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by kentagions
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Drafting

The longest story I've submitted is 100kb, 14,000 words and 64 double spaced, Courier New pages on Word (Got an HM). Ten similar stories equal a megabyte or ten thousand per gig. Storage aint a problem. My reasons for saving a draft: 1. Editing after critique. I want an unadulterated version as a si...
by kentagions
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congratulations Amy!

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Onward and upward. I wish you all the best.
by kentagions
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Surprise Endings
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Surprise Endings

Tough nut to crack in speculative fiction IMHO. For a surprise ending to work, much of the surprise relies on implied, shared meaning (Stuff we all know, but isn't necessarily in the manuscript). The problems to solve start with milieu that is full of shared meaning with readers, yet includes an int...
by kentagions
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 273

Re: Finishing Stories

The success you've just had proves that stories receiving your full attention finish well. Your work shows a mature style, superb imagery and economy, a joy to read as I've mentioned. These are successes. One thing more to understand in our fast-paced society is that every story has its own timing. ...
by kentagions
Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

HM
Congratulations to everyone. Onward!
by kentagions
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I think you're right, Brittany. Email submissions are, sadly, paper (That leafy stuff that comes in the mailbox). Joni has to physically receive and match them with their author info sheets (Which she generated herself in her infinite kindness) in order to act upon them. At least, that is my underst...
by kentagions
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2330
Views: 386526

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hail to the newest forumites! Best of luck.
wotf013
by kentagions
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 13
Views: 445

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

I know what you're saying. Name recognition is a big part of marketing. Becoming known through WotF for YA Fantasy might appear to shut the door on that amyhg High Fantasy writer clambering to get out. However, once he'd become known for horror, do you suppose Stephen King used his real name or Rich...
by kentagions
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Re: Poems for Pleasure

To the sales bots that keep sneaking onto the forum.
Arise Pitchfork Nation! Go forth and slay bots. wotf024

Ode to the Effable

O’ charlatan dude I can’t eff
Too bad that you’re name isn’t Jeff
Stop using this berth
To increase your net worth
And learn English, you dumb effing eff
by kentagions
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Frozen
Replies: 6
Views: 1025

Re: Frozen

Elsa is every girl who has ever been told to stop being herself. She is every woman who has been advised to fit in for everyone's good. She is every female who has bought into the idea that individuality equals isolation in our society. And then her self-denial is exploited by evil men who will stop...
by kentagions
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Incoming. The Grinder is showing one rejection. Long live Thursday! Seems odd that it's just one rejection, and nobody on here has mentioned one either (maybe we're all that good). Anyone else thinking there's a chance it's an error? The Grinder reports user input. GIGO as old programmers say. Or a...
by kentagions
Thu May 25, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 15955

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Congratulations Jeremy!
Hope you get in, Inky.
by kentagions
Thu May 25, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2330
Views: 386526

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Helloooo spirouack!
by kentagions
Mon May 22, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Progressive Chunk Exchange
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Progressive Chunk Exchange

So I'm late to the party but I'd be happy to exchange with one or two people. I prefer doing a small chunk first to see if we're a fit (1k or so) but after that I like looking over a whole story to see what worked and what didn't. My first time submitting was last quarter, so I have no stats yet. w...
by kentagions
Sat May 20, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 710

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

Thought I'd point this out. To quote the contest rules: 5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cen...
by kentagions
Wed May 03, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Progressive Chunk Exchange
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Progressive Chunk Exchange

I'd be willing to exchange with up to three other people. 1st exchange: First 450 2nd exchange: Next 1,000 and any changes in the first 450 3rd exchange: Entire story plus changes in first 1,450 4th exchange: Full edited story. Chunks due to participants on successive Fridays. Crits due back by Sund...
by kentagions
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 15955

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Forumites rule! HM for me.
Congratulations to everyone. wotf007
by kentagions
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

wotf028 TIDBIT wotf044

Where's my refrigerator box and finger paint? Ima make me a tank and blow up that pesky tidbit.
Makin' me twitch before twitching time. Itchy twitchy tidbit.


BTW, thanks for capitalizing kentagions. Makes me feel important.
by kentagions
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Writing help
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Writing help

Oh man! I was really trying to help.
wotf019
by kentagions
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Writing help
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Writing help

What do you mean by "help"? Your link goes to a professional essay writing service. What kind of essay? An informative essay like an extended news article, a persuasive essay written to sway the reader to a certain point of view or a personal essay which is more of a creative nonfiction pi...
by kentagions
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Revised Honorable Mentions
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: Revised Honorable Mentions

Peony is right. When you hit Submit on a quarterly entry, it can't be revised and resubmitted that quarter. There is no restriction on resubmitting the same story the following or subsequent quarters. The general consensus on the Forum advises against submitting the same story again. I'm included in...
by kentagions
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 15955

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

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Tremulo ego cogito ergo sum! wotf024
by kentagions
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Key learnings that make a difference!
Replies: 5
Views: 486

Re: Key learnings that make a difference!

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5 Writer's Guide to Character Traits, Linda N. Edelstein, PhD I was compiling list after list of character traits because it's essential to maintain character integrity when the character remains static throughout a story. It's ...
by kentagions
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 589

Re: Dialogue

Kind of along amoskalik's line of thought, I also have a dialog question for the thread. Are verbally expressed, non-words acceptable? Let's say I show someone a great new way to make a sandwich. They say, "Huh," meaning: I had never thought to do it that way. Your father isn't paying atte...
by kentagions
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 589

Re: Dialogue

Implied: Suggested but not directly expressed. When one sits down to a normal family dinner, one expects dialog about work, school, weather, sports, family, gossip, etc. Imagine writing a story about a juicy piece of family gossip. Do you include the work talk that took place, the school talk, weath...
by kentagions
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2330
Views: 386526

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I agree with Peony.
by kentagions
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Confirmed for re-entry. Thank you Houston (Joni).

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