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by vsutherland01
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

In with a fresh Q3, one more to go.
by vsutherland01
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 546
Views: 19121

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I'm in with a fresh story for Q3.
by vsutherland01
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

So far, everyone has posted visual stories. Sight is only one sense we have. Rich stories employ all the senses. Hearing. Taste. Touch. Smell. To everyone I say: get more of the senses on the page. This shall be a forthcoming Super Secret. Thanks for sharing! Beastmaster Moon This has been an inval...
by vsutherland01
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

This is a pretty tale with some mysticism to it. Overall, it works. Some problems are understanding punctuation usage, especially around dialogue. If that's going on in your WotF entries, it's likely getting your stories rejected, so fix that. Another issue is sensory details. Even in a Flash, we n...
by vsutherland01
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

(And, Sutherland, your title is accurate, and foreshadows your story. That is good. But could you come up with one that would intrigue from the git go? That would be a better title. Think along the lines of "What Comes Down, Must Go Up." Something that will make us say, "Hmm. This so...
by vsutherland01
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

This one's for you Wulf, written and submitted within 24hrs. I tried not to edit it toooooooo much, that was one of your tips. Thanks again for gifting us so much of your time. Farewell, Scrag When Jada heard her boy sobbing, her aching limp vanished and she darted through the cabin to the front roo...
by vsutherland01
Tue May 28, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

I'm guilty of submitting a story where my mc wakes. I sent another one in about a brain transplant which is another no-no. There is so much to learn to become successful. You're not alone. I just realized my Q2 story starts with an "alarm/wake-up" wotf002 . My intention was to open with a...
by vsutherland01
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 27237

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Landed another HM. Excited for my Q2.
by vsutherland01
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Finally, after battling time between life, constant power outages, and getting my paintings done, my Q2 entry's edits are done and I just submitted. I'm in with a fresh one for Q2! Not only that, I also have art entered into Illustrators of the Future for Q2. I'm feeling very productive today. Writ...
by vsutherland01
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Aaand I'm in with a fresh story. 2 down, 2 to go.
by vsutherland01
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

I'm about done editing my fresh Q2 story. Hope to make my final decision on the last paragraph and then submit it today.
by vsutherland01
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

I love printing out stories for editing porpoises.
by vsutherland01
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

I read this, saved it on my computer, and have reread it twice since then. The benefits? I just produced a story that is probably the cleanest copy I've ever managed. I could hear the polish on it when I, as Wulf and others have suggested, read it aloud. The downside? Well, every time I start to ty...
by vsutherland01
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Great advice moon, doing my best to avoid info-dumps. I am also working to shorten the average length of my stories. I finished a 3K draft of a fresh story for Q2, so that's 2 out of 4 for me in this challenge. I will let the story stew for a while before doing final revisions, but I like it so far....
by vsutherland01
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

RSchibler wrote:Naw, see, now you have time to have TWO stories ready to submit. Or three! Or write that novel we all have in the back of our minds. wotf011


Haha, after I catch up on reading.
by vsutherland01
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19426

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I have a 3K draft done for this quarter. Now I can sit on it 'til march.
by vsutherland01
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Wulf Moon wrote:But if you want to see him tug your heart strings while telling a beautiful children's tale, read THE WEE FREE MEN. In the same vein is THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN.

~Moon~


I will check these out. Thanks.
by vsutherland01
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Thanks Moon and Preston! I'll do my best to be concise. My Q2 story is looking short, somewhere between 3K and 6K The thing with Pratchett is, if you took out all the humour, it'd still be good. Not all humour writers do that, including a good many pretty successful ones. I think that's why it never...
by vsutherland01
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Wulf Moon wrote:
Assume nothing, and you'll always be safe. wotf001




Haha, thanks.

Do you have an opinion on word count? Which word count pairs best with a rich title and robust intro? There's gotta be a word count range the judges have a bias towards. Here I go with assumptions again.
by vsutherland01
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Just a thought on HMs. An HM means a story for sure had a good opening two pages, and most likely, a good ending page as well. If you've read slush, you know what I'm talking about. It doesn't necessarily mean it was read through and through. An editor (or judge) will only read until they get throw...
by vsutherland01
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

I'm in, and with a completely fresh story!
by vsutherland01
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 27237

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I'm in with a fresh story!
by vsutherland01
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Oy! Put me down for the full challenge. Fresh stories all the way through. I started writing my Q1 story a couple days ago and I am working hard to finish it right now. I took a break to read the story of your winning sub Moon, and its beautiful. I hope I get to experience something like that one da...
by vsutherland01
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Honestly, I think some of that just comes down to what works for each individual writer. I don't think I'll ever nail a first draft, although I'd love to prove myself wrong. wotf001 I'm starting to get better about figuring out what stories need, but outside critiques definitely help me. Critiques ...
by vsutherland01
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

There's no way I can nail a first draft yet, tried that twice this year and ended up R. Maybe in a few years. I need to get better at subtext. These are fun to read keep em coming Moon.
by vsutherland01
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Just don't let this concept bog you down so much you don't get your first draft completed. If it's already done and you're ready to edit, go for it! Don't psyche yourself out, is what I'm trying to say. (Your writing methods may be different than mine, but I've learned the hard way that my first dr...
by vsutherland01
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Thanks for sharing your insights with us Moon. I have achieved a few hooks in the past, and I think I have been able to string along a series of hooks towards the end of my stories to build the pace to decent finales. Still, I have yet to maintain a riveting series of hooks throughout my entire stor...
by vsutherland01
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

It's still worth a try! wotf024 Yes it is! VSutherland, are you in or out? Because it sounds like you're in. : ) And let me tell you, you can write a story in four hours before deadline and get an HM. If you've got a whole day, you can get second place. Ask me how I know... I'm in haha, but I don't...
by vsutherland01
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40879

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

Damn it. I can't resist. My Q1 is going to be an automatic bust. I'll have 2 weeks to pull it off.
by vsutherland01
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23259

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Congratulations Wulf! Second place is amazing. I hope you have a good time in CA and tell us all about it come april.

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