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by Retropianoplayer
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

C Crawford, I don't know if this helps, but the best book on writing I ever read throughout the decades is: STEIN ON WRITING: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques by Sol Stein. It's not exclusive to science-fiction, fantasy, and encompasse...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Interesting tidbits about Harlan Ellison – my third most favorite writer (first is Asimov; second is Ray Bradbury): Isaac Asimov referred to Harlan once as "one of the best writers in the world," but also remarked, "It is simply terrible that he should be constantly embroiled in matte...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6310

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Wulf, I'm glad to hear she is healthy and doing well, as is her family. Thank you for your swift response to my inquiry. I still haven't forgotten I bet on her to win based on her numerous Finalist awards.
My bet still stands and I hope I'm proved right.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Random thoughts. With over 2,200 views from, I believe, March 30th to March 31st, does this mean Wulf and all of us here at Super Secrets are now A-list actors and our fans out there are cheering us on from around the world in cyber space?

We're like movie stars?

Just kidding.

Best,

Retro wotf015
by Retropianoplayer
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6310

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

JV Ashley, what genre is your novel in which you're editing? Has anyone heard of or from Girl In The Glasses? I hope she is healthy and doing well, and her family is well. I recently learned the ONLY advantage to being a senior citizen – they let you in an hour before everyone else at Super Fry's wh...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Henckel, I understand you're feeling "batty." I don't know if this will help or not, but I'll give it a try: I borrowed this from a Facebook photo I posted: "To put things in perspective for those of us feeling a bit stir crazy already – Anne Frank and 7 other people hid in a 450 squa...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6310

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Brandie 3, I'm not a WOTF Judge, nor have I ever won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their contests. But, with that disclaimer, what about starting your story in media res (about middle of the way through) with a speculative element (sci-fi/fantasy) which alerts the reader your story has these elements, pu...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

PREAMBLE TO ANSWERS TO ASSIGNMENT: I was surprised (not really, lol) by the similarities in life events between Wulf Moon and Martin Shoemaker. Although both diverged in professional choice, the protagonist meets mentor moment was remarkably similar. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Dean Wesley Smith ...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Swift Potato, I finished my KYD flash prompt today for the month of March to HIVE MIND. Still waiting for results from full-manuscript request after query to respectable market on my science-fiction novel. I think I'll take a break today from the cable news television medical cheer channels, and pla...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 23
Views: 628

Re: Manuscript format question

FitBoy01, if you're going to use latex template, you need to first obtain permission from THE DOMINION, which has a branch office on Tatooine a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. As far as solar-cell manuscripts, there's a lending library on Deep Space Nine near Quark's Bar. If you prese...
by Retropianoplayer
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Hi Swift Potato,

Just a short post letting you know I've submitted my second fresh story to a respectable market. I already submitted by first fresh story to WOTF.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Swift Potato, "In Toronto, a group of Canadian scientists have successfully isolated and grown copies of the novel coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, paving the way for a potential vaccine. Researchers say isolating the virus will help develop treatments, vaccines and tests for ...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Swift Potato, hang in there, the event will be postponed, not cancelled. You'll get your chance to go up on stage, some medical genius or pharmaceutical genius out there in the world will work on a vaccine and make a boatload of money, and in a few months, hopefully, this will all be a bitter memory...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Congratulations, Michael, on your sale! In screenwriting terms, we refer to the A story (action story) and the B story (emotional/internal story). From The Screenwriters Bible, Page 39, VARIATIONS ON THE ACTION AND EMOTION TRACKS. "In Back to the Future, the outside story plot, as you would exp...
by Retropianoplayer
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Thank you, Henckel, for your kind words. A thought on your Number 4 prompt: 4. The local sewing circle classified the incident as "serious misconduct" and struck Roy from their list of associate members. What about: 4. The local sewing circle classified the incident as "serious miscon...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Star Reacher, your second prompt – INFINITY PLUS TWO – sounds like a novel you could write, or a cinematic feature starring Brad Pitt and Scarlett Johansen. Or a TV 90-minute show on the Lifetime or Hallmark channel. If it's Hallmark, you need the usual cast of characters – a female star who's going...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

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

Swift Potato, I'm checking in – I submitted my 2nd Quarter story to Writers Of The Future contest today. (with the successful assistance of Hive Mind and its wonderful staff). I did my February 2020 FLASH PROMPT CHALLENGE for the prompt VITAL FLAW. I have until March 31, 2020 to submit my other fres...
by Retropianoplayer
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thank you, Disgruntled Peony, for your thoughtful, analytical and detailed recounting of your Seminar session. You showed enormous ability to take the cognizant facts of what was said, condense them to separate the wheat from the chaff, and add a personal, emotional tone which piqued reader interest...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thank you, Oishisushi 911. Submission is only half the process. The rest is waiting until the jury returns with its verdict. When the jury delivers its verdict is the second half of the process. Similar to when an attorney presents his/her case in court. You do your best, agonize over everything, re...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Reporting in – Currently, in process of revision for 2nd Quarter story. Focusing on POV errors and correcting them. Reaching Catalyst and Big Event sooner. Adapting critique suggestions. Will be ready before March 31st. Second fresh story written. Will take a fresh look before submitting to respecta...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I found this perfect example from one of my favorite films – ROMANCING THE STONE. "In Romancing The Stone, what is Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) outwardly striving for? She wants to find the stone so she can save her sister. Is this a clear and visual goal? Yes. Is she consciously aware that th...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

We were asked to interact with Superstars comments. Becky, your class is spot on. It matches pretty much with the material in The Screenwriter's Bible. Examples: "Somewhere in the first 10 or 15 pages of your script (or earlier), something should happen to give your central character a goal, a ...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thank you, Matthew, for your spot-on intellectual objectivity from the Seminar you attended. One of the Apex writers is Stephen King. We know him as a superstar, a master at his craft, his books turned into multimillion cinema features. (IT.) It wasn't always that way. A few years ago, our family vi...
by Retropianoplayer
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Now please answer the following: 1. Do most writers map out their career path, or do they simply “follow their heart?” 2. Why might it be good to map out your career goals? David outlines one of the clearest writer paths I’ve ever seen. Let’s take a look at it. THE NEWBIE 3. What is usually the goal...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Cursing and Sexual Situations in WOTF Stories?
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Re: Cursing and Sexual Situations in WOTF Stories?

I remember reading Dave Farland in one of the introductions to an anthology state they sell their product to ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

Enough said.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Just finished a 500-word and 250-word flash prompt challenge for PROMPT: BLOODSUCKER.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Seems I'm late to the party. Been out most of the day. Congratulations, Wulf, on the gold. Honestly, I never doubted it – I predicted you'd get the gold trophy at Critters, and you did. Your story is truly amazing, enjoyable read, and your Forum is innovative, informative, and we see it in the WOTF ...
by Retropianoplayer
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Already voted a while ago. Hope Wulf takes the gold.

The Girl In The Glasses, always nice to hear from you. Hope you're doing well and are in good spirits. I'm a broken record, lol, but I still see you on that stage.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Swift Potato, don't lose sleep over this. Please! We're all aware you take the Keeper Of The Records seriously. Today is January 13th, 2020 – a time to celebrate your enormous success (unprecedented, in fact) in WINNING WOTF on your first try. That's a hard one to top, and you deserve a feather in y...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2643
Views: 123645

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Henckel, in your salutation, you forgot to mention: Piano players with sub-standard computer technology ability. We have to be intellectually objectively correct about these things, lol.
Just kidding.
Best,

Retro

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