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by Wulf Moon
Sun May 20, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:I'm late to the party, but... Congratulations, Preston!


A wizard is never late, Martin. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to. wotf001

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Sat May 19, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4954
Views: 947854

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Okay, my writing advice. "Good things come to those who wait, but only what's left behind by those who hustle."
by Wulf Moon
Sat May 19, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 93
Views: 3596

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

No signs yet. I'm watching. Dave hasn't said a peep!
by Wulf Moon
Sat May 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2439
Views: 451200

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Smitty! Congrats on your first sale! If you view this as just another market to send your stories to, it will be a lot easier. Don't self reject...you are not the judge, Dave is. He won't even know if it's you if he does reject it--this is a blind contest, so put your blinders on and...
by Wulf Moon
Tue May 15, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 44
Views: 1251

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Thanks for the insights into the workshop and gala, Jon and Amy! Nice posts!
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 14, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 93
Views: 3596

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Hey, is it time to twitch for Q2 yet? I've had missing words in finalist pieces. It's not a fun feeling when you spot them but it doesn't automatically disqualify you from making finalist! Now, winning on the other hand... Dave's blog usually gives us the first signs. I've missed a few, but I'll ke...
by Wulf Moon
Mon May 14, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2439
Views: 451200

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello all! I haven't been on one of these forums in quite a while; not since I used to do some freelance art and writing on RPG.net. Anyhoo, my new friend Wulf Moon advised me to come by and join up. I actually submitted my first story to WoTF back in 2016 (don't recall the quarter), and it came in...
by Wulf Moon
Sat May 12, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Oh and yeah, I contacted Dean years ago to see if I really was Topanga Canyon. He confirmed it. Now, after I won, I contacted him again to let him know I won second place in the WOTF. I knocked his socks flat off!!! He had some very nice things to say. True story. Hey, Preston. Yeah, I told Dean th...
by Wulf Moon
Fri May 11, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

Morgan wrote : "Now that I understand all that -- that I am actually competing with professionally-written stories -- it made my HM all that much more satisfying. What really sucks is thinking that your writing is getting better with each new story, and then getting a rejection right after you'...
by Wulf Moon
Fri May 11, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congratulations, Preston! It is especially gratifying to see your win, because many of us know of your perseverance! I was really hoping for you, and I was not disappointed! I note the long gap in your start and final submitting phase in this contest, and as I recall, that was when you took a break ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri May 11, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congratulations, Sataris! First place is awesome, and you now have a one in four chance at the Golden Pen! That can buy a heckuva lot of bear repellant!

Well done!

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Fri May 11, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2439
Views: 451200

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Stan and Dylan (or Hey You). Much success to your writing, and in submitting to the contest. This is great place to get writing advice in general--many of us have sold stories to pro markets, and can offer good advice. On the question above about word count, it's not wise to enter 17K storie...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4954
Views: 947854

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Here's an idea, since Sean Hazlett dropped by (hi Sean!). Why don't we fill the short jaunt to 5000 with advice on how to win the contest from former winners. It can be something you did that turned the page, something you learned at the workshop, something someone told you on a critique, advice fr...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm slow to report in on this one, but I was one of the ones who submitted after the portal closed early, and I received an Honorable Mention email on April 25th! Congatulations, Beth! That's a nice collection. You should be close to being able to wallpaper one wall in your office in them! wotf001
by Wulf Moon
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

About a year and a-half ago I submitted what I thought was the best story I'd ever written. I thought it had everything it needed; the five senses, strong character interaction, strong plot, an emotional ending. Until the very end I thought it would definitely be accepted. Alas, it was a rejection ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4954
Views: 947854

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

It looks like I'm about a week late, but one piece of advice I would give is have a story ready to submit every quarter. In other words, use the contest to help you develop a habit of writing at least one new story every ninety days. Eventually you will win. Great advice. Even if you don't win a qu...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 93
Views: 3596

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I read mine back-to-front looking for typos and missing words. Was told by an editor that the latter is a fatal error. A text to speech program can help with spotting issues like that. Some word processors have them built in. Mine doesn't, so I use this one: https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/ V...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congratulations, Preston! Well deserved! You are simply one of the eight now, and will stand on your own merit against the other anonymous contestants. May your next call or message or carrier pigeon be a great one! I've had many real life friends win this contest over the past twenty plus years, an...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2439
Views: 451200

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello! Everyone I know calls me Autumn. I've been writing for more years than I'll admit to but this is my first go at short stories. I wrote my first epic fantasy novel in the middle grade that thankfully never saw the light of day. Life happened and now that things have settled down I'm in a plac...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 25
Views: 1579

Re: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

RuiMiguelCid wrote:Turns out Joni made a mistake. I got her e-mail today. I'm not a semi-finalist! I'm actually a finalist! So...


wotf058


It's a crazy, mixed up world, but it's nice when the mixup is to your advantage! Congratulatios, RuiMiguelCid! May the next phone call be a good one!

Cheers!

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

cfkreitzer@gmail.com wrote:Oh whew! Thank you!


No worries. It's confusing keeping track of Q. Plus, he jumped episodes, series, you just never knew what Trek ship Q was going to play god on. wotf001
by Wulf Moon
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 25
Views: 1579

Re: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

HM here. Adding it to the stack.

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

We crossed posts! Good job, Preston! Semifinalist is AWESOME! In the top 16 out of what's likely three or four thousand entries!

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 389
Views: 14630

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congratulations to Sataris on Finalist! Best of success on getting the next call as a winner! Congratulations to Dawn Vogel as semifinalist. Always great getting Dave's advice on your writing and story! Congratulations to all getting HMs! It means Dave thought your story was professionally written, ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

Good reminder. This is probably why it's taken me 17 years to even submit a story. It's a 100% non-rejection rate for unsubmitted stories. A rejection is closer to success than an unsubmitted non-rejection. wotf011 Amy, I hear you. That is called self-rejecting. Many *beginning* writers self-reject...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 44
Views: 1251

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Good morning all, I'm still kinda getting my feet under me in the real world, and have only just begun trying to record thoughts/impressions/experiences from the conference. I'm going to put some stuff up at my site rather than drop huge walls of text over here, because I think the reading experien...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4954
Views: 947854

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Here's an idea, since Sean Hazlett dropped by (hi Sean!). Why don't we fill the short jaunt to 5000 with advice on how to win the contest from former winners. It can be something you did that turned the page, something you learned at the workshop, something someone told you on a critique, advice fr...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Reject Rejectomancy!

I posted this under the Silver HM topic, but I feel it really needs to be its own topic. Here we go: Try not to read too much into what made your HM fail to win. It's equivalent to a personal rejection from a pro publisher. You can drive yourself nuts trying to guess at what got it rejected. Ken Liu...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4954
Views: 947854

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Here's an idea, since Sean Hazlett dropped by (hi Sean!). Why don't we fill the short jaunt to 5000 with advice on how to win the contest from former winners. It can be something you did that turned the page, something you learned at the workshop, something someone told you on a critique, advice fr...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4954
Views: 947854

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Here's an idea, since Sean Hazlett dropped by (hi Sean!). Why don't we fill the short jaunt to 5000 with advice on how to win the contest from former winners. It can be something you did that turned the page, something you learned at the workshop, something someone told you on a critique, advice fro...

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