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by AlexH
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9284

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I wish I'd never read this thread (the bits about Q4 results coming earlier). wotf011
by AlexH
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?
Replies: 27
Views: 4027

Re: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?

Interesting range of approaches in this thread. I let a bunch of ideas brew for a while, sometimes months or years, and then pick whichever ones vow to hold my interest long enough to make into stories. I realise I do that too, but less often than writing shortly after an idea comes. A few stories ...
by AlexH
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?
Replies: 27
Views: 4027

Re: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?

When I have an idea, I start writing. I don't usually know what's going to happen next, who the characters are or where scenes will take place. I've found a little advance planning can help, such as listing a few character traits (which may change as I write the story). Next, I make passes for vario...
by AlexH
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: Flash Fiction

Some of the best, most powerful stories I've read are flash fiction. There's always a chance, but I understand Dave's reasoning. I can't find the link but remember reading something about flash having less words to impress the judges. It may have been the article Wulf Moon quoted above, or be from D...
by AlexH
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Crazy Deal for David Farland's Workshops
Replies: 0
Views: 179

Crazy Deal for David Farland's Workshops

They're without feedback from David, but $89 for this set of workshops seems too good to miss for those who can afford it? https://mystorydoctor.com/online-workshops/ I've read about many of the topics in David's excellent Daily Meditations e-book, but I imagine these workshops are more in depth. Th...
by AlexH
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Markets for Awkward Word Counts
Replies: 7
Views: 532

Re: Markets for Awkward Word Counts

I haven't read much of F&SF so I couldn't specifically say, but Clarkesworld doesn't give me any impression at all that anything but the quality of the story matters. The best advice I've been given/read about cover letters is to keep them short, but if the market asks for personal information t...
by AlexH
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202355

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I had my first personal rejection from a pro market this week (I posted about being 3rd in the queue for ages a couple of weeks ago). They'll reconsider if I make changes! Now I just need to figure out those changes...
by AlexH
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10899

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Congrats on the HMs everyone, especially the first timers. wotf008 R for me too. Deciding I really don't like the addition of the "still in the running" emails.... I appreciated knowing. When were they introduced? If it was before Q3, it means I did better in Q3 than Q2 (my first entry). I...
by AlexH
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Re: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions

I can't get Word to read any text.

There are websites that do it too, including: https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/

The voices sound so weird anyway, I don't find it helpful. I have a slightly sore throat from reading my own story out loud today.
by AlexH
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 49
Views: 1483

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I'm refusing to acknowledge Volume 36 will be published in 2020 until I get my full set of rejections for Volume 35. How time flies... Follow up... has anyone ever won both illustrator and writer for the same quarter and wound up illustrating their own entry? That sounds unlikely - the authors don't...
by AlexH
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9284

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm in! Previously, I've been a day early, but I kept working on this story. I've been up until 2-3am for four nights in the past two weeks, mostly cutting words (I cut 800). I'm exhausted! It feels like the best speculative story I've written over 1,500 words, so it was worth the effort. My entry w...
by AlexH
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Short story collections
Replies: 25
Views: 10571

Re: Short story collections

I've enjoyed two of the Legends fantasy anthology series (I'm not sure if they're the only two) - they contain some very famous names. I've discovered the Best British Short Stories series this year and they contain some excellent stories (a mix of genres). Ray Bradbury Stories Volume 1. The Mammoth...
by AlexH
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 744

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Thanks for the tips, Kary.

I didn't realise first-pass was so close to HM. That makes the first-pass e-mail I had one quarter even more exciting!
by AlexH
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10899

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Potentially silly question here: does anyone know what number Joni calls finalists/winners on? The closer the end of the month gets the more paranoid I get that if (and that's a big, hopeful if) I get a call I'll miss it! As I understand it, she leaves voicemails, so you should be good. ;) My phone...
by AlexH
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2524
Views: 465390

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

michaeljwyantjr wrote:Welcome Alex, though fair warning: if you keep this up Matt’s going to start blushing. ;)

Ah, maybe two mentions in one post was too much? ;)

I'm a Brit too so I probably know how he feels.
by AlexH
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q1 Submission - E-mail Error? (Vol. 35)
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Q1 Submission - E-mail Error?

If I start the thread, I post the dates in big letters/numbers. Check the first post in the quarterly threads. It is confusing at first, but you'll get used to it. Or maybe you wont have to. wotf001 Good point, I've added the volume number to the subject. If I add the year it'd apply to Volume 36. ...
by AlexH
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q1 Submission - E-mail Error? (Vol. 35)
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Q1 Submission - E-mail Error?

Aah, okay. I've just looked at some other threads and think I've answered my own question.

Q1 was October 1, 2017 -- December 31, 2017.

Phew, and apologies!
by AlexH
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q1 Submission - E-mail Error? (Vol. 35)
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Q1 Submission - E-mail Error? (Vol. 35)

I made my first WotF submission on 30th March this year, and received a confirmation e-mail on the same day that simply said "Thank you for your submission!" On the 5th April I received an e-mail with the following subject (I've only made the one submission): "Your 2nd Quarter Entry t...
by AlexH
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2524
Views: 465390

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello - I'm Alex from the UK. I tried to register here a couple of years ago so it's good to be here at last. :) I've been a reader of the WotF anthologies for a few years, and when I saw the advert for submissions inside, I wanted to be a part of it! I made my first submission last quarter, though ...

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