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by Wulf Moon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 16
Views: 415

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

My story has been outlined but now that it's time to write, I feel all out of sorts. What is a beginning? How do I do this? How have I done this before? Every single time I sit down to write something, I become convinced that I don't know how to write wotf019 Ah well. Enough procrastination. Here I...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

But you're about to get the one I covet most of all--the Lexan Impaler! Seriously, doesn't anyone worry about tripping as they walk off the stage with that thing? They should instruct you to hold it point down, like scissors! : ) Cheers! ~Moon~ I still worry about dropping the things every time I p...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I never framed my HM certificates. I left them on the desk by where I write to remind myself that "hey, you can maybe sorta do this, keep writing." Now that I think of it, they coulda done that from the wall too... I can understand that. I guess I'm at the point in my writing career where...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Dancing conga rats once again for all that placed, anywhere on that list! You are up against what is likely two or three thousand a quarter from around the world, and some of those writers are in powerful workshops with bestselling authors critiquing their manuscripts. It is no light thing to make t...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 16
Views: 415

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Groundhog day! (smashes the alarm) Here we go again!
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 92
Views: 2286

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

When I teach watercolor, I tell my students what you leave out can be more important than what you put in. Too many new artists keep going back and working and reworking their paintings. At some point, they hit that one stroke too many point, and the painting is diminished, and if they can't stop t...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2874

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I tried to submit earlier today and the application portal already says it is closed. I emailed my story to Joni, so hopefully, I'm in for Q1! Q2 goal = submit before the last day wotf007 Beth, you're in. : ) Joni is exceptionally understanding about the foibles with the system on the 31st, as I'm ...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 92
Views: 2286

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Oh man. Despite starting early, I'm wrapping things up at the last minute. Going to do a final read through tomorrow and send mine in! I don't really feel good about it, but I've been working on it for so long and I'm determined to make this quarter. Plus, I want to start on something new. Good luc...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 92
Views: 2286

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

So, I..uh...just figured out how my story works last night in a 3am epiphany. Now I just need to write, wdit (edit: lol/fail), and polish it before the deadline. That's the easy part, right? O_o So long as it's short, it's theoretically doable. Go, go, go! wotf024 I'm shooting for 5k words max, so ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2874

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Wulf Moon Wrote: May the Force be with you! You have successfully completed 1 in 35! Well done! Thank you! I did 4 in 34 and 4 in 33, which is why I'm not over there on the 4 in 35 thread. Anyone who needs an extra pair of eyes at the last minute can count on me to turn a crit around in a few hours...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3885
Views: 736249

Re: Success!

Congratulations to all the people finding success! It's wonderful to see. wotf007 In the last two months I've received acceptances from both Cricket and, just yesterday, Flash Fiction Online. No idea when either story is coming out, but glad that the stories will be read! Wishing everybody happines...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2874

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Addressed crit concerns. Rewrote the beginning for better engagement. Removed a couple of asides. Thought of a better ending and then thought better of thinking it was better. Stopped thinking and did a final read-through. Submitted. Fully plotted and half done with Q2 submission. Good luck, everyo...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423953

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Olivia and Grace and everyone else I may have missed! It's good you realize the need to submit your stories, here, or anywhere else. Writing is communication. To communicate, you need a message, a transmitter, and a receiver. Your story is your message. Getting it published in something is t...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Word Counts

Quick question about word counts for submissions to non-WotF markets. When using the Microsoft Word wordcount tool, do you highlight the body of the text, the title -> the body, the title -> the word END at the end? Name About XXXX words Address Email Etc Title Awesome words go here. End e.g., what...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3885
Views: 736249

Re: Success!

Made my very first ever paying sale last week! It took six months to hear back from the publication and to be honest, I'd completely forgotten I had submitted. Just another reminder, I suppose, that patience is a must in this game. I'll post more info when the publication goes live (sometime early ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

That's me. I'm Topanga Canyon. When I found this out, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life. It was like I had a secret identity I didn't even know about. The stories I could tell you! And I fully intend to tell them all. The good news is: I didn't give up forever. I came back, and my stories...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2874

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Alica, and some others, as to your questions about F&SF and getting a personal rejection signed "Charlie," read this post below by Matt Dovey. Matt, I hope you don't mind my quoting you. Several of us talked about this on Q1, Vol 34, in the second set of comments. Seriously, any time y...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423953

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Ayman! We hope all goes well with your delivery, and you'll soon announce the happy news!

As to all the new, don't forget to post on the Q1/35, so we can cheer you on! It's important to keep submitting, and NEVER SURRENDER, NEVER GIVE UP!

Cheers,

Moon
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2874

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Okay, I don't hate my Q1... More importantly, I believe I will finish on time. I will be on vacation for a week this month, leaving me precious little time. If I can finish in two weeks, get a reader or two, then cram-edit that final, holiday week, I'll submit something I like. Hopefully. Good time...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I did post this in another spot, but just so you don't miss it...

DANCING CONGA RATS FOR JFICKE13 AND CALMSAND.
YOU DID IT! THE FORCE IS WITH YOU!

Enjoy the workshop, the book, and the gala extravaganza!

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2874

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Yikes! Would you look at the time?! It's DECEMBER!
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 35
Views: 1579

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

jficke: That "alcoholic superman" trick works because of what Algis Budrys always said. The story isn't happening on the paper, it's happening in the reader's mind. Our words are triggers to invoke images, and each reader is going to tack their own images to those icons we assemble on the ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 907093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I write a combo as well. My two pro sales are in science fiction, but I love writing fantasy. If you want to hear one of my humorous fantasies, click on the website link and it's in the blog on podcast. Funny thing, you do need to research when you write about science, but when I'm writing historica...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

That's me. I'm Topanga Canyon. When I found this out, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life. It was like I had a secret identity I didn't even know about. The stories I could tell you! And I fully intend to tell them all. The good news is: I didn't give up forever. I came back, and my stories...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 907093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

What? 82 posts to go before this hits 5000? We're going to need a lot more help to do this before Martin gets out of the hospital, since I think they are releasing him TODAY! This is like herding cats! LET'S GO, LET'S GO, LET'S GO! This shall now become a welcome home party! And if we don't make tha...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 35
Views: 1579

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

You might want to read Martin Shoemaker's new thread, Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count! David Farland weighed in while we were talking about this on Facebook. Thank you! I saw your post, and the FB thread, and read them both with great interest. I'm with you that I think I'm a novelist at heart, but...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 907093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

We're going to need MORE party hats! And get well cards! And free range chickens!

Get well MARTIN SHOEMAKER! Q1-29 NEEDS YOU!

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 907093

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I'll take a party hat! Let's get this up to 5000 while Martin is in the hospital. Martin, this is your get well card! Cards! Everyone post a get well card to Martin! Maybe we can save the 5000th for him. Hah!

GET WELL MARTIN SHOEMAKER!!!!

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

And the good news: editors DO take note of "beginner" writers that are close to creating professional stories they might be able to buy. They do enjoy discovering new talent, and it's a feather in their cap to say they were the first to publish someone that rose, say, to top of the NYT bes...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 23
Views: 706

Re: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34

jficke and CalmSand, a carnival big band dancing conga line of conga rats for both of you! Way to go! Proud of you!!! And jficke, this just proves THE POWER OF CHEESE! (I'm from Wisconsin, so I can say that. : ) Enjoy the glorious win. Go out and find some SQUEAKY cheese curds and eat the whole bag....

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