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by amoskalik
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland’s short story “Hellfire on the High Frontier”
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Dave Farland’s short story “Hellfire on the High Frontier”

I found the original Hellfire story in V 32 from 2016. I looked in all the Writing tips from 2016 before the anthology came out and could not find where he talked about it. He does have a blurb before the story itself in the anthology where he refers to it as a "Kitchen-sink" story. He eve...
by amoskalik
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland’s short story “Hellfire on the High Frontier”
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Dave Farland’s short story “Hellfire on the High Frontier”

I remember it from V35 as well. Dave talked about it before it came out in one of his emails. He seemed excited about the large variety of ideas he put into the story and I got the impression he used what some call "discovery" or "seat of the pants" technique to write it. I also...
by amoskalik
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland’s short story “Hellfire on the High Frontier”
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Dave Farland’s short story “Hellfire on the High Frontier”

I remember it from V35 as well. Dave talked about it before it came out in one of his emails. He seemed excited about the large variety of ideas he put into the story and I got the impression he used what some call "discovery" or "seat of the pants" technique to write it. I also ...
by amoskalik
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18305

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

HM for me. I always have mixed feelings about HMs. I've yet to sell one, but I have had a lot of success with my Rs.

Congrats to everyone who entered and especially those who placed and specially especially to those who are suspiciously quiet.
by amoskalik
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 162
Views: 4953

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I have a story where the main character had a similar arc. His daughter died of an incurable disease and this sent him into a spiral of depression for some the same reasons your character did. He had no one to blame so he blamed himself. Ultimately his arc was resolved through acceptance that his da...
by amoskalik
Wed May 01, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 26070

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I sold my one SHM from this contest to InterGalactic Medicine Show - after an R&R request. The editor there, like Dave, felt the story needed just a little something. Both of them were right, and the resulting story came out great. The only story I have resubmitted to this contest was an outrig...
by amoskalik
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 26070

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

There are only twelve reports in the Grinder for WOTF this quarter. That leaves about 16 more to go. Given that Grinder users are only a tiny fraction of WOTF submitters, I doubt the unreported Grinder entries account for all the finalists and semifinalists. I therefore conclude there is at least on...
by amoskalik
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 26070

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

An HM for me.
by amoskalik
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 748

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

My standard cover letter is very similar to those given above. Some markets will also ask for a writer's bio, so you may want to develop one. Write it in third person and maybe mention your occupation, where you live, family, pets, etc. Insert a link to your web page if you have one. Keep it to two ...
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 26070

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I pulling for sometime in June, then I can have three entries in at once. That's only happened for me once before and it really heightened the twitching. If they delay it to July, we can all go for a Four Twitch Slam.
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15590

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

storysinger wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:It is interesting to watch the high post-counters win and move on. Makes one think there's a correlation.


Let's do one better and have three forumites win and meet in LA.


There are still twelve slots open for this year. Let's take them all!
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 29
Views: 4366

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

FWIW, I got an HM on a story of 1900 words and an R on a story of 800 words. Putting length aside, I would say the 1900 word story was a better fit for WOTF and may be why it placed higher. Those are the only two I have entered with less than 6000 words and I only entered them because I had nothing ...
by amoskalik
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 1142

Re: Dialogue Tips

Thanks. So far, no one has said a piece of dialogue is boring. I certainly try to avoid that! However, I will take another look to see if it can be compressed. Good to get this many responses to one problem. I'm sure it is not! I use the technique I described when I have a character doing a lot of ...
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 1142

Re: Dialogue Tips

If the character speaking at length is not the POV character, consider fading out to the POV's internal thoughts and then back in when something else interesting is said. This will give it a more natural feel and avoids boring the reader while still capturing the verbosity of the long winded speaker.
by amoskalik
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18305

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'm in.
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 19
Views: 1025

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

I feel this way often. I use a couple different things to get through it. First is the mantra, trust the process, trust the process ... Stories are complicated and their elements do not coalesce all at once, so it is common to feel as if I'm wading through a swamp when I'm half way through the first...
by amoskalik
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 26070

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: 400
Views: 15590

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: 610

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: 1141

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: 391
Views: 18305

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 9:25 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 24
Views: 2209

Quarter 1 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

Entered 12/17/2018.
HM 4/18/2019
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 26070

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: 903

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: 311
Views: 22579

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: 311
Views: 22579

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: 1883

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: 537
Views: 26070

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: 25156

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.

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