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by Retropianoplayer
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congratulations, Peony, on your scholarship to the Superstars Writing Seminar. Dress warm. Colorado in winter can be challenging. Swift Potato, I read your post. Don't give the magazine rejection a nanosecond of attention. I don't believe it's dawned on you yet, but YOU ARE A NATIONAL BESTSELLER. Yo...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Got back from Thanksgiving Dinner and caught up on the thread. Congratulations, Leah, on winning Third Place. An unsolicited suggestion (yes, I'm prone to those, lol): Please mention Wulf in your acceptance speech if you feel this unselfish man has helped you secure this victory. I'm well aware he w...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14693

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

As far as banning goes, it's probably a computer glitch or spammers. You get to know people's personalities at a certain age. You know who you would immediately vouch for and those you wouldn't. Maybe it comes with age, who knows? Wulf is dedicated, hard-working, an excellent moderator, and as we Fo...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I submitted by Q1 entry before this sage advice.

My Q4 ending might be viewed as melancholy.

Wulf, Forgive my query – just the way my mind works – but how does one get a teary-eyed ending to Dave if the FIRST READER doesn't green light it past the first two pages?

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Afraid I'm a bit old-fashioned. Just a tad, you know. No surprise there. For the past 20 years, I've purchased the yearly At-A-Glance calendars. Every hour of each day is accounted for and written in – medical appointments, writing deadlines, dental appointments, chores, special foods which need to ...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Swift Potato,

You're the official KEEPER OF THE RECORDS, but I believe that makes 3/12.
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Swift Potato, the flash prompt challenges wotf009 completed for November are IRRESISTABLY SWEET and THE BEAST WITHIN.

Best,

Retro

P.S. Leah, you're doing extraordinary compilation of our data. Just wanted to let you know. wotf009
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Swift Potato, my Bonus Flash Challenge completed for November.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14693

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Thank you, R. Schibler, for your kind birthday wishes.

Noticed the Delta logo and assume you're a Star Trek fan.

Celtic Woman performance one night only May 2020. Unparalleled harmony.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congratulations, Crystal, on the birth of your new son. I'm glad to hear both of you are doing fine.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14693

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Thank you, all. For my gift to myself, I've purchased tickets for the ONLY show Celtic Woman puts on in Phoenix. I'll drink Earl Grey loose leaf tea with lemon slices and two teaspoons of brown turbinated sugar while I work on Kill Your Darling prompts, dig up my Ressican flute (Feodor Irish tin whi...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14693

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Alex H, (GOOD-NATURED LAUGHTER) I won't reveal whether I've incorporated my instrument into my submitted stories on the grounds it would incriminate me, LOL, and worse, disqualify me if a WOTF Judge reads these Forums. What do you think?? Two Confessions: Today's my Birthday, and 2) In the unlikely ...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14693

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Alex H, I believe the WOTF brass use the piano to put on performances during the workshop. Several decades ago, I discovered I am addicted to the piano. My family has to literally drag me away from entertaining random people while we're on vacation or at airports. Once I start, I lose track of time,...
by Retropianoplayer
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 14693

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Prior to September 10th, 2018, I knew as much about WOTF as I do about the back side of the moon. Nicht. My daughter encouraged me to enter writing contests and I refused. I thought they were scams. She mentioned WRITERS OF THE FUTURE, and I said, "What the heck is that?" Rapidly, I learne...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Swift Potato, I only found out WOTF existed on September 10th, 2018 from my daughter, so I offer only an OPINION. I would share both stories with a published professional or someone with significant writing credits and ask which story flows better, grabs the reader from Page 1, accentuates your VOIC...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Hooked on the Dragon
Replies: 12
Views: 1437

Re: Hooked on the Dragon

I've never used a Dragon so I can't comment. In 1965, I took TYPING as I wished to learn the art. It was winter, I came down with bronchitis, missed Junior High for six weeks. My dad rented a portable typewriter, my mother brought home the textbook for TYPING CLASS. I refused to give up although my ...
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

For all those science fiction buffs in the WOTF WULF PACK: One night only. November 14th, 2019. Harkins Theaters brings THE TWILIGHT ZONE: A 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION to the big screen. Digitally restored versions of six quintessential episodes with an all-new documentary titled "Remembering...
by Retropianoplayer
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Adorably cute article by GIRL IN THE GLASSES. She's the one you want to keep your eyes on – she's a rising star in WOTF and most likely to win the GOLDEN PEN AWARD within three years. Read Alex's article when it was first mentioned in the Forum. NEXT: Please answer the following. 1. How can a cover ...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Officer, in answer to your query, I pulled out my trusty old The Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier (I realize he refers to dialogue in screenplays, not short stories). From Page 87 of his 442-page book, he states: "Dialogue should also move the story forward, just as scenes do, and reveal ...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Ever since I critiqued the video by Peter Glen and submitted the clunky, chunky words list, I thought – in addition to words to avoid like the plague, there must be lists of STRONG ACTION VERBS to enhance anyone's writing style. Once I have an idea, I never let it rest. This afternoon, I found on Go...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

ASSIGNMENT to go with Moon's SUPER SECRET #37 After reading "Never Let Go" in our workbook HOW I GOT PUBLISHED AND WHAT I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY, please answer the following: 1. Why are amateur writing contests an excellent way to break into publishing? 2. What benefits come from entering t...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Deep insightful thought – I had never heard of Flame Tree Press until I went on their website. Immediately noticed they accept novels 70,000-120,000 words. Along with CV and three-paragraph synopsis. I was just about to submit my novel to them when . . . . . . . I HAD AN EPIPHANY. This cathartic mom...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congratulations, Becky, on your recent sale to Flame Tree Publishing regarding their anthologies! The best of luck as your career continues to grow.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thank you for your honesty, candor and intellectually objective response, Wulf. I'm sure whatever you decide, things will work out well for you.

Best,

Retro
by Retropianoplayer
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Idle thought and a pair of IFs – Wulf, IF the volume and steady stream of submissions increases exponentially each quarter (or even yearly), and IF the top brass at WOTF offered you an opportunity to serve as ADDITIONAL FIRST READER to David Farland, would you consider it? Respectfully submitted, Re...
by Retropianoplayer
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

1. Story determines length. True. We write a story to a certain length if we don't want it rejected outright. We do this by the Kill Your Darlings exercise. 2. KYD teaches the power of using one word to mean two or three and eliminating the fat in our writing to produce at least 90-10 beef. 3. The w...
by Retropianoplayer
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Just installed the Submissions Grinder (with special acknowledgment to my daughter's computer and technical skill). Subscribed to their magazine without cost. Added some former stories to release the Kraken. Did not limit myself only to science fiction, but added Crime/Mystery and Action/Adventure. ...
by Retropianoplayer
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I wanted to personally thank Peter Glen for providing the video link on removing filler words. Listened to the entire video, found it extremely helpful, and will apply it in futuro. I won't give a detailed critique, but only a short overview of those words she feels are clunky and troubling: (not in...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thank you, Swift Potato. Reading the web browsers on those magazines, and I come to something I think is up Wulf's alley (of course with the caveat he's interested in it). Reading about THE KEPLER AWARD, they have four submission periods, and the story has to be about - wait for it - the moon. And s...
by Retropianoplayer
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1864
Views: 54365

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Wulf, I just located where THE KEPLER AWARD is.

COSMIC ROOTS AND ELDRITCH SHORES.

More information in there. Submission in four quarters. If I read it correctly, they allow reprints.

Best,

Retro

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