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by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Moon's SUPER SECRET #7: Private message for challenge members only. If you're a member, or if you join the challenge before Q1 ends, you can private message me and get this one. Will it help you win? I think it's one of the most important SUPER SECRETS, and I believe it's what helped my story stand ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Brittany, Environment can certainly be a hook, the richer and more unique the better! And yes, Dave has frequently said he likes rich worlds, so getting that up front concisely puts something he will certainly be looking for checked off on his list. I've read your work, and you're superb at working ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Moon's SUPER SECRET #5: A story is a PROMISE. So you've figured out you have to open your story with 1. A CHARACTER, 2. IN A SETTING, 3. WITH A PROBLEM. Well done, you're ahead of 90% of contest entrants. But we already knew that, you couldn't have gotten past our gargoyle bouncer if you didn't know...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

AnikeKirsten, of course it counts! Plus, how will we ever pay the rent on the castle I leased for this event if we don't enrich ourselves with new members? I assume you brought an offering? Oooh, shiny! You're all in for four quarters of minty freshness! I rise to the dais. "OH KEEPER OF THE SA...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

The stone troll in our hallowed dining hall looks up from the cauldron he's been faithfully stirring for tonight's feast. There's still no meat in the pot, as no one volunteered for the sacrfice, but the night is young, and these are writers--a brawl is sure to ignite before the gathering is over. H...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

vsutherland: I like how you're thinking. It's how I won in the end. I started throwing Dave curve balls, writing stories outside my usual box. I wrote them fast and hard and fresh, and I didn't over edit. Some I didn't edit at all, they were first drafts, like the winner. I tried horror, I tried sur...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Great comments on hooks, thank you Liz and Rebecca! Rebecca has also previewed some other secrets we'll be talking about soon! These first SUPER SECRETS are being shared to help anyone get past an R to an HM or higher. If you've been frustrated by contest rejections lately, the answer to the problem...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

MOON'S SUPER SECRET #3: Set the hook! Your reader is a fish. Your opening is the tasty bait. But hidden within is the HOOK! The sooner you can set the hook, the sooner you can shout, "FISH ON!" Just listen to that sweet sound of your reader going for the run, peeling out the line. All beca...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

For us Forumites, that's like the cover of the Rolling Stone!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9245

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

preston wrote:
Wulf Moon wrote:Volume 35 cover just revealed! Check it out! BOB EGGLETON!!! I LOVE his work!


Nice! Where did you see this?


It's everywhere now. wotf007 But I follow John Goodwin's FB and WotF FB. Cool trick to get the cover as your avatar! Teach me these tricks, Blix!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9245

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Gala announced. Friday, April 5th, in the Taglyan Cultural Center--looks like something out of a fairy tale. And my old mentor from my Eugene Wordos days, Dean Wesley Smith, is doing the story to go with the cover art! I love it when a story comes full circle!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9245

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Volume 35 cover just revealed! Check it out! BOB EGGLETON!!! I LOVE his work!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Oh Keeper of the Sacred Records, please roll down another sheet of TP and add micheaeljwwayntjr to our illustrious scroll! And we need a crier calling out the time! I had no idea how close Q1 is about to close, what with all the drama surrounding Joni's phone calls, posting announcements, being told...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9245

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Thanks, Kentagions. I was born in St. Paul. May the power of the Twin Cities rise again in WotF!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 26
Views: 1412

Re: Contest Questions

I'll weigh in here as well. Deep Magic is not SFWA qualified. They are a great magazine, however, and are working toward that goal. They do pay pro rate, but they cap, and SFWA does not allow for that. They also do not meet the number of issues/hits requirement. Don't ask me how I know, but trust me...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Well, Vsutherland01, the story is the reason for the challenge. I'll tell a little of it now, and then I'm going to be unlocking secrets as we go on. There are others in this challenge that know the secrets to making finalist, even published finalist, and I fully expect them to weigh in. But that's ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 41
Views: 1372

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Happy they are doing so well, and that you can occupy your mind with writing instead of worries. Success to your family, to your writing, and to winning WotF!

Good health to you!

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9245

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Again, thanks for all the good wishes, gang! Don't neglect to sign up for 4 in 36. Four years ago, I challenged myself to enter every quarter. While I didn't make every quarter (my wife was going through serious health issues) out of the 15 times I entered, 14 received honors, from HM to semifinalis...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 41
Views: 1372

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Plugging away at my Q1 entry, slowly but surely. The bones are all in place; now it's just a matter of making sure the pacing is right and getting the prose where I'm happy with it. I might actually be done a couple of weeks before the deadline (but don't hold me to that, I'm just guessing). Nice w...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2524
Views: 465263

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello, Gayatri! A friend of Brittany's is a friend of ours! She just won one more, a finalist! I like your idea to write SF set in India. Dave, the judge, loves interesting worlds and unique settings, so you've already got a good thing going. Do sign up for our challenges for Vol. 36, there's still ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Competition entry format.
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Competition entry format.

D.,

I hope you're not submitting chapters, that's for novels. Dave can sniff out novels pretending to be short stories like a bloodhound. This is a short story contest. Short stories utilize scene breaks, like disgruntledpeony described above.

Best,

Moon
by Wulf Moon
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Thank you, O Keeper of the Sacred Records, for keeping the Sacred Records. Welcome Azjach and LittleRed! More fodder for the cannons! Er, I mean, you're going to make it, men! You've got skillz, else you wouldn't have enlisted, because you'll get no free college tuition here, only THE MOST AMAZING O...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Okay, Storysinger, Oh Keeper of the Sacred Records, we need your post updated please. Two categories on one page: 1. THE FULL CHALLENGE. 2. THE THREE QUARTER CHALLENGE. Thanks so much! And now, as a teaser as to what is to come for those joining the challenge, we shall soon discuss the secret method...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4974
Views: 969928

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

wotf059

Just because this turkey needs some stuffing. wotf001
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Hey Wulfy: Congrats on the BIG WIN! Just saw it in FB. Wow! Can I say I knew you when? Guess that won't work because you were already a winner. wotf010 Thanks, Dragonchef! Glad you saw my announcement. What's your Facebook page? Everyone that writes stories and sends them out are winners. When you ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2524
Views: 465263

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

So many new members at once! Welcome, one and all! Some even receiving contest honors already! Do sign up for Storyteller's challenge in 4 and 36, it's the path to the win. If you're brave, also sign up for Moon's SUPER SECRET challenge. And do post in the Q you plan to enter, that's where all the c...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 16
Views: 689

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Thanks for the conga rats, Peony! You know I love it when they dance!

Thanks all!
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 66
Views: 750

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

Welcome aboard to all the new! Soon, secrets shall be shared. Mysteries shall be unlocked. Doors shall be opened...

I'm heading off to the sign maker now. I'm thinking we're going to need a lot of these:

wotf059
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9245

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

See you in Hollywood, Sataris! Best of success on winning the Golden Pen! I look forward to reading your story!
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9245

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Thank you for your good wishes, one and all!

Cheers!

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