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by orbivillein
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 169
Views: 3860

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Wrestled with myself about whether I'm still eligible, whether to submit, whether I even had anything to submit. Portal is still open and I'm so, so tempted. This contest meant a lot to me. And I really wanted to do 4 in 35. But at this point, sitting on five pro-paying publications with another to...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where can I find help for checking the science of the world I'm building?
Replies: 6
Views: 89

Re: Where can I find help for checking the science of the world I'm building?

When I studied astrophysics, course materials included companion application and software discs that were bundled with textbooks, websites for exercises and assignments, too. The courses explored the cosmos, and the apps and such did pieces of what you want -- way back in unstable hand-me-down stepc...
by orbivillein
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 169
Views: 3860

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

My way to cope, transcend even, is to ask why did this perform below wanted level and -- and -- the way of dramatic movement incitement, follow-thru, and satisfaction -- plot, that is -- strong motivation to answer why and don't do and do do whatever why. Emotions channeled into growth.
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Transferring facing a dangerous situation into your writing
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Transferring facing a dangerous situation into your writing

My top hurricane motif chuckle is that weather-news bureaus send out storm-naive correspondents to cover on-scene events. Send those who don't know so their emotions are genuine and high strength, so the public gets the message that hurricanes are not to be taken lightly. Been through dozens of hurr...
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 169
Views: 3860

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

. . . I feel drained after writing my Q4 story. I took it easy the middle 2 quarters of this year but Q4 I went all in. Usually I finish a story bored and ready to move onto something more exciting but this time I am not sure what comes next. I need some time. I am in a weird transitional stage whe...
by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where can I find help for checking the science of the world I'm building?
Replies: 6
Views: 89

Re: Where can I find help for checking the science of the world I'm building?

Celestia is a 3-D animated celestial freeware program that offers viewable results from user developed scenarios, objects, models, and scripts. Steep learning curve and no fact checks, though. A planet and three moons, probably other planets, maybe many moons and planetesimals, comet clouds, asteroi...
by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Space Force
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Space Force

To declare a military space mission gives away extant strategies and installations, methods and sources, too. Plus, once realized, adversaries of less rocket science competence join extant multidimensional battle theater competitors, learn force multiplication's true methods and advantages, and affo...
by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 169
Views: 3860

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Facets of a story that distinguish an automatic decline due to utter guideline noncompliance (recipe, joke, prank, whim, non-fantastic, non-prose content), to also-ran to honorable mention to finalist, etc., to quarter win, place, or show, to annual grand winner? Relevant, timely, timeless, lively h...
by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Bigger Piece or One-Shot?
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: Bigger Piece or One-Shot?

Consider the reverse? Excerpts from novels that stand alone and hold up to scrutiny and appeal are few and far between though exquisite. Ralph Ellison's " Battle Royal " excerpted from The Invisible Man is an example of excellence (Houston Community College hosted PDF). How does the excerp...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Software, Reviews & Deals
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: Software, Reviews & Deals

Word's overall issue is appearance and intent for user friendliness and consequent less accessibility and control. WordPerfect's Reveal Codes feature outstrips all others for ease and function access to format codes. WordPerfect is lean and clean for format codes. Word, in terms of format and style,...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

I got an email that concerns me. I entered for the 3rd quarter but the email I got was titled: Congrats - Your story received Honorable Mention 2nd Quarter Then it opened up as: Dear Entrant, Your story has been judged and is an Honorable Mention for the 3rd quarter . Congratulations!!! Has there b...
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 169
Views: 3860

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm in. Not sure if it is sci fi (Wikipedia's attempt to define "sci fi" wasn't much help), but I'm in. A workable definition for science fiction is most anything not real-world extant of a scientific or technological nature. "Hard" science fiction is especially about probable, ...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

Freelance editor: up to five dollars per proofread SMF page, more for heavier edits, is my bread-and-butter income for eighteen years now, about $30 average net per work hour. The field's pay, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ranges from $15 to $50 per hour, $25 mean, a few $100-plus out...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

A writing teacher specifically? A curriculum vitae for a writing teacher would include teaching credits, education credits, and publication credits. For one-on-one in-person, mail or email, or all, teacher-pupil correspondence, time exclusive to the correspondence would be billed at at least $40 per...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 169
Views: 3860

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

The WotF contest, science fiction and fantasy, fiction overall favor classic comedy's "happy endings" to a factor of about six out of ten; conflict resolution, about nine of ten. Farland has noted he loathes downbeat stories and outcomes fraught with ennui and angst for the sake of downbea...
by orbivillein
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 326
Views: 8792

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So... Do writers normally get these notifications or is this something new? Either way, can one speculate that receiving this notification means they have achieved at least HM? Submission progress notifications throughout WotF contest history have been episodic and erratic. Submission management so...
by orbivillein
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 326
Views: 8792

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So... Do writers normally get these notifications or is this something new? Either way, can one speculate that receiving this notification means they have achieved at least HM? Submission progress notifications throughout WotF contest history have been episodic and erratic. Submission management so...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Format of computer folders, files, and programs
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Format of computer folders, files, and programs

SMF originated from typewriter standards, one monospaced typeface of one type size and no format decorations, like bold and italics, etc., only capital case and lowercase roman type. Back when, a typewriter companion template's edges included a straight edge and a scalloped edge. The straight edge f...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Researching SF&F Fans
Replies: 5
Views: 710

Re: Researching SF&F Fans

I no longer participate in any surveys. Recent and current events have shown those are motivated by malign agendas and for abuses. Even otherwise benevolent surveys presuppose wanted results: petitio principii , "begs the question," circular logic that assumes the conclusion at the outset ...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Format of computer folders, files, and programs
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Format of computer folders, files, and programs

For general information, anymore, many publishers prefer SMF typescripts' main typeface be Times New Roman. New Courier is the traditional SMF typeface circa twentieth century up through 1990. Typeface preference and mandate varies among the Big Four fantastic fiction novel publishers and the many s...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 326
Views: 8792

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Author Services switched submission management software to WizeHive's Zengine for volume 35 2018, as late as for the fourth quarter. New login criteria though old logins could be entered as if for the first time. New software, expanded submission management plugins, ostensibly, more economical, effe...
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions

Other word processor software also includes text-to-speech applications, includes WordPerfect and Acrobat distiller apps, the Dragon, of course, supported by several browsers, too.
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 326
Views: 8792

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

For the record, I submitted on June 21st and received my first pass email on Sept. 4 at 2 AM. (Joni never sleeps apparently.) Time sent or time received? Detroit, Universal Time Code Minus Four (EDST, Greenwich Mean Time, and DST impact, too) Hollywood, UTC-7 2 a.m. Detroit local time, Hollywood lo...
by orbivillein
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2502
Views: 462738

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi all, I'm new here, so still feeling my way through the forum. I've written for years, but only in the last few have I tried to do anything with my scribblings. At the moment I have a handful of short stories, three of which have been published online. One is still out, one is on the revision tab...
by orbivillein
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Format of computer folders, files, and programs
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Format of computer folders, files, and programs

Grammar principles about proper noun and common noun, respectively, initial capital case, lower case all; and title of an overall facet or subfacet, respectively, italics, quote mark brackets. jDoeDD214.pdf, unique file name and extension folder, common noun. Tent Junk Folder, proper noun. Away Docu...
by orbivillein
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Up, Creator, Reader?
Replies: 0
Views: 63

What's Up, Creator, Reader?

Read a recent novel created by a standout celebrity fiction writer. Many grammar issues, errors, language shortfalls. Contributor acknowledgments recognize a likewise industry stalwart editor of the novel and a publisher, known for lax craft and grammar standards. None of the former would be named h...
by orbivillein
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2502
Views: 462738

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi Guys, I'm new to the community. I have been an aspiring author for a long time, but I just discovered WOTF, a week ago. I plan to submit some manuscripts real soon. I know that the next deadline is October 1. I have a question. Is Supernatural Horror considered Dark Fantasy? Would stories from H...
by orbivillein
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 169
Views: 3860

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Other labels for "secondary world fantasy," "alternate world," and "secondary settings" include "high fantasy," "low fantasy" for otherwise real-world setting milieus, and "metaphysical." Reimagined, reinvented, or innovated fantasy creatio...
by orbivillein
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 1408

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

The bane of self-publication is a dearth of competent composition aptitude and editorial correspondence adjustment thereof. Not that the publication industry anymore exercises as much editorial input as in the past. The onus shifted elsewhere, somewhat to agents, somewhat to freelance editors, sever...
by orbivillein
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 169
Views: 3860

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Assessments of contest winner stories for years focus on story type: hard or soft science fiction? alternate world or history science fiction? epic fantasy? secondary setting fantasy (J.R.R. Tolkien's coin for alternate world)? contemporary fantasy (metropolitan, municipal, urban, suburban, rural, o...

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