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by GlibWizard
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 224
Views: 9318

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: 224
Views: 9318

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: 723

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: 224
Views: 9318

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: 7888

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: 3045

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: 7888

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: 3073
Views: 215098

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...
by GlibWizard
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7888

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

For those of us alternating this quarter, I picked up The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass based on a suggestion somewhere else on this forum and I'd like to report that it's perfect for rewriting in short sessions. The exercises he gives are applied to your current projects (I personally ...
by GlibWizard
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER
Replies: 9
Views: 2421

Re: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER

This book was still on my mind when I picked up Lois McMaster Bujold's Sidelines, an ebook collection of essays and speeches on writing. One speech (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Me) is a discussion of wonder in science fiction that is very complementary to Writing WOnder.
by GlibWizard
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7888

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Lack of sleep is a great obstacle to writing and, in my personal experience, only really solved by sleeping. My youngest just turned three months old and I have soup between my ears most days. We may just both have to ride it out, czing, and here's hoping we both get caught up on rest this weekend (...
by GlibWizard
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7888

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Michael Kingswood wrote:FWIW and in case anyone's wondering, things continue to go well on my end. Got my story for the week done yesterday and turned in - 31 weeks and running.


wotf010

Congratulations! I am rooting for you to cross that final finish line!
by GlibWizard
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215098

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Greetings Wulf pack. Hope the writing is going well for everyone. And congrats Crystal! I’m hoping to solicit some suggestions from the group. I’ve got about 30 hours of driving ahead of me soon. If you have any suggestions of writing instruction audiobooks/podcasts, please enlighten. I figure this...
by GlibWizard
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7888

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

I hope everyone's writing is going well! My daily writing has settled into a non-pattern of working on whichever of my projects has my interest (and a few days that I'm optimistically labeling "gathering writing prompts from life experience").
by GlibWizard
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Hooked on the Dragon
Replies: 12
Views: 3868

Re: Hooked on the Dragon

You didn't have to stick the white-out ribbon underneath the keys, you could shift prose, nor do you have to worry about that little metal ball inside the IBM. My father kept an IBM Selectric in his office for envelopes and forms long past the arrival of computers. I was completely fascinated by th...
by GlibWizard
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER
Replies: 9
Views: 2421

Re: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER

I found this book very inspiring because looking at our SFF genre as wonder stories really clarified my goals as a writer. I now recognize wonder as being dominant in what I most enjoy reading, and increasing it is not something I've seen discussed in books on general fiction writing. His experience...
by GlibWizard
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7888

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

I think character arcs and theme are two of my weaknesses too. I find K.M. Weiland articles very helpful: https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/category/theme/ https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/write-character-arcs/ Excellent, thank you! And you've reminded me that I have one of her...
by GlibWizard
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7888

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Welcome aidanka! And happy November everyone. I'm alternating now and making some revising goals for this month. I found an encouraging piece of trivia for revisions. I have often guiltily wondered if computers have changed the process of writing fiction for the worse and that's why I spend so much ...
by GlibWizard
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7888

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

That's progress to be celebrated indeed! :) I've also chosen November 1st as my next date to alternate. I move slowly and forgive myself for missed personal deadlines frequently, but I think I'll have my fresh short story done on my schedule.
by GlibWizard
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 56
Views: 7888

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

I'd be excited to join you! I also feel that I'm at a stage where revising will be time well spent. I may take several weeks to alternate. My house is absolutely infested with small children right now so I set time-spent goals instead of word count goals for myself. From returning to my own older wr...
by GlibWizard
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215098

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Since criticism has been expertly covered, if a humble lurker may pop up to offer only praise as you head into part 2... chuckt, I love the idea of Nomura adding an organic and fickle element to space travel. Your characters have a very interesting problem to solve. RSchibler, I like the contrast be...
by GlibWizard
Tue May 07, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.
Replies: 28
Views: 5018

Re: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.

I'm enjoying the episodes so far and I'm hoping that we will get an interview with Kary English at some point. Her professional journey would be interesting, but I'm also deeply curious about what trends emerge when you peer into the collective imagination of thousands of writers each quarter.
by GlibWizard
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215098

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

...a common new writer problem--rewriting and rewriting your old, instead of creating fresh and new. It pains me to be so predictable — but I originally started reading this forum because I intended to submit a story I've been rewriting since 2015! (Your challenge is the reason I did not.) It's bee...
by GlibWizard
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3073
Views: 215098

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Hello friends (I feel like you are friends, because I have been lurking for some time and reading this thread beginning to end). The latest podcast inspired me to actually register and to thank Wulf and everyone who's commented for building this resource. I submitted to Q2 for the first time, and th...

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