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by TimE
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Still working on a novel. Haven't got a clue what my Q3 entry will be about but I do want to enter each quarter. Suppose I'd better get subconscious thought bubbles going.
by TimE
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11020

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Five winners from the UK in Vol. 35 - perhaps the judges like the style of us Brits.

Five winners from the UK in Vol. 35 - perhaps the statistical anomaly will be smoothed out with a zero this year.

Okay - SHM would be an improvement for me. I'd be pleased with that.
by TimE
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 80
Views: 1753

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

Still waiting for my copy to be delivered.
by TimE
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11020

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Just re-read my Q1 entry for the first time in a while. I like it - but my record suggest that means I'm shinning my 'R as well. (Once I've worked out what shinning is. Well, I could say it is the Simpsons' episode take on Stephen King's "The Shining", but that would be a lie. Truth is I ...
by TimE
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11020

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Just re-read my Q1 entry for the first time in a while. I like it - but my record suggest that means I'm shinning my 'R as well. (Once I've worked out what shinning is.
by TimE
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11020

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

My expectations must be lower than everyone else's. If I was a finalist I'd be twitching for the final result. At this stage... nah!
by TimE
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

If the character speaking at length is not the POV character, consider fading out to the POV's internal thoughts and then back in when something else interesting is said. This will give it a more natural feel and avoids boring the reader while still capturing the verbosity of the long winded speake...
by TimE
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

One critiquer comments are more about the lack of white space for a reader. In that case, don't forget you can use multiple paragraphs for dialogue, like so: "The first step is to keep individual thought patterns in their own paragraphs. Much like you'd have a new paragraph whenever you shift ...
by TimE
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

Thanks for more responses. I do include movements etc, though I hadn't thought of one that opposes what they're saying - and that might fit what I'm currently writing which has a lot of deception. I don't think it's exposition I struggle with in dialogue. One critiquer comments are more about the la...
by TimE
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

Thanks, that concurs with my thoughts. When my two favourite critiquers keep saying similar things I began to have doubts. But I've not been able to find or recall seeing advice on someone speaking for too long. I don't have it on every exchange, just when I think it's needed. I'd forgotten about sc...
by TimE
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

Cliches in dialogue are different for me. I try to get rid of clichés except in dialogue, because people naturally talk in clichés. However, in a scifi or fantasy piece, it may be that some cliched phrases should have moved on. A big thing for me is making sure every character doesn't sound the same...
by TimE
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

The addicted police officer story sounds interesting. Don't think I have that one. Blade Runner's one of my favourite films. Blockbuster films are often scifi. Yet, you will find literary agencies that don't handle scifi or fantasy. There was a Brit author who wrote Crime as Iain Banks and Sci fi as...
by TimE
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

chuckt wrote:
TimE wrote:
Dragonchef wrote:


Have any made it in WotF?


Ah - Crime in WotF. Don't know. Don't see why not. Can't remember the title, but there's an Asimov scifi crime novel that I love.
by TimE
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Still pounding on the keys in a criminal fashion to get as much of my novel written, just in case I make the Crime Writers Awards shortlist in May. Ooo. Crime Writers Award. Nice. I would like to read your winning story for that one. I was unaware you had another poker in the fire (I think that's h...
by TimE
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

It's just that I've grown aware of so many who have previously had SHM, SF, F and even published finalist. T'ain't easy, is it? Or should I say - looks easier for some. (And as fantastic as it all looks, I can't say I'd want to that speech bit! mmm... perhaps I'll retreat to my shell.) There ain't ...
by TimE
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 973

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Well, after watching the awards ceremony, I feel I need to get thinking about Q3. It's just that I've grown aware of so many who have previously had SHM, SF, F and even published finalist. T'ain't easy, is it? Or should I say - looks easier for some. (And as fantastic as it all looks, I can't say I'...
by TimE
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 80
Views: 1753

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

The countdown fooled me into thinking I'd watch it live in the UK. Ah, never mind.

Well done, Preston, Wulf and everyone. Great speeches, you two.
by TimE
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 80
Views: 1753

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

Like the artwork - love the sculpture, Wulf.
by TimE
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Password Reset E-mails
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Password Reset E-mails

Haven't reset my password. Haven't had any problems. You could try the Contact Us - at the bottom of the page.
by TimE
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 56
Views: 1888

Re: 4 in 36

Weird western? That sounds interesting. Might have been tempted to have a go at one of those myself, but for you saying about inundation etc.

Whatever I go for, I might try a humorous slant again.
by TimE
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 56
Views: 1888

Re: 4 in 36

I'm in for Q1 and Q2, switched back to writing a crime novel at the moment. My intention is not to think about Q3 until late May. 4 weeks ought to be plenty - hadn't it?
by TimE
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 470
Views: 9818

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Travelling there on Cloud Nine is my guess. I know which side of a camera I prefer to be, but I reckon you'll have a great few days.
by TimE
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Sex and Cursing in your Story
Replies: 28
Views: 336

Re: Sex and Cursing in your Story

Just read the 1st 2 books of Sanderson's Stormlight Archive - where he uses variations on Storming a lot. That's the beauty of a story not on Earth or in the future or a fantasy - make your cuss words up. You're frelling right you can make your own cuss words up! Unless they're from Earth, then it ...
by TimE
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Sex and Cursing in your Story
Replies: 28
Views: 336

Re: Sex and Cursing in your Story

Just read the 1st 2 books of Sanderson's Stormlight Archive - where he uses variations on Storming a lot. That's the beauty of a story not on Earth or in the future or a fantasy - make your cuss words up.
by TimE
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11020

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Dragonchef wrote: Because he is, after all, our fearless leader, going where no Forumlandian has gone before, cutting through the thicket and brambles with agility and strength to provide us the Secret Sauce to our own successes.


And he does all this in hooves!
by TimE
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 470
Views: 9818

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Save you looking through the threads - I've submitted new stories to 1 & 2.

Damn - F means Fresh, and there was I thinking it was a prediction of Finalist.
by TimE
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Sex and Cursing in your Story
Replies: 28
Views: 336

Re: Sex and Cursing in your Story

I'm fairly sure I read in one of DF's posts that he goes through changing swear words. Presumably, if he doesn't like a piece that much then a lot of sex and cursing might tip it over the edge. But if a piece is good enough, then maybe he edits certain words. A Bitter Thing surprised me, so I guess ...
by TimE
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 470
Views: 9818

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I can see a humorous short story developing here. (But if women can dance in stilettos hooves have got to be easy.)
by TimE
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 470
Views: 9818

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

It's the 'behooving' bit that I'm not keen on. I like my feet with toes. Getting hoofs is a step too far for me.
by TimE
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 21
Views: 197

Re: How do you write eloquently?

The opening sentences are long - though that isn't necessarily a problem. Three of the first four use 'was' very early on. Dave mentions 'was' in one of his tips on writing - I think he says something along the lines of disliking seeing a number of was's in opening paras. Was isn't wrong, but someti...

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