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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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 1837

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 3354
Views: 305480

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: 544
Views: 41170

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...
by AjZach
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

I just finished the workshop, now to these assignments! For the workshop assignment: Honestly my first take away is what Dave is looking for in terms of conflict. He said that he sees many life or death stories, but sometimes that is over done. He needs more romance and humour, so if you have one of...
by AjZach
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

I have started the workshop as well. I'm trying to go through it slowly, making careful notes and making sure I get as much out of it as I can. I will be working through it steadily in the coming days.
by AjZach
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

I thought, since I did speak to a published writer this past quarter that I should share what he said so all can benefit. Of course, this is specific to my writing, so you'll have to take what resonates with you. Really check over your grammar and formatting. You don't want an editor hung up by smal...
by AjZach
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

I too have only achieved HM's at this point. I know there are still problems with my writing. For quarter two I got an excellent critique, (thanks Dustin!) and I also took that story to the writer in residence at our library. Between the two, I got some idea of what was lacking or could be changed i...
by AjZach
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

I was thinking of keeping this private, but I decided to post. I'll keep it brief though. My top tier, like many others, is F&SF. I think that has to do a lot with the encouragement of the editor. I've been getting the top tier rejection from him, but I'm not sure how close I'm really getting on...
by AjZach
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

I chose the picture for the story prompt that was done during the workshop. Wulf got a blank piece of paper, and his roommate got a coin. While the gala pictures are flashy and wonderful, and a once in a lifetime experience, I find them a bit overwhelming if I think about myself there! I was more dr...
by AjZach
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

Swift, just wanted to update that I am in for quarter 2. My other new story is submitted and I am at 6/12 on the flash challenge. ASSIGNMENT 1. How old was Martin when he submitted his first story to a pro magazine? What happened? What didn't he realize? He was 14, he got a rejection, but he did not...
by AjZach
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

Sorry to hear this! But it seems to be happening to some extent everywhere. Too big a risk to take I guess. Hopefully it is rescheduled soon!

Best wishes for everyone's health!
by AjZach
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

Swift, I just wanted to report that I am 5/6 for the flash challenge.

1. Internet troll

2. Outside the submarine window

3.Climbing vines

4.Don't forget your plague mask

5. Tiger's eye
by AjZach
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305480

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

I also haven't had a writing partner. I started out with a few that were in my friends and family, but over time and with other commitments, they have slowed down in their writing. I have a wise reader in my husband. When you posted the super secret I was just wanting to give my story another once o...

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