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by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Limited markets to sub to!
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Re: Limited markets to sub to!

Just popping in to let you guys know that Lightspeed Magazine is open to fantasy submissions from the 8th to the 15th. You can sub via Moksha here. (They have their guidelines available at the above link, as well.)
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 116
Views: 20635

Re: Contest Questions

Hello! I couldn't find this question on here. I was wondering if a story could be disqualified for using the names of popular 'influencers' or icons. Is it okay in moderation? Or simply don't do it? If you make up your own 'influencers' and icons, you'll have more control with the story, even if yo...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 38
Replies: 11
Views: 163

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 38

I had an email about my Q4 Silver and then I saw the receipt of Q2. Both made think Q1 results. And now Q3 postings! I guess I'm not used to having submitted this early or planning for the next quarter so soon. Time is indeed passing strangely as of late! You get used to it after awhile. Odds are g...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 38
Replies: 11
Views: 163

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 38

Oh wow, it is about that time, isn't it? wotf015 Time has passed so strangely, lately...

I've theoretically got options for Q3, but most of those options are presently at other markets, so I'm gonna give it a couple months before I make any serious decisions.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 38
Replies: 11
Views: 163

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 38

Whoops. Didn't mean to double-post.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 16
Views: 3766

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

Dustin Adams wrote:One other thing is that I use the same file for all new stories. I've got the formatting, so I open it, file-save as, new name, delete words. This way I don't miss anything.

I do this now, too! Finally started a year or so ago. Having a base template is very helpful.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38
Replies: 76
Views: 5203

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

vjalrik wrote:I'm in. wotf040

wotf047 Awesome! wotf047 In my experience, it always feels good to get in with a month or more to spare.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 16
Views: 3766

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

I 2. Formatting Errors: Shunn Standard Manuscript Format is the template all our stories should work from. Read it, learn it until anything else looks wrong to you. The biggest errors I see here are not using the formatted indents for paragraphs, incorrect spacing or font sizing, forgetting page nu...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Publishing Hesitation/Fear?
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: Publishing Hesitation/Fear?

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by disgruntledpeony
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Limited markets to sub to!
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Limited markets to sub to!

There are a handful of pro-paying fantasy and science fiction magazines that are open most of the time (for example, magazines like Fantasy & Science Fiction or Beneath Ceaseless Skies are usually only closed once or twice a year, and magazines like Strange Horizons open up from Monday to Tuesda...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Publishing Hesitation/Fear?
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: Publishing Hesitation/Fear?

I can't speak for everyone, but picking faults would make me very uncomfortable. I don't want to feel "better than," I want to feel like a peer. That involves helping people be the best they can, and they might be willing to help me in turn. (Not saying we should put people on a pedestal e...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: 7 point help needed
Replies: 19
Views: 222

Re: 7 point help needed

Mr H wrote:So the problem isn't revealed until mid point. Common?

Not in shorts--there's just not enough space. In longer works, there's more time for setup.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:36 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Music to write by
Replies: 13
Views: 143

Re: Music to write by

Skald when I get a chance to write and the twins are napping, because they insist on napping to Skald. My alternate choice of late is to put a playlist full of Murder By Death and The Lonely Wild on shuffle. (Really, anything I know well enough that I can zone out to it is good.) I used to be fond o...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: 7 point help needed
Replies: 19
Views: 222

Re: 7 point help needed

My sister loved the Truman Show when it first came out, so I've seen it several times. The thing about that ending is, while the final action of walking through the door happens very swiftly, the whole scene is set up so that act is emotionally satisfying. There's several minutes of build-up to that...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: 7 point help needed
Replies: 19
Views: 222

Re: 7 point help needed

I'd argue that a proper denouement is often more than a few sentences--the goal is to emotionally ground the reader and give them a feeling of satisfaction. That often takes more like a page or two, unless you've baked the seeds of resolution into the climax scene (which does sometimes work, but not...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: 7 point help needed
Replies: 19
Views: 222

Re: 7 point help needed

Try/fail, try/fail, try/resolution. ^^^ This is what you're looking for at minimum. It's basically a setup, setup, payoff type of situation. However, adding in more try/fail cycles isn't wrong--it just expands the length of your story. (Some novels have at least three try/fail cycles per chapter , ...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38
Replies: 76
Views: 5203

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

I actually have something similar, a mini webpage that I wrote and that tracks everything--so if I don't know, I can check and see what I have out (currently, I show 2 WotF entries, plus seven other stories out at eight other markets, as one market is a probable dead-letter that I'll scratch off fo...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: 7 point help needed
Replies: 19
Views: 222

Re: 7 point help needed

My best offering is the essay version of the notes I took during a class last year with our coordinating judge, David Farland. (Reposting for ease!) # When I was at Superstars, I attended David Farland’s Craft Day class, “How to Write the Perfect Short Story”. Dave announced, right out of the gate, ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38
Replies: 76
Views: 5203

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

I have a spreadsheet to track everywhere my stories are/have been (including what WotF quarters I've entered), so I'm usually pretty good on that score.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Publishing Hesitation/Fear?
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: Publishing Hesitation/Fear?

Thank you for calming me down everyone. I get worked up too easily about things I can't control (something I'm still working on). I do want to be a better writer and I like it when people read my stories, but reading these posts reminds me of one of the podcasts where someone said something like &q...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38
Replies: 76
Views: 5203

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

babooher wrote:Good luck, Disgruntledpeony.

For some reason, after reading your post and then RSchibler's, I panicked and thought the quarter ended this month.

Sorry to panic you! The quarter ends on March 31st. I just like to get in early when I can. (I was in during the first week or two of Q1.)
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Publishing Hesitation/Fear?
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: Publishing Hesitation/Fear?

I think, with concerns like this, the important thing is to ask yourself: "What will make me happy?" If writing simply for the sake of writing makes you happy, then you win regardless of whether you get published or not. I can't specifically speak to the fears you're experiencing, as my ow...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 181
Views: 21330

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Ok. Try again. Anyone know when results should be in. I have some crying to do (more now I posted this under the wrong quarter) and I thought I'd save up for one big wail. Usually, this is the long quarter to wait for results from, because of the anthology and the gala getting set up and arranged. ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1201009

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Andy and nreavis! wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 344
Views: 49870

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Received my SF crit today. The story is a memory transfer story - known as a frequent story type submission. Dave suggested I up the game in that genre to say something new. This goes to the fantasy discussion in the V.38 Q2 thread. Imagine how many fantasy stories Dave has seen. Bring something ne...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: What genre is this?
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: What genre is this?

Space-faring sci-fi that's light on the science generally strikes me as space opera. (Star Wars is basically the quintessential example of space opera at this point.) I tend to think of planet-bound fantasy style stories that have hints of scientific elements (especially long lost technology that's ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 2021 Gala and V.37 release delay
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: 2021 Gala and V.37 release delay

It's hard for everyone, but I think it's for the best...

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