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by AjZach
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Act One: The Beginning We have a title, “Muzik Man”, the reader wonders what that will be about. As the super secrets tell us, we need a character, in a setting, with a problem and a heart’s desire. We open with Muzik (as the super secrets advise) on a setting of a flowered hillside on a planet, Fen...
by AjZach
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Here is my baseline 250: A Drive for Blood “You’ll feel a little pinch. OK, just hold that right there,” Jennifer said, pressing a cotton ball onto her patient’s arm. She stuck the labels onto the vials of blood. “OK. You’re good to go here.” Jennifer packaged up the sample for testing, all except f...
by AjZach
Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Final Assignment: I have been in the super secrets group two years now. At the beginning, I was still really learning how to write. Over the last two years things have definitely improved in my writing, when I started getting HMs and then the SF result! I have also gotten some personal rejections. W...
by AjZach
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

250 Comparison: Start of the year: My 250 titled "Tricks, No Treats" word count 256 Aaron ran after the group. Kevin was with his friends. Kevin never paid attention to him, and they liked to tease. “Wait!” He yanked his candy higher. They had gone into the trees. “Mom said you had to sta...
by AjZach
Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

SwiftPotato wrote:
AjZach wrote:Reporting my quarter 3 result: Semi-finalist!


Whoa, awesome job!!! And congrats!


Thanks!

Thanks go to Becky's help, and Wulf's for reading the opening. And of course the super secrets!
by AjZach
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Reporting my quarter 3 result: Semi-finalist!
by AjZach
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 442
Views: 42691

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I just got my email too. A semi-finalist! I was not expecting that!
by AjZach
Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 442
Views: 42691

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I haven't heard anything yet either
by AjZach
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Reporting in:

I have submitted my story to WOTF, and just submitted my second fresh story for the quarter. I am 12/12 for the flash challenge as well.
by AjZach
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Thanks for the critique and the tips Wulf!

And congrats on your sale!
by AjZach
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

So here's your assignment, two parts. 1. Give me an opening line from anything you have read that is a wonderful example of this. Cite the work, the author, and the opening line. 2. Write your opening line that accomplishes something similar, and post it here. Here's my example of what you will post...
by AjZach
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

And now, ASSIGNMENT for the SUPER SECRET: SET. YOUR. STAGE. Phase 3 Exercise: Same as you did in the Phase 2 exercise. This time, analyze the first three paragraphs in your favorite non WotF short story. If you can't find one that exemplifies what we're looking for in openings, try your favorite nov...
by AjZach
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Openings Assignment Part 2: I chose "The Trade" in volume 36, by C. Winspear. I chose to do slightly more than three paragraphs, as some are only one sentence long, but all of this information appears on less than the first page of my print copy. The title: The Trade gives us the indicatio...
by AjZach
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Assignment: The title is the first hook. It sets idea that we will be on the moon, and makes you wonder what a moon dawdler is. First Paragraph: We know age, some physical features, and some of her preferences (colour). We know she wears a cape, so that's intriguing, and then the tubes which are the...
by AjZach
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

East Asia, Positive SF prompt: The Soul of Trees Hua clipped the flower translator to her ear. It gave a soft ping to indicate it was working. She stepped out into the garden that had once belonged to her grandfather and listened to the chorus of voices coming from each blossom and shrub that she pa...
by AjZach
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Bethany has deep symbolic connotations, Becky. Great choice, and if you wish to soften her up or young her up, Bethy works nicely. As for David Brin's work, there are exceptions to every rule. I was thinking about Tolkien as I wrote this piece--he invented an entire language, complete with his own ...
by AjZach
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Sorry to hear. I liked that story... Thanks again for the critique! If I remember right, I was missing some things from the beginning of the story that you were kind enough to point out to me. I'm guessing the way that I put in those details ended up making the story a bit slow to start. wotf017 Li...
by AjZach
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

R for me, I had hoped the story would do better, but oh well. Congrats to everyone who entered this quarter!
by AjZach
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Hey Swift,

Just wanted to check in that I have submitted my story to WOTF, and another new story is out to a respectable market. I am also 9/12 for KYD exercises.
by AjZach
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Dialogue Assignment part 2: Hecate gave the potion a final stir. “There! Come bring the vial, child!” “Oh! But which one? How big?” The child looked up at the shelf filled with shining glass, trying to spot the empty vials from among the filled ones. “That one! Next to the rat’s whiskers. It’s empty...
by AjZach
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

Thanks for the crit Wulf! And thanks for the offer to look over my first couple of pages! I have to get my wise reader to give them another look over so I can send them to you.

Really enjoying reading everyone's work!
by AjZach
Thu May 28, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

Dialogue Assignment: Hecate gave the potion a final stir. “There! Come bring the vial, child!” “Oh! But which one? How big?” “That one! Next to the rat’s whiskers. It’s empty isn’t it?” “Yes it is! Oh no. Whoops.” “Clumsy child. Your father said you were a good worker when he traded you!” “I brought...
by AjZach
Sun May 24, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Professional Editor for WOTF piece?
Replies: 17
Views: 2822

Re: Professional Editor for WOTF piece?

I haven't hired an editor, but the library in my city has a writer in residence every year. I saw him twice, and each time sent him part of my story that I was intending to enter (they were limited to 3000 words at a time). He gave a line by line critique and plenty of other help, all for free, plus...
by AjZach
Sun May 24, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

I just wanted to remind anyone that is struggling, that things aren't the same. With covid-19, kids at home (and possibly anxious) whatever you have going on, things are different. Any major life event brings some change with it, and that can definitely affect your work flow and energy. I've been se...
by AjZach
Thu May 21, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

1) what flow state is, 2) what triggers can help activate it, 3) what can steal it from us, 4) and how you plan to personally enhance your working environment and mental state to usher in more flow state writing. 1) Flow state is you working under optimal conditions. You are happy, feeling good and ...
by AjZach
Thu May 14, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 450609

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

Congrats on the interview Leah! Studying is definitely important, and I think sometimes we forget how much, since you don't have to go to school to be a writer! If you think about it though, to get a degree you are studying and learning for four years, although you shaved a lot of that off by findin...
by AjZach
Tue May 05, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 61652

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

If you take a look at the quarterly results section you can see when results came in for each quarter in the past. In 2018 for quarter one, they started coming in on the 16 of April. In 2019, they came on April 18, and this year was the 21, so not a huge delay from what is typical at all. For quarte...

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