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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: 16751

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: 16751

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: 2
Views: 82

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: 16751

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: 9
Views: 503

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: 16751

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: 16751

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
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16751

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

It's great to see the excitement and success in this thread. Congratulations everyone! I got my first HM! It's the first story I entered I didn't write with WotF in mind (and is only about 1,200 words). As it's completely different to anything else I've written, and I don't know how I wrote it, I do...
by AlexH
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Password Reset E-mails
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: Password Reset E-mails

I've used the Contact link in the footer, so fingers crossed, otherwise this'll be my last post for another few weeks. wotf001
by AlexH
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 82
Views: 5102

Re: 4 in 36

Thanks for your response above Wulf Moon, and a belated congrats on the win if I didn't congratulate you elsewhere! I almost failed this month, but I've submitted a new story, despite the easier way being an older revised one. It's a flash - there's no chance I'll finish one of my two longer pieces ...
by AlexH
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Password Reset E-mails
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Password Reset E-mails

If anyone noticed me congratulating last Quarter's winners 3 months late, it's because I can only reach the forum on a tablet I don't access often. wotf008 I've tried the password reset function a few times but never receive the e-mails. They're not in my spam. Is anyone aware of a problem? It took ...
by AlexH
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 82
Views: 5102

Re: 4 in 36

I'm signing up for 4 in 36. I don't like to commit to things I don't think I can achieve, and starting the year it looked like I'd enter 2 or 3. Now it's looking like I can enter all 4. Also, a couple of Wulf Moon's posts inspired me. :)
by AlexH
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16751

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I got in a day early, as always (though I didn't think I'd be in this quarter). I'm too much of a scaredy-cat to leave it until the last day so always treat the penultimate day as my last day. One time it actually was, as I finished my manuscript while waiting for a flight to China... :) I didn't ha...
by AlexH
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16751

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Good luck everyone! I didn't think I had anything for this month, but I recently had a positive rejection from elsewhere: "The story hasn't been selected on this occasion, but I did want to send a note because I thought it was a brilliant effort for such a new writer... given the calibre of thi...
by AlexH
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 21506

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm late to the party but congratulations Wulf Moon! It was great to see a name I recognised. :D

I thought Brittany's achievement to finish the story under those circumstances was epic enough, so even more congratulations on being a finalist! :D
by AlexH
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Favorites from WotF anthologies
Replies: 22
Views: 10025

Re: Favorites from WotF anthologies

My top 5 are:
Stars That Make Dark Heaven Light - Sharon Joss
Switch - Steve Pantazis
Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask - Randy Henderson
The Jack of Souls - Stephen Merlino
The Minarets of An-Zabat - Jeremy TeGrotenhuis
by AlexH
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 21506

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: 29
Views: 5524

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: 29
Views: 5524

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: 1560

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: 761

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: 1228

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: 792
Views: 220392

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: 341
Views: 24043

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: 803

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: 537
Views: 24598

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: 311
Views: 21506

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: 11590

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: 2031

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!

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