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by s_c_baker
Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Strycher wrote:
Kary James wrote:Me, I've been known to rehearse dialogue out loud. In the shower. wotf022


!!!!

Well, at least I'm not the only bonkers persons in the world.


Doesn't the paper get wet? wotf007
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147633

Re: Cover Work Shop

There are a few other nice programs out there but I can't remember what they're called. I'm pretty happy with Paint Shop Pro, which is generally around $100. And Amazon frequently has it on sale for $25. SAI is the one I was thinking of. It's a Japanese program, but has an English language pack . T...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I'm writing my final entry today. I feel a little sad and a little relieved. This will be my last quarter waiting on WotF. On the other hand, my husband has already started doing his happy dance. He can't wait until this is all over (because WotF is the only submission I ever stress about, for some...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147633

Re: Cover Work Shop

GIMP is a little weird. But I say this as a long-time Photoshop user, so I think half of my antipathy comes from all the keyboard shortcuts being different. There are a few other nice programs out there but I can't remember what they're called. Maybe I just need to finagle my wife (who's the artisti...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147633

Re: Cover Work Shop

I actually really liked Scott's revamp of your cover--it's still simple enough to appeal to my minimalistic aesthetic, but it looks (to be honest) like a "real" book cover. Your version is a bit too minimalistic! Powerpoint!? Aieee! Go get yourself a free image editor, like GIMP . As for t...
by s_c_baker
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 147633

Re: Cover Work Shop

cleaver one-liners before. Perhaps making it white with a more rigid font (something with sharper lines) would make it stand out better?...[/quote] Uh-oh, are we heading to pun city over here already? wotf001 I don't really have anything useful to add, though--I agree that the blurb is excellent an...
by s_c_baker
Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Yes, the average sci fi judge's attention span is only 4 inches...wait, I think I may be getting that confused with something else... Moustache length? wotf017 Not too hot on my entry, really, but my moustache has entangled my digits to an extent tht i nca no lgoner witer pprolerly so not muhc i cn...
by s_c_baker
Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 600
Views: 272785

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Hey! If I ruled out kissing, then biting is definitely out of the question! (Besides, I've seen the teeth on donkeys! Ow!) wotf019 Don't recall, honestly. I played with over a dozen fonts there. I've found a real problem when you have too many fonts installed: it can be hard to choose, simply becau...
by s_c_baker
Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 600
Views: 272785

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

I'm a dabbler alone in graphic design, but I'll bite, Martin. I actually love the effect on your name. It's simple, but attractive. Good design--cheaply done, maybe, but still good. The title font and the blurb? Not so much. It's simple, like your name, but... unattractive. wotf001 The flat blue doe...
by s_c_baker
Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

E.CaimanSands wrote:
Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
Just consider... Alligator... Cow... This does not bode well...


It looks like a date to me! wotf007 wotf007 wotf007

Don't underestimate the power of the cow--they can take on bears (at least, cubs: http://deadlykingdom.blogspot.com/2011/ ... -cows.html )
by s_c_baker
Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

... But now I'm going to have to think about it more. Because Kyle does have a point, and because thinking about how to make it work will distract me from waiting on Q4. wotf008 Yes! Work it! Work it and get feedback! wotf007 Submitting something you're pretty sure will lose is better than not subm...
by s_c_baker
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Cheers to those of you who've already made your Q1 submissions! I'm at a loss as to what to submit. The only story I have in and ready at the moment has a speculative element that builds slowly. It would definitely not make the grade for being clearly fantasy at the onset, and there is no way to br...
by s_c_baker
Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4201
Views: 993084

Re: Success!

Good stuff, iza!

E.CaimanSands wrote:I still haven't sold even a squashed banana. wotf017

Have you been trying to sell squashed bananas?
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique help.
Replies: 3
Views: 2232

Re: Critique help.

You may also want to redact your e-mail from the post--we can click the "email" icon below your username to get in touch, and spammers may start spamming you if your actual address is just hanging out in plain sight like that. :)
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Sweet!! Good luck to you too! If you don't mind me asking, what field are you pursuing? Thank you! I'm pursuing getting my MFA in Creative Writing. I figure since the quest to improve the craft is ongoing and an MFA is an important qualification should I ever decide to teach, it makes sense to star...
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique my novel please?
Replies: 2
Views: 2068

Re: Critique my novel please?

Hi Jellyman,

I'm not sure you'll get many bites for an entire novel here, especially YA (which I think is a clash with the contest). Have you considered joining an online critique site, instead?
by s_c_baker
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 242
Views: 100714

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Kary James wrote:I'm in. :)

Are we emailing these or pasting into a PM?

Fair warning: my doc has two pieces for 900 words as I'm looking for a "this one or that one" call.

Cheers,

Kary

Mostly e-mailing (at least that's how I've been doing it), but PMing interest and to get the e-mail addresses.
by s_c_baker
Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

... my Q1 has slowed thanks to a broken hand. I have been writing new stories by hand (I'm a rightie who broke her lefty) and revising my Q1 a paragraph at a time, so i am doing something. i'm also back to mostly lurking. btw my 94 wpm has dropped to 25. :P I feel like the coyote who got splattered...
by s_c_baker
Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Loading an avatar picture
Replies: 50
Views: 27477

Re: Loading an avatar picture

My husband wants to name our first (non-existant, we're not expecting) son Kirk. I said sure, but only if we name our second child Jean Luc. My wife and I gave our sons pretty unusual names, (Arrawyn and Taliesin, both from Welsh mythology, with slight spelling/pronunciation changes so people in th...
by s_c_baker
Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2898
Views: 583519

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, all! :)
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Loading an avatar picture
Replies: 50
Views: 27477

Re: Loading an avatar picture

Dustin Adams wrote:Rebecca, e-mail me the picture you want to use.

I take the frust out of frustrating.


So... the process will only be... rating? wotf017 ( wotf019 )
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Loading an avatar picture
Replies: 50
Views: 27477

Re: Loading an avatar picture

I too can offer to host, if need be. SC beat me to it. =) I think in celebration, I'll change my icon. I've got a zillion just sitting there from years of use and abuse. Name's Ash - housewares. P.S. named my son after this bad boy. Seriously, his name is Ashton. (had to disguise it a little so the...
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Loading an avatar picture
Replies: 50
Views: 27477

Re: Loading an avatar picture

If people are having problems with the free image hosts, I'll gladly host images on my webspace. Just send me a PM and I'll give you my e-mail, so you can send the image over. :)

I also have image editing software, so can shrink it down to the requisite 100x100 pixels if needed.
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 242
Views: 100714

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

In that format, it probably won't get caught by automated spammers. Dedicated human ones would be able to send you an e-mail anyway, by clicking the little email icon next to your username. wotf007
by s_c_baker
Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2898
Views: 583519

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

My personal favourite: "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't." Extra get-out-of-smiley-hell-free card to whomever knows what that's from. wotf001 (may not work on zomboni[e]s.)
by s_c_baker
Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 242
Views: 100714

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

It's that time again.

If anybody's up for Q1 exchanges of the first 450, drop me a line! Mine is out and ready to go.
by s_c_baker
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Note on the URL: There are some ads, not pop-ups, but a little frustrating. http://www.cracked.com/article_14790_the-best-worst-fantasy-science-fiction-book-covers.html There's also some cursing, but it's used to comic effect. Click at your own eye peril. Never -- under any circumstances -- post a ...
by s_c_baker
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I guess what I don't care for is "We like stories with X, Y, and Z" and then, when you put in X, Y, and Z into those stoires, you get a form rejection. You wonder if you did X, Y, and Z correctly, yes, but there are times when it doesn't work out that way. Others around here, if memory se...
by s_c_baker
Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

KD's place on SFF.net (presumably what is being discussed): http://webnews.sff.net/read?cmd=outline&group=sff.writing.writersofthefuture Note that this is page 11/11.
by s_c_baker
Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139138

Re: Q1 Volume 29

The "semi to pro" filter sometimes depends on lengths or "length genres" (flash fiction, or whatever). Some markets pay 5c a word to X words, and then a flat rate, which puts them in the "Semi to Pro" range. In Lightspeed's case, Payment for reprinted fiction is 1¢/word...

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