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by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Covers
Replies: 9
Views: 112

Re: Covers

There's also the idea of using contrasting colors on the color wheel to catch the eye. When I worked at Hollywood Video, it was pretty easy to notice that at least half the DVD covers were basically some variation of blue and orange.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 81
Views: 2015

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Randomly did the 16 personalities quiz. I'm here to join the ranks of the INFPs (and also the filking, because that sounds like fun). wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 922450

Re: Success!

Have you tried Escape Artists? It seems like something that might work in a podcast. And they say (paraphrasing) they want more women authors to submit. It's been to Podcastle and Cast of Wonders, both. Honestly, I've sent it to every pro-paying magazine I could find that it qualified for over the ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 28
Views: 614

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

My current plan is to finish up the story I started in Q1 and had to shelve because Reasons. (Mostly, figuring it out was just slower going and I knew I couldn't do it while balancing Superstars prep and all of the other things on my plate.)
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 922450

Re: Success!

Yay! Glad you hit your minimum. Warspawn was a great story! I love it. It hasn't sold somewhere? I don't get this business sometimes. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. wotf007 I got a lot of personals on it, but no acceptances. (It's also the story where one market said I hadn't put in enough interna...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4994
Views: 1083445

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

storysinger wrote:wotf015 , I just noticed this thread has surpassed the one million views threshold.

And we're 6 posts away from 5k!
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous Submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 1219

Re: Simultaneous Submissions another question

I would like clarification on simultaneous submissions: 1. For example, if I submit a short story to WoTF, do I wait for the judging to be over for that quarter before submitting it somewhere else? 2. If I submit a story to another contest which allows me to keep all rights, do I wait for the judgi...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 922450

Re: Success!

This isn't quite the standard type of success, but I'm posting it here regardless. I've been running a fund-raising campaign of sorts to fund my trip to SSWS, and I hit my minimum target goal of $1000 this week! I've posted 'Warspawn,' my first WotF finalist, on my website as a combination celebrati...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Passing of Mike Resnick
Replies: 11
Views: 191

Re: Passing of Mike Resnick

I'm sad to hear this. Words often fail me when it comes to someone's passing, and this is no exception. Mike will definitely be missed.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Chezecaek, I offer only a guess. I think the SPECULATIVE ELEMENT must appear within your first two pages so it passes muster and your token doesn't land on DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT PROCEED TO DAVE FARLAND'S SQUARE on the Writers Of The Future Author's Lottery Board. Best, Retro Would definitely secon...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4184

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

iota2000 wrote:Who's judging this quarter?

They keep it secret quarter to quarter.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4184

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I too recieved an automated reply from Joni Labaqui. I submitted a historical fiction piece with magical realism. It's the first of three historical fiction stories that I have written, with 3-4 more in the hopper. I would love to place in this contest, like everyone else, but I have a question. Ha...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4184

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Dragonchef wrote:Did anyone else NOT get a confirmation from Galaxy Press for their Q1v37 entry?
The only confirmation I got was the automated one right when I submitted.

All I've gotten so far is the automated one, but that makes sense. They're prepping for the awards ceremony.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Last-Minute Swaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: Last-Minute Swaps?

If anyone who hasn't read my story would like to swap, that'd be a great help. I had two contrasting opinions on a rather important aspect. Failing that, I'll be pretty happy with what I submit anyway. :) I plan to submit in around 12 hours at the latest (midnight UK time - I'm 8 hours ahead of PST...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 922450

Re: Success!

LoyalRam, best not to post details about your story--judging is anonymous.

That said, I firmly believe it's better to submit than it is to self-reject.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 11
Views: 288

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

Many bilingual authors are actually pushing back against the italicizing of foreign words such as Daniel Jose Older . Their reasoning is they don't want the foreign languages to be othered. They want it to feel natural, like it would to the speaker. Others disagree , believing that the italics help...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 11
Views: 288

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

I've seen stories that italicize and stories that don't. There are probably a number of factors in play, at least one being editorial preference.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Neil Gaiman on short stories
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Neil Gaiman on short stories

My stories have, at least for the most part, gotten shorter as I practice, but I think that comes down to learning my own personal economy of words. I've gotten better at figuring out what to cut and from where as time goes on, and I've made the effort to write shorter in hopes of selling stories to...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Neil Gaiman on short stories
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Neil Gaiman on short stories

Thanks for posting this. I like Gaiman's writing and I enjoy hearing him speak. Most of these seem sound points to me - and I do like the 2nd draft being about making everything look intentional. I'm not so sure on how on writing a short being perfect practice for a novel but having said that - my ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Neil Gaiman on short stories
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Neil Gaiman on short stories

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2xRBPL1VlMZVLZbJ1R3mkTK/neil-gaimans-eight-tips-on-how-to-write-a-short-story?ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_radio_4&ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=radio_and_music This is worth a read, y'all. Eight tips on writing short stories from Neil Gaim...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4994
Views: 1083445

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Merry Christmas, all!
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 81
Views: 2015

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

For the record, I was looking into business cards this evening and it looks like Staples has a better starting rate than Vistaprint (250 starting at $9.99 as opposed to 100 starting at $14.99).
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Scene Changes
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Scene Changes

Hello forumites, Currently in my short story for Q2, vol. 37, I have named my scene changes as book chapters. What is the proper format for the contest entries? Do I take out the chapter names or leave them in? Do I separate the scene changes with a pound sign? There is no standard format in this r...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks for the reply. Pretty interesting how that goes with an R finding a home, while the HMs, SHMs, and F have not had any luck. I hope some of those stories make it out into the public in some form eventually. That your R and not-for-WotF story found homes is actually encouraging for me, not dis...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I am planning to submit regularly after this little flash step and the Q1 submission for WotF (sending out previous HMs and the newer short stories and flash). In light of the recent assignment (don’t only dream and get excited, actually do it), I will actually do it. This is great to hear, but I w...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 28
Views: 614

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

That's just how we roll. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4994
Views: 1083445

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Happy Holidays!
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Guys, I've had some unforeseen health issues crop up. I'm going to have to pull myself from the challenge. I'll still be around. I'll be cheering. But I have to focus on my health for a bit. Wish you all the best, and I'll try to keep up...but at this point, I'm admitting to myself it probably won'...

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