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by amoskalik
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"
Replies: 15
Views: 171

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: 171

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: 285
Views: 11526

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: 79

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: 285
Views: 11526

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: 4945
Views: 936119

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: 17
Views: 499

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: 285
Views: 11526

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: 4
Views: 132

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.
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 587

Re: Contest Questions

Can the story be more than 17000 words? Nope. Nor can it be over 68 pages of courier new 12 pt 1.5" margins. (someone correct me if I'm wrong on the #s) Reason: 250 words per page (printed) x 68 = 17000 The exacting format page count used to be the correct answer, but my understanding is DF re...
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 21
Views: 867

Re: Quarter 1 Writers of the Future Vol 35

Submitted Dec. 23rd
R on 4/16/2018
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 111
Views: 4951

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

Two down and two to go. And the story I intended for Q2 has it's first draft 90% done.
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 82
Views: 2799

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I'm in. Phew. This is the fastest I've written a story of this length. Not sure it's the greatest thing ever, but it feels good to be done.
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 42
Views: 1716

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

In general, you put the best credits you can in your cover letter. So, "I was published in Fantasy and Science Fiction." would be a pretty excellent credit. Most of us don't have that though, so we put "I was published in Cripple Creek Review." or whatever. If you don't have any ...
by amoskalik
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 587

Re: Contest Questions

1. No, they want only unpublished stories to be entered. That also means you should not submit a story that you self-published or posted to your website, blog, etc. The rule you are referencing is regarding author eligibility. If you publish four or more short stories in pro markets, then you have p...
by amoskalik
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2421
Views: 443134

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Real name is Amy... I have six kids and basically went 15 years without writing, even though it was a passion middle school and high school. There was a short story I had written in high school, my teacher said I needed to get it published. It sat in a pile of nothing and became lost. I couldn't fi...
by amoskalik
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772602

Re: Success!

Thanks guys. Editorial taste indeed. To quote Matt Dovey from another thread, "Never self reject!" and to quote Robert Heinlein, "Keep sending it out until it sells!" Or in today's world, keep sending it out until you decide to self publish it.
by amoskalik
Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772602

Re: Success!

I have a story accepted at The Colored Lens. First sale of the year.
Also, interestingly, my stats for WOTF submitted stories now are: Rs 4/6 sold, HMs 0/5 sold.
Go figure wotf017
by amoskalik
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 285
Views: 11526

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Fat Tuesday... Valentine's Day... Thursday.
by amoskalik
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772602

Re: Success!

preston wrote:My first story for Daily Science Fiction is now live!
I'm ridiculously excited. Yay!



http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/magic-and-wizardry/preston-e-dennett/dispell


Loved the story, Preston. Congrats!
by amoskalik
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 82
Views: 2799

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

My story has been outlined but now that it's time to write, I feel all out of sorts. What is a beginning? How do I do this? How have I done this before? Every single time I sit down to write something, I become convinced that I don't know how to write wotf019 Ah well. Enough procrastination. Here I...
by amoskalik
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772602

Re: Success!

Congrats Rebecca!
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: Word Counts

I've always assumed it was the body only, but I do not think there is a universal rule that applies to all markets. Also, most markets do not need a level a precision that the extra words of the title, byline, address ,etc. would matter. Usually when such precision does matter, they will specify in ...
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 111
Views: 4951

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

reigheena wrote:1 down, 3 to go. I have next quarter planned, and an idea for third. 4th - no clue.


I second that.
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 285
Views: 11526

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm in. Happy Holidays everyone.
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772602

Re: Success!

Congrats! The first sale is the sweetest.
by amoskalik
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4945
Views: 936119

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

This might be jumping the gun a bit, but seeing how a lot of forum members have already turned in their Q4 stories and are working on Q1, I thought I'd start this thread. For Q1 I'm writing a Fantasy. My last three entries have been more science fiction. I love science fiction, love to read it, but...
by amoskalik
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

I don't see why not. I believe DF turned his winning story for this contest into a novel and I'm sure there are plenty of other examples like that one.
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772602

Re: Success!

My Nature story is out: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-07228-2 I'm quite proud of this one. It is the first story that made my beta readers cry and at 950 words that's hard to do. Oh yes! But the interview is almost better than the story. There's more here Aaron. You've created a world ...

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