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by jficke13
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: 4thewords
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: 4thewords

I heard Mary Robinette Kowal recommend it on Writing Excuses but balked at cost when I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I should do a trial though.
by jficke13
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 14
Views: 304

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

That's me. I'm Topanga Canyon. When I found this out, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life. It was like I had a secret identity I didn't even know about. The stories I could tell you! And I fully intend to tell them all. The good news is: I didn't give up forever. I came back, and my stories...
by jficke13
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 21
Views: 236

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?
by jficke13
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 21
Views: 236

Re: Magical Realism?

One cool thing about the contest is you have room to experiment because it runs every quarter. If it doesn't win you don't necessarily have a broken story. You can find it a home elsewhere, and in the meantime you learn something about your own writing and something about the contest. [...]What may...
by jficke13
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 21
Views: 236

Re: Magical Realism?

One cool thing about the contest is you have room to experiment because it runs every quarter. If it doesn't win you don't necessarily have a broken story. You can find it a home elsewhere, and in the meantime you learn something about your own writing and something about the contest.
by jficke13
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: Retellings

I think it's a question of degree. To some extent a lot of stories share an archetype and are "retellings" of the core hero's journey for example. But when the details and voice and execution are unique, it totally works. It's when the retellings lacks the unique element to set it apart th...
by jficke13
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 32
Views: 1215

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

My stories tend to go long and so I made sure that the one I submitted for Q4 was under the standard manuscript format based word count just to be on the safe side. If my story gets rejected, I want to at least make sure its not rejected for a technical foul. You might want to read Martin Shoemaker...
by jficke13
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 21
Views: 236

Re: Magical Realism?

Whatever label you give it, it sounds cool. I'd read it if you'd like.
by jficke13
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7458

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

It’s been a week, JF, have you heard? Did Joni tell you how long they’d take to judge? When you do hear, don’t forget to ask her which judges judged your quarter. I did hear! I got 3rd (so surreal). I totally did not ask which judges were on Q4, but she said that Kevin J. Anderson laughed out loud ...
by jficke13
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3856
Views: 711928

Re: Success!

My story "The Final Sundering of Hellas" will be in the forthcoming anthology "Tales of Ruma" (early 2018). The anthology is the tie-in fiction associated with a tabletop RPG, Ruma: Dawn of Empire, which was funded on Kickstarter. The premise of the game world is that in the post...
by jficke13
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 5
Views: 99

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

I see some people have websites in their signatures. Does anyone have advice about starting one? Hosting or other companies you recommend (or recommend we avoid)? I'll confess to web design being a glaring hole in my tech-saviness.
by jficke13
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7458

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Everyone on this board is the absolute coolest. Especially you.
by jficke13
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

So sorry, Ishmael. I've heard horror stories like that. In one (much discussed here, I think), the editor practically wrote his own story -- adding in major elements of sadism and sexual brutality -- and then mocked the author for objecting. A little research showed he was famous for that. And for ...
by jficke13
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7458

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

SHM. That rounds out my set of responses from WOTF with at least one in each category, except, of course, "Winner". Maybe next year! A blackout bingo! That's amazing. Has anyone else ever achieved this? (I knew there was a reason I've been collecting "R"'s - I wanted to make sur...
by jficke13
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7458

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Jeremyteg wrote:
jficke13 wrote:wotf058

! Try not to twitch to death!



Update: I reread my story. I should not have reread my story. <breathes deeply>
by jficke13
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7458

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

wotf058

Joni said it was okay to "shout that you're a finalist from the mountaintops," and she hoped to have the winners notified soon. Welp, here goes being productive, right?
by jficke13
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7458

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Being a newb to this contest, I have a question: Do most folks typically submit a story for the next quarter before learning the results of the current judging round? I have some more in the pipeline but wasn't sure if I should wait until I receive a "thumbs down." Some people have for su...
by jficke13
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7458

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I can't even imagine what it must be like for Dave to get through THOUSANDS of stories every single quarter like that. Does he read them all electronically with a special REJECT button, or are they all printed out and he sorts them into piles? Then maybe the piles are sent to Joni at the end of eve...
by jficke13
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1218

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

What do you mean by "simultaneously submit?" When story A is submitted to the Contest, I don't submit story A to Publisher X until *after* it fails to win in the Contest. I think typically "simultaneous submissions" is used to mean "I have Story A submitted to Publisher X a...
by jficke13
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1218

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

Thank you all for the advice and encouragement. I’m about to sit down to turn out another tale. Do most of you who are submitting for the competition also simultaneously submit to publishers, magazines, anthologies, etc? I guess if you’re good (and lucky) you’ll either chalk up a win in the competi...
by jficke13
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1218

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

So the next time I go on a quiz show I'm going to introduce myself 'Call me Ishmael and I'm a writer." wotf011 Fixed. wotf001 Oh yes. Let's get the quotation right. But actually the only time I was on a quiz show I at first found it quite nerve-wracking to say anything. The show was called '15...
by jficke13
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Go for the novel? Or stick with the short story?
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Go for the novel? Or stick with the short story?

Writing short stories is nice because you can exercise the "finishing stuff" muscle. Learning to finish pieces is a valuable skill all of its own (moving from idea, to outline (or not), to draft, to finished draft, to polished draft, to submittable piece). If you want to write novels thoug...
by jficke13
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1218

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

Ishmael, your determination is certainly an inspiration! A friend asked me the other day when I would stop trying to “make it” if it didn’t work out. My response was to channel Galaxy Quest. Never Give Up, Never Surrender! That being said, I have a question in the vein of submitting four stories in...
by jficke13
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3856
Views: 711928

Re: Success!

So it seems I've been missing for quite a while. Huge congrats to Philip who's on a tremendous roll, and congrats to all who've made sales and/or been published. By the way, have you considered joining Codex? It's really awesome wotf007 My own accomplishments in the past six months, such as they ar...
by jficke13
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 21
Views: 579

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

Hi there! Welcome to the forum! Preston gave a solid answer to your question in a different thread a while ago. Here's the link: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2556&p=79448&hilit=silver+honorable+mention#p79448 Thanks for the link! Do you agree with Preston that...
by jficke13
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 17
Views: 829

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

Yeah this williamhawk dude is getting pretty annoying. And setting him to "foe" doesn't seem to do anything.
by jficke13
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What does "win" mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 237

Re: What does "win" mean?

Yeah I would definitely classify having a subsequent quarter's submission DQd because an earlier quarter placed as a "high quality problem."

Nothing says you can't find the DQd story a home in a different publication, right?
by jficke13
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 32
Views: 1215

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

Dustin Adams wrote:Chris,
I believe he said an extra $108.
So maybe $1000 plus $108 because of word count.
Then the grand prize.

Matt pretty much cleaned up.

And he has a cool accent...


Never underestimate the value of a cool accent.

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