Search found 169 matches

by kentagions
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: brain chips
Replies: 4
Views: 492

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: 271

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: 2512
Views: 464445

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: 266
Views: 8154

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: 5
Views: 167

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: 266
Views: 8154

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: 266
Views: 8154

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: 2
Views: 103

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: 1020

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: 340
Views: 10503

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: 271

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...
by kentagions
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10503

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Hey Mike,
Were those Critters critiques?

...or do you know my father?

wotf014
by kentagions
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10503

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Harion wrote: i'm talking about the first entry i sent some 10 years ago. wotf003 I mean... wotf003 I hope you're a parent because you are the most patient person in the world. You have my greatest respect and admiration. wotf009 That said, I'm curious now. I agree with Morgan that it's probably bee...
by kentagions
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10503

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Hi Harion, The Submission Grinder by Diabolical Plots ( https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/ ) is reporting a response average of ninety-eight days. It's really all scientific based on moon cycles divided by the resonance of a strontium atom at seven degrees absolute and then plugged into a predi...
by kentagions
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 808007

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Rebecca!

wotf010
by kentagions
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Delete Profile
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Delete Profile

Hi Mr. Alley,
At the bottom of every Forum page is a letter icon next to the words Contact us. Click on it and write to the administrators. I'm sure they will be able to help.

I hope you find what you're looking for.

Good luck,
Kent
by kentagions
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8545

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

wotf010
Congratulations Bob!
by kentagions
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8545

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

My certificates have arrived anywhere from six days to a month after Joni's email confirmation.

If she says so
It will come
by kentagions
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8545

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Hi Henkel, Yes, people are reporting results for the quarter that ended March 31 (Quarter 2 - Volume 35). Over forty authors who use The Submission Grinder ( https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/ ) to track their submissions reported receiving results on May 26. The Grinder tracks submissions and ...
by kentagions
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Rejection
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Rejection

Hi Becky, I reread the story I believe you entered for Q2. The beginning may have taken too long to build Narrative Momentum. Check out this blog post: http://www.laurelcohn.com.au/Narrative%20momentum.html I'm still sold on the story and am stunned that it received a straight R. Best of luck, Kent
by kentagions
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10503

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

pcmccollum,

I saw what you did, there. ^ wotf001
by kentagions
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do you resubmit?
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: Do you resubmit?

Hi PhoenixHays, I want to highlight a subtle point in the nomenclature we use around here. We call it an R for rejection. The fact is, every story not published is a rejection. When we say R, we're talking about stories that were "...judged and did not place...". Stories that place below s...
by kentagions
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest

I believe you can take Dave at his word that LGBTQ+ characters and issues in contest stories play no part in his editorial decisions. I would personally be concerned as to whether non-cisgender language is prevalent enough in genre literature to pass the test of readability. If you believe that it i...
by kentagions
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2512
Views: 464445

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the Forum, Shannon, Best of luck with your first entry, that's the biggest hurdle many writers have to get over. Many of us could sit for hours painstakingly editing every word in our stories until everything feels perfect. And in that way, I've edited the life right out of two stories. D...
by kentagions
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10503

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I kept a notebook handy when I had children to watch. Those world-shaking ideas would occur to me at the most inopportune times: changing diapers, cooking dinner, cleaning up...let's not go there. I could jot a quick note or two that would jog my memory for later. Good ideas evaporate fast if they a...
by kentagions
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2512
Views: 464445

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the Forum, LorenzoAL, You're in the right place for critiques and story exchanges. There are many people aboard who will exchange with you. The usual place to ask is on the Story Critique Exchange ( http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/viewforum.php?f=15 ). PM me for an exchange. Best of l...
by kentagions
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19585

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Preston, your inspiring story deserved inclusion on the blog. We all need encouragement.

Thank you,
Kent
by kentagions
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Genre
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: Genre

I get that this contest is SciFi & Fantasy, but does that mean it has to be scifi, or can it just be fantasy? Hi amalhaseeb, The contest rules ( https://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules-writers/ ) mention nothing about Science Fiction or Fantasy. Works must be prose no longer than 17,00...
by kentagions
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2512
Views: 464445

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Go Karmstrong!

Welcome to the Forum.

It's wonderfully scary feeling when you submit. Lightning might strike on your first try.

PM if you ever need a critique.

Good Luck,
Kent
by kentagions
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8545

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Last year my Q-2 first pass result arrived on July 8, pleasingly fast. In 2016, my Q-2 first pass result arrived a bit late on July 25th. The first pass, Q-2 result was the slowest ever in 2015 when the email arrived on August 18. There's more than enough time for a bouncing mid-July first pass this...

Go to advanced search