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by MiloMinderbinder
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

Oh, there was another promising story that I read this submission period, but the writer didn't use quotation marks! They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese asked Jules? Vincent shook his head. No, they got the metric system there, they wouldn't know what the f*ck a Quarter Pounder is. Jule...
by MiloMinderbinder
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

I'm a first reader for a near-pro-paying market and I had one story in the last round of submissions that sometimes indented for new paragraphs and sometimes didn't. This author also didn't bother creating new paragraphs when a different character spoke. How was the story itself? I have no idea. I d...
by MiloMinderbinder
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897859

Re: Success!

Congratulations Becky!
by MiloMinderbinder
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 306
Views: 9715

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Waiting until January is cutting it pretty close. There's a lot to do to get the book ready for publication, even if 9 stories are already set, but the Workshop is a hard deadline.
by MiloMinderbinder
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21947

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

The winners of the 3rd Quarter have been posted on the WOTF blog:

And the winners are:
First Place – JL George from United Kingdom
Second Place – Michael Gardner from Australia
Third Place – Storm Humbert from Michigan


Congratulations!


30 SHMs and 218 HMs by my count.
by MiloMinderbinder
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897859

Re: Success!

Nature! Very Impressive. Congratulations!
by MiloMinderbinder
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21947

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Honorable Mention here, too. On thing that puzzles me. In my email Joni wrote: "Congratulations!!! You were in the top 2% of all entries." Going by the previous quarter where there were over 200 HMs and higher, that implies over 10,000 entries. Which means Kary has to look at (she certainl...
by MiloMinderbinder
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 100
Views: 6926

Re: 4 in 36

4 for 4 for me.
by MiloMinderbinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: pseudonyms
Replies: 17
Views: 868

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: 4082
Views: 897859

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!
Replies: 1613
Views: 47536

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: 569
Views: 21947

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: 306
Views: 9715

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: 21270

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
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1613
Views: 47536

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

I submitted for the 3rd Quarter.
by MiloMinderbinder
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897859

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: 569
Views: 21947

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: 569
Views: 21947

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: 460

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: 4082
Views: 897859

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: 100
Views: 6926

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: 21270

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: 4082
Views: 897859

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: 1028

Re: Semi-Finalist Question

It ended up being two months and three days.

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