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by RSchibler
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps

I am always available for story swaps, consider it a standing offer to all forumites. I aim for fairly quick turnarounds as well. I have this story drafted, but have not started writing yet. I hope to have a first draft NLT early February, but am not overly concerned with swapping equity. Send me yo...
by RSchibler
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Conflict & Tension

Thank you all for the thoughtful responses. (that was indeed the post I remembered) I think the conclusion of "Why not both!?" is where I'll focus with the writing. Low level character conflict in the opening scene, even if not plot level, can compliment the reader-scene conflict until we ...
by RSchibler
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Conflict & Tension

morganb wrote:I have to disagree with the notion that every sentence must be jam-packed with tension.


I'd have to look up the exact phrasing, but he emphasized the value of conflict. Tension was my phrasing. It's a good point that the tension should ebb and flow.
by RSchibler
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Conflict & Tension

I have been working on imbuing conflict and tension into my scenes and stories. There was a blog post, by Matt Dovey I believe, talking about how every sentence should be jam-packed with conflict. Conflict comes up again and again as a fundamental element of excellent storytelling. Is it still confl...
by RSchibler
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 92
Views: 2267

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

Q1 is in. I've got my Q2 plotted completely in my head, which is new. Usually I have setting and instigating incident but no more. I plan to enjoy the next week with my family and then get a first draft written early in the new year.
by RSchibler
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2837

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm in. Finally just went with the ending I liked the best. Many thanks to my many critique partners. I learned a lot from this story and from your efforts. wotf009 I hope everyone has a very happy holiday. Onward to Q2!
by RSchibler
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2837

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

My personal rejection from him was the same, and I keep it in my email inbox for when I'm feeling like a fraud. If one of the big editors could take time to give me feedback, I shouldn't give up, neh? I would be interested if there was something special about that signature too!
by RSchibler
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2837

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I've been working this story since October and it's still not right. I had high hopes of submitting early this quarter but I just can't get the ending to work. I'm starting to hate my MC, maybe I'll just kill her off wotf23 It would be surprising, at least! Best of luck to everyone finishing their s...
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2837

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm up for a swap with anyone. Send em on!
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 92
Views: 2267

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

Send it my way if you want another pair of eyes on! I'm done with my nano novel and have been working on this one for months. I'm way ahead!
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 906621

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Happy Thanksgiving, US friends. I wrote 3k on my NaNoWriMo novel today and broke 40k on the story. I hope your day is as productive!
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Re: Retellings

I think, to be honest, the market was flooded with retellings for a while and they've become a bit... passé. Which is not to say it can't be done, but that it needs to be more than simply retelling it with a modern setting or from another character's perspective; it works best when combined with so...
by RSchibler
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Re: Retellings

I'd speculate that just about every story is really a retelling of some kind or another. After all, just how many really *new* ideas are there? Think how many vampire stories and ghost stories and elf/goblin/dragon stories there are -- aren't they all really based on the same premise? Yet they're a...
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Retellings

Similar to the other recent thread on magical realism, I have a question about retellings. I have an idea of a modern retelling of a lesser known work of a very famous author, but that material is all now public domain. As of now, I'm unsure if the story will end up at short story length or longer- ...
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

I went through 1&1 and have been relatively happy so far- they host and provided the website design tools I use. My husband did the front end dirty work as he is more computer savvy, but I find it easy enough to work with I don't need his help now that it is established.
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 349

Re: Fixing the place up

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Avatars were limited to 6K, also to 100x100.

Evil Martin bumped that to 16K and 180x180, and he allowed remote avatars.

Go wild, people. Go wild.

wotf013


Fancy.
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 906621

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I want to contribute to something greater than myself. wotf009
by RSchibler
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423683

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Ayman! You're going to love it here. Plenty of time for you to whip a story into shape before the end of year deadline for Q1. ~Morgan I am expecting my first baby in December so seems unlikely but who knows, maybe it will turn out to be a saint and I will have all the time I need to get i...
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

vsutherland01 wrote:Crud, I got an R.

I was really proud of this one too. Oh well, new quarter new story.


Man, I'm sorry. It is a story to be proud of! A lot of really excellent stories got R's this time!
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

My best wishes to those still with the scent in their nostrils, the clay pipe between their teeth and the light of battle in their eyes. Please do not hesitate to call upon me for any help I may be able to provide. I'll be around and about, hoping to maintain contact with all of you who've helped s...
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

HUGE Congrats to the Honorable Mentions and above.

Commiserations to my fellow R’s.
by RSchibler
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

No I also simultaneously really appreciate knowing. So thank you!!!
by RSchibler
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Somehow knowing he has his list down to 21 is more terrifying than just waiting for the email haha. There is no way mine is in that stack. I can't picture it. I wonder how many in that pile are from the forums though. Thanks for the update, it's nice that Dave shares news at conferences. I'm in exa...
by RSchibler
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Empathy Problem
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: The Empathy Problem

Great post. I often think back to Acquisition, the winner of the Golden Pen award from last year. There were two characters, three I suppose, and no "life threatening" peril, not really, for the MC but it is one of the more intense stories I've ever read. I think the reason why is because ...
by RSchibler
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

amoskalik wrote:Tomorrow is Thursday.


It feels like a Thursday kind of week.
by RSchibler
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2837

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

While my story has been through a number of readers already, I am also available for swaps. I learn so much from critiquing, and my story gets stronger with every person's feedback, I don't mind at all. I usually respond within a week but with NaNo and the holidays coming up, ymmv. Send me a PM if y...
by RSchibler
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

In one of his blog posts, DF talks about how he hates to hit "the reject button" so there is a digital system. Also, entries that encountered difficulties with the submissions system in the past have been emailed to Joni, who then prints them off and gives them to DF with the paper submiss...
by RSchibler
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10023

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Last year was earlier than usual, like mid October for the first wave. The year before that it was December before the finalists heard I believe. I’m unable to suppress the twitching but rationally Peony is probably right.
by RSchibler
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Form vs Personal Rejection
Replies: 12
Views: 427

Re: Form vs Personal Rejection

That second one sounds like a higher tier form rejection to me. There's a rejection wiki if you google it- most of the form responses were on there. On the two personals I've gotten, it was obvious it was a personal rejection. In the first, because the editor explicitly stated so and in the second b...

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