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by Wulf Moon
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Comments on Wulf's call-in to Brian Trent about success with F&SF What resonated with me: 1) believable characters 2) strong, vivid world-building 3) good story 4) keep trying 5) competitive market 6) writing is a craft (you need to hone your skills) 7) be prepared for the long haul Well done, ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks for sharing, AlexH. I'm certain many will read that! See you when you return. Here's something to listen to in your travels--just went live today! "Approximations That Gradually Approach the Truth" by David M. Hoenig. Narrated by Wulf Moon, with that radio show vibe from Gallery of ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I just finished a trip back to the origin of Midkemia in MAGICIAN: APPRENTICE by Raymond Feist, because I don't believe I read the author's preferred edition (updated version from 1992). Since we've been talking about denouements, I thought I'd show you something. Remember when I said our sense of j...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Wonderful reporting on Brian Trent's interview, Retro. Thanks for posting where his comments on F&SF come in on the timeline. That's the pertinent info for our group. And once again, it reveals much about the type of people that win Writers of the Future, and why so many go on to create flourish...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

HEAR YE, HEAR YE, JUST THREE DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE END OF THE WORLD! MOON'S SUPER SECRET BONUS CHALLENGE VOLUME 37 IS ABOUT TO LIFT OFF! THE DOORS AUTOMATICALLY SEAL AT MIDNIGHT ON OCTOBER 20TH, 2019. DON'T BE LEFT BEHIND!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Comments on Not Quite Sparta. Challenge submission requirements by AVDutson. You made it, Dutson! Glad I pulled you out of your chair at the bar and sobered you up with some wake-up juice. : ) Thanks for showing you did the 1000, then cut from there. This was a cute story with a fun ending. You can ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Brain Trent is a winner from Writers of the Future. He sells regularly to F&SF, Analog, Third Flatiron Publishing, and he just won Baen's Military SF award. Since I know many of you are currently submitting to F&SF, I asked in behalf of the Forum his advice on what editor Charlie is looking ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks, Wulf, for reposting the challenge! I swear I dug through the list but couldn't find it. The textbook is on order. Getting back into the college mindset. :D Good man! Hopefully the postal system doesn't lose it on you, because you will only have yourself to blame. : ) (Guess where he works, ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Oh, and it helped that Dutson was already a Facebook friend of mine. Others of you are as well. I will suggest you friend me so we have a faster messaging system when needed. wulf moon 94.

Cheers!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks, Wulf, for reposting the challenge! I swear I dug through the list but couldn't find it. The textbook is on order. Getting back into the college mindset. :D Glad you found it, AV. I was afraid we lost you, why I PMd you on Facebook last night to see what was up. Will get to your submission s...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

[quote="thegirlintheglasses"] Question for you guys: How do you denoument when your MC dies?/quote] F. Scott Fitzgerald did a wonderful denouement after the protagonist died in THE GREAT GATSBY. Here's the ending: And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I did submit an earlier entry to SFF Magazine. The editor is extremely pleasant and generally a great guy. He said there was some good prose and some good moments, but the story didn't win him over, and he hopes I'll keep them in mind in the future. He did sign the note 'Charlie.' With someone as p...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I think Brittany asked how to do denouement when the protagonist dies. From the perspective of the crew in "Weep No More for the Willow," I did that. It's in the latest Deep Magic. Can't say more, it will wreck the story for folks.There's plenty of other examples, however. Somebody help Br...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Henckel, Congrats on the new job. May it pay the bills until your writing can replace it! F&SF is a great market, tremendous history there. Let us know when you get a "Charlie" at the end of his letter. It means he likes your writing and wants to see more. He often takes the time to gi...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Do we post our 500 and 250 flash stories here like we did with the deception qualification round? I wish, Henckel, but I could not keep up, and we would lose lessons in the sheer volume of weekly entries. This is the admissions period. The Kill Your Darlings flash samples were your offering to prov...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

RE: First Assignment: Copper Nickel article response about why flash fiction can be beneficial to writing longer pieces. This bit in particular spoke to me: "I'm on board with defining flash as a deliberate intensity on the writer’s part." Learning to write with intensity--emotional, inte...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland's Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 67

Re: Dave Farland's Workshop

Thanks for this, Chuck! Very wise to take a class from Dave. He is, after all, the judge that determines futures in this contest. I commend you for that, and recommend this to all. Thanks for the info on the reduced HMs. It shows earning an HM is a privelege, not a right. It's not a simple 10% cut o...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Since this got buried again, I'm reposting. Only four more days to do your thang to get into this year's SUPER SECRET Challenge! Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 37 STARTS HERE! (No it didn't, it's a few pages back. This is a repost so you can find it!) A battle-scarred lycanthrope in his w...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

officer wrote:Like everything we learned in school, there's more to denouement than "the falling action". .... Also, going beyond "what happened" and suggesting "why it matters".


Very good point, Officer.
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Comments on "Fain to Dine and Sup and Soup." Challenge submission requirements by JESchleicher. A macabre scene, but with obvious SF elements. The stage has been set. We wonder about the vat and floating bodies and why our hero is treading water, but we will read on. The oddity of the situ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Denouement assignment results. Many weighed in. This helps all, because there are many facets to a gem of knowledge, and often another's unique take can help us appreciate new aspects of the knowledge. Thank you. It's why I called for challenge members that would be active participants. We're here ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19117

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Congrats to everyone for submitting! It's hard work well worth the effort. After two R's, I have gotten my first placement, a SHM! Thanks to all the organizers, judges, etc. WotF is tremendous and this SHM has given me insights to major revisions of my novel and this forum has encouraged me to take...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I liked your "twist" on my joke, JESchleicher. It had two try/fail cycles in it as well. Well, perhaps a try/succeed--the frayed knot attempt might have worked! These boil stories down to their basics, making it easier to see how the elements of Story works. For those tracking my progress ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19117

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

RSchibler wrote:I recommend the submission grinder - it takes word count into consideration when it gives you available markets!


Agreed on the Grinder. Ralan.com is another excellent market source. Many pros use it.
by Wulf Moon
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks for your comments Wulf-all good valid points. Reading your vignette helped a lot! Also, this "killing year darlins" challenge has been a huge asset for me already. I've heard writing advice for years talking about an economy of words and getting bang for your buck. But it wasnt unt...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

SwiftPotato wrote: Hope that helps. If not, I can try to make my example better!


By George, I think he's got it. I thought there was a secret key for it or something. Elementary!

Thanks.
by Wulf Moon
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

AlexH wrote this (I wish I knew how to pull smaller quotes out like some of you do, instead of the whole post): "A lot of my favourite jokes are funny because the ending gives the build up a different meaning to what I expected. That lines up with what you say about a final line having a differ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Rebecca (RSchibbler), as you know, is the Forum crit beast. Thank you for all of your thoughtful commentary, Rebecca. I'm sure people appreciate it. wotf009
by Wulf Moon
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Comments on "The Under-galactic Railroad." Volume 37 Challenge requirements by Henckel. I like your writing style, Henckel. This has a professional feel to it as well. You code up some powerful descriptive images, like this one: "Her blood pooled like used motor oil." Vivid, easy...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Comments on "Soulmates." Volume 37 challenge requirements by StarReacher. I'm not setting you up to be the teacher's pet, but we are doing these exercises to learn from one another. So I feel it necessary to say this is the most professional storytelling style I've seen so far. If I were t...

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