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by czing
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 148
Views: 7916

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Entered!

Good luck everyone :)
by czing
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 148
Views: 7916

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

At last I've finished my first draft for Q4. For some reason this has been my hardest story to write and I was continually battling with grammar and viewpoint problems throughout. I had a healthy dose of writer's block plus I was locked out of the forum, so I haven't been active of late. Anyone up ...
by czing
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: courier versus courier new versus all the other courier fonts

Since I write in Scrivener I use whatever font has my fancy. I find the much maligned comic sans really easy to read so I often use it. Sometimes Garamond. Often I'll change the font when I want to do a careful edit because it tends to reveal things I didn't see before. Then I compile out into couri...
by czing
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 148
Views: 7916

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

It's great to hear everyone doing well and submitting early for this quarter! I just started mine and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find something by Dave on the three try-fail cycles? I've heard them mentioned here a lot and I'm looking for more detail. Thanks! There's some great st...
by czing
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Alpha pass on long story and crit on shorter one
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: Alpha pass on long story and crit on shorter one

Just want to say thanks publicly to the folks who gave me crits (especially RSchibler for getting through that 12K one with suggestions that I think helped me really take it to the next level). I truly appreciate it!
by czing
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 25
Views: 493

Re: Goals four V.38!

I know all the logic of needing to be intrinsically motivated but sometimes public goals - especially those shared by others are the type of extrinsic tools that really help me. Hoping that is what this will do for me. Editing has been so much easier for me lately than fresh writing so I am going to...
by czing
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How low should you shoot when submitting to venues?
Replies: 3
Views: 773

Re: How low should you shoot when submitting to venues?

Absolutely would and will consider lower paying markets once I've finished up with the professional ones for my currently ready stories. I think if I knew a good editor was working on the thing (anthology, magazine, other) I would absolutely be willing to accept low rates for that opportunity. With ...
by czing
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to fix a short short story?
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: How to fix a short short story?

I love writing flash fiction. So I guess the question I'd be asking myself in that situation is does the story actually need to be longer? I've broken stories by trying to add too much to them and it was only once I carved them back down to a shorter version that I was happy with them. Remember ther...
by czing
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Alpha pass on long story and crit on shorter one
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: Alpha pass on long story and crit on shorter one

Thanks. I've sent a PM. I truly appreciate all of you who have reached out offer. I'm certainly looking forward to returning the favor when your pieces are ready! Now that I have two folks for each of the stories I'm likely okay for right now (I don't want to over promise on return crits and I also ...
by czing
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Alpha pass on long story and crit on shorter one
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: Alpha pass on long story and crit on shorter one

Thanks I've sent you a PM.
by czing
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 148
Views: 7916

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I liked Steering the Craft - thanks for the reminder - I should go and revisit some of it!
by czing
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Alpha pass on long story and crit on shorter one
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Alpha pass on long story and crit on shorter one

Hey all, I've got a just about 12K story (sci-fi mildly dystopian I guess) that I'd love a high level read through by someone. I've had one reader on it already and made some pretty significant changes at that point. But I still feel like I could use a "does this work" kind of read. I woul...
by czing
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 148
Views: 7916

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I have the same problem. I mostly "solve" that by writing a billion sentence fragments (but so help me I just love them so much). Seriously though one of the things I feel helps me so much is analyzing the order of things. Whether it is the order of words in a sentence or the order of sent...
by czing
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?
Replies: 12
Views: 1288

Re: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?

I have a really short SHM from Q2 that I would like to exchange with someone if anyone is still looking to exchange.
by czing
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 42961

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I entered Q2 with a sort of "whatever I'll just submit this". It was short and intended to be humorous but certainly isn't actually laugh out loud funny and it is probably deeply flawed even though part of me likes it. And lo and behold I ended up with my best placement thus far as Silver ...
by czing
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?
Replies: 11
Views: 3086

Re: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?

... my stories always start with an idea that, quite possibly, no one has ever tried before (and then I have to figure out those pesky characters). sometimes I try to stuff more ideas into the story--with mixed results. Same! Like, literally. Idea first, plot, beginning/ending, then characters. wot...
by czing
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 10479

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Don't know if anyone is still working on some kind of alternating schedule or not - I'm still attempting it and finally have some results to report. I completed a story the other day, and have now also finished the edit on another one. The edited piece is a flash piece and may still need another rou...
by czing
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 10479

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

I've set up a 2020 tracking spreadsheet. I love playing with Excel so far it seems to be helping me hit a variety of goals - not just writing goals, but reading goals and various life goals. Not a resolution but instead something that is easier to start at beginnings (could've started it in December...
by czing
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 42961

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I'm hoping to have revised my entry by the end of this month and then maybe seek out an additional beta reader. But I might just submit it once I'm done with my edits. Not sure yet. Definitely would plan to have it in by the end of Feb.
by czing
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 10479

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Wow nothing like pushing yourself Michael. I have gotten back to doing some writing finally! I expect these first two weeks to be about writing a second story to follow the one I will edit in the second half of the month (that one will be my entry for this quarter).
by czing
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 48176

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Yes here's to bucketfuls of peace all around!!
by czing
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 10479

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

I've got a moderate cache of those hanging around the place. I feel like all the ideas are worth exploring I just wonder if I wasn't in the right place to do them justice or if they weren't substantial enough for the length of story I tried to create from them or... or... or... I do think I will get...
by czing
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: ACK! Submission Entry Question
Replies: 4
Views: 2564

Re: ACK! Submission Entry Question

I feel like, based on my tech background, that a comma might be more trouble than a hyphen but probably wouldn't be problematic enough not to work. I'd expect other special characters are really the ones you want to avoid (pointy brackets, ampersands, percents, dollar signs, pound signs etc). So hop...
by czing
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: ACK! Submission Entry Question
Replies: 4
Views: 2564

Re: ACK! Submission Entry Question

My file name had a hyphen in it and I got my confirmation from Joni. And I just submitted today so hopefully yours will work too.
by czing
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 10479

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Woohooo! I have done some revision work over the last two weeks or so. One key thing completed was to do another round of revision on a previous HM story that I have submitted for Q1 V37. I'm hoping for a better placement this time around as I have definitely improved the story overall. Going to mak...
by czing
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Little did he know...
Replies: 5
Views: 2063

Re: Little did he know...

I often absolutely adore it as a reader. So I think any writing advice saying not to use it just because would be advice I'd avoid personally.
by czing
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 10479

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Someone is doing tweet discussions of that book (C.L. Polk I think). I came across one of them and it made me wonder if I should pick that book up - then here you are recommending it. I do find a good writing resource can often break me out of my slumps. Perhaps this is just the thing I need! Thanks...
by czing
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1050528

Re: Success!

Congratulations on the publication michael!
by czing
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 3509

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

Well done on doing the whole month's worth of exercises!

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