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by RSchibler
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Tom Doherty WoTF podcast
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: Tom Doherty WoTF podcast

If you have an audible subscription, I highly recommend the Great Courses "How Great Science Fiction Works" lecture series. I loved it, and found the speaker very personable. Not always the case - I've quit lectures before because of a boring professor! :)
by RSchibler
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 584
Views: 18357

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Like swift said you can’t resubmit that story, but you’re not barred from entering. You’ll get a critique from Dave Farland so definitely reach out to Joni! General consensus is that anything but a finalist is still a rejection - and there have been mixed results from people using finalist in cover ...
by RSchibler
Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Helpful Writing Links
Replies: 25
Views: 3766

Re: Helpful Writing Links

https://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/SFTerms.html

I don't know if you guys knew this existed, but I'm totally excited about it. Especially if you've got a story going into the Jim Baen awards.
by RSchibler
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Pitching a novel at Life, The Universe & Everything
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: Pitching a novel at Life, The Universe & Everything

If you’re pitching a complete manuscript, stick to one. If you’re just asking questions, you can mention both. But I wouldn’t try to pitch both.
by RSchibler
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story critique needed. Thanks :)
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Story critique needed. Thanks :)

You can send it to me. At that size it’ll take me a few days but should be within a week.
by RSchibler
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Pitching a novel at Life, The Universe & Everything
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: Pitching a novel at Life, The Universe & Everything

1. You talk to an agent or editor about your manuscript. Ideally, you want a completed novel manuscript if you’re going to a pitch session. If you don’t have a completed book, you can still use the time to ask questions, get them to review your query letter, etc. 2. Business cards are a good idea fo...
by RSchibler
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

SUPER Congratulations to Wulf Moon for winning "Best Author" in the Critters Reader's Poll! We know how hard he works, he really deserves this recognition. More, Super Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler won Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story, and OUR little Writing Wor...
by RSchibler
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I've completed a flash story on the BLOOD SUCKER prompt. I accidentally wrote 1346 words, dangit, but will cut it down to 500 anyway. As for the British flash competitions, I do suspect they're going to be more in favor of literary type flash, more like FFO than DSF, but a great story is a great sto...
by RSchibler
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

If the grand prize weren’t so significant I’d have skipped it - but $12 for a potential $1300 prize is worth it, to me.
by RSchibler
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

https://theshortstory.co.uk/competition ... mpetition/

All of you doing the flash prompts regularly - this is a good opportunity for you!
by RSchibler
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?

I don't think he does much else, he probably reads really fast, and he's been at this for a long time - I've assumed he has a smooth system for rejecting or holding stories. I've noticed this before, too. He's so fast, and frequently gives feedback and comments to boot. Not to mention curating one o...
by RSchibler
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Novel Structure - About Turning Points
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Novel Structure - About Turning Points

I vary where I break it - sometimes it's a cliffhanger and sometimes I tie things off with a bow with a few dangling threads. I (personally) like to have easy places to put a book down. I'm a mom, I have work and life to deal with, so it's nice to have a satisfying place to stop without it nagging a...
by RSchibler
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Wow. I totally missed this entire thread during my 2-3 year hiatus. I mean, I saw it, but usually only long enough to know there was a new message and click the "mark all threads as read" button. <sadface>. With another glance, I looked at the original post. Damn. wotf015 I will get all c...
by RSchibler
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 33
Views: 983

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:Outlined five pages by hand today, but don't let me exult in my accomplishments, people. Tell me: it's no good on paper, it needs to be on the screen! *

* But it's out of my head at least, so it's a start.


Just keep swimming.
by RSchibler
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I deleted the questions to save space. 1. 17 years, many many many rejection slips. He called it "standard teething." 2. What can you do that you've never tried? Important. I spent all of 2018 writing stories I didn't really think would win, but to exercise my writing muscles. I wrote in g...
by RSchibler
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Neil Gaiman on short stories
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Neil Gaiman on short stories

Exactly. I needed to work on character arc and internal logic, and short stories allow me to do that without having to invest 80,000 words in the process. My novels have definitely gotten stronger as a result of my short stories.
by RSchibler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 81
Views: 2317

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Heh, Wulf I’m INFP. There’s more that unites us than divides us! Heehee. I’m all for peer pressure to get us “I” types out of our hotel rooms and into the company of the brain trust of Superstars! We’re gonna do this!
by RSchibler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I'm in for Q1. Probably won't work on my Q2 stories until after Superstars and the seminar on short stories with Dave Farland. Best of luck to all!
by RSchibler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 147
Views: 4649

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I'm in for Q1. Best of luck to everyone who submitted!
by RSchibler
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 147
Views: 4649

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I'm in for Q1! I'm doing the Wulf Pack challenge, but I was given a bit of an exemption for this quarter because I just had a baby, so I'm behind on some of the challenge requirements right now... getting my Q1 submission in was my priority and I'm so glad I was able to finish it! :) The Super Secr...
by RSchibler
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 11
Views: 362

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

Interesting, Andy. When I wrote a historical fiction, I decided against italicizing the Latin words in the text because I felt like it gave the story an overly academic and distracting vibe. (About to start querying with it, so the jury is out on whether that worked or not). I have seen it done both...
by RSchibler
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Neil Gaiman on short stories
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Neil Gaiman on short stories

I think that short stories help us with the requisite skills for novels - strong characters, tight plotting, interesting conflict, rich world building - without requiring the months or years of investment a novel needs. Many of the skills required translate to novels, if not all.
by RSchibler
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 147
Views: 4649

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Do The judges stay the same?One of last years judges gave me feedback on a story so it’s disqualified unless they aren’t judging in 2020. My understanding is that semi finalists get critiques, which disqualifies that story from being entered again. In my understanding only finalists are judged by t...
by RSchibler
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Last-Minute Swaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: Last-Minute Swaps?

I don't keep a tally, if you want me to take a look.
by RSchibler
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Swift- I wrote 2 stories (and a novel!) this quarter. The one not going to WotF has been out to three places. Now that the darn book is done I might do some of the flash challenges but not formally. At least, until I start another novel. Best of luck coming up to the deadline folks! I’m available fo...
by RSchibler
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Moon’s SUPER SECRET #37: Aim Your Baby Kraken at a Ship it Can Take Down! Copyright 2019 by Wulf Moon News Flash! There are many magazines and anthologies that are like off-Broadway productions, just around the block from Big Name Publisher. Many even pay pro rate, they just don’t have the volume o...
by RSchibler
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

ASSIGNMENT : Before the next SUPER SECRET, it's time to study another writer's path to success in HOW I GOT PUBLISHED AND WHAT I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY. You might have heard of him, his name is David Farland. His essay is "Going Pro." 1. What lesson did David learn about the path to succes...
by RSchibler
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 72063

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Holy crap, I got a personal rejection from F&SF! He said that it didn't win him over in part because he felt that the narrative lost momentum through the middle, but that he wished me best of luck finding the right market for it in the future. Not gonna lie, I'm freaking out a little bit, this ...
by RSchibler
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 33
Views: 983

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I know! Haven’t even sent in my Q1 yet and I gotta worry about Q2?

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