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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: 37460

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: 11495

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: 11495

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: 37460

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: 40046

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: 3960
Views: 789655

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: 40046

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: 40046

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 Oct 05, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Elephant in the Room: Why?
Replies: 9
Views: 1392

Re: The Elephant in the Room: Why?

I read a quote recently that said instead of writing what you know, as we're so often told, write about what interests you. That struck me as a real writer's writing notion. To me one of the best things about writing fiction is delving deeply into ideas, places, peoples, etc. that intrigue me. The m...
by Muri McCage
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 41725

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

Well, I still can't get the Quotes function to work. I'll try it another way.... And that didn't work either. So. Laurie, I was partly in thank you note mode. Mostly it was that I appreciate so much that so many of you took the time to respond, sympathize, and share experiences. That gift of kindnes...
by Muri McCage
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V33 Q4 Guessomancy
Replies: 9
Views: 1965

Re: V33 Q4 Guessomancy

I had to look up when I entered...September 2.
by Muri McCage
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 41725

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

Ishmael, thank you for your sympathy and for sharing your touching story. Poetry is a great healer. I've lost count of how many times I've listened to readings of W. H. Auden's Funeral Blues on YouTube. I really appreciate the reminder that I'm not alone Thank you, Disgruntled Peony. Thank you, Laur...
by Muri McCage
Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3960
Views: 789655

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 Sep 07, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 41725

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

I'm out. Got my rejection in the wee hours of the morning. I had thought this was my last quarter of remaining eligibility, but when I checked with Joni to be sure she said I'm still good for Q4. So...twitchiness for most of the rest of the year ensues. This time I was sort of numb to rejection. My ...
by Muri McCage
Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 41725

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

Thanks, but different list. I was in search of Grand List Wizard Stephanie's awesome list of people and their entry dates. Found it in the Guessomancy thread.
by Muri McCage
Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 41725

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

I'm not entirely sure I ever said when I entered for Q3. It was May 12, for list purposes, though I can't seem to locate the list.
by Muri McCage
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 76859

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

wotf056

My first Silver HM. Very pleased.
by Muri McCage
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Frustrations...
Replies: 26
Views: 3015

Re: Frustrations...

Once upon a time I thought I was supposed to be a print journalist. I went to school. I learned Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How. For various reasons, I dropped out and went about a nonwriterly life...on the outside, for a long time. On the inside, I was a budding writer...interrupted. I dreamed...
by Muri McCage
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What are a couple of things that have improved your writing
Replies: 33
Views: 4516

Re: What are a couple of things that have improved your writ

The single most important thing that improved my writing was growing a thick layer of discipline. As I learned to write fiction, I would start something then be all "Ooooh, shiny!" over new ideas and jump ship to start another story. Sometimes, I'd be working on three or four stories, whic...
by Muri McCage
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 76859

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

I got the notice about the Q4 entries thingie too, but in mine she called it a portal more than once and there was some confusion about dates, which leads me to think the whole thing hinges on alternate realities and possibly some sort of multi-dimensional gateway generator. Maybe a bit of time trav...
by Muri McCage
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submit, submit, submit
Replies: 24
Views: 4795

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: 3960
Views: 789655

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: 87166

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: 4956
Views: 950207

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: 6014

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: 3960
Views: 789655

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: 3960
Views: 789655

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: 3960
Views: 789655

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: 87166

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: 3960
Views: 789655

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.

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