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by amoskalik
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 22
Views: 1012

Re: Poems for Pleasure

National Haiku
Poetry Day is today
In case you don't know

Easily written
Haiku gathers followers
but has few masters
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 7
Views: 98

Re: Dialogue

Kind of along amoskalik's line of thought, I also have a dialog question for the thread. Are verbally expressed, non-words acceptable? Let's say I show someone a great new way to make a sandwich. They say, "Huh," meaning: I had never thought to do it that way. Your father isn't paying att...
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 7
Views: 98

Re: Dialogue

Dialog should feel real, but paradoxically, that means you will *not* faithfully reproduce the sounds that actually come out of people's mouths. If you doubt this, just read a transcription of an actual conversation or record and transcribe one of your own conversations. It will seem shockingly inco...
by amoskalik
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 22
Views: 1012

Re: Poems for Pleasure

A nonsense sonnet: The Doob Once I was a ponderific manube who never quixuned but slovened unherb and bood. The flitizens forblamed, "The Doob!" whilst plaincozing the conflazenous flerb whose oozenous afloze they sunderberked and lobed twoward my tuberlone and prone proze. Oh, 'twas dirks...
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 22
Views: 1012

Re: Poems for Pleasure

I've been taking an interest in Rattle's weekly 'Poets Respond' feature, for poetry about current news. I doubt if poetry from an idiosyncratic UK perspective will suit their audience, even were it not for my seldom writing blank verse* and never writing free verse**, two features of my work that m...
by amoskalik
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2265
Views: 362715

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Yay! Welcome everyone. It's been so long I was being to fear the forum would die a slow death.
by amoskalik
Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 150
Views: 4712

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Unless the story I sent to Flametree comes back in time, I may have a hard time making it in this quarter. I'd been procrastinating on editing, and then yesterday I ended up making a trip to the emergency room because of pain in my stomach and back (among other things). Long story short, I'm alrigh...
by amoskalik
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Using historical figures in a story
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: Using historical figures in a story

I am working on a novel and realized I could have my characters occasionally interact with historical figures. Is this okay? I've seen this done often enough that I don't see why not. Forrest Gump is an example of a story rife with this device. As with any device, I imagine there are do's and don't...
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 150
Views: 4712

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I believe one of your guys once said words to the effect that you can fool some of the people all of the time? Garrgghhhh! If what you're selling matches their inherent biases, then yes. Logic and a sense of proportion don't stand a chance against such tactics. The only option remaining is what my ...
by amoskalik
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Pain, Depression, Failure...Don't Look Away
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Pain, Depression, Failure...Don't Look Away

Beautiful thoughts, both of you. I've noticed since I started writing regularly that writing comes with an inherent invitation or perhaps imperative to examine every facet of life including and especially those areas that we often shy away from. This is an inward reward that brings a deeper meaning ...
by amoskalik
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 150
Views: 4712

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Hey! Nobody gets to mope around here unless I mope. The ******** are trying to take my country away from me again. Are we downhearted? No! Once more, into the breach dear friends, once more .... We're all dealing with populism these days. 45 just invoked Andrew Jackson. Not a fan of Old Hickory, bu...
by amoskalik
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 233
Views: 8905

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

To be honest, I find strength in Stewart Baker's track record. I'm down with 7 rejections in a row, if I get that win at the end. High risk, high reward. Swing for the fences and strike out. Add your own cliché, but I think for those of us who haven't achieved fame and fortune yet, it's what we hav...
by amoskalik
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3732
Views: 628632

Re: Success!

You should check out this anthology . It's free, and there's a lot of people you know in there. http://static.bookfunnel.com/images/covers/c7adzdd31h/cover_md.jpg Cool! Thanks George. My story has also just been listed in SF2 Concatenation: http://www.concatenation.org/futuresindex.html
by amoskalik
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 233
Views: 8905

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

That is a short list. Best of luck to everyone still in.
by amoskalik
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 233
Views: 8905

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

R for me. Not surprising, this was a resub of a previous R. I probably won't have anything ready for Q2, so on to Q3!
by amoskalik
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3732
Views: 628632

Re: Success!

Wow. Congrats George and Emily.
I have a story out by The Society of Misfit Stories. Available on Amazon for $0.99.
by amoskalik
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: New "Campbellian" Anthology
Replies: 2
Views: 7165

Re: New "Campbellian" Anthology

Thanks! I've submitted.
by amoskalik
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 25
Views: 9864

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

disgruntledpeony wrote: I've given up on trying to get my Time Travel entry ready in time.


There's some irony for you wotf008
by amoskalik
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4841
Views: 802233

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

What would happen if this thread actually reached 5000? wotf017 Then it would reach 5001 because someone would comment about reaching 5000 in which case we would be compelled to reach 6000 which would imply 6001 and so on and so forth. Better to just stop at 4999 as an exercise in restraint if noth...
by amoskalik
Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 150
Views: 4712

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

TBSIEW. Of course. wotf007 That's all you can ever ask for, really. Congrats! I'm in something a slump myself. I can't seem to finish anything lately. The last story I finished was 6 months ago. I've got one 6000 word and counting WIP that I've shelved for now, and another that I am actively workin...
by amoskalik
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 22
Views: 1012

Re: Poems for Pleasure

And in response to another FB inspiration: A Golden Retriever Planet of the Apes was just a fairy tale, Not a chance that it could ever come true, Gorillas out to get me, Chimps all on my side, Talking primates dyeing their hair blue! Then I saw her face! Hey - my girlfriend's a gibbon From outer s...
by amoskalik
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3732
Views: 628632

Re: Success!

Wow, great things going on. Congrats HL and Tamlyn.
by amoskalik
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3732
Views: 628632

Re: Success!

Congrats George, on both stories.
by amoskalik
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3732
Views: 628632

Re: Success!

I just had a story accepted at Centropic Oracle after 32 rejections. 33rd times a charm wotf007
by amoskalik
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3732
Views: 628632

Re: Success!

Congrats, George and Dustin.
by amoskalik
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3732
Views: 628632

Re: Success!

Thanks, Philip, Aaron and J'nae Rae! Congrats, Philip and Aaron! My first published story in the year is in Fifty Flashes . Aaron is there too, along with many other well-known names. Thanks for posting George. I hadn't realized this was out. And I see alphabetical author order puts me at the top w...
by amoskalik
Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3732
Views: 628632

Re: Success!

Congrats Ishmael.

I have a new success (I think). SF2 Concatenation wants to include my Nature story "Ghosts in the Machine" in their "Best of" listing. No money associated but I see that the latest story they've included is Hugo nominated, so good company.
by amoskalik
Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 150
Views: 4712

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I'll have to see if I can pull myself out of my grief and get this current one ready in time. Anyone have tips on how to write while grieving? I lost a very dear friend last night. My condolences. I've heard others say it is very hard to write while grieving and I've heard some say it actually help...
by amoskalik
Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 150
Views: 4712

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Yep, it's officially one of those quarters. wotf027 I've got writer's block--or, more accurately, writer's boredom. My brain has decided to hate the story I'm working on, just on general principle. I probably just need to give myself a good kick in the pants and finish the current draft so I can ma...

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