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by kentagions
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 546
Views: 19122

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Escape Pod: Six-day personal rejection.

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by kentagions
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 546
Views: 19122

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Moon Wrote: I'll be curious to hear how these SHMs do as they make the rounds. My Q3 Silver Honorable Mention story has now received three form rejections from Clarkesworld (3 days), Asimov's (1 day), and F&SF (8 days). It is now off to another market. For those interested, this is fairly usual ...
by kentagions
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 546
Views: 19122

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Wulf Moon wrote: There's a third Forumite with a Silver as well, but that person doesn't comment here much these days. Hi Moon, I've never commented much on the quarterly discussion threads - just a twitch or two on relevant Thursdays. The result for my Q3, V36 entry is my first SHM and eleventh pla...
by kentagions
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 31
Views: 1755

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

Submission: June 30

Result: SHM
by kentagions
Fri May 17, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma
Replies: 8
Views: 670

Re: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma

Hi Julia, Why are we assuming that it is a Word problem? If you can return Word to its default settings, do so. Then, copy and paste somewhere else (Facebook, Grammarly, etc.). If a document can be copied and pasted elsewhere, then the email account is suspect. Try using one with a different browser...
by kentagions
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 27239

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

In my book, the chapter on submissions is titled 'Expect Delays.'
by kentagions
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 19
Views: 1096

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

This happens to me occasionally whether I plot or pants (discover). Damon Knight in Creating Short Fiction would say that Fred (his name for the subconscious mind) has a problem with something. There are a gazillion (That's 1 with as many zeros as you can imagine behind it) ways to get through it. R...
by kentagions
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Grounds for Disqualification
Replies: 9
Views: 1549

Re: Grounds for Disqualification

Watch the conjunction and . Pro rate + copies or hits. Rule 5, sentence 2: Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits. If you receive less than pro remuneration as they define it, then the number of copies or hits doesn't...
by kentagions
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 1196

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

Thanks again,

Call me educated.

Good luck,
Kent
by kentagions
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 1196

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

Hi, orbivillein, Thank you for the critique. This space has been edited because I made a mistake out of ignorance (See above). This space was previously devoted to defending that mistake. I've made the retraction out of deference to orbivillein's greater knowledge (which is proven in the following p...
by kentagions
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 1196

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

Hi storysinger, Thank you for your interest. A correction, if I may. Assuming that all rings have the same rate of revolution (RPM), the longest radius will always have the highest gravity. The outer ring is where you'll get the "intense workout." Interestingly, this is one reason why rock...
by kentagions
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?
Replies: 4
Views: 644

Re: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?

Hi and welcome WilliamHadleyyy, I'm with amoskalik , here. I don't know what a central question is. In Speculative Fiction, there is a speculative setting: past, present, future (and their alternates), alternate worlds and timelines. There is also a defined milieu, often dysfunctional, that colors e...
by kentagions
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to handle lots of characters?
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: How to handle lots of characters?

Hi, ddonche, Sort out your character types: Protagonist, Antagonist, Sidekick, Love Interest, Information Broker, Mentor, etc. Know the jobs that your characters are charged with so you can define the plot-driving jobs that each one of them will be doing. Pay particular attention to the number of Si...
by kentagions
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 1196

How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

In Soft Science Fiction, artificial gravity is produced by gravity plates and repulsor or attractor fields. Sometimes, the author doesn't mention it at all, leaving the reader to wonder what fantastic mechanism keeps characters on the floor. Soft Scifi, or Fantasy in space, doesn't need to adhere to...
by kentagions
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 27239

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Me, just in. I don't normally mention when I submit but this one is special. Unsatisfied with other stories for this quarter, I spent eleven hours over two and a half days to write a shiny new one. It's the second one I've cooked, start to finish, in under three days. The last one received an HM. Go...
by kentagions
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23259

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Wulf Moon wrote:
Thanks, Kentagions. I was born in St. Paul. May the power of the Twin Cities rise again in WotF!


I appreciate the support. I'm in the Midway just a stone's throw away from Frog Town.

Have a great time at writer's week and the gala.

Kent
by kentagions
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23259

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Congratulations Wulf. Looking forward to reading your story.

Congratulations Brittany. Nearly there.

Good luck to everyone in the first quarter of 36. Write, write, write.
by kentagions
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: brain chips
Replies: 4
Views: 1340

Re: brain chips

The pearl is a real-world adaptation to a foreign object caught in an oyster (and other bivalves). For the purposes of equilibrium, crustaceans like crayfish and lobsters will incorporate a piece of sand or another small object, as a statolith, into their statocyst cavity with each molt. It allows t...
by kentagions
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions
Replies: 5
Views: 911

Re: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions

Just picked up Office 2019. Text to speech is easy to activate. Right-Click on the Quick Access Toolbar icon. From the drop-down menu, Click - Read Aloud. An A icon with a sound wave will appear to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar icon. When you click on it, the computer voice will begin readin...
by kentagions
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2714
Views: 520050

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to those who have posted and those who have not. Good luck to you all. The Forum is unique as a resource for any number of writing needs. Need advice - post a question. Need a critique - ask for an exchange. Don't worry if your question has been asked before, just ask and someone will answer...
by kentagions
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23259

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

aidanka wrote: I just wonder what is anti-dave everything? i couldn't find any article about it. could you please spare me? Ms. Pang is being a bit too self-deprecating. She is a very good writer as pro editors are finding out. Dave's list of ten reasons why he will quickly reject a story( https://m...
by kentagions
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Transferring facing a dangerous situation into your writing
Replies: 7
Views: 1169

Re: Transferring facing a dangerous situation into your writing

My best friend and I used to rock climb at his ranch in the Colorado Rockies. We climbed without ropes, harnesses, climbing shoes or helmets, technical equipment that we couldn't afford in high school. Our equipment consisted of T-shirts, blue jeans and hiking boots. One day, he wanted to climb a on...
by kentagions
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23259

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Hope for my stories? These are my children, grown from a place of wonder. Raised with discipline to entertain anyone with a spare twenty minutes. Submitted by themselves to stand alone or fall in a critical world of capitalistic judgment. One rejection has been converted to a format I have performed...
by kentagions
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23259

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

vsutherland01 wrote: I am still at the point where my absolute best effort barely makes an HM. There is no degree of HM. The odds of receiving one are one in ten. So your story beat ninety percent of all others in a professional setting. It was read by an award winning professional author and editor...
by kentagions
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Software, Reviews & Deals
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Software, Reviews & Deals

The hard drive on my old laptop died last week. Data has been recovered and computer switched to a solid state hard drive. Now I'm looking to replace my word processor and photo editor. Perhaps our intrepid Forumites have knowledge of these things and would care to share. I'm most familiar with Micr...
by kentagions
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 1930

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

Science Fiction

Submitted: 6/18/18

Rejected: 10/4/18
by kentagions
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 25893

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Best of luck to those still in the running.

Congratulations to everyone who's placed.

Keep me in mind for crit exchanges.
by kentagions
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions
Replies: 5
Views: 911

Text to Speech in Word: Instructions

1. Click to open the Quick Access Toolbar: It's a little icon in the upper left corner next to the circular Reload Page arrow. It is a dash above a down arrow. A drop-down menu will, um...drop down. 2. In the Quick Access Toolbar drop-down menu, click More Commands. 3. In the Customize the Quick Acc...

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