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by AnikeKirsten
Tue May 14, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 24518

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Huge congrats! Wow, two in a row? You're definitely doing something right.
by AnikeKirsten
Tue May 07, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Stimulus triggers is pretty interesting. I don't have any myself. Wonder if I should make and ingrain one. I reckon the Pavlovian idea could have quite a potent effect. And thank you, so much, Wulf! Taking the time to help us and cheer us on means more than words can describe. It really does help tr...
by AnikeKirsten
Tue May 07, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 24518

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Congratulations! wotf010 Um so I'm a little late to the party, but... wotf057 I literally just found out when Joni sent me my critique? XD For whatever reason, it would seem I didn't get my initial notification email. Hmm... Just had surgery and am a little out of it so maybe I missed it, but either...
by AnikeKirsten
Mon May 06, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Wow. Weird stuff out there. wotf012 Well, splatterpunk is a subgenre that exists with a niche audience, so I guess it could still stand into the publishing aspect of it though I don't have valid experience in that department. But yeah, basically the idea is just to help you get over humps and blocks...
by AnikeKirsten
Sun May 05, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

A trick I've found to work for me, and maybe would for others as well, is the reminder to self that there are no crappy ideas. Have an idea for a story? Write it. Bugger whether people would like it or not, just write it. Write them all. Even if the drafts aren't complete. Then, when you want to sit...
by AnikeKirsten
Fri May 03, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Lol. Your poor wife. Definitely worked. And yes, I'm hell-bent on making it into volume 36! Wow. Your story is amazing, Wulf! The hook, intrigue, emotional throttle. And that ending! No wonder you won. I wish i could leave an Amazon review but I'm not eligible unless I spend $50 (which is insane, re...
by AnikeKirsten
Thu May 02, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Wow. Your story is amazing, Wulf! The hook, intrigue, emotional throttle. And that ending! No wonder you won. I wish i could leave an Amazon review but I'm not eligible unless I spend $50 (which is insane, really, though I understand why they do it that way). Sharing it now, at least I can do that. ...
by AnikeKirsten
Thu May 02, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Just got my ebook copy! Yay for payday, and the special offer was great timing. Looking forward to reading Super-Duper Moongirl...
by AnikeKirsten
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 24518

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Congrats, LittleRed!
by AnikeKirsten
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 24518

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

HM for me. Here's to Q2's chances!
by AnikeKirsten
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 24518

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

RSchibler wrote:We live in a state of quantum rejection and acceptance. Schrodigers Publication.

I laughed so hard at this. Brilliant.
by AnikeKirsten
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Have an excellent time, Wulf! Looking forward to the pics.
by AnikeKirsten
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Finally, after battling time between life, constant power outages, and getting my paintings done, my Q2 entry's edits are done and I just submitted. I'm in with a fresh one for Q2! Not only that, I also have art entered into Illustrators of the Future for Q2. I'm feeling very productive today. Kudo...
by AnikeKirsten
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Finally, after battling time between life, constant power outages, and getting my paintings done, my Q2 entry's edits are done and I just submitted. I'm in with a fresh one for Q2! Not only that, I also have art entered into Illustrators of the Future for Q2. I'm feeling very productive today. Writ...
by AnikeKirsten
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Finally, after battling time between life, constant power outages, and getting my paintings done, my Q2 entry's edits are done and I just submitted. I'm in with a fresh one for Q2! Not only that, I also have art entered into Illustrators of the Future for Q2. I'm feeling very productive today.
by AnikeKirsten
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Personally, I think his wife should tell him to stay home and rest, but it's not my call. I do hope he takes extra care and makes certain he's fully recuperated. Ditto on this. He knows his limits so I'm sure he won't push it. Just with pneumonia, it's not something to risk travel with, never mind ...
by AnikeKirsten
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Oh, shoot. Hoping Dave has a speedy recovery. That's a horrible combo. Also hope he doesn't work too hard, taking it easy until he's back on the up.
by AnikeKirsten
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

The Rule of Three was a brilliant story! I still think about it whenever I buy groceries. How dark am I? I do some craft and sewing, making my own stuff but is it enough to offset some of the dark?

It's a story I think everyone should read.
by AnikeKirsten
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 24518

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Talk about rejectomancy. I thought he signed all his emails with "Charlie". Excuse me while I hide in the cupboard and freak out about what this means. I really should start subbing more, especially to F&SF. My dream pub to be in. Aim for the stars! Rejections eat at the soul and this ...
by AnikeKirsten
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Ha. Yeah, that's the biggest hurdle for me if I win. Talking to people, even familiar ones, is a challenge. I reckon the 24-hour story isn't quite as daunting as we may initially think. I've been using the SF London 48-hour challenge for a few years now, not subbing, just as a personal motivator to ...
by AnikeKirsten
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 24518

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

LOL at expectomancy! Brilliant. And definitely, Jest. Personalised Rs are the best thing next to, well, acceptances. But it again goes into the every editor having different tastes. Still, some wonderful warm fuzzy validation, especially from top editors like Finlay. Got a nice one from Joe Stech on...
by AnikeKirsten
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 24518

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Did not know that about F&SF rejections. Got a few "didn't quite win me over" from Finlay. Now I feel better about those rejections. Awaken the rejectomancy! No, don't, but it wants to so bad.
by AnikeKirsten
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

On one hand, failing to make things worse doesn't up the investment of both reader and character, there's a lack of suspense and incentive to continue. On the other hand, I think we all have a nook in our brains that feed on Schadenfreude, partly for that alone and partly because it taps into our em...
by AnikeKirsten
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Tension mounting up as the protagonist tries to solve the problem, and fails. Then mounts up again, and fails. Then takes that knowledge learned and figures out a better way, and fails. And then in a do or die climax, tries and succeeds, and learns something about himself or herself in the process....
by AnikeKirsten
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Ugh, envy. Envy so hard. Glad you had a great time, Wulf! Looked like a riveting event. And did I mention envy? Much of it.
by AnikeKirsten
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

I said MOCK-UP, as in make it look like pages in a science fiction book. Like text in a fantasy magazine. You see, we writers get used to reading in the code, Courier, double spaced, one inch margins, etc., etc. And it's great for editing--space between lines to mark changes, monospaced font helps ...
by AnikeKirsten
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16612

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Perhaps looking at the overall character arc and narrowing it to the strongest development might help keep the story well below 17k? A basic character arc of conflict, agency, consequence, and resolution. If there's good room left, and the story needs to, it should be much easier to fill up after th...
by AnikeKirsten
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

I laughed so hard at the ST example. Well done, sir. Well done. As tempting as it is to delve into the murky waters of info-dumping, sometimes we just need to realise that our audience (first reader and judges in this case) know quite a bit about SFF and worlds and are more than capable of making de...
by AnikeKirsten
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32358

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

Wow! Congrats, Wulf, and may there be many more congrats coming! Been stalking Dave's blog, and read through so many posts before. All signed up for new ones. And yeah, markets continually advise reading what they have so this makes a lot of sense, and even better that it's broken down and 'splained...

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