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by Reuben
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Non-Winning Finalists (where to find them)
Replies: 10
Views: 3162

Re: Non-Winning Finalists (where to find them)

Today I Remember, Martin Shoemaker’s short story collection, has two of his non-winning finalists in it: One Last Chore for Grandpa, and The Mother Anthony (as well as his winner and some other great stories).
by Reuben
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Odd writing resource question
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Odd writing resource question

Well, there's Elements of Style, by William Shrunk. It's a very famous book that covers pretty much all the basics for a budding writer, and since it's in public domain, I imagine there's an audio book of it, although I can't say for sure.
by Reuben
Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to know when it is self doubt versus a bad idea?
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: How to know when it is self doubt versus a bad idea?

There are some times that I start writing a story, but I realized that the idea isn't a story, exactly, and that I'm not interested enough to develop it. I'm not that good with finishing my stories, honestly; there are lots of times where I just move over to a different idea that I'm more into. But ...
by Reuben
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 440
Views: 36652

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Grrr. Third R now. Oh well. Onward wotf024

Congrats to all who've made SHM this quarter, seems like a lot of people this year. Still waiting to hear from some other though... Hmmm.
by Reuben
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 211
Views: 16550

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Submitted!

chuckt wrote:I'm in! I feel a bit mentally exhausted. Good luck to all of us.


Same here. I was up till five last night revising. It was exhilarating, really. Even though most of it wasn't new, I was working on it straight from 11:00 to 4:50. It's the first time I did something near that.
by Reuben
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2992
Views: 653535

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Shane! Happy to have you here.
by Reuben
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4253
Views: 1088107

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Liz!
by Reuben
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 211
Views: 16550

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

It occurs to me that I don't remember seeing a comedy or absurdist story in the back copies of the Anthology that I've read. I checked them out from the library and don't currently have one to look at. I've written two comedies, one is a fantasy and the other is a space opera. My critique partners ...
by Reuben
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 38
Views: 3217

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

I liked both your openings, and I'm off to read the fisherman story! Yours is very intense, while using a serene setting (a toddler toddling towards the sea) contrasted with the MC body and feelings (dug, clutched, yearned). I get the genre (her skirtS and probably precognition point to fantasy--lo...
by Reuben
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 211
Views: 16550

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Thank you so much everyone! I've sent you Pm's.
by Reuben
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 38
Views: 3217

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

My only suggestion on this one is look at what we're working on presently, Phase 5 of the Set. Your. Stage. Super Secret. Make that first line work for you. You could get more setup out of that first line, grounding your readers with setting, characters, and even what's going on that's so dangerous...
by Reuben
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 211
Views: 16550

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

At last I've finished my first draft for Q4. For some reason this has been my hardest story to write and I was continually battling with grammar and viewpoint problems throughout. I had a healthy dose of writer's block plus I was locked out of the forum, so I haven't been active of late. Anyone up f...
by Reuben
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 547
Views: 55610

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

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


wotf005 wotf014
by Reuben
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1179
Views: 298888

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: 798

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: 895

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: 1179
Views: 298888

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: 4253
Views: 1088107

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: 547
Views: 55610

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: 1759

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: 547
Views: 55610

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: 547
Views: 55610

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: 4253
Views: 1088107

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: 1322

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: 547
Views: 55610

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: 211
Views: 16550

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: 211
Views: 16550

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: 836
Views: 281859

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: 211
Views: 16550

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: 836
Views: 281859

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?

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