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by RSchibler
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 64
Views: 704

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I think it's important to make the reader ask questions, speculate, and get intrigued right away. The best hooks make promises to the reader, drawing them into the tale. Things like: this problem will be hard to solve, or this character has an interesting issue, or this setting is rich and will be f...
by RSchibler
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 64
Views: 704

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I say we draw straws. Only way to keep things fair.

I reworked an R, and it's 2/3 a new story. I'll make it my Q1 submission, and then it's only a 1/3 of a story resub rate for the year.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

YAAAAY!!!!
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 64
Views: 704

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I'm down for the glass-three-quarters-full challenge. I know I won't have time for Q1, but I can do the other three.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Brittany that's FANTASTIC! Congratulations! Kiss those baby cheeks and cheer! Woo-Hoo! Always a joy when there's a forumite finalist.
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mythology, Anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: Mythology, Anyone?

I have written two stories inspired by Welsh mythology :)
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 25
Views: 552

Re: 4 in 36

I'm going to do my best but working on historical fiction is, well, work. Who knew? I'm hoping to wrap up the book in time to squeeze a rewrite into Q1 but I'm full on in the murky middles and wrestling with plot bears. But I plan to make the attempt and not break my streak.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Story, Rejected
Replies: 5
Views: 163

Re: First Story, Rejected

MattDovey wrote:Look at it this way: you need two things to be a writer--rejections and acceptances. You've got the rejection now, so you're halfway there, right? Right!


Matt, if you're telling me it's supposed to be a 1:1 ratio I've got a huge pile of acceptances headed my way.

Aaaaaaaaaaany minute now...
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: High fantasy rewrite
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: High fantasy rewrite

Always
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Story, Rejected
Replies: 5
Views: 163

Re: First Story, Rejected

Send it my way.
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Silver Honorable Mention Crits
Replies: 8
Views: 633

Re: Silver Honorable Mention Crits

Always up for swaps.
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Congratulations KristyEmber. That's a great accomplishment. It's hard not to want that shiny shiny finalist, but a semi-finalist is JUST off the mark as I'm sure you know. You'll certainly sell the story elsewhere AND you get a personal critique from Dave. Pretty shiny. I wonder if that means the fi...
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

You definitely should include HMs to your author's bio and market your work. I'm sure it will land you some publications. Don't you think so? The standing advice around these parts is that an Honorable Mention is essentially still a rejection. It's a good rejection, and shows ability and progress, ...
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 16
Views: 687

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Entered Sept. 11
HM November 15
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

HM here. Satisfied.

Congratulations to everyone who placed and my encouragement to those that did not. Keep at it!
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

There once was a group with the itch
To make worlds from words and get rich
But every three moons
They’d stop in their swoons
With their heads put together, and twitch
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Oh definitely. But I’m wondering if the timing is auspicious or coincidence.
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Does mentioning the contest in the writing tips count as a "peep"?

If so, PEEP.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

The cure to twitching is writing new stories and sending them out to other markets. Soon, you'll have so many pans in the fire, it won't matter so much if this dish flops. You've got plenty more cooking! Ding! Order up! ~Moon~ This is so true. I’m working on a novel, always edit and turn around my ...
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4974
Views: 969885

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Shake and Bake. And I helped!
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story

2) A reviewer's job is to tell you what's not working for them in the story. Their job is NOT to tell you how to fix it -- that's your job. I once got a critique back on one of my stories, and the reviewer basically told me I needed to just rewrite the entire story from beginning to ending, and als...
by RSchibler
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Last year results came out Nov 6. It's twitch time!
by RSchibler
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Swaps
Replies: 1
Views: 1046

Swaps

I know I read for a number of you for Q3 without sending anything. Instead of emailing everyone individually, I'm just asking here if anyone has time to read a story for me and poke giant holes in it with your virtual swords. It's my Q3 rejection. PM me if anyone is willing and able to help me out. ...
by RSchibler
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202238

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I got my second personal rejection from F&SF this morning. It's nice that I'm getting closer, but as I near 50 rejections for 2018 (I know, still a n00b) the hamster wheel is starting to feel more like a treadmill every day. So close, but close don't cut it. wotf017 Onwards!
by RSchibler
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10842

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Fingers crossed for all of you still in the running!
by RSchibler
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9221

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Well, I threw my hail mary. Baby girl came early Monday morning. I may or may not have written a few scenes in the hospital ;) but I finished editing a few minutes ago. I just sent the finished story in. I may have missed something stupid, I had no time for exchanges, BUT I FINISHED and 4/4 feels g...
by RSchibler
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 36
Views: 1293

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I may miss Q1. I'm working hard on a novel I hope to have ready to query by next summer's conference season, and that's quite a deadline. I might send in one of my shorts that hasn't gone to WotF, but I doubt I'll write something new. I'm also terribly behind on my reading stack. Never enough hours ...
by RSchibler
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10842

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

The only cure for twitching is more twitching. Submit enough stories to enough markers, you stop investing so much emotional energy in the individual submission.

Cure might be an exaggeration - more like a bandaid.
by RSchibler
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 738

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Morgan, there was a thread on twitter about this a while ago - my understanding is that on some mobile readers, if you convert the file for reading on a kindle or a nook for instance, sometimes the file info becomes visible as part of file names or some such. On a desktop this wouldn't be an issue, ...
by RSchibler
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 738

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Thanks for the post and info. Congratulations :) Glad to hear it's going smoothly!

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