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by Retropianoplayer
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Swift, I was late to the party, but I came nevertheless. I thought you handled yourself well. Thought the interview was supposed to be 5:00 P.M. I signed on at 4:50 P.M. I just Googled it, and Arizona is in "Mountain Standard Time."

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Swift Potato, of course you're worth it! Don't be ridiculous. At the end of the day, these people on the Zoom stage with you go home to their families, eat the same types of food you do, have their own shares of worries and concerns. You've shown superhuman ability – you've won Writers Of The Future...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Currently working on one of my favorite tasks – writing down pen to paper on draft outline for Quarter 1, Volume 38 story. Usually, this takes a while. I need to make sure A story has similar arcs to B story; Turning Points complicate and reverse the action; First Major Transition Point (Big Event) ...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Editor's Note: The "face swabbed with honey" becomes the Catalyst one sentence later.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

So here's your assignment, two parts. 1. Give me an opening line from anything you have read that is a wonderful example of this. Cite the work, the author, and the opening line. 2. Write your opening line that accomplishes something similar, and post it here. Here's my example of what you will post...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

EagerInk, the Volume 37 Challenge Beasties Writing Workshop began last October. All those interested at the time signed up. I believe there was, or is, I'm not exactly sure, seventeen members for this year's challenge. My guestimate --and I wouldn't presume to speak for Wulf, not am I a mind reader...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Good points, Wulf. Well taken critique. Waiting with bated breath for SET. YOUR. STAGE 5 AND BEYOND: THE DOCTORAL LEVEL 400 SERIES. All kidding aside, your points are well taken and will be initiated into my programming in futuro. Thank you. Best as always, Your friend, and now Right Honorable Wulf...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Wulf, I guess you need a guinea pig for the purposes of illustrious example. No other takers. So, as I used to say at age 8, "I guess I'm IT," lol. No problem. I have strong shoulders. I patched this together from an earlier FLASH PROMPT. Here is VITAL FLAW. VITAL FLAW Clearly distraught, ...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 25
Views: 425

Re: Goals four V.38!

Hang in there, Girl In The Glasses! I have every confidence you'll get back into your normal writing flow and rhythm. How do I know? Because you've done it before; you can do it again - especially you hit 'Finalist.' Also, the fact I bet on you a while ago, and I don't like to lose a bet, lol. Best,...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 2020 Fourth Quarter Anthology Winners
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: 2020 Fourth Quarter Anthology Winners

Ah, the game's afoot, Shoesan, lol. The Judges haven't even announced Quarter 3. Either, 1) The information is inaccurate; 2) You've got the wrong year Anthology; 3) Someone traveled backward in time to the year 2020 (God alone knows why anyone would do this) and brought back the "winners."...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Proud to be a member of the Wulf Pack Club. Looking forward to more of these fabulous SUPER SECRETS which aren't posted in the thread. One of Life's Golden Rules in H. Jackson Browne's COMPLETE BOOK OF LIFE INSTRUCTIONS is: Be quick to take advantage of an advantage. The Wulf Pack Club is an advanta...
by Retropianoplayer
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Thank you, Wulf. I finally Googled a science-fiction writer I read as a young boy in the bookshelf full of science-fiction pulp magazines of the nineteen forties and fifties. I was correct. His nom de plume was Murray Leinster; his real name was William Fitzgerald Jenkins. A fabulous master of the s...
by Retropianoplayer
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Dustin, according to the notches on your gun belt, you've an impressive string of victories and have been at this game since 2011. Nine years, going on 10. At two times a Finalist, the odds are very much in your favor for a win in either Quarter 3 or Quarter 4. I hope you're successful. Best, Retro ...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

And now, ASSIGNMENT for the SUPER SECRET: SET. YOUR. STAGE. Phase 3 Exercise: Same as you did in the Phase 2 exercise. This time, analyze the first three paragraphs in your favorite non WotF short story. If you can't find one that exemplifies what we're looking for in openings, try your favorite nov...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 138
Views: 7024

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Doctor Jest, how did your cat feel about your decision? Just kidding . Don't know if its apropos to your short story, but in a screenplay, I try to accomplish TWO climaxes – a boom; then when least expected, a more powerful boom. I don't get copyright credit on this one; a while ago, a brilliant sc...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Swift Potato, checking in. My Pathfinder Squadron of Avro Lancaster bombers just dropped their 10-ton blockbuster bombs on target. Just kidding. I submitted my Fourth Quarter story to WOTF, as per 37th Volume Challenge Beastie Requirements. I have until September 30th to submit additional fresh stor...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

For your assignment, open with the title, the volume, and give us how these essential elements were met in the first three paragraphs. You have the original questions to help you out. Quote a few specifics so we see your point without having to go find the story ourselves. Most importantly, I want t...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Wow, OishiSushi911, I'm impressed at the broad range of your critique. Even narrowing it down to every sentence. These are exactly the kinds of critiques I received in the past when I posted my screenplay on The Black List – everything is scrutinized, strengths, weaknesses, character, plot, action. ...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

ASSIGNMENT: How do you open your first scene? This will be a set of assignments. They are critical, and I trust you will participate in all of them. But here's your first. I want you to open up "Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler," in Writers of the Future, Vol. 35, p. 225. ...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2967
Views: 621733

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Valiant, I think you'll find the thread WULF MOON'S SUPER SECRETS of enormous benefit. He is the ideal example of resilience in the face of overwhelming odds - Wulf is the protagonist par excellence. Having devoted a quarter century of his life to this contest, and while others might have given up, ...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Thanks, Beastmaster, for your swift response. No Coke. Pepsi, lol.

Speaking of "swift," Swift Potato, I finished my KYD FLASH PROMPT this evening to the BONUS PROMPT: PREMONITION (this is for August).

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Beastmaster,

Do you wish us to post the KYD FLASH PROMPT challenges here in the Forum, as we previously did?

Or do you just wish people "in the know" to post them here in the Forum?

Clueless here, lol, as to how to proceed.

Best,

Retro wotf009
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Here is my entry. It's based in East Asia, (SF), and on a positive note, the court docket was expeditiously cleared. SWEET DEAL The centuries-old courthouse sits atop the Flaming Mountains in the Taklamakan Desert, East-Asia Province. Magistrate Monkhbat’s powdered wig and gray hair mirror the timew...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Swift Potato, I was late to the party, but I was there nonetheless. You handled yourself magnificently from what I saw – like the professional you are.
Thanks, again, to my daughter who navigated me through Zoom (what an interesting concept, Zoom). It sure beats rotary phones.

Best,

Retro wotf009
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41164

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Brandie J. hang tight! I'm sure you'll come up with another exciting story. The presumption of regularity. This may or may not help: No matter how wonderful the chef is, I will not eat Mexican food due to medical reasons. I simply can't. It could be a five-star restaurant with a master world chef, a...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Speaking of brilliant character NAMES and choices by J.K. Rowling, here's a shout-out to Taylor Swift's latest album, undoubtedly her best. Taylor Swift wrote music and lyrics for these. The music is addictive; the lyrics are poetry on steroids. With songs called 'Exile,' 'Cardigan,' and 'The Last G...
by Retropianoplayer
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 305424

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

Swift Potato, reporting in as per blood oath for Volume 37 Challenge, I finished the KYD FLASH PROMPT for FIRST MORNING WITHOUT STARS for the month of July, 2020. By the way, CONGRATULATIONS on your sale to CossMass. I'd never heard of them before you mentioned it. They seem like a great place to se...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Cursing and Sexual Situations in WOTF Stories?
Replies: 20
Views: 3750

Re: Cursing and Sexual Situations in WOTF Stories?

I don't ever use terms which are racist or hurtful. Ever. Even in historical timepieces. It's not a matter of political correctness; it's a matter of one reader, any reader, being emotionally hurt over choice of words you chose to put into a manuscript. Your reader, or fan, isn't going to peruse the...
by Retropianoplayer
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41164

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Woodstock Writer, I wish you the best, no matter which choice you chose. There is one BEYOND FABULOUS writer in our Challenge Beasties group. None other than Swift Potato, our Keeper of Records. This woman was able to WIN the contest on her second attempt. I'm not privy to WOTF historical records, b...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41164

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

That's a good point, R Schibler!

I would research the respectable market first, before I gave up the opportunity. Any opportunity.

Best,

Retro

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