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by disgruntledpeony
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2797
Views: 554607

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hey, everyone, I'm J.C. Some of you I met at Superstars this past February, I know some of you from the Utah fantasy writing community, and the rest of you I'm super excited to get to know! I've submitted to the contest five times with three honorable mentions (and last quarter still unknown of cou...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 29
Views: 795

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Ayman wrote:I have yet to read Vol 36. This quarter will be my second entry to WTF. I submitted the previous entry on the very last day and it still felt like an accomplishment to just send a finished manuscript.

Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your first submission! wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 29
Views: 795

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

wotf015 You, my dear, are the epitome of an overachiever. Believe me, this is not business as usual. wotf001 Dang, you're really making it happen! Honestly? I'll be shocked if this ever happens again. wotf019 Ha! Y'all mark my words - if peony doesn't pro out first, she's going to win someday. Eith...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 29
Views: 795

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

So... I can't believe I'm typing this, but I'm in for Q3. Yes, already. I finished TWO short stories toward the end of Q2 (one of them being a story I'd been trying to figure out how to write for years, which meant that it went together really fast when I finally figured things out), so I figured wh...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Get Your Facts Right!
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Get Your Facts Right!

HermioneLee wrote:So you submit for very quarter? Same here :)

He did until he won, yeah. wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: Manuscript format question

I'd definitely recommend fixing the formatting, but it might be good to wait and see what happens before resubmitting the same story to a new quarter. While I always advocate for proper manuscript format, I'd expect Dave to be a bit more lenient on that than most places (this is a contest for beginn...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6311

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

chuckt wrote:I'm in!

Had to sign up anew. Sometimes it has made me do this and sometimes not. Is there a rhyme or reason to this?

I've had to sign up fresh every quarter for the last year or so. I think it's supposed to work that way (they say you'll need to on the site).
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4175
Views: 951876

Re: Success!

WillShadbolt wrote:Daily Science Fiction just accepted one of my stories!

I first got the idea almost two years ago and wrote a total of five different versions, trying to get it right, so I’m extra ecstatic to see it sell!

Congratulations! wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4175
Views: 951876

Re: Success!

Jasmine Arch wrote:So, my story, On the Nature and Origin of Dragons, which got an HM last year, just got accepted by an anthology. At pro rates. I've sold short stories before (2 shorts, 2 flash pieces) but never at pro rates before!

(I'm still reeling, tbh)

Congratulations! wotf007 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 29
Views: 795

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Nice. Martin subbed on the first day for many quarters. Although I think he did that so he would be in before pro-ing out. He won on his final allowable entry. wotf013 My Q3 is mostly written, but it's a mess. I desperately need eyes on it to say the WTF I've been hearing in my own mind for so long...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6311

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Wulf Moon wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm in!


Great news, Liz! I hear it's a good one!

Cheers!

It's also my longest submission yet (although well within the confines of the contest). I learned a lot writing it, in any case, so whatever happens I'll be happy.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 29
Views: 795

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I find myself suddenly *very* ready for Q3, because I recently finished a story I've been trying to write for years. Might do one final round of edits before sending it in, but it is, for the most part, already done. I'll probably send as soon as the portal opens for Q3 so I can think on other thing...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6311

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm in! First time in two years.
I feel like I should post in the Success! thread...


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by disgruntledpeony
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: Manuscript format question

Hello guys! I’m having a bit of problem figuring out when I should add an extra double space between paragraphs. From what I have read in the anthologies, (35&34) most authors add an extra double space when switching scenes, while others never do. I’m a bit confused about this... Also, should I...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Who puts out great fantasy novelettes and and novellas that sell well?
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: Who puts out great fantasy novelettes and and novellas that sell well?

That's a great list! Thanks. I was wondering if a double-whammy strategy of seeking publication in the mags and then self-publishing it afterward might be good. I just don't know if people really buy stories of those lengths from self-published authors. Honestly, I don't know either. A good strateg...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Who puts out great fantasy novelettes and and novellas that sell well?
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: Who puts out great fantasy novelettes and and novellas that sell well?

I don't know about independent publishing houses or self-published authors, but a few of the pro-paying magazines theoretically accept higher word counts. (I say theoretically because it is notoriously hard to break into those markets, but if you do, you're gold.) All of the following stats have bee...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6311

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Waiting on a bit more feedback and then it's on to final edits. This will be the longest original story I've finished, which means its markets will be severely limited, but that's okay. I learned a lot from writing it.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: Manuscript format question

You can use Times New Roman if you prefer, I believe Dave has said that he either prefers it or is fine with it. Use italics, not underlines. That's definitely preferred, regardless of what SMF may say. Italics instead of underlining for what type of text? The text you would usually italicize. (Man...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: Manuscript format question

You want both your title and page number in the right hand corner of the header. Otherwise, I think you've more or less got it? The only things you need to avoid including in your submission for WotF are your name in the header, your byline, and your address/e-mail. I usually write my prose in prop...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: Manuscript format question

You want both your title and page number in the right hand corner of the header. Otherwise, I think you've more or less got it? The only things you need to avoid including in your submission for WotF are your name in the header, your byline, and your address/e-mail. I usually write my prose in prope...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary

It sounds like you've got the basic concept of try/fail cycles down, but ideally the inner and outer journeys are related and your try/fail cycles will touch on both. I wouldn't recommend trying to find a standard formula for how much should be internal and how much should be external--every story i...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 21
Views: 1882

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

ellisael wrote:Man, this is really good list of thumbrules to follow.

Thank you! I've been doing this for a while. The guidelines help keep me sane. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4175
Views: 951876

Re: Success!

Got so caught up in real life stuff that I forgot to post about this on February 29th! My second pro published short story, 'Scars of Sentiment,' is now for sale in the U.S. https://www.amazon.com/dp/178755693X/re ... AEbACJ5V9H
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Helpful Writing Links
Replies: 28
Views: 4768

Re: Helpful Writing Links

https://www.alphadictionary.com/slang/ This is a searchable dictionary of American slang. You can even specify which decades you want to search by!

I need to update the first post with the latest new links that have been posted one of these days. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 29
Views: 795

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

In the full editor and preview there's one drop down box in the formatting section above the text window. It says normal. Click it and you get options. I like starting the next quarter each time. I try to do it on the first day of the final month of the previous quarter... This gives us 4 months fo...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 29
Views: 795

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Oh god, I am so not ready for Q3... wotf019 Love how you formatted your intro post, Dustin!
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6311

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Peter Glen wrote:A bit worried as have two new stories written and i don't think either of them would make the cut wotf018

Henckel and SwiftPotato have great points. And remember--you can always edit, and you can always ask for critiques if you feel like an outside opinion might help to improve the story.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 806
Views: 241549

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

After 8 submissions I got my first "personalized" rejection from Ellery Queen. wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 Exciting! A letter from the editor, signed by name, definitely indicates more than a generic signature of "the editors". Would seem to indicate you're getting c...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where do you get your inspiration?
Replies: 20
Views: 3886

Re: Where do you get your inspiration?

Apparently, I never actually posted in this thread. O_o Was sure I had. In any case, my inspirations are wide and varied. Books, both fiction and nonfiction; movies and TV (though not as often these days, because the twins have severely limited my TV time); music; conversations with friends/family; ...

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