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by oishisushi911
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Thanks for the extra tips, Moon. I shared them with the Super Secrets private Pack Chat. In addition to the great motivation you give us here, we’ve been sharing stories and motivating each other a lot so I hope someone gets a win!
by oishisushi911
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

SET. YOUR. STAGE. Phase 5 Exercise: Opening Lines 1. "Note to Self" by Sunny Moraine (Lightspeed Magazine Issue 124, September 2020) Opening line: The notion of the quantum mirror was first floated by two graduate students (Sapna Gupta and Mark Shaw) over a fourth round of beers in a small...
by oishisushi911
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Congrats on Muzik Man! I think it kind of pairs well with the recent release of Bill & Ted’s. Heh. I was happy to take a sneak peek of it by being first reader. And congrats on getting it published. It took some patience to get the sale finalized! I’ll have time for the assignment this weekend, ...
by oishisushi911
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 270064

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Just to add to what Alex said, there are a few publications that always take the time to give constructive feedback. Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a good one to submit to because of that. Cast of Wonders is another one. And there's also Cosmic Roots (as long as you ask for feedback in your cover letter...
by oishisushi911
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

I realized I never reported in my writing progress since the end of June. In July, I completed two fresh short stories (3400-word and 2600-word) and two fresh flash stories. All four were submitted to top tier publications. In August, I completed two fresh short stories (2700-word and 2100-word) and...
by oishisushi911
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Sounds like you're getting closer and closer to getting accepted at F&SF. Thanks for sharing the comments from Charlie! That's some good info on the denouement and being careful not spell things out too blatantly.
by oishisushi911
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

8. What do I need to do in my Q4 entry to Writers of the Future this contest year? I must nail down the details that I want to have tug at the reader's heart, insert them in the beginning and end, and hammer out the rising path of tension they follow. How will that opening point look the same or dif...
by oishisushi911
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

7. How important is this lesson in nailing the opening of transitional scenes as well? What happens when you nail down details of place, characters, and time before they start interacting or speaking? Vital whenever moving into a new scene or new environment. You prepare the meaning that readers wil...
by oishisushi911
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

ASSIGNMENT for the SUPER SECRET: SET. YOUR. STAGE. Phase 3 Exercise Analysis of the opening three paragraphs of “The Consciousness Problem” by Mary Robinette Kowal (story available to read in Lightspeed Issue 62, July 2015; originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, 2009) Paragraph 1: The aft...
by oishisushi911
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

I just read through everyone's write-ups. Glad we have all these to look over together! Go team. Great analysis. Looking forward to seeing more. I was surprised to see two first person stories that do not clarify gender from the start. With one of my few HMs, that was something readers really pushed...
by oishisushi911
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Assignment: Your Opening Scene Exercise, Part 2: Examine the function of the first three paragraphs in any story in WotF Vol 34, 35, or 36. I decided to review Educational Tapes by Katie Livingston , from Vol. 36, as it’s one of perhaps six or seven that stick to my mind from the latest three volum...
by oishisushi911
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Assignment: How do you open your first scene? First hook was the title: Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler. An interesting character (Moongirl) with something that sounds strange and I want to know more about (Moon Dawdler). I also know I’m in for a ride with a strong, stylish voice w...
by oishisushi911
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Assignment: Positive East Asia SF (250 KYD) Amiko in Mask Needs a Win Two minutes until Face-Off, virtual broadcaster Amiko removed her anonymous Obake ghost mask and secured sensors to her skin. “We don’t have time.” Baku, her elephant-lion robo-pet, clawed the tatami flooring in disagreement. At t...
by oishisushi911
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Oh, prompt takeover and a public challenge. Sounds fun. Let's do it, fellow pack members. KYD 250s, so we leave them at 250, right?

Congrats on Muzik Man. Somehow, I knew it. Ha. Sounded like you really worked for that one, too.
by oishisushi911
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Oh, I missed it. I woke up and ran over to attend but realized that's 5 AM here and I was too late. Let us know sooner next time! I want to see what a nervous wreck winning turns people into so I have more fuel for motivation!
by oishisushi911
Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

This naming thing came at an excellent time...the story I'm finishing up now has some very interestingly named characters (pronounceable single-syllable words, I promise!). I feel like those names definitely helped signal something about the world those characters are living in. Regarding Sanderson...
by oishisushi911
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Thanks for the latest secret. Naming is certainly important. Depends on the book's audience as well... How do you feel about characters named Jack or John? For me, it's an immediate turn-off, as it looks like lazy Hollywood unwilling to move forward and present diversity among characters due to cert...
by oishisushi911
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Doing another writing sprint with Pete at 11 AM JST. Join on gmail hangouts, if you like. Or join in spirit. Spirits are cool.

Also, I wanted to say congrats to SwiftPotato. Another publication! Cossmass! You are indeed, Swift. I suspect you'll be in F&SF before long.
by oishisushi911
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Perfect. Love how the class description is done. Just add something about world wide or across the globe or whatever to the end there. Wulf's class sold out world-wide, from Tokyo to [insert town in USA] to London!
by oishisushi911
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Happy Monday, beasties! Today's Monday prompt is: FIRST DAY WITHOUT STARS . Pete and I are doing a writing sprint from 11 AM JST. Any challenge members are welcome to join. We're aiming to write something new for a specific story call. But with the Monday prompt out, we may apply that as well. Good...
by oishisushi911
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Maybe we should see if we can organize an informal zoom chat sometime, do some writing sprints or some live readings/crits or something of that sort! Great idea. A flash writing sprint to one of the Challenge Group prompts with live readings after? Or brainstorming/discussion session? Anyway, I agr...
by oishisushi911
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1044627

Re: Success!

MiloMinderbinder wrote:"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.


Great job finding a home for your HM. I may have to order that as I've been curious about the publication for a couple months now.
by oishisushi911
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1044627

Re: Success!

Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001 Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007 Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up. That's surprising. I ...
by oishisushi911
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

So, whether editing or writing fresh, consider character agency in your story. Is your main character calling the shots, getting themselves into ever more trouble as the story progresses and they try to fix their horrible problem? Or are they simply reacting to events, without taking direct action ...
by oishisushi911
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Proposal to my fellow R’s: Anyway, any of the challenge members that want to join in on a first 2 pages group later on this quarter, stay in touch! I'm up for swapping stories, whether just the openings or the full piece. I often find I can't really critique an opening without seeing the full story...
by oishisushi911
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Sent: Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:13 pm From: crlisle Recipient: Wulf Moon The first time I used your Super Secrets to write a story, I got an Honorable Mention. Super Secrets rock! Thank you! _______________________ Candice is an honorary Wulf Pack member. Like Leah Ning, she recognized the value of the Su...
by oishisushi911
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

2 quarters in a row is better than my 6 quarters in a row. So keep going. Likewise. Stings a bit to realize you’re not where you hoped to be. But we’ll get there. I’m pushing myself, trying new things, and getting better. And I think the R’s are in part a reflection of that, as I hone new skills. B...
by oishisushi911
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

zeeteebeez wrote:Guess they’re coming in now. That’s 2 quarters in a row for me with an R.

Need to work on my openings I guess. Good luck to everyone else.


2 quarters in a row is better than my 6 quarters in a row. So keep going.
by oishisushi911
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 303993

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Rejection for me. Expected, as I figured the dialogue went into dialect too much for a WotF submission. Man, WotF readers haven't enjoyed my stories since I got back to it from Q1 in Jan. 2019 and on. I did love my Q2 story though, so I'll be submitting it elsewhere, after revision to the dialogue. ...

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