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by DoctorJest
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Haha! I'm not sure about disgruntledpeony, but you can blame a random username generator for mine. I can come up with story ideas like nobody's business, but username ideas? Perish the thought. As for the minerals...any StarCraft players around here? I'm all 'bout Dune II, which ages me somewhat I ...
by DoctorJest
Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

And to finish, one more HM this quarter.
by DoctorJest
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

And, it's...

wotf055

(I don't think I've actually used the icon before.)
by DoctorJest
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23292

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Likewise, I replied to her first email last month, but didn't get reply. Then, I received her 2nd email a few days ago asking for me to re-confirm. I did and then I got her personal response to say she received it this time. Her confirmation email took about 3 days--not bad considering all she's do...
by DoctorJest
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

My Aunt used to study books of scrabble words. She was lethal at that game when I was a kid. As an adult, I was still worse with words than some of my family, but would win because I had better game strategy on the board.
by DoctorJest
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23292

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Speaking of Q3, did others get the email from Joni asking to reconfirm the response? I found I didn't have a response to my answer to her first email, and still don't have one to my follow-up yesterday, which is a little unusual. She seemed to think she was having bother with her email, and I wonder...
by DoctorJest
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Oh, good, longer for me to develop a permanent nervous tic. Something to look forward to anyway.
by DoctorJest
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I found the challenge a good way to just kick off a decent writing routine again. And writing new stories was definitely better to help me do that than editing or revising would have been. I'm not sure what I'm doing for the next cycle though. Tempting though this is, I think it'd be difficult to do...
by DoctorJest
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I'm not entirely sure what I am. A paddler? You are a platypus writer! Hard to categorize! wotf001 "A semiaquatic egg-laying mammal which frequents lakes and streams in eastern Australia. It has a sensitive pliable bill shaped like that of a duck, webbed feet with venomous spurs, and dense fur...
by DoctorJest
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I'm not entirely sure what I am. A paddler?
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Yeah, a lot of the paper sub markets were that way, both for short fiction and novel pitches. You could either provide a small envelope pre-paid for just the response, or a larger one if you wanted the whole manuscript back. I did the latter when it was difficult for me to print things like that, bu...
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

After much hard work and some loss of sleep this past week, I'm in! Just watched the lady at the post office postmark it for today. Yay! Good luck everyone! Whoa, so retro! Actually, I always loved paper submissions. It gave the whole process of sending in a story a little bit of an event feel. But...
by DoctorJest
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23292

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I ran into what I thought were a couple of these auto-reject, story bloating sections this time around, and was feeling for sure I was steaming headlong into an R. I guess I did enough things right in the rest of it that those things were forgiven enough to earn an HM, though I wonder how it would f...
by DoctorJest
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23292

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

And it's an HM for me, too...

I was really expecting an R this time around.
by DoctorJest
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23292

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Advance notice, there are some parts I'll refuse to smuggle. Don't want the customs guy looking at me funny.
by DoctorJest
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23292

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

This quarter is the one I'm strapping in to expect my first straight R for. I have so many issues with the opening that I really don't expect the readers to stick with it long enough.

On the up side, prime candidate for an edit or a rewrite...
by DoctorJest
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

CONGRATS, einstein36, vjalrik, DoctorJest, Henckel, disgruntledpeony, LDWriter2, and all those who submitted earlier!!! wotf010 I am working on the novel this week and letting the crits for my Q4 simmer until the weekend. Then a Fix and a Polish and I might even be in a day early. wotf001 Thanks! w...
by DoctorJest
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

disgruntledpeony wrote:Officially entered my fourth fresh story for the year. wotf008

And the woots were enthusiastically given!
by DoctorJest
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 66
Views: 2145

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

You could always do the revision, write a fresh story, and see which you like better when it comes time to submit? That's not a bad plan at all, and I think I may adopt it. I'm currently working on finishing up the fresh piece I set aside, and glaring at its multitude of faults and stumbles, but I'...
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 753

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

I'd echo that for sure -- or every "writers must do X" piece of advice out there, there'll be professional and successful writers out there doing the opposite (with the possible exception of "writers must write"). By and large, all the advice is just a bunch of clues and breadcru...
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 66
Views: 2145

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

My first entry for v37 is already queued up, as I set aside a story I didn't think I would fully do justice in the time I had left, and submitted another story in its place. I've yet to decide what to do with the other three entries though - I have a story I'd really like to revise and resubmit, but...
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 100
Views: 7195

Re: 4 in 36

I'm also in for all four now. :-) Can't say I'm running into that 4am issue at the moment, though...
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I'm already in for Q4 now, which will give me a few days to play with this exercise. I'll plan to pick it up tomorrow morning and see what shakes loose.
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

And I'm in as well -- that's Q4 done and dusted! First time I've gone 4 in 4, so I'm pretty pleased about that. :-)
by DoctorJest
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

My story is done, but I'm tinkering with the language choices in a couple of places to tighten the thematic points. I was tempted to submit already, but resisted the urge to do so until I've finished this pass properly, so more likely to submit early next week.
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Of my six results to date, broadly speaking, two saw the hero succeed in goal and flunk the desire; two saw them succeed in goal and desire both; and two (both the silvers) saw them flunk both. I'll not comment on the pending ones, save to note that I actually don't yet have a story lined up for thi...
by DoctorJest
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'm pivoting to an alternate story that I'm going to revise, one I've not submitted here before. I really like the story I've been working on, but don't think I can fully do it justice in the time I have left for this quarter. So I'm going to punt it to Q1 of v37 instead, and polish this other piece...
by DoctorJest
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I finally have a very rusty something-or-other that I am describing as my Draft 0.75. It's got holes in it, and some of the important elements from my draft 0.5 are missing and need transplanting in, but I'm happy -- I always feel pretty good once I reach this point of the story, where the skeleton ...
by DoctorJest
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I have my rough draft about 85% complete, but the 15% in gaps are known, and don't trouble me. I expect them to fill out during the revision process now. It's in a muddled order though, and has two separately written openings. I'm currently toying with changing the opening POV to create a circular f...
by DoctorJest
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Revising an HM to make it a Winner
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: Revising an HM to make it a Winner

Thanks for this, Chuck -- I do think that both approaches have value to a writer. I find I get more personal benefit out of pushing to write new stories, on the whole, but I'll revisit and revise stories too from time to time. I've not yet submitted a revised piece to WotF[*], but I am already expec...

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