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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: 3
Views: 50

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: 1
Views: 34

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: 33
Views: 485

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: 89
Views: 2370

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: 166

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: 10169

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: 10169

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
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 89
Views: 2370

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: 11390

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: 32
Views: 819

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: 11390

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: 89
Views: 2370

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: 11390

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: 9259

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: 10169

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: 811

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: 10169

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: 11390

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: 11390

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: 11390

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: 274

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: 4007
Views: 810515

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: 811

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: 489

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: 489

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: 489

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...
by amoskalik
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 489

Re: All countdown stories

I’ve mentioned this precise phenomenon to a few writing friends recently based on stories I read in the pro magazines. Curious to hear your thoughts. https://drmauser.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/fizzle/ I've noticed this in a few stories lately. From a writer's point of view, I understand why it happe...
by amoskalik
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4007
Views: 810515

Re: Success!

I had two stories published at the beginning of this month: "This Isn't Better" in Galaxy's Edge , and "Peace in the Valley" in Factor Four Magazine . They were my second publications in both markets. I am now officially pro-ed out from the contest. I have learned so much from b...

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