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by DoctorJest
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 25
Views: 405

Re: Goals four V.38!

My rejections were solidly on about 60-80 per year for four years (I only passed 100 rejections in one year, 2015), until my job situation crumbled and left us near-bankrupt, and I had to scramble. Since then, my job and finance situation got considerably better, but with it, my stress and hours wen...
by DoctorJest
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 25
Views: 405

Re: Goals four V.38!

Get 40 rejections I love this goal--I set out, a long time ago, with the goal of getting a hundred rejections, because I noticed that I was taking individual rejections pretty hard (so that it kept squashing my enthusiasm for writing), and I knew that I needed to toughen my mental skin. I'm closer ...
by DoctorJest
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 25
Views: 405

Re: Goals four V.38!

Get 40 rejections I love this goal--I set out, a long time ago, with the goal of getting a hundred rejections, because I noticed that I was taking individual rejections pretty hard (so that it kept squashing my enthusiasm for writing), and I knew that I needed to toughen my mental skin. I'm closer ...
by DoctorJest
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 25
Views: 405

Re: Goals four V.38!

I'm trying to get mentally ahead for this, and have my fall-back plans for V.38 sketched out now -- completing one story that I took half-way for a WotF entry previously, one new story that I have the concept written for, and two possible stories that are essentially near complete rewrites of older ...
by DoctorJest
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 25
Views: 405

Re: Goals four V.38!

I think I'm game for this myself, too--four new stories next year sounds like just where I need to be going. I have some things that I'd like to work with for them, too--one story, and one new approach to brainstorming new short story ideas. Curious to see how it all pans out...
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 131
Views: 6848

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

And I finally have something that I think I can call a finished draft. I've had a real struggle getting to this point, but it's finally time to sweep through edits and refinements until I feel like it's ready for critiques.
by DoctorJest
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 131
Views: 6848

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I'm feeling a great sense of relief about that now! I was starting to feel like this would slip and not make the Q, because without that feeling right, I didn't want it to push it out. But now, I think I have a handle on it at last. Time to actually go and write a few words! Well done, DoctorJest! ...
by DoctorJest
Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 131
Views: 6848

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Doctor Jest, how did your cat feel about your decision? Just kidding . Don't know if its apropos to your short story, but in a screenplay, I try to accomplish TWO climaxes – a boom; then when least expected, a more powerful boom. I don't get copyright credit on this one; a while ago, a brilliant sc...
by DoctorJest
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 131
Views: 6848

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I've really been struggling with mine -- I really liked the story and almost everything in it, including the ending, but the climax immediately prior to that ending felt sorely lacking to me. Not in that it lacked for drama, or that the events were wrong, but...just that somehow it wasn't delivering...
by DoctorJest
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I just realised my Q2 HM was only a third draft. How many drafts do people do generally? For me, my most major revisions come if I have an idea that significantly deepens the story overall. I also tend to have scenes I couldn't write properly the first time through (I suppose filling those in might...
by DoctorJest
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Thanks all, I really appreciate the support. The night I got the call was such a rollercoaster. I was trying to rescue a street kitten that had been stuck in a garage storage unit when Joni called. I was ecstatic to get the news (and am crazy on edge to find out the results), but the kitten passed ...
by DoctorJest
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Got another HM. Really kinda getting tired of these, to be honest. I feel a little bit the same! But at the same time, I've learned a few things over the last six months or so, and so I'm trying to expand out and improve what I do. Some of what I do, I already do well -- some, not so well, and some...
by DoctorJest
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

HM for me also, which I'll happily take, under the circumstances! Right, I think you said you were concerned about the R... Grats on the HM! Hmm, I have been in the past, but for this particular entry I was honestly feeling quite open to any result, and curious to see where it went. It was a chunky...
by DoctorJest
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

HM for me also, which I'll happily take, under the circumstances!
by DoctorJest
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I've always received mine when I was awake -- most have been between 9am and 9pm, but I did get one at 10:30pm once. It may depend on exactly where you are, though.
by DoctorJest
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Longtime board lurker here, feeling the stress this week and making an account. I don't have very high hopes for my first WotF entry, but even so, the butterflies are still there. David's latest tip scared me, but an earlier one had given me great hope, so now it's canceled out, I guess. I'm almost...
by DoctorJest
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do the judges receive print or electronic copies of the stories to review?
Replies: 9
Views: 1949

Re: Do the judges receive print or electronic copies of the stories to review?

It's not directly related to this, as WotF had shifted to electronic by the time I first submitted, but I do sometimes miss the process of printing and mailing in stories to a market. It felt like an event, to print, pack, and then go out to mail the submission in. Still have my handful of collecte...
by DoctorJest
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do the judges receive print or electronic copies of the stories to review?
Replies: 9
Views: 1949

Re: Do the judges receive print or electronic copies of the stories to review?

It's not directly related to this, as WotF had shifted to electronic by the time I first submitted, but I do sometimes miss the process of printing and mailing in stories to a market. It felt like an event, to print, pack, and then go out to mail the submission in. Still have my handful of collected...
by DoctorJest
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Thanks! I was able to submit to Q3 as well, but I am far less confident in that story than my Q2 submission. I'm dying to hear the results. The waiting wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't struggling on my current work-in-progress. After a great run writing everyday, the words just stopped flowing. I fee...
by DoctorJest
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40838

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Mine is a fairly even spread, so far: just corrected this, and it's two Mondays and Fridays, plus one each of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. No Sundays in my list either.
by DoctorJest
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

(I'm guessing I should probably focus more on submitting a true short story in the future than an excerpt of my larger novel???) You'd not be the first to have success with an excerpt if it worked out -- Patrick Rothfuss springs to mind, as I believe his winning entry was taken from The Name of the...
by DoctorJest
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Glib Wizard, the British would be appalled at a reference to "fanny pack." It does not mean the same thing in the United Kingdom. "Fanny" refers to a part of the female anatomy. The best reference book on the subject is The U.K. to U.S.A. Dictionary British English to American E...
by DoctorJest
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Not being American comes with a certain disadvantage when it comes to word choice. Just found out a word I used in my story has racist connotations in the USA, yet in Australia it's seen as innocent. =( I've run into some similar things myself. The one that stands out is, where I grew up (England),...
by DoctorJest
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Good luck everyone! :-)
by DoctorJest
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Excellent! And I'm in -- I made a couple of small amends first thing this morning which I liked, too, so perhaps the shut-down form saved me from myself just a tiny bit...
by DoctorJest
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Darnit, the Wizehive form is reporting that it's closed for Q3 -- I suspect an error, maybe just the wrong date set up for it. I've dropped an email over to Joni, hopefully it'll be fixed in time for me to submit tomorrow before the deadline.
by DoctorJest
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I've slipped behind, and won't quite make it in for this quarter. A bunch of little things killed my momentum and energy, so while I'm close, I'm going to look to punt this back, get it ready for Q4, and then get an early start on my next Q1. Do you have an older story you might be able to polish u...
by DoctorJest
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I've slipped behind, and won't quite make it in for this quarter. A bunch of little things killed my momentum and energy, so while I'm close, I'm going to look to punt this back, get it ready for Q4, and then get an early start on my next Q1.
by DoctorJest
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Old timers are awesome, though. I look forward to being one, eventually, with a view to hopefully being an old timer who has something that they actually did and can give decent advice about, rather than sitting in the corner, muttering about how I coulda been a contendah while sipping grocery-store...
by DoctorJest
Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 262
Views: 20888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I still think you can do it!! I only wrote 1100 words in April and then rounded out my first draft a little less than a month later with 4700 words. Though I understand the feeling... each quarter (only 2 so far) I've thought long and hard about maybe just entering my current piece next quarter so ...

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