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by LaurieG
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: ESP Short Story Competition
Replies: 2
Views: 939

Re: ESP Short Story Competition

Thanks, Amy.
by LaurieG
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I just heard from Joni. HM for me. wotf014 After coming so close in the past, this was a letdown, as I thought this one had a better chance than my others. As is well known, the author is the worst critic of their own work. Onward to the next story. Don't feel too bad, Laurie. There can be a gazill...
by LaurieG
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I just heard from Joni. HM for me. wotf014

After coming so close in the past, this was a letdown, as I thought this one had a better chance than my others. As is well known, the author is the worst critic of their own work.

Onward to the next story.
by LaurieG
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I have heard nothing wotf018

Time to email Joni.
by LaurieG
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Published Finalists are chosen if the winning stories would create a lopsided anthology. So, if the majority of winners are fantasy, a SF Finalist story will go into the anthology. If the winners would create a shorter anthology, a longer Finalist will be included. That kind of thing.
by LaurieG
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45183

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Wow, Amy, that is awesome news!!

And the twins?
by LaurieG
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45183

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Alas, I have several letters from him, some specific enough I counted them as personals.

Now, the real question is, what's my Scooby snack? wotf010
by LaurieG
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 29
Views: 3395

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Like Preston said, the shortest was "Just Don't". One short page. I still can't figure out why it won, because the story itself made no sense.
by LaurieG
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 1775

Re: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"

There was a winner several years ago whose main character was a girl of, I think, 11. She was trying to escape a child molester in a space station. Beautifully written, thus it won.
by LaurieG
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45183

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

amyhg wrote:wotf058

O_O

I can't decide if I'm twitching more from waiting for placement results or for my twins to come.


Hooray! wotf010
by LaurieG
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45183

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

First, congratulations to those that got honors. It means you are writing at a level that an NYT bestselling author feels obligated to acknowledge. It's the equivalent of an editor at a pro magazine saying, "This one didn't quite do it for me, alas, but please send me your next." Well don...
by LaurieG
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Welcome back, Michael Kingswood.
by LaurieG
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

It felt good to be done, but now that feeling has passed. I am just anxiously waiting for that big R in 2.5 months haha. I hope not; I put a ton of work into this one. I just want to make it into the HM club. The users on this forum gave me some amazing critiques. I basically rewrote most of my sto...
by LaurieG
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I'm in. Fri 30/06. Random Q: has anyone discovered anything interesting by using the date of submission data? The waves seem to come all at once for everyone,from what I've seen, regardless of when you submitted in the quarter. Except for paper subs, of course. I don't recall a full statistical ana...
by LaurieG
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

OK, portal is open and I'm in. I LOVE this story!

This is my 29th submission. I think it's time I won this puppy. wotf008
by LaurieG
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

hlreinhold wrote:Just submitted my entry. I'm not especially happy with it, but hey, a submission's better than a non-submission. We'll see. wotf011


Exactly. Some winners didn't think their story would make it, but it did.
by LaurieG
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

michaeljwyantjr wrote:There's nothing better than writing a huge chunk of text thinking that it's absolute crap, leaving it alone in disgust for the night, then coming back and reading it and realizing it's actually quite good. Makes the stress worthwhile.



Yep.
by LaurieG
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 32879

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:wotf039 I HATE THIS STORY WITH THE FIERY PASSION OF A THOUSAND SUNS. wotf039

...

*sighs*

*keeps writing*



I hit that point with almost every story I write. Then comes the 'This is total crap' stage. Then I push through that and am ok.

And, Neil Gaiman goes through the same thing!
by LaurieG
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 34
Replies: 19
Views: 3814

Re: Quarter 1, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 34

Submitted 29 Dec 16.

HM 27 April 17. wotf004
by LaurieG
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sauce pan of kerbango for humans
Replies: 2
Views: 1844

Re: Sauce pan of kerbango for humans

They'd become a terrorist.
by LaurieG
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How *NOT* to Handle Rejection
Replies: 4
Views: 8576

Re: How *NOT* to Handle Rejection

I occasionally hear about something like that and am always astonished. Maybe there should be something like the Darwin awards, for writers who remove themselves from the 'gene pool' of writers through their own stupidity.
by LaurieG
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4026
Views: 846377

Re: Success!

And I have news of my own as well. Achievement unlocked: after several attempts I finally managed to have a story accepted by Grievous Angel. Bonus: it was the first of my micro-stories (100 words) to sell. Extra bonus: this ended a dreary dry spell of over two months interspersed with a lot of exc...
by LaurieG
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4026
Views: 846377

Re: Success!

Congrats, Emily!
Aaron, how do I get a copy of Mad Scientist Journal?
by LaurieG
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 33
Replies: 37
Views: 7751

Re: Quarter 3, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 3

HM. Notified on September 16.
by LaurieG
Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 232461

Re: Five Minute Rant

What the hell. Send your best story my way and let's see if I can give you some input. Just keep in mind that I have yet to make a pro sale, only semi pro's. And those 2 Finalists. But I have gotten good critiques on my Semi's, and one from a major editor, so at least I know what makes a critique he...
by LaurieG
Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 232461

Re: Five Minute Rant

My 2 cents, LD. Take the "good points" your critiques pointed out, and strengthen them. Also, re-read a story you wrote a year ago. Do you see things you would do better now? If so, your writing IS getting better, and you're mostly suffering from lack of self confidence. Neil Gaiman confes...
by LaurieG
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4026
Views: 846377

Re: Success!

Who are these people who say Stupefying Stories never gets round to publishing you? Let them stand up and come forth, I say! Yea! Come the four corners of the world in arms and we shall shock them! Very well. Enough said. By way of proof I offer All of the People, All of the Time a short story by y...
by LaurieG
Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 232461

Re: Five Minute Rant

Thanks Dawn. I have stopped throwing things now. My second query to Straeon produced a reply saying that he thought he told me in April that he didn't want it. This is good, because I discovered upon re-reading that the story could be really pretty good with a little work. It's out again to a bette...
by LaurieG
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 2 Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume 33
Replies: 24
Views: 5871

Re: Quarter 2 Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume

Submitted via email to Joni 3/31/2016.

Queried 9/2/16. Silver Honorable Mention.
by LaurieG
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 120
Views: 76379

Re: Galaxy's Edge

Holy cow Martin and Tom and George! You're hanging with some of the biggest friggin' names in sf/fantasy!! Congrats!

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