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by chuckt
Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 264
Views: 20908

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Sept. 27ish last year.
by chuckt
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest rules questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1720

Re: Contest rules questions

What is "nosleep?"
by chuckt
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 131
Views: 6856

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Wow. What a day. I wrote 1500 words, worked out all the major plot issues, and completed my first draft of my entry. Now. I am no Heinlein or Hubbard. I have to edit and revise. A lot. I 'm a plodder for sure and stories don't come out my brain in good shape. I think it has decent bones though. :) ...
by chuckt
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?

Henckel wrote:I've been waiting to hear replies to this post. Would be nice to know.
My Q4 is a mystery. wotf011


Read the Moon story and I think you will see it is, as Dustin said, character-driven as opposed to the crime and its resolution dominating.
by chuckt
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?

Oh. It's good. (Duh. It won.). It definitely focuses more on the MCs than does mine. Their personal story is hung around the crime as opposed to the story being mainly about the crime and its resolution. Exactly. In both our stories, at least that I could detect, the plot drove it and the character...
by chuckt
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?

Oh. It's good. (Duh. It won.). It definitely focuses more on the MCs than does mine. Their personal story is hung around the crime as opposed to the story being mainly about the crime and its resolution.
by chuckt
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?

. Reuben is password locked out of the forum. He e-mailed and asked me to post this: Of the volumes I've read, the first story of of vol. 33 is a mystery of a model couple on the moon; the wife wakes up one morning and finds her husband dead. Soon she's blamed for the murder and enlists the help of...
by chuckt
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?

I guess not. It's hard to give your detective a choice at the end since she has to solve a crime. Also difficult for the detective to experience major growth for the same reason. An emotional connection to the MC and her having something significant on the line can be challenging as well. All these ...
by chuckt
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Any Mystery/Who-done-it Winners?

Anyone recall a mystery/who-done-it winner? I feel like I heard there was at least one but don't see it in any recent volumes.
by chuckt
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 270099

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Anyone submitted to Asimov's recently? I submitted a week ago and haven't yet been rejected. Is this normal? I've had a story with them two or three weeks, but it hasn't been read yet. (Still shows as 'Received' in their queue.) I think they're just moving slowly. Oof. They are tough. I've only got...
by chuckt
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 270099

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Just heard back from Deep Magic—I made their second round. They also provided feedback, and I feel like the issues they mentioned can easily be fixed with a few additional lines. And honestly—I’m incredibly happy! This was a story I had seriously considered retiring. I thought there were serious is...
by chuckt
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 131
Views: 6856

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Wow. What a day. I wrote 1500 words, worked out all the major plot issues, and completed my first draft of my entry. Now. I am no Heinlein or Hubbard. I have to edit and revise. A lot. I 'm a plodder for sure and stories don't come out my brain in good shape. I think it has decent bones though. :)
by chuckt
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 37
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 37

Here we go. Who has submitted?
by chuckt
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in! Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and re...
by chuckt
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:
BrandieJ wrote:Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

Been there.
It's a tough call to get.

Personally I didn't think I'd ever get another finalist. Then I did. Now I know I'll never get another one.
But I will. wotf011

And so will you.


wotf007
by chuckt
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

CCrawford wrote:
BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.


I'm sorry, BrandieJ! :( Making Finalist is an amazing accomplishment, though! You are so, so close!!


Yes it really is. A winner with a slightly different mix of judges. Go sell it!
by chuckt
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?

I like this idea. I'd be happy to participate. Wulf is right about not getting too obsessed with tweaking your old works. I have this problem. But I agree that finding out why you didn't quite get there can be an important learning tool So, I'd be happy to send out my SHM for a crit and to give same...
by chuckt
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1044791

Re: Success!

Bartleby wrote:After many, many, MANY hours of revision, my first ever submission to Writers of the Future sold to Metaphorosis. It's titled "Shards." This is my first story sale *ever* after, um, five years of straight rejections.


That's way awesome. Feels good doesn't it? Big Congrats.
by chuckt
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304195

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

A great class yesterday. Thanks Moon. Was awesome to meet people and chat during the breaks and after class. And I learned more than one thing! Definitely recommend anyone who missed this class to try to make the next one in November. Shoot darn. I should have taken a screenshot of everyone so I co...
by chuckt
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304195

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

I've been invited to teach it again in November. Link in my signature. See you soon! Beastmaster Moon Of course you were. :) You did an awesome job. It's clear you have a passion for teaching and a talent for relating things.It's no small gift. I was surprised at how quickly the four hours went. Yo...
by chuckt
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304195

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

When we had dinner with Kary at SSWS she was kind enough to read over openings for us, and tell us if she'd pass them up/keep reading and why. She was looking for a definite character in a clear setting with something of a problem (I think she said indication of plot) and a clear speculative elemen...
by chuckt
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

BrandieJ wrote:Hey guys. I don't post a lot here, rather keeping to the shadows. But I found out I'm a finalist for this quarter. I am so excited and so nervous. And then excited again.


Awesome. Congrats. That's so exciting.
by chuckt
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1044791

Re: Success!

http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007 That's great...
by chuckt
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

wotf057 Wow. Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals. Way awesome. Is your story available to read somewhere? Do you have...
by chuckt
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

disgruntledpeony wrote:SHM for me.


Sigh. Congrats, but was hoping the win for you.
by chuckt
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

thegirlintheglasses wrote:HM


Poop. I was hoping this would be your quarter.
by chuckt
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

HM for me
by chuckt
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

There are some rejections logged on the Submission Grinder. But they could be mistaken entries. It has happened before. But there are two . . .

Anyone with Duotrope subscription: are there any rejections logged there?

Update:One of the entries was removed.
by chuckt
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 40857

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Just whatever you do don't use ale and mead interchangeably. (Because mead comes from honey, if anyone is confused). Totally agree about this. Most of Dave's suggested edits on my winning story have to do with specificity. He had me narrow down a season, then use that to put in details. And change ...

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