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by Jeremyteg
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 412
Views: 13946

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

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. wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 Congrats Amy! Excited to meet you in LA next April! wotf010 w...
by Jeremyteg
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: Drafting

I've noticed a lot of people talking about numbered drafts, or saving each edit under a different file name. Since I started writing, I've just kind of edited as I went, changing things piecemeal based on notes I made to myself while thinking about the story or with deliberate beginning-to-end and ...
by Jeremyteg
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

EDIT: I lied. I also need a view outside like most folks have mentioned. I live out on an old farm, so the vistas are quite stunning. Just staring out the back door for 10-15 minutes is usually enough to get me back to my desk. I am super envious! I work so much better when I can take brain breaks ...
by Jeremyteg
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 189

Re: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"

My impression from reading the volumes aligns with what Matt and Amy are saying. Plenty of the stories that win Writers of the Future could be easily considered YA. Some of them are not, but some of them are. By "children's stories" I think they mean something that could appear in a Highli...
by Jeremyteg
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

I have a desk by the door in the living room of the apartment my wife and I are living in while I finish my Masters. She is also an artist, and her desk is bigger, so she got the tiny second bedroom for her office space. Because we don't have kids it works pretty well for me to use the living room a...
by Jeremyteg
Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 10
Views: 244

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

I believe KD Wentworth's story was the shortest win at 2k. Wow. I get the impression that you're the WOTF Anthology guru. Out of curiosity, how many volumes have you read? Legend tells that Dustin was there at the dawn of WOTF, long before the first winners walked the earth. His knowledge is vast, ...
by Jeremyteg
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 263

Re: Finishing Stories

Sometimes I spend an entire block of writing time editing what I wrote before. Have any of you found good strategies for avoiding this or should I just embrace it as part of my writing process? I lean toward the latter because I will forget to add or change details if I don't do it right then and I...
by Jeremyteg
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 263

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 ...
by Jeremyteg
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 263

Re: Finishing Stories

Am I setting myself up for failure for aborting so many potential stories instead of getting in the habit of completing one before moving on to the next? Sorry, but... yes. I couldn't agree more. I try to finish everything I start, even if I don't think it's going anywhere. Part of that has to do w...
by Jeremyteg
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 412
Views: 13946

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

amyhg wrote:wotf058

O_O

I can't decide if I'm twitching more from waiting for placement results or for my twins to come.


Hooray! Congratulations! And good luck making it past the final hurdle! May we meet in LA. wotf009
by Jeremyteg
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 412
Views: 13946

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congrats to the HMs, SHMs, and S-Fs! Commiserations to the R's, and best of luck to those still waiting!
by Jeremyteg
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3787
Views: 658793

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 cat...
by Jeremyteg
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5818

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Really!? That gives me hope haha. I finished reading mine and found a "to" instead of "too" and a missing "of". At least I didn't find 10 typos in the manuscript. I am hoping there are no more than 7 typos in my script. I found 5. I was so busy and sleep deprived from ...
by Jeremyteg
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3787
Views: 658793

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 Jeremyteg
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5818

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I just won first place with a story that had more than one significant typo. If your story is good and the typos/grammar errors aren't too distracting, I wouldn't worry about it. wotf007 Really!? That gives me hope haha. I finished reading mine and found a "to" instead of "too" ...
by Jeremyteg
Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5818

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I give myself some time to decompress before starting in again. That sounds like a good plan. I will take a break for a week or two maybe a month at most. I made the mistake of looking at my Q3 manuscript today. There is nothing i can do now but I found a missing "K" from the word "t...
by Jeremyteg
Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4850
Views: 835514

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

So...

Uh...

Anyone read any good books lately?
by Jeremyteg
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5818

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I'm in...pretty sure I'll get another R as it's kind of a trunky story, but who knows? I have got to stop procrastinating. Deadlines, ugh! Must start working on next story now. Good luck, all! I'm in, but my hopes for this quarter are not high. wotf004 Ahh well. At least I'm in, right? Good work! E...
by Jeremyteg
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 412
Views: 13946

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I'm vicariously twitching over here...just a little bit wotf001

Good luck y'all! May we meet in Hollywood! wotf009
by Jeremyteg
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 47
Views: 11004

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

I submitted to Pirates and Ghosts with what would have been my Q2 entry. Here's hoping!
by Jeremyteg
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters
Replies: 8
Views: 138

Re: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters

N.K. Jemisin did something similar in "The Fifth Season" and won a Hugo. If anything, what she did was more sneaky and disruptive of reader expectations. I say go for it, if you can make it work.
by Jeremyteg
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 177
Views: 50461

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

I just finished "Senlin Ascends," by Josiah Bancroft. A really cool, very weird steam-punk story involving the Tower of Babel. Probably the best self-published book I've read. I definitely recommend it! I need to look for it, but I may have seen it someplace. It's quite good. It took me a...
by Jeremyteg
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

Dave's Writing Tip today was on word count. He said that "word count" is actually not the number of words in a story. A word, by professional definition, is 6 character spaces. Therefore, most stories are actually 30% longer than the computer calculated word count. So sometimes novice wri...
by Jeremyteg
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

While scouring The Story Doctor website, which features many of Dave's writing tips, I came across an interesting checklist Dave composed that he used to use. Here's a link: https://mystorydoctor.com/12588-2/ . Talk about extensive. I started reading not realizing how in-depth it was and finished w...
by Jeremyteg
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

Based on my experiences, Amy is spot on. wotf008
by Jeremyteg
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 412
Views: 13946

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Thank you. I really appreciate the advice. I had no idea how much the first page mattered until recently. To expand on this, is it imperative that the first sentence be the hook or might it be included within the first paragraph or somewhere in the first page. Imagine the reader to have the attenti...
by Jeremyteg
Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 15288

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Conga rats dancing for Jeremy, Ysocks, and Inky! Kudos to Jeremy as well for First Place! How long have you been entering, Jeremy? And what's your try/fail cycle? : ) Thanks Dustan! I first entered in 2013 and got an HM, then didn't enter again until about two years ago. I've entered every quarter ...
by Jeremyteg
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2329
Views: 382221

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Michael! And yeah, Dustin and I tried very, very hard to get the avatar to work. It's totally broken.
by Jeremyteg
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 412
Views: 13946

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Commiserations to the Rs. Good luck to those still standing!
by Jeremyteg
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3787
Views: 658793

Re: Success!

Good work Rebecca! I look forward to reading the flash piece. wotf010

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