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by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Using art to inspire writing
Replies: 6
Views: 1886

Re: Using art to inspire writing

My Blue Collar Space series started with a map. I planned (but never got to run) a RPG campaign set in the Lunar city of Tycho Under. I made an incredibly detailed map. Later I used that map as the setting for several stories, and those stories were the first Blue Collar Space stories.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Using art to inspire writing
Replies: 6
Views: 1886

Re: Using art to inspire writing

Nice map! I love maps.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Chappy Fiction Time Travel Anthology
Replies: 8
Views: 11026

Chappy Fiction Time Travel Anthology

Chappy Fiction (run by this year's Published Finalist, Zach Chapman) has announced an open call for a pro rate time travel anthology. V31 winners Auston Habershaw and I are the "anchor" authors, meaning our stories have been pre-accepted, but there's still lots of time to submit.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 23
Views: 3849

Re: writing books

StoryBundle.com has a bundle of writing books in honor of NaNoWriMo . Runs for another 36 days. Name your price for 13 great writing books. If you pay $25, they'll throw in the 12 books from last year, so that's a dollar a book! This is not an endorsement. I've read some of these books, but by no me...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 12119

Re: Story Titling

Barfity barf. I'm realizing now that a title needs to be INTERESTING at the outset, and not just THEMATICALLY APPROPRIATE in retrospect. One of the major lessons in covers is that cover art isn't an illustration, it's an advertisement. It needs to grab the reader and drag them to the book. If it il...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Nov 23, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 12119

Re: Story Titling

I have a mental block: without a title, I can't start writing. Oh, I might jot down a couple of paragraphs; but by the time I hit the Save button for the first time, I have to have a title. I'll sit there for hours until it comes to me. I generally like short titles. Four words make a long title for...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4975
Views: 971313

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

'Well, I'm back,' he said.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: WorldCon Roll Call
Replies: 79
Views: 19654

Re: WorldCon Roll Call

Not only will I be there, but somebody drugged my lemonade! Somehow I have... volunteered... to be the official Procession Leader. Twice a day, I'll be leading themed Processions through Riverfront Park. It would be great to see some of you there! (Note to self: Do NOT call it the Geek Parade... no...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: WorldCon Roll Call
Replies: 79
Views: 19654

Re: WorldCon Roll Call

Not only will I be there, but somebody drugged my lemonade! Somehow I have... volunteered... to be the official Procession Leader. Twice a day, I'll be leading themed Processions through Riverfront Park. It would be great to see some of you there! (Note to self: Do NOT call it the Geek Parade... nor...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4975
Views: 971313

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

bobsandiego wrote:
Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Ah, yes... It's that time again... Time for the submission system to close early and send people into panic...

Memories...

I deserved that for all the dithering I did....


No... A writer, worrying over a story to get it just right? That never happens!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4975
Views: 971313

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Ah, yes... It's that time again... Time for the submission system to close early and send people into panic...

Memories...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466545

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi! Just obeying the All-Cap instruction above. And I just wanted to say I really respect the community you guys have built here - there's a ton to learn from reading the collective sharing that happens on this board and I hope to contribute in some small way at some point. I'd also like to get in ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466545

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

storysinger wrote:
Karyn wrote: I have lots of time and room to grow!


With an attitude like that and a lot of patience you should do well. Welcome to the forum Karyn.


Yes, I wish I had persisted at her age. I was too young, and I gave up too easily in the face of rejection. DON'T BE LIKE ME!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 222828

Re: Five Minute Rant

Ishmael wrote:I have never worked as a slush reader. Maybe if I had I shouldn't feel so annoyed. I am sure many slush readers do know what they are doing.
wotf016


Now you're being reasonable on the Rant thread! Stop that!

(Seriously, 23 minutes? That's insane!)
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466545

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi David! Thanks, that means a lot to me. I'm former all-state debater, so clarity is always something to strive for (though debate cases and fiction writing are very different). Well, you have officially gotten my hopes up! Not that it's hard to do, I'm still very much like a child. It's nice meet...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Avatar Trouble
Replies: 49
Views: 14717

Re: Avatar Trouble

I have to hatch my own personality before I can hope for an alter ego. Trust the process, right? Indeed. Erm. wotf005 Gator started out as a mere avatar, then became so much more... wotf019 In fact, she wasn't so much hatched, as bought. Even though it was 8 years ago I vividly remember buying her....
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466545

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi everyone, my name is Brenna. My dad won the contest back in '95. The first time I entered was when I was a preteen. I've been entering every once in a while ever since (I'm 22 now). I have a couple of honorable mentions under my belt so far, but I'm still working towards that elusive win. Figure...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: New Clarkesworld Guidelines
Replies: 8
Views: 2556

Re: New Clarkesworld Guidelines

s_c_baker wrote:As of today, Clarkesworld has new guidelines which may be of interest to contest entrants who tend to write long:


I have no idea whom you're talking about...

wotf013
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun May 24, 2015 4:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4975
Views: 971313

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I've just heard that the Canadian anthology I have a story in--the Strange Bedfellows Anthology of Political SF--has been nominated for an Aurora Award. After having a brief dance around the room, something else occurred to me. That was my notorious Q1 v.29 hold pile story. wotf001 There is always ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue May 05, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: The Judge, the Story
Replies: 1
Views: 1176

Re: The Judge, the Story

We all communicate our feelings, our ideologies, most of the time. And twitch with hearts that race when our phones ring each quarter of the year. But have you ever thought about the judges dilemma. Passing a story through implies excellence displayed promoting an author's career. I've read the ant...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun May 03, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466545

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello everyone, I've been meaning to enter this contest for a while now, so here I am. I'm 18, from London, England, and I love creating stories that flow from just a simple concept into something special. I look forward to submitting my first entry. LM Welcome aboard, Leon! Good luck in the Contest.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat May 02, 2015 6:33 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 222828

Re: Five Minute Rant

FROM THE EDITOR: This is a perfectly good story, but it doesn't quite have the feel I want for [redacted.] Try it on another market. So close I could smell it! wotf012 Hah! How about: It’s quite compelling—and your voice is richly present and self-assured—but doesn’t resonate with the tone of our m...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466545

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Jo and James! It's always great to have new people keeping the conversation fresh around here.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Board PHP problems
Replies: 38
Views: 12282

Re: Board PHP problems

In the mean time, I know this answer sucks, but... Try another browser? I see the errors on various flavors of IE, but the PM system is working fine for me.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Board PHP problems
Replies: 38
Views: 12282

Re: Board PHP problems

Yeah, a lot of people are having that problem. My guess is that nobody's going to be able to get to it until after the book launch on May 4th, though. Hopefully all will be well soon after that! wotf008 Exactly. Joni and the Three Deputies are all occupied, and Brad is preparing for deployment. But...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:19 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: North American Science Fiction Convention
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

Re: North American Science Fiction Convention

Elen Tel'Ithil wrote:
sosad wrote:Stan Schmidt has banned him from cons. I am under very strict instructions to use only my Analog name on my convention badge.

Heeeerrrreee Gator, Gator, Gator!


Thank you for the quick attention to this Gator bait!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466545

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I've been a bit fearful of joining the forum because everyone seems to know so much and I so little. But I have to start somewhere, right? Welcome aboard, Cindi! Much of what we know, we know because others here shared what they learned and pointed us toward other teachers. We all learn from each o...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: WorldCon Roll Call
Replies: 79
Views: 19654

Re: WorldCon Roll Call

I will be there as well. I'm hoping the more popular kids (ahem...Martin) introduce me to editors so I can pitch my novel to them. Oh, Sean, I feel awful... Last night I learned of some essential, unexpected home repairs that may consume all of my discretionary funds for the year. Up until then, I ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466545

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

The Writing Popular Fiction program is specifically for genre fiction. We've got a lot of SF/F writers, plus horror, YA, romance, and mystery. Nicole Peeler is one of the co-directors. Jaye Wells is one of my classmates. No snooty academics looking down on SF here. It's all nerds all the time. Exac...

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