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by Isto
Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Oh gosh, you guys have brought back memories for me. Ancient Greek… Yes, my teacher did actually try to teach us Ancient Greek, when I was about thirteen. It was my Worst Subject Ever! I didn't take the language. I had to rely on Lattimore's translations. My prof was amazing. Imagine a Classics pro...
by Isto
Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

wotf019 I kiss your feet! Is Martin old enough? In Swahili the greeting 'Shikamuu' is addressed to a venerable elder who then replies 'Marahaba' (delightful). Je, wewe unajua kusema Kiswhaili, bibi? wotf006 Given that he is about to " Pro out", I'd say that he is, indeed, my venerable eld...
by Isto
Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:I'm sorry, Ishmael, I can't stand by as anyone disrespects my state bird.

Image

Anything else is a mere flycatcher.



wotf019 I kiss your feet!
by Isto
Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Today was a beautiful day In Ohio, blue skies Green grass with red robins A warm day, a sunny day LaLaLA LaLa LA sneaks up with a net.... what's got into her? uh-oh... has she entered the contest AGAIN? Quick! Grab the net! (drag her to the right thread) Robins? No, no. This is a robin - erithacus ...
by Isto
Sat May 31, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Today was a beautiful day
In Ohio, blue skies
Green grass with red robins
A warm day, a sunny day
LaLaLA LaLa LA

sneaks up with a net.... what's got into her?
uh-oh... has she entered the contest AGAIN?

Quick! Grab the net!
(drag her to the right thread)
by Isto
Mon May 19, 2014 3:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

s_c_baker wrote:[quote="Isto"Many quarters ago, we had a little contest where we predicted who would and would not win Vol 29 Q1. I was sure Martin would win.


Looks like you just got the Volume number wrong. wotf007[/quote]

wotf053 wotf010 Congratulations, Martin! I am celebrating tonight with a huge bowl of ice cream.
by Isto
Mon May 19, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I would just like to remind people of a little story. It started in the volume 29 quarter 1 thread. I had written a story I was very proud of and there was no reason for me to be too excited about it given my past performance in this contest (all rejections). I went to turn in my story on the day o...
by Isto
Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

According to Yahoo, "Dark Matter 'slingshot' could send lethal asteroids crashing into Earth".

If we keep it going long enough: Maybe we can weave a net out of it to save Earth. wotf007
by Isto
Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Nope. No eggs here. wotf017
by Isto
Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 232784

Re: Five Minute Rant

That being said, I really don't know what you're on about. I suppose I should take a look at this Bechdel test thing before I voice my opinion. But, generally speaking, taking automatic offence because a person has this or that point of view doesn't promote good listening. That is pretty much what ...
by Isto
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 232784

Re: Five Minute Rant

I wrote a reply on the Blog thread to Bob's blog article on the Bechdel Test. Then I thought my reply sounded like a rant, so I moved it here. As a prescriptive test to detect one form of discrimination the Bechdel Test cannot stand alone as an analytical tool. It does not pretend to detect any oth...
by Isto
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 232784

Re: Five Minute Rant

Oh no no nooo. This isn't the spirit behind the Five Minute Rant thread. Here we're meant to vent about our rejections/inevitable failures. For instance: Swampslush Magazine rejected my story. How dare they. wotf016 My story was a work of genius. Their magazine must be a pile of steaming gator dung...
by Isto
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Ishmael wrote:
Isto wrote:I went to the Bluegrass Stakes in Lexington ...
Grass is green here, but I've heard above Bay City, MI it's still brown.


The problem with people on this board is a lack of consistency. Now let's get it clear please; is the grass green, brown or blue?
wotf017

wotf019 And soon white!
by Isto
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Spring cleaning time. Throw out all those old marked up pages, fluff up the language, file the story stacks, and buy a new printer cartridge. Winter is . . . WHAT? Down below freezing again? OH CRAP! What about my tulips? I never assume the snow is really gone until Easter. Sometimes Mother's Day. ...
by Isto
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Spring cleaning time. Throw out all those old marked up pages, fluff up the language, file the story stacks, and buy
a new printer cartridge. Winter is . . . WHAT? Down below freezing again? OH CRAP! What about my tulips?
by Isto
Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Think it's too soon to start planning the Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29 five year reunion? wotf013 That's actually a fantastic idea. Perhaps we should each commit to writing/publishing a certain number of short stories/novels, etc. and commit to them her for posterity. Then four years from now, we can ge...
by Isto
Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

It's raining in California! According to the Weather Channel (yes, I know their information is 'iffy' at best), it has already rained a couple inches and 7 ? more is on the way. Take a well-deserved rest, Gator. wotf003 Will the bananas dance forever since Q1-29 lives forever? wotf015 What have we d...
by Isto
Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Maybe you need to employ the services of a different creature. I don't know... That Evil Martin, I bet he can dance with those cool shades. That sounds like a challenge! wotf011 Two things I can guarantee: you never want to hear me sing, and you never want to see me dance. But those bunny shoes are...
by Isto
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

In other news, my entire state is going to be covered in ice by tomorrow morning. I think the gator might have overdone it a little wotf005 Nope, she doesn't do snow. Too cold. wotf014 There, you have it from the Gator's enormous mouth. oooops. We need to put a booster on that Gator. Did a handy jo...
by Isto
Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Please send California some rain, Ishmael. Rain dances are enforced during lunch at all schools. Still nothing. Heavy clouds, no rain. *Gator does the Happy Snappy Gator Rain dance!* wotf006 wotf049 wotf049 wotf049 wotf049 wotf049 wotf049 There, that ought to fix it. wotf005 More! MORE! Save Califo...
by Isto
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Can we fix it for everybody who has the wrong weather to exchange it back again? Down south about half of Somerset is under water and I need wellington boots to squelch out and walk the dog even this far north! All of the rain that some of you guys don't have has fallen on us. Climate change should...
by Isto
Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Rain? What is this rain you speak of? Haven't seen any in weeks --- no. Seriously... My daughter's out there (Berkeley) with her 78 degree weather... during the rainy season that isn't. As for me, I'm getting ready to celebrate our heat wave. A balmy 28 degrees! woo-hoo. Of course with 25 mile an h...
by Isto
Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Well we certainly can't have that. You have enough to be sad about just living in MI (this winter). It's crappy enough
down here in OH. wotf004 With wind chill .. like negative 20? .. brrrrrrrrrr
by Isto
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Hmmm... No replies? Just me here, all by my lonesome? Hmmm... Lonely, I'm Mr. Lonely, I have nobody for my own. I'm so lonely, I'm Mr. Lonely, Wish I had someone to call on the phone. I'm a soldier, a lonely soldier, Away from home through no wish of my own. That's why I'm lonely, I'm Mr. Lonely, I...
by Isto
Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

s_c_baker wrote:[obligatory witty post]



obligatory me-too wotf046
by Isto
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Elinor, Just an update. Made the deadline. Now the long wait. I really haven't sent my novel out to many places... I get tied up writing the synopsis. I think I have a novel-worth of pages just trying to condense the interwoven plots into a few catchy phrases that represent the whole. I've heard it'...
by Isto
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Elinor, Since you sent that message, I've been a busy, busy person. I finished next semester's syllabus, rewrote the ending of a story I've decided to send to WOTF (if it isn't accepted elsewhere first), worked the weekend, paid a sneak visit to your website (quite nice!), AND began doing research o...
by Isto
Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

wotf041 Congratulations! What a perfect place for such an announcement. Sniff . I'd love to hear how many other stories from the hold pile have also been published. Sniff ... Aw, gee. I'm getting all nostalgic just thinking of it. Mmmmm, s'mores. Amor s'mores. I think I'll have s'mores for brunch in...
by Isto
Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1010128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

ThomasKCarpenter wrote:
Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
AMcCarter wrote:You guys really want to drag this post out to 200 pages, don't you?


Lest we forget: we have a target!


And I shall be the first post on page 200 just like 100! It's on, people. It is ON! wotf011


200 pages? Hmmmm . . . I'd like to see that. I'm in. (57% of my posts are here)
by Isto
Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:50 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Movie - Ender's Game
Replies: 2
Views: 1875

Movie - Ender's Game

Yesterday I saw Ender's Game. My husband had never read the book, so it was an experiment of sorts. His rating... The BEST sci fi movie he had ever seen. My assessment .. WOW! The battle room is EXACTLY as I had imagined it. The special effects were amazing. But most of all, the story lead the way. ...

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