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by RSchibler
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I just wanted to share with all my challenge friends that I received a totally unexpected scholarship to Superstars! Writers of the Future contributed to allow two additional people to attend the seminar and my application was selected! I still can't quite believe it's real! Work hard, never give up...
by RSchibler
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 38
Views: 1057

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Soooooo guys, guess WHAT? Joy called me as well and I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TOO! Get this, contributed by Writers of the Future! I can't WAIT to meet everyone! What an amazing opportunity!
by RSchibler
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

3. Share a couple of points from these with the group that you might wish to apply to your next story. If it's good for the goose.... I really believe the KYD exercise has the potential to grow our craft in a huge way. Focusing our writing, focusing the story on its essential elements (Pick one maj...
by RSchibler
Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

GO LIZ! We are so proud of you! What a week for the forum! I’m so happy for everyone!
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: V37 Q1 Entry Feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 71

Re: V37 Q1 Entry Feedback

Always, send it my way.
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4104
Views: 904726

Re: Success!

WillShadbolt wrote:My second sale to Daily Science Fiction is now online!

https://dailysciencefiction.com/science ... alis_SciFi



Great story, Will!
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

disgruntledpeony wrote:Just got the second call from Joni. Apparently, I came in 4th place. Just shy.

Ahh well.

Congratulations on the win, SwiftPotato! I'm absolutely thrilled for you. wotf007 wotf010


You did amazing! We are so proud of you!
by RSchibler
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

SwiftPotato wrote:So, I got my result, and...

wotf059

Third place! I just got the call from Joni and she told me I could "scream it to the hilltops"!



CONGRATULATIONS! That’s awesome! I’m sure I’m not alone when I say we’re all ecstatic for you!
by RSchibler
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4104
Views: 904726

Re: Success!

Not the usual success story, but, uh, I finished writing another novel today. Perfect timing since I didn't really want to write a bunch over the holiday. On to editing next week! Also, one of my HMs was accepted for an anthology. Can't talk too much about that one yet, though, but it's super excit...
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 17
Views: 550

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

I found Critters absolutely overwhelming as a beginning writer. I learned tons from doing critiques, but the stories I got back, like Andy said, were all over the place and I didn't have the skill or voice to know when I should trust myself and when the crit was correct. I ended up leaving critters ...
by RSchibler
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

chuckt wrote:So, is it unusual for there to be so many SHMs and HMs among forumites?


It does seem like a huge haul! Yay forumites!
by RSchibler
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

SwiftPotato wrote:Still waiting on results over here...I'm positive I didn't get semifinalist since this is only my second submission ever, but the suspense is still killing me. Haha.


Given that results are out and you haven’t heard...
by RSchibler
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Congrats! Yes, there are a few of us this time and I think we've all gotten help from Wulf. Thanks Wulf. You've been incredibly generous with your time and talent. Indeed. Thanks Wulf. wotf009 It's greatly appreciated. Congratulations to the HMs and the SHMs! Commiserations to the Rs - it's rough t...
by RSchibler
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I got a SHM! I couldn’t have done it without this group and Wulf’s critique. Feels good to level up! The email said those stories were in the top 50 out of thousands of entries.
by RSchibler
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

wotf056 wotf056 It’s Thursday!
by RSchibler
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I’ve found the concept of free indirect speech to be very helpful too - it’s basically what is being discussed here. I heard it from Mary Robinette Kowal on writing excuses.
by RSchibler
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Work in need of a once-over
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Work in need of a once-over

Always! Send it my way.
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Retropianoplayer wrote:Thank you, R. Schibler, for your kind birthday wishes.

Noticed the Delta logo and assume you're a Star Trek fan.

Celtic Woman performance one night only May 2020. Unparalleled harmony.

Best,

Retro


Inner light is definitely one of the best ones. I’m partial to Darmok.
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Please join me in congratulating our challenge beastie Crystal Crawford on delivering a real baby boy kraken into this world! I've seen the pictures, he's adorable, and he's got the full set of tentacles. Mom and baby are doing well! Go baby! Congratulations! Hope mama is resting well and all is go...
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Thank you, all. For my gift to myself, I've purchased tickets for the ONLY show Celtic Woman puts on in Phoenix. I'll drink Earl Grey loose leaf tea with lemon slices and two teaspoons of brown turbinated sugar while I work on Kill Your Darling prompts, dig up my Ressican flute (Feodor Irish tin wh...
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I started writing short stories as homework for a novel. In January of 2017, I was writing a novel, a passion project trying to exorcise a dream I'd been having for years. I've said before, I realized I didn't know how to write well so I started looking for more information. I found the Writers of t...
by RSchibler
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

My cover letters are exactly two sentences long. Until this month, they were only the following: Dear FIRST LAST, Please consider my story "X" (Genre, word count) for publication in Y. Thank you for your consideration, Me I have added: My short fiction will appear in the forthcoming "...
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Oh I see it there now. It never popped up on my “your market responses” tab or I’d have been really twitching! Good luck to everyone.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

jbaugher001 wrote:Also, for those of us twitching together: someone reported a rejection for q4 on 11/8 on submission grinder so, brace yourselves


Interesting. I’m not seeing that on the grinder.
by RSchibler
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 8
Views: 260

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

Excellent things to consider! I struggle with the third one - pacing - a great deal. It’s one of the things I don’t do intuitively yet, and still have to try to be conscious of. Thanks!
by RSchibler
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

crlisle wrote:
Thank you for such a detailed answer.
What is the Submission Grinder?
I will definitely listen to the winner podcasts.


The Grinder is a source for markets taking submissions - you can sort by length and genre and qualifications. Google “the submissions grinder” and browse around.
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 8
Views: 260

Common Issues I see on critiques

I wrote this up for the Super Secret post but wanted to share it with everyone. I do a lot of critiques, somewhere between 10-20 each quarter on average, and these are the issues I see most frequently. I struggle with many of them myself of course as it's easier to spot issues in other people's writ...
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4104
Views: 904726

Re: Success!

Andy Dibble wrote:I got my first personal rejection from Asimov's.


Shiny! wotf010
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Wulf asked me to make a post regarding my perceptions of frequent issues I see in my many critiques. Here it is! 1. Basic Spelling and Grammar: Without a doubt, the single most common thing I'm commenting on in stories is basic grammar, and I suspect it is the hardest to correct. "Its" vs ...
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4104
Views: 904726

Re: Success!

Thanks all. I'm really delighted and a little stunned.

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