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by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 23
Views: 708

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

amoskalik wrote:I'm in. For the first time this year. Phew. It only took nine months to write this one.

Woot! *dances* Good luck. wotf007 wotf009
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 210
Views: 7389

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Seen on Facebook: So, this quarter of Writers of the Future I had 15% more stories than ever before, but 20% more good ones competing for a finalist slot. You folks are gonna make me work! Good luck to everyone still waiting! May the odds be ever in your favor! wotf015 I don't expect I'll make it m...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story in a Day Challenge
Replies: 295
Views: 49704

Re: Story in a Day Challenge

Well, I didn't get the first draft done in one day, but I did get it done. I'm going to work on this whole 'maintaining my focus' thing so I can do it properly, next time. wotf001
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story in a Day Challenge
Replies: 295
Views: 49704

Re: Story in a Day Challenge

I got stalled about 1900 words in. The story was getting away from me and the "it's not good" malaise kicked in too strong. Gonna try to finish (and then fix) it today.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story in a Day Challenge
Replies: 295
Views: 49704

Re: Story in a Day Challenge

I keep getting distracted and then coming back to it. At one point I had to stop for a nap because I'd been thinking too hard to keep awake. I'm at almost 1500 words, and I'm somewhere between a third and halfway in. The draft is crap, and I know It's crap, but I can fix that later. wotf002 wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story in a Day Challenge
Replies: 295
Views: 49704

Re: Story in a Day Challenge

Off to a slower start than I'd like this morning, but I have an outline, so yay? wotf017
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 210
Views: 7389

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

wotf014 *big hugs for everyone who got an R* I'm sorry, guys. Keep trying, though! There's still five and a half weeks to get something in for this quarter. I haven't heard anything yet, which makes me stupidly nervous. I even checked my spam folder, just to be safe. Or paranoid. Paranoid is also an...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 23
Views: 708

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Hi folks, I'm new to the forum, but have been writing and submitting (everywhere) for the last couple years. I'm wondering if anyone is willing to do a story swap? At bat the last couple years- 2x finalist (2016 and 2017), 1x SF, 2x SHM, 4 x HM. Some non-pro an wotf024 d literary publications but s...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story in a Day Challenge
Replies: 295
Views: 49704

Re: Story in a Day Challenge

Anyone up for one of these? I've got a lot more free time coming up for at least a little while, and have found that this tends to produce interesting results. (I know this is usually Rebecca's baby, but I think it's bloody awesome and wonderful fun so I'm kicking it off this time. I might actually ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 210
Views: 7389

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

wotf018 *sets up box fort*
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Favorite Comic TV Series!
Replies: 4
Views: 728

Re: Favorite Comic TV Series!

Wow, this thread got resurrected out of nowhere... but there's no spam involved, so I'm all for it. My favorite, hands down, is Jessica Jones.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4881
Views: 846603

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Fearless intellectual Eddy lectured at the spooky snake under our woodshed.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Are aliens needed?
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: Are aliens needed?

Firefly doesn't have aliens, and it gets by just fine. If your story doesn't need them, don't use them. There's plenty of diversity in humanity.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4881
Views: 846603

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Ishmael wrote:
Rebecca Birch wrote:
Galen wrote:The flabby birds balked at the speckled donut under our dock.


The flabby birds balked at the speckled donut under our woodshed.


Even flabby birds balked at the speckled donut under our woodshed
wotf008


Even flabby birds balked at the speckled snake under our woodshed.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3806
Views: 669149

Re: Success!

My story, The Broken Karwaneer , is now free to read on Beneath Ceaseless Skies! Check it out: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-broken-karwaneer/ Okay, that was awesome. The setting and characters hold a great deal of depth. I would legitimately love to read a novel set in that wo...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3806
Views: 669149

Re: Success!

My story, The Broken Karwaneer , is now free to read on Beneath Ceaseless Skies! Check it out: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-broken-karwaneer/ Okay, that was awesome. The setting and characters hold a great deal of depth. I would legitimately love to read a novel set in that wo...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4881
Views: 846603

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

The flabby birds slapped at the speckled donut on the dock.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4881
Views: 846603

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

amoskalik wrote:How about we play "Change One Word" to get this thread to 5000 posts faster.
Take the sentence below and change a single word:
A tabby cat slapped at the speckled fish on the bench.

A tabby cat slapped at the speckled fish on the dock.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15413

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Did anyone else not receive a notification on the final status of their Q2 entry? Thanks to a snafu with the submission website, I emailed my story into the contest. I didn't get an email that it was submitted nor did I get an email of a final status. I've never had issues with receiving WOTF's ema...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15413

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

amyhg wrote:And the results?

Joni giggled.

I got SECOND PLACE! *happy dance*

If I understand correctly, that removes me as a contender for the Golden Pen, which means I can officially stop twitching and kick back until April.

Congratulations! wotf007 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Drafting

I do multiple saves, but that's because my edits get very intense sometimes. I've added and deleted entire scenes in mid-draft before for multiple stories, and major changes like that are when I save a new mid-draft version. Sometimes a segment of prose that I deleted makes its way into another part...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Past Quarter Statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: Past Quarter Statistics

Chris533 wrote:Are the number of contest entries for the last three or four years' quarters available anywhere?

Nope. They don't post hard numbers in the interest of keeping people from getting discouraged.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 210
Views: 7389

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

rebeccy88 wrote:Does anyone know when the deadline for Q3 submission was? I'm trying to figure out if I'm Q2 or 3 because....I have mom brain and I forget. Subbed April 23, got a confirmation email.

My sub has been lost before so I'm extra twitchy


Q3 went from April to June, so you're in for that.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 313

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

I don't really have a good place to set up my own writing space right now, so I use noise cancelling headphones to help out with that. I know which room I *want* to use as my writing space, but It's presently full of some former roommates' junk. My husband and I are trying to get them to take it els...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Results
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: Contest Results

I thought there were eight semi's and eight finalists. Otherwise, preston is pretty well on the money.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 215

Re: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"

Neemster wrote:
J'nae Rae wrote:sounds like yours is YA, rather than a Children's Story.


Yes, it probably is. So is WotF an appropriate publication for a YA story? Offhand, I can't recall reading any winning stories that were targeted for a predominantly YA audience.

The target audience is teenagers, though. It's hard to say.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Long To Get The Certificate?
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: How Long To Get The Certificate?

It usually takes a few weeks. It'll come in a manila envelope.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines

Honestly, it doesn't seem to help. Even having a semi-finalist story doesn't seem to help (I speak from experience). Finalist or better, I think, are the only things that really count as being worth mentioning in a cover letter.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 298

Re: Finishing Stories

Dustin Adams wrote:Need to change your signature. wotf011

Well, she doesn't know if she placed yet or not, so that may be why she hasn't. wotf011
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 15413

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

P.S. How do you guys get a pic or graphic to post with your name? You mean the profile picture? It's currently broken on the forums since they did the last update. I second this. It's broke ATM. May be a while, because that's such a specific portion of the forums... I'm keeping my silly Van Damn ic...

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