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by RSchibler
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 3
Views: 50

All countdown stories

I’ve mentioned this precise phenomenon to a few writing friends recently based on stories I read in the pro magazines. Curious to hear your thoughts.

https://drmauser.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/fizzle/
by RSchibler
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3973
Views: 796231

Re: Success!

Congratulations Rebecca! What an achievement!

And what a story! "This isn't Better" is beautiful.
by RSchibler
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I have a rough first draft that I'm having trouble with if anyone is up for a swap.
by RSchibler
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 23
Views: 3269

Re: writing books

I really enjoyed Scene and Sequel by Jack Bickham and On Writing by Steven King. I also listen to a number of writing podcasts that help me think about my writing in different ways.
by RSchibler
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where do you get your inspiration?
Replies: 12
Views: 862

Re: Where do you get your inspiration?

My stories come from collisions of ideas. I usually picture a character, with some background ideas, and they sit in an empty room until another idea joins the space, a setting or a conflict that interests me. I bring them together to write my stories. The Writing Excuses podcast discussed a similar...
by RSchibler
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 184
Views: 6583

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

That’s excellent! Good luck!
by RSchibler
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Rejection
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: Rejection

Thanks to all. Kent, I appreciate the article. I suspect the opening is where I failed most. Maybe I need to cut that opening scene entirely, and just imply the information provided there to get to the meat of the story quicker.
by RSchibler
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Rejection
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: Rejection

You saw an early draft of this, but I’ll send the submitted version. Appreciated.
by RSchibler
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Rejection
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Rejection

Hi folks. I am hoping to get some fresh eyes on my Q2 rejection. I didn’t take the rejection well and every time I open the document I want to delete every other word. Before I send it out on sub I’d really like some feedback about why maybe it didn’t work. I really believe in this story and want it...
by RSchibler
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Magic in the 4th
Replies: 13
Views: 520

Re: Magic in the 4th

I’m doing a straight sci-fi for my 4th so I’m out. Good luck!
by RSchibler
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 184
Views: 6583

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Rejection. I'm very disheartened by this news. Best of luck to those still standing, I hope you all get great news! wotf024
by RSchibler
Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do you resubmit?
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: Do you resubmit?

For me personally I always start fresh (so far, I don't have Preston's impressive history of submissions though) because I always have "the next one" swimming around in my mind while I'm working on the current one. I know several people have resubmitted HMs and Rs, with varying results.
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 61
Views: 2140

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I had a door opening in at the beginning and opening out at the end. It’s the little things that make you go “Doh!”
by RSchibler
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 184
Views: 6583

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

wotf030 Probably 2-3 weeks yet folks
by RSchibler
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story critique exchange
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Story critique exchange

I can do 2500 words. I’ll pm you.
by RSchibler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: In Need of a Story Critique for Q2
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: In Need of a Story Critique for Q2

I can’t do 17,000 words right now but I’m happy to do a first 450 crit for you.
by RSchibler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: Held for consideration

Thanks so much everyone! I’ll sit tight as there was no mention of a reply in the email. Great info here, much appreciated.
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 61
Views: 2140

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Naptime is precious to me! I couldn’t write if I didn’t get that brief break. Newborns sleep a lot- take advantage of that! Good luck!
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Held for consideration

A story of mine is being held for consideration by a magazine (Yay!) Probably a silly question but do I reply to the email or just sit and wait for further instruction? Thanks.
by RSchibler
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 128
Views: 6769

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I’m in to Q3! I mean, I’m REALLY into it! wotf001 My Q4 is mentally plotted, I’ll start writing it in early July. I’m still open to last minute swaps if anyone needs eyes. Best of luck taming your muse!
by RSchibler
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 61
Views: 2140

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I’m in! I struggled to make this story come together but what I sent in I’m very satisfied with. On to the next tale! Best of luck to all of you!

Begin the double-twitching.
by RSchibler
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 17065

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Spec-tacular! It’s really delightful.
by RSchibler
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Genre
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Genre

It can be either. Recommend getting ahold of the recent years anthologies- they give the best sense of what the judges look for.
by RSchibler
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 184
Views: 6583

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

For the interested, Dave peeped. His note today said he was on his first pass. I believe that’s code for Calm Down Writers. But who knows...
by RSchibler
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 128
Views: 6769

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Always down for a swap
by RSchibler
Wed May 30, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 61
Views: 2140

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I'm in. Hit submit tonight. I am reliably informed that this story is awesome. I expect an R. wotf004 Funny how that goes. My Q2 has the most hopes riding on it of any story I've written thus far, but it all depends on the subjective take of the judge. wotf017 Best cure is to write something even b...
by RSchibler
Wed May 30, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: New type of shorter story
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: New type of shorter story

Is this a critique exchange request? I'm happy to read for you if you'd like.
by RSchibler
Tue May 29, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3973
Views: 796231

Re: Success!

wotf010 Congratulations! I'll stop whining about my nowhere-near-200 rejections
by RSchibler
Tue May 29, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format
Replies: 7
Views: 167

Re: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format

That's what I figured, and what I finally decided, but then I had a flash of fear that I was giving them an easy reason to reject me by not knowing the secret of anonymous manuscripts. wotf001 Thanks all for the responses. At least if I get a rejection letter, I can reasonably assume it wasn't becau...

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