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by Andy Dibble
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1179
Views: 288505

Re: Five Minute Rant

I've never posted a Five Minute Rant before, but I think it might be a little cathartic this time. Submitted a story to an almost pro-'zine and got personally rejected at length (over 300 words). Unfortunately, about 40% of the rejection was an editor trying to tell me how wrong my facts about New T...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051895

Re: Success!

I did a exercise on point of view with the Toronto Sci Fi and Fantasy Writers Group, and they are publishing it in the second edition of Speculative North. It's nice to get a sale for a piece I didn't even submit, but the major success for me is writing publishable work (even as an example of a writ...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to fix a short short story?
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: How to fix a short short story?

I recommend assigning expected word counts to each section of your story. You want the sections of your story (that could be individual scenes or groups of scenes) to accomplish identifiable tasks (TimE's list is good) without the pacing lagging, not fit a pre-defined word count. If a scene or secti...
by Andy Dibble
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Alien Languages
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: Alien Languages

You could do what I did with my sci-fi novel, I made it to where through dialogue or something subtle make a small suggestion that they learned or have a universal translator implanted near their ears and then definitely show the reader later that they are definitely alien by using ancient Sanskrit...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051895

Re: Success!

MiloMinderbinder wrote:"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.


Nice!
by Andy Dibble
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How low should you shoot when submitting to venues?
Replies: 3
Views: 791

How low should you shoot when submitting to venues?

It's common wisdom that, when seeking a venue for short fiction, you submit to the best pro-'zines first and then work your way down, the order determined largely by which venues are taking submissions, fit, pay, etc. But I haven't heard much talk about how far down you should go. Here are some resp...
by Andy Dibble
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Why do you submit? (all markets)
Replies: 17
Views: 1623

Re: Why do you submit? (all markets)

"#2. To have others read your words. Who doesn't want an audience for our art?" is the prime mover for me. Although I have another, possibly entirely wrong-headed, motivation: I want to have my work and ideas published. Once upon a time, I planned on being an academic, and academics care a...
by Andy Dibble
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Horrid fiction?
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Horrid fiction?

Some academic writing is horrid enough to make you think it might be fiction: http://www.denisdutton.com/bad_writing.htm On a more serious note, I agree with Liz. If you read enough good writing and write/edit enough yourself, you figure out what bad writing is and then purge it from your own writin...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051895

Re: Success!

I sold three stories last month, two to Sci Phi Journal and one to Speculative North, a new semipro zine out of Toronto. One of the two to SPJ is out: https://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/2020/06/26/the-meaning-of-his-own-words/ The first edition of Speculative North is also out, albeit not the o...
by Andy Dibble
Sun May 03, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 242
Views: 106403

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Anyone should feel free to PM me their story to critique, first 450 or longer. I may ask you to critique a comparable portion of a story of mine.
by Andy Dibble
Sun May 03, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Uncle Moon Wants YOU!
Replies: 15
Views: 2630

Re: Uncle Moon Wants YOU!

Most of us on the forum, even winners such as myself, are at a similar place in our development as writers. That makes for a congenial and supportive environment. I'm glad to say I've made friends. --Andy Dibble
by Andy Dibble
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 48498

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I have permission to announce! wotf059 wotf059 I got third place. Joni called me Monday and I’m still glowing. It feels so darn good to finally get the win. This piece was an HM a year ago. I made a small but crucial change, lopped 10% out of the first couple pages, and now it hits all the right no...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 48498

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

So... since all the other results have gone out I should be in the clear for announcing: wotf058 This is my sixth time up at the plate. Will I actually get the home run this time? Here's hoping! I got the call Monday but Joni asked me to keep quiet until she had sent out all the results (and contac...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 12
Views: 3003

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

I wish to recant my earlier position on italicizing foreign words when they are spoken or thought by the character that speaks the foreign language. I agree that doing so damages the immersion of the piece.
by Andy Dibble
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Get Your Facts Right!
Replies: 9
Views: 3002

Re: Get Your Facts Right!

Lol, good point. I hadn't considered this until I saw your suggestions, but it gives me the opportunity to make up creative gang names, which could leave more of an impression on the reader than using potentially obscure gang names that would only be recognizable by readers in the region. Thanks! A...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Get Your Facts Right!
Replies: 9
Views: 3002

Re: Get Your Facts Right!

Thanks, Andy! Congrats on your win! I liked your story very much after I read it. The title really piqued my curiosity. I hope this isn’t an offensive question, but how did you win an HM after your penultimate entry won? Thanks! Not an offensive question. I submitted for 36.2 before I heard back ab...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051895

Re: Success!

Congrats Jasmine and Will!
by Andy Dibble
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Quick Crits: Q2 V.37 (March 31, 2020)
Replies: 23
Views: 3666

Re: Quick Crits: Q2 V.37 (March 31, 2020)

I have a 9k piece that I'm debating submitting. Would love a second pair of eyes, if I could send it over to anyone? Offering the same as the others, any last minute crits needed, feel free to send over! I'll take the 9k piece. I can turn it around by end of day tomorrow if you get it to me by PM t...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 43540

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

If anyone want me to review their piece, PM me. I can turn around within a few days. I might ask that you give me feedback on the first few scenes of a piece I've been struggling with.
by Andy Dibble
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Volume 36 Workshop and Gala Postponed
Replies: 15
Views: 3600

Re: Volume 36 Workshop and Gala Postponed

To help support you all, maybe we can all help campaign to get v36 out to everyone stuck home needing something to read!!! :) No better gift for a writer than building that readership. I know I'm going to gift some copies. wotf010 --Tracy (aka WriterGirl) Thanks! And I'll second what SwiftPotato sa...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051895

Re: Success!

Got so caught up in real life stuff that I forgot to post about this on February 29th! My second pro published short story, 'Scars of Sentiment,' is now for sale in the U.S. https://www.amazon.com/dp/178755693X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_GxAAEbACJ5V9H Nice! Something for me to read once I beat down my st...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary
Replies: 6
Views: 2938

Re: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary

My two cents is that for a WotF story has to have an outer journey with almost no exceptions. A purely introspective story isn't going to do very well unless it is truly outstanding in other ways. The ideal story will of course have an inner journey/character arc as well, but that should be intimate...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Get Your Facts Right!
Replies: 9
Views: 3002

Get Your Facts Right!

There are some recurrent factual and conceptual errors I see in both published and unpublished speculative fiction. I figured I would call out the ones I've seen at least a few times, others could call out the ones they've seen, and then everyone that reads this thread can avoid looking foolish. Or ...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do the judges have a preferred style?
Replies: 11
Views: 3302

Re: Do the judges have a preferred style?

I'll add to what Dustin said: I've heard it said many times that this contest values originality the most. Dave also said in the intro to one or more of the anthologies that he wants stories of general human interest. If your story is only original because of how it deals with an esoteric topic, and...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Roller-Coaster Ride of Writing
Replies: 3
Views: 1841

Re: The Roller-Coaster Ride of Writing

For me, it's not really a cycle. the curve is more like the Hype Cycle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle At least when the writing is going well. On bad days, I skip to the trough and sometimes quit before I feel better about my writing. Most any writing day has something that is worth salva...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051895

Re: Success!

LibrarianBarbarian wrote:I just heard from the Editor in Chief of the indie press publishing my upcoming Western novelette that the anthology will be coming out this October!


Congrats! Make sure you share it with us when it's out / out for pre-order!
by Andy Dibble
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Do you need three try/fail cycles if you're also making your character make a big sacrifice?
Replies: 4
Views: 2061

Re: Do you need three try/fail cycles if you're also making your character make a big sacrifice?

Not entirely sure what I can add beyond all the very helpful info that disgruntledpeony gave. But I'd recommend focusing less on three try/fail cycles and more on carefully reading and understanding stories with character arcs that you think worked well. Given that you're trying to win WotF, read Wo...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 10
Views: 3010

Re: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"

So are you suggesting "Lost Robot," might not have passed muster had it been an entry from an unknown author submitting it to the competition, but that it can still be a great story despite this? If that's the case, it brings up the question for me of why such a story would not be accepte...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 10
Views: 3010

Re: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"

I'm going to take as a given that "Lost Robot" is a good story because this discussion is moot otherwise. Margaret Atwood has said that the cardinal rule of fiction is "hold my attention." I think that is essentially true, and I think most writers would agree that it's at least a...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 43540

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Does anyone else out there use polysyndeton as a literary device? I don't see this much (if any) in sci fi/fantasy. Not sure us using such a device would be frowned upon in this contest (even when used correctly)??? Any thoughts? I find myself using it fairly commonly with a close point of view. So...

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