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by czing
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 152
Views: 4782

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'll be making the final push on my story in a few days. I think I'm going take a break from the contest after this quarter, though. I've been feeling the urge to write novels more and more over the course of the last year, and I can't do that and write short stories at the same time. (Literally ca...
by czing
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222712

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Just got a personalized rejection from F&SF - liked my world building but the story didn't quite win them over. So that feels good-ish. That story has gotten a bit of feedback on the quality of the world building but hasn't quite convinced anyone to take it. A couple more places I want to send i...
by czing
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 19
Views: 1024

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

I hope it's okay that I bump this. I run into this problem a lot and I think it's because I spend so much time "mentally plotting". Then comes the reality of actually having to write it and the real work overwhelms me. It could be the same thing for you. I'm a pantser so I don't spend muc...
by czing
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I might go for the 4 fresh new stories for next volume. I generally don't find drafting new stories that difficult. Giving them a solid edit that makes them feel finished however tends to be what takes all the time. But I might spend a lot of time for the next while revising one of my novel first dr...
by czing
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 152
Views: 4782

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Submitted my Q4 today. I was going to finish up my revisions on my Q2 HM and submit it. But instead I chose to submit my story that made the second round at Diabolical Plots. Today I am going to get in there and polish up the revisions on my Q2. But I think I will throw it against the wall at a publ...
by czing
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222712

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

DaneCurley good luck. My own story which had been held for consideration by Diabolical Plots unfortunately just got a rejection. "Loved the imagery and concept here!" was the comment. I'm not as sad as I thought I would be - it was such a roller coaster watching the progress (you can see t...
by czing
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 228
Views: 81182

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Sure if you're still willing. Do you have one to swap?
by czing
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18206

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Way to go Peony. Good luck - hope that hold turns to a sale.
by czing
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222712

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Well that sounds good to me. Hope the edits go very well and there is an acceptance headed your way! It sounds win-win to me since you can always take the novel track you were considering before if you need to :)
by czing
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18206

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

My opinion, for all its vast worth, is that all of those fairy tale and mythology retellings belong under the fantasy umbrella (although probably within a more specific sub-genre that I don't have a good name for).
by czing
Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 15294

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

There's definitely a range here. My current running average for responses reports itself as 88 days, but that's based on my submission date versus response date, so needs tinkering. (Also, I only have six data-points so far, so this is all a bit limited.) Adjusting to look at the quarter cut-off da...
by czing
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 15294

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

So start holding my breath at the end of September? I'm sure I can make it until the end of October if I need to :)
by czing
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 15294

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Oh yes I know it is very early for me to be thinking much about it. But like the scene from the Simpsons "it can flash fry a buffalo in 45 seconds"..."but I want it now" --- I am being a little Homer-ish right now LOL. I think in part because the story I submitted is one of my fa...
by czing
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 15294

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

wotf060 Is it way too early for this? Because I missed out on entering Q2 my entry for Q3 went in right at the beginning of the window so it feels like it has been forever. It is why I am holding off on submitting for Q4 even though my story is ready to go. I'm working on a couple other stories so m...
by czing
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2676
Views: 514535

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Oh also a good rule of thumb for contests is that unless you know it really well avoid contests that require you to pay an entry fee. Money should flow toward the author not away. I have only paid entry fees on two. One was at a conference I attended and it was 15 dollars (all the entry fees went to...
by czing
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2676
Views: 514535

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello! My name is James Crowder and I live in Los Angeles. I am 35 and have been working in Film and Television most of my life. I have worked mainly in production as a PA, 1st AD, Script Supervisor, Producer and Production Coordinator. I am planning on starting my own production company so I can w...
by czing
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18206

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

WriterGirl that is great. I wouldn't be getting any sleep either if that was me :)
by czing
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18206

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

michaeljwyantjr wrote:wotf057

Excuse me while I go jump up and down and squee


Well done. I hope you enjoy your jumping and your squees!
by czing
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18206

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Congrats to all those SHMs and HMs and well done to the Rs too since it means you are writing and submitting. You all make me jealous I didn't have anything in for Q2 so I could be getting a response now - whatever type of response it would be!
by czing
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222712

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

That sounds great. I hope your novelization goes well (I have a longish short story that I have similar plans for so hopefully you'll post something about your progress to inspire me to get to work on mine :) )
by czing
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222712

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

disgruntledpeony That is a LOT of feedback. Sounds like a mixed blessing in this case given the submission history. But good feedback can always help the next story (at least that is what I hope for when I get it). Will you try sending it out to some of the lower paying markets? Or hold onto it for ...
by czing
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18206

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I still believe notices won't happen until the end of the month at the soonest. Cookie, having had enough of the cowboys' merriment, dumped his bucket over the camp fire. Steam, and wet hot ash, splattered those unfortunate enough to be sitting opposite. With a harrumph, Cookie hobbled back to his ...
by czing
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: tumbleweeds tumbling by:)
Replies: 13
Views: 420

Re: tumbleweeds tumbling by:)

I can watch with casual disinterestedness (the Jane Austen usage of disinterested) because I have no skin in the game for Q2. I sure wish I'd submitted something so I could be waiting with baited breath like everyone else :)
by czing
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222712

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Thinking about sitting and holding my breath. I have a story being held for consideration with an SFWA eligible market. Got one rejection from them and one hold. Eeek eeek eeeek. Exciting and lots of the mixed feelings. Hoping it will be selected, desperately trying to keep my feet realistically pla...
by czing
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222712

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I had assumed that it got an honorable mention in the contest previously???? I think that would give me a lot of hope if HMs in the contest stood at least a chance of getting to second round with a big deal like Clarkesworld it'd change my whole outlook on how to proceed with HMs ;)
by czing
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222712

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Second round at Clarkesworld sounds pretty fantastic to me. I'm planning to try it out with my Q4 (unless of course it ends up being a winner :) )
by czing
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 881932

Re: Success!

Congratulations. And I love that title Lavender Footsteps.
by czing
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 152
Views: 4782

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I don't think forgiveness is low hanging fruit. I think someone actually able to forgive for something like that has all kinds of depth to it. But I went to a conference where one of the sessions was on forgiveness and our society's tendency to put it up on a pedestal as the be all and end all enlig...
by czing
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2676
Views: 514535

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Ekpeki. At some point I'm sure you will be slushing away something of mine (those publications are on my list to submit to :) )

Best of luck with your WoTF entry and congrats on the sale!
by czing
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2676
Views: 514535

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Nice idea, but most publications consider posting to a public forum actual publication. As such, you could not offer first rights--they were used up. Additionally, you might wish to send some of those stories in to WotF. Again, if you've displayed them publicly, it would bring into question how bli...

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