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by Wulf Moon
Thu May 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

Heh. If she slipped she would, definitely! The problem is, then mom thinks it's because she's spending too much time with a rapper robodog, that his ghetto speak is rubbing off on her. So she puts a lid on it, best she can. : ) I've been working on the narration of the story. It was fun doing the ch...
by Wulf Moon
Thu May 23, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

We were lucky enough to get to visit EB White's Maine farm a few years ago. He had a shack down by the water's edge where he wrote. Personally, I don't know how he wasn't distracted by the gorgeous view but I guess that's what worked for him. The current owner still had his "shack slippers&quo...
by Wulf Moon
Wed May 22, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

1. Got that one already and it is my comfy hideaway. One laptop is so dedicated to writing it's never connected to the internet. The other one only comes on when researching a topic for a story, or checking emails. 2. Routine. That's a hard one there. I have so many irons in the fire I seem to be b...
by Wulf Moon
Wed May 22, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

And in fulfilling my promise AND in returning to the discussion we were originally on: Moon's SUPER SECRET #29: Help your subconscious to ENGAGE. You have a monster under your bed. He's a wild and superintelligent monster that has all kinds of weird appendages, and when he crawls out from under the ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed May 22, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

Hey, gang. I feel the need to remind everyone this is a topic I set up for a challenge. The challenge is a simple one. Write a fresh, new story for each of the four quarters for Volume 36. There's another challenge going on for sending whatever you wish in each quarter. Dustin Adams originally found...
by Wulf Moon
Tue May 21, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

There are exceptions to every rule. I just advised someone in a critique to keep such an opening, IF they did some changes to justify it. But opening with a character waking up is a well known new writer mistake. Do this at your own peril. And I'm not the only one saying it. Here is one of Dave's Ti...
by Wulf Moon
Tue May 21, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

Well, I liked Brittany's tennis coach's quote: "Practice doesn't make perfect--perfect practice does." DELIBERATE practice. FOCUSED practice. Practice is writing. But FOCUSED practice? That's practice where we are actively engaged in improving our skills. That's trying to turn in our best,...
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 20, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 3557

Re: Contest Questions

Helge is right; you get paid pro rates PLUS the prize money. Yes, you get the prize money shortly after it's announced that you're a winner. You get *publication* money, now $0.08 per word, toward the end of the workshop. John Goodwin, president of Author Services Inc. and Galaxy Press, personally ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 20, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

So, Brittany shared which SUPER SECRETS helped her the most, and why they did so. Anyone else want to share what's helped their writing before I post more?
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 20, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

Corbin Maxwell wrote:I’ve just crossed 14k of new material, which is not going to WOTF but to F&SF Mag. But still a new story. Sort of.


Much success with that story. F&SF is a great pro market with good readership.
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 20, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 3557

Re: Contest Questions

Yes, you get the prize money shortly after it's announced that you're a winner. You get *publication* money, now $0.08 per word, toward the end of the workshop. John Goodwin, president of Author Services Inc. and Galaxy Press, personally handed our checks to us. I have a picture of that I'll post to...
by Wulf Moon
Sun May 19, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 15508

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Aidanka wrote: Whenever I send my work to critique I always mention that I am not a native speaker and need a help to sound so wotf011 . I hope I'd be able to find a native speaker buddy with whom we can swap stories for critiques. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Since you are not a native speaker and Engli...
by Wulf Moon
Sat May 18, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Dean Wesley Smith & Preston Dennett
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Dean Wesley Smith & Preston Dennett

I think you guys might enjoy this. I got to sit down with Dean Wesley Smith and chat about the importance of not giving up. https://soundcloud.com/writersofthefuture/5-preston-dennett-and-dean-wesley-smith-the-topanga-canyon-never-give-up-story?fbclid=IwAR0P6hF5X3cNIUrTk5dbIzpJ4VZZc-lI6fscszoQDhlZs...
by Wulf Moon
Sat May 18, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 3557

Re: Contest Questions

The Facebook page says they will pay more. I was more talking about the contest rules but looks like they did change the rule. It now says only sales at .08/word count as a professional sale. Thanks SCA Fontaine and Chuck. I wish they had put some clearer "as of" verbage and dates and rat...
by Wulf Moon
Sat May 18, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 15508

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Thank you guys, I don't know how on earth I thought it could be appropriate for the contest. About deleting references to the stories we send to the contest, is writing about your stories on the forum gets you disqualified or it is regarding my story project? I know I ask dumb questions wotf007 but...
by Wulf Moon
Fri May 17, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 3557

Re: Contest Questions

Did they bump the definition of a pro sale to .08 (from .06) per word? I am curious if they will as well. I haven't heard WotF's reaction to SFWA's new declaration of what constitutes pro pay ($0.08 per word). We'll have to wait and see as the decree goes into effect whether WotF wants to follow SF...
by Wulf Moon
Fri May 17, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 15508

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Aidanka wrote: Yaay big response from Wulf Moon, that made my day wotf010 Yes I didn't mentioned it was a mysteryş Thanks to you İ found out it's called cozy. I'm also conspiring its about the ethnicity of antihero that editors fear to get sued. I'll change his ethnicity and shop it around to cozy m...
by Wulf Moon
Thu May 16, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

Thank you, Brittany, for sharing what's working for you with our challenge beasts. It was very nice of you to take the time for such a thorough answer. Glad some of these Super Secrets are helping. I hope others will also weigh in. It's important, not just to help the group, but to help ourselves by...
by Wulf Moon
Thu May 16, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 15508

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Congratulations on your semifinalist placement, Hannah! To get into Dave's final stack, you wrote an original idea, and executed it well. The critique kills resubmit, of course, but it's still invaluable in getting some insight into what Dave likes about your work, and what he finds lacking in this...
by Wulf Moon
Thu May 16, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 15508

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Aidanka wrote: Hello Wulf Moon, I always read your answers to other writers with great interest. I have an off topic question. I have this story that gets nice personal notes already 7 times from various anthologies but still rejection. In one of the last responses the editor said relatively cozy na...
by Wulf Moon
Wed May 15, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

I like the way Mark Forsyth talks about Shakespeare developing in 'The Elements of Eloquence.' But, for me, a big part of writing is getting the 'winning idea'. Wulf's notion of entering with new stories applies here. I do think creativity breeds creativity. Keep writing, keep coming up with ideas ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue May 14, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 3557

Re: Contest Questions

[quote="orbivillein"]Hi, Wolf Moon, Do winners receive, say, 1099s from Author Services or Galaxy Press? If so, do the numbers only reflect prize money and anthology paid publication, or do the numbers include travel and room cash values? Questions not intended to elicit private and moneta...
by Wulf Moon
Tue May 14, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 3557

Re: Contest Questions

I mean the prize money would be great but this really sounds like much more than just a "cherry on top". By the way Wulf Moon - I really enjoyed your story in V 35. The prize money and publication money are nice. They teach you that writing a professional story can earn you good money--no...
by Wulf Moon
Tue May 14, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 15508

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

wotf058 And didn't win. This is my life :p Congrats Brittany on your making finalist too! Better luck next time! Congrats. That's 5 now? Awesome! wotf010 I have now passed Scott Parkin as the most-losing finalist ever. He won on his fifth try. That's definitely something! Persevere, everyone, and y...
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 13, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2610
Views: 484222

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

HI there, Submitted a story back in 1987 to the contest, but got a rejection, but like Wulf Moon, that did not stop me from getting up and getting back on that writing horse. I have kept writing to hone my skills and hopefully one day to get a winning story... The difference between success and fai...
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 13, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 3557

Re: Contest Questions

This is certainly putting the cart before the horse but I have a question about the prizes. It looked to me (after doing a little searching) - that there is a workshop for 12 writers and 12 illustrators - I assume that is the top 3 each quarter. But despite assuming I have the following questions i...
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 13, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 15508

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

wotf058 yay! I am happy to get this gag off my mouth and officially say I made finalist. I can also officially say I did not win. Still makes me feel like I'm on the path. Onward! I'll congratulate you here as well, Brittany. CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING A FINALIST. Two in a row even! Consistent high m...
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 13, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

We are very proud of you, Brittany! Two finalists in a row! That says volumes about your skill level, and are great signs to see on your writing path. We'll hope for good news again in Q3! For you...and for all! Congratulations! Take a brief break to refill your soul, and then WRITE YOUR NEXT FRESH ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun May 12, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2610
Views: 484222

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Thanks, Kim, for your kind words. There's more pictures of the workshop on my facebook page--send me a friend request there and you'll see additional pictures I took at the workshop. I'm still posting them, a little at a time. As for our worth, it's important to recognize we have great worth--we are...
by Wulf Moon
Sun May 12, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 631
Views: 14610

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

And I'm betting our two silent SUPER SECRET challenge member finalists for Q1 will get news by tomorrow night. Just a hunch.

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