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by TimE
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 362
Views: 15785

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...
by TimE
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 362
Views: 15785

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

R Here. Going back to Crime writing. Congrats to people who have done well in the comp. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you're still writing, but it's important to note that getting an R means the story isn't right for the contest. Doesn't necessarily mean the story is bad. (Granted, it might well mea...
by TimE
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 362
Views: 15785

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

R Here.

Going back to Crime writing.

Congrats to people who have done well in the comp.
by TimE
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 362
Views: 15785

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

*Lurk* *Lurk* *Lurk*...Oh wait, I broke my lurking because I lurked out loud. Hi, I guess :) Email fills daily with coupons and notifications I don't want and the only calls that come are (310) hang-ups and sales calls...still the compulsion to check remains. At least comments here are fun when I l...
by TimE
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Winning Stories Rejected by the Zines?
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Winning Stories Rejected by the Zines?

My first place piece was rejected by Analog and likely others (I didn't always keep good records on my submissions back when I first wrote it). The beginning also got a facelift before I resubmitted to WOTF, so my experience may not speak much to your question. In truth, I think the best way to suc...
by TimE
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’ve been writing since about 2002. In all that time, I’ve only won two writing contests from companies that went under and had one book published from one of those same companies. If I didn’t love writing, I would’ve quit a long time ago. The book I’m working on currently is giving me loads of wri...
by TimE
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2615

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I almost subbed a piece of humorous flash fiction for the current quarter, but I don't recall seeing any flash in previous anthologies. Not that I've read every issue because I haven't. *GASP!* Does anyone recall such a beast? One of their recent videos mentions enjoying humor, so maybe I should do...
by TimE
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I started my Q4 today. I've had this idea bouncing around my brain for a few weeks now.... I only had my lunch break to write, but managed about 800 words... Just trying to get the voice. A bit difficult. A little frustrating. And completely fun. Woo hoo! 800 on a lunchtime - wow! It's rare I manag...
by TimE
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I started my Q4 today. I've had this idea bouncing around my brain for a few weeks now.... I only had my lunch break to write, but managed about 800 words... Just trying to get the voice. A bit difficult. A little frustrating. And completely fun. Woo hoo! 800 on a lunchtime - wow! It's rare I manag...
by TimE
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2615

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

So do we have a challenge to get Q4 in before Q2 results come out? Doubt if I can do that, I'm way too slow, but I can try.

(No penguins will be harmed in my Q4 story.)
by TimE
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2615

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

TimE, I've been counseled that it's best not to discuss plotlines openly on the forum lest judges randomly pop by and the story ends up disqualified as a result. Anonymous contest and all. That said, write the story that resonates with you. Kind of joking, DP. The penguin idea was from KDJ (I think...
by TimE
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2615

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'm trying to work out what to write for Q4. So far, this is the best idea I've got "A post-singularity starpunk story about a space clown saving penguin-people from an asteroid strike". Dunno where the idea came from, but it's right up my street. Space clown as a surprise hero. Penguin pe...
by TimE
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 82
Views: 4964

Re: 4 in 36

I'm in.
by TimE
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I completely agree. While there's nothing but good intent behind advice, not all advice is the right fit for all people. I felt the same way listening to one of the WOTF podcasts. I forget who was being interviewed. Some advice about not overpolishing your stories because they'll just come out look...
by TimE
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4043
Views: 871544

Re: Success!

Ah - humour. Good stuff. Enjoyed those.
by TimE
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 362
Views: 15785

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

KD Julicher wrote:
TimE wrote:Shame we can't post opening lines or any sniff of our entries. Surely judges don't really look at the forums?


"My piece was a post-singularity starpunk story about a space clown saving penguin-people from an asteroid strike" is probably too precise.


Damn - yet another comic writer!
by TimE
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 362
Views: 15785

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Shame we can't post opening lines or any sniff of our entries. Surely judges don't really look at the forums?
by TimE
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Finished my Q3, waiting on a few crits to smooth out, but will be submitted with a few days to spare. I haven't kept count, but must have entered 8 or 9 consecutive quarters now. This will be my 3rd written specifically for WotF.

Better start thinking about Q4.
by TimE
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4043
Views: 871544

Re: Success!

Well done, Ishmael. Always nice to hear success stories.
by TimE
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2615

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I actually have an idea, a conceptualized ending (although I prefer to write start to finish, when possible, so I haven't gotten there yet), and the first scene and a half rough-drafted for a potential Q4. It kind of happened by accident while I was waiting on feedback for my Q3. I'm usually nowher...
by TimE
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.
Replies: 21
Views: 1215

Re: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.

For people new to WotF, it might be better if the link to the podcasts were on the menu at the left of the home page rather than hidden away in Educator Resources - where I wouldn't think of looking. I'm enjoying the podcasts. That's coming, TimE. I talked to John about it. : ) Cheers! Good! And Th...
by TimE
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Mine in Vol. 34 was humor. What sub-flavor of humor (or whether it was humor*ous* at all), I'll leave to the readers to decide. I don't know why I'm surprised I forgot this - seeing as I have a 2 minute memory. Definitely funny. Pot shots at HR, IT support, selling, Microsoft and the training that ...
by TimE
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

There was one in Vol. 30. I didn't do a big search so I'm sure there are more. "The Pushbike Legion." (Pushbike = bicycle. Silly Brits). About a group of boys and their bikes who ride around wearing bits of junk they imagine is armor. They live in an oasis in the middle of a post-apocalyt...
by TimE
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Good luck to you as well, Henckel. May your tickling stick never be free of feathers. I flicked through a few stories, classed as humour and available for free on the TOR site. Clearly, my SOH is out of alignment with theirs, so perhaps I have no chance in WotF. Enlighten me. Is the editorial viewp...
by TimE
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Good luck to you as well, Henckel. May your tickling stick never be free of feathers.

I flicked through a few stories, classed as humour and available for free on the TOR site. Clearly, my SOH is out of alignment with theirs, so perhaps I have no chance in WotF.
by TimE
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4043
Views: 871544

Re: Success!

disgruntledpeony wrote:I've sold a second story to Flame Tree Press!

http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fan ... ic-fantasy


Congratulations. Must try this selling thing myself some time.
by TimE
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Mine's humour. I'm taking the same route going with humour. If feels like a sort of gamble, given how subjective it can be. Anyone else out there going for humour this quarter? Yes! I am too. At least I hope it is funny. I agree. I think it's risky. They say they want humorous stories but I don't s...
by TimE
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Got an idea last night. Wrote a 1100w first draft this morning. Needs editing down. A flash is not a strong contender for winning WotF, but it is a fresh story and better than no substitution. Thanks for the encouragement guys...and of course, Trevor. Good to hear. I'll tell Trevor that you'll let ...
by TimE
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 312
Views: 11701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Mine's humour. I'm taking the same route going with humour. If feels like a sort of gamble, given how subjective it can be. Anyone else out there going for humour this quarter? Humour's not easy, is it? What we need is more people riding tortoise while ladies, on a quest for the fabled lost funny b...

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