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by MiloMinderbinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: pseudonyms
Replies: 14
Views: 145

Re: pseudonyms

We are fiction writers, and spec fic at that. You can be anything you want. I think having a difficult name is an excellent reason to change it. If people can't remember or pronounce your name, how will they tell their friends to buy your books one day? Choose wisely. It will be your brand, and as ...
by MiloMinderbinder
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 880679

Re: Success!

Cover Reveal for Wildeside Press' Crime Travel anthology which includes my story "The Case of the Missing Physicist."

http://bolobooks.com/2019/09/cover-reveal-crime-travel/
by MiloMinderbinder
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 967
Views: 35098

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

Henckel wrote:I've always been curious about Dave's semi-finalist crits.... what they look like and such. Are they in-line comments? Summary notes? A combo of both? How in-depth are they?


Mine was just two comments: one about my protagonist's motivation and one about the ending.
by MiloMinderbinder
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 380
Views: 14751

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

The first response for this Q has been logged on TGDB. A 51-day wait, answered on August 17th. It begins. I think someone is probably just confused. I woke up this morning and saw an email in my inbox the subject line "Congrats - Your story received Honorable Mention 2nd Quarter" I though...
by MiloMinderbinder
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 136
Views: 4167

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I ran into trouble with the story I was planning on submitting for Q4. Couldn't get the middle to work. So I set it aside, came up with a new idea, wrote that story instead, and let my WG have a whack at it. Now I'm incorporating some of their feedback and polishing it up.
by MiloMinderbinder
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 17873

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Is this how the results progress? 1. Joni phones the finalists. Finalists are requested not to disclose their status, so they go semi-silent in the forum. 2. Email notifications of Rs, HMs, and SHMs (If people start reporting receiving these and you didn't get a call from Joni, you know you aren't a...
by MiloMinderbinder
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 880679

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Ishmael!
by MiloMinderbinder
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 380
Views: 14751

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

storysinger wrote:
MiloMinderbinder wrote:1500 words in for Q4.


Congrats on subbing but IMHO you shouldn't post your word count.


That's how many words I've gotten so far for Q4, not how long my Q3 story is.

But I appreciate the advice.
by MiloMinderbinder
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 380
Views: 14751

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

OK, I submitted for Q3. I'm going hiking in the Sierra Nevadas next week, and figure there's no way I could finish a different entry by June 30th

1500 words in for Q4.
by MiloMinderbinder
Fri May 31, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Starting with a Dateline
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Starting with a Dateline

What are people's opinion of the use of a dateline to start a story? Johnson City Wyoming Territory 1884 Do you think that's lazy? Or is it a legitimate way of setting the scene? We're trying so hard to start the story with some action, getting the reader to care about the MC, create some stakes, et...
by MiloMinderbinder
Thu May 02, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 880679

Re: Success!

My story The Bicycle Thief won the Short Mystery Fiction Society's Derringer Award for Best Flash Story!

https://shortmystery.blogspot.com/2019/ ... unced.html
by MiloMinderbinder
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 86
Views: 5530

Re: 4 in 36

I'm in with my second of the 4 in 36. Got 1000 words so far for my Q3 submission.
by MiloMinderbinder
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 17873

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'm in.

This is my most polarizing story ever. Folks in my WG either hated it so much they had to force themselves to finish or laughed so hard they cried.
by MiloMinderbinder
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 880679

Re: Success!

I made my first pro sale! Woman's World, A US tabloid that can be found in the racks at the checkout lines of better supermarkets, will publish my mini-mystery "The Hockey Card Heist" in their March 14th issue. I also sold a time travel story to Wildside Press' upcoming Crime Travel anthol...
by MiloMinderbinder
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Semi-Finalist Question
Replies: 2
Views: 851

Re: Semi-Finalist Question

It ended up being two months and three days.
by MiloMinderbinder
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Semi-Finalist Question
Replies: 2
Views: 851

Semi-Finalist Question

How long after you were notified that you were a SF did you receive Dave's critique?

Did it come by email or by postal mail with your certificate?
by MiloMinderbinder
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 967
Views: 35098

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

BEHOLD! Moon's SUPER SECRET #12: MAGIC UP FRONT! Okay, the correct way to say that would be: Speculative element obvious in the first two pages. BORING. But MAGIC UP FRONT sounds so much cooler! Can I get a ruling on my story for Q1? The title includes the speculative element, but it doesn't appear...
by MiloMinderbinder
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 967
Views: 35098

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

I'm in for the full challenge.

I just submitted for Q1.
My Q2 entry is ready for my WG to dissect in January.
The plot for Q3 is slowly forming in my head.
by MiloMinderbinder
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22322

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

KristyEmber wrote:Just got my results - semi finalist. I know intellectually it is a great result, but I’m still really disappointed. I was beginning to think I might actually be a finalist.


I felt the same way. I received my semi-finalist email last night.
by MiloMinderbinder
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22322

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

KristyEmber wrote:I’m still waiting ... are many other people still in the same boat?


Still waiting here.
by MiloMinderbinder
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2676
Views: 513704

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi my name is James and I live in suburban Philadelphia.

I have some token and semi-pro sales. For WOTF, I have two rejections and one HM. Still waiting to hear from this last submission.

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