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by DoctorJest
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 25949

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

The email I got a few hours ago says "Entries for the 3rd Quarter are due midnight June 30, 2017", so fingers crossed mine's right and yours ain't...
by DoctorJest
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 25949

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

So, Q3 or Q4. That's my goal. I don't mind which really, so long as I nail one of them, and get this ball rolling properly again. Send me your 450! I'd love to -- I just have to figure out which 450 I should be sending you...I have 3 stories right now. I may end up sending you all three! I've been ...
by DoctorJest
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 25949

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I'm itching to get back into this -- I was riding high, but then suddenly got dropped into the horror of trying to get a new job . I'm just about at the end of all that, though, and once it's over, I'll actually have some normal, human free time. And more to the point, I might have enough emotional ...
by DoctorJest
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 33745

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

I'm finally finding my stride, at the end of a few crazy weeks -- the main question now is whether I can get this finished, polished, and critiqued in time to actually sub for this quarter. I'm going to give it a good ol' try, but I'd hoped to be further in than this by now.
by DoctorJest
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 37004

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I doubt that'd be a crippling condition -- Steampunk lies somewhere between sci-fi and fantasy anyway, so as a genre it's a natural fit. If you do your best work in that genre, then I'd think you'd have the best chance of writing a winning story in it. And I would hope that at the end of the day, it...
by DoctorJest
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 33745

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Thanks! (Though technically I'm a Brit who's somehow ended up over here, but still...) Happy Thanksgiving to anyone else over in this neck of the woods! My house now smells of turkey and bacon. It's a good day. (Also, just to keep this sort of on-topic, I've settled on the story I'm working on for t...
by DoctorJest
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 33745

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Well, now begins the long wait. Submitted my story for this quarter. I'm quite please with it. wotf007 Blimey, that's early -- fingers crossed for you! I think I've only subbed that early one time... I haven't even decided which of my stories I'm going to submit yet -- everything's getting muddled ...
by DoctorJest
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I'm more pleased with my HM this time than I might've been with other stories -- I thought it was bound straight for R.
by DoctorJest
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

wotf055

I guess they're inbound...
by DoctorJest
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I'd be tempted to paint up a Warhammer figurine with that banner, but unfortunately, I gave my army -- banner bearers and all -- to my brother, who had the advantage of living in the same country it was sitting in. That said, it would have been a rat-man, so not sure what that would have said about ...
by DoctorJest
Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 33745

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Just tried the second part of the advice. I'll report back on its efficacy! wotf013 Okay. A 'Dear Charlie' submission produced another Charlie with quite detailed comments. Still not cracked this one. wotf002 Nor have I. The best I did at F&SF was getting one story passed on from the assistant ...
by DoctorJest
Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

That's exactly what I do, too. I have a local webpage thing I built, which I use to track a lot of things -- my writing, which markets are available in which genres for my specific story length, which of them I've submitted to and how often, what their typical response-times have been for me (report...
by DoctorJest
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I'd second that. I've seen Grinder stats that differ on the acceptance rates too, with Grinder's rates of acceptance typically higher than the real ones. I think that lends credence to the idea that, for the most part, the Grinder is used more often by writers who're taking their work seriously.
by DoctorJest
Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 33745

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Everyone does that there, too -- people can always edit their posts, so as soon as the poster's gotten their story into the kind of shape they're aiming for, they take them down. It's intended to be a temporary way to get group feedback, though some people prefer to send copy directly to forum membe...
by DoctorJest
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 33745

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

I second all of this. The only forum I frequent that does online critiquing of stories does so in a locked forum -- you have to be a member to access it, which means that web spiders and suchlike don't find the work online. That's important, because for a lot of markets, even having your story publi...
by DoctorJest
Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I'm firmly expecting my first R from this one--and yet, I still can't quite stop the twitchiness...
by DoctorJest
Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Update from the judge himself: He is aiming to get this quarter judged a little earlier than the previous quarters: by the 1st November (!). That's fantastic news. Absolutely fantastic. Although, I fear the key word here might be, "aiming." wotf017 That's definitely true. I recall at leas...
by DoctorJest
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

morshana wrote:Just submitted.

Expecting an R for this one. wotf007

Good luck everyone!


I'm with you on this one! Strongly expecting to rope myself an R this quarter.
by DoctorJest
Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 33745

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

I'm just at the stage of picking which of the two or three stories I've got in partial I should go with for this...they're all stories I'm happy with, but all incomplete at the moment.
by DoctorJest
Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I was hesitant about submitting to this quarter, but I've been so pushed back by other things that I didn't get anything in for the earlier quarters. I ended up submitting a story I'm not unhappy with, but I'd probably rate it weaker than my three previous entries, if I was looking closely at it. I ...
by DoctorJest
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

...and I'm in. I no longer have any idea if this story is good or not -- I've gotten completely blind to it by this point. I know I liked it when I first started. But at least I made it into this quarter this time! Now I can turn my attention to other things for a while.
by DoctorJest
Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Novelling has been why I didn't get any entry into the last couple of quarters -- I'm determined to put one in this time though.
by DoctorJest
Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I have two stories that are not yet finished, which I keep wanting to finish for WotF -- I keep ending up with alternative stories that I'm going with instead, but that's okay, I guess. The other two are both stories with a lot of potential, I've just not gotten them resolved yet. There's actually a...
by DoctorJest
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 39597

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I'm going with a holding story for Q4, to get something in. I'm happy with the story, and editing it now -- the one I'd really like to submit is still a work in progress, and I don't think I'll have it finished and in a state that I'm happy with by the time Q4 closes. In the meantime, this story is ...
by DoctorJest
Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 41655

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

A break from working on the novel for a while, and I have gone back to basics -- I've figured out why the middle didn't work for me, and have a proper outline together for this now. First time I've outlined a short story to this extent in quite a while. I'd be lucky to get it ready in time for this ...
by DoctorJest
Sun May 08, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 41655

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

I'm currently on hold for WotF -- I have my intended story 90% complete, but I realised that I'm constantly putting off trying to finish my novel draft to pursue finishing this short story, and that short story, oh, and this little thing that really only needs a bit of polish, and that other thing c...
by DoctorJest
Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 76807

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

I have punted my Q1 story up into Q2. I didn't have a single thing around that I would feel happy submitting to Q1 this year, and there was no way I'd be ready with the one I'm working on in time for the deadline. However, the story's done, and the principle writing is finished -- so it's just revis...
by DoctorJest
Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 86944

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Christmas has completely scuppered my plans to get in for Q1. I have most of a finished story, but if I try and rush it to completion for entry now there's no way I'll be putting in a story I'm happy with. I'll be punting to Q2.
by DoctorJest
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 86944

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I'm a good couple of country miles from putting anything in just yet. But this story will be the first I've subbed that has also been scratch-written for the contest, and I'm pretty happy with what I have at the moment.
by DoctorJest
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 86944

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I'm in the same boat -- finished my first draft October 30th, then I'm letting it rest for November while I work on NaNo. And once that's done, I'll come back and start on the polishing and tweaking of the story.

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