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by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15592

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’ve never been clear on the process with results. I know it varies from time to time, but generally finalists get a call first, correct? Then R’s and HM’s and SHM’s, followed by SF, then finalists are announced (but they’ve already been told, and have taken a blood oath to stay silent)? It varies ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15592

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

*Brings the marshmallows* Well, my last submission was disqualified due to me forgetting to delete the byline from the manuscript. Can't get worse than that, right? ;) That really sucks. On the upside, you'll be extra motivated to check on that next time? wotf004 (Not much of an upside to that one,...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15592

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

*Brings the marshmallows* Well, my last submission was disqualified due to me forgetting to delete the byline from the manuscript. Can't get worse than that, right? ;) That really sucks. On the upside, you'll be extra motivated to check on that next time? wotf004 (Not much of an upside to that one,...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 162
Views: 4954

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

My story is done, but I'm tinkering with the language choices in a couple of places to tighten the thematic points. I was tempted to submit already, but resisted the urge to do so until I've finished this pass properly, so more likely to submit early next week. I'm in about the same place. I feel r...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15592

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

wotf019 I'd assume double-spaced, but that's just an assumption. (I'm a bit biased; I write double-spaced.) *sets up pillow fort, passes out hot chocolate, battens down hatches* *Ducks into pillow fort with plate full of brownies* wotf018 Is brownies with hot chocolate too much chocolate, peony? If...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15592

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Dave's newsletter definitely peeped today. Good luck to all! Definitely! :) As a random point, several of his articles talk about putting a hook in the first sentence, two pages, etc. - but I keep wondering if when he says something should be done in the first two pages if he means as they are regu...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

I don't think reigheena meant her words as a personal attack, Wulf. She didn't say anything harmful toward you--she simply expressed a differing opinion on some parts of the writing process. It read to me like she disagrees with some of your methods, not with you as a person.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

Your writing process sounds a lot like mine, reigheena. I do tend to plow through my first drafts within a day or two lately, but I often need a month (sometimes two) of downtime so my brain can shift gears from one story to another, deal with general life pressures, etcetera. My stories have gotten...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 162
Views: 4954

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

But how will you ever catch Preston if you take a quarter off. I'd be willing to bet you could write a story in 1 week or less at least once a quarter. Yes. Yes you can. It's easier than you'd think, once you get into the story-a-week groove. It's like having an appointment you can't miss. The thin...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15592

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I can't bring myself to twitch on this one. I like the story I wrote, but I took some risks I think will end up hurting my chances. Don't know if it's actually a marketable story--it's just the one that latched on out of nowhere and wouldn't let go.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 162
Views: 4954

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'll be making the final push on my story in a few days. I think I'm going take a break from the contest after this quarter, though. I've been feeling the urge to write novels more and more over the course of the last year, and I can't do that and write short stories at the same time. (Literally can...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 24
Views: 469

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I keep waffling back and forth on whether or not to apply for this, to the point where I've written the essays as a thought experiment. Probably will put the app in, if I can get the letters I need. Doesn't mean I'll win, of course, but it can't hurt to try. (I have a friend who surprised me by volu...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 972
Views: 35861

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

I've always been curious about Dave's semi-finalist crits.... what they look like and such. Are they in-line comments? Summary notes? A combo of both? How in-depth are they? Mine was summary notes, just a few paragraphs. Still useful info, although I inadvertently misinterpeted mine at first. wotf0...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 24
Views: 469

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I wish I could go, but I've got neither the funds nor the babysitters. wotf019 (Not gonna lie, the idea of applying for that scholarship is still tempting.)

I do hope everyone who manages to go has a wonderful time and learns a great deal.
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 162
Views: 4954

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Finally got a workable rough draft on a potential Q4. It needs a lot of polish yet, but writing it made me happy.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 748

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

AlexH wrote:Thanks both. :)

After getting my submission ready I'm disappointed, as the submission window for this publication isn't until winter. D'oh.

That sucks, but at least you have everything ready for when it opens up! In the meantime, you can always send it elsewhere.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 748

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

And straight in at number 1 for "Most Exciting Rejection"... An awesome pro market suggested my story reads slightly too young, and I should submit it to a sister publication, which has a more suitable audience for it. Now do I mention that in my cover letter? Something like this at the e...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15592

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Helge Mahrt wrote:Nice of her to send us an ETA wotf008

Indeed, but I've noticed it usually takes longer than she expects. Still might be best to anticipate October.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Little confused about rule #5?
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Little confused about rule #5?

Eagerink wrote:Would professionally published poetry count then? Just curious.

I don't think so--poetry is a very different format.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882572

Re: Success!

Serial-HM? Submitted multiple times/earned an HM multiple times (probably with edits each time). Why did I think you could only submit a story once? Because finalists and semi-finalists can't be submitted again, maybe? (Anything below that absolutely can be resubmitted, although editing beforehand ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222891

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

WillShadbolt wrote:Very true, disgruntledpony, thanks for the advice

No problem. It's the little things that keep us writers sane. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222891

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Not sure if they've just changed up the text for their rejections or if I made a higher tier this time around, but either way, but it's always nice to get a positive and personalized rejection note. I would argue that if it's personalized in any way it's not really a form (any effort made beyond ba...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 972
Views: 35861

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

“Make a list of ten things you love,” he often instructed young writers, and write a short story, poem or essay about each one.” Or one novel that includes all of them? wotf019 (Oh God, now I want to try this.) Seriously, though, I like this idea. I also liked the idea of reading a short story, poe...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882572

Re: Success!

I completely forgot to post here, but my serial-HM story to WoTF, Lavender Footsteps , is in The Colored Lens's Summer 2019 issue. It's also my first paid sale and I'm pretty stoked. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it's free to read, so give it a go! https://www.amazon.com/Colored-Lens-Summer-2019-eb...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18305

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Personal writing reasons: I love writing for writing's sake, but a big part of what's pushed me this year is the desire to support my family. (Being a stay at home mom is a hard transition after a decade and a half of employment. Plus, money's been tight lately.) Book series I'd want with me on a de...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 748

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

I was advised to mention I'm a new writer by an editor of a well known pro publication, despite the fact I've been writing on and off for around 10 years (otherwise my template is almost identical to the examples above), but I'm not sure whether to include that any more. I've been submitting regula...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 400
Views: 15592

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

chuckt wrote:
DaneCurley wrote:The first response for this Q has been logged on TGDB. A 51-day wait, answered on August 17th.

It begins.


Anyone else think that must be an erroneous entry? Nothing in the results thread.

I figure it might be erroneous, yeah. A Q2 that accidentally got marked as a Q3, maybe?
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18305

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

My Q2 did not in fact end up selling yet, but I've gotten personals from both places I've sent it after WotF so far (Diabolical Plots and F&SF). Gonna keep making the rounds.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222891

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

My own story which had been held for consideration by Diabolical Plots unfortunately just got a rejection. Same. It's all good, though. They liked my setting and some of the twists I threw into my story. On to F&SF! (It's usually my first market I sub to after WotF, but they were closed for sub...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18305

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

WriterGirl0426 wrote:UPDATE - received my SF critique late last night.

Awesome!

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