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by jficke13
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656817

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: 393
Views: 13548

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: 393
Views: 13548

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: 243

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: 15
Views: 740

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: 243

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: 393
Views: 13548

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: 243

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: 849

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: 393
Views: 13548

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: 393
Views: 13548

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: 489

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: 47
Views: 10962

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: 3783
Views: 656817

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: 3783
Views: 656817

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: 3783
Views: 656817

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: 3783
Views: 656817

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...
by jficke13
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5683

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Dustin Adams wrote:Yay!
Hooray for draft!

Yup, portal is still closed. Poor, poor Joni.
I e-mailed my entry to her. I'm in upon confirmation.


I submitted early this quarter just to avoid this headache for all involved.
by jficke13
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters
Replies: 8
Views: 136

Re: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters

I vote that it would be jarring and likely knock the reader out of the story. Could it be done? Possibly, but I'd bet it's hard to do well. If you are considering leaving this character in present tense, I'd ask: Is there a compelling reason why this character would be presenting their POV in a pres...
by jficke13
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5683

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I'm in. No repeat of last quarter's final day submission trouble this time!
by jficke13
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 393
Views: 13548

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

katsincommand wrote:I'm out. The story is strong, so it might be a matter of taste. Going to try some other markets. Good luck to everyone else!


That is a good portion of the battle. Editor's tastes and preferences are important, especially when the competition is as fierce as it is here.
by jficke13
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How to Optimize your Business Online
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Re: How to Optimize your Business Online

It was a strange twist of fate that those souls on the WotF forum were the first to realize Skynet had become self aware... they were not, unfortunately, the last.
by jficke13
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 393
Views: 13548

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

FWIW I just got another email from Joni confirming my Q2 entry was received (I was one of the glitch/email 3/31 entries). She wrote "We will have results in about a month from now."

Adjust twtichiness as you deem appropriate.
by jficke13
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 393
Views: 13548

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Incoming. The Grinder is showing one rejection. Long live Thursday! Seems odd that it's just one rejection, and nobody on here has mentioned one either (maybe we're all that good). Anyone else thinking there's a chance it's an error? The Grinder reports user input. GIGO as old programmers say. Or a...
by jficke13
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 393
Views: 13548

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

preston wrote:Incoming. The Grinder is showing one rejection. Long live Thursday!


Seems odd that it's just one rejection, and nobody on here has mentioned one either (maybe we're all that good). Anyone else thinking there's a chance it's an error?
by jficke13
Thu May 25, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 15133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Congratulations!
by jficke13
Thu May 25, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 177
Views: 50365

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

I'm doing Scott Lynch's books right now. Starts with "The Lies of Locke Lamora," and I'm in book 2, "Red Seas Under Red Skies." They're awesome books and also interesting to read as a student of writing for all the "rules" he breaks. He uses passive voice. He uses flash...
by jficke13
Thu May 25, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 11
Views: 489

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

[...]a student of his incorporated his methods in her book "The Fantasy Fiction Formula." Let's see what was her name. . . I shall look it up. Deborah Chester. [...] A student of hers, some cat who has sold a book or five, Jim Butcher, refers to her as his "sensei" and highly re...
by jficke13
Wed May 24, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656817

Re: Success!

I'm so excited I finally get to post in here. My Heroic Fantasy submission to Flame Tree Publishing got picked up for publication! I found out about three weeks ago, but they asked me to keep quiet until they made official announcements. http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fan...
by jficke13
Wed May 10, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 47
Views: 10962

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Yep, there's the rejections.

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