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by AlexH
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: pseudonyms
Replies: 14
Views: 153

Re: pseudonyms

Hank Henckel has a certain ring to it.
by AlexH
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER
Replies: 4
Views: 41

Re: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER

I was about to post about this, though I still have some of Dave's online courses to audit (like the Worldbuilding one), so should probably get around to that before reading more. I've been reading so much writing advice recently (like the Super Secrets thread and books recommended in the thread), m...
by AlexH
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 14780

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 AlexH
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 14780

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Great, I'm glad to be of service! My Q3 entry was actually even shorter than that. Though my Q4 will definitely be much longer.
by AlexH
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: pseudonyms
Replies: 14
Views: 153

Re: pseudonyms

Writers of the Future is blind submissions, so your name, gender etc. can't even have a subconscious effect in this contest. I don't know much about novels, but many of my favourite contemporary short stories are by female authors. Have you thought about using the initial for your difficult-to-prono...
by AlexH
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 14780

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I am fretting over Q4 so I haven't been able to twitch as I should for Q3. I need to get this story done so I can get into the pillow fort to wait for the Q3 fallout when it happens. Although my Q3 was the shortest short story I have ever written. I'm afraid it is too short to stand a real chance, ...
by AlexH
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 967
Views: 35127

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

Nice work, Wulf. As I was catching up on the Super Secrets a few days ago, I thought "this is going to be an e-book, at the very least."

Deep Magic isn't on Kobo, but I'll definitely get around to reading it soon.
by AlexH
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland’s short story “Hellfire on the High Frontier”
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: Dave Farland’s short story “Hellfire on the High Frontier”

Coincidentally, there's a story in V35 I didn't think paid off, mostly because I thought the ending contradicted something earlier. I thought "surely not, in a WotF anthology," but I didn't think to read it back to see if I missed anything until now. wotf001
by AlexH
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.
Replies: 23
Views: 1412

Re: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.

In terms of writing craft, I haven't seen/heard much about theme (finding a theme in your story and ensuring everything contributes to it) or making each sentence do double or even triple duty.
by AlexH
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 21
Views: 325

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Nice work, Wulf! :)
by AlexH
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 967
Views: 35127

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

Whew, I've caught up. This thread is great. I wish I'd thought of the concept of lurking when I couldn't login to the forum. I thought I'd posted in this thread around Q2 or 3 but didn't see myself. After reading the public SUPER SECRETS, I'll attempt to become more of a plotter rather than a pantse...
by AlexH
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 21
Views: 325

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I hope that helps! Cheers! It helps! :) Dave did a workshop over here last year, but that was over $1000 - so cheaper to fly to Colorado and pay for Superstars! I signed up to audit some of Dave's workshops, so I'm sure they'll be useful even without his feedback. I'm attending a flash workshop fro...
by AlexH
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I know where you're at Alex. I have a rewrite I want to try but the momentum I've achieved from following the forum is hard to put aside. If I send the rewrite it will be later next year. Or I might send it elsewhere. wotf017 Good Luck to everyone. I'm already changing my mind. I missed out on Wulf...
by AlexH
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 21
Views: 325

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Thanks for sharing. Would you say it's as useful for someone who only wants to write short stories? Despite what you say about level, I still feel I need to improve my writing before seriously considering something so expensive. Flights to Denver from the UK are around $450, which isn't too bad if c...
by AlexH
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Yikes. I'll be entering my fourth fresh story of the year at the end of the month, but I'll probably go with 2 new and 2 revised next year. I want to see if I can get my HM higher and have some ideas for it. I feel I learn a lot from revising old stories.
by AlexH
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 136
Views: 4174

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

My three Q4 stories: 1: Needs more science, but it seems as scienced as I can make it. The best ending of the three, but can I make it believable? 2: My favourite but probably needs major restructure and more about the PoV instead of other people. 3: My least favourite. It has the best opening, but ...
by AlexH
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 687

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

Thanks both. :)

After getting my submission ready I'm disappointed, as the submission window for this publication isn't until winter. D'oh.
by AlexH
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 687

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

And straight in at number 1 for "Most Exciting Rejection"... An awesome pro market suggested my story reads slightly too young, and I should submit it to a sister publication, which has a more suitable audience for it. Now do I mention that in my cover letter? Something like this at the en...
by AlexH
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 228
Views: 81072

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

I'm up for swaps if anyone has them - send me a PM (it doesn't have to be for Q4 if you don't have a draft right now). wotf008 I'm working on three drafts but can get the first 450 words of my preferred (until I change my mind again) one ready by Monday at the latest.
by AlexH
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What do you do with stories when you can't find a suitable market?
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: What do you do with stories when you can't find a suitable market?

Thanks. I think that's something I needed to hear to make me feel more comfortable about saving them. I've worked so hard, I don't like stories sitting around feeling like they're doing nothing!
by AlexH
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 967
Views: 35127

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

Also...Congrats on accepting my 3 stories in Q4 Super Duper Bonus Challenge, Brittany! I know Becky is in as well. Pace yourself. One month is almost gone. It's great that's a challenge as I'm working on 3 this quarter by some sort of accident (though didn't start them all this quarter if that does...
by AlexH
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 687

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

I have a bio template-of-sorts now, but seem to cringe slightly and change it every time. Alex used to write about himself in the third person because he didn't like writing about himself, but now he's so used to writing about himself in the third person, it feels like first person when he writes a ...
by AlexH
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Password Reset E-mails
Replies: 6
Views: 872

Re: Password Reset E-mails

Thank you! Martin sorted it out for me last night.

I found his e-mail here if anyone else has problems: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=7650
by AlexH
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 17884

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I was thinking "rewrite" meant no editing (or touch-ups, as Wulf put it) at all. Dean Wesley Smith mentioned writing stories without any rewriting (which I took to mean editing) - just sending them out straightaway.
by AlexH
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 17884

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Wulf Moon wrote: Remember Heinlein's rules.

How seriously do you take those rules? Do you never rewrite your stories?
by AlexH
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What do you do with stories when you can't find a suitable market?
Replies: 3
Views: 201

What do you do with stories when you can't find a suitable market?

The reason I ask is I have a story (not sff) set in the 90s about a teenage girl who practices ballet but would like to become a pro wrestler. I signed up for a Duotrope trial after not finding suitable markets. As the market for young adult novels is big, I wrongly assumed there would be at least s...
by AlexH
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 17884

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Speaking of sentence length, does anyone remember “Purposes Made for Alien Minds” by Scott R. Parkin in volume 31? Every sentence was 5 words. It's the only WotF story I found unreadable, and I didn't reach the end, which however extreme, I think reinforces the point about varying sentences. There w...
by AlexH
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 687

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

I was advised to mention I'm a new writer by an editor of a well known pro publication, despite the fact I've been writing on and off for around 10 years (otherwise my template is almost identical to the examples above), but I'm not sure whether to include that any more. I've been submitting regular...
by AlexH
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 17884

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Thanks - I've read Dave's article on turning HMs into winners, but yeah - maybe I shouldn't over analyse it too much for risk of my head exploding. I completely agree about writing stories that interest you. I've only written one story I didn't like and haven't submitted it anywhere as I don't want...
by AlexH
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 17884

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Thanks - I've read Dave's article on turning HMs into winners, but yeah - maybe I shouldn't over analyse it too much for risk of my head exploding. I completely agree about writing stories that interest you. I've only written one story I didn't like and haven't submitted it anywhere as I don't want ...

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