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by zeeteebeez
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

REVIEW OF SUPER SECRETS ASSIGNMENT. It was very helpful to read through the super secrets again, and has helped me focus my efforts for my two stories this quarter. With a decent collection of HM’s, I feel I have at least an adequate understanding of openings. Based on never receiving anything highe...
by zeeteebeez
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Good stuff, Peony.

Obviously placing would have been great, but I’d still consider this a victory. May this long be the wind in your sails.

Congrats again.
by zeeteebeez
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congrats to both Potato and Peony!

Thank you for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us.
by zeeteebeez
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks StarReacher, and congrats to you too. I agree, I think we’re on the right path. It feels close. Happy to be a part of a community focused on putting in the work and supporting each other. And as always, thanks to Wulf. Obviously this has helped a lot of us and will continue to. Congrats to al...
by zeeteebeez
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

HM for me. Can’t remember if that’s 5 or 6 now. Hoping to take the next step REAL soon.
by zeeteebeez
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Greetings Wulf pack. Hope the writing is going well for everyone. And congrats Crystal! I’m hoping to solicit some suggestions from the group. I’ve got about 30 hours of driving ahead of me soon. If you have any suggestions of writing instruction audiobooks/podcasts, please enlighten. I figure this...
by zeeteebeez
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I’m hoping to solicit some suggestions from the group. I’ve got about 30 hours of driving ahead of me soon. If you have any suggestions of writing instruction audiobooks/podcasts, please enlighten. Writing excuses poscast is great. I think it was season 11 that focused on elemental genre that was p...
by zeeteebeez
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Greetings Wulf pack. Hope the writing is going well for everyone. And congrats Crystal! I’m hoping to solicit some suggestions from the group. I’ve got about 30 hours of driving ahead of me soon. If you have any suggestions of writing instruction audiobooks/podcasts, please enlighten. I figure this ...
by zeeteebeez
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Cover letter assignment: 1. How can a cover letter actually hurt your chances to sell? - A poorly written cover letter is the first thing that gets read. You don’t want a reader starting the story with a bad taste in their mouth. 2. What are some of the most common mistakes in cover letters? - addre...
by zeeteebeez
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Super Secret #37 assignment: After reading "Never Let Go" in our workbook HOW I GOT PUBLISHED AND WHAT I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY, please answer the following: 1. Why are amateur writing contests an excellent way to break into publishing? - Level playing field. You're not competing against pr...
by zeeteebeez
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congrats Becky! May we all taste the sweet victory you are enjoying right now.

You’ve done the work and are reaping the rewards.

For someone who uses google docs mostly, is there an easy way to see your total word count without having to add the lengths of each individual piece together?
by zeeteebeez
Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Okay. I think this is the last of them. If I overlooked someone, please do let me know. I wanted to emphasize that when I say ALWAYS available for crits, I mean it. It doesn't have to be a story for WotF - I'm up for reading anything that needs feedback. I can't spare the time to beta read a novel ...
by zeeteebeez
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

SwiftPotato's sage wisdom assignment - You'll never get the opportunity to be judged on your style or voice if you don't master the little things first. - As Potato says, identify and stamp them out. Don't hide from them. Seek them out. Just improve. - 1st place had a different style that matched wh...
by zeeteebeez
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

MY PERSONAL INTRODUCTION - I write under ZT, but family and friends call me Zac. You may call me ZT, Zac, or whatever title feels appropriate, I'm not picky. He/him. - I'm a financial planner by trade and education. But I don't FEEL like a financial planner, you know? I have a very diverse set of in...
by zeeteebeez
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks for the feedback, Moon! All very helpful. I definitely knew my 500 was better than my 250, and your analysis is right on point. I didn't change the story, I just tried to tell the exact same story in fewer words. With my 1000 to 500, I needed to change the story I told to condense it. Should ...
by zeeteebeez
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Wow, that was fast. I just got my first personal rejection from F&SF Magazine. Less than 24 hour turn around. Dear Christopher Thank you for giving me a chance to read "Magician’s Midlife Crisis." I appreciated the quality of the prose, but overall the story didn't quite win me over a...
by zeeteebeez
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

This thread's moving so fast I can't keep up! Anyway, I'm in! First time writing any sort of flash. Took a while to get from 1350 down to 1000, then a whole lot longer to get to 250. But I'm there now. I have a problem both putting too much in my stories AND not giving proper context. So, this exerc...
by zeeteebeez
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Glad the Wulf Pack name stuck! Letting my 1,000 word story simmer for a couple days. Targeting it around the emotional prompt is very helpful. I tend to throw too much into my short stories, so this is a great exercise for me. Great job everyone on everything submitted so far. Can’t wait to join the...
by zeeteebeez
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

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

Thanks Wulf,

I'm truly excited to write, to learn, and to find some new friends with a shared passion. To be part of the Wulf Pack, I suppose.

Excited to cheer all of you on. I fully expect we will see some winners and pro sales this year!
by zeeteebeez
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

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

I’m excited to apply this exercise to more, fresh pieces. BUT, I just applied it to an older story that had a nugget in it that just won’t leave me alone. When I distilled that story down and focused on the “difficult decision,” I realized the story needs to be completely different to have the emoti...
by zeeteebeez
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23360

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’m surprised I haven’t seen anything posted here. Glad I can start the party.

Results have officially started coming in: I’m keeping with my pattern of alternating HM and R.

R for me this time.
by zeeteebeez
Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23360

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

The calls I like the least are ones that say LA. wotf004 It's like they only happen when we're awaiting results. wotf020 FYI I've only had Joni call me with an unmasked number one time. The other calls - and remember I've had over a dozen from her now between first calls, second calls, "come b...
by zeeteebeez
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23360

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Henckel wrote:Its 5.30am.

I woke with the thought that the results might be in.

I kicked on the phone.

No results

I went to the forum.

I am here.


You stand not alone. The twitching times are upon us.
by zeeteebeez
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23360

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I have two things that help me. 1. Work on the next story. 2. Have a plan for what to do with the submission once I get results, whether that's knowing what market to send it to next, or how to tackle revisions when it comes back. I’d echo both, but especially #2 Letting your submission sit for so ...
by zeeteebeez
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 763

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

Applying writing advice is like trying to take elements of other recipes to make your favorite dish better. I make a mean Mexican chicken sandwich. Almost a mix between a taco and a torta. I combined elements of different foods I liked in a way that works well together. Writing advice is so broad an...
by zeeteebeez
Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1862
Views: 54230

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

My entries to Q1,2 & 3 were all new. R, R and I’m expecting another R. At the moment, there’s no chance I could write 2 a quarter – which isn’t that big an ask. I really liked my Q2, my critiquers really liked my Q2, September C.Fawkes didn’t offer much criticism for the sample of it she read b...
by zeeteebeez
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23360

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’ve never been clear on the process with results. I know it varies from time to time, but generally finalists get a call first, correct? Then R’s and HM’s and SHM’s, followed by SF, then finalists are announced (but they’ve already been told, and have taken a blood oath to stay silent)? It varies ...
by zeeteebeez
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23360

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’ve never been clear on the process with results. I know it varies from time to time, but generally finalists get a call first, correct?

Then R’s and HM’s and SHM’s, followed by SF, then finalists are announced (but they’ve already been told, and have taken a blood oath to stay silent)?
by zeeteebeez
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23360

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

How short was it*? My HM was under 1,400 words and has quite a dark ending (even though the PoV found what they were looking for). When I submitted, I thought it was my story least likely to get a HM. *The word count isn't a big enough clue for any judges that might see this is it? Just in case, I'...
by zeeteebeez
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23360

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

One separate thing I would recommend is submitting to markets that give good feedback. Many give just form responses, but some are far more forthcoming and helpful, and as such, very valuable to someone trying to hone their craft. Leading Edge is one such--not swift, for sure, but the couple of tim...

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