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by disgruntledpeony
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Win this thing! By writing FRESH stories! All the beast, ~Moon~ I didn't even notice the present tense when I read it. Well done. Speaking of fresh stories, what's the scuttlebutt on HRs and SHRs revising their stories and achieving a win or higher placement? They don't get feedback so maybe they w...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Speaking of fresh stories, what's the scuttlebutt on HRs and SHRs revising their stories and achieving a win or higher placement? They don't get feedback so maybe they would not realize what needed to be changed. Seems to me, you would strongly consider revising and resubmitting if you could discer...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

RSchibler wrote:Finished a first draft today. Let the editing commence.

I haven't even started mine, although I've finally decided what I'll be writing. That, at least, is a good thing.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

It's gotta happen soon! Has anyone been a finalist more than you? Seriously!!!! I salute you wotf009 And I love that she calls instead of emails. She's personable, really encouraging, and it's just a nice touch from this contest. I mean, who else calls you with an 'almost' acceptance. NO ONE lol. H...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

Simple is best unless a market asks for more (if they want more detail, they'll say so in their submission guidelines). My default cover letter reads like this: Dear Editor, I would like to submit "[story name]," a short story of XXXX words, for your consideration. I have been previously p...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

It's been anything from two weeks to over a month for me. But I agree with ChuckT that the final judging might be taking place right now - we could wake up to a total apocalypse at any time. wotf018 Wow! That did nothing to help the Twitching. I keep thinking I'm over the twitching. Then I get anot...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

It occurred to me last night that, if Dave finished his job last week as he said, they would not wait on Joni to do her thing. They would go ahead with final judging. So we may get the whole kit and caboodle this week, winners and all. I think final judging takes awhile. It was about a month betwee...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

So! Monday is one of the more likely Thursdays. Maybe? Every weekday is Thursday, by those metrics. wotf019 I think I'm done stressing over it for the moment, myself. I can only twitch for so long before my mental muscles get tired. That's just me, though. It's certainly a possibility, so feel free...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

R.W.Ware wrote:Jury duty could take a lot longer than a week.

If it does, it does. We'll muddle through. We're writers, we can handle suspense, right? wotf011
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I asked Joni if she had any tidbits or bones to toss to us for the Q1 results. Here is her reply: "Well I got slapped with jury duty right after the event! Ahhh! So next week for sure!" Arghhh! Eh, that means I get to relax for a week, I'm good with it. wotf019 (Joni often overestimates h...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 21
Views: 197

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Well, a person can post old stuff or just write something new. It's supposed to be for practice. So give it a shot. That's fair. I just didn't want a newbie making a mistake or something. Things like that have happened before. I'll take a crack at something later, maybe. (Babies make finding time t...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 21
Views: 197

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Corbin Maxwell wrote:Anybody want to post writing snippets as practice towards eloquence, or whatever you're going for.

Keep in mind, anything posted here can't be used in WotF stories without potentially disqualifying you.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Back to legality, I wonder if using the same characters in different stories for two quarter entries is okay. Can anyone field this question? There's nothing at all in the rules about it. So you're clear there. If the story doesn't do better than an HM then I see absolutely no issue with using the ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Sounds like you might be writing a novel to me. wotf019 Yeah, I thought about that. Add that to all the other novels going on i my head. Back to legality, I wonder if using the same characters in different stories for two quarter entries is okay. Can anyone field this question? I mean, I've done it...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Not quite there yet with my own Q3, Dustin. In fact, I started a whole new beginning on it and its turning out to be two entirely different stories with the same characters. Pt.1 and Pt.2? My story the sequel? Q3 and Q4? Is that legal, or would I get disqualified for doing that? Going a bit crazy h...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Sheesh! For a Thursday there don't seem to be many posts going up here. I thought I would at least hear of some other forumites going nuts waiting from their report on the Q1 subs. Dead quiet. So, I must be the only one of us that didn't get a phone call with a gag order. I need a hug. wotf014 Oh, ...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?
Replies: 4
Views: 35

Re: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?

That sort of thing should be fine, so long as you don't go overboard.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Dave Farland: Just finished my part in judging the first quarter of Writers of the Future. Wow, we got some great stories! A bit of advice for entrants: very few of the entrants send in paper copies nowadays, and as a judge I prefer to see electronic copies. A couple of our judges have eye problems...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 117
Views: 2993

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Got my second submissions confirmation direct from Joni, today. wotf013 At least I know this story's been received. Did you get it only today? Yeah. I submitted the day before the deadline, though, when they were prepping for the workshop and gala. I got the default confirmation, but I knew there w...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 117
Views: 2993

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Got my second submissions confirmation direct from Joni, today. wotf013 At least I know this story's been received.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

TimE wrote:My expectations must be lower than everyone else's. If I was a finalist I'd be twitching for the final result. At this stage... nah!

Oh, trust me, finalist twitching is insane. I am twitching mildly about this story, mostly because I'm curious how it will be received.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

wotf004 First R in Q1 2016 was March 9. Twithcy-twithcy! Yes, but Dave wasn't ill that year. (Either way, twitching is appropriate.) I'm starting to get antsy. If I wasn't preoccupied with babies and beta reading my mum's novel, I'd be trying to write something new out of sheer stircrazy. (I don't ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

Generally, I don't think I have anyone talking that long that I need this - and when I have used it, it's thrown some of my critiquers! On the one hand, not all readers are used to it. On the other hand, I've seen it in fiction before, and Benjamin Dreyer (copy chief of Random House) specifically d...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

One critiquer comments are more about the lack of white space for a reader. In that case, don't forget you can use multiple paragraphs for dialogue, like so: "The first step is to keep individual thought patterns in their own paragraphs. Much like you'd have a new paragraph whenever you shift ...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11021

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

KD Julicher wrote:So... NOW it's time to start twitching.

(Disclaimer: I have no insider info that makes me think emails and calls are coming any particular day)

Yep, sounds about right. *sets up pillow fort, hands out blankets and hot cocoa*
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

*cracks knuckles* Okay, let's see: Watch out for excessive dialogue tags (he said, she said, he chirped, she growled, etcetera). You can frame speakers through actions and then just let them go at it, like so: Bob crossed his arms and scowled. "What makes you think this isn't going to work, exa...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Sex and Cursing in your Story
Replies: 28
Views: 336

Re: Sex and Cursing in your Story

I guess the tastes have changed over the years. I'm currently reading volume XVI, and the word "fuck" appears like six different times in Atlantis, Ohio , along with a few other words like "shit." Of course, this one was edited by Algis Budrys. I think a few other stories in the...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Some ideas are slowly starting to form, although I still have a ways to go before I'm ready to put fingers to keyboard.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 80
Views: 1753

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

I just read the interview that Preston did with May S. Ruiz. Ruiz says Preston is vying for the Golden Pen Award with his story. Are all winning writers eligible for the Golden Pen? I thought it was always some of them. ~Morgan If I'm remembering correctly, the four 1st Place winners vie for the Go...

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