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by Eagerink
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 31796

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I just realised my Q2 HM was only a third draft. How many drafts do people do generally? It depends what you mean by a draft. I don't usually change major things, at least not if I plotted everything out structurally beforehand. If I pantsed it, I'd say I do at least two drafts. But for my Q3, I wr...
by Eagerink
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 31796

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Thanks, Dragon & Disgruntled! :) (Got to love our names.) I know he won and others have, too. I'm just edgy and seeing that yesterday made me realize I don't know what I don't know. I do know I'm doing something right to get the HMs. I'd hoped the Q2 was good enough to at least receive a SHM if...
by Eagerink
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 243
Views: 13888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Not being American comes with a certain disadvantage when it comes to word choice. Just found out a word I used in my story has racist connotations in the USA, yet in Australia it's seen as innocent. =( I've confused people with my British English usage of wallet and purse. In British English, a wa...
by Eagerink
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 243
Views: 13888

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

And I'm in! Just a few minutes to spare. This was a story I did not succeed at entering last quarter, so I'm glad to get it done.

Good Luck everyone!
by Eagerink
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I got my certificate a couple days ago.
by Eagerink
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 31796

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I've finished my outline, now I just need to finish the story! :)
by Eagerink
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 31796

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Does anyone else out there use polysyndeton as a literary device? I don't see this much (if any) in sci fi/fantasy. Not sure us using such a device would be frowned upon in this contest (even when used correctly)??? Any thoughts? Well (I looked it up too wotf001 ) I got an HM for the story with thi...
by Eagerink
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 31796

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

SwiftPotato wrote:
Eagerink wrote:
kizernix wrote:After reading Wulf's post about the average word count for stories selected in the past,


Where is this post? I would like to read it.


Right here!


Thank you!
by Eagerink
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 31796

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

kizernix wrote:After reading Wulf's post about the average word count for stories selected in the past,


Where is this post? I would like to read it.
by Eagerink
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

For anyone still wondering, I queried and turns out my story got an HM! Now on to the next one....
by Eagerink
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Wow congratulations SwiftPotato! And very good job DisgruntledPeony! Keep it up. I still haven't heard anything, will query in a few days.
by Eagerink
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Joni is a one man show. But she does the work of ten men. She's amazing. Most nights, those people are working in their offices until midnight. Do wait for the winners to announce before contacting her, however. She has so much to keep up with; our patience really helps her out. I'm saying this to ...
by Eagerink
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Remember, semifinalists now come later, so if you haven't gotten the call but have no results in the next few days, it's very possible you're a semifinalist. Ah ok, do you know when the semifinalists will be notified? Also, if the story was disqualified for some reason, they would still send an R, ...
by Eagerink
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Well, I haven't heard anything... maybe because I sent my story in, on the last day, via snail mail... :P Perhaps it has been entered in the next quarter, though it was postmarked on the thirtieth. I'll email Joni in a few days, once all the excitement has died down. Otherwise CONGRATULATIONS Peony ...
by Eagerink
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Welp, good luck everyone!!!! Still waiting... it rained in LA yesterday so Joni's probably enjoying her hot cocoa too... wotf035 probably more than we are.........
by Eagerink
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Wow! It's so interesting to learn things like that about other countries, I never would have guessed that. Story ideas anyone? A black market for icecream..... I will sell ice cream half off to anyone who's twitching... send proof and I will tell you the location of my pillow fort wotf011 Plus some...
by Eagerink
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

It's only been in the last years that Ben and Jerry's has been available in NZ. But I refuse to pay $14 for the tiny scoop. Oh, now that's horrifying. Practically qualifies as a war crime. I hope you get at LEAST sixteen liters of Phish Food while you're here! $14 is insane. New Zealand's biggest i...
by Eagerink
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Happy Birthday Retro! If I win with you, I'll for sure sing around the piano! Although one of the main reasons I want to win is the workshop and I wouldn't want to miss a minute of that, so it would probably have to be late at night when I couldn't sleep. Thanks Moon for that wonderful description! ...
by Eagerink
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

"In the meantime, while anticipation mounts, I always find it productive to remember why I've entered the contest and why I want to write in the first place. So let's talk about it! Why did everyone pick up the pen in the first place? What's your end-goal? How do you keep up a head of steam to...
by Eagerink
Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

officer wrote:
Eagerink wrote:
May I ask how you email a file to your kindle? And is that legal...?


Here are the instructions on amazon's website: https://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/email

Certainly no legal issue when it's your own writing!


Ok thanks!
by Eagerink
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

It's gonna sound bad, but it's been so long since I used Word (outside work) that I didn't know it had cloud sync! I'll definitely take a look at Costco and Amazon, much appreciated, officer. :) Also, when I've e-mailed a Word file to my Kindle, it looks perfect. That's with using no "tab inde...
by Eagerink
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

crlisle wrote:Hello all, I have submitted my first science fiction short story to this quarter. I am anxiously awaiting the results, as are the rest of you.
Good luck to us all!


Welocome and good luck to you too! You are welcome in my pillow fort while we wait for results :)
by Eagerink
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 52430

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I feel like I must be some kind of grinch. I don't even ask for the certificates (maybe if I make finalist or semi I will, definitely if I win :) ). But any certificates I've earned (Masters, Bachelors, Diploma, Certificate) are all sitting in a box mostly still in their envelopes or tubes unless t...
by Eagerink
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 52430

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Henckel wrote:Last year, the mailman folded my certificate AND it got rained on.

The next day, I bought a new mailbox SPECIFICALLY so that would never happen to future certificates....


That sounds horrifying. wotf048
by Eagerink
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 52430

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

It occurred to me that now that the rules for pro-ing out are eight cents per word... perhaps some people who would have previously been disqualified entered this quarter. Not Sure how I feel about that, except that I hope they pro-out again soon, lol. I could be wrong, but I would personally assum...
by Eagerink
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 52430

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

It occurred to me that now that the rules for pro-ing out are eight cents per word... perhaps some people who would have previously been disqualified entered this quarter. Not Sure how I feel about that, except that I hope they pro-out again soon, lol.
by Eagerink
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I just barely made it in with 11 minutes to spare. That was an interesting experience trying to write like a crazy person on the last day.I cut it so close, I had to search and replace placeholder names with ones from the internet name generator, lol. https://www.name-generator.org.uk/ It was kind ...
by Eagerink
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Yeah, a lot of the paper sub markets were that way, both for short fiction and novel pitches. You could either provide a small envelope pre-paid for just the response, or a larger one if you wanted the whole manuscript back. I did the latter when it was difficult for me to print things like that, b...
by Eagerink
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

After much hard work and some loss of sleep this past week, I'm in! Just watched the lady at the post office postmark it for today. Yay! Good luck everyone! Whoa, so retro! Actually, I always loved paper submissions. It gave the whole process of sending in a story a little bit of an event feel. But...
by Eagerink
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 49202

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

After much hard work and some loss of sleep this past week, I'm in! Just watched the lady at the post office postmark it for today. Yay!

Good luck everyone!

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