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by LibrarianBarbarian
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone else have HM or SHM stories that will likely never see publication?
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Anyone else have HM or SHM stories that will likely never see publication?

I was overjoyed to get SHM for my first WotF entry earlier this year. I'd submitted the story in an earlier form to F&SF magazine and gotten a high tier rejection for it. The SHM I received for my revision made me very happy and proud! Then, reality sank in and I realized that this story will li...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: I'm looking for a specific type of fantasy novel.
Replies: 11
Views: 5104

Re: I'm looking for a specific type of fantasy novel.

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay was pretty good. Also, Guardians of the Flame series by Joel Rosenberg and the Dancing Gods series by Jack Chalker. This kind of fantasy was very popular in the 1980s. They don't get written much anymore
by LibrarianBarbarian
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Trying to remember a post-apocalyptic book from the 80s.
Replies: 2
Views: 1606

Trying to remember a post-apocalyptic book from the 80s.

I recently recalled a post-apocalyptic novel I briefly owned that was written some time in the 1980s. Unfortunately, I don't recall much, as I think I lost the book before I could finish it. All I do remember is that it was a low-key story about a young man in a near-future dystopian America that wa...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Anyone interested in critiquing a 7,500 word story?
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Re: Anyone interested in critiquing a 7,500 word story?

Thanks vibrantbear. I will PM you so we can exchange emails.
by LibrarianBarbarian
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Anyone interested in critiquing a 7,500 word story?
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Anyone interested in critiquing a 7,500 word story?

I just finished an intro chapter to a novel I am writing that I hope might work as a stand-alone story. I'm thinking of entering it in the next quarter. I'm not sure if it is right for the contest. The SF element might not be strong enough, and the language of some of the characters and some themati...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 74285

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Thanks all, I really appreciate the support. The night I got the call was such a rollercoaster. I was trying to rescue a street kitten that had been stuck in a garage storage unit when Joni called. I was ecstatic to get the news (and am crazy on edge to find out the results), but the kitten passed ...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 74285

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Hello everyone! I've been writing a while, 3-4 years. I'm old, got into writing late, have never wanted to write a novel. Fumbling along getting both good advice and bad. Anyway Q2 was my first submission to any publisher ever. Received an Honorable Mention. In the meantime, sold a story (token pay...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?

Thank you, Wulf! I think I owe you a BIG thank you, as I pilfered many secrets from your overflowing vaults!
by LibrarianBarbarian
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?

Hi there RSchibler! And CONGRATULATIONS on your Semi-Finalist Award!!! You gave me a crit for an earlier version of this story. I think the advice you gave me enabled me to attain a higher rating than I ever could have managed without it. If you would not mind re-reading it in its current form, I ca...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

HM and SHM Crit Exchange?

Hi everyone. There is an older thread about this, but nobody has responded in over a year. I would like to see if anyone who had gotten HM or SHM recently would be interested in exchanging crits in order to improve our stories for re-submission to WotF or for other markets. I think I know what my fa...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 74285

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

If you get a HM or Silver HM do you have to rename your revised story before submitting it again to maintain anonymity? Nope. You become once again just a number in the system to first reader Kary and coordinating judge David Farland. Contest coordinator Joni is the only one that links up the numbe...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 74285

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

If you get a HM or Silver HM do you have to rename your revised story before submitting it again to maintain anonymity?
by LibrarianBarbarian
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 74285

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/images/smilies/wotf056.gif Wow! Better than I expected! Thanks to the forum members who critiqued my story, Empressed, Oshisushi911 and Kschibler! So this means I can polish it up and enter it again, correct? Congrats to everyone, or keep on plugging, as the case...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do the judges receive print or electronic copies of the stories to review?
Replies: 9
Views: 3847

Re: Do the judges receive print or electronic copies of the stories to review?

Thanks everyone! I am submitting online. I was never planning to send a hardcopy. I just wanted to know if the submissions were printed out for the judges to read, or if they read them on their PCs or devices. Thank you!
by LibrarianBarbarian
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Question about the author information for your entry.
Replies: 3
Views: 3461

Question about the author information for your entry.

When it finally comes time to submit, do you put your contact info in an entirely separate document, or do you begin your manuscript's pagination with zero, putting contact info on page 0 and starting the story on page 1?
by LibrarianBarbarian
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Roller-Coaster Ride of Writing
Replies: 3
Views: 2650

Re: The Roller-Coaster Ride of Writing

Interesting cycle! I've just been going up and down the Peak of Inflated Expectations, in and out of the trough. At the top, things are very productive, but I notice I tend to go into the Trough of Disillusionment when I am very tired. I've been on a weird cycle of only 4 hours of sleep or less per ...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Roller-Coaster Ride of Writing
Replies: 3
Views: 2650

The Roller-Coaster Ride of Writing

You finish your draft and read it and it's WONDERFUL! Your story is thrilling, your prose is lyrical, your imagery is worth a thousand pictures and your characters are even more alive to you than your friends and family. You laugh, you cry... You have amazed yourself! This story is a masterpiece ! Y...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4285
Views: 1160078

Re: Success!

This is the success thread; all success is welcome! Share away when it's ready. wotf007 I will! I had a lot of fun with that one. The mood I had in mind while writing it was 'imagine the classic Western movie, 'Shane' if it was directed in 1970 by Sam Peckinpah instead of in 1953 by George Stevens'.
by LibrarianBarbarian
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What to put in a bio?
Replies: 12
Views: 4218

Re: What to put in a bio?

crlisle wrote:Lol. That is funny. I was born in El Paso.


Everyone says, it's a nice place to come from! Seriously though, it's Ok. Great food, friendly people and relatively crime-free. Very limited winter is a plus, too.
by LibrarianBarbarian
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Use of italics for emphasis
Replies: 14
Views: 5024

Re: Use of italics for emphasis

I used to have a big problem with the overuse of italics. I'd have several on each page in dialogue, and huge blocks of italicized text for characters' memories and thoughts. I still use a few, but I had to consciously focus on weeding them out. I think I was emphasizing the proper words, but it was...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What to put in a bio?
Replies: 12
Views: 4218

Re: What to put in a bio?

I've used this one a couple of times for Sword & Sorcery stories: "Mark Taverna was born in the barbaric frozen wastelands of Canada. Many years ago he journeyed south to the ancient desert city of El Paso, where he now lives with his wife, sons, and cat. Having recently escaped from slave-...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4285
Views: 1160078

Re: Success!

Congrats! Make sure you share it with us when it's out / out for pre-order! Thanks Andy! It's a little outside the realm of this board, but it is 'speculative' in a way. The anthology's theme is team-ups of Western historical characters who never actually met. We had to keep it realistic as to thei...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where do you get your inspiration?
Replies: 22
Views: 8400

Re: Where do you get your inspiration?

I've gotten inspiration from dreams, landscapes, historical incidents, memories of friendships or relationships I have had and the intricate toy-soldier scenarios I played as a child, role-playing and computer games and many other places. Once I saw two brothers eating together at a Golden Corral Bu...
by LibrarianBarbarian
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do the judges have a preferred style?
Replies: 13
Views: 5388

Re: Do the judges have a preferred style?

Dustin Adams wrote:After that I'd say focus on your writing skill, and get to know the first judge(s).
https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writ ... -the-odds/


That link was very informative, Dustin! Thank you!
by LibrarianBarbarian
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Question about professional authors' critiques
Replies: 2
Views: 3348

Question about professional authors' critiques

If you manage to have a famous established author in the SF&F genres critique your entry, does it in any way compromise your eligibility to enter the contest?
by LibrarianBarbarian
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 555089

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

[b] I mean this in the best way possible, but there are dozens of available threads on the forum. This one is special, because Wulf is taking time out of his post-winner life to provide guidance and support to writers who haven't reached that point in the journey yet. It's public and I know it's im...

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