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by RSchibler
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 698
Views: 176206

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I've sent several stories out to Flash Fiction Online this year. None have been accepted yet, but I've received personal feedback on two of them. In my last one, Suzanne Vincent emailed to say my story made it into the final round of reviews, wasn't selected, but if I was interested, she'd be happy...
by RSchibler
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 93
Views: 2444

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm probably going to be writing down to the wire myself, by which I mean the day before the contest deadline. The last day submission issues encourage me to treat the deadline as one day sooner.


Agreed. I'm giving myself to Thursday.
by RSchibler
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 93
Views: 2444

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I’m in the midst of completely rewriting mine, there’s plenty of time, right? I hope to have it finished before the wire, but we’ll see what happens. My children don’t always cooperate! Good luck to everyone still working on their submissions!
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 11
Views: 166

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I am unprepared. Of course, at this rate, I might miss Q4 and go right to Q1. I'm still drowning in boxes so writing hasn't happened in a few days.
by RSchibler
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: RIP Dr Pournelle
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: RIP Dr Pournelle

Heart wrenching news. I'd be lying if I didn't say meeting him was a motivating factor for me. RIP and thanks for the stories.
by RSchibler
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 93
Views: 2444

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I've got a first draft down if anyone is up for a swap! Happy writing.
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

wotf055

And I've never been so happy! I started writing in January because I've always wanted to and this feels like such validation for all the many hours I've devoted in the last eight months! Good luck to those still waiting!
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:...So, I just got the call.

You know.

That call.

Joni's got an awesome voice.

wotf058

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

I'm just gonna curl up in the corner over here for the rest of the night and twitch wotf010
by RSchibler
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Ah that makes sense. Thanks. No R today. Another thursday survived so far. Or I speak too soon haha. I received my Q3 rejection at 11:30pm on July 8, I checked earlier. *twitch* Did anyone else have a heart attack when they got Dave's writing tip email earlier? I'm a little on edge wotf001 the emai...
by RSchibler
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 93
Views: 2444

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Started mixing up my Q4 submission this morning- the disparate storylines finally congealed. Let's hope it bakes into something good. I have almost a whole month to finish, more than enough time, right? It'll keep my mind off twitching about Q3.
by RSchibler
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Query letter critique?
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Query letter critique?

Good evening. I'm sure you're all busy tomorrow and I wish you the very best traffic and weather! I'm in Nebraska and am so excited. After the great solar event, though, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in swapping me a story in exchange for reading over my query letter. I finished my n...
by RSchibler
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

KristyEmber wrote:Wow, this is quick! Commiserations for the early Rs. They are so rough to see after all the work that goes into an entry. Peony, I caught your paranoia and also checked my spam folder. Still nothing. Phew!

Regular spam folder checking, indeed
by RSchibler
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

*twitch, twitch*
by RSchibler
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 687619

Re: Success!

Randy Hulshizer wrote:I have a tiny story up today at Every Day Fiction:

https://everydayfiction.com/a-slice-best-served-hot-by-randy-hulshizer/


Very nice. I enjoyed it.
by RSchibler
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

So, I moved my stuff into the nursery, but that will soon be occupied too. I think we may have missed your most obvious point. You said that your nursery is about to be occupied. That said, you might as well put in all away for the next five years. I have a reasonably sized house, but my kids’ have...
by RSchibler
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 7
Views: 257

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 e...
by RSchibler
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Just in case anyone was wondering where I was, the answer was one of Greece, the Greek Islands, Montenegro, Croatia or Venice, depending on when you were wondering. And if anyone was wondering what happened to my entry: wotf056 I had the nerve to tell Joni this was somewhat disappointing. She told ...
by RSchibler
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

I just assembled a desk today! (Worst Allen wrench I've ever worked with!) I now have my own writing space! Before this, I was relegated to the kitchen table or my husband's desktop, which I use for editing since it has three monitors. I have my desk tucked in a corner where I get lots of natural li...
by RSchibler
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Rejection. At least I can update my signature!
by RSchibler
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I am certain I will be getting an R, given how much I've learned since then, but until I know I'll be twitching with everyone else. Congrats and commiserations where appropriate- and best of luck to everyone else!
by RSchibler
Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

This is my first submission and part of me is wondering... Did they really get my story? wotf017 still twitching here. Grinder says they usually take 99 days to send out results. Does that sound right? Aw forget it. I'm gonna go put some chocolate on graham and ignore my phone for a while. Maybe. M...
by RSchibler
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Well, I'm in. I had to submit it to stop myself fiddling with it every day. Best of luck to all entrants and an enormous thanks to all of you who swapped with me- your feedback was invaluable!
by RSchibler
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I got my final reader comments back today and felt like they warranted some revisions, so I'm still polishing. I'd almost submitted last night but decided to wait, I'm glad I did. We still have seven days. Tons of time.
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:Omigod, this story is going to drive me insane. Every edit I make leads me to notice three more things about the story that could be better.

wotf027 wotf042 wotf027 wotf042 wotf027

I've got ten days to finish it. I CAN DO THIS. wotf024

I hope I can do this.


wotf010 We can do this!
by RSchibler
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Updated through here, I think. Just FYI, as of the Tuesday wave, Dave still hadn't finished his first pass on the paper subs (aka anything mailed in or emailed into Joni on the last day). Yeah, and paper subs (regardless of result) don't usually hear back for a *very* long time... wotf019 I guess I...
by RSchibler
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

WaywardSaint wrote:3/27.

I've a bit of a history of getting no rejection email and having to contact the contest staff to inquire. Hence I'm never quite sure, on days like this, whether to feel hopeful or whether to start slamming my head against a wall.


First time submitting. Hopeful headslamming commenced.
by RSchibler
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

First draft finished, ended up right at 7500 words. It's in a rough state, but I think with 3 weeks left I'll have time to get it into a suitable place by the deadline.
by RSchibler
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11439

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Hmm ... I keep thinking my story's done and then I think of just one more thing I could do to improve it ... I keep thinking I've fixed enough of my story's problems that I can send it out for crits and then finding new ones. wotf004 I'm ready for a first 450 swap, but only 75% of the way finished ...
by RSchibler
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How to Optimize your Business Online
Replies: 8
Views: 468

Re: How to Optimize your Business Online

There's got to be some Turing Test material there. wotf019
by RSchibler
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

FWIW I just got another email from Joni confirming my Q2 entry was received (I was one of the glitch/email 3/31 entries). She wrote "We will have results in about a month from now." Adjust twtichiness as you deem appropriate. Yeah, I got the same email. And I had been hoping today would b...

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