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by empressed
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

Congratulations, Becky!

Great work, Candice! I'm amping up the Kracken's cries before I resend out one of my older, but favorite shorts. Hoping to find a semi-pro market for a Kelly Link-type story.
by empressed
Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Looking To Crit Swap for a 5,700 word Sci-Fi
Replies: 4
Views: 1195

Re: Looking To Crit Swap for a 5,700 word Sci-Fi

I'll be happy to crit for anyone. PM me.
by empressed
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 148
Views: 9449

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Plenty of humour in mine, so i know i've no chance. But I'm enjoying writing it. Humor is super tough. Especially in short stories. But it can be done! V.31 had two humorous tales. What is humor most times but defying expectation? By the time we set it up to defy it, we've got too many words. Thor ...
by empressed
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

Conratulations to Blackink and sorry I didn't catch that post! I wanted to say a public forum thank you to our fearless leader. My first ever HM (from 20+ years ago) was FINALLY accepted for publication after I KYD'd the sucker down to half its original length. It went to Enchanted Conversations and...
by empressed
Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Online Offers of Writerly Help
Replies: 0
Views: 401

Online Offers of Writerly Help

I've followed September Fawke's blog for much of this year and she's currently got an Advent Calendar up. Each day, she offers a different prize and today is an editing offer for your opening chapter. According to her site, Dave, our esteemed contest judge, uses her to edit his work. What's good eno...
by empressed
Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

wotf054 Guys, I have the biggest news and wanted to post it here first because I believe this group has made all the difference. To make a long story short (I’m bad at that guys, but those KYDs help) I received a phone call from Joni that I will be a published finalist in volume 37!!! I screamed an...
by empressed
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

So, I just got the call back from Joni. Unfortunately, I didn't win. But you know what, I'm okay with that because (1) I'm pretty darn happy to have made Finalist and (2) I'm going to nail it next quarter. ..feeling determined... wotf011 I'm sorry you didn't get there this time, but you can make th...
by empressed
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

RSchibler wrote:wotf056

Congratulations to everyone!


And to you! wotf007
by empressed
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

oookay. The next two days will be harsh. LOL
by empressed
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

“What are the requirements? Simple. Act like the pros you are. Fulfill your missions. Prove you are the Right Stuff. Win honors and respectable sales for yourself and your teammates. Here is the bare minimum you must do: 1. Write an original novel chapter or a short story each month of at least 300...
by empressed
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

Sending socially distanced and acceptable hugs and/or fist bumps through the screen. ;) Don't forget the elbow bump. I may have had the worst Sept. of my life last month. On the 3rd the virus invaded my house. My wife was back to normal in about a week but I'm just recovering my ability to think cl...
by empressed
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 56914

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Congratulations, Kentagions and ajschultz6, you're amazing. First time here and you got an HM! Well done. I'm at HM #6, but I expected that when I turned it in. Onwards and upwards!
by empressed
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 36909

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I'm in!
by empressed
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9507

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

I'll be trying to go through and provide crits on everything that's been posted soon. However, I had a few minutes, and wanted to take a crack at Wulf's latest assignment about opening lines: First, the opening line from "A Different Kind of Place," by Tobias S. Buckell: After the zombie ...
by empressed
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9507

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Here's my attempt at the previous exercise, writing your own first three paragraphs: "Electric desert" Eugenia was sailing alone through the sea of ghosts. No one could have predicted such a turn of events--not her husband or kids, certainly not the island's Mothers. Reaching above her he...
by empressed
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9507

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thanks, Moon and nice job, Eager!

Good menace and humor combination.
by empressed
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9507

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Ok, this was an idea I noodled with a while back. This doesn't work as well as what I have in the full length story, but I still enjoyed playing. LOL "I didn't mean to do that," Evie said, watching the last unicorn bleed out while Lucky circled overhead on leathery wings. "Niiiccce. J...
by empressed
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

RSchibler wrote:No - there was a sign up window at the beginning of the contest year. DisgruntledPeony created a separate thread where people who didn’t sign up can participate and get feedback.


Thanks! I didn't know about that thread. Do you recall its name? wotf015
by empressed
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 36909

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I'm either going to work on a new story this week or on editing an older story and let my current tale have a rest. After this week, I'll let you know. wotf009
by empressed
Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 36909

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I'm feeling a great sense of relief about that now! I was starting to feel like this would slip and not make the Q, because without that feeling right, I didn't want it to push it out. But now, I think I have a handle on it at last. Time to actually go and write a few words! Well done, DoctorJest! ...
by empressed
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

Voice of the MC and the story as a whole are established in the title, which is also hooky because what the heck is a Moon Dawdler. 1st paragraph gives gender, age, more voice, which is so infectious it stepped into what I wrote after I reread the story. Her appearance is vivid, her disability is on...
by empressed
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 36909

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Can anyone recommend resources for upskilling my line-by-line prose? I’m not looking for anything on spelling/grammar (that’s a whole other kettle of sardines); rather, I’m looking for strategies to make my prose flow effortlessly, while still retaining a bit of vibrancy. I already read my stories ...
by empressed
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 36909

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I'm working on the next quarter's story and could use some fresh eyes. It's hovering around 2500, which is a different problem than my norm. I tend to go WAAAY over. I started this with a Wulf Moon KYD and it's like the thing needs a shot of growth hormone. Does anyone have time?
by empressed
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 36909

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Wow. What a day. I wrote 1500 words, worked out all the major plot issues, and completed my first draft of my entry. Now. I am no Heinlein or Hubbard. I have to edit and revise. A lot. I 'm a plodder for sure and stories don't come out my brain in good shape. I think it has decent bones though. :) ...
by empressed
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3660
Views: 567943

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

Swift knows, but just for public accountability, I wrote at least 2 short stories of 3000 words and submitted to WotF and elsewhere. I've written one already that might be my Q4, but I plan to write at least one more. I'm almost done with the first draft of my scifi novel, as well, and am still que...
by empressed
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 75139

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

wotf057 Wow. Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals. Congratulations, Becky! That's awesome. (Doing the happy dance for ...
by empressed
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 75139

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

You read one of mine, I don't recall which. LOL And it did get an HM, so I can't say you were off. Just that there were better stories neither of us have read. And your critique was really helpful, so without it, I might not have got the HM. I just hope I can get to the next level soon.
by empressed
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 75139

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

HM for me as well. Not the first one, but I think Dave mentioned my story in his Monday article. Both an ouch and a learning experience, but I already suspected I should have trimmed more. Apparently it needed more than trimming. Wish I understand what, because I thought it had what the article sugg...
by empressed
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 75139

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Just got the email from Galaxy Press. For a first time entry, I'll take it. Good luck to the rest of you! Dear Writer, Congratulations! Your story has been judged and is an Honorable Mention for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest 2nd quarter (entries received between January and March...
by empressed
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 75139

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

That was an excellent thread and answered all my questions. Thanks for providing it. :D

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