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by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Thanks again Wulf. Can't believe I still left one of this awful tags in there. Maybe the title should have something to do with start since that is what I use to open and close the story. "Twinkling Stars: Death and Life" Becky: Wow! Cutting your tale in half really made a difference! I l...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

As to Q3...Two week mark, challenge beasties! The clock is ticking. Something is always better than nothing. You can do this! But be sure to use your Super Secrets to ensure you're submitting your very best! As to my 500, and Phase 3 of the Kill Your Darlings: An Economy of Words exercise, stay tune...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 167
Views: 4387

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Two week mark. The clock is ticking. Something is always better than nothing. You can do this!
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

"Shall We Sleep in the Cold Dark Deep" by chuckt. about 491 words Moon's comments internally and at the end. This is Phase 2 of this exercise: taking a story from 999 words to 500 words. Dr. Mann Chiu Lee felt it before he understood. The warp bubble had ceased its warbling hum. He moved t...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Okay, I have Chuck's last minute surprise. I did say Friday, so you made it, no worries, Chuck. But I had an...interesting request...I had to immediately respond to when I got home today that took more time than I expected. So I beg the forgiveness of all, it's 8:30 pm my time, and I need to make di...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Cousin Coyote Meets Mother Torment, Take II by disgruntledpeony 500 words Moon's comments internal and below. Coyote slipped into Sheriff Mallory’s skin as the man traversed Devil’s Creek. Boots squelched through russet-red clay accumulated in the arroyo from recent rains. Wind sang through tangled ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Dying of the Light by RSchibler 498 words Moon's comments below. It was not a grand death. Almost mundane, in fact. Movement slowed, light faded. Mass once vibrant seeped into thin wisps before vaporizing into nothingness. The old man stared from Sol Invictus Station toward the distant sphere of fad...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Oh, my mistake. I thought we had the option of sending it to you for a private viewing. Regardless of how it works out I wrote a story that stayed within your guidelines (except for posting on a public forum) which I choose not to do. I thank you for helping me learn and grow into the writer I will...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

If it's another 50% cut I'm gonna cry. I will give it my best shot, but I'll cry the whole time. Ugly cry. If that's what you want to do to me, Wulf, well, that's on you. ;) Ugly cry it is! But you'll get a lollipop at the end, 'kay? I'll explain it and the reasoning behind it in a bit. Good news! ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: About the Forum - Start Here
Topic: We Apologize for the Inconvenience...
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: We Apologize for the Inconvenience...

Thanks for all of your work on this, Martin!
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2626
Views: 489343

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello Brad and everyone else, My name is Allen. I live about an hour outside of Detroit, MI. I have been submitting stories to this contest off and on since 1993, obviously with no success so I gave up for a couple of decades. I find the experiences of the other contestants interesting and I want t...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Anyone want to venture a guess as to what Phase 3 of the exercise will be? Muahahahahahaaa!
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

So the title I have so far is "Shall we Sleep in the Cold, Dark Deep" Good title, Chuck. It's a curious question, and makes this reader want to find out more. I do think it should have a question mark at the end. Otherwise, it looks like an error, and you don't want a judge, editor, or re...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

AjZach, I have two others to comment on before yours, but I'm mixing things up today. First, you cut your words in half, and improved this story by at least five times. Proof that less is more. Remember this and use it on your larger works as well. Well done on getting this point on my Economy of Wo...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Well done, Chuck! My devious master plan is working! Muahahahahahahaha. Best of success on your Q3! The other day, one of you was talking to me privately about hitting a wall in a story and having to restart a scene over and over. I told her that never happens to me. Ever. Would you like to know why...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 90
Views: 4225

Re: Contest Questions

Every writer started at ZERO and worked their way up, from Tim Powers to Brandon Sanderson to Frank Herbert. It's good to remember.
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

News FLASH! We interrupt Moon's FLASH writing exercise for a word from our sponsor: Are you challenge beasties devouring these new WotF podcasts? Because you should! Winners giving tips, judges telling you what they look for in a winning story! But this one I've posted below is special. It's Dean We...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2626
Views: 489343

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, CCrawford! Glad you have developed a writing habit. Keep writing fresh.

A man approached a busker on a New York City street corner. "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" he asked. The musician lowered his saxaphone. "Practice, man. Practice."

All the beast!

Wulf Moon
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

I wrote a version of "Last Words" in 1996 for an online flash fiction contest called The Sixty Second Novelist Writer of the Year Competition. The contest ran for one year. Each week began with a short prompt, and entrants from around the world submitted during the week. Everyone could see...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

You want the editor to read it without one complaint. Because he's got 1000 more to read, and his tired eyes are just waiting for a reason to pass and move on to an easier one. Also, Becky, you have one tiny error. In a 500, it stands out like the beacon on a lighthouse. Fix that. : ) I think I fix...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Peony, that's great. The focus on the goal, the struggle of wanting to live in a body again, really works. I really liked the concentration on dialogue. And for me this time, it was fun! (Whoops, new plan! wotf001) I got chills on your last line. Well done! wotf009 Ditto, and I'll comment as well l...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

And now to Becky's comments. She wrote: Well, Wulf, you've got a lot more experience than I do, so I didn't find much to critique. My only comment would be there's no magic up front, ha! But my thoughts on that are, magic up front is important because it orients the reader, gives them a broader sett...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Thank you, GlibWizard! I'm sure everyone appreciates your kind words. I did! Thanks for tuning in!

Cheers!

Wulf Moon
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

AND NOW WHITHOUT FURTHER ADO BEHOLD! Phase 2 of Moon's ECONOMY OF WORDS Million Billion Percent (give or take a few decimals) Writing Improvement Exercise! Are you ready? ARE YOU REALLY READY? THEN DANCE, MONKEYS, DANCE! (I really do have a Spotify Dance Mix with that title...) For everyone that ju...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Liz wrote: Google Docs is lying to me somehow, then. I checked compulsively as I wrote, I just checked again, and I swear my document says 999. _______________________________ Google Docs and Microsoft Word aren't in perfect harmony? Whodathunk? The world, it appears, is not a perfect, uniform place...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

And now I've read Becky's critique on Liz's piece--I didn't read it before mine so I wouldn't bias my critique. I agree there is a problem with the MC saying, "This will be fun," and also promising that there's going to be an exorcism, and then the writer hands us something else. Totally v...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

Moon's critique on: Cousin Coyote Meets Mother Torment by M. Elizabeth Ticknor 999 words, copyright 2019 [Word count after taking out title and such is 1001. Over the stated limit by two words would be a reject in WotF, and in some Flash competitions and pro zines. And it puts editors in a bad mood....
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

I said I would post Phase 2 of this exercise tonight, but I see I have at least one more to critique first. Plus, someone has to critique mine, otherwise, I'm just going to give myself an A, because I can do that, I'm the Beastmaster!, and it's said that absolute power corrupts absolutely. OR, you c...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

storysinger wrote:I'm trying to participate. wotf017


It's supposed to be posted in here, Storysinger. I'll see it when you do. Cheers!
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 776
Views: 19352

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

I am partaking in the current Flash Challenge, but please forgive me. I will be holding mine close to the vest. It might be the underpinning for my next short story. Nothing to forgive, Julia! It's wonderful if you come up with an idea from these you can send to WotF or elsewhere. And anyone can st...

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