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by Patrick S. McGinnity
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Apropos to the discussion of outliers on Duotrope, I'm sure folks noticed that the most recent outlier for WOTF was posted as having come in on the 9th when it was only the 8th. I'm assuming that the date being wrong/impossible made the system discount that entry from the analysis.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

In fact, one might say that until you open it, the email itself, when it arrives, could contain either good or bad news (unless it gives a hint from the subject line). So...there is nothing either good or bad, but clicking makes it so.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Being a non-published finalist just makes you think that every single quarter is a victory waiting to explode.) I will say that if/when I get a rejection, I'd much prefer it not be Q1 because this is my first entry after my finalist. An R would hurt whenever, but it would hurt most this time. "...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

What I can't figure on the Duotrope listings is how on earth they are calculating outliers. 121 days is an outlier, but 142 days isn't? I feel like I'm missing something. Their explanation of outliers in the FAQ seems to imply that the algorithm they use can determine that a particular response is ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Ditto on the condolences. More to come, of course, but that's the way the game goes. I'll likely be posting an R on the results thread before long, too. But the important thing is I'm really happy about the story I'm finishing up now--always looking forward!
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Do people track their WOTF results using Duotrope? Last I checked there were something like 128 pending WOTF submissions listed on Duotrope (if you are logged in when you look at the market details, you'll see lots of juicy details), though admittedly some of those may be from last quarter, and som...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

It gets awfully quiet just before the storm strikes, doesn't it?

(Crickets chirping).

Oh, I guess everyone else is off writing. I'd better get to work.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2763
Views: 544509

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

A warm, if belated, welcome to you all. I look forward to seeing/reading you around.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:30 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: All R, no HM?
Replies: 25
Views: 7339

Re: All R, no HM?

If someone needs to defer to Q3, I have a Q2 ready to go out today.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

When I read it, I imagine a stern grandmother shaking her head in disapproval as she trails off. (Although after the third repetition, the scene breaks down, and now I see a shorn mental patient hugging his knees and rocking as he repeats the only word he ever speaks. And like Kane's "Rosebud,&...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 39331

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

From "Dradin in Love": "Morning glories, four o'clocks, and yet more ivy choked moldering stone street markers, trailed from rusted balconies, sprouted from pavement cracks, and stitched themselves into fences or gates scoured with old fire burns. Whom such buildings had housed, or wh...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 39331

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

I agree with the my Welsh friend, Gethin (correct spelling?) about Mieville. I'd also add Jeff Vandermeer, especially from City of Saints and Madmen ; there are stories in there I can read over and over, and immersing myself in both the world and the baroque prose that presents it is like settling i...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 135923

Re: Cover Workshop

Thanks for the great advice, Tina. I was working in Photoshop with which I have very little skill. I'll try the title in Powerpoint once I get the actual drawings pinned down. Thanks again!
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I feel your pain. Oh! I had a student (college level) turn in a paper recently containing the word, "eggzist." It took me way too long to figure out what it meant. At least "commiserate" is seen seldom enough for that to be a valid excuse.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Though I suppose I ought to do something productive, like grade or clean my office. Oh well.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Yep. It is interesting to note that of those who keep submission tracker's through Duotrope, the acceptance rate for WOTF is 2.2%, which applied to 100 or so gives us 2, but if applied to the whole batch for quarter could be as high as 22! A bit above the usual number of finalists and winners, right...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I just noticed (way behind the curve, as usual) that Duotrope also tells how many users have WOTF entries with pending responses. If we use the ballpark figure of 1000 entries a quarter I've seen thrown about, that means about 10% are on Duotrope, while 5% are on the forum, according to George's rou...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:16 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 135923

Re: Cover Workshop

I like your concept. I think you will need an outline, a simple black line marking the end of your cover image would serve to differentiate your cover form any white backgrounds. You said this is a reprint? I think you should definitely include where it was first published. I think this will add so...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

To be a completely niggly pain-in-the-wazoo: actually, our resident alligator did jump to a conclusion: the conclusion that the first set of results were not accurate reports of Q1 responses. Yes, quite true. Thanks for keeping me honest! Anyway, I hope that if any of us forum people gets a mail, f...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Don't be so hard on yourself. You merely refrained from jumping to a conclusion until sufficient evidence had accumulated. As a someone who deals daily with the young folks who are purportedly our future leaders (and janitors, golf course managers, and pyramid scheme perpetrators, for that matter), ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I'm in. I'll buy that those first four on the day the announced the results for the previous quarter might have just been trigger happy or downright confused, but this looks like real action. Good luck everyone!
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:43 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 135923

Re: Cover Workshop

Thanks Martin, I never really thought of that, but it makes perfect sense.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 135923

Re: Cover Workshop

Hello all, I've enjoyed reading the thread, and am considering trying a story as e-book whatzit (no idea how any of it works yet). It is one of my favorites, which I've been trying to sell as a reprint but without luck so far. So I thought I might offer it in digital form, possibly paired with anoth...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

My brain is smarting, Grayson. Thanks a bundle.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

This means that October submissions are being rejected. Possibly, though I got my response last quarter in one of the early batches, though I'd submitted on the very last day of the quarter. I'm not at all sure they are read in the order they were submitted. But still, regardless of when it comes, ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I do agree that more creative work is the best distraction from anticipation, as well as being the best antidote for elevated expectations. Investing too much in any given submission is a recipe for disappointment, though the Forum does provides us a unique opportunity to share the anticipatory anxi...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Ah, I see, so I am using it correctly (just as obsessively as you've described). Good to know.
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Maybe I'm missing something. I just signed up for Duotrope to replace my Google docs submission tracker. I can understand checking the site for WOTF results, since they have rolling deadlines, and things come out in batches, but what can checking Duotrope tell me about my own pending subs? If I get ...
by Patrick S. McGinnity
Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4996
Views: 1091070

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Thanks, Kary. I was just starting to get some grading done, but now I have this to distract me! Oh well, I used to reward myself with snacks between groups of essays, but checking the Forum doesn't have any calories at all! Let's see, 131 days would put the submission somewhere near the middle of Oc...

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