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by Reuben
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 533
Views: 30124

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.


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by Reuben
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1178
Views: 275913

Re: Five Minute Rant

I can't think of where to put this, so here goes. I submitted to Infinite Worlds recently(little less than a month), I mistakenly thought they respond within two weeks. The reality is that more than half don't get responded to. They say this outright, that they don't know when or if they will respo...
by Reuben
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Short Story vs Novel
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Short Story vs Novel

Orson Scott Card has said many times that when expanding a story into a novel he begins before the story. Reading Ender's Game, the short story, is very useful here. It's about a boy who is very talented and is the head of an army; the plot basically follows the end of the book. But all the backgrou...
by Reuben
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Ways to craft an effective introduction?
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: Ways to craft an effective introduction?

By introduction I'm guessing you mean exposition. Most stories, you don't want an introduction, because that way you have to hook the reader twice. And that's basically how to do it, as I'm sure everyone else will agree. Start off with a hook, make the reader curious to read on, and then pepper in h...
by Reuben
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1178
Views: 275913

Re: Five Minute Rant

I can't think of where to put this, so here goes. I submitted to Infinite Worlds recently(little less than a month), I mistakenly thought they respond within two weeks. The reality is that more than half don't get responded to. They say this outright, that they don't know when or if they will respon...
by Reuben
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012983

Re: Success!

http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007 Nice! You're...
by Reuben
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 533
Views: 30124

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

WOOHOO!!
by Reuben
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?
Replies: 12
Views: 267

Re: 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 f...
by Reuben
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 533
Views: 30124

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

BrandieJ wrote:Hey guys. I don't post a lot here, rather keeping to the shadows. But I found out I'm a finalist for this quarter. I am so excited and so nervous. And then excited again.


Wow! Congrats! (Does that mean you're still in the running?)
by Reuben
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 533
Views: 30124

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

AND IT'S NOT EVEN THURSDAY!! wotf020

R.

Oh well, I was expecting it, and it only goes up from here.

IN other news...

CONGRATS BECKY ON SEMI-FINALIST!
by Reuben
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012983

Re: Success!

Awesome! I've been trying to get into The Colored Lens for a while! wotf010 wotf010
by Reuben
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What have you done when the words no longer flowed onto the page?
Replies: 14
Views: 224

Re: What have you done when the words no longer flowed onto the page?

Hi Apollo, and welcome! wotf007 Personally, when I get into a rut, I make myself sit down, imagine I'm the character, and basically get myself into the zone. I'm not sure if this would address your problem, however, as it's hard to tell by what exactly you mean by the words not flowing. (I might not...
by Reuben
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 533
Views: 30124

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Get thee to a Twitchery! Ha! But don't forget what Hamlet says just before that... To know, or not to know, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous rejection, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die—to s...
by Reuben
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 68
Views: 1643

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I don't want to clog up this thread so I'll send you a pm.

Of course, if anyone thinks this could benefit them in anyway, feel free to pipe up. wotf007
by Reuben
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 68
Views: 1643

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Reuben, When I'm working on something my body wakes me up between 4 and 5 consistently. Maybe that's why I'm scared to start! I could commit to 5am. Lately I'm pushing 6 and I get up and watch the news for an hour before playing video games until I start work. Bad habits! Let me know what time work...
by Reuben
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 822
Views: 261941

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

They're showing as a little behind on the Grinder, yeah. A lot of places take a break in July and August, I've noticed. Usually that is for peak conference season, but I'd guess this year people are just flat burnt out. A lot of markets have been slower than usual. Good luck! I've had a story with ...
by Reuben
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 68
Views: 1643

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I'm ready to start, but can't make myself get up in the AM. I'm out of the habit. Anyone have any tips for getting butt out of bed and into chair? I'm afraid to say that I don't have any real advice. I haven't yet solved the great problem of getting up early myself. The problem being that I tell my...
by Reuben
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 822
Views: 261941

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Anyone submitted to Asimov's recently? I submitted a week ago and haven't yet been rejected. Is this normal?
by Reuben
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 533
Views: 30124

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I agree with all that’s been said, that is the story should be told the best way it can. With me, about half of my stories are first person, maybe a little less. I avoid present tense though. (Seriously, how can they tell a story when they’re getting wacked by a gorilla? But that’s just me :) Just t...
by Reuben
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 822
Views: 261941

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

A personal rejection from Analog! "suggest you try us again" and "like your style of writing." (swoon) Analog and Asimov's are at the tippy-top of my most-wanted list. A sale would have been great but I'm on cloud nine this morning. I second everyone else! I've heard these are r...
by Reuben
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 9
Views: 571

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thanks Wulf. Seems like I totally missed the whole point of the exercise. Strike out : ( No need to critique this also, but just to stay in the game I'm putting this revised edition here. Thanks so much again. A cruel light causes shadows to dance across the walls. “My God, is that…?” I look over at...
by Reuben
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 42
Views: 5712

Re: How do you write eloquently?

If it were my paragraph, I would start my description with the hills because the rivers run through them. The hills stood against the skyline, blocking out the horizon to the far edges of the world. Through the grassy hillsides ran rivers their water red as blood. Filthy and without compassion for ...
by Reuben
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 42
Views: 5712

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Corbin Maxwell wrote:

What did you need critiqued?

wotf019 And here I was trying to be smooth about it.

I was referring to my prose piece, that I posted before you.
by Reuben
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 42
Views: 5712

Re: How do you write eloquently?

You didn't ask for a critique, but I figure that's the point of the thread, and I would certainly appreciate if someone would critique mine, so here goes. My suggestions: Read Syn and Syntax, Cormac McCarthy, and Faulkner. My two paragraphs: John McCarthy stands awash in the finality of sunset, star...
by Reuben
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012983

Re: Success!

Thanks all!
by Reuben
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012983

Re: Success!

wotf049 wotf049 I submitted for the first time to a pro-paying market--Science Fiction and Fantasy, I was worried it would give me a bad name and maybe I should push it off, and I got a "didn't win me over"!

I'm a little stunned.

Can anyone confirm that this still means something good?
by Reuben
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 42
Views: 5712

Re: How do you write eloquently?

They walked through the town in the dim afternoon light. Grass filled the cracks in the asphalt and spilt into windows and doorways. Old vehicles sank deep between dark nettles, and a bicycle plaited itself into the ivy. On either side, houses stood in various states of decay, some roofs long colla...
by Reuben
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 822
Views: 261941

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I submitted two stories to The Dark magazine--both of which came back in the next few hours. "We have read your submission and unfortunately your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now. While we regretfully cannot provide detailed feedback due to the volume of submissions, we thank ...
by Reuben
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: World Building
Replies: 1
Views: 174

World Building

I'm starting on my Q4 now and which is a medieval type of fantasy, my first try at this. I was hoping for some advice. I know that Dave has said that he dislike cliches, that when describing a tree so many writers will just say "pine tree" or if not, "oak tree", Dave wants origin...
by Reuben
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 242
Views: 12890

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Whew! Submitted. Ok, I've got mine entered. They surely won't disqualify my story since I share the same last name as my family/characters? Oh well Writers of the World, "bet it all" *moves chips to the center of the table. I don't think you have to worry about that. Disgruntledpeony ca ba...

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