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by disgruntledpeony
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 239
Views: 6680

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I know, objectively, that it's not time to twitch because the Q3 winners haven't even been announced.

I know this.

I'm still twitchy tonight.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland's Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Re: Dave Farland's Workshop

Definitely useful stuff. Wish I'd known about #3 ages ago. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I am debating how and where to send my HM stories. They tend to run 7-8K except for one flash-is piece which might be too odd to find a home. And the professional markets tend to want new authors to stay in the 5K range. Do any of you know of professional markets that are more likely to look at a l...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Getting back reader's responses for my Q3 entry. Nice to see such a clear reason for the R - the beginning was too confusing. I can fix that. Woot! Feedback is good. I've just been sending mine out elsewhere, R or no. Probably should take time to look it over at some point, but it's possible it's j...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40918

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

how do you handle the many many editor's submission guidelines??? I mean, one editor wants it one way, another editor wants it a different way. I think I spend more time researching on the correct submission guidelines just so I won't get an automatic rejection from them due to not submitted their ...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Revision Tips and Tricks
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Revision Tips and Tricks

I have a few different approaches, depending on how far I am into the process. My rough draft (which I used to call my first draft, back in the day) is sometimes written in prose, but sometimes written in screenplay format and then shifted to prose afterward. (It's more like writing a really detaile...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Testing
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Testing

Testing whether or not posts can come through because a friend is having trouble.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 979

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

(I know I'm not at a writing calibre that makes it possible for me to write first drafts that don't need work and I really want to get more pieces finished) You sure about that, czing? Writers are notoriously bad at evaluating their own work. I would suggest you stop talking yourself down. Self-ful...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40918

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

StarReacher wrote:Gotcha!! Many many thanks!!

By the way, those cuties in your picture always make me smile!

Me too. I love my little dragons. wotf007 (They're getting so big now! Both over 20lbs. It's a bit of a workout.)
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40918

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

As to the challenge, I will definitely be entering. But I do have a question about where to find the "Kill your darlings" exercise. I did a search through here and found lots of references, but I didn't see the exact thing (plus you said that there was at least one example.) Perhaps I am ...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 18
Views: 564

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

Thank you, disgruntledpeony. Do they rank all stories, or only the top 3? They tell you if you didn't place (which is referred to on the forum as an R, because it's basically just your standard rejection letter), or if you got one of the following: an honorable mention (HM); a silver honorable ment...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 18
Views: 564

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

LoyalRam wrote:How long does it take to know?

On average, about three months.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

LoyalRam wrote:My first post ever. I submitted a story a month or so ago. Have they already decided the winners? If so, is there a place to go to see a ranking of some sort?

If you submitted a month ago, you're in for the 4th quarter. We'll probably get results from that quarter back closer to December.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40918

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

The most important thing I learned is that, twins or no, chronic sleep deprivation or no, I can still write. That was the reason I accepted the challenge. Regardless of how my stories written this last year have placed/will place, I'm definitely proud I was able to write four fresh stories, and I do...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Wulf Moon wrote: There's a third Forumite with a Silver as well, but that person doesn't comment here much these days. Hi Moon, I've never commented much on the quarterly discussion threads - just a twitch or two on relevant Thursdays. The result for my Q3, V36 entry is my first SHM and eleventh pl...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

It occurred to me that now that the rules for pro-ing out are eight cents per word... perhaps some people who would have previously been disqualified entered this quarter. Not Sure how I feel about that, except that I hope they pro-out again soon, lol. I could be wrong, but I would personally assum...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

It occurred to me that now that the rules for pro-ing out are eight cents per word... perhaps some people who would have previously been disqualified entered this quarter. Not Sure how I feel about that, except that I hope they pro-out again soon, lol. I could be wrong, but I would personally assum...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

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. Congratulations, Gal...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 239
Views: 6680

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

chuckt wrote:Results were mid-November last year. wotf007 I don't guess we will get that this year.

I wonder if Q4 has the highest number of submissions? Everyone trying to get one in the current year? Pretty sure I read there is a drop-off in Q1.

From what I understand, Q4 tends to be the busiest.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 979

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Why not submit these stories to other markets? You might be pleasantly surprised with an acceptance or invaluable feedback. So much of publishing is subjective. I'm new to the contest and this forum, so take my words with a grain of salt! Leveraging WotF for motivation to write might be the best th...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 979

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I've submitted every quarter for three years, but the last two rejections hit my mental health hard. I think its time to reconsider my submission process. I need to focus on quality over quantity, which means I'll submit my next story when I have done everything to make it absolutely ready, not bec...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I woke to an R I'm going back to bed. I'll try the morning again later. *big hugs* I feel you, hon. Shall we share one more cup of coco and a brownie before digging out way out of the pillow fort for another quarter? wotf035 Sounds like a plan. wotf007 *mixes cocoa, cuts brownies, sets everything o...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

"Did not place." Must mean Rejected? Very frustrating result for me, if so, as this story has received 3 editor's responses from major pro markets and the consensus was that it was pro quality, but not fitting for other reasons. I thought for sure that would indicate an HM or above. I do ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

JVAshley wrote:I woke to an R
I'm going back to bed. I'll try the morning again later.

*big hugs* I feel you, hon.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 100
Views: 6136

Re: 4 in 36

RSchibler wrote:4/4 for the second year in a row.

You go, girl! wotf024 wotf009
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

DaneCurley wrote:All speculation that predicted Thursday results: DISPROVED. :)

But every day is Thursday. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19135

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

You know what I hate about this time in the contest cycle? "No Caller ID" calls that get my pulse racing. In the last few years all my spam calls have been faked numbers, and the "No Caller ID" is Joni, so I got really really excited when the Publishers' Clearinghouse guy called...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 239
Views: 6680

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Hi everyone, I'm brand-new to this contest, and just entered for the first time in Q3. But I then entered the same story, unedited, in Q4. For some reason I thought the judges were different from quarter to quarter, but I read here on the forum that that's not the case. My question is, is there som...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4065
Views: 890677

Re: Success!

Awesome news, amoskalik and jficke! Congrats to both of you. wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010

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