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by MattDovey
Thu May 24, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1166
Views: 214198

Re: Five Minute Rant

The Tobias Buckell essay Sataris references above went up on Apex yesterday, and everyone should read it. It's really good & important stuff: https://www.apex-magazine.com/how-i-lea ... let-it-go/

Incidentally, on related note to all this: PodCastle opens in a week ;)
by MattDovey
Thu May 24, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1166
Views: 214198

Re: Five Minute Rant

Lukewarm would be someway of saying "send in another story" evidently editors who say that mean it and aren't just being nice or polite. Hot would be a personal comment, especially if it says you were close. FWIW this is what we do at PodCastle. There are 4 tiers of rejections, available ...
by MattDovey
Tue May 15, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Coulda sworn I'd posted this already, but it's not up there so I must not've clicked submit: congratulations both! Hell of an achievement wotf013 anything you want to ask about/talk about ahead of the workshop, my DMs are open on Twitter and my email's on my site. There's usually a group set up by N...
by MattDovey
Fri May 04, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 23
Views: 1009

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

. Constantly writing in my mind, rarely getting it typed up. For years that is how I wrote. I hardly ever typed out anything. A couple(literally) of times I tried I got stuck on which way the story should go, then it became too much like work. I've started thinking in Notepad for things like this--...
by MattDovey
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 447

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

Good reminder. This is probably why it's taken me 17 years to even submit a story. It's a 100% non-rejection rate for unsubmitted stories. A rejection is closer to success than an unsubmitted non-rejection. wotf011 Every published writer gets rejections and acceptances. Therefore, if you get a reje...
by MattDovey
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1166
Views: 214198

Re: Five Minute Rant

Got a rejection today... yet another in a long string of form rejections. I know these folks don't have time to spare for lowly folks like me, but this one tripped me up and got me in a funk all damned day. You asked for a specific style of story, I provided said story in that style (and really lik...
by MattDovey
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

(In fact, I've always wondered how they ever manage to agree on the same top 3). I know this is true for the Golden Pen, and I think it's true for the quarters as well: they rank them in order of preference, and then ASI tally up points from that. This was my great advantage of the v32 1st place wi...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4955
Views: 948756

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Here's an idea, since Sean Hazlett dropped by (hi Sean!). Why don't we fill the short jaunt to 5000 with advice on how to win the contest from former winners. It can be something you did that turned the page, something you learned at the workshop, something someone told you on a critique, advice fr...
by MattDovey
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1335

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

How much time are the illustrators given to finish their artwork for the stories? Maybe that's their 24 hour challenge? lol ~Morgan I think it's a few months--once the Q4 results are in around January and stories can be assigned, I guess. I know they submit a few sketches and the illustrator judge ...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1335

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Hello all, checking in briefly. They’ve got us running pretty hard, but we’re all in the midst of the 24 hour story right now. Let’s see what I can pull out of a hat being inspired by a single one dollar bill. Well by my calculations you only owe them 16 words at pro-rates; 17, if you're generous w...
by MattDovey
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 787566

Re: Success!

I sold a story to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction . *faints* Blogged about it here: http://www.ympang.com/i-sold-a-story-to-the-magazine-of-fantasy-and-science-fiction/ It's close to April Fool's. Wouldn't blame y'all if you didn't believe me. Blimey! F&SF is my dream market, and I'...
by MattDovey
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1335

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

I am definitely not cycling through the WotF facebook page & blog site & Twitter waiting for photos to appears so I can vicariously relive the week. Nope. Not me. Nuh uh. Have fun, you lucky sods, and make the most of it! (Also note that "make the most of it" includes "hiding ...
by MattDovey
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Thousands of examples. Ender's Game started as a short. Flowers for Algernon started as a short. Martin is just turning his Clarkesworld short Today I Am Paul into a novel. I can't think of a flash turned into a short--which arguably compete more than shorts v novels--but chances are it would take ...
by MattDovey
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: Rules of Writing

Never self reject. wotf011
by MattDovey
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Developmental Editor
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Developmental Editor

Spencer Ellsworth is an excellent writer and excellent person, and currently open to work: http://spencerellsworth.com/editing-proofreading-services/ (I thoroughly recommend his space opera trilogy, btw, currently A Red Peace + Shadow Sun Seven with Memory's Blade out next month. This month? Soon, a...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 787566

Re: Success!

I mentioned being accepted into an anthology of game-tie-in fiction a few months ago and the publisher finally announced it: http://azurekeep.com/portfolio/tales-of-ruma/ Looks like Dave and I are going to be anthology buddies again. /channels Matt Dovey and celebrates success whilst stabbing malic...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions About The Contest
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Re: Questions About The Contest

1. Nope. Just has to be speculative fiction.

2. No minimum, though flash length tends to be a harder sell. Maximum is 17,500 words i.e. novelette length.

3. I think so, but you would need an adult to accomany you on the trip if you win, I believe.
by MattDovey
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 16638

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

But you're about to get the one I covet most of all--the Lexan Impaler! Seriously, doesn't anyone worry about tripping as they walk off the stage with that thing? They should instruct you to hold it point down, like scissors! : ) Cheers! ~Moon~ I still worry about dropping the things every time I p...
by MattDovey
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 16638

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I've been in contact with Joni about other matters recently, and she is swamped with finishing up Q4 stuff, which I take to mean she is in the process of getting all of those certificates out to you lovely people. wotf008 "other matters", he says casually wotf001 *casually glances to the ...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 16638

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Jeremyteg wrote:I've been in contact with Joni about other matters recently, and she is swamped with finishing up Q4 stuff, which I take to mean she is in the process of getting all of those certificates out to you lovely people. wotf008


"other matters", he says casually wotf001
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL

I think discussions of faith are plenty fair game. Bear in mind that whilst LRH is obviously associated with Scientology, Dave Farland is a Mormon and Tim Powers is a Catholic, and the other judges run the gamut all the way to atheism too. Same as anything: treat the topic with respect and you shoul...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: Conflict & Tension

Was it this post you were thinking of? I think conflict between the scene and the reader is absolutely possible. Conflict between what a reader expects, behaviour wise, and what your character is doing, provokes a particular kind of intrigue. Why is this sympathetically-presented character engaging ...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Word Counts

I always go from the first word to the last word, without header or title, then work out how many # section breaks there are and subtract it, because I can't bring myself to be vague and approximate. But nearly every market just asks for "rounded to the nearest 100", so it doesn't really m...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 927

Re: Magical Realism?

Clever about the scar on your arm. Ever tell how that really happened? Now where would be the fun in that? wotf011 Plus, choke, that story was great. Tina did a wonderful job reading it. Tina is an amazing reader. She does a lot at Escape Pod, but she also has her own podcast that's just started up...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Thousands of examples. Ender's Game started as a short. Flowers for Algernon started as a short. Martin is just turning his Clarkesworld short Today I Am Paul into a novel. I can't think of a flash turned into a short--which arguably compete more than shorts v novels--but chances are it would take y...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

On another note related to this thread, what do y'all do about facebook? Do you keep a separate profile for writing associates? for fans? just create a "page" for ppl to follow? I've just gained access to this incredible network of writers, but I'm not sure I want them to see my blanket F...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 927

Re: Magical Realism?

and I appreciate your fine notes too, sir, even if the narrative is off. ;) It's fun to hear about the experience. Anyone willing to write about it is awesome-possum in my book. :) I'll take what I can get. And photographers following your every move? Nice. Love the luggage photo too lol wotf013 Ac...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Retellings

I think, to be honest, the market was flooded with retellings for a while and they've become a bit... passé. Which is not to say it can't be done, but that it needs to be more than simply retelling it with a modern setting or from another character's perspective; it works best when combined with som...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

Before I made the plunge, I poked around other author websites first. Matt Dovey's uses a service called DISQUS, which seems nice. Brandon Sanderson uses a private web design company (Blue Mountain Media) as does Patrick Rothfuss (Authors on the Web), but a lot of other writers, including David Dal...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 927

Re: Magical Realism?

I'm for sure going to put together a bit of a diary/journal thing on the winning experience. I won't be the first to do it, but if it helps anyone it's worth it, right? Don't reckon on getting anything written up during the week, you'll be too busy! But keep notes about each day, because by the tim...

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