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by StarReacher
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Wow, Oishisushi911, that was quite a vision! I want to be in the same room, also sipping champagne, when you "throw a quick little slam poem." That image is going to stay in my head for a very long time! Also, I want to second the accolades about Joni. She sent me a very nice personal emai...
by StarReacher
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Positive Thinking Assignment: Is it bad that I have more than one photo in mind? 1) Me at the gala dinner with my name on the place setting. 2) The red carpet photo op. And if I missed a podium one, then that will be one as well. Me thanking the judges! wotf011 Disclaimer: I have spent an embarrassi...
by StarReacher
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

SwiftPotato wrote:Happy Monday, beasties! Today's Monday prompt is: CANNIBAL MACHINATIONS .


Ooh! I'm loving that prompt!
by StarReacher
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Thank you so much for this! I am going to go back and look at all my rejections again. I had no idea that there was hidden meaning in the ones that I thought were just a polite "no thank you." Dear Don, Thank you for giving me a chance to read "Solar Extortion." Unfortunately, th...
by StarReacher
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Interested to see Wulf Moon's thoughts on this. Normally, I agree that you just send out to the next magazine on your list. However, if a pro-magazine editor took the time to give you feedback (a rare treat), it would be a shame to ignore it. At the very least, I would give that feedback a hard look...
by StarReacher
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Awesome, Henckel. The points you bring up below are on point. We have a mix of both new and seasoned writers accessing this thread AND we want to give everyone the best shot at winning/publishing. Let's switch this to a pm conversation (challenge members only, please). I'm also fine with members ema...
by StarReacher
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Alex, first off great job on getting your entry done under those conditions! I hope you have some sleep time coming up. Second, that's a great point about the list being really long. Thanks for the links as well. Maybe I'm looking at 2 kinds of critique guidelines that people could choose from: 1) t...
by StarReacher
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

For those of you who don't get Dave Farland's newlsetter (I'm thinking about all the people who drop into this forum that aren't part of the challenge), he mentioned specifically getting lots of questions about whether you should write about the pandemic. This is his response: "The answer is, “...
by StarReacher
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Creating a template, or what we used to call in debate a brief, is a good idea, StarReacher. You could also call it a Critique Reference Guide. In reality, it would be pretty much everything I've included in the Super Secrets, all neatly outlined on one page. A boiled down Super Secrets, if you wil...
by StarReacher
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SOMETHING NEW THIS WAY COMES!
Replies: 15
Views: 773

Re: SOMETHING NEW THIS WAY COMES!

Awesome news! Very excited!
by StarReacher
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Now that I am getting critiques and doing them for others, I wanted to throw out a suggestion for making a template, tailored to our group for WotF, to use as a checklist. In essence, I want to make sure that I am giving the strongest possible advice to each person to increase chances of wins. Could...
by StarReacher
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Martin Shoemaker Assignment: 1. How old was Martin when he submitted his first story to a pro magazine? What happened? What didn't he realize? 14; He got a form postcard with a typed note from the editor. He didn’t realize that the additional note was a personal rejection. 2. Did he quit writing? Wh...
by StarReacher
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Checking In: Two fresh stories submitted for the quarter! One to WotF yesterday and my 2nd to Deep Magic a couple of minutes ago. Newest assignment will be forthcoming. Congrats to everyone who made it in time and happy thoughts to anyone who is frantically finishing up before the deadline. I've bee...
by StarReacher
Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

We'll have to wait to see what impact it has on them, on their relationship with the world. To me, [b]you can't measure the success of a picture on how many tickets it sells. You can only measure it in how many hearts it changes.[/b Loved this! My son and I are huge fans. "Ponyo" was our ...
by StarReacher
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

I have two short stories close to end but definitely will give them a look with the Heart's Desire in mind to see what's holding them back emotionally. I just went back over the Heart's Desire post. If nothing else, I might end up using my latest flash. I think I still haven't decided exactly which...
by StarReacher
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Quick technical question: Does anyone use a digital pad and stylus for editing? I would like to edit docs like pencil and paper but in digital form. I know you can "comment" in google docs, but sometimes I want to write directly on the page. If you do, any suggestions for a basic laptop? T...
by StarReacher
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Just wanted to send out encouragement for everyone (like me) still working on their stories for this quarter. Hang in there! Dave Farland, in his last newsletter, had a very helpful tip about turning off the news for awhile so we don't obsess about the corona virus. Use the time to reconnect with yo...
by StarReacher
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Oh, wow! I just heard the news. Leah, sending you tons of virtual hugs. We will all be watching when the event gets green lighted again!
by StarReacher
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Thanks for the clarification, Beastmaster Moon! I thought that was what I had remembered, but I wanted to be sure. Good questions, beasties--it means you are writing a lot to even have them. : ) Star Reacher: Always send WotF your best. I said at the opening of this year's challenge while you are re...
by StarReacher
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Question: I know that the rules for this challenge require us to write 2 completely fresh stories for the quarter. And I am not having a problem doing that. But my pieces have also gotten longer, and I like to believe more sophisticated. Sometimes I am having difficulty picking which story to submit...
by StarReacher
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Great writeup, SwiftPotato. I am pasting some of those tips in my trusty folder with other great shares from Superstars. The section on reactions is going to be handy not only for me, but in understanding critiques from others. Great prompts, all! I've added them all to the list and will begin tomor...
by StarReacher
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Congratulations!! wotf010

zeeteebeez wrote:Wow, thanks Moon!

My first competition win, and I didn’t even know I was competing wotf019

Baby steps

Swift, thanks for posting those comments about feedback. Very helpful!
by StarReacher
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Thanks Retro, I do like the title! Many of my pieces lately are inspired by a title first. I'm the last person to write a Hallmark channel type of story, though! Yes, there are little stirrings in place . . . I'll have to wait and see how they grow. Star Reacher, your second prompt – INFINITY PLUS T...
by StarReacher
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

What a cool assignment! 1. Moon Fever 2. Infinity plus two 3. Toadstools and nano brews 4. Born to die 5. Lost in parallel ASSIGNMENT : I want each of you *enrolled in this challenge* to make a post here with five scintillating prompts. These writing prompts should be generic enough that you could u...
by StarReacher
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

Thanks for that great resource. I am bookmarking it now to look at more in depth after I finish Story #2. Hello, Pensacola (RA Krueger). I hope you find a good writing partner--sounds like you are dedicated. Just a note to all. Locus Magazine reviewed the spec fic magazine markets of 2019. It's a mu...
by StarReacher
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

On Super Secret Tip #2, Don't Drive to the Story: Would one be allowed slightly more mileage for the trip with a longer story? Do judges/editors expect the same brevity and immediacy in your opener to a 20,000-word novelette as they would from a 3000-word short story or a 500-word flash fiction? I ...
by StarReacher
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

If you get bogged down, PLEASE finish your stories first before looking at my story. I sent you a PM asking for your email (and sending you mine) but I am not in a rush at all to get a critique back on Story #1 since I'm wrangling Story #2. And send me your story whenever you like. . . I will work i...
by StarReacher
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

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

[quote="Wulf Moon"]SOMETHING EXCITING THIS WAY COMES!

[b]

This sounds awesome and I am bummed that I live on the East Coast right now. Congrats on the achievement though!!
by StarReacher
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2645
Views: 123739

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Okay, this post is going to be a monstrosity Liz, Thank you for that magnificent summary and the special story regarding your meeting with Dave. I often wondered if, after a while, Dave starts to recognize certain voices even if he doesn't have a name attached to them. Sounds likes yours definitely...

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