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by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 3
Views: 17

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

I only have one way to get out of it: write it all out anyway. Instead of closing the file in disgust, come back to it tomorrow and, without re-reading your previous work, just keep going. At the end, you'll have the story and, while it may be crap, it'll be crap you can now edit rather than crap th...
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Grounds for Disqualification
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Grounds for Disqualification

Watch the conjunction and . Pro rate + copies or hits. Rule 5, sentence 2: Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits. If you receive less than pro remuneration as they define it, then the number of copies or hits doesn'...
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6043

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

The real thing you want from F&SF--aside from an acceptance letter--is for the editor to write "Charlie" on your rejection. Look for that. When you get it, do "Dear Charlie" on your cover letters from there on out. It's been noted he only gives that to people he really wants...
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6043

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Re: Q1 results

Got Dave's newsletter last night and he's recovering from pneumonia and a heart attack. Here's to hoping his recovery goes well! wotf009

Check here for more details.
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 410
Views: 8176

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

So... I take it back. I'll be submitting a new story for Q2 after all. Looks like I'm still in this thing!
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 410
Views: 8176

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Hey folks. It looks like I'll be dropping out of this specific challenge (still in for 4 in 36!). I have an old HM that's recently gone through heavy revision and I think has a chance at winning. So... I'm going to pitch that in for Q2 especially since the story I was writing for Q2 won't be quite r...
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2564
Views: 475139

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

@mikewyantjr on Twitter.
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6043

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Thanks Michael. Bummer that the stats for Q1 V36 aren't available yet. [sigh] Too anxious, I guess. Heh, yep. We'll all find out together. Folks post here pretty quickly when they get their results, so if you have email notifications turned on for this thread, you'll know almost immediately when re...
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6043

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Dragonchef wrote:Hey, does anyone know where WotF publishes the quarterly results?


Yep! They post it to their blog.
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 40
Views: 1617

Re: 4 in 36

Whoops, me too. I'm in with my single rewrite.
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 216
Views: 6043

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

A little pre-fretting here. Has the site had any trouble closing to submissions yearly this year? I haven't posted in over a year and the last two times the quarter closed several hours early due to a glitch in on the site. I am cutting it close, yet again, an worried. wotf018 There’s always some i...
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 410
Views: 8176

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I'm in with my single rewrite of the year.

wotf009
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Quick Turn Around, Massive Story Exchange
Replies: 0
Views: 343

Quick Turn Around, Massive Story Exchange

I just wrapped up a 15,600 word story for my Q1 entry and am looking for a quick turnaround story exchange (for the obvious reasons). The damn thing took me far longer to finish than I planned, but it's done and needs readers. Obviously, I'm down for swapping for other longer stories as well. PM me ...
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 410
Views: 8176

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Wulf Moon wrote:So we've added KD, Brittany, and now Rebecca to the three fresh, one canned quarters challenge.


Add me to this list. I’m in.
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 40
Views: 1617

Re: 4 in 36

TimE wrote:From Dave's blog - As a judge, I’ve just finished my second pass through the Writers of the Future contest stories for the first quarter... Does that mean rejections coming soon?


I can’t imagine so; isn’t the end of the quarter December 31st?
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Wulf Moon wrote:Winner: 2nd Place, 4th Quarter, Volume 35.


Congratulations Moon! Woohoo!
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 40
Views: 1617

Re: 4 in 36

I'm a complete newbie here, but I'm the kind to jump in with full force and both feet, so I'm in. The dates are Jan 1, April 1, Aug 1 and Oct 1, right? I believe those are the beginnings of each new quarter. The due dates for each previous quarter is one day before; ie Dec 31, March 30, June 30, an...
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 410
Views: 8176

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I'll definitely be sending in rewrites of a few stories I've been thinking on for awhile, so I'm out of this challenge.

Best of luck to all of you writing new works this year!
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 40
Views: 1617

Re: 4 in 36

I’m in, though I’ll definitely be resubmitting this year. I have a book to edit/pitch and three others to finish.

Onward!
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 310
Views: 13263

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Got an R this quarter. I knew it was coming (wrong type of story for WoTF, but I didn’t have anywhere else to put it), but Ra always hurt a little.

Congrats to everyone who submitted and those left to place!
by michaeljwyantjr
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 741
Views: 206359

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

So I got a personal rejection letter today, from C.C. Finlay of F&SF, and he was kind enough to explain what hadn't worked for him about my story. He also said that my writing was very good, and to keep submitting to F&SF. You can imagine how pleased I was to hear that, and I'm excited beca...
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 310
Views: 13263

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Thanks for the update Kary!
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 310
Views: 13263

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

SCAFontaine wrote:So with Dave heading to Fiji... do you think that means he's done judging?


Well, tomorrow is Thursday.
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Re: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story

(Also, some general tips I've picked up regarding critiques over the years: Critiques are important, but they should always be taken with a grain of salt. What one person believes to be the best way to write your story might not be the same thing you believe to be the best way to write your story. ...
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions

Just a note for anyone else swinging by: Read Aloud doesn't look like it's on the Mac version of Office. That said, you can enable the built-in macOS text-to-speech feature pretty easily. Here are the steps to do that: * Open System Preferences * Go to Accessibility * Select "Speech" from ...
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 310
Views: 13263

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

RSchibler wrote:Last year results came out Nov 6. It's twitch time!


Ah, dammit.

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