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by TimE
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4536

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

According to this http://www.lulu.com/titlescorer/index.php - the title of my Q1 entry is going to win anything. Oh, well...
by TimE
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 19
Views: 1002

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

Some of what you wrote, DP, reminds me of that Neil Gaiman quote - “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”
by TimE
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 71640

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Hi everyone. I'm in sorry shape right now with... exactly 25 hours to go. I've written three stories this quarter, but I'm not satisfied with any. (yes, I'm a bit obsessive)... So, I started a new story yesterday and working on it now. I've got a crit partner, but I'm not sure if she will be availa...
by TimE
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Last-Minute Swaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Last-Minute Swaps?

Just checked. Received it last night, Alex. I was watching the Wolves game.
by TimE
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Neil Gaiman on short stories
Replies: 7
Views: 196

Re: Neil Gaiman on short stories

I thought about mentioning #6, but at up to 17,000 words for WotF, we're hardly writing flash fiction. I like descriptions. Dunno about multiple shorts being practice for a novel - but maybe as the shorts grow from 3-4,00 towards 17,000 - that would count. Coming back to Gaiman's comparison - if I r...
by TimE
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Neil Gaiman on short stories
Replies: 7
Views: 196

Re: Neil Gaiman on short stories

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2xRBPL1VlMZVLZbJ1R3mkTK/neil-gaimans-eight-tips-on-how-to-write-a-short-story?ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_radio_4&ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=radio_and_music This is worth a read, y'all. Eight tips on writing short stories from Neil Gai...
by TimE
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Last-Minute Swaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Last-Minute Swaps?

I'll take a look if you like Alex. No swap reqd.
by TimE
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Mail not leaving Outbox
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Mail not leaving Outbox

I offered to critique for someone but haven't heard from them, I sent my email address and checked after a few days - it was still in my Outbox and not in Sent mail. I tried again and now have 2 in my Outbox. Just for the record, during my time on the forum I've noticed that a message I've sent to ...
by TimE
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4536

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Jasmine Arch wrote:Me: Oh this story is as good as finished. Just one more quick line edit.
Me after aforementioned line edit: Yeah I'm going to rewrite the whole thing.


Perhaps you need a 2nd (3rd, 4th..whatever) opinion.
by TimE
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Little did he know...
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Little did he know...

mmm... can it seem subtle or artful to another writer!

I've read a few more chapters and it's not been done again. For ne, it didn't add any value where it was done - though as I said, the published author didn't actually write Little did she know.

Perhaps it's just one of those things that bug me.
by TimE
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Mail not leaving Outbox
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Mail not leaving Outbox

Ah - didn't know that. Thanks. He'll have my mail twice now!
by TimE
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Little did he know...
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Little did he know...

Thanks for replying, Andy. I found this article which seems to suggest not using it - of course, it's just another opinion. http://airshipdaily.com/blog/06242014-origin-of-cliches For me, something like - she was to revise that opinion shortly - is a cheap way of inviting the reader to read on becau...
by TimE
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Little did he know...
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Little did he know...

I critiqued someone recently and commented on a line very similar to – little did he know. I thought this was considered to be clumsy author intrusion. Was I wrong? In a novel yesterday, I came across (Little did she know) ' She was to revive that opinion shortly.' The little did she know here being...
by TimE
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Mail not leaving Outbox
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Mail not leaving Outbox

Wulf Moon wrote:Just wondering if his box is full? When you hit 100, it stacks them up outside, and you have to clear out old mail to make room for new incoming.


So the problem could be his end and not mine. It's not a problem I've had before, so yes, I can see that's a possibility.
thanks
by TimE
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Mail not leaving Outbox
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Mail not leaving Outbox

I offered to critique for someone but haven't heard from them, I sent my email address and checked after a few days - it was still in my Outbox and not in Sent mail.
I tried again and now have 2 in my Outbox.
I presume the guy I offered to crit is having the same problem.
by TimE
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: V37 Q1 Entry Feedback
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: V37 Q1 Entry Feedback

I'll take a look if you wish.
by TimE
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: V37 Q1 Entry Feedback
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: V37 Q1 Entry Feedback

SCAFontaine wrote:Hi Tracy,
I'd be happy to swap if you'd still like more critters.


I'm happy to swap again, Sabine. Mine's in Scrib if you want to earn some karma.

If you want to send yours to me, I'm sure you have my mail.
by TimE
Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: V37 Q1 Entry Feedback
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: V37 Q1 Entry Feedback

WriterGirl0426 wrote:I have a 5k piece drafted for a Q1 entry and would love some feedback. Happy to swap. Any takers?

--Tracy


I'll take a look if you need a 2nd, Tracy.
by TimE
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 584
Views: 18163

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Well done, DP.
by TimE
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Work in need of a once-over
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: Work in need of a once-over

I'll take a look.
by TimE
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Let the computer take the strain...
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Let the computer take the strain...

I pasted the opening lines of A Certain Slant of Light to this https://talktotransformer.com/ to see how it developed Preston’s story. I think Preston’s was better, but damn, I’m going to be much more productive using this. Walter walked slowly along the crumbling sidewalk. The last ten years had be...
by TimE
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 71640

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

Hi DP. . I was thinking about things yesterday, and realized that the advent of the internet has really helped to make short stories a global market--but that also means the competition is global, which is wonderful but also a bit sobering. As far as sci-fi/fantasy versus crime writing, you said pr...
by TimE
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 71640

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

Hi DP. A Scrib friend has pushed me into submitting my Q2 entry to other places. One rejection, waiting on another. Other than that - not really considered it before. Apart from WotF in the last year or so, I'm much more of a novel reader rather than s/s, so I haven't read anything of the other plac...
by TimE
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 71640

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

Thanks Z.T. My first 4 or 5 entries had all been placed in comps on the Writer's site Scribophile - all got R's in here. One was placed when Anton's Rose story wasn't - Anton has won WotF with one of his Scrib winning stories. So hopefully, they have hooks etc. But it's that uncountable reasons that...
by TimE
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2231
Views: 71640

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

My entries to Q1,2 & 3 were all new. R, R and I’m expecting another R. At the moment, there’s no chance I could write 2 a quarter – which isn’t that big an ask. I really liked my Q2, my critiquers really liked my Q2, September C.Fawkes didn’t offer much criticism for the sample of it she read bu...
by TimE
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 584
Views: 18163

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I spent a week trying to think of an ingenious way to fix my overly predictable story ending. This weekend--in the wee hours of the morning while sleep hid from me--I came up with a twist ending. I just finished editing the bullet point outline to fit the new bits in. Now, on to the rewrite. wotf04...
by TimE
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: The Writers of the Future Podcast at Dragon Con
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: The Writers of the Future Podcast at Dragon Con

I made a few notes. I'll take another listen and make more.
by TimE
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: The Writers of the Future Podcast at Dragon Con
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: The Writers of the Future Podcast at Dragon Con

Doesn't bother me that I don't know who's talking, it's what they say that's interesting. For me, disregarding the length, it has a lot more than the other podcasts. I do like to have an idea of the ending of my stories - to have an idea of my destination, even if the journey can go its own way. I'l...
by TimE
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 26267

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

For those who got rejected, someone posted this on Scribophile - Stan Lee and rejection
https://wellsbaum.blog/stan-lee-offers- ... -creators/
by TimE
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 24414

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

So fed up at my R, I thought I'd try September C.Fawkes. Her response to my extract is very encouraging and I will go with her for my whole Q2 entry. Seems I can write at least. The concerns she expressed based on an excerpt don't look too bad and the strengths she listed are encouraging. Maybe my s...

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