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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: 2599

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: 7951

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: 7951

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: 329
Views: 23828

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: 7951

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: 434
Views: 36181

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: 7951

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: 1933

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: 1933

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: 7951

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: 1696

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: 7951

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: 4201
Views: 998089

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: 2904

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

Well done on doing the whole month's worth of exercises!
by czing
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7951

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Hopefully whatever form you like will work for you. Bi-weekly seems like a good pace to me, if I can bust out of these doldrums I suspect I will start using the two week interval.
by czing
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 45
Views: 6054

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

Congratulations SwiftPotato! How exciting and wonderful.
by czing
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4201
Views: 998089

Re: Success!

Nice job on the novel and the story sale!
by czing
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 23
Views: 4007

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

I'd add one important thing is to trust yourself and your vision for your story. Oh, absolutely. That's incredibly important (and it can be very difficult to do until you get the hang of it). 100% difficult to do even after you think you are getting the hang of it (at least for me). I've ended up h...
by czing
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 23
Views: 4007

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

Andy I've had similar experience on critique circle with disparate quality of critiques and with widely differing opinions! One thing I'd make a counterpoint to in your comment is about needing lots of critiques. I've mostly stopped using the open queues on CC because getting too many critiques does...
by czing
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 23
Views: 4007

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

I'd add one important thing is to trust yourself and your vision for your story. Sometimes a critique has lead me down the wrong path. For example I had a flash story that I got encouragement to flesh out to a longer story. I did that and it lost something. In the process though I did add a few litt...
by czing
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7951

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

That is a good idea glib! I haven't been reading much and I have a couple good books on writing I could read to maybe stimulate some of the writing urges!

I don't have a new born but I can only guess it would be mushy peas filling my head if I did :)
by czing
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 44960

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Congratulations Peony! And the long list of Silver Honorable mentions and Honorable mentions. Fantastic bunch of success for the forum folks!
by czing
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7951

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Streetlight is probably enough light at my actual bus stop in reality. If I'm honest it isn't the dark getting in the way :p
by czing
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 44960

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Just got my R. First non HM for me so far. But at heart I knew it wasn't right for this contest (see my previous post) so it isn't surprising.
by czing
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 44960

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I also am not twitchy at all this quarter. Despite my entry being one that got held for consideration by Diabolical Plots I don't actually expect it to win here (may not have a strong enough speculative element for this contest). But who knows what will talk to the hearts of the readers :). What I p...
by czing
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7951

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Disgruntledpeony - sometimes I feel like the last holdout in the world with no cell phone. But inching ever closer to deciding to get one. aidanka I did absolutely nothing for Nanowrimo. Despite my plans to work on a novel rewrite it just didn't happen. I personally think if you want to consider sho...
by czing
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4201
Views: 998089

Re: Success!

Nice job on those anthologies folks!

Also I agree with disgruntledpeony lots of ways to define success and yoyo I think doing your first submission is well worth calling a success!
by czing
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7951

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Thank you for the suggestions. Honestly I feel like sleep is my biggest barrier (that and being distinctly NOT in love with my job). When I'm writing something new I do find my wait at the bus stop and ride on the bus quite productive sometimes. Maybe I just need to start taking my notebook with me ...
by czing
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7951

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Well done Michael on keeping up that pace. Very impressive. Alex it sounds like you are doing a pretty solid job too with both revising and new writing. Wish I could join in and say how well I'm doing but honestly I am in one of the biggest slumps I've been in for a long time. One of these days I'll...

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