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by AlexH
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 225
Views: 9392

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Not being American comes with a certain disadvantage when it comes to word choice. Just found out a word I used in my story has racist connotations in the USA, yet in Australia it's seen as innocent. =( I've confused people with my British English usage of wallet and purse. In British English, a wa...
by AlexH
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4201
Views: 995348

Re: Success!

Charlie talks about his rejection templates here, though it's from a few years ago when electronic submissions first opened, so may not be exactly the same: http://www.ccfinlay.com/blog/nectar-for-rejectomancers.html “didn’t grab me” = only read the opening “didn’t work for me” = good, read all the ...
by AlexH
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 17
Views: 473

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I have a story I wrote as a contender for Q2 I'm going to work on, so it should be easier than writing a new story from scratch. Okay, this quarter my goal is to be done with my story early, so I won't be racing against time on the last day! (I think I said that in Q3 also :[} ) Happy writing everyo...
by AlexH
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 225
Views: 9392

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I'm in with a revised story. Submitting at 3am (UK time) was better than the 25 hours without sleep and only one hour sleep before work I managed last quarter. Listening to music by Aural Method, Slow Meadow and Hammock saw me through this time and probably last time too. Well done and good luck eve...
by AlexH
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 225
Views: 9392

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

HermioneLee wrote:I have submitted my story, but I didn’t get the confirmation email from Joni. Does anyone have the same problem?

I usually receive a Wizehive confirmation, then Joni's confirmation a day or two later.
by AlexH
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Horrid fiction?
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: Horrid fiction?

Bad writing in what sense? A bad story to someone is often a good story to someone else. Many top-selling authors are apparently bad writers, but are millions of people really wrong? This is a good little article: https://contently.com/2018/01/19/separates-good-writing/ Bad writing to me would maybe...
by AlexH
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 225
Views: 9392

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Oops - my post was worded poorly. I will submit the story, I'm just waiting until closer to the deadline in the hope inspiration strikes in the meantime.

I agree: never self reject! wotf008
by AlexH
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 225
Views: 9392

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I have a revised HM ready to go. It's a better story, but I'm holding back on submission as I still don't think I've made the premise believable enough for it to level up.
by AlexH
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4201
Views: 995348

Re: Success!

Congrats everyone! I'd love to read about how you worked this out together Liz and Becky. Is there a blog post coming? Maybe co-written! I read an article about co-writing stories recently. Maybe it was a link shared here.
by AlexH
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 17
Views: 473

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Oh God, it is coming up, isn't it? wotf019 Subbing early for Q3 has left me with a lot of time to figure out my Q4. I've been poking at editing the story I wrote for the WotF workshop, but amusingly enough I'm not sure it's appropriate for WotF. (The subject matter is... well... not exactly what I'...
by AlexH
Wed May 27, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Real Life Research Helpers
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: Real Life Research Helpers

It's a good idea. Wulf asked us Super Secret participants for a similar reason in the Super Secrets thread. I've worked in office-based telephone customer service, as a web developer and designer, and for the last few years as a Technical SEO Manager (helping make websites more user and search engin...
by AlexH
Wed May 27, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Professional Editor for WOTF piece?
Replies: 17
Views: 1051

Re: Professional Editor for WOTF piece?

I had stories professionally edited the year I started taking my writing seriously and submitting to WotF. I'm definitely a better writer because of that. I sent my recent HM story to Mica Scotti Kole (an editor and recent WotF winner) and have just read her excellent feedback on the story. It makes...
by AlexH
Wed May 27, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Quick question about the contest rule 5?
Replies: 11
Views: 495

Re: Quick question about the contest rule 5?

I had a similar question, so thanks to all for clarifying. My follow-up question: I'm starting to submit seriously to pro markets (wish me luck!) and I was wondering when Rule #5 kicks in (should I be so lucky...). What if: I submit a story to WOTF contest while, at the same time, submitting OTHER ...
by AlexH
Tue May 19, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Favorites from WotF anthologies
Replies: 27
Views: 13747

Re: Favorites from WotF anthologies

My personal favorite so far is Adramelech by Sean Hazlett, V. 33. What about the anthologies in general though? I'd love some suggestions about which one to buy next. (So far mine is V. 35. I've loved every story there.) My favourite volume is 31. I've read 30-35 (minus 32, which I'm part way throu...
by AlexH
Tue May 19, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Why do you submit? (all markets)
Replies: 15
Views: 664

Re: Why do you submit? (all markets)

I submit because I set myself the target of making two professional sales (or one plus WotF), and I don't want to fail. I've put too much effort into it to give up now. Sometimes I think I've chosen the wrong thing and wonder what I would've achieved if I'd spent all that time on something easier. B...
by AlexH
Fri May 15, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2907
Views: 584666

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome in, new members up there and down there and on the next page! wotf008

Have you read Wulf's post but still aren't sure? Come on in! We even have dancing bananas.

wotf049

That's not me, I promise. I'm not that thick-skinned when it comes to dancing.
by AlexH
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215298

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

Latecomer checking in with a Q1 HM and checking out of this challenge for a while (I can still do critiques, and I WILL be submitting to WotF this quarter). Congrats to the fellow HM-people and especially to CCrawford. That's another lesson to us all to keep trying. Preston Dennett's WotF contest ex...
by AlexH
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 434
Views: 35702

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

It's great to see so many mentions in the past few pages. I've been itching to catch up on how everyone did. Congrats especially to everyone who levelled up, and to the rest of us - let's keep ploughing on. I was slightly disappointed with my HM (as I thought it was the best most suitable story I'd ...
by AlexH
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215298

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

I didn't think to share this before, as I only just realised it might be helpful to others. When I struggle to write from the Monday prompts, I find it helpful to throw another prompt or two into the mix, perhaps an image, memory or sound. Bear in mind your story would need to fit the original promp...
by AlexH
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 225
Views: 9392

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I found Seven Brides for Seven Brothers really creepy. Stockholm Syndrome made fun! wotf015 It's great to hear you're working to enter again, Dustin. I didn't realise you hadn't entered for so long. I have a story I wrote for WotF in my first year of entering that I like but didn't enter as I never ...
by AlexH
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 225
Views: 9392

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

ell, darn it, I should be sitting at my pc failing to put words together to make a story - but I have Volume 36 to read. If you're like me you dive right in and call it work, even though it's not. Learning what Kary and Dave like these days is of paramount importance. Write on! I'd say it is work, ...
by AlexH
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: WotF Volume 36 Pre-Order is Here!
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: WotF Volume 36 Pre-Order is Here!

Aargh. For some reason, my pre-order isn't available until tomorrow on Kobo. I wouldn't be surprised if that was some kind of Scamazon thing.

I was about to settle down for a read. Oh well, one more day. wotf008
by AlexH
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215298

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

SwiftPotato , my Q2 was zero KYD flash completed and two fresh stories. I submitted to WotF 15 minutes before the deadline after 24 hours without sleep, working overnight on my story after finishing work (as in my job), then an hour sleep before starting work (as in my job) again. The deadline was ...
by AlexH
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4201
Views: 995348

Re: Success!

Some great successes recently. Nice work everyone. wotf008
by AlexH
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 225
Views: 21695

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

So I've just submitted my 13th story this quarter under my 13th pseudonym. What a rush! It's April Fool's Day - of course I'm joking! wotf007 It is approaching 8am here in the UK though - I've now been awake for 24 hours straight and start work in 2 hours! If it wasn't for this working-from-home mal...
by AlexH
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215298

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

Reading an interview with Hayao Miyazaki, I thought one of his answers brilliantly summed up something David Farland looks for in winning stories and is something Wulf has covered too. Here's the sentence (bolded by me) in context: MORIARTY: You spent well over a decade preparing to make MONONOKE. Y...
by AlexH
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary
Replies: 6
Views: 2498

Re: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary

Definitely not the third bullet point (assuming that's the way you want to do it)! If many readers don't perceive the inner journey, I'd think you need to find ways to make that stronger. Inner conflict is something I struggle with for my main characters. I'll have an idea for inner conflict, but it...
by AlexH
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Volume 36 Workshop and Gala Postponed
Replies: 15
Views: 2665

Re: Volume 36 Workshop and Gala Postponed

I'm sorry to hear about this for everyone who was attending.

At least there will be no doubts in anyone's mind about whether they should go or not now. :/
by AlexH
Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Flash fiction critique swap?
Replies: 2
Views: 1997

Re: Flash fiction critique swap?

Hey Elessar - you're welcome to send it to me (PM a Google Docs link or for my e-mail address). I have a 350-word flash I could send you but don't feel under any pressure to comment on it.

I find all opinions useful, and critiquing others work is a good way to becoming a better writer yourself. :-)
by AlexH
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215298

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

Prompts I thought were prompt but are not so prompt considering there were prompter prompts:

1. Megalithic rock star

2. Shallow cup

3. It's the wrong hand

4. Eternal but dying

5. But where's the other shoe?

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