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by michaeljwyantjr
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Form vs Personal Rejection
Replies: 3
Views: 9

Re: Form vs Personal Rejection

Awesome. Thanks for the help and clarification!
by michaeljwyantjr
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Form vs Personal Rejection
Replies: 3
Views: 9

Form vs Personal Rejection

Hey folks... my newb might be showing, but I realized today that I'm not entirely sure what constitutes a switch from Form Rejection to Personal Rejection. Most form rejections are pretty obvious: "Thank you for submitting, but we've decided not to publish your story at this time. Good luck on ...
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 145
Views: 4126

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

KD Julicher wrote:So... it's Thursday! The first Thursday I've felt like we might have a chance of seeing results. Probably way too soon, right?


:twitch:
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3838
Views: 697411

Re: Success!

So, a few questions for you successful folks: On average, how many stories do you have out? And how do you decide where to submit them? How many rejections does a story go through before you rewrite it? I have this fear that I'll submit a story to the big venues before it's ready and then I won't b...
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3838
Views: 697411

Re: Success!

Just wanted to thank you all for the inspiring stories. I'd shelved my fiction submissions for awhile (new job), but your stories and updates gave me the boost I needed to get an old honorable mention back out into a submission.

Thanks!
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 145
Views: 4126

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I am so close to submitting. I don't think there is much more I can do with this story. I hope I don't get an R on this, after landing my first HM. There's certainly a point where you have to stop working on any story for awhile, so don't feel too weird about it. Also, next quarter submissions star...
by michaeljwyantjr
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 145
Views: 4126

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

My Q4 submission is in!

It's the most heavily critiqued piece I've ever submitted and I feel really good about it. Good luck to everyone else! wotf009
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Writer's Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1240

Re: Writer's Group

Update: We got this started a few weeks ago and are looking for a couple more folks if they're interested. Here's the schedule thus far: * Biweekly Meetings (Week 1 = submissions to the group, Week 2 = critiques) * Critiques are every other Saturday at 3PM EST using Google Hangouts ** The next criti...
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 145
Views: 4126

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

vsutherland01 wrote:I am going to get a first draft for my quarter four short story done in the next 2-3 weeks. I hope some people are still around by then for story swaps.


I'm sure I'll still be editing... wotf027
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 145
Views: 4126

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Ishmael wrote:If michaeljwyantjr is trying to send me a PM, it seems to be blocked. I don't know why.

I suggest an email if you or anyone else wants to contact me.


Weird. Email sent.
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 20100

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

amyhg wrote:And the results?

Joni giggled.

I got SECOND PLACE! *happy dance*

If I understand correctly, that removes me as a contender for the Golden Pen, which means I can officially stop twitching and kick back until April.


Congratulations!
by michaeljwyantjr
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3838
Views: 697411

Re: Success!

Tangentially related to writing success... my first self-published book, Immortal, just got me my first real, career-based writing job. After 17 years in IT, I get to write for a living and leave tech troubleshooting to others.

I'm calling it a win! wotf007
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 678

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

I am super envious! I work so much better when I can take brain breaks to look at nature. Right now I'm living in a dense suburb, which is a little rough. The dream is to move out to a slightly more rural school district once I have my teaching degree. It's totally worth the hours of mowing and rid...
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 678

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

Currently, I have a desk off the living room (large central living space). My wife is a CEO of a small company and travels a lot, so I end up monopolizing the area most of the time. When she's home and working, we tend to use the same space since we both tend to enjoy listening to instrumental music...
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 20100

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Dustan Moon wrote:P.S. How do you guys get a pic or graphic to post with your name?


You mean the profile picture? It's currently broken on the forums since they did the last update.
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Writer's Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1240

Re: Writer's Group

Do we have to use Google Docs? Have they removed the 'we own a % of what you create with it' clause from the Terms of Service? I have a fully functional copy of Word, and I reluctantly put things on Dropbox as it is, as I don't like Cloud storage at all. You don't need to use Google Docs, no. I als...
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Writer's Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1240

Re: Writer's Group

Okay. I've put together the Slack channel. I'm still adding in components and such, but it's available to sign up now. If you'd like to join the channel, click the link below, add your email, setup an account, and login: TwitchWriters Slack Sign Up NOTE: This link will only work until August 13, 201...
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Writer's Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1240

Re: Writer's Group

J'nae Rae wrote:Would Slack really work for that? How would we share the MSes?


There is an embedded attachment option that works okay. However, there are Dropbox and Google Docs plugins that can be used in conjunction with Slack now. Those will probably come in handy more than the drag and drop methodology.
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: Finishing Stories

Am I setting myself up for failure for aborting so many potential stories instead of getting in the habit of completing one before moving on to the next? Sorry, but... yes. Endings are a huge, huge part of whether a story works or not. For every story I bump from slush at PodCastle, there's another...
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Writer's Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1240

Re: Writer's Group

It's been a year since this topic had any activity and in that time Slack has really taken off in stability, complexity, and usefulness. Going back to the original idea, would folks be interested in getting a community Slack channel up and running? I have some pretty high level Slack organizers I ca...
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 20100

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

amyhg wrote:
O_O

I can't decide if I'm twitching more from waiting for placement results or for my twins to come.


Congratulations! wotf010 wotf010
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 20100

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

J'nae Rae wrote:I got a rejection. *sigh* Anyone interested in beta reading it? I have an anthology in mind for it that closes in November.

wotf005


I'd be happy to beta read it if you're looking for more readers.
by michaeljwyantjr
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Progressive Chunk Exchange
Replies: 12
Views: 751

Re: Progressive Chunk Exchange

I think I had a false start on getting one of these going. Is anyone out there still interested in a story exchange, progressive or otherwise? My recent HM has left me realizing that I desperately need to get my stories peer reviewed before sending as my beta readers apparently just "like my st...
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 20100

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Beth Powers wrote:I got a rejection for Q2 and gave it the response all rejections deserve--I sent the story to another market wotf024


Trying that for the first time. Wish me luck!
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 20100

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Just got my HM form letter...
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 20100

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

greenroom wrote:And according to the writing tip he just sent out, he's finished judging Q2. Now we get to see how long the delay is between him finishing and Joni sending out notifications...


I just saw that, too.

I am actually twitching a little now...
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4892
Views: 875206

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Jeremyteg wrote:So...

Uh...

Anyone read any good books lately?


I've read some interesting books that were written well enough to keep me interested and engaged.

But good books? Um... hm. I guess we need to define what constitutes a "good book", right?
wotf011
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 145
Views: 4126

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I pulled up an old story that I thought had some major plot issues, so I stuck it in the trunk about four months ago. After hanging out with all of you folks for a couple weeks, I popped it open and realized that the only plot issue was in something I used to describe the world during the world-buil...

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