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by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 7
Views: 83

Re: Why Do You Write?

I refuse to make this choice. It's not fair. wotf004
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: WilliamHawk
Replies: 4
Views: 40

Re: WilliamHawk

I got a PM saying someone would be on it, but haven't seen the results yet.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

I think this is good encouragement for all of us, especially if you've sold some things, that we should be writing with publication in mind, instead of the "well, I'm just not there yet," mindset. Exactly. wotf007 wotf010 I guarantee that part of the reason I haven't sold any of my WotF s...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

I think this is good encouragement for all of us, especially if you've sold some things, that we should be writing with publication in mind, instead of the "well, I'm just not there yet," mindset. Exactly. wotf007 wotf010 I guarantee that part of the reason I haven't sold any of my WotF s...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

Even Rs can be publishable. I've sold 3 out of 5 Rs so far, and only 1 out of 5 HMs. I do feel my HMs are better than my Rs in general, so it is just a matter of market really. I second that it's a matter of market, often. I've sold 6 out of 14 HMs (two of my HMs were the same story, just edited), ...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

Even Rs can be publishable. I've sold 3 out of 5 Rs so far, and only 1 out of 5 HMs. I do feel my HMs are better than my Rs in general, so it is just a matter of market really. I second that it's a matter of market, often. I've sold 6 out of 14 HMs (two of my HMs were the same story, just edited), ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 135
Views: 3877

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I keep forgetting to report in here, but I submitted on September 29th, and I just received the confirmation a few minutes ago, so I'm in for Quarter 4! I first entered the contest 10 years ago this quarter, and I've only missed one quarter since--this is my 40th entry wotf024 Wow, that's determina...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 20
Views: 420

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I wasn’t excited about mine until yesterday when I finally started to get into the setting and the characters. I took Dave’s recent blog with the seven elements he looks for and taped it over my desk. I started much earlier this quarter! I should be open for a swap in a week or so if anyone is inte...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 15
Views: 619

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Chris533 wrote:Interesting - but - my two page story turned into 20!


Yeah, that'll happen. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Age Limit?
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Age Limit?

I read over the rules on the main site and didn't see any age restrictions for either part of the contest, although I'm not overly familiar with the illustrator's side of things.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Sense of Belonging
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: A Sense of Belonging

My Q3 finalist may have been along those lines, but in order to understand what sort of advice you're looking for I'll need more context. Feel free to PM or e-mail me so we can have a more in-depth discussion.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

Williamhawk keeps dumping all kinds of spam everywhere. It's not even remotely writing related anymore. Please help.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

I have a novel outlined that I've been poking at listlessly. I think it's time to kick myself in the pants, get this thing out of my head, and send it in before the deadline.
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2342
Views: 403479

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome. wotf013 I wouldn't say non-genre fiction is 'normal'; I think mainstream fiction and non-fiction are the appropriate terms.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 135
Views: 3877

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

When I saw the 4 in 35! post on the Forum, I thought it was the perfect excuse to wait to submit, but my critique group gave me the "A Dead Line Is A Dead Line" speech. They instructed me me to Get It In! Yes, definitely! Get it in. 4 in 35! isn't meant to keep people from getting 4 (or e...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4892
Views: 874279

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Only 107 posts to go. Jeebus! wotf015
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 135
Views: 3877

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

One more pass tomorrow, and then I'll send mine in. I'd do it now, but it's late here in Michigan, and there's a few descriptions I know I'll be able to refine after I've gotten sleep.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 35
Views: 688

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I'm in! My weak spot seems to be Q2. It's the only quarter I've missed since I started, but I've missed it two years running.

No excuses, this year. We'll get it done! wotf024
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 135
Views: 3877

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I'm in. I am seriously hoping for an HM this time around. It would be my first for a story that did not go through a gauntlet of critiques. This one is all me save the 450. Fingers crossed! (but not too tightly. 4 in 35!) I wasn't going to enter, but disgruntledpeony (Liz!) told me I could get some...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 135
Views: 3877

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I'm... getting there? I figured out how to fix the climax scene, but now I need to go through and do my final polish. Cutting down prose, bringing out internal conflicts, making sure people don't glare at each other or arch their eyebrows every other paragraph.... wotf001 I should be ready by Friday.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 135
Views: 3877

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I'm probably going to be writing down to the wire myself, by which I mean the day before the contest deadline. The last day submission issues encourage me to treat the deadline as one day sooner.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 135
Views: 3877

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: 4
Views: 97

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: 135
Views: 3877

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: 135
Views: 3877

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: 20
Views: 420

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: 12599

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: 135
Views: 3877

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: 135
Views: 3877

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

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