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by pcmccollum
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Thank You Martin
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Thank You Martin

Just wanted to send a THANK YOU to Martin L. Shoemaker for getting the SPAM filter issue in order. wotf009 Glad to see we're all back in business!
by pcmccollum
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10027

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Well, when you put it that way, all that more reason! :)
by pcmccollum
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10027

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

FYI, forgot to mention that my certificate arrived on Wednesday! Now to go shopping for frames... wotf013 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...
by pcmccollum
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10027

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

FYI, forgot to mention that my certificate arrived on Wednesday! Now to go shopping for frames... wotf013
by pcmccollum
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 16
Views: 399

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 pcmccollum
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps

morganb wrote:Thanks Phillip! Send me a PM with your email addy and I'll send it over. And whenever you get your story done and need a review, just let me know.
~Morgan


Done! Let me know if you don't get the PM. It looks like it's stuck in the Outbox, but not sure if that's just how it appears...
by pcmccollum
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps

morganb wrote:As it was just pointed out to me, Q1 is over and we're on Q2 right now! Anyone interested in swapping for Q2? My story is currently @ 4300 words.


I'm not quite sure what I'll be submitting for Q2 yet, but I'd be more than happy to read and provide feedback on your story if you'd like.

-Phillip
by pcmccollum
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 10027

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Blog is up! http://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-4th-quarter-2017-winners/ Lots of new names on there. I'm getting old... Thanks for sharing the link, Dustin! Very exciting to see the names up there! Congratulations again to all who placed as well as those who didn't -- m...
by pcmccollum
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 16
Views: 399

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I ran into this problem a couple of times. It's kind of a dull answer, but I subbed the one I liked better. Which story are you more excited about? Which one has more unique ideas, or more interesting themes, or more compelling characters? That's the one to send. If you can't decide by that metric,...
by pcmccollum
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL

Firstly, welcome to the contest! Glad to hear that you're putting something together for it. Now, on to your question: I think so long as your story is just that, and not a poorly crafted attempt at preaching (and I believe this applies to ALL things 'controversial'--politics, dietary preference, St...
by pcmccollum
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 16
Views: 399

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I love that people are already jumping into the Q2 waters! With my current pace of writing, I'm now running into a problem I've never faced--choosing which story to submit. Given the prolificness of everyone here, I'm assuming I'm not the only one with this predicament...so how do you choose? wotf017
by pcmccollum
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 735355

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 pcmccollum
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423702

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Right at the very beginning, aiming at short stories - have submitted one and had it rejected, but know why, have now submitted another which i had a hoot writing, but have read you need to get about 30 to 50 under your belt to expect any sort of acceptance - New Years resolution to keep going! Sta...
by pcmccollum
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2839

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

It's so awesome seeing everyone getting their stories in! Happy New Year and best of luck to all! wotf009
by pcmccollum
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423702

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello all! My name is Grace. I'm an English/Creative Writing student and fledgeling writer and I had never heard about the WOTF contest until a month ago; I discovered it sort of by accident and just submitted my story for Q1 and since then I've been fully absorbed in this forum. The contest itself...
by pcmccollum
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 735355

Re: Success!

Thank you michaeljwyantjr and amoskalik! It's definitely an amazing feeling. wotf007
by pcmccollum
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 735355

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 2...
by pcmccollum
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423702

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello Brad (and everyone ), My name is Andrew L. Roberts. Like all f you, I am a writer and was fortunate to win 3rd place in last year's 4th Quarter. The entire experience was incredible and I hope to share whatever I can with any of you who are writing and submitting your work to the contest. Fee...
by pcmccollum
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423702

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

The best way to 'get better' is to write, write, write. Couldn't agree more! I've always been writing, just not with the intent to publish or submit. But I think ultimately it's unhealthy to keep everything to myself, so I'm gonna start putting it out there and see how it fares in the wild. By the ...
by pcmccollum
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423702

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello WOTF writers! I've been following the contest for a few years, but I have yet to make my first submission. I had all sorts of good reasons - no time, need to get better, no great idea for a short story et al. This quarter I've finally given myself a kick in the behind and am putting the finis...
by pcmccollum
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 556

Re: Magical Realism?

You guys are awesome! Thanks for the replies here and emails. I'll find this thing a home wotf011 FYI, my last (and only) submission could be considered magical realism and received an HM...not to mention Matt Dovey's fantastic story as he noted above. Definitely worth giving it a shot, IMO. -Phillip
by pcmccollum
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 23
Views: 700

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

Way to go, CalmSand and jficke13! wotf010 wotf010
by pcmccollum
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

I see some people have websites in their signatures. Does anyone have advice about starting one? Hosting or other companies you recommend (or recommend we avoid)? I'll confess to web design being a glaring hole in my tech-saviness. I'd recommend starting with the free offering on Wordpress.com and ...
by pcmccollum
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 550

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

Rules are rules. The easiest way to get disqualified is to not follow them. Worse is to lie and hope the judge doesn't catch it. Writers worry that a bad story will ruin their reputation forever. Every editor I've spoken with says they're too busy to remember bad stories, much less the authors. The...
by pcmccollum
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 906653

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Jeremyteg wrote:
pcmccollum wrote:I don't know what I'm doing here, but I felt like I should post something... wotf017


Making history! That's what!


Happy to play my part! wotf009
by pcmccollum
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 906653

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I don't know what I'm doing here, but I felt like I should post something... wotf017
by pcmccollum
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2839

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Started my first draft of a story, yesterday. Got 500 words in, got stuck, went to work, and realized I was beginning the story too early while I was halfway through my shift. Had to scrap almost everything I wrote, this morning. Even so, I've gotten started! And I'm (GASP) pantsing my first draft....
by pcmccollum
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423702

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I finished writing my Master's thesis while my daughter was a newborn wotf001 Newborns (typically) sleep a lot. Might want to practice typing one-handed though! Good luck with your baby and the writing wotf024 Ooh, you were one of the lucky ones! Our kiddo had acid reflux, so he required constant a...
by pcmccollum
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2381
Views: 423702

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I don't have anything in the pipeline for short story. Most ideas that start out short end up becoming so complex they won't do in anything shorter than a novel. I started reading short stories quite recently so I suppose I am not yet familiar enough but I am sure I will soon be able to do it. Righ...
by pcmccollum
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 23
Views: 700

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

CalmSand wrote:wotf058


wotf010 wotf010 Congratulations!!

-Phillip

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