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by jficke13
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11048

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I'm embarrassed that my first post is such a stupid question, but here we are: I got the email saying I got an Honorable Mention, but my name doesn't show up on the list of HMs on the blog post. Is that because I didn't request a certificate or was I overlooked? I think you need to reply to the not...
by jficke13
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11048

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

HM for me. Congrats everyone who made it through!
by jficke13
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11048

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Of the finalists, three winners are chosen (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place). They go to LA. Sometimes Finalists are asked to hold their piece from submitting it to other markets because, depending on how the anthology shapes up, one or two might be "published finalists." Published finalists are i...
by jficke13
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11048

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Twitching you say? Just wait 'til someone tells you about "Thursdays." Educate me, what's the big deal with thursdays? Today is thursday. Today is indeed Thursday. The board consciousness refers to "Thursdays" as the perception that results seem to go out on Thursdays. Not sure ...
by jficke13
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11048

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 jficke13
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11048

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

vsutherland01 wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:It looks like the first wave is done, yes. It's been about two weeks since it hit.


How many waves of Rejections usually hit per quarter?


Seems like 2-3. Paper submissions seem to get reviewed last and any Rs in that batch appear to go out with the final set of results. Beyond that... {shrugs}?
by jficke13
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686066

Re: Success!

Congrats. Good to see a couple forum folk get in those.
by jficke13
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11048

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I stand corrected about how soon results would come back... my bad everyone.
by jficke13
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Hero's Journey / Tests allies and enemies
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: Hero's Journey / Tests allies and enemies

It sounds like you're committing to the Hero's Journey as a checklist, rather than a pattern/contour for the story. I don't think that the best way to plot a story is to take a structure like the Hero's Journey and make a 1:1 transference from structure to your story (though if it works for you, I g...
by jficke13
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11048

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Not sure what the variance from year to year, but I just looked back to see when I got my response for Q3 from last year. I got the email on 9/16, so hopefully you brought some crackers into the box fort ;)
by jficke13
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Are aliens needed?
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Are aliens needed?

I think a good question to ask is: "What does {element} do?" If the answer is "check a box" I'd suggest that's not sufficient. If the answer is "advance the timbre of 'speculative fiction' while allowing me to delve into [concept A and B that further my theme]" then hec...
by jficke13
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 7
Views: 248

Re: Drafting

I think this falls squarely in the zone of "whatever works for you is how you should do it." I will share my process though just because I found it intersesting to read other peoples'. I work in Word, which I know a lot of people don't like. I tried Scrivener, but I just didn't settle into...
by jficke13
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17961

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!!
by jficke13
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686066

Re: Success!

I sold a micro (twitter?) length piece to Story Seed Vault @tinystoryseeds that should be posted on 7/23/17. Less than 140 characters still counts right?

p.s. I'm publishing it under the name Jonathan Twain.
by jficke13
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17961

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

D.Kav wrote:Who else is still waiting for these Q2 results?


I'm pretty sure that all that's left is for the finalists to learn if they placed. If you haven't heard, it might be worth querying Joni.
by jficke13
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17961

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I'm in the same quandary as some of the posters here, i.e. on the edge of my seat, biting nails waiting for a response. That, and I'm not even sure my story made it into Q2. I submitted June 14th, and didn't receive the usual confirmation from Joni. Fortunately, I emailed her about it on the 25th, ...
by jficke13
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 397

Re: Finishing Stories

Matt and Jeremy have focused on landing the ending, which is a HUGE thing, no doubt. But to me, everything I've ever finished has had a broken ending. I get to it and think "for this to work X Y and Z need to change(blah blah blah)." For me the skills that finishing a story exercises are t...
by jficke13
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Writer's Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1097

Re: Writer's Group

I've never used slack, but it's obviously a big thing in the world.

I'm down to give a writer's group a shot and am pretty flexible about software and such. It's all just 1s and 0s right? Can't be harder than writing right?
by jficke13
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 397

Re: Finishing Stories

Yeah... Matt said what I was trying to say a lot better than I did.

There's so much post 1st-draft work to do and so many skills that I never started honing until I started finishing stories that it blew my mind.
by jficke13
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17961

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congrats. You've earned it!
by jficke13
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 397

Re: Finishing Stories

Setting yourself up for failure? I'm not sure I'd go that far, but writing to a completed story is valuable for all sorts of reasons beyond developing a habit of finishing. Once done then I get to hone my skills of editing all the way from structure down to prose. Ripping it apart and putting it bac...
by jficke13
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 2, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 13
Views: 1149

Re: Quarter 2, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34

I'm out. R in the wee hours of July 9.
by jficke13
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17961

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I'm out. Got the R late last night. Honestly it's what this one deserved.

Every R's a lesson. Onto the next.
by jficke13
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17961

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Someone said paper submissions wait longest. And I think Joni said for email subs that she prints them and gives them to DF for judging, so I'd guess that we're all last wave folks.
by jficke13
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 11
Views: 685

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

I just finished Deborah Chester's "Fantasy Fiction Formula." It's really quite good if not quite revelatory. I feel as though she does a job of clearly articulating ideas I've heard in general (e.g. scene/sequel) as well as putting in more concrete terms things I've been doing instinctivel...
by jficke13
Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 51
Views: 11767

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Well I have one in for each anthology, so fingers crossed, right?
by jficke13
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686066

Re: Success!

Thanks all, and congratulations as well!
by jficke13
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686066

Re: Success!

I signed the contract and the editor said it was safe to share, so here we go: Mad Scientist Journal put out a call for classified ads and are planning to publish my submission in March 2018. It's a 180ish word fictional classified ad, so I'm not sure if that falls into flash or an even smaller cate...
by jficke13
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686066

Re: Success!

So, being rather new to this (read: completely new to this), when is it appropriate to post about sales? When ink is dried on a contract? When a publication date is set? Something else entirely? Also, what if the market isn't a pro market? I've heard at least one person give the advice not to even ...
by jficke13
Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686066

Re: Success!

So, being rather new to this (read: completely new to this), when is it appropriate to post about sales? When ink is dried on a contract? When a publication date is set? Something else entirely? Also, what if the market isn't a pro market? I've heard at least one person give the advice not to even m...

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