. I usually require two or three s...
by amoskalik
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

Very cool. Thanks Kent!
by amoskalik
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2038

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'm 250 words into mine. It'll probably be about 8000 when all is said and done.
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6119

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I'm in. As for the earlier discussion about editing, I agree with Wulf, less is more, but with the caveat when we are first starting out, it takes a few extra passes to get all the necessary ingredients into the story. I also have found that I've become more and more a pantser rather than a plotter....
by amoskalik
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Anyone up for a Q1 exchange?
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Anyone up for a Q1 exchange?

I've PM'd you.
by amoskalik
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 310
Views: 13305

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Congrats!
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 310
Views: 13305

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

R for me, but that was expected. My piece was just a tiny slip of a thing. It might sell in a flash market, though. Good luck to everyone and congrats on the HMs coming through.
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 1210

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Submitted Sept 29.
R on Nov 15
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6119

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Amos, I'll probably still be around for Magic in the 4th, v 36. Ha! I really want to get in this Q. I got a silver for 2/35, then an R. That's my year. Not very satisfying. I've got a great story that just needs time and attention. And I've got three months. Fingers crossed! p.s. Thanks Gruffbane. ...
by amoskalik
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 15578

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

HM for me. I'd hoped for more, but it is my first non-R in two years, so something to build on.
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 40
Views: 1622

Re: 4 in 36

I'm in!
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 15578

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

The sad thing is, I forgot my cell phone today. Or maybe that's a good thing. I need only watch my email. Less twitchy that way.
by amoskalik
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6119

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I just want to write again. Life has derailed my writing. Such a bummer. Been months since I wrote a word. Miss it terribley... See! I can't even speel! Let me know if you want to do "Magic in the First". The magic story I intended for the fourth quarter is still in the works, I'll hopefu...
by amoskalik
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 15578

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Odds are an HM for me, because so far I've either received an early round R or an HM and I'm past the early round...
That said, my first readers both said this is my strongest story yet, so maybe, just maybe, I'll break that HM barrier this time.
by amoskalik
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 11098

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

This challenge caused two of my four stories this year to be created in the eleventh hour. Didn't know it could be done, but I pulled it out somehow. Thank you for setting this up, Dustin.
by amoskalik
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 310
Views: 13305

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I made it in, four for four in thirty-five! This is my shortest entry ever, so I do not have high hopes, but I do like the story.
by amoskalik
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 1095

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Kary English wrote:
I also apologize, repeatedly, profusely, and with lots of brownies, for any of the rejections I might send your way. I'm sorry!!



No need to apologize, but the brownies are always welcome wotf007
by amoskalik
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 310
Views: 13305

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm still pushing for this quarter but it is looking grim. I'm at 9K+ and probably have at least 1000 words to go in my rough draft. I don't see how I can clean that up in less than a week to submittable quality. Sigh. Looks like I'll be 3/4 for this year. I'm toying with the idea a pushing out a fl...
by amoskalik
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 15578

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So... Do writers normally get these notifications or is this something new? Either way, can one speculate that receiving this notification means they have achieved at least HM? Something similar has been done in the past and then they stopped for whatever reason. It does not guarantee an HM or high...
by amoskalik
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 15578

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

For the record, I submitted on June 21st and received my first pass email on Sept. 4 at 2 AM. (Joni never sleeps apparently.)
by amoskalik
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 15578

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

michaeljwyantjr wrote:
vsutherland01 wrote:Just got an email from Joni saying I made it through the "first pass" my story is still in the running for Q3 so it will now be reviewed by DF. Who else got an email?


Did anyone else get one of these emails?


I just got one. Maybe I will finally break my streak of 4 consecutive Rs...
by amoskalik
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Unintentional Relevance
Replies: 4
Views: 352

Re: Unintentional Relevance

A few years back, I was in a similar situation. I submitted a story with the biblical story of Noah as the major theme (with a sci-fi twist). As soon as I submitted, I heard that a major picture about Noah was coming out. Well, long story short, that movie bombed (I watched it, it was bad) and my st...
by amoskalik
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4015
Views: 824528

Re: Success!

Congrats!
by amoskalik
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 1095

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Exciting news. Congrats, Kary! Will you be serving up your Rs with brownies of commiseration?
by amoskalik
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 621

Re: All countdown stories

RSchibler wrote: What about them is currently seen as marketable or appeals to a broad audience?


Let's post links to these types of stories here as we run across them so that we can analyze. I am curious as well.
by amoskalik
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 621

Re: All countdown stories

Indication that the ending didn't work: If I quickly forget what the ending was. This. I couldn't think of the title of recent story that had this issue or even what it was about. The only thing I remember is feeling annoyed. And that is why a non-ending ending is a bad idea. We really need to leav...
by amoskalik
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 621

Re: All countdown stories

OK, I actually read the Cat Rambo story now. I like it. I did not feel like it ended abruptly. Its arc began and ended where you would think it would, so I agree with Orbivillein, the blogposter missed the point. I have seen stories recently though just seemed to cut off mid-arc or even sooner. Mayb...

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