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by zeeteebeez
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Thanks for the commentary, Moon.

This one was much stronger at 350 than 250. Lost a lot of context in the final trim. Looking forward to being able to expand upon this one. Thanks again!
by zeeteebeez
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Not that I expected any less, but “Muzik Man” was tremendous. Go read the Super Secrets in action!

I don’t want to say too much before others have read it, but prepare to fall in love with another of Moon’s supersympathetic characters!
by zeeteebeez
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Moon, thank you for the faith you've placed in me. In many ways, I feel I don't deserve it. After all, my v.37 record was q1 R, q2 R, q3 HM, with hopefully something much more exciting in q4. I mentioned previously I was mired in the midst of my worst wotf stretch. I became used to a predictable HM,...
by zeeteebeez
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Final assignment: I’ll keep this brief, since I already mentioned some of this in my last post. My biggest takeaway is the importance of setting a scene properly. Ground the reader in the setting, give each character you introduce some description for the reader. I tended to sprinkle this in stories...
by zeeteebeez
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

250 comparison: First 250: Jhoon’s lies protected. Disguised. Refugees, with their life savings, fleeing to Ezris, were easy marks for ransom. Religious pilgrims weren’t. A good lie because it was true. The Olemic church on Ezris could cure Rhakti. “Sure about this?,” Jhoon asked. Shokhad nodded. “S...
by zeeteebeez
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

AjZach wrote:Reporting my quarter 3 result: Semi-finalist!


Congrats!

What an excellent showing cumulatively for the Wulf Pack!

Q4 is going to be even better!
by zeeteebeez
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

2nd story submitted to a respectable market. Had to put a couple other bigger ideas on the back burner, but excited to write them soon.
by zeeteebeez
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Reporting in:

Q4 submission official. Trying to finish up story #2 now.
by zeeteebeez
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Crystal, got your Q4 sub down! Nice job! :) Retro: what time zone are you in? And follow-up, are you somewhere that doesn't do daylight savings? Because that could explain the hour discrepancy. The zoom meeting did start at 5pm mountain time (so I signed in at 7pm eastern). I'm really sorry you mis...
by zeeteebeez
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

I’m late on stage 5, but here we go. I chose an opening line from a book and an author you may not have heard of. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” It’s a simple line, and the following sentences build off it like steps leading us into the wondrous land c...
by zeeteebeez
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Swift, congrats on another great personal! I’m sure it will come soon.

Your success is inspiring. Keep up the hard work!
by zeeteebeez
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Assignment, Phase 3 "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu is my favorite short story. I didn't realize until after I read it multiple times that it won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards (the first ever to sweep all three). 1. How did the author make a powerful vision of their world ope...
by zeeteebeez
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Openings assignment 2 Happy to be the first to get to "Yellow and Pink" by our fellow beastie Leah Ning. First the title. While maybe not as in-your-face as Moon's winner, I think there's some intrigue here. I think the use of color immediately gets the reader's brain to start imagining a ...
by zeeteebeez
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

ASSIGNMENT: How do you open your first scene? Before you even start reading the story, how did I hook you? - interesting title, which gives the reader some sort of footing going into the story. You’ve got a feeling you’re going to read about some happenings on the moon. Next. What I was doing in tho...
by zeeteebeez
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Thank you for posting the Monday prompt, Keeper of Records! I'm going to give our challenge beasties a bonus prompt this week as well. Choose one, choose both, but if you wish to advance quickly I highly recommend the full KYD on Monday prompts. You will also have an abundant supply of story ideas ...
by zeeteebeez
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

East Asia, positive SF KYD: "A Mother Must Let Go" In the cool shade of a Chinese fir, I place Zhuang, in his paper-thin cocoon, beside my late son’s tomb. Every Qingming we come to sweep the tomb and offer Qingtuan, as is customary. But this year, Zhuang prepares the cocoon to travel spac...
by zeeteebeez
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Congrats to both Leah and Becky on their recent successes!
by zeeteebeez
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Moon’s class was excellent!

I expect future opportunities for him to teach, and it’s well worth the time and money for anyone wanting to level up!
by zeeteebeez
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

I'm up for swapping stories, whether just the openings or the full piece. I often find I can't really critique an opening without seeing the full story to guess at what the author intended. Plus, as a reader, I always glance at the ending after reading the opening, so... If my Q4 isn't ready by tha...
by zeeteebeez
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Thanks Becky,

This is helpful.

I think what’s becoming clear to me is you can know something, and think you’re applying it, but the reader is not experiencing it the same way. It comes with practice, but crits definitely help.
by zeeteebeez
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Proposal to my fellow R’s: Since the most likely explanation for an R was that Kary felt the opening failed in some respect (and I personally have had a much harder time getting through her than Dave as a first reader), perhaps we can form an “opening crit pack” where we can review the first couple...
by zeeteebeez
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Einstein, I am not aware of anything Kary has said specifically. But it does seem clear she has different preferences, as most of my submissions to Dave were HM’s, while my submissions to Kary have been R’s more often than not.

Maybe I’m getting worse! But I don’t believe that’s the case :)
by zeeteebeez
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Proposal to my fellow R’s: Since the most likely explanation for an R was that Kary felt the opening failed in some respect (and I personally have had a much harder time getting through her than Dave as a first reader), perhaps we can form an “opening crit pack” where we can review the first couple ...
by zeeteebeez
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Thanks Moon,

The spirit of that message is what I’m holding on to. Hopefully soon those risks will finely honed tools in my belt.
by zeeteebeez
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Guess they’re coming in now. That’s 2 quarters in a row for me with an R. Need to work on my openings I guess. Good luck to everyone else. 2 quarters in a row is better than my 6 quarters in a row. So keep going. Likewise. Stings a bit to realize you’re not where you hoped to be. But we’ll get ther...
by zeeteebeez
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 55608

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Well, I just got an email saying my submission didn't place. Does that mean it got a hard rejection or do we hear about honorable mentions later? Either way, it is a bit disappointing, I thought it was a good submission. I wonder where I went wrong. That’s an R. R for me too. Good luck everyone.
by zeeteebeez
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3520
Views: 389135

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Guess they’re coming in now. That’s 2 quarters in a row for me with an R.

Need to work on my openings I guess. Good luck to everyone else.
by zeeteebeez
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 55608

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Long time lurker here. Been following the thread and enjoying it, while also trying to stay distracted with a new novel WIP. That said, I happened to be over on Submission Grinder and noticed a rejection report had been filed for Writers of the Future. A 132-day form rejection, posted today, 07/14....

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