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by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Good going! If we're writing, we've got trunk stories. Let Dave be the judge. If you don't have a story in, there's no way you can win. Yeah, so, that Q3 finalist I just had? Trunk story. Well, not quite, but "story I haven't touched in a year, pulled out and polished up" counts, right? A...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What to do when the good guys just can’t win?
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: What to do when the good guys just can’t win?

Iiiiiiiiiiiii'm pretty sure this is spam. A higher quality of spambot than we've gotten in the past, but spam nonetheless. If you look at Williamhawk's posts, there is a recurring trend of him presenting a problem, asking for our help, saying 'I didn't find the right solution on the internet' (phras...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

It is incredibly difficult to motivate oneself to write or edit anything when my head feels like an overfull balloon. I don't know if it's allergies or a sinus infection or both, but the pressure in my sinuses keeps screwing with my inner ear to the point where simply moving my head wrong gives me v...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Finally have a working second draft. It's far from perfect, but it's definitely better than the first draft was. I've got almost three weeks to get the story ship-shape for submission, depending on things and stuff. I feel much better about the odds of having this done in time than I did last Wedne...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Oh god, they always sneak up on me. wotf018
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Just heard back from Joni. I'm not a winner, but they did ask to hold my story for potential inclusion in the anthology. Also, Tim Powers apparently loved it, so I'm pretty darn geeked about that. wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Finally have a working second draft. It's far from perfect, but it's definitely better than the first draft was. I've got almost three weeks to get the story ship-shape for submission, depending on things and stuff. I feel much better about the odds of having this done in time than I did last Wednes...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I'm not in, although I am on draft... 1.5? Undecided if I want to keep 1st person POV or switch over to 3rd. 3rd is probably the wiser move, but I'm too close to the draft right now to be sure. wotf042 wotf027 wotf042
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I didn't even THINK about submitting something so small to the contest, either a flash piece or even a short story. I just kind of always assumed I needed at least 10K words since the max word count is 17K. Crap, I have a TON of short stuff lying around that hasn't been published yet. There was an ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

An epiphany strikes! I figured out what's important to my story and am getting rid of the extraneous crap. Doing a hand-written rewrite from the ground up. The hand-written draft is first person present tense in order to help me better get into the mindset of the protagonist, but I'll probably shift...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Hey, not to contradict Matt because he's awesome but the one thing I'd urge Kristy and Peony - and everyone else - is to not let the current quarter's prospects keep you from working on your next quarter. I'm polishing up my Q4 entry right now because at this point the one thing I know is that ther...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Congratulations, K.D. and Kristy! wotf010 I hope you both place. (It would be incredibly awesome if all three of us managed it, although I know odds are against it.) RSchibler, I'm super glad you got an HM! Keep up the good work. wotf007 Rachelwrites: an HM is really good for a first quarter entry. ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I just got my first HM. wotf008 Now to figure out how to make the next jump. No time to rest on my current submission. Congrats to those who have made finalist! Do you got any advice on how to make that leap from HM? All the blog posts seem to point to profundity. My honest suggestion would be to t...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

...So, I just got the call.

You know.

That call.

Joni's got an awesome voice.

wotf058
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I don't like the way my Q4 is shaping up. Too generic. Grr... But the more I think, the more time passes. Only one month remains! wotf005 I wrote my rough draft, set it down for a few days, and when I re-read it I hated it because there are a ton of plotholes that I don't yet know how to fix. wotf018
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

rachelwrites wrote:
hlreinhold wrote: Hi Rachel! I guess you're still waiting too, huh? I think we've got to hear soon.

I hope so! The longer we wait, the more problems I find in my story wotf005

That's why I put mine away as soon as I submit it and don't look at it again until I hear back. wotf011
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I distinctly remember getting my semi finalist e-mail last year at like 3am. I remember because my store was getting a strip and wax, so I had to stay up all night while they did it. Wow that's late. How many SF spots are there? There are 8 finalist spots right? Then they choose the winners from th...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

It certainly feels like a Thursday: I half expected to see reports of a wave already. Thursday is still young out here on the west coast... I distinctly remember getting my semi finalist e-mail last year at like 3am. I remember because my store was getting a strip and wax, so I had to stay up all n...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Oh don't do this to me! Now I understand the term twitching. I submitted on the 30th so my R may be coming soon, but I am still alive for now. The only cure is to write madly on the next one. I didn't expect R's this early. Would everyone consider wave 1 of R's passed? Should I dare to even hope? h...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 178
Views: 52333

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Just finished the fourth book in Chuck Wendig's "Miriam Black" series. I started reading them earlier this month. 'Blackbirds', 'Mockingbird', 'Cormorant', and 'Thunderbird'. They grabbed me more than anything I've read in years, and I can tell you exactly why: Mr. Wendig is very good at g...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Dustin Adams wrote:Thursday?

I think this Thursday was a quiet one.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 866915

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Interstellar alien Eddy lectured from a holographic helicopter on Hornblower's head.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

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: 311
Views: 11242

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: 51550

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: 51550

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: 51550

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: 51550

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: 311
Views: 11242

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: 79
Views: 2176

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...

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