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by thewritescott
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 442
Views: 43138

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

First R in a while, though I'm very sporadic in entering to the contest. I thought it was a great story, though wasn't sure if it was a WOTF story. Guess it wasn't. At something around 1400 words (if memory serves) it was really short, too, so that was a risk.
by thewritescott
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 442
Views: 43138

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

It's Thursday isn't it? Seems like that means it should be Thursday. Alas, I don't think it is.
by thewritescott
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 442
Views: 43138

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Today I got an email from Joni. It was a pretty standard, don't forget to enter next quarter, email. But it had this nice tidbit in it. Dear 3rd Quarter Contestant, You are getting this as a 3rd quarter entrant yada yada yada I know you have not yet heard results from the 3rd Quarter but we will hav...
by thewritescott
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 442
Views: 43138

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

A friend sent me a writing prompt from a group she's in. It immediately made me think of a short story, nearly completely formed. I wrote the first draft in one sitting. After reading it, and rereading it, I decided that I loved it. Congrats! It's wonderful when a story comes to you fully formed. G...
by thewritescott
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 442
Views: 43138

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:Scott,
I'm glad you got in at all! That's firing at the target...

I felt off-kilter writing-wise the past few months and missed it. Now I don't get to twitch with everyone this Q. I feel like I did something wrong. Working on Q4 now. Maybe you'll have one as well.


Stay on target!
by thewritescott
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 442
Views: 43138

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

A friend sent me a writing prompt from a group she's in. It immediately made me think of a short story, nearly completely formed. I wrote the first draft in one sitting. After reading it, and rereading it, I decided that I loved it. I'm a sporadic WOTF contestant. I've had a few rejections and a few...
by thewritescott
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 62128

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Long time lurker here. Been following the thread and enjoying it, while also trying to stay distracted with a new novel WIP. That said, I happened to be over on Submission Grinder and noticed a rejection report had been filed for Writers of the Future. A 132-day form rejection, posted today, 07/14....
by thewritescott
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 51659

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Another HM for me.
by thewritescott
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 51659

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

This is probably digressing. But while I always knew this contest was important, I didn't realize how much till I joined this forum. So many great writers, all with held breath that its so important to. Waiting and watching. Man. It feels good to be part of a crowd like this. Makes me just feel the...
by thewritescott
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 51659

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Is this how the results progress? 1. Joni phones the finalists. Finalists are requested not to disclose their status, so they go semi-silent in the forum. 2. Email notifications of Rs, HMs, and SHMs (If people start reporting receiving these and you didn't get a call from Joni, you know you aren't ...
by thewritescott
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 51659

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Why is nobody twitching? Oh, I'm twitching, but I can't afford to twitch too much because I need to finish my Q3 (which is proving to be a tough write). I am a bit though another R is a near certainty for me. I knew nothing about the contest when I did my Q2 and it crosses some lines--one line I wo...
by thewritescott
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: No Confirmation Email?
Replies: 18
Views: 4947

Re: No Confirmation Email?

(Super late reply, woops. I suck at checking social media/forums... but I feel like I have more info now!) So I just found out I got SF and I'm 99% sure I didn't ever actually get the notification email for that - only just found out because Joni sent me my critique. Not sure what was up with that ...
by thewritescott
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 51659

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Why is nobody twitching?
by thewritescott
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 51659

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I did it again.

I thought I submitted for Q1. But it was actually Q2. The way WOTF tracks time still confuses me.

Looking forward to the final Q1 results so I can begin to twitch properly.
by thewritescott
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I take my poem back. It IS Thursday, after all. I got an HM. My 3rd one. This is one I specifically wrote for WOTF, after a long hiatus from submitting. I may shop it around. This is the first time I've felt compelled to submit again right away. So I may try that. Congrats to all the HMs and above. ...
by thewritescott
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I twitch and I hope
as I refresh and pray
Then I sigh and I mope
It's not yet Thursday
by thewritescott
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

It sure is quiet. Must be Wednesday.
by thewritescott
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 101
Views: 24879

Re: 4 in 36

Intriguing. I may try it. I stopped submitting for a while, concentrating on a self-publishing career which has, sadly, not disqualified me yet. I'm also trying to get another novel out, but I've caught both the short story & WOTF bugs again.
by thewritescott
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Swaps
Replies: 1
Views: 3232

Re: Swaps

I just sent you a PM, but it still shows in my Outbox. I tried the "Send Email" feature too, which seems to have worked. Let me know if you don't get either.
by thewritescott
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 47958

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Anyone care to speculate what place you'll receive? ...yes, I know some y'all will view this as sick or perhaps cruel.... But let's roll with it. In the past three months, I've gone from thinking "I'm sure to win"... To "I'll be lucky to get HM". Now, I'm thinking SF. Reason: my...
by thewritescott
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I think I'm finally satisfied with my Q4. Ended up being around 6000 words, which is a lot shorter than my almost 15k Q3. It's definitely on the weird side, and I'm worried this isn't the right market for it, but I wanted something to submit this quarter, and at least I'm reaching that goal. It's t...
by thewritescott
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm in. Final word count is 7,970.

And now.... we wait.

And wait.

And..... is it Thursday, yet?
by thewritescott
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Welp, My 2nd draft was about 6,400 words. I had four sets of eyes on it. One of them, the one I trust the most, didn't like it at all, but gave me some things to fix. The other three people liked it. Two of them gave me some additional things to fix, which included the ending. Reading it over again,...
by thewritescott
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 47958

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So... I've not received any "rejection" or "first pass" emails yet. Anyone else out there in the same situation? Email Joni, she'll be happy to let you know if you're still in. I'm not entered into Q3. BUT, I've had the same thing in past contest quarters. It all gets sorted out...
by thewritescott
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Finished my second draft! Letting my critique partner have a go at it and then I'll send it off. I think it's better than my two HMs. But then, I've thought that about other stories that got rejected in the first batch. No. NO! Don't think like that. This story is the one.
by thewritescott
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Thanks, StorySinger and DylCary. I knew I could count on (the collective) you. Personally, I'm pulling for Brittany. wotf009 Well, I'm pulling for everyone. It's always been a supportive community. But what a story! Just crossed the 5K mark. Have one more writing session tonight, I think. Might be a...
by thewritescott
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 46114

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

wotf006 At nearly the last moment, I've decided to write a story to enter this quarter. Haven't entered in a while. It's time. A friend that is still in the running for Q3 encouraged me to try again. That, wwo previous HMs, several no places, and not nearly enough Amazon sales was enough to get me g...
by thewritescott
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 288456

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I'm guessing it's a higher tier of standard rejection, if so. I know that Analog has at least two different standard rejections, one of which adds the line "I rather like your style of writing and suggest you try us again" - which I received both from Trevor and Stanley, word for word. Bu...
by thewritescott
Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous submissions
Replies: 13
Views: 6078

Re: Simultaneous submissions

That makes me feel better, Bob. I'm quite certain my stories can hold most readers past the first two lines. wotf008 Some of them can probably hold out past a few paragraphs too.
by thewritescott
Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous submissions
Replies: 13
Views: 6078

Re: Simultaneous submissions

Gossamer: No, it's been something like 30 years since I haven't gotten a fast report. I don't sell everything the first time out, about 10% bounce, but it saves me the trouble of having to simultaneously submit. As an editor, I've run into it a couple of times (not with Galaxy's Edge), and I just s...

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