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by Wulf Moon
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Totally agree with everything you said about endings. I think the "darkest" ending Dave is okay with is bittersweet, but positive. That's how Super-Duper Moongirl ended and that's how my winner ended as well. Exactly. Dave has gone on the record that he wants to reward writers that can no...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

3. Share a couple of points from these with the group that you might wish to apply to your next story. If it's good for the goose.... I really believe the KYD exercise has the potential to grow our craft in a huge way. Focusing our writing, focusing the story on its essential elements (Pick one maj...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I just did the 999 word to 500 word to 250 word exercise. What an eye opener! I got rid of the aliens, magic, boyfriend, and all other characters. At 250 words, the focus was on the main character's relationship with her father. Wowsa! I like this exercise a lot and plan to make it a permanent tool...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congratulations, Peony, on your scholarship to the Superstars Writing Seminar. Dress warm. Colorado in winter can be challenging. I'm from Michigan, so it may be colder than I'm used to but I should be okay (I have plenty of warm clothes and I know to bring layers). wotf007 It's intriguing that Swi...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 38
Views: 1057

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I just saw you announced on the 2020 board, Thomas!!! So happy for you and Liz! We shall meet up at Superstars! Congratulations to both of you for winning this prestigious scholarship! It was tough competition, always is, BUT YOU MADE IT! And I call out again to any ready to make the next step...if...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 38
Views: 1057

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I just saw you announced on the 2020 board, Thomas!!! So happy for you and Liz! We shall meet up at Superstars! Congratulations to both of you for winning this prestigious scholarship! It was tough competition, always is, BUT YOU MADE IT! And I call out again to any ready to make the next step...if ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

RJK Lee, good review of those Secrets, thank you. I'm having everyone do a review on them because formulating your words to write the assignment actually embeds the lessons. And we know these particular lessons helped Swift win (and me!), so they will likely help you and everyone else as well. It's ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congrats, Liz!! SwiftPotato, I just finished writing my Flash piece for November! So... technically it's December 1st by like 20 minutes in my time zone, but it can still count for November, right? My story is VERY rough and I still want to put it through a round of KYD and then build it back up to...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LIZ (disgrunteledpeony) FOR BEING AWARDED THE SUPERSTARS WRITING SEMINAR SCHOLARSHIP! Eric Flint said at our Writers of the Future workshop that Superstars is the next level up. Liz just won her Advance to Go, Collecct 200 Dollars card! Only it's worth far more than that! Well...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

If there's an extra credit category I can add another flash piece. I wrote one to the Fatal Error prompt today. I think I'm beginning to understand the process here. Learn to write flash. Expand to 1500, 2000, and step by step you are writing a short story every time you fire up the process. I like...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4104
Views: 904726

Re: Success!

Good work on your DSF story, Will! Has that punchy ending that's so important!

Congratulations and cheers!

Wulf Moon
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Wow congratulations SwiftPotato! And very good job DisgruntledPeony! Keep it up. I still haven't heard anything, will query in a few days. Hang on just a bit, Eagerink. It's very possible you were a Semifinalist--we haven't heard any of them announce yet, and we usually have some here. Hoping for g...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Chuck, I'll just add semifinalists get a critique from Dave. So that disqualifies them from being re-entered. It would be an unfair advantage.
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 17
Views: 550

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

Andy, I do agree reader input can be valuable--they don't have to be professional writers to know if they liked or didn't like something. : ) Hollywood does something similar. They hold a screening, poll a sample audience, and determine what needs to be fixed based on the cumulative results. They do...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Okay, here's the deal with my finalist: When I was waiting for results, I said that I knew this challenge had directly contributed to my success. That's because I literally might not have written the story otherwise. My 4th place finalist was a 3.7k weird western, 'Old Man Coyote Meets Mother Torme...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I sent my 1st quarter entry in way too soon -- before I met this fine company. So I am starting on my 2nd quarter entry. I am going to use hooks, my voice, write in 3rd person, and have a tear jerker of an emotional response. It will be a fresh piece with a new idea. My voice is fun, playful, and j...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Swift wrote: Sweet. Thanks Moon! I'd love to see the TOC at the beginning too, for what it's worth. Let me know if you need the pure forum format for it and I can send it along.


Please do! Thank you, KEEPER OF THE RECORDS!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Great idea, Liz! That puts the TOC at the start of the "book." Thanks for the suggestion. Glad to help. wotf009 You have a story to tell as well, Liz. A different set of judges, and we would have likely seen a different set of results. Joni told me the judges NEVER agree on who the winner...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

1. Locate each of those Super Secrets in the Table of Contents Ref: TOC is on page 58 ascending. Something I've been meaning to bring up as a suggestion--might it be possible for Wulf to edit his initial post on page one and copy/paste the TOC there? That way newcomers can navigate the thread from ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks for that, Leah! Wonderful review, should prove very helpful to the Pack! So those are the Super Secrets that helped Leah produce a WotF Winner. Now you know. You heard it here first. And now YOU have your next Assignment: 1. Locate each of those Super Secrets in the Table of Contents 2. Revie...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14622

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Just got the second call from Joni. Apparently, I came in 4th place. Just shy. Ahh well. Congratulations on the win, SwiftPotato! I'm absolutely thrilled for you. wotf007 wotf010 Awww, we were cheering for you, Liz. Still are. Finalist is a GREAT honor. In your case, it was FOURTH in the WORLD. Out...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

When you have time after the congrats die down, Leah (SwiftPotato), please tell us a little about your winning story. It will help the Wulf Pack. Some things I've already noted, that harmonizes with the Super Secrets and points I've been teaching: 0. YOU WROTE A FRESH, ORIGINAL STORY!!! 1. You wrote...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 45
Views: 1606

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

Got 3rd place!!! wotf059 AMAZING JOB, CHALLENGE BEASTIE! And one of the wildest Joni calls I've ever heard of. She didn't even say her classic line: "Are you sitting down?" Because you must have been FLOORED! wotf001 So proud of you, Swift! Thank you for applying yourself with such dedica...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

THE SUPER SECRETS ARE TOO POWERFUL! WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LOCK THEM IN AN IRON SAFE AND SINK THEM TO THE BOTTOM OF THE MARIANA TRENCH! THE WORLD IS NO LONGER SAFE WITH SUCH KNOWLEDGE!!!!
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

So, I got my result, and... wotf059 Third place! I just got the call from Joni and she told me I could "scream it to the hilltops"! OH MY STARS!!!!!! YOU DID IT, LEAH! YOU PUT YOUR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE AND YOU DID IT!!!! COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD!!!!!!!! ONE OF OUR WULF PACK CHALLENGE BEAS...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks Swift and Officer! Great lightbulbs!
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks, Officer. I know how that happened. SwiftPotato (Lisa) is a member that would have the designation Officer in my gaming guild, TheForestGuard.com. So there's the association. And you're in good company to be associated with her. : ) Thanks for your good input to the question, however! Just to...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 17
Views: 550

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

Andy Dibble wrote: "Wulf, "Protect Your Voice" may be good for me too because I'm a serial Critterer. The reason why I favor Critters is that until I started with Critters the feedback I got from readers was normally too generic to be actionable. It can be overwhelming, and feeling I ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Still buried in my editing jobs, guys. New secret is coming, but gotta help my clients meet THEIR deadlines. I just had a bestselling author write to ask for my help with an Audible job for one of their books. That's just WEIRD. And a writer didn't show for a blog talk interview today, and I was ask...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54051

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I just released the Kraken! I submitted a brand new flash fiction story about time travel to Daily Science Fiction. My heart is racing. Why do I feel so nervous? I have high hopes for it. When I read the story to my husband, he laughed out loud for at least 5 minutes at the end. This is highly unus...

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