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by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Raises one eyebrow "Fascinating" wotf004 I was just frustrated because I can't seem to get my story where I want it to be. I'm in this weird place, writing-wise, where I can recognize the problems with my writing but don't always know how to fix them. I'm almost where I need to be with th...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

wotf039 I HATE THIS STORY WITH THE FIERY PASSION OF A THOUSAND SUNS. wotf039

...

*sighs*

*keeps writing*
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 45
Views: 10708

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories


I really want to submit to Pirates and Ghosts but I have nothing prewritten. wotf014 Probably not going to make this one.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3762
Views: 648442

Re: Success!

amoskalik wrote:I just had my first story published by pod cast in The Centropic Oracle. I really like what the narrator did with this piece.
http://centropicoracle.com/library/F0017_FreshAndFinite.php

Congratulations! wotf007 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

For those who are worried about going over wordcount, it might be worth looking over your scenes and seeing if there's a way to combine the conflicts from multiple scenes into one shorter, more dramatic one. I ended up doing this by mistake when I was rewriting my first scene, and it a) made the fir...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I finally had time to do a big push yesterday, and got myself to draft three. I feel a lot better about the story as a whole, but I need to let it sit for a few days before I make my final polishing run.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 255
Views: 10093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Jason Parker wrote:Where are you guys and gals seeing results from Q2? Haven't seen anything yet...

That probably means you're still in the running, for the moment. Results go out in waves.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I'm still digesting the excellent feedback I got from everyone who critiqued my story. I want to let a few ideas sit for a while before I commit to them in editing. Or maybe I just like the last-minute scramble... wotf011 I hate the last minute scramble. wotf004 I want mine done by the end of the w...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Randy Hulshizer wrote:Shoot. I really thought I was going to make it in this quarter. Life has a way of getting in the way sometimes. Well, I do still have a few days...
wotf004

You can do It! I believe in you. wotf024
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 301

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

Many of us have been published, not just enough to knock us out of the competition. We learn form each other too. Oh, I totally agree with that. I just think it's better to learn from people who have some "credentials" (e.g. some decent contest results, other publications, etc.). And that...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Omigod, this story is going to drive me insane. Every edit I make leads me to notice three more things about the story that could be better.

wotf027 wotf042 wotf027 wotf042 wotf027

I've got ten days to finish it. I CAN DO THIS. wotf024

I hope I can do this.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

What everyone's said makes sense. I don't have much experience in the business of publishing, but I"m assuming being professionally published says a lot to editors about my ability. Then they can judge if that ability extends to their niche by reading the submission. For some reason I was thin...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

You'll only be defined by your winning piece if you allow yourself to be, continuing to write only in the way that you won with. I won with a fantasy, but that's not stopped me selling sci-fi. It's short fiction, so everyone expects range and variety anyway--and with WotF in particular, it's catego...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3762
Views: 648442

Re: Success!

A couple of things to report here. I had a flash story, What Waits Beneath the Rainbow Sea , published recently in Every Day Fiction. Also! I'm happy to announce my first short story collection! Life Out of Harmony and Other Tales of Wonder features twenty fantasy and science fiction short stories,...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Yesterday I cut 500 words from my story. I'm a putter-inner, not a taker-outer. Feels strange, like, where did the words go? I try to be a cutter, but every time I try to edit this story it gets longer. I'm up to about 5k now, although I need to rewrite my entire first scene so that may change dras...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

KristyEmber wrote:Hmm ... I keep thinking my story's done and then I think of just one more thing I could do to improve it ...

I keep thinking I've fixed enough of my story's problems that I can send it out for crits and then finding new ones. wotf004
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

The rough version of my 2nd draft is done! wotf007 I still want to do some editing before I send it out to people (some parts are freshly written and have that first-draft smell as a result), but I feel like the basic story arc is solid. It presently clocks in a little higher than I expected, in the...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Having finished my novel, I decided to try and crank out a story before midnight June 30. Sounds rational, right? wotf019 If anyone is still interested in a first x# swap or a whole story swap, I'd be interested. Story should be finished (first draft) this week sometime. I'm willing to swap stories...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

My story is done and revised. I still need to spell check it and edit it and I will probably make some minor changes while doing both but its done. Woot! I'm just shy of done with my second draft, myself. I just have to figure out how to finish out the new ending and seed more evidence of internal ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3762
Views: 648442

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Matt and J'nae! wotf007 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 14416

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Ysocks wrote:so, it's official, I was a finalist.

That's pretty exciting.

Congratulations! wotf007 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Tue May 30, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 693
Views: 170014

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

This one almost broke my heart; from Liminal: "The story is excellent, but it's not quite right for us. Thanks for the read -- I loved the emotional depth and complexity of this piece, and the multi-layered protagonists felt rounded and real." wotf017 This story has been getting a lot of ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue May 30, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Dustin Adams wrote:June 20?

Received this global e-mail from Joni. Is it a typo?

"The 3rd Quarter deadline for the Writers of the Future Contest is just around the corner (June 20, 2017)"

wotf017 wotf015 wotf003

It's probably a typo. wotf004
by disgruntledpeony
Mon May 29, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Question about rules - Publishing Story
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Question about rules - Publishing Story

I really don't recommend duplicate submissions unless everyone involved offers a non-exclusive contract. Most magazines (including WotF, I do believe) want exclusive rights to your story for the first year. Submitting to multiple venues at the same time will usually get you a bad name in the publish...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat May 27, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 115
Views: 3890

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

It's weird how a lot of my plotting problems can be fixed by talking to my husband. He's good at asking leading questions that still leave me open to explore what I want to do. I've let my story for this quarter sit for awhile because I didn't know what to do with it, but I finally talked about it w...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu May 25, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 14416

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Congratulations, Jeremy! And It's cool that you're getting judge feedback, inky! wotf007 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Thu May 25, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 45
Views: 10708

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

I never actually heard back on my story that got rejected. wotf001 I figured they probably wouldn't accept more than one, though.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed May 24, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3762
Views: 648442

Re: Success!

I'm so excited I finally get to post in here. My Heroic Fantasy submission to Flame Tree Publishing got picked up for publication! I found out about three weeks ago, but they asked me to keep quiet until they made official announcements. http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fant...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat May 20, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 559

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

Well, I googled around a bit and I think I'll have to ask a mod or admin to delete this thread and account, as you can't retroactively change it and it's the name of my protagonist (which I'm really not keen on changing). Talk about making an entrance! Now that you edited your post, you should be f...

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