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by Muri McCage
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 39874

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

So sorry for your loss, J'nae. All I can tell you is that I'm barely eeking out an occasional word count still, since my mom's death last year. I have moments when writing is almost like it used to be, more and more, so I think the answer may be that it's different for everyone, but the writing will...
by Muri McCage
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Forum Members' Published Stories of 2016
Replies: 18
Views: 11725

Re: Forum Members' Published Stories of 2016

Thanks, Dustin. My trajectory seems to follow the feast or famine model. When something hits it's worth the wait, though.
by Muri McCage
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Forum Members' Published Stories of 2016
Replies: 18
Views: 11725

Re: Forum Members' Published Stories of 2016

I only had one, but it feels like more all by itself. wotf008

"Mom in the Moon" -- Analog October 2016
by Muri McCage
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 39874

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I'm so glad to see this. I've been trying to remember the Zombies Need Brains calls, and couldn't find the earlier reference to it. So thanks for accidentally helping me out, Ishmael! I think I've got something that fits Submerged. Possibly all three, though I'm not clear on Death. The personificati...
by Muri McCage
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 42400

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Thanks guys. Honestly, it took me so long between pro sales 3 & 4 that it doesn't quite seem real to have proed out. Ishmael, I do indeed intend to stay in touch. I'm sure I'll keep picking up valuable information here. In fact, I just discovered a new market on the forum this morning. And I'd l...
by Muri McCage
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805413

Re: Success!

Big congrats to all walking around with the dreamy-success-grin, since I last looked in here. Love seeing so much happy news going on!
by Muri McCage
Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 42400

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Best of luck to those still standing.
(I'm having to post in bits. The system keeps throwing me out and making me resignin.) wotf017
by Muri McCage
Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 42400

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I'm out, quarter and contest. Oddly, this was one of the few entries I wrote with the contest in mind. Disappointing, for my final entry. Ah well, I've had a good run overall.
by Muri McCage
Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805413

Re: Success!

Congrats to so many on all the wonderful news. Sorry for yet another blanket congrats, though it's impressive that there's so much awesome here that I perpetually fall behind. You guys continue to inspire me. wotf010
by Muri McCage
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submit, submit, submit
Replies: 24
Views: 4884

Re: Submit, submit, submit

50 at once? I think my head just exploded a little! That's awesome. I think 18 is my all time high.
by Muri McCage
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805413

Re: Success!

Congrats all around, guys. Lots of exciting news here, since I got sick and fell off the map for a while.
by Muri McCage
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 89922

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Congrats Hazlett and DStein. And good luck with Baen, Hazlett! Very cool.

Good luck as well, Athena and Rebecca! Huge accomplishment, either way.
by Muri McCage
Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 965985

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Thanks for sharing your story with us. The only thing it changes is that you've upped both your admiration and cool factors. wotf008
by Muri McCage
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: AE Micro 7
Replies: 37
Views: 6154

Re: AE Micro 7

Congrats, Emily! Flash is hard. Micro is harder.
by Muri McCage
Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805413

Re: Success!

Congrats, Ishmael. No hesitating needed and no butting in possible. This thread is just what it says. A place to share and discuss OUR successes. Every success is as important as the one that came before and the one that came after, regardless of where it landed. We're all in this climb together, an...
by Muri McCage
Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805413

Re: Success!

Wow! Thanks guys. We need a blushing smiley.

And, George, that would be extremely awesome. Trying really hard not to count any chickens before they've even been published. Not very successfully. Playing what if is awfully fun.
by Muri McCage
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805413

Re: Success!

Thanks, Preston. Those two smilies are pretty much what the inside of my brain looks like.
by Muri McCage
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 89922

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

What Tamlyn said. I just got my second rejection for the quarter.
by Muri McCage
Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805413

Re: Success!

I'm beyond happy to announce that I've sold my story "Mom in the Moon" to Analog! It's been the genre market I've most hoped to sell to, for a long time. Dreams, fueled by preternatural tenacity in my case, really do come true.
by Muri McCage
Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: 2016 Campbell Award
Replies: 41
Views: 6666

Re: 2016 Campbell Award

Condolences, Ishmael. My time for the Campbell Awards potential is long past. If I'm remembering correctly, Strange New Worlds didn't make much of a blip on that particular radar. Great attitude about reviews. They can be...interesting. My most memorable not in a good way to date was a reader's opin...
by Muri McCage
Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: AE Micro 7
Replies: 37
Views: 6154

Re: AE Micro 7

The wait is getting long enough that I'm reduced to just imagining some happy campers sitting on good news, waiting for the announcement.
by Muri McCage
Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221003

Re: Five Minute Rant

I'm not sure this will help, but I don't think it could hurt either. I've found a few things that can really tie me up in knots, as a writer. One is over thinking. Take it from the queen of over thinking that it can be like spinning your mental wheels, and just dig you in deeper. Another is trying t...
by Muri McCage
Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Unidentified Funny Objects 5
Replies: 23
Views: 3800

Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

I've been wracking my brain for funny so I could give this a shot. Not a thing occurs. I just cannot write humor on demand. It comes organically as I write "regular" fiction quite a bit, but if I try to force it all I get is a blank mind and a blanker page. wotf017
by Muri McCage
Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805413

Re: Success!

So much cool stuff happening here while my back was turned. Congrats all around. And, Matt, be sure to put the Zeppelin warfare on YouTube!
by Muri McCage
Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 89922

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I'm out. Woke up this morning and found it waiting for me.
by Muri McCage
Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: AE Micro 7
Replies: 37
Views: 6154

Re: AE Micro 7

I'm in. First time I've tried micro. I was wary of how tight it would have to be, but it was actually fun. All those tweets paying off....
by Muri McCage
Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 723
Views: 200825

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Thanks to Matt, for very good advice some time ago. I was trying to figure out how to approach a top editor who suddenly went informal in a personal, then back to formal next time. I followed Matt's suggestion to stick with informal on my end, assuming it was a matter of expediency on their part on ...
by Muri McCage
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 89922

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I'm in the precise pickle Matt describes. Well, almost. I'm still working on the story I started way too long ago, thinking it would be fun to write an entire story based on two words that popped into my head. I can report now that it has not been fun. I've also tried to gear it specifically toward ...
by Muri McCage
Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 723
Views: 200825

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Thanks guys. Alice, I must be some kind of fluke or throwback or something. I've actually found myself in varying levels of personal correspondence with a number of levels of editors at top magazines of different genres. Not to the level of Tiptree's friendships, though. Sometimes ongoing, sometimes...
by Muri McCage
Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 723
Views: 200825

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

This seems to fit somewhere between the Mixed Feelings and Five Minute Rant threads, so I'm putting it here as closest. I get personal rejections that seem very encouraging to the point of almosts, then they go back to barely personal (brief reason why) next time. I recently had a very nice personal...

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