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by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 40
Views: 1634

Re: 4 in 36

Making a submission this quarter is not going to happen. My recovery from knee surgery has progressed well but it's impact on my sleep has been substantial. A lack of uninterrupted sleep leaves me with very little energy to spare much less be creative. wotf014 Hopefully another month and I'll truly...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

Okay Wulf and Brittany. Got first draft finished on my Q3 entry! Chuck--you should edit your post to remove specific details of your entry. This contest is anonymous, and we wouldn't want your story to get disqualified because you said something on the forum that could be traced back to you. Doah! ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

chuckt wrote:Okay Wulf and Brittany. Got first draft finished on my Q3 entry!

Chuck--you should edit your post to remove specific details of your entry. This contest is anonymous, and we wouldn't want your story to get disqualified because you said something on the forum that could be traced back to you.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I know i'm wishful thinking and Rebecca mentioned April, but did anyone get a phone call from Joni today? A simple yes or no will suffice-no details. Just want to relax. Not that I am not relaxed. It is Friday Eve, after all. Based on previous experience, we'll probably get a first wave of rejectio...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Pardon my ignorance but how can we send to F&SF magazine? I googled it and have no idea. Also I received an email like this after few days of submissions. (As a non-native speaker) I think it means that I will receive response to my short story submission only in July? wotf014 wotf014 wotf014 T...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

Do things really have to get 'worse' or can the stakes simply be raised? Conflict comes in different packages. Stakes getting raised = things getting worse, essentially, in my opinion. More needs to be on the line after every plot point. Tension should ratchet higher with every choice. Then again, ...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

chuckt wrote:
AnikeKirsten wrote:LOL at expectomancy! Brilliant.

Onward and forward!


wotf008 Just riffing off the genius who thought up "rejectomancy." Who was that?

Ken Liu, I think?
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Although having said that, I’m not sure where paper subs fall here. Paper subs generally hear back later than everyone else, regardless of result. IMPORTANT NOTE FOR NEWBIES: If something goes wrong with submiting on the last day of the quarter and you end up having to e-mail your submission to Jon...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

I would still say you can write a fresh story in about a day and still pull off a win, but as Obiwan said to Luke: "You must do what you feel is right, of course." wotf007 I would argue that I couldn't, simply because babies, but give me a week and I might be able to make something work. ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

On a different note, I got a call that said Restricted while I was typing this up and nearly had a heart attack. It was someone from the hospital, though, not Joni. wotf019 Thanks. Great word. Any chance this will be the week? Expectomancy? I can legitimately say I don't keep a close enough eye in ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I just explained this to my husband. So, I'll give it a shot. Correct me if I'm off fellow WorF-ers. Rejectomancy is a term earlier formites coined to stand for all the guessing and second guessing and third guess we all do collectively about WHY a story was rejected. We guess at the judges prefere...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

i've spent 14 years writing but not sending it out anywhere. wotf017 . Feeling it's not ready yet, because my mentors said so. Now I have to have something out and receiving form or personal rejections is such a thrill wotf010 at least I know somebody reads it. wotf002 I assume we have another mont...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 79
Views: 2107

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Blargh, I just discovered I'm probably going to be working very late for the next three weeks, which completely blows my plans for editing this story out of the water, I don't feel like I'll have resolved my issues with it by then. I have a fall-back position though, another story I had sidelined t...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Well Bugger - says person with long Q2 entry. My Q2 was long, as well, TimE. I am hoping beyond hope that it isn't rejected right off for the length because I consider it the best I've done so far. Mores the pity if it is . . . for me, anyway. <sigh> Note to self: <= 7K limits going forward. You do...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 741
Views: 206447

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Dragonchef wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote: I feel I need to save an alternate draft specifically for that market.

wotf053 I thought I was the only anal one out there that did this. Peony, you are my sister!

It's just a safe bet. wotf013
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

Moon's SUPER SECRET #22: THINGS GET WORSE! I used to have this secret taped below my monitor--it's that important. Now, I know it by heart and employ it subconsciously. But a lot of new writers miss this important fact. It's subtext within the 7 Point Plot (you do remember the post on the 7 Point P...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 741
Views: 206447

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Words to the wise. Thanks. I do always read the submission guidelines but I've only seen a couple that say don't do it. Eventually, I plan to read enough from every mag to get a feel for this kind of thing. I've started on it but the project is going to take a while! You don't have to write to plea...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 741
Views: 206447

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I've waffled about submitting to them before, but often use a few swear words or have some mild violence in my stories so I haven't. I'm glad to read this. So far (which is not many) mine do have some cursing including the F-bomb. I figure if they like the story the curse words won't deter them??? ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 741
Views: 206447

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Deep Magic explicitly says they're the dominant magazine for clean science fiction and fantasy, but I agree with Peony. Just because your story/writing is lighter doesn't mean markets that publish darker stuff won't like it. Your story might be the upbeat their issue needs, so send it anyway. (FYI ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 741
Views: 206447

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Does anyone know of a market that likes stories that are lighter than most? Like not quite children's stories, but without many dark elements, though still with a purpose and meaning and all that, especially symbolically. I consider them to be what Dave calls the wonder genre. I'm not sure where to...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

Hopefully, I'll have my half ready for trade within a few days. In the meantime, I'll PM you with my e-mail address so you can send me your story. By half, do you mean you have a two-parter, or do you mean your half/my half half? Do you want only stories going up for submission to WotF? Or are chap...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

LittleRed wrote:R&R usually means Revise and Resubmit.

Okay, that makes more sense. I used to know that, too, I swear. Baby brain is real, folks, if only due to distraction and exhaustion. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

Thanks for the offer. I've not even started on my Q3 yet, so I've got nothing right now. No worries. Consider it a standing offer for the time being. wotf007 Yo, DP - I thought you were exclusive to Wulfy? Can I jump in on this offer? I'm not exclusive, but I don't have as much free time as I used ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

TimE wrote:Thanks for the offer. I've not even started on my Q3 yet, so I've got nothing right now.

No worries. Consider it a standing offer for the time being. wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

I'm very reluctant to crit anyone submitting to WotF, because I don't know why stories I thought to be good were rejected, yet 2 I knew had problems got HM's. I'm grateful to read advice and feedback provided from finalists. Hopefully, it all helps. mmm... perhaps I'm just not suited to speculative...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 422
Views: 8405

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

A nail-biting ordeal, to say the least, eh? Yes, indeed. For those of us who have only gotten a rejection how do we know what we are doing wrong? Writing a fresh story and making the same mistakes over and over again won't really help us get any better. Dragonchef summarized things very well. The b...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

The R is hard, but the fact that you got an R&R in the first place is good. Please forgive my ignorance; but, other than Rest and Relaxation or Rescue and Resuscitation, what does R&R mean? Pretty sure that means they requested a full copy of the novel manuscript to read? Unless I'm mistake...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I dropped for a spell myself, allowing other "things" to interfere (not that having "things" can even begin to compare to having twins --most fantastic and admirable congratulations to you-BTW). Thanks! Don't compare, though. Everyone is going through different things, and every...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

(because everything even up to SF is still a rejection) Non-winning Finalist is a rejection too. Just a really, really high level one. And that's ok! This contest only publishes three stories a quarter, out of hundreds or thousands of entries. All we can do is make sure to get ours in and have it b...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6202

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

(because everything even up to SF is still a rejection) I would be over the moon (no offense and/or reference to our beloved Wulfy) to have a SF. That would mean I have crossed another hurtle and am now a few steps away from the Stars! It also means I need to step up my game and see where I lack. S...

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