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by AlexH
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 7
Views: 117

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: 143

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: 15
Views: 337

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: 223

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: 13097

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: 321

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: 2876
Views: 576813

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: 2949
Views: 189750

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: 31475

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: 2949
Views: 189750

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: 85
Views: 5622

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: 85
Views: 5622

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: 3635

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: 2949
Views: 189750

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: 4179
Views: 985148

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: 178
Views: 17625

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: 2949
Views: 189750

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: 2301

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: 2291

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: 1872

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: 2949
Views: 189750

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?
by AlexH
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 55
Views: 6935

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

My alternating is more accident than design this quarter. Since November/December, I've never struggled so much to get the editing over the line. I have too many stories almost ready for submission, but sometimes it's just one aspect I'm unsure of how to fix.
by AlexH
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 10
Views: 2103

Re: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"

More spoiler warnings... It's a while since I read Lost Robot, but I remember it being an entertaining story without there being any conflict. My thoughts are similar to yours. The speculative elements seemed unbelievable as the detective had superpowers that came out of nowhere. This character feat...
by AlexH
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Non-Winning Finalists (where to find them)
Replies: 6
Views: 1854

Re: Non-Winning Finalists (where to find them)

I recently put Warspawn , which is a non-winning Finalist, up on my website. I really enjoyed this story. It had some great worldbuilding (a war golem choosing to live a life of peace? I'm in!) Thanks for sharing it!! wotf007 Same here. It was also interesting to read the prequel after (also on Liz...
by AlexH
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2949
Views: 189750

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I'm behind on the flash prompts, but have finished my story for another market aside from critiques and revisions. I have around 1,000 words written for my WotF story.
by AlexH
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: WotF Volume 36 Pre-Order is Here!
Replies: 31
Views: 3635

Re: WotF Volume 36 Pre-Order is Here!

I'm still waiting for it to appear on Kobo. The delay has been chased up by the WotF people!
by AlexH
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Use of italics for emphasis
Replies: 14
Views: 2816

Re: Use of italics for emphasis

Uh oh. The character climax of my novel is all mind speech and is a three way italics conversion. Guess it won’t be up your alley! Don't worry - I don't really read novels anyway! wotf011 wotf001 Italics are more difficult to read for many dyslexic people (estimated at around 10% of the population)...
by AlexH
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Use of italics for emphasis
Replies: 14
Views: 2816

Re: Use of italics for emphasis

Once the reader knows what is happening it's easy to follow, as long as it is consistent with the flow of the story. It isn't easy to follow if the reader finds italics difficult to read, like many (including me) do. I find occasional words and standalone sentences in italics okay to read. I strugg...
by AlexH
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 434
Views: 31475

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Could that be announcing the date the WotF course is released? Maybe not, as that's not new. Hmmm.

As we have Illustrators of the Future...Narrators of the Future. Is WotF going audio?
by AlexH
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Use of italics for emphasis
Replies: 14
Views: 2816

Re: Use of italics for emphasis

I find your example in the opening post difficult to read. I've read stories that have whole chapters in italics and find those difficult to read too (one was from two different viewpoints, with one of those in italics). I agree that limited use is fine, such as emphasis in the occasional sentence. ...

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