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by Brydar
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3867
Views: 724429

Re: Success!

Ok; it has likely been a year since I have posted on this forum. I am attempting to balance family time, writing, and time on various forums. My first ebook was illustrated by a friend and posted to the Draft to Digital Web site. The book is about 200 pages containing 4 short stories about heroes wh...
by Brydar
Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 197489

Re: Five Minute Rant

I also am what you identified as a "slinky writer". Much of how you described yourself I find applies to me. I actually have one short story that I have written two endings for, I just cannot decide which to use, happy ending or outrageously happy ending. I surmise others have reached the ...
by Brydar
Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 197489

Re: Five Minute Rant

My favorite remark is. "Some of the world's greatest writers were rejected at some point in their career." Well this is the information age and guess what, the power to put out our work has taken the sting out of rejection to me. In the past I might become frustrated, now we can all simply...
by Brydar
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 179
Views: 54956

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

I truly enjoyed Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series. Also, his Death world trilogy. For fantasy I would give a thumbs up to Michael Moorcock and his evil hero Elric and the series revolving around the albino emperor. There are so many I truly enjoy reading and so many whom I wish to emulate ...
by Brydar
Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 216363

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

I have not been on for some time, sorry, multiple family crisis situations. Also, I have been on a tireless quest to find an illustrator who will work on commission vs. requiring immediate payment. In both regards I can report success. I have done some research and am working through the Draft2digit...
by Brydar
Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32
Replies: 594
Views: 91527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32

I got the mysterious not-yet-judged correction email with no prior email to be corrected as well. I subbed on June 29th, for purposes of the list. At first, I freaked out, thinking she meant my Q2 entry! Good thing it's not, 'cause I don't think I could handle any more stress on THAT one! I also re...
by Brydar
Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 87235

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

I know this is probably for Q3 however I received an email telling me to ignore a message sent to me that my contest entry was judged and rejected. I have not received any such message for Q3 or Q4 has anyone else? wotf017
by Brydar
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32
Replies: 594
Views: 91527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32

815. 600. 275. That's amazing. I've only accumulated 145 short story rejections in 3.5 years of submitting, though 45 have been in the past few months, so I'm picking up the pace. WOW! Did I read that correctly, you have written one hundred forty five short stories in three and a half years? Or wer...
by Brydar
Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32
Replies: 594
Views: 91527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32

815. 600. 275. That's amazing. I've only accumulated 145 short story rejections in 3.5 years of submitting, though 45 have been in the past few months, so I'm picking up the pace. The high numbers explain what I see at the Submission Grinder--long strings of Rejections and a rare few Acceptances. T...
by Brydar
Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32
Replies: 594
Views: 91527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32

I have been going to the local library to pick up previous volumes of WOTF to read. I recently discovered volume 3, yes thats three is available and I have placed a hold on it. I hope to do a compartive between old accepted material vs. the new (I own volume thirty). I have already read volume twent...
by Brydar
Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 87235

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

In our craft all help is appreciated. Maybe she likes to draw and she can be your illustrator too. Like myself my older sister can draw stick figures, beyond that would be a stretch. However; my daughter who is a teen is a great artist. I have already informed my girl that once she overcomes her on...
by Brydar
Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 87235

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Has anyone found they have had plenty of ideas for stories but after plotting them you just cannot seem to make it flow, create emotional and believable characters, or one or more other issues that would make a good story great? It seems over the last couple of months I have had some great ideas but...
by Brydar
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 87235

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Well my friends my entry for Q4 is in. Again this story is not the original one I had planned to submit, this is one that erupted out of a late night four cup coffee binge. This newest short story does follow all the rules per se. Carpe Diem!
by Brydar
Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 87235

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

At this rate my Q3 is going to become my Q4. wotf005 Exactly! I had a story I felt was very close to ready for Q3 and then my mother took ill. Now it is going to be my Q4 entry. I suppose the silver lining is I had a story which breaks a few of Mr. Wolverton's personal rules and my sister urged me ...
by Brydar
Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32
Replies: 594
Views: 91527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32

I am going to proceed with my input for the Q4 entry. I should be able to get it in after the 4th of July weekend. That is based upon the statistical unlikelihood of yet another serious situation in my family interrupting my story writing. I am going to tidy up and adjust the first story I had inten...
by Brydar
Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32
Replies: 594
Views: 91527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32

I was last on here the 17th and failed on my Monday submission plan. My mother was taken to the ER and the good news is the growth's found on the Cat scan do not appear cancerous. How they can tell that by examining a picture on a screen astounds me. I am sure the scan along with blood work and the ...
by Brydar
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32
Replies: 594
Views: 91527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32

Stopped in to say hello, have not been on here for a while. Too many things going on in the mundane world at present. Summer fun / car trips, kids, car repairs, you all know how it is. However, I do have a story that I am fine tuning, my primary hatchet reader / editor (aka big sister) has told me t...
by Brydar
Fri May 15, 2015 2:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: F&SF has a new editor--and now does e-subs!
Replies: 32
Views: 8818

Re: F&SF has a new editor--and now does e-subs!

If you have things to send, send them before the end of the month--F&SF is temporarily closing to electronic submissions from 5/29-6/30: http://submissions.ccfinlay.com/fsf/ I noticed that when I went on the site a few days ago but thank you for posting this on here. I am submitting my story to...
by Brydar
Sun May 10, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 710
Views: 184101

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

My concern with sending in my work is the phrase, "First North American and foreign serial rights and an option on anthology rights. All other rights are retained by the author." I understand this allows the publisher to publish the work one time and I cannot offer it to anyone else during...
by Brydar
Mon May 04, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: F&SF has a new editor--and now does e-subs!
Replies: 32
Views: 8818

Re: F&SF has a new editor--and now does e-subs!

Finally got to sending Finlay another story, maybe this one will get a comment. In the midst of drinking my wotf035 wondering if a story is accepted by the magazine I surmise this would count as one of the three max short stories allowed to have published and still be eligible for the WOTF contest?...
by Brydar
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 200
Views: 63573

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

I beat my deadline by about 5 minutes! It may not be perfect but I got the first 450 of my story out to those listed above via PM. Please let me know if you have any problems reading it. I am anxious to read your 450's folks, you may PM me back or e-mail me; Brydar at Yahoo dot com.
by Brydar
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 200
Views: 63573

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Excellent! The list is ever growing; I have Imagination Vortex, Ivy Fairhaven, Francis Bruno, Fobok 1, LawrenceVanhoof, Dustin Adams primed on a list for my 450. I still need to do a bit more adjusting but I think I have an idea on how to make it smoother. I may have it ready to go by tomorrow or F...
by Brydar
Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story in a Day Challenge
Replies: 295
Views: 54891

Re: Story in a Day Challenge

I was talking to a friend who I never took to be sexist and told him about the Bechdel test. His first comment was about a story he wrote in which his two female characters were talking about beauty and fitness. At first I did not think anything of it but then asked him a poignant question, "Wh...
by Brydar
Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 200
Views: 63573

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

For those who replied to this already, does this coming weekend work for this 450 word swap? This should allow for more forum folk to come on here and we can get maximum exposure and replies / critiques on our works. Of course you can all see who already has an interest in doing this, so if you woul...
by Brydar
Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:57 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: RULES for critiques
Replies: 12
Views: 6793

Re: RULES for critiques

I am a mystery, wraped in an enigma, wrapped in a puzzle, wrapped in a dodecahedron, wrapped in a candy bubble gum exterior... I guess I never posted my name on here when I introduced myself, did I ^_^; My name is Michael, so I am a him. And it was nothing. I just figured I wouldn't mind you guys t...
by Brydar
Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:53 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: RULES for critiques
Replies: 12
Views: 6793

Re: RULES for critiques

I'm going to sound extremely paranoid so nobody hate me... wotf001 I'm extremely reluctant to put any of my work online without it being copyrighted, and obviously it won't be with the critique exchange... Is there some way to ensure nobody is going to plagiarize your work when you do the critique ...
by Brydar
Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 200
Views: 63573

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Okay my story exchange for the first 450 is ready. When I PM or e-mail it to those who are ready I will explain why my beginning in a way seems to mirror many other stories. No; obviously not plagarized.
by Brydar
Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32
Replies: 594
Views: 91527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 32

I in no means intend(ed) to hijack this thread with an issue that was not truly applicable, sorry about that. I am posting future comments about the 450 swap on the 450 swap thread for those interested.
by Brydar
Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2374
Views: 418607

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Shean, I am still a noob on here and learning much from those who have already entered the contest and some of the winners have remained on here to pass on their sage advice. Not to mention you may get a shock when a published and famous writer replies to one of your posts as I was. Good luc...
by Brydar
Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 15158

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

To be honest I would love to hear about thousands upon thousands of people who have read my story or book and loved it without garnering a single trophy or award for said same story. I would be very happy winning a contest, especially this one, but I think many authors greatest joy is hearing that m...

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