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by RSchibler
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2912
Views: 585038

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome James. I’m a violin teacher in San Antonio, small world. Good luck with your entry and welcome to the forum. This is a good place to be.
by RSchibler
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 244
Views: 22042

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

It is typical to receive the email before the blog post goes up, however, because they wait until the finalists are sorted to post the blog with the winners.
by RSchibler
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Horrid fiction?
Replies: 4
Views: 60

Re: Horrid fiction?

While I’ve rarely read anything I’d qualify as horrid, I suspect the impetus for this question came from the desire to learn from poorly written fiction. I’d recommend critiquing as an approach. Much of what I’ve learned about writing has come from doing lots of critiques of other people’s stories. ...
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 37
Replies: 10
Views: 222

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 37

Straight up gave me a heart attack because I thought results were coming out. So... you know... thanks for that.

Submitted June 12.
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 244
Views: 22042

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Results range from 2-4 months. The average is 3, and that’s fairly consistent (although Q4 results tend to be faster because of their deadlines and Q1 tends to run longer because of the workshop and gala). I’d say we’re getting close to results time, but it could be a few weeks yet. Hopefully Joni w...
by RSchibler
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 229
Views: 9483

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Never self reject.
by RSchibler
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

I have time to do last minute crits if anyone needs them.
by RSchibler
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 229
Views: 9483

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

LoyalRam wrote:Ok, I've got mine entered.


Best to remove story identifying information. Judges have been known to browse forum, and you don't want to risk getting disqualified.
by RSchibler
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4201
Views: 995826

Re: Success!

AlexH wrote:Congrats everyone! I'd love to read about how you worked this out together Liz and Becky. Is there a blog post coming? Maybe co-written! I read an article about co-writing stories recently. Maybe it was a link shared here.

I’ll write something up!
by RSchibler
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Dialogue Exercise Part 2: Lou rolled on the narrow mattress toward his lover. “You don’t understand. I need to be the one to do it.” Dim flickers from outside lit the cube, the clatter of the drink shop three levels down echoing up the stacked column of steel boxes that passed for homes. “Why does i...
by RSchibler
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 229
Views: 9483

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I’m in for Q3. Best of luck to everyone. If anyone needs a crit on their story over the next few weeks, send me a message!
by RSchibler
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4201
Views: 995826

Re: Success!

I am excited to share that DisgruntledPeony and I co-wrote a story that has been selected for publication in the Hold Your Fire anthology from WordFire Press! Proceeds from the anthology go to fund the scholarship we received. It’s a shiny ToC as well- at least one other forumite is with us but I’ll...
by RSchibler
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

Comments? I'm lost as to who Mother is. And the work sounds interesting, "dead radio stations on Earth," is a cool concept idea worthy of a bigger story. I would ride along if I was reading this in a bigger work, but I'd want some explanation pretty quick as to what it is they do. You use...
by RSchibler
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

I’ll echo what Wulf said as we head into submission period for Q3. Hands down the most common things I comment on when critiquing manuscripts are grammar, formatting, and punctuation. Make sure your manuscript is as clean as you can get it. I almost never read bad stories. Most people have creative ...
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First timer needing Critique for WOTF piece
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: First timer needing Critique for WOTF piece

Sure, I'll take a look. PM me!
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: I Had An Epiphany
Replies: 13
Views: 612

Re: I Had An Epiphany

Oh definitely- that’s just an average. I shared that to point out that 400 words a day isn’t an overwhelming goal and it will still get you 500,000 words in just a few years. I tend to write 4-6 days/week.
by RSchibler
Sun May 31, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: I Had An Epiphany
Replies: 13
Views: 612

Re: I had an epiphany

I’ve always heard it as your first million words — Jerry Pournelle said “your first 500,000 to one million words”, Heinlein is attributed as saying “Your first million words are [beep]” and I’ve heard it from other places as well. I think the more important point is that our first efforts are going ...
by RSchibler
Thu May 28, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

Dialogue Assignment: (Great assignment, Wulf!) Lou turned to his lover. “You don’t understand. I need to be the one to do it.” “Why does it matter?” “Because. I want Mother to know it was me.” “There are thousands of Men. Dozens of radio jerks. She doesn’t care about you.” “Exactly! If she knew it w...
by RSchibler
Sat May 23, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 229
Views: 9483

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Hey guys. How are you doing? Hope y'all doing fine. Can I ask a question? I'm new here. I'm an aspiring writer. I've recently found out about this contest and I'd like to participate in it. I've got one question though. Is it allowed for a non-native English speaker to take part in this contest? Th...
by RSchibler
Fri May 22, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

zeeteebeez wrote:ALSO:

-music. I love writing with music, but only instrumental. This can help flow state as well. If you’re looking for something to write to, try the Mandalorian soundtrack.


I have to do instrumental as well. I am partial to Chopin. I’ll try the Mandalorian soundtrack, neat idea.
by RSchibler
Thu May 21, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

1) what flow state is, 2) what triggers can help activate it, 3) what can steal it from us, 4) and how you plan to personally enhance your working environment and mental state to usher in more flow state writing. 1) Flow state is our zen state where we become one with the project/activity in front o...
by RSchibler
Thu May 21, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Number of Published Finalists
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: Number of Published Finalists

chuckt wrote:I presume that a published finalist is not disqualified? (Unless, of course, the publication of his or her story makes them "pro-out?")

KD was a published finalist before she won :)
by RSchibler
Wed May 06, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

I stumbled on the forum three years ago when I knew next to nothing about writing stories. Through the forum I've made lifelong friends, and been a huge part of developing my writing ability to the point I made my first professional sale last October. The forum is a gathering place, a lecture hall, ...
by RSchibler
Mon May 04, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Looking for critiques
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Re: Looking for critiques

I’ll read them - PM me for my email.
by RSchibler
Mon May 04, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 25
Views: 3060

Re: Manuscript format question

Go to insert page numbers - the header can be edited. You can add your title (and last name for other markets) by double clicking. Choose “other options” to remove the page number from the first page however! That’s a mistake I just recently realize I was making. If that doesn’t make sense PM me and...
by RSchibler
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 434
Views: 35780

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I have permission to announce! wotf059 wotf059 I got third place. Joni called me Monday and I’m still glowing. It feels so darn good to finally get the win. This piece was an HM a year ago. I made a small but crucial change, lopped 10% out of the first couple pages, and now it hits all the right no...
by RSchibler
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215701

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

The big thing I get out of the KYD exercise is finding the heart of the story. I am a pantser, so when I'm drafting a new story I tend to just throw everything and the kitchen sink in there that occurs to my happy little brain and sort it out in editing. The problem I had before studying the KYD exe...
by RSchibler
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Free jackson hole hard sci fi today
Replies: 1
Views: 1019

Re: Free jackson hole hard sci fi today

I'm signed up! I am excited!
by RSchibler
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 434
Views: 35780

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

So... since all the other results have gone out I should be in the clear for announcing: wotf058 This is my sixth time up at the plate. Will I actually get the home run this time? Here's hoping! I got the call Monday but Joni asked me to keep quiet until she had sent out all the results (and contac...

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