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by SwiftPotato
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

To tack on to Becky's words of wisdom: be rigorous with your first lines. I try to make myself do at least two things in my first line out of the following: introduce a mystery, introduce the spec element, introduce a strong character, use a pretty turn of phrase. There are more things than that, of...
by SwiftPotato
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 457
Views: 26681

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Re: HMs: yes, you can resubmit them. You can resubmit anything that was not a semi-finalist or a finalist. You do not have to re-title to maintain anonymity.
by SwiftPotato
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 457
Views: 26681

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Becky, I am absolutely SCREAMING for you!!!! Semi-finalist!!!!!! Enjoy that crit from Dave! Good job, y'all! Awesome showing this quarter! Whether you got honors or not, you did what a lot of people didn't: you wrote a story, you finished it, and you submitted. Do it again next quarter! Keep on figh...
by SwiftPotato
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 457
Views: 26681

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I've read Dave's article and now I'm confused. Ale is beer, right? Ale is a specific type of beer, brewed without hops. Best guess: ale is a more specific term, and using it interchangeably with beer makes the exact nature of the drink unclear. Dave is all about details and clarity. Exactly this. H...
by SwiftPotato
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 457
Views: 26681

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Only people who can decide that are the judges, Woodstock. :) I was convinced my winner was going to get an R up until the day Joni called.
by SwiftPotato
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 457
Views: 26681

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

For the record: yes, Joni will leave you a voicemail if you miss her. I was out walking my dog when she called me. :) (Yes, I kept the voicemail.)
by SwiftPotato
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Happy Monday, beasties! Today's Monday prompt is: INSANITY OF VANITY.
by SwiftPotato
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

empressed wrote:Wish I could attend, but pandemic, blah, blah, blah. Any chance you'll offer this in the future?


Re: pandemic: it's going to be taught virtually, if that changes your ability to attend. :)
by SwiftPotato
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Got you down, JESchleicher. Good to see you back. :)
by SwiftPotato
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 457
Views: 26681

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I don't think that's typical, no. Most of the time the R's, HM's, and SHM's go out on the same day, usually over the course of hours.
by SwiftPotato
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Good job, guys! I've got subs down from Peter Glen, StarReacher, officer, and zeeteebeez. Another quarter down! Start writing your next story! :)
by SwiftPotato
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Nice!! Got your second down too. Best of luck! :)
by SwiftPotato
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 237
Views: 10759

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Those who have entered already: good job, good luck, and godspeed!

Those who are working down to the wire: you can do it! I'm rooting for you! Get some words down on some paper and submit!!
by SwiftPotato
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Got your WotF sub, storysinger! Is your second sub in as well? Just want to make sure I didn't miss it. :)
by SwiftPotato
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Got you down, oishisushi! Nice job!

Getting down to the wire, folks! Only hours left to go...get those stories in and don't forget to let us know here!
by SwiftPotato
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

This double volume gala is going to be a night to remember, as Bilbo said. Who will be joining Leah Ning and Kate Julicher from this group? Sorry, I know lurkers aren't meant to post in this thread, but this caught my eye and I just wanted to clarify (because I hadn't heard it mentioned anywhere el...
by SwiftPotato
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

TWO DAYS LEFT IN Q3, MY FRIENDS!

I see a lot of people have subbed already. Fantastic job! If you haven't yet, don't forget to report here when you do. There's still a little time left...push hard and get it done! We believe in you! :)
by SwiftPotato
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Great interview, Crystal! And thanks for the story shout-out - you're too sweet :)

Got your subs and flash down, AjZach! Nice job!
by SwiftPotato
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 237
Views: 10759

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

They keep it a secret, I think to keep people from being too intimidated by the numbers to send in a story. But we have heard "thousands" before, and it seems the number grows each quarter. :)
by SwiftPotato
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Good going, folks! Got down subs and flashes for CCrawford, oishisushi, and Retro.
by SwiftPotato
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 237
Views: 10759

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Re: quoting, changing the original post does not change the quote. If you look at your comment when you hit the quote button, you see the entirety of the comment you quoted written in your comment as plain text. The quote tags are just there for the styling and user notification purposes. :)
by SwiftPotato
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Happy Monday, beasties! Today's Monday prompt is: BABY DIES ALONE.

Got you down, Henckel. :) Other folks: only eight days left in the quarter! Don't forget to post here when you've submitted so you can be rostered!
by SwiftPotato
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Reporting in: second story written and submitted to respectable market for the quarter. Will have my dialogue assignment up this weekend.
by SwiftPotato
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

It's Monday again! Somehow...

Today's Monday prompt is: DROWNING, WITHOUT WATER.
by SwiftPotato
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Thanks, Retro - your blood oath has been fulfilled...for this quarter. :)
by SwiftPotato
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

Because I constricted you with twelve lines, there is little room for introducing us to the concept of the miasma and the relationship between these two. So it gets a bit confusing at the "Don't need God himself" line. Other than that, it flows well, and becomes a vignette at the end beca...
by SwiftPotato
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

I think it's totally dependent on the context. Action tags can be used to supplement the dialogue or add tension, or break up the "said" echoes. Ping pong dialogue helps move the story along when the dialogue is the story and the characters' actions don't much matter. With three, it can be...
by SwiftPotato
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

CCrawford wrote:
Congrats, Leah! It's very exciting and encouraging to see the progress you're making. I'm sure you'll be reporting sales soon! :)


Thanks, Crystal! :) Fingers crossed!
by SwiftPotato
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3120
Views: 221957

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

A small victory that Moon asked me to share with y'all! I didn't before for fear of cluttering up the thread. About a week and a half ago, I sent a story off to Clarkesworld that I really loved. And holy crap, it got to second round. And it lasted eight days there! I don't think it was more stressfu...

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