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by AlexH
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Flash Swaps (or under 2,500 words)
Replies: 1
Views: 732

Re: Flash Swaps (or under 2,500 words)

BUMPING after Wulf mentioned getting critiques for Blood Sucker prompt stories (but they don't have to be those).
by AlexH
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story critique needed. Thanks :)
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: Story critique needed. Thanks :)

I can critique the first 5,000 words if that sounds helpful. PM a Google Docs link or your e-mail address if so. I'll have a 3,000-4,000 word story for exchange in a week or so.
by AlexH
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: A non WotF contest story
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: A non WotF contest story

I'll PM you my e-mail address. I'll have a story of similar length ready in a week or so if that sounds good. I don't intend to submit it to WotF either, but it will be my backup for this quarter.
by AlexH
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 81
Views: 2015

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I didn't know what an INFP was, so I did the test. I wasn't sure about many questions, but apparently I'm one too:

Your personality type is:
Mediator
INFP-A

And that's a good idea, Henckel!
by AlexH
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Alex, I am glad you are in both! Always vote for what you believe in, whatever it might be. That's the only way any readers' choice poll or contest matters, from Critters to Analog to the Hugos. I've bigged up WotF on the other forum so my conscience is clear. ;) £9 is a big fee to me. This is poss...
by AlexH
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 922449

Re: Success!

Yay! Glad you hit your minimum. Warspawn was a great story! I love it. It hasn't sold somewhere? I don't get this business sometimes. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. wotf007 I got a lot of personals on it, but no acceptances. (It's also the story where one market said I hadn't put in enough interna...
by AlexH
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Hey, our WotF Vol. 35 hit #1 in the Critters Poll for Best Anthology! Alas, our WotF Forum dropped to 2nd for Best Writers' Forum. That may be down to me! I'm a member of both forums. wotf015 It could all change... My votes for best author, book, workshop etc. though - they're all very related to t...
by AlexH
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Covers
Replies: 9
Views: 112

Re: Covers

I work mostly on usability but also a little in 'conversion optimisation' for websites. Many studies have shown orange buttons lead to more conversions, whether that's newsletter signups or making a purchase. *Goes on forum members websites in a week.* Every button is orange! But as a disclaimer, or...
by AlexH
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous Submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 1219

Re: Simultaneous Submissions another question

I would like clarification on simultaneous submissions: 1. For example, if I submit a short story to WoTF, do I wait for the judging to be over for that quarter before submitting it somewhere else? 2. If I submit a story to another contest which allows me to keep all rights, do I wait for the judgi...
by AlexH
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Grinder vs. Duotrope
Replies: 25
Views: 7397

Re: The Grinder vs. Duotrope

Just found this thread because I was wondering about something related. I see more Grinder submissions (compared to Duotrope) reported for the markets I am sending stories to. But what I was really wonder is whether pretty much all the "serious" authors are using Grinder or Duotrope. I su...
by AlexH
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vote For Your Favorite Anthology!
Replies: 16
Views: 253

Re: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ANTHOLOGY!

I voted already. WotF has been my favourite anthology since I first read it at Volume 30. :)
by AlexH
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Question about Word Count
Replies: 9
Views: 156

Re: Question about Word Count

Going too short may work against you also. David Farland has said flash often doesn't give the writer enough words to impress him. There are always exceptions of course - there have been a couple of very short stories (though not flash) in recent volumes, and my HM was a flash. It's easy to get a ro...
by AlexH
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4184

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I'm in with a revised story, with seemingly never-ending fireworks heralding the New Year leading me to put earphones in. Some people reading that will have reason to find it amusing. It's the first time I haven't entered fresh, but the story has more than tripled in length, so it almost feels fresh...
by AlexH
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Quick question about file type for entry
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Re: Quick question about file type for entry

The submission form includes what files are accepted, and a PDF isn't one of them. WotF is quite lenient in terms of what you can get away with compared to many pro-markets, so get used to reading the guidelines! wotf008 You'll rarely have a Joni to e-mail. I read the guidelines of every market twic...
by AlexH
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Last-Minute Swaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: Last-Minute Swaps?

If anyone who hasn't read my story would like to swap, that'd be a great help. I had two contrasting opinions on a rather important aspect. Failing that, I'll be pretty happy with what I submit anyway. :) I plan to submit in around 12 hours at the latest (midnight UK time - I'm 8 hours ahead of PST ...
by AlexH
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Dunno if I'm good enough to help, but I can try. I'll PM my mail. (And assume my wife doesn't want me to take her anywhere.) You did a great job with my story. Thanks TimE. I appreciate your help. It's after midnight. I've not heard back from my other crit partner (she's probably asleep Ha! Ha!) so...
by AlexH
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2741
Views: 538209

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hey BeeW. "The Howler on the Sales Floor" from a recent volume comes to mind. I remember Dave saying there's a shortage of good comedy submitted, so if you can do it well and to the judges' tastes, you stand a good chance.
by AlexH
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 11
Views: 288

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

Sometimes I find italicised words off-putting when they're frequent. I didn't realise this was a rule, as I see stories that italicise and others that don't. I've written a story (in English) that has Arabic speakers but haven't italicised any words from Arabic (e.g. kaftan, dirham, souk). They're a...
by AlexH
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Last-Minute Swaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: Last-Minute Swaps?

I'll take a look if you like Alex. No swap reqd. I don't keep a tally, if you want me to take a look. I'm ready for a swap. My story is longer though: 8k. PM me Thanks - and to those who PM'd me. I wasn't expecting such a response so late in the day, and at Christmas time too! All quoted as I've co...
by AlexH
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Scene Changes
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Scene Changes

Whatever you think works best for the particular story.

Scene changes are usually separated with a centred hash or three asterisks, which I'd still use even if each scene is titled.

Here's a related super secret: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7600&start=210#p88815
by AlexH
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Last-Minute Swaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: Last-Minute Swaps?

If the forum members who I've critiqued but haven't sent my own story to yet see this, there's no way I expect a critique of my piece back so late in the quarter, hence my request for swaps with other last-minute-people. Just so you know I haven't forgotten about you. :)
by AlexH
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Last-Minute Swaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Last-Minute Swaps?

This quarter has been the biggest struggle ever for me. Is anyone up for a last-minute swap? At the latest, I'll aim to finish my draft by the morning of the 28th UK time (so early hours in the US). It's shaping up to be 3,000-4,000 words, but I can read more than that in exchange. If you no longer ...
by AlexH
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Yeah, it makes sense! I took it from the title of this song, which is a cover of a song originally from The Twilight Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwUrtZB16PY That's interesting about Dave's name. I just looked up the origination of the town name, and the de Wolverton family lived there. &qu...
by AlexH
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

As long as I'm here, rschibbler (Becky) asked me to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) for Reddit's r/writing community. I'll certainly be talking about Writers of the Future and entering the contest. But right now, you can pre-post questions to the Q&A event that will be live tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm...
by AlexH
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Best wishes, thegirlintheglasses. I'm having a difficult time health-wise recently. I don't think I'll complete the challenge this quarter, but I hope to be all set for January, and I'll definitely have something to submit. I may have brought it on myself by working too hard, and I was thinking abou...
by AlexH
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1296

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

I'm glad you're getting more done now. Perseverance pays off. :)

My fresh attempts for this quarter are either really poor or taking forever to get anywhere.
by AlexH
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 81
Views: 2015

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Another tip. Figure out your author look that will be your look at every public appearance. Find some signature style or item that makes you stand out as unique. Perhaps it's a scarf. Perhaps it's artisan necklaces. Perhaps it's snazzy blazers--Kary does that. Martin Shoemaker does space themed tie...
by AlexH
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

The secret I'm trying to work on from those Leah mentioned helped most is "#4: Pick a major emotion and make your reader FEEL it down to their core!" My brain's frazzled and I can't think of much useful to say. I think emotion is one of the main factors in readers remembering a story long ...
by AlexH
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2216
Views: 68360

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Super Congratulations! Your second entry - you are a swift potato indeed. :D
by AlexH
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: pseudonyms
Replies: 19
Views: 1440

Re: pseudonyms

I read a post about Dave getting a review where the reader made the comment that Wolverton could be found on the last shelf at the end of the last row. That was unacceptable. I believe that Farland is his mother's maiden name. Seriously, for a guy writing fantasy, Far Land is kinda perfect. I figur...

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