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by oishisushi911
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Some constructive criticism: Ignoring his buzzing phone again. Um, we never heard it go off before this. So just say something like: He ignored his buzzing phone... I wanted to emphasize that he was repeatedly ignoring his phone, so perhaps instead I should have written, "His phone buzzed for ...
by oishisushi911
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Yippee!! I'm in the Master Class!! (I did have trouble registering . . . took 4 attempts and the threat of magic spells . . . but well worth it.) ***Only three spots left! Maybe. It's been awhile since I asked, but StarReacher got in! Here's the details for the ONLINE class. Catch it before it fill...
by oishisushi911
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Don't worry. I was just on my 2000th draft. Heh. Okay, maybe not quite that many... I also polished a few other pieces and made four other submissions, too. Keeping up the submission game. Fun stuff!

Anyway, to business. Reporting in... my WotF story for the 3rd Quarter is submitted. On to the next!
by oishisushi911
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Just thought I'd mention, besides getting your best story into WotF, I noticed that F&SF is closing for submissions for a month after 6/30, and there are some other deadlines with other publications to keep in mind. Plenty of places to keep up the submission game. Good luck everyone.
by oishisushi911
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

In other news (just got to vent for a moment)... I received my copy of Sci Fi Lampoon today. They published my story "Magician's Midlife Crisis". The book is 100% irreparably saturated (rained on). The pages turned to mush in my fingers. wotf005 disappointing... Postage to NZ cost as much...
by oishisushi911
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Checking in... I've finished a KYD for June and a second story for this quarter. I submitted the second story to a respectable publication. I also submitted other stories to other respectable publications to keep up the constant process of submitting -- didn't want to miss deadlines and there are se...
by oishisushi911
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Just thought I'd mention this, as my friend shared it recently and it rang true for me, since I had a bit of getting busy with other things that caused a dip in confidence/focus, and it also reminded me of other hard times... J. Scott Savage posted about writers struggling through hard times and tha...
by oishisushi911
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

It only took three different search engines and a lot of head scratching, but I think I'm signed up for the class, just waiting for confirmation. It certainly wasn’t the clearest of signup experiences... I had to ask for a little help. I got into a class. Received confirmation today. I also signed ...
by oishisushi911
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Just wanted to mention the Clarion West free class lottery. Register and sign up for your top three choices and then you may be randomly selected. Deadline to do so is 6/17 I think. StarReacher and I signed up, but it’d be cool if we all sign up then the challenge beasties that do get selected could...
by oishisushi911
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Dialogue Assignment Part 2: Ping Pong to Vignette Rick Weston, human colony First Delegate, commanded the angry soldiers to stay behind in the lobby of the molter city hall. Ignoring his buzzing phone again, he plopped through the brackish stink of vine-smothered doors. He charged past the stone de...
by oishisushi911
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Solution? Cover the heavy stuff in the narrative. Which you can't do for this exercise, I didn't give you that tool. : ) So you needed to select simpler subject matter for this one. You are info dumping in your dialogue. Which bloats it, slowing the pace. But you avoided repeating the simple Q&...
by oishisushi911
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Only one Q&A in this one, so Ryan didn't take the easy path. Instead, we have detective dialogue, where one presents the evidence, the other presents their explanation of what actually occurred. Easy to follow, because Rick with the shotgun keeps propping up evidence, and Governor Manytides kee...
by oishisushi911
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

SwiftPotato wrote:Good morning, beasties! Another Monday awaits us. Today's Monday prompt is: IRON FISTED RULE.

Rather appropriate prompt. Stay safe out there people. I’ll give this one a try right after I wrap up the molting one. Thanks for the prompt!
by oishisushi911
Sun May 31, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2918
Views: 586799

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Oh, and I'm dating myself here, but I used to play in the D&D nationals at TSR Headquarters in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. My team made it to one round away from the champion round where Gary Gygax presided over it. That was amazing to watch him as DM, the lights down, his face lit up by a candle i...
by oishisushi911
Fri May 29, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Did that author turn out to be a mass murderer who also wrote books that committed murder? Impressive, but still fire away). Think of other authors (and agents, and editors, and publishers) as your co-workers in an office setting. This is great! I love the murdering example. Well, I hope books don'...
by oishisushi911
Fri May 29, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Woah really? I know it’s a small community but I didn’t think it would be that serious... I’m just curious about one thing. In that case, should writers never write negative reviews then? Yeah, I’ve always wondered about this. As writers we’re supposed to grow these massive suits of armor to shield...
by oishisushi911
Fri May 29, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Assignment: Twelve Lines of Dialogue Rick aimed the shotgun at Governor Manytides waddling amongst the ferns. “What’d you monsters do?” “A misunderstanding. Thank you for meeting me before you resort to violence.” “This ain’t no misunderstanding. It’s murder.” “There was no murder, sir. Your Beezle ...
by oishisushi911
Wed May 27, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Got you down for your flash and first Q3 sub, oishisushi! Nice job! Just the flash. No Q3 sub yet. Still working on them. I just meant that I submitted flash fiction and short stories written before this quarter to other publications in hopes of increasing my rejection count. I hope everyone else i...
by oishisushi911
Wed May 27, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Got you down for your flash and first Q3 sub, oishisushi! Nice job! Just the flash. No Q3 sub yet. Still working on them. I just meant that I submitted flash fiction and short stories written before this quarter to other publications in hopes of increasing my rejection count. I hope everyone else i...
by oishisushi911
Tue May 26, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Oh, I suppose I should check in, too. I did my flash KYD of Buried Alive and submitted to a decent market on Sunday after my writing partner helped guide me toward a piece that made me cry. Sniffle. I mean, yay! Then I submitted four other stories to other publications. More rejections forthcoming! ...
by oishisushi911
Tue May 26, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Earthquakes still sometimes freak me out in Japan, though my kids seem pretty much numb to them and shrug them off more often than I do. We had that huge one in 2011 with its many aftershocks, and actually ran out of the house to a park before the aftershocks, and the overprotective parent in me sti...
by oishisushi911
Mon May 25, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

SwiftPotato wrote:Happy Monday, beasties! Today's Monday prompt is: MOLTING HEART.


Thanks for the prompt! Tried starting this one off with research, since the words themselves didn’t spark anything. And it worked for a decent start. Happy writing everyone.
by oishisushi911
Sun May 24, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

I really, really want to buy a fancy coffee machine now as my new jumpstart for the flow-state...
by oishisushi911
Sat May 23, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Thank you for this advice! I do not at all wish to convey that I regret having my kids around -- we were homeschooling even before all this, and being together as a family is just part of our rhythm of life, and one I'm very thankful for! I do try not to pit writing against the kids, but for me, th...
by oishisushi911
Sat May 23, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

I used to hit flow state regularly and get out thousands of words in what felt like hardly any time, and now I will try and try and even just getting out 100 words feels like the biggest effort, even if I have time to work on it. [...] I also found Trigger #6 interesting -- lately the fact that I h...
by oishisushi911
Sat May 23, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Flow State Assignment 1) What is flow state? A state of mind in which our productivity levels are greatly enhanced. A place we can enter in which the amazing creative genius of our subconscious has more power to work for us in the conscious world. That special zone where writers go to create novels ...
by oishisushi911
Thu May 14, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Just listened to the interview with Leah. Also, I need to go out and find the book you talk about: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maas. That is one of the best writing books there is IMO. Though hard to implement, otherwise we'd have more winners ;-) It does describe in more detail this i...
by oishisushi911
Wed May 13, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3081
Views: 219163

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

Oh, I'm very tempted to watch the interview, but I think it would be 5 am for me. Will try. Also, I don't think I mentioned this before, but I'm very interested in your story as it reminds me of a time travel related HM that I wrote in 2016. Yellow & Pink got me thinking more deeply about what m...
by oishisushi911
Tue May 05, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Magic Realism Anthology
Replies: 1
Views: 816

Re: Magic Realism Anthology

Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology (Meerkat Press, 2015) had some good magical realism in there, but it wasn't devoted to just magical realism. Oh, and there's Kelly Link's collection of short stories from around the same year called "Get In Trouble". Would love to hear of anythin...
by oishisushi911
Sat May 02, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Uncle Moon Wants YOU!
Replies: 15
Views: 1506

Re: Uncle Moon Wants YOU!

I joined the forum in 2017 but I was never active here until I found Wulf Moon’s Super Secret thread two years later. Once I found that, I started to cast away my fears and regain the confidence I needed to push forward with my desire to write at a pro level (submitting stories to WotF being one par...

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