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by Eagerink
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:The blog post is up.

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/cate ... y-winners/

Winners:
First Place – Trent Walters from Missouri
Second Place – Luke Wildman from Indiana
Third Place – Erik Lynd from Washington


Congrats to the winners, wherever you are! And to our finalists :)
by Eagerink
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 27
Views: 975

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Yeah it's like having a kid go off to college or something... not that I would know what that's like XD
You miss it and you're proud of it.
by Eagerink
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 27
Views: 975

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Yes, I feel that too. I don't like it, it makes me feel like I can't come up with a good idea. But then I do....
by Eagerink
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2988
Views: 646690

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello, all. I am new here, though I have been knocking around for a time, looking about. I first submitted to the contest...long, long ago...way back in 1997. I received a very nice rejection in the form of a letter from Algis Budrys. For whatever reason, I didn’t submit again until the fourth quar...
by Eagerink
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5008
Views: 1227385

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Just scrolled the first 15 pages. They are full of winners that didn't know fate would shine on their careers. That's my favorite thing about this thread! As a new(er) forumite, I keep seeing this thread and wondering... why is it still alive? But having looked at it, I see why. It's a tradition! I...
by Eagerink
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to know when it is self doubt versus a bad idea?
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: How to know when it is self doubt versus a bad idea?

You know when you have an idea for a story, you're churning out words at a decent clip, then you wonder if the idea is stupid? When is it a bad idea and when is it self doubt? This is what I have to say about ideas: perhaps there is such a thing as a bad idea. But, every single bad idea can be made...
by Eagerink
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 206
Views: 14787

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Against all probability, I managed to submit to last quarter, woo! For the last year or so, every time the end of a quarter was approaching I told myself, "THIS TIME I'll finish this story that I've been chewing on for forever," and every time, the deadline sailed by with my story still s...
by Eagerink
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

kentagions wrote:
For me, lucky 13. I received my first Finalist!


Wooo! Contrats! wotf010 I hope you win!
by Eagerink
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Got an R :/ sad because I thought this was my best yet yet. But I did realize that the first couple pages are a little weak. So could have been rejected there. Gonna go see what I can do about it... Then maybe I'll resubmit. Never done that but I really don't think it was read past the beginning. H...
by Eagerink
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Got my second HM. Well done everyone! Quick question: I'm new here, how does one go about giving yourself a custom signature on the forums? Thanks! Congrats! Click on your name in the upper right, a drop down menu should appear. Click on user control panel. After that a firewall may pop up, I think...
by Eagerink
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Got an R :/ sad because I thought this was my best yet yet. But I did realize that the first couple pages are a little weak. So could have been rejected there. Gonna go see what I can do about it... Then maybe I'll resubmit. Never done that but I really don't think it was read past the beginning. Hu...
by Eagerink
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

sorte001 wrote:Third R in a row. Close to just calling it quits for awhile.


Don't call it quits! You can do it!!!!
by Eagerink
Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 38
Views: 1522

Re: Goals four V.38!

Shockhawk wrote:Awesome and thanks... I’ll check those out Eagerink.


I haven't read them all, but my favorites are the dialogue and the style ones. :)
by Eagerink
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 38
Views: 1522

Re: Goals four V.38!

Good luck with your goals everyone! They all sound great. My goal is to submit a new unique story each quarter and learn one thing new about writing with each piece. I officially started writing last November (didn’t know about WOTF till February) and when I started it would take hours to get two or...
by Eagerink
Thu Oct 01, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 206
Views: 14787

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

PenMark wrote: We should start an "I subbed with less than ten minutes to go" club


Totally! wotf019
by Eagerink
Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 206
Views: 14787

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

So I started afresh this morning with a new story. I didn't have time to reread it or run it through grammarly before sending it in at 11:59, but I think the important part is that I sent it in. My heart hasn't stopped pounding though. I didn't have time to reread through mine either! Finished piec...
by Eagerink
Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Well, I just received an email from Joni proclaiming that my story has received an HM..... And then I realized that was for last quarter and I needed to scroll further down in the email chain. Ha! Ha!. the anticipation... Your post almost gave me a heart attack wotf015 I just had a dream about myse...
by Eagerink
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 206
Views: 14787

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

And I'm sliding IN under the barbed wire as usual....
by Eagerink
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 206
Views: 14787

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

True story: This is maybe 10 years ago. A good friend is a manager at Mohonk Mountain House in NY. Stephen King is a regular for when he needs to get away and finish his novels. Next day at the complaint desk a customer is raging: "I didn't sleep a wink because that Mr. King was up all night r...
by Eagerink
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 38
Views: 1522

Re: Goals four V.38!

RSchibler wrote:Only reason I get anywhere near 100 is with novel queries. 40 for story rejections is a great goal.


Oh ok. Thanks wotf008
by Eagerink
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Anyone else see the rejection on Submission Grinder? It's been there for quite a few days...I guess it might be somebody who misunderstood Joni's letters about the contest results wotf017 Pretty sure that has happened a few times before. Not sure why. Hopefully not someone playing with us because w...
by Eagerink
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Okay, so this is what just happened to me. I was minding my own business and studying, then a got an unknown call from the US. I stared blankly at the phone, wondering if this was the phone call that would change my life......I picked it up, and nervously said, "hello?" It was my uncle, w...
by Eagerink
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I’m much less excited this time, as this is the first story I’ve submitted that I didn’t really think was any good. After 3 HMs out of 3 submissions so far, I’m expecting a straight rejection this time! I'm always surprised. Of my last two entries, the one I thought was great got an R and the one I...
by Eagerink
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I saw that in the email! Twitching now too... Better break out the chocolates
by Eagerink
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 206
Views: 14787

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

It occurs to me that I don't remember seeing a comedy or absurdist story in the back copies of the Anthology that I've read. I checked them out from the library and don't currently have one to look at. I've written two comedies, one is a fantasy and the other is a space opera. My critique partners ...
by Eagerink
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 206
Views: 14787

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I got to spend a large chunk of yesterday on my editing--a rare freedom for me of late, and one that I took full advantage of. I now have a finished draft that I would feel okay about submitting, if I ran out of time, and managed to knock the word-count down by about 1500 words, mostly by eliminati...
by Eagerink
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I'm wondering whether I should get my Q4 entry ready now or begin my second novel... I really don’t want to think about my Q3 results, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t twitching... wotf060 This wait is getting to me too! I'm working on my Q4 to help keep still.... It's almost time! Good advice, ...
by Eagerink
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 33542

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

HermioneLee wrote:I'm wondering whether I should get my Q4 entry ready now or begin my second novel...
I really don’t want to think about my Q3 results, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t twitching...

wotf060


This wait is getting to me too! I'm working on my Q4 to help keep still.... It's almost time!
by Eagerink
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 38
Views: 1522

Re: Goals four V.38!

RSchibler wrote:I’ve had 100 rejections per year as my goal since 2018. I should be close again this year. I think I only hit 80 last year.


Well maybe it was you then! No idea but it is a good idea.
I'm starting with 40 because I only had 10 this past year so 40 would be more real.
by Eagerink
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 38
Views: 1522

Re: Goals four V.38!

Get 40 rejections I love this goal--I set out, a long time ago, with the goal of getting a hundred rejections, because I noticed that I was taking individual rejections pretty hard (so that it kept squashing my enthusiasm for writing), and I knew that I needed to toughen my mental skin. I'm closer ...

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