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by s_c_baker
Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147630

Re: Cover Workshop

I really like the second one. A lot. I'm a sucker for space art--especially sparkly space art. If you swap it out for a different image I will steal this one . Yes, that is a threat! The same artist has another one in a very similar vein. I went with this one because the planet looked much more Moo...
by s_c_baker
Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147630

Re: Cover Workshop

Those are both great, Martin!
by s_c_baker
Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147630

Re: Cover Workshop

Married to a boy scout? Isn't that illegal in most states? wotf004 *cough* bad jokes aside, I think his face is way too dark. And possibly too big. It draws my attention away from everything else in a big way--the setting looks just like generic background image, and not important to the story. (And...
by s_c_baker
Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I've taken the time this morning to go over all my MS, WotF or not, and put that footer in there. Certainly, I won't make this mistake again. wotf004 Well, at least we'll have an answer for this one soon enough. My recommendation - follow the rules. You'll sleep better. Er... I hate to be the one t...
by s_c_baker
Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147630

Re: Cover Workshop

if I'm looking for a book I've already read (usually to refer to it on a forum, or to recommend it to someone) and I can't remember the author or the title, I can remember the cover Speaking as a librarian, I can confirm that this is true. If I had a dollar for every time a student told me "I'...
by s_c_baker
Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Still seems to be in the rules & regs on the most recent website iteration: Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author's name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author's legal name, pen name ...
by s_c_baker
Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147630

Re: Cover Workshop

I agree about everybody's agreement about "it's about." That is very blegh. I don't particularly mind the solid colour bg, but a heavily-faded bg image could be cool, too. I will also third (fourth?) dropping the drop-shadows. If nothing else, make them more transparent--right now, they ma...
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I feel like such a rank amateur here. I was so excited to get word that my second submission ever was accepted into Q1 and then I read these threads where people are writing and submitting like crazy. I am thinking I need to pick up the pace. wotf017 I guess I need to start buying energy drinks by ...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

izanobu wrote:And, with the email publication of my Daily SF story "Lists"... I'm officially DQ'd.

PARTAY! wotf010

wotf010
by s_c_baker
Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I like them both, but the fallback has one element that makes me a little nervous for the contest. But oh well, it is what it is. It's about transgendered unicorn vampire lesbian artichoke salesmen!? Hmm... I think there's actually a story in that somewhere. (edited to add - Of course, the real que...
by s_c_baker
Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2898
Views: 583507

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Um, hi! I'm new on this forum, heck, I'm new to the website, and I already find myself amazed by it all. I'm thinking maybe I'm too young for all of this, everyone's already an adult, and I'm a senior in high school. But I guess I can wait and continue to work on a story for a future quarter. Just ...
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I'm not sure if this is the correct venue to ask, but are we allowed to ask about other journals or mags that we can submit to? I'm not sure which ones would accept what, or how long, or ....? Well, just about anything. I've only submitted stories to my school's online journal and WotF. What are th...
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2898
Views: 583507

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Michael here. I've submitted a story for consideration for the current quarter. I'm not sure what all kinda info people usually drop here, but here goes. Early thirties, just started going to college two years ago, and I have a story "published" in our (unpaid) online literary journal. I'...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

metaphors is anything to go by, you're fiiiine. wotf001 ) Haha. I hope I didn't break it because I just submitted it. wotf003 Feel mildly relieved and .... wotf005 Oh, no...I said black hole instead of whirlpool or kraken. Does that mean I'm not fine? Nawww, see that's thematic! Extended! It's like...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

That's a good sign? You've been thorough I'm not so sure! One last run-through on my entry (which appeals to me less and less the more I work on it) and then it'll be out the electronic door and into rejectomantic purgatory. ... or is that too many mixed metaphors in one sentence? In the same boat ...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

One last run-through on my entry (which appeals to me less and less the more I work on it) and then it'll be out the electronic door and into rejectomantic purgatory.

... or is that too many mixed metaphors in one sentence?
by s_c_baker
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147630

Re: Cover Work Shop

Looks much more professional, for sure. wotf007 1. The artist has already used the picture to illustrate one of her own short stories (in a coffee table art book she has done -- very nice work). Do you see any reason that should make me think twice about licensing the picture? Not unless she has a p...
by s_c_baker
Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147630

Re: Cover Work Shop

For some reason my tablet won't let me see the spoilers by highlighting, but I much prefer version 1. The sepia looks jarringly out of place, and not cohesive with the rest of the piece.
by s_c_baker
Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Someone (I think it was Martin?) gave me the best explanation i've seen for the weird quarter system. To wit: The quarters are JUDGING quarters, not writing quarters. In other words, judging quarter 1 starts in January, judging quarter 4 ends in december. This is why the deadlines are odd--to make i...
by s_c_baker
Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Grayson Morris wrote:Stewart, you hairy nincompoop.

(See Analog thread for context.)

wotf019
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 131664

Re: Analog Submissions

Every rejection should just be read in the writers head like this: The story was not a good fit (regardless of what it actually says). Otherwise you'll go crazy. Of course, I think we all know that how it ACTUALLY reads is more like "This story was UTTER GARBAGE, YOU HAIRY-FACED MACAROON-EATIN...
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

katsincommand wrote:that 2nd para was the sole reason i posted it....

Indeed.

I am just ... not all here.
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

From my understanding, that e-mail is just to confirm that you are officially entered in the electronic system, and not any indication that your story has been read or judged. It's just saying "Hey! You're entered!" because there's often some confusion about whether the online submission ...
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

From my understanding, that e-mail is just to confirm that you are officially entered in the electronic system, and not any indication that your story has been read or judged. It's just saying "Hey! You're entered!" because there's often some confusion about whether the online submission h...
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

This goes back to the two guidelines I try to keep in mind when writing (or at least when editing), in short that each sentence should either: 1) Advance plot 2) Advance characterization That's actually an old rule for writing plays. But you forgot #3. Each line must do at least one of the three: 1...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

That, of course, makes a lot of sense. Advance character, advance plot. Any one else can chime in too. I love hearing about this kind of stuff. If you've read a book or a received a piece of advice you felt really gave you an ah ha about setting (or how it interacts with character) let me know. Per...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

It might be lack of descriptive passages or might be a character issue. Hard for me to say I'm not someone who can judge my writing very well. When you say character opinion do you mean their opinion on the world around them? Like how hard the floor is or shinny the table is....as well as their opi...
by s_c_baker
Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Kary James wrote:LOL, Stewart. I'll just let you ponder on the subject of dyslexia for awhile until you figger out why that one might not work as intended - absent the Xacto knife, of course. b, d, whatever.


*smacks forehead* Pardon me while I rapidly downgrade my estimate of my own intelligence and wit. wotf007
by s_c_baker
Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Did you remember to sacrifice the third chicken from the left before submitting? Last time, I did the third chicken from the right, and almost killed myself. (I really oughta take the red pen to my entry so I can finalize it and send it off... getting close to crunch time!) Why does the world have ...
by s_c_baker
Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139118

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I'm sure that's an automated email. If you haven't seen it in days, submit again. I also recommend a separate note to Joni so that if there does happen to be a duplicate entry, she's aware of it. Also, check your junk mail. For some reason WotF email keeps landing in mine, even after I marked them ...

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