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by Galen
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 434
Views: 36668

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I have permission to announce! wotf059 wotf059 I got third place. Joni called me Monday and I’m still glowing. It feels so darn good to finally get the win. This piece was an HM a year ago. I made a small but crucial change, lopped 10% out of the first couple pages, and now it hits all the right no...
by Galen
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 434
Views: 36668

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Wow, amazing histories there. With that kind of lens one could even argue if you're not getting the occasional R, it is possible you might not be taking enough risks to reach the summit. Sort of like what someone once told me once in the context of downhill skiing. When you reach the stage where you...
by Galen
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 434
Views: 36668

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Congrats all! This forum is where the messy blood sweat and tears that goes into your efforts is truly understood. I too am out, but will be buoyed in spirit by a semi-finalist this time around. That's my best ever in a collection of many many R's so I will take it and run. But most importantly it m...
by Galen
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 93
Views: 11686

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Have fun guys! Travel safe!!
by Galen
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Why don't escaped convicts make good writers?

. . . Because they never finish their sentences.
by Galen
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Passing of Mike Resnick
Replies: 11
Views: 2478

Re: Passing of Mike Resnick

A legend and not just on this forum.

I suddenly feel the need to re-read some of his stuff. A special kind of immortality when you think of it.

Though if people remember me by what I wrote, I'm kinda in trouble...
by Galen
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

No, it's FIVE! From Wikipedia: Five is the third prime number. Because it can be written as 221 + 1, five is classified as a Fermat prime; therefore a regular polygon with 5 sides (a regular pentagon) is constructible with compass and unmarked straightedge. Five is the third Sophie Germain prime, th...
by Galen
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

"Lose not the faith," the old man said. "The yung'uns may not respect the traditions, but in time they will come to learn the importance of whence we came." "No," said the other. "You are alone now. The rest have passed. Shinier, brighter things. New traditions. Th...
by Galen
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 45495

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Wow! Super congrats to SwiftPotato and DisgruntledPeony. Just in awe guys, just in awe. Such an achievement. (Off to change my user name to a vegetable or a flower, clearly plant-names with a preceding descriptor (no space) is how it gets done around here. Wait! What if next quarter is for minerals....
by Galen
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 8
Views: 1993

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

Found this belatedly. This is a terrific list. I am proud to say I've only made errors on items 1-9. Er wait, also 10.

As they say, we're doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over until we finally learn them, so I really appreciate seeing this in a condensed format.
by Galen
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 45495

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Congrats Forumites!! This looks like an amazing showing this quarter. I love to see all the blood sweat and tears paying off like that.

It's an "R" for me this time around, but I'll gladly take the motivation.
by Galen
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 48816

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Congrats to all!

I am also out of the race as well, but very content to report a SIlver HM.

As usual, I am indebted to the forumites who provided me with feedback this quarter. There are none better.

Here's to our finalists! And to all who braved rejection and risked diving in.
by Galen
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tor.com opening for novella submissions
Replies: 4
Views: 2617

Re: Tor.com opening for novella submissions

Hi Beth,

If it helps, I submitted in August of 2018 and got a polite form rejection by email in March, 2019. Hopefully the delay is somehow good news for you?
by Galen
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

A truly noble endeavor.

All hail the Lazarus thread.
by Galen
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 40068

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

So last evening was a Thursday, was it? Congratulations to all ! ! ! Including those who are still going forward. (This does not include me. I'll take my HM and run.) To those who got an "R" this time around, rest assured everyone here knows something of the blood and sweat that went into ...
by Galen
Wed May 15, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 48299

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

5 times a finalist?! I can't even fathom that level of consistent awesome. The sheer difficulty of that has got to be on par with the Golden Pen. WoTF Legend.

Mass Congratulations.

(And congrats to all who gutted it out this quarter!)
by Galen
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Congrats Moon! That is really amazing and well deserved. I look forward to reading your story and watching the ceremony.

(That was a Q4, Volume 35 win for posterity's sake)

I wonder how many WoTF winners have posted in this thread of threads over the years?
by Galen
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

... So the past, present and future all walked into a bar at the same time.

It was tense.
by Galen
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 35980

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Congrats people! Looks like the forumites are having a great quarter!

(R for me... on to the next one.)
by Galen
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

And then... A hungry African lion came across two men. One was sitting under a tree reading a book. The other was typing away on his typewriter. The lion immediately pounced on the man reading the book and quickly devoured him. ...Even the king of the jungle knows that readers digest and writers cra...
by Galen
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 37248

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I am also out of the running, with a Silver HM.

This broke a really, really, really long strong of R's for me, so I am very grateful.

Congrats to all and especially to YM Pang on pro-ing out!!
by Galen
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 3249

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Very awesome that Kary English took the time to leave some tips and general thoughts here. (...with Brownies no less) Hopefully we can encourage her to consider doing so again from time-to-time in the future. Guthington is right: entirely separate and apart from her new position, which is decidedly ...
by Galen
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

So...

Times New Roman and Courier New walk into a bar...

The Barkeep says:

"I'm sorry, we don't serve your type."
by Galen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Good question!

Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it's called cargo?
by Galen
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Why do people drive in parkways but park in driveways?
by Galen
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Hooked on the Dragon
Replies: 12
Views: 3943

Re: Hooked on the Dragon

I can't imagine why it would matter how the words got on the page in its original manuscript. I would have guessed the reader would never know in the end and so it wouldn't matter. As long as you have given the text its hard core edit the result should be the same. Is there something about the act o...
by Galen
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 25224

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I'm hit!! Need to eject, got to... BZZZZZZZZZZT (<---- insert sound of radio static)

"R" for me. Commiserations for those of you in the same boat, er plane! And congrats to those who get to keep on twitching.
by Galen
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 37248

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Some advice a friend of mine once told me:

Trying to write with small kids is extremely difficult. You should almost always try a pen instead.
by Galen
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Engages in thread necromancy:

gower21 in 2012 wrote:... And congrats on getting us to page 70 on the longest thread on the board ever.


Somebody should have said: "You ain't seen nothing yet."
by Galen
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1145070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

This might be jumping the gun a bit, but seeing how a lot of forum members have already turned in their Q4 stories and are working on Q1, I thought I'd start this thread. For Q1 I'm writing a Fantasy. My last three entries have been more science fiction. I love science fiction, love to read it, but...

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