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by vjalrik
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 265
Views: 8001

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

R for me. On to the next.
by vjalrik
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807872

Re: Success!

WillShadbolt wrote:After numerous attempts, I finally placed a story in DSF! It's the first pro market I've been published in, so I'm pretty pumped.

https://dailysciencefiction.com/hither- ... -labyrinth

Congrats Will! I enjoyed the story - fun idea wotf010
by vjalrik
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 265
Views: 8001

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Wulf Moon wrote:Our Girl in the Glasses got to share her story on creating 5 in 35! Well done, Brittany! Check it out on the Writers of the Future website and see her adorable baby girl too!

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/birt ... -rainsdon/

Fun story! wotf010
by vjalrik
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 265
Views: 8001

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Thanks for this. You have given me some stuff to think about. I have often wondered about creating checklist stories in hopes of stringing together HMs. I suppose I am still new to this contest and after a few years I might have a better idea of my approach, what aspects to be consistent in and whe...
by vjalrik
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807872

Re: Success!

I'm happy to announce I have a fun story in a fun anthology that just came out last week: The Church of Raw in Thuggish Itch: Scientific . The story was a quirky early WOTF rejection that I still really liked, but was a poor fit for most markets, so I've been shopping it around for a couple of years...
by vjalrik
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 265
Views: 8001

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I hope I can land an HM this quarter. My ratio is embarrassing, I was hoping to do better this year. I am still at the point where my absolute best effort barely makes an HM. I gotta improve that next year. I'm starting to think the place/rejection ratio is overrated (though this may be due to mine...
by vjalrik
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: 4 in 36

I know these challenges are meant to be fun and motivational, but just to spoil that a little, I have a rules question.... Do repeat submissions count? I personally would say yes, but I'm open to hearing thoughts otherwise. Is the challenge more about writing or submitting? This will be my first qua...
by vjalrik
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10462

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

R for me too. Deciding I really don't like the addition of the "still in the running" emails....
by vjalrik
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10462

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

thegirlintheglasses wrote:Thursday is coming. wotf009

"And I'll have 3rd quarter results tomorrow!!! best, Joni Labaqui"

Thursday is tomorrow.
by vjalrik
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 5
Views: 601

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 ...
by vjalrik
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 265
Views: 8001

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm in.
by vjalrik
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Short Fast Q4 Exchange
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Short Fast Q4 Exchange

RSchibler wrote:You can send it my way too. I generally turn around in less than 24hrs

Thanks Rebecca! I macheted it up a bit in response to Morgan's stellar feedback, so it's a bit over 2,000 words now. I'll PM you.
by vjalrik
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Short Fast Q4 Exchange
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Short Fast Q4 Exchange

I have a 1500 word story I'd like another set of eyes on, with say a one week turnaround so I can still get it submitted this quarter. If you've got a short piece and can get some general impressions back quick, I'd be happy to swap!
by vjalrik
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10462

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Joni Labaqui here from the Writers of the Future contest with some good news. You are still in the running for the 3rd Quarter. Your story made it through the "first pass", meaning you will be judged now by our coordinating judge, David Farland. But I also wanted let you know that you shou...
by vjalrik
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10462

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Henckel wrote:
jjcollins wrote:JUST got my “still in the running” email; interesting, Joni mentions winners will not be determined by the end of Q4.


Did Joni say that in your "still in the running" email???


Just got mine too, and it said the same thing. Weird quarter. wotf017
by vjalrik
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10462

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Henckel wrote:Sounds live the results are starting to trickle in.
Given that I haven't received one of the "your story has been passed to Dave" emails, I'm feeling a bit bummed. ...I thought this was one of my best.


I'm in the same boat. No "first pass" email, no R, yet....
by vjalrik
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Format of computer folders, files, and programs
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: Format of computer folders, files, and programs

Yeah, I wouldn't mess with the fonts in the manuscript, though you might include notes indicating which text needs which treatment. I don't think there's a standard notation in SMF for different fonts.
by vjalrik
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Format of computer folders, files, and programs
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: Format of computer folders, files, and programs

For program code or names of coding language packages or libraries you would actually change the font to something monospaced like Consolas or Monaco. This is mostly the convention for academic and professional papers, but you might also see it used in a Tom Clancy or Michael Crichton or the like fo...
by vjalrik
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Agonizing Mistakes
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Agonizing Mistakes

And, Mike, I've developed a pretty hardcore system of version management. Unless guidelines give a formula for submission file name, or are like Daily SF where you copy/paste text into a sub window, I don't sub ANYTHING that isn't [Title] - [Market] - Submission.docx/doc/rtf Each story gets a folde...
by vjalrik
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 1858

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Scalables is the publication business model principle of resales and optional subsidiary rights placements, as much a facet for writers' considerations as publishers and agents'. Digest reprints and book anthologies might earn and, therefore, pay more than a first-publication sale. Might not. Short...
by vjalrik
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 1858

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

I think the pay rates might be another consideration for short fiction. Even if you have the rights back already or only published on your blog, if you sell a story with that material in it you're technically reprinting it. You could make the argument that it's a new piece of work, but some editors ...
by vjalrik
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: All countdown stories

I was just reading Deep Magic's guidelines and saw they listed it as one of their top 3 problems a couple of years ago, so it must be fairly common: https://www.eschlerediting.com/top-three-short-story-mistakes/ For me, it's usually just laziness. You get through the climax and get to what seems lik...
by vjalrik
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10462

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Got mine in last night. I actually have a new one instead of a trunk story this quarter!
by vjalrik
Thu May 17, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 116
Views: 73098

Re: Galaxy's Edge

If you look at the 237 pending responses, they're showing a mean of 41 days, median of 44. So six weeks might be optimistic. wotf012
by vjalrik
Thu May 10, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19562

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats Preston!
amoskalik wrote:
preston wrote: RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRHRRRHRRHRHHHRRHHRHRRRHHRRRHRRRRF/winner!


I imagine this is the sound you made after your phone call with Joni.

Nice.
by vjalrik
Tue May 01, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221906

Re: Five Minute Rant

In my case, at least, It's probably because I send them in bunches. wotf019 I used to jump on the computer as soon as I got a rejection and send it somewhere else, but I don't always have time for that these days, so I'll usually end up collecting and then sending out again about three at a time. (...
by vjalrik
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone submitting to UFO?
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: Anyone submitting to UFO?

I subbed last Sunday and got my R within 12 hrs. I've always appreciated their fast turnaround time, but I've also never gotten a re-sub request, so maybe it's the product more than the process....
by vjalrik
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19562

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

kentagions wrote:DQs! Withdrawals!
I feel like I'm getting closer.

Who do I gotta rub out? wotf028

wotf001

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