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by george nik.
Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Penumbra Submissions
Replies: 434
Views: 92133

Re: Penumbra Submissions

Well, I did get an e-mail from Penumbra this morning - in fact I got TWO e-mails. The one was the answer to my question. It seems that they DO accept multiple submissions for different themes - but they also accept multiple submissions for the SAME theme, which I certainly didn't expect. They just d...
by george nik.
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Penumbra Submissions
Replies: 434
Views: 92133

Re: Penumbra Submissions

Thanks a lot, Marina and Elinor! All this was useful information. wotf008 I've decided to start writing the story now and submit it to them right at the deadline -- unless they finally reply to my e-mail and tell me that I shouldn't. Their themes are very broad, anyway, and stories written for them ...
by george nik.
Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Penumbra Submissions
Replies: 434
Views: 92133

Penumbra Submissions

Does anyone here submit to Penumbra? I need some help with the guidelines, urgently! wotf014 I've submitted a story to Penumbra for the June issue (call ended Jan 31st). I want to submit one for the July issue (call ending Feb 29th) but I'm afraid that by the time a reply comes for June I'll have mi...
by george nik.
Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 38349

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

What exactly IS beautiful prose? For me, the best kind of story is the one that makes you so immersed in it that you forget you're reading a story and you feel like you're actually there. So I suppose that's beautiful prose for me. Bad prose is something that puts me off so much that I can't possibl...
by george nik.
Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:47 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132117

Re: Cover Workshop

I'd say, purely as a first impression, version 2. After I looked at them a little more, and read the hidden text, undecided, because I also came to like version 1. And after more thought, finally, version 2 again. I think version 1 is quite good, but version 2 is very good, really. The fonts for the...
by george nik.
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 526599

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Lucy. Good luck with the contest! It's great to start out so young!
by george nik.
Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 526599

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi, it's me again. I'm beginning to become a bit embarassed - I feel I've been monopolizing the "New users introduction" thread. Well, I guess this happens because there are not many non-native English speakers around the forum, plus there hasn't been any newer user to take away the limeli...
by george nik.
Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 526599

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Believe it or not, I've actually been googling phrases to verify that they are often used and they are not "Greekisms"! Oooh... Ugh... Owww... I almost think that's a bad idea. One way a writer really stands out is a distinctive voice; and your "Greekisms" might be something tha...
by george nik.
Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 526599

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Well, thanks, Kyle, this sounds like good advice. I guess I'm just looking for things to worry about. We've got a long waiting ahead of us, so any distraction might be welcome. I could also worry about the quality of my writing, about whether the theme of my story would fit KD's interests, whether t...
by george nik.
Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 526599

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Your English is probably good too because you're from another country. After all my travels I've found that people in other countries speak English better than we do here... Well...maybe they speak "better" because they have learned English as a foreign language and are more conscious abo...
by george nik.
Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 526599

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Thanks, Tina! And good luck to you too - I was reading on the other thread yesterday about your tribulations trying to submit on time and I could only sympathize since I always leave things for the last moment myself. I actually submitted electronically on the 31st also, but fortunately late in the ...
by george nik.
Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 192
Views: 73963

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Almost everything by Tanith Lee, Ursula K. LeGuin and Michael Moorcock. Robert Jordan, for the incredible Wheel of Time. Roger Zelazny, for Amber. Tolkien, for making me love fantasy. Isaac Asimov and Arthur Clarke, for making me love SF. Douglas Adams, for proving that SF can really be so funny. Ju...
by george nik.
Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 526599

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, george nik.! I think you'll find that non-native speakers are generally well accepted in the American speculative fiction community, and I see no reason why you couldn't excel here. Good luck! Welcome aboard, george nik.! If you hadn't told me English isn't your first language, I never wou...
by george nik.
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 526599

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello, everyone. I am a poet/short story writer/children's story writer/playwright from Greece. I'm actually considered quite good in Greek literary circles; I've got about 50 prizes & distinctions in literary competitions in Greece in the last three years (and a few in Cyprus and Australia). As...

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