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by amoskalik
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest

I agree with what everyone said above. I would also add that writing with a fear of rejection is counter-productive. It will prevent you from taking the risks necessary for your story to have any chance. This contest, and indeed any venue worth publishing in, is looking for more than just competence...
by amoskalik
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3948
Views: 788935

Re: Success!

I have a story out The Garden of Esther in The Colored Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BXG21D3.
It's free on KindleUnlimited and will be on sale for $0.99 on June 19th is anyone's interested.
by amoskalik
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3948
Views: 788935

Re: Success!

I think it's pretty amazing to have got in Razor's Edge, YM. Those guys are hard to please! Here's my own first effort this year. Slow off the mark but running at last! http://www.gumshoereview.com/IMAGES/GR_Orig_Story_Logo.jpg The Eleventh Commandment is not actually my first crime story, but it's...
by amoskalik
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3948
Views: 788935

Re: Success!

Mad Scientist Journal accepted two fictional advertisements from me. Normally I'd wait to circulate contracts to post about it, but I wanted to tell everyone here because their submission window is still open. http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/ and this maybe gives you more time to get som...
by amoskalik
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 15919

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

preston wrote:For those who might be interested, I am featured on the WOTF blog! Whew! The excitement never ends!


https://www.writersofthefuture.com/never-give-up/

Truly inspirational, especially for those of us stuck in HM/R land.
by amoskalik
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 107
Views: 4841

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

morganb wrote:Bwa ha ha...someone submitted a love letter to Dave as their Q2 entry???


Darn, once again unrequited.
by amoskalik
Wed May 30, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 114
Views: 70862

Re: Galaxy's Edge

FYI...I forwarded my original submission (May 3rd) to Lezli and she passed it on to the editorial staff. She said to allow up to an additional 30 days before hearing anything back. Glad they were able to figure out what happened and get it taken care of. ~Morgan Same for me. Thanks for the heads up.
by amoskalik
Thu May 24, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215147

Re: Five Minute Rant

Lukewarm would be someway of saying "send in another story" evidently editors who say that mean it and aren't just being nice or polite. Hot would be a personal comment, especially if it says you were close. FWIW this is what we do at PodCastle. There are 4 tiers of rejections, available ...
by amoskalik
Fri May 18, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Magic in the 4th
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Magic in the 4th

I've been thinking about what I want to write about. I have a vague concept that I want to try, but it is going to need some more work before I can even do a log line.

But first, I've got to finish up Q3. Just finished my first draft.
by amoskalik
Thu May 17, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 114
Views: 70862

Re: Galaxy's Edge

MIne was submitted 57 days ago. Having misplaced Mike's email address, I sent it to the general submissions when the slush pile was opened to non-invitees for the first time two months ago. It looks as though Mike's continued to reply promptly to those that go direct to him, but very little activit...
by amoskalik
Mon May 14, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 15919

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats Sataris!
by amoskalik
Thu May 10, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 15919

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

preston wrote: RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRHRRRHRRHRHHHRRHHRHRRRHHRRRHRRRRF/winner!


I imagine this is the sound you made after your phone call with Joni.
by amoskalik
Thu May 10, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 15919

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats Preston. I love it when a long timer wins!
by amoskalik
Wed May 09, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215147

Re: Five Minute Rant

I understand the emotional need for validation. When you get 50 nos for every yes, you begin to wonder, "are any of these at least a maybe?" But the bottom line is a "warm" is still a no, and if you were to get 50 warms in row, you'd start thinking, they just don't want me to fee...
by amoskalik
Tue May 08, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3948
Views: 788935

Re: Success!

An anthology I am in, The Chronos Chronicles, just came out on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1910910171/

This is very exciting to me because my story in this, The Wishing Place, is the first short story I wrote.
by amoskalik
Mon May 07, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215147

Re: Five Minute Rant

Hot and Cold Has anyone played that kid's game? Kid One hides an object somewhere in a room and Kid Two tries to find it. Kid One calls out, "You're getting hotter" as Kid Two approaches the object and, "You're getting colder" as Kid Two moves farther from it. The point is for K...
by amoskalik
Thu May 03, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 33
Views: 1494

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

. Constantly writing in my mind, rarely getting it typed up. For years that is how I wrote. I hardly ever typed out anything. A couple(literally) of times I tried I got stuck on which way the story should go, then it became too much like work. The quantum theory of story telling, as soon as you wri...
by amoskalik
Thu May 03, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215147

Re: Five Minute Rant

YM Pang wrote:Should not have grumbled about 8 rejections in 5 days. Writing gods aren't happy. It's now become 12 rejections in 7 days.


Yikes! I have 6 Rs in 6 days going right now...
by amoskalik
Wed May 02, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4956
Views: 949911

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

storysinger wrote:Cinco de Mayo approaches.


Not to mention May the Schwartz.
by amoskalik
Tue May 01, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 527

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

Shelving a story because we believe Dave didn't like it is the worst kind of rejectomancy! I can attest to this personally. I've sold four out of seven R's from this contest and I've yet to have sold any of my five HM's. This is just another market with its own needs and own tastes. Dave has a lot ...
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3948
Views: 788935

Re: Success!

Congrats, Philip!
by amoskalik
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"
Replies: 15
Views: 372

Re: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"

I'd also recommend going in the other direction and reading HG Wells (Time Machine, War of the Worlds) and Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth)
by amoskalik
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"
Replies: 15
Views: 372

Re: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"

I am encouraged that I have read more than a few on this list already. Certainly a lot I haven't read, though, so thank you for posting. I just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Awesome read and, aside from a few references here and there, it feels remarkably modern. Why The Shining ? Th...
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 15919

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats to all who placed. Finalist! Awesome.
R for me but that was expected for this story, so it only stung a tiny bit.
by amoskalik
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Testing
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Testing

Nope. The time loop is still in place.
by amoskalik
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 15919

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Yes, but every day is Thursday. wotf011 This is a problem. It's extremely difficult for me to move on before a conclusion has been reached on a previous work. I'm tweaking my submission to death instead of finishing anything else. wotf051 The only remedy I've found for this is to have many submissi...
by amoskalik
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4956
Views: 949911

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Here's an idea, since Sean Hazlett dropped by (hi Sean!). Why don't we fill the short jaunt to 5000 with advice on how to win the contest from former winners. It can be something you did that turned the page, something you learned at the workshop, something someone told you on a critique, advice fr...
by amoskalik
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 33
Views: 1494

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

At a workshop, Dave and his son (cannot remember his name) discussed creating anchors. I picked up swimming in January and of course -didn't have my phone. So, my mind wandered all on its own... Then I started anticipating it and thinking intentionally of scenes I wanted to figure out or questions ...
by amoskalik
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 15919

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I just got an email from Joni...

but it was about Q2 (a reply to my reply to her reply that my story was received). Whew!
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Magic in the 4th
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Magic in the 4th

This sounds very intriguing. I also do not have much experience with magic nor do I have an idea yet, but it would be fun to try. Count me in.

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