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by GlibWizard
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Modern V old SciFi
Replies: 16
Views: 181

Re: Modern V old SciFi

I think the main problem, particularly in video games is the images look like pre visualisation stuff. Video game graphics are always playing second fiddle to the latest Hollywood blockbuster. They can spend a day (well, a while) rendering a frame. Imagine playing a game that took even a few second...
by GlibWizard
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Modern V old SciFi
Replies: 16
Views: 181

Re: Modern V old SciFi

On the spaceships, I haven't seen a good looking one in a modern film for a long time. May I recommend the movie Space Sweepers (2021 release, on Netflix) for some fun ship designs? As someone who's wasted plenty of time on video games, I must disagree with you that those ships are not memorable, a...
by GlibWizard
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38
Replies: 71
Views: 3889

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

I've been listening carefully to interviews where Dave Farland discusses the anthology and he's consistently said he tries to balance the stories between fantasy and science fiction stories. Fantasy does get through so don't hesitate to send it in. To confirm what Dustin said about non-winning final...
by GlibWizard
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 178
Views: 18366

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

I just got back a pretty harsh critique from a good friend. The funny part is, I just spent two days doubting the story and my ability to finish it (and my value as a writer...and human, but whatever). When it finally came together last night, I was thrilled. So, I looked at the issues he brought u...
by GlibWizard
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 178
Views: 18366

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

I feel extremely vulnerable because these are ideas that have been in my head for years. *deep breaths* I'm really feeling this way about my Q1 entry, too. Let's hold hands and jump into the deep end of the pool together! My pep talk to myself is that I'll never write this beloved story idea if I d...
by GlibWizard
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: What's in a name?

Writing teachers agree that you need to entice readers, but no rule about how to do that seems to encompass every successful title. September Fawkes (who has worked for Dave F) has an article on titles in her blog - https://www.septembercfawkes.com/2018/10/coming-up-with-titles.html This is a great ...
by GlibWizard
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can't read can't write
Replies: 32
Views: 2481

Re: Can't read can't write

This thread is an interesting one, Mr H. A great deal of what can be said has been said, but it occurs to me that if as a thought experiment we substitute in another creative activity, like painting, you would not seem unusual at all for being driven to create but less interested in consuming. Paint...
by GlibWizard
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing reference book suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 1164

Re: Writing reference book suggestions

There's a thing, are there differences between what authors say you should do and what they actually do? I would suspect yes, as they probably change what they do with the times. I really mean, does anyone know of an author who said, do this, then blatantly went and did something else? Something I ...
by GlibWizard
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

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

Congratulations, Brittany! Your attitude toward obstacles is so inspiring! (And I'm gleeful that I'll get to read your story in this volume!)
by GlibWizard
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

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

"Lieutenant GlibWizard. That was some innovative flying out there. To utilize hyperlinks in your exercise to maneuver through the maze of Super Secrets was a stroke of genius. You proved you know our ACM manual inside and out, and that I made the right call inviting you to Top Gun. In addition...
by GlibWizard
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

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

Act Zero: The Title. "Muzik Man" functions as our first reader hook (#3) . Before reading, we know from that spelling that something's up. It's a name both familiar and new ( #44 ). Act One: The Beginning MUZIK STEPPED IN a clump of flowers that resembled daisies, growing on a distant hil...
by GlibWizard
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 342
Views: 47249

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I feel like this 4th quarter had a lack of entrants or something. The judging was quick, and I submitted a previous HM that I did a slight edit on and got me this SHM. Any thought? I heard from Joni that they judge Q4 quickly because they are on deadline for getting the anthology into print. After ...
by GlibWizard
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

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

HM. This story's concept wasn't fully on target for wotf, so I'm very happy. I'd been biting my nails now that I'm under the scrutiny of Commander Moon's mirrored sunglasses.
by GlibWizard
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 342
Views: 47249

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Too much, y’all. It’s too much. Charlie is retiring, the election is everywhere, and WotF peeps? *curls up in fetal position* Yeah, this sure is a day , isn't it? I thought that I'd emotionally distanced myself from my Q4 entry because I expect it to flop, but now that I'm faced with the imminent d...
by GlibWizard
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

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

Thank you for the thorough critique. I appreciate your time and I'm going to go check over my work in progress for these errors... wotf009 In hindsight I see clearly that I cut out a synopsis and not a heart, especially comparing it to the 1000 word version. I'm looking forward to hitting this exerc...
by GlibWizard
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 342
Views: 47249

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Wow! That's certainly an amount of prose to be proud of!
by GlibWizard
Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Copyright Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: Copyright Questions

I'm going to credit him for sure, but do you know if it would violate any laws to not credit him? (just out of curiosity.) It might in some places, but I've hit one of the edges of my brief legal training. Some art-related laws grant "moral rights" to artists, and those usually include th...
by GlibWizard
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Copyright Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: Copyright Questions

I start with the disclaimer that I'm not a lawyer, but this is my jam . I did attend law school and researched fanworks as a possible note topic. I think you've analyzed things correctly. The legal term for what you've created is a derivative work. The right to create derivative works is one of the ...
by GlibWizard
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

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

To any ONLURKERS, :) spoiler alert! We're going to put "Muzik Man" on the Super Secret operating table. If you don't want to have the story ruined for you by seeing all its giblets jiggling about, you might want to read the story yourself or avert your eyes! This is not for the squeamish!...
by GlibWizard
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

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

You mentioned space pirates. I like you already. One day I'll be able to make the zero-G parrots work! Thank you, Henckel, and everyone for the welcome. Flying with all of you is going to be so much better than having my nose to the grindstone alone. Here's a baseline 250. --- Dragon Bait The villa...
by GlibWizard
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

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

Hi everyone! This is Catherine. I have been lurking in this thread for some time and you all feel like celebrities to me. I am so honored to join your cohort. As Wulf said when introducing me, I credit the Super Secrets with all of the success I have had in this contest. I have wanted to write ficti...
by GlibWizard
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 44
Views: 7570

Re: Goals four V.38!

Count me in for the goal of four submissions in 38 wotf009 and I am setting myself the additional challenge of playing Heinlein Hackysack and kicking my stories back out onto the market every time they come home.
by GlibWizard
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 67698

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Here on the western side of the pond, a wallet could be a wallet, or a man-purse, a backpack or a briefcase. I wonder if there's regional variation. I'm in the Southeast US and it would feel surprising or archaic to hear "wallet" for anything with a strap. I picture a leather billfold whe...
by GlibWizard
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 67698

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Hi! Does anyone know if the deadline is based on the time zones we are in or in America's time zone? For example, can I submit my manuscript (Electronically) on July 1st in Taiwan but June 30 in America? The listed deadline is "11:59 p.m. June 30, 2020 Pacific Standard Time" so you can su...
by GlibWizard
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: WOTF Free Online Course
Replies: 5
Views: 3676

Re: WOTF Free Online Course

The essay that hit me hardest was the one on suspense. The example given of how not to do it, surprises that feel final, is something that I found in my writing. David Farland's writing tip to "Be Double Minded" hit my email around the same time. I made a revision pass with the goal of hav...
by GlibWizard
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 67698

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Me three on the "applications are closed" message. I am confident that Joni will help us when the west coast starts its day but I'm also jittery, I think my animal brain needs to actually send this file before it will accept that it's time to stop picking at this story and go full throttle...
by GlibWizard
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 17488

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

I'll skulk back and admit that my alternator challenge caught COVID-19. I decided to reframe my goal as attacking writing like a feral possum trying to get into a garbage can, and going at it with great intensity whenever I spot the smallest chance. I seem to be averaging two stories a month this wa...
by GlibWizard
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 25
Views: 7906

Re: Manuscript format question

You can use Times New Roman if you prefer, I believe Dave has said that he either prefers it or is fine with it. Use italics, not underlines. That's definitely preferred, regardless of what SMF may say. I want to learn latex but there is so much on the internet which confuses me. Can anyone provide...
by GlibWizard
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 17488

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Well done Michael!

I ended Q1 with one story from new ingredients, and one rewrite/edit of leftovers. That will probably be my goal again for Q2, although I'm still lifting pot lids and peering into what I have simmering while thinking about 2020 as a whole.
by GlibWizard
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3693
Views: 648238

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Has anyone else read Dave’s update today re priorities? This didn’t sit well with me. In fact, it bothers me a lot. Some of the examples bothered me too; particularly caring for ailing relatives, since that's a choice I have personally lived through. I don't think that is a comparable distraction t...

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