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by officer
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Alright, Moon, I trusted you even before you won all those well-deserved awards (congrats, again)! So I'm joining the extra-credit beasties on this one. I did something a little different: I applied KYD to my detailed outline before having technically written the story. I'll still do the traditional...
by officer
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Great success all around! Congrats to everyone for submitting last quarter - we can't sell stories if we don't send them out. 1. At eighteen years old Brad decided to be a writer. Yippee! How many years did it take to make his first pro sale? How many rejections did he deal with? Seventeen years wit...
by officer
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Check out Henckel's book, So You Wanna Be a Desperado Demon Slayer , currently free on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/You-Wanna-Desperado-Demon-Slayer-ebook/dp/B01N5J6O1J/ From his Facebook post: "For those of you who havent read my first book, it will be free to download from amazon from Tuesd...
by officer
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I got my first rejection from F&SF for the story I sent out -- it was a semi-personal response, so maybe not a form letter? It said the story had an interesting idea but overall didn't quite work for him. Anyway, I'll send the story out to another market soon and in the meantime, I'm already wr...
by officer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Quick question about file type for entry
Replies: 6
Views: 127

Re: Quick question about file type for entry

I imagine most editors/first readers use e-readers on initial evaluation. PDFs do not translate well to the kindle, at least, and none of your special formatting will be preserved. That being said, the staff and judges know many of us are new, so take Moon's advice and don't sweat your formatting. T...
by officer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

For fiction, I decided I would not italicize any words (foreign or contrived) that all characters would know. If a character uses foreign words that not everyone in the scene understands, I italicize them. Otherwise, I agree with many of you: it feels more authentic to leave them. If the characters ...
by officer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

WotF: "Deadline is 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2019 Pacific Standard Time ." F&SF: "We will REOPEN at 11:59 PM Eastern (4:59 AM GMT) on Dec. 31, 2019, for the benefit of everyone who wants to start their New Year by submitting a story." Technically, you'll have three hours to sub...
by officer
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Just a reminder to vet markets carefully before submitting. Semi-pro markets, such as the many listed by SwiftPotato and Wulf, are professional, reputable, and established publications. We've worked hard on these stories, and they're good stories. We want to develop our careers, increase our chance...
by officer
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I'm telling you this to help illustrate that we never know where our stories might sell, or which ones might sell, until we send them out. Some proof on this, though without a sale: I posted here a few days ago that my second story of the quarter was inferior to the first. I submitted both to F&...
by officer
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I'm relieved to announce that I have finished my requirements for this quarter. I am 3/12 for flash stories. I submitted one story to WOTF and have now just shipped off my second to The Dark. Now to try to get started on my drafts for next quarter while enjoying some holiday time! Best of luck to t...
by officer
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I'm putting 10 first because I have a unique story: 10. How can you target a good agent? In sales, my objective was always to get a face to face with the decision maker, never take no from their gatekeepers. With big agents, face to face is just as important. How can you make that happen? (Again, do...
by officer
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Guys, I've had some unforeseen health issues crop up. I'm going to have to pull myself from the challenge. I'll still be around. I'll be cheering. But I have to focus on my health for a bit. Wish you all the best, and I'll try to keep up...but at this point, I'm admitting to myself it probably won'...
by officer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

A reminder for those in this year's Wulf Pack: If you send me your submission story in two weeks, on Dec 25, I will copy-edit it on Dec 26-27. Please PM me this week for my e-mail address if you don't already have it. I won't have time before Dec 26, so there's no benefit to sending your story early...
by officer
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

My big achievement of the week was that I actually got the first draft of one of my fresh stories for this quarter written! I'm way behind schedule for where I hoped I'd be at this point, but I do have one story ready to edit and polish before the end of this month! I'm still hoping I can get the s...
by officer
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I finished the first draft of my second story for the quarter. I don't love it, so I'm hoping my first story gets a response soon from the market it's been held at for the last six weeks. Then I can submit the story I'm most passionate about to WotF (unless it's accepted, which would be even better!...
by officer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I believe that advice came from Donald Maass's THE EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION. If you haven't read it yet, read it. The advice and exercises in there really took my ability to make people feel things to a different level. I went to amazon to buy this, and apparently I already did! Back before I eve...
by officer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Major congrats, SwiftPotato! What incredible news!
by officer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks, Officer. I know how that happened. SwiftPotato (Lisa) is a member that would have the designation Officer in my gaming guild, TheForestGuard.com. So there's the association. And you're in good company to be associated with her. : ) Thanks for your good input to the question, however! I was ...
by officer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Officer, could you give us a brief bullet list of those lightbulbs Dave set off for you? It helps all to see the highlights that helped you! You meant this for SwiftPotato, but I won't leave you hanging. The best advice I've gotten which we haven't covered directly is the idea of implication. It's ...
by officer
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Man, I am itching to send my Q4 off to another market, but I'm still waiting on my results...I'd like to wait until semifinalists are informed to email Joni and ask about it so I don't bother her while she's still busy. I didn't want to jinx it in case you already heard, but I'm hoping for you to g...
by officer
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

Thanks for kicking this off! I've also found around four readers is best for me in short fiction. I have more experience in non-fiction, where I found one peer plus the editor was sufficient. I like to send a new draft to each reader in sequence. Then I can make edits between and see how my changes ...
by officer
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congrats on everyone's participation in Q4! So impressed by the group. Liz - we are rooting for you. Best of luck! For the rest of us, let's see if we can turn these into sales elsewhere. This seems like a good week to do it, as submissions should taper into the holiday and slush readers might have ...
by officer
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 584
Views: 17294

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

HM for me. My first submission so I am excited! Thanks to Moon and other forumites for all the great advice in the Super Secrets thread. Now where to send my 13,000-word behemoth?!
by officer
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I like Google Keep, which provides sortable lists with checkboxes. It's more satisfying to check a box than delete a reminder! Then I just use the calendar on my phone when deadlines are involved.
by officer
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

If I want to be a professional, I have to act professionally. I missed a deadline. I don't want my first impression to my favorite magazine to be...well, unprofessional. Surely this particular magazine already has many excellent stories to choose from. Would it not come across as unprofessional, as...
by officer
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2218
Views: 68391

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Confession time: I missed my deadline. My target magazine closed and I MISSED THE DEADLINE. I'd thought it was open through the end of the month but I was wrong and that smarts. So...I signed up for their reminder emails. Ugh, that's awful! Moon might have a different opinion on this (which I would...
by officer
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 584
Views: 17294

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Happy Thursday! Best of luck, everyone!
by officer
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 584
Views: 17294

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

The twitching is strong. I watched some of Netflix's new series Love, Death & Robots to distract myself. There's an episode called "When the Yogurt Took Over," based on a short story. Not exactly ice cream, but John Scalzi beat us to it! What are we supposed to write now?! On the plus ...
by officer
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 584
Views: 17294

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Wow! It's so interesting to learn things like that about other countries, I never would have guessed that. Story ideas anyone? A black market for icecream..... I will sell ice cream half off to anyone who's twitching... send proof and I will tell you the location of my pillow fort wotf011 Plus some...

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