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by officer
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Since discovering this thread and joining the group a year ago, I've written 50k words across 11 stories. I'm proud of most of them. Prior to those, I had only written one short story before, which wasn't speculative. There's no doubt I could have written as much--or as widely--without committing to...
by officer
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Look at all those shiny honors! Great job, gang! Straight R for me, but I'm excited to be able to submit the story elsewhere now.
by officer
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Reporting in--I submitted my second story to CRES today. They opened on Oct 1, though I will admit I benefited from the extra few hours.
by officer
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

My Q4 WotF entry is submitted! Now to wrap up my second story for the quarter...I'll post again to confirm. It's been an especially busy few months for me, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to keep up with the assignments recently. Moon--you've been an awesome mentor to all of us, investing so much time b...
by officer
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Proposal to my fellow R’s: Since the most likely explanation for an R was that Kary felt the opening failed in some respect (and I personally have had a much harder time getting through her than Dave as a first reader), perhaps we can form an “opening crit pack” where we can review the first couple...
by officer
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Congrats, Becky! That's awesome! A few of us can attest to how much we loved your story, so I'm glad to see Dave agrees wotf013
by officer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Reporting in: My second new story from the quarter has been submitted to a top market. I admit that I spilled into the once-every-hundred-years leap day, June 31. But then everyone's computers adjusted to July 1 wotf001 The good news is that I have three other half-finished stories, so completing th...
by officer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Partial report: I just submitted my WotF entry with three hours to spare. Thanks to all who helped (Alicia, Becky, Brittany, Leah, Liz, and Wulf)--for some stories, it really take a village! I learned a ton from all of you :) Working on wrapping up another story now. I know, I know...it's been a bus...
by officer
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

"All my life, the only thing I've wanted"--she wiped away a tear--"is to win Writers of the Future. Why does it have to be so hard?" I've always wondered how to do this! Thanks! Here's my 250-word version. I kept the dialogue as-is after revising based on Moon's suggestions and ...
by officer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

If you agree and make the corrections, this piece is strong enough to use as an example in my Super Secrets' book and perhaps my upcoming Master Class. Send it to me with a permission note and I'll see if I can fit it in. Congratulations, Ari! Very well done! You are also awarded a first pages edit...
by officer
Sun May 31, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Sorry for being a delinquent! Lots going on. Here we go... Flow State Assignment : Flow state occurs when we become fully engrossed in a specific task. I think that instead of "triggers" that activate it, it's more about removing/avoiding hindrances: eliminating distractions, working durin...
by officer
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

I wrote this down from the WotF course, attributed to Tim Powers: "Suspense requires a ticking clock with a desperately hard choice." I first learned this from RSchibler's crit of my KYD entry story. After hearing Tim Powers say it during the course, it helped me focus part of my new story...
by officer
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 56949

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Rejected again. I won't be entering in the future. As others have encouraged, I hope you keep writing! And consider submitting again in the future. You're in good company. Everyone will get rejected eventually (and likely often). Once you accept that, there's no risk to submitting, even if you deci...
by officer
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Congrats, guys! wotf010

R for me...and I wrote about a viral pandemic! Back in October. Proof that I am better at writing non-fiction wotf001
by officer
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 56949

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Is there a reason anticipation has spiked today? Joni e-mailed last quarter's HM recipients, where she mentioned she would send out results "next Tuesday." Of course, now we will all question whether "next Tuesday" means "this Tuesday" or "a week from Tuesday.&quo...
by officer
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

In addition to learning what our faults are so we can improve, I think it's also valuable to discover our strengths--and perfect them. Ultimately, we will sell stories on what stands out, so long as the weaknesses don't hold us back. And just like our shortcomings, most of us are blind to our streng...
by officer
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 56949

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

According to an e-mail Joni sent to HM recipients from last quarter, she will send out Q1 results on Tuesday. Best of luck, everyone! May the odds--and the twitching--be ever in your favor.
by officer
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

My pie-in-the-sky market is The New Yorker . I want to be the author who forces them to put short speculative fiction back into the mainstream (they've done it before, but rarely). That would mean extreme success elsewhere to gain an invitation. While they allegedly read unsolicited stories, I don't...
by officer
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

For me, it's "the call" from Joni that I'm picturing. And I've been thinking about that call a lot lately; my Q1 submission is my best story and, I believe, has a real shot for other reasons (now watch it get an R! Ha!). Since I watched an interview with Joni recently, I can hear her voice...
by officer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Congrats, everyone, on finishing your stories last quarter! Good luck in the contest and everywhere else you submit! ASSIGNMENT 1. How old was Martin when he submitted his first story to a pro magazine? What happened? What didn't he realize? He was 14. He got rejected but didn't realize it was a per...
by officer
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Checking in: I just submitted my second story to a respectable market. I was in the middle of a disturbing horror story when the coronavirus hit. Because the world has enough despair, I pivoted and wrote a comedy sci-fi story in the last 48 hours. In addition to the comedy, I wrote a serious sci-fi ...
by officer
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: WOTF Volume 36 Workshop and Gala Blog!
Replies: 2
Views: 2510

Re: WOTF Volume 36 Workshop and Gala Blog!

Congrats, Moon! No one better to blog about the week--especially for our benefit! Looking forward to following along.
by officer
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

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

Greetings from Salt Lake City! I'm sadly visiting a few months early, given Fyrecon in July... Congrats, Moon, on the master class! Unfortunately, I have a prior volunteer commitment that week. It sounds like a great opportunity for those who can make the trip. Here are my prompts: 1. Mindswap 2. Th...
by officer
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Wulf Moon wrote:Finally, I have a secret program open only to Super Secret members, past or present. Please contact Ari Officer for details, and do not share with others. Thank you.

If you're a SUPER SECRET challenge member (this year or last) and haven't heard from me yet, please send a PM. Thanks!
by officer
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Reporting in. I sent my first story of the quarter out today, just barely on schedule. I knew something felt emotionally off but couldn't find it. Thanks to crits from fellow beasties, we discovered that I cut short my denouement and didn't properly resolve a secondary emotional thread/conflict (a c...
by officer
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

A story is a story. These are just ways to think about it. I asked Dan Wells if he used this proscriptively or diagnostically - he said he uses them to figure out why a story isn’t working, not to write the story in the first place. Tell your stories. This is great advice. Thank you for the detaile...
by officer
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

1. Do most writers map out their career path, or do they simply “follow their heart?” We tend to follow our hearts. It's hard to plan a career path when having to start with short-term goals (e.g., making that first sale). 2. Why might it be good to map out your career goals? When you do reach mile...
by officer
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Nothing but Rs for me from the zines, thus far...one personal from Charlie (and a form one, too from him). Beneath Ceaseless Skies held on to another long enough for submission grinder to highlight it orange, and I started twitchin'. Alas, it was an R, a nice personalize R with much thought and car...
by officer
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3517
Views: 388570

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I hear y'all on the exhaustion! Despite this absurdly busy week, I stayed up late editing my first story of Q2 because I got in the zone. I'm pretty psyched about it, but the wait is going to kill me if it's my next WotF submission! I've had a long stretch of radio silence from the zines (which, yes...

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