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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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 434
Views: 29565

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 434
Views: 29565

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 434
Views: 29565

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 1258

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 2900
Views: 178434

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...
by officer
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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 SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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 SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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 SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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: 1694

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: 12
Views: 2144

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 SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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 SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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 SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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 SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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 SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2900
Views: 178434

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...

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