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by RSchibler
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 1
Views: 16

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: 395
Views: 13647

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: 10
Views: 141

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: 395
Views: 13647

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: 395
Views: 13647

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: 395
Views: 13647

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: 179
Views: 5730

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: 179
Views: 5730

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: 179
Views: 5730

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.

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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: 395
Views: 13647

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: 395
Views: 13647

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: 179
Views: 5730

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: 179
Views: 5730

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: 259

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: 395
Views: 13647

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...
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5730

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

The rough version of my 2nd draft is done! wotf007 I still want to do some editing before I send it out to people (some parts are freshly written and have that first-draft smell as a result), but I feel like the basic story arc is solid. It presently clocks in a little higher than I expected, in th...
by RSchibler
Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5730

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Having finished my novel, I decided to try and crank out a story before midnight June 30. Sounds rational, right? wotf019
If anyone is still interested in a first x# swap or a whole story swap, I'd be interested. Story should be finished (first draft) this week sometime.
by RSchibler
Sun May 28, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 395
Views: 13647

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

This is my first quarter- I now know why twitching is a common symptom around here! wotf030
by RSchibler
Thu May 25, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 15174

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

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Jeremyteg wrote:I literally just got off the phone with Joni, and I now have permission to announce that

wotf059

As in, FIRST PLACE!

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Congratulations!!!
by RSchibler
Sun May 21, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 54
Views: 5404

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

Just an FYI. I've got a story in the Critters cue this week (until the 24th) for any critters out there. My first attempt at a light fantasy short story. Look for me name: Amy Henrie Gillett. ;) Hi Amy, I'll make sure to read yours then! Mine hits the top of the queue in two weeks, I'm excited/nerv...
by RSchibler
Thu May 11, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 395
Views: 13647

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Thank you for clearing that up! That's really quite amazing they send out responses to everyone considering the size of the contest. I entered a much smaller contest and only the winner and two runners-up were notified.
by RSchibler
Thu May 11, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 395
Views: 13647

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I've never received a rejection. Only contact post story has been a confirmation of receipt, and to ask if I'd like a certificate for my first HM How do people on here know to update their status to rejected then? Just based on inference because other people were informed of HM or SHM etc? While ve...
by RSchibler
Thu May 11, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 395
Views: 13647

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Am I correct in assuming that rejections typically come via email and it is only finalists that receive phone calls? I've never received a rejection. Only contact post story has been a confirmation of receipt, and to ask if I'd like a certificate for my first HM How do people on here know to update...
by RSchibler
Mon May 08, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 395
Views: 13647

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Am I correct in assuming that rejections typically come via email and it is only finalists that receive phone calls?
by RSchibler
Wed May 03, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Progressive Chunk Exchange
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Progressive Chunk Exchange

I would be happy to provide my (admittedly amateur) insight on anything from 450 on up. I've found that critiquing is a great way to strengthen my own writing, and I like to help. I've been doing critters for a few weeks and I really enjoy it. I am not working on a Q3 story- I've got a few ideas but...
by RSchibler
Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 515

Re: Dialogue

disgruntledpeony wrote:http://davidfarland.com/category/for-writers/


The dialogue one that came up, while interesting, didn't directly address my original question. But digging through archives is always a good time wotf001
by RSchibler
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 515

Re: Dialogue

Do you receive Dave's Kick in the Pants? They are his "daily" comments on writing. He may have one on dialogue even though many of the suggestions here are good. Which is why I won't add mine since it would be a repeat. I do subscribe to that! I have found them really helpful. I didn't th...
by RSchibler
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 515

Re: Dialogue

Thanks all. I feel the general consensus is to be as streamlined as possible, while also giving the impression of natural (or perhaps convincing would be a better word here) speech - which to me suggests the unnecessary "that" problem I have is, indeed, a problem. Thanks again.
by RSchibler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5730

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Finished the first draft of the story I think I'll probably submit for this quarter. The fun is over. Now the work begins. wotf004 Funny story--I don't enjoy my first drafts as much as I used to. There's still the initial rush of excitement, but it's tempered by the knowledge that there's still a t...
by RSchibler
Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 515

Dialogue

I've been digging through every post on here for a few months now as well as reading everything I can get my hands on about writing across the internet. I've got a few books on writing in the mail but I live overseas and have to wait for shipping. Something I've run into a lot is the concept of simp...

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