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by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Here's a good summary but some of it may not mean much without more explanation. My suggestion is to just look for the words "Super Secret No. ___" and read what Wulf says in that post and skip the surrounding replies. If your'e not clear what he means or want more, then add the replies f...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 209
Views: 5098

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Congratulations for getting your stories in for Q3. You can't win if you aren't in. Keep it up! And if you're feeling like you won't make it, stop that! You can do this! If Dixie can, so can you! "One foot in front of the other..."

All the beast!

Moon
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Congrats on subbing your Q3 and writing a fresh one, SCAFontaine! Henckel, I saw elsewhere you got yours in as well. That's how it's done, time after time like clockwork, until you win. Less than a week now to submit to Q3, challenge beasties! You can't win if you aren't in. You have time, so make y...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 74
Views: 3198

Re: 4 in 36

You're welcome, Alex. And thanks about the win. You can also hear me read it now at future-sf.com. Just finished that project and I'm happy with the results. Good work on submitting fresh. It's easy to dust off an oldy and send it in, and that has worked for some, but you know my belief. You'll do b...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Many thanks to all that did this Kill Your Darlings: Economy of Words Exercise. I've completed all the critiques now, and enjoyed seeing what each of you came up with as the space you had to work with compressed. I'll write more about the exercise later, but now it's my turn to submit my 250 so you ...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Got my 250 here. Will post critiques on the 500s once I have time. (I did not like this cut. The effort to balance the bones of the story with the poetic prose needed to keep the theme killed my interest in the prose by the end.) # Cousin Coyote Meets Mother Torment, 250 word version Coyote slipped...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.
Replies: 21
Views: 654

Re: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.

TimE wrote:For people new to WotF, it might be better if the link to the podcasts were on the menu at the left of the home page rather than hidden away in Educator Resources - where I wouldn't think of looking.

I'm enjoying the podcasts.


That's coming, TimE. I talked to John about it. : )

Cheers!
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Sorry I am late to the party, but man, this challenge scrunched my brain up trying to get 250 words, but I did it:)...woohoo... Star light, Star Bright Steve Muchin laid on the bare cold floor of the engine room of the spaceship, his life ebbing out of him. Destruction all around him. The glaring r...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Okay, completed most of my to do list earlier than anticipated. Some weirdo in a black mask messed up my plans, but what are you gonna do? I took another look at my 500 and literally cut it in half, cleaned up the beginning, and am much happier with it than the other monstrosity I posted. Google Do...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I have two stories ready to go. Might give each of them a quick once over before I decide which one to submit. I know some folks advise waiting until later to submit to give more time to work on it - but I am going to turn my attention to either editing one of my novels or writing a new one so ther...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

What Dustin said. Waiting until the last 36 hours of the contest year to write your story is a FAIL. Unless it becomes your winner... wotf001
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

But this is a good time to ask a question. What things, if any, have you learned from this exercise? Why did I have you descend into this alleged madness? I had my reasons. What have you discovered personally? Well, I noticed in my editing passes of my Q3 entry how I was able to cut easily. It help...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 209
Views: 5098

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I only submitted one story I'd consider funny, and it was really more murder mystery with a wacky dose of satire. Earned me an honorable mention. Also, where do people draw the line between satire and comedy, or is there one? I adore Pratchett, and while I think his work is extremely funny, I also ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 209
Views: 5098

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

There was one in Vol. 30. I didn't do a big search so I'm sure there are more. "The Pushbike Legion." (Pushbike = bicycle. Silly Brits). About a group of boys and their bikes who ride around wearing bits of junk they imagine is armor. They live in an oasis in the middle of a post-apocalyt...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Many thanks again. Yes, I need to learn to be careful with edits. Usually errors creep in when I decide to change things after my nuts and bolts edit and then don't subject the change to additional scrutiny. The test flight information has been in there. Maybe it got dropped from one of the 250s? B...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 92
Views: 4415

Re: Contest Questions

Hi! So, maybe it says somewhere on the contest, but I'm a little confused about what to submit. I know there's a 17,000 word limit. Are we supposed to be just submitting a 17,000 word excerpt of a longer manuscript? Or, are they just looking for an under 17,000 word short story? 17,000 words is the...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Also, I said things in this WotF interview to help writers figure out how to write professionally and win this contest. I hope you got a chance to listen. Cheers!

https://m.soundcloud.com/writersofthefu ... ng-back-up
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Chuck - I think you took out some of your strongest lines in this last version. That's what was bothering me about my first try - it was skeletal. And Wulf said HEAD not SKULL. For instance, the line "He felt a guilty relief when she went silent" sent chills down my spine and is altered e...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2628
Views: 491301

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

A hearty welcome to all the new members by your new moderator! This is the best contest on the planet to discover and promote new speculative fiction writers. And this Forum is the best place in the world to figure out how to get discovered. We welcome all of you, and look forward to your contributi...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: About the Forum - Start Here
Topic: Congratulations to our new moderator, Wulf Moon!
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: Congratulations to our new moderator, Wulf Moon!

Thanks, gang! It's an honor. If anyone wonders how I feel about this place, listen to the interview below. This is the best contest on the planet to discover and promote new speculative fiction writers. And this Forum is the best place in the world to figure out how to get discovered. May we all con...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Here's a micro flash I did today. : ) As You Know, Bob by Wulf Moon "As you know, Bob, entering Writers of the Future every quarter not only increases your chances to win, it also teaches you to meet a writing deadline." "Right you are, Bill! And you'll find the skills you learn writi...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

I do like it! Nice going. In a way, its a rewrite of the scene instead of just cutting words. I should look at mine again and see if I can do the same and tell the story from a different perspective that lends itself to less words. Now you're talking! Now you're getting the point! And Becky? That l...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Food for thought I shall leave you with for the day:

"The first law of success is concentration--to bend all of the energies to one point, looking neither to the right nor to the left."--Author William Mathews
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 209
Views: 5098

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

This is another reason to keep Flash stories and story seeds on hand. When I'd get in a bind, I'd pull one out and expand. They were easier to work from than a blank page, and I often found my subconscious hadn't forgotten them, and they wrote themselves. "Super-Duper Moongirl..." was one ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

BTW, I'm reading for Issue 4 of Future Science Fiction Digest this month. It's a professional SF magazine and submissions are by invitation only. One of you in this SUPER SECRET challenge received an invitation because of the level of work I saw. Congratulations!

Keep writing fresh!

Moon
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Thanks Wulf. I understand Liz and Becky's angst. Time is tight right now. I may have a little more elbow room because I've got my Q3 in already. We all appreciate your willingness to help and I look forward to your comments. Frankly, I don't like my 250. I just don't think it has an emotional impac...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Liz and Becky, of course you must meet your obligations in life. And I would never keep you from working on your Q3. This was an exercise, no more. Someone that is an advanced writer will draw less from the exercise than those needing more help in the practice of economy of words. I apologize on my ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

One other thing on my grand prize winner--and this all may sound like myopic navel peering on my part, but it's not. There is a reason for all of this, the *entire* exercise. I've read many of your WotF submissions now. You need this. I had written and won with quite a few of these 250s in this Flas...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 828
Views: 21113

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

Just a note: I haven't read any of your 250's yet. Well, except for Chuck's haiku. He did the extra credit that comes at the end of the entire exercise. Give that man a cookie. : ) The exercise is not meant to be pleasant. Nor will it likely deal kindly with your 999 Flash at this point. Becky is co...

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