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by kentagions
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 34
Views: 918

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

You can do it Morgan. Sixty words per minute. Got a spare hour in the next month and a half?

OR

Fold space, tear along the crease. Then you'll have twice the time. Just remember which universe contains the paymaster.
by kentagions
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7520

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

amoskalik wrote: I seem to have a negative correlation between expectations and results with this contest. Me too. R's for every story I've thought was exceptional. Makes the R feel that much worse. wotf005 On the other hand, HM for all six stories that I rushed and got no critiques for. One HM took...
by kentagions
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7520

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

R is for rats.

Congratulations to those who've placed and good luck to everyone still in!
by kentagions
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 412527

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Blake, Yes, an R is a rejection. Most rejections come in the first wave of results, which is why we all hope to hear results later. It comes in the form of an email from Joni informing one that: "Your story has been judged and did not place..." It is kind and offers the author a ch...
by kentagions
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where do you get your inspiration?
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Where do you get your inspiration?

What is the most logical conclusion to a current trend? = Setting/milieu What are the two most incongruous ideas (one SF and one character oriented) I can smash together to create the core problem of a story? How will a character with certain traits react if she/he is forced into a situation where n...
by kentagions
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2366
Views: 412527

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Phillip and other newcomers, posted or not, Post. Post now! Don't just mine old threads for tidbits (though there are lots of healthy tidbits), but ask your own gripping questions. Maybe there's someone on the Forum who wasn't here for the last thread that dealt with your quandary. Maybe you...
by kentagions
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: WilliamHawk
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: WilliamHawk

If there's a vote, I second.
by kentagions
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A plot B plot with different conflicts. and opposing forces for internal conflict (man against self)
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: A plot B plot with different conflicts. and opposing forces for internal conflict (man against self)

Hi Henckel, I feel that two different types of conflict would lend themselves well to a two plot structure. Since the two protags meet at the end, I might have suggested it if you had not. Man vs. self (Missing WV, are we?), while relegated to sub-plot status in most genre fiction, is virtually alwa...
by kentagions
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What to do when the good guys just can’t win?
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: What to do when the good guys just can’t win?

One late occurring minor character might be referred to as a Tangential Character. Tangential Characters often occur in Dickens, but are little used elsewhere. They impart essential information, but are interested in their own goals, usually unrelated to MC goals. They can be information brokers, ch...
by kentagions
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 7
Views: 339

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: 22974

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: 391

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: 554

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: 22974

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: 22974

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: 2366
Views: 412527

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: 815

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: 29
Views: 2453

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: 5
Views: 1211

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: 22974

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: 22150

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: 2366
Views: 412527

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: 849

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: 1116

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: 849

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: 22150

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: 22974

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.

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