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by morganb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 5211

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Matt -- were you able to get a print of Adrian's final artwork for your story? That would be amazing.


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 5211

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

How much time are the illustrators given to finish their artwork for the stories? Maybe that's their 24 hour challenge? lol


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Not to make anyone twitchy, but according to The Grinder, average response time from WOTF is 94 days and my Q1 story is now at 93 days. lol

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 21017

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Submitted Friday night on the 30th.
by morganb
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm twitching, but not for Q1 results. I went WAY overboard last night on last-minute redlining for my Q2 entry and now I'm thinking I might have to pull an all-nighter because this entry WILL get submitted tomorrow ahead of Saturday's deadline! Good thing I have tomorrow off from work. This is by f...
by morganb
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

HAPPY THURSDAY!!!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Another question; this time about story inspiration and focus
Replies: 2
Views: 842

Re: Another question; this time about story inspiration and focus

Here are my two French francs-worth on the topic... As soon as I start writing anything, that nasty little Tasmanian Devil that lives inside my soul spins up and starts telling me it's crap, it's cliche, it's been done a thousand times before, no one's going to like it, you should just really quit w...
by morganb
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Middle of the Night Writing
Replies: 4
Views: 987

Middle of the Night Writing

I woke up last night around one in the morning and knew I wouldn't get back to sleep unless I got right up and wrote some stuff down. So I left the bedroom and turned on a lamp and spilled the contents of my brain out onto the pages of my notebook. Thirty minutes later I read over what I had written...
by morganb
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 21017

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I'm on my final round of polishing, then it's off to the submission form in a few days. No way I'm waiting until the last minute like last quarter . . . that was a nightmare.

~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Another question. The website wasn't working when I submitted, so I had to do hard copy... Does that mean I'll be notified of results by snail mail? The wait is killing me already even though I'm pretty chill and patient in the real world. You regulars are both helpful and hyping things to an unhea...
by morganb
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 192
Views: 75787

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

michaeljwyantjr wrote:That reminds me, Zer0es by Chuck Wendig is really good if you're into modern speculative fiction (and care about technological accuracy in your hacker-culture fiction).


And THAT reminds me of another favorite -- BZRK by Michael Grant.


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 192
Views: 75787

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

I just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It's my new favorite. My last favorite was the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver.

~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Is it common to submit the same story (with extra editing /tweaking) for the contest more than once? That's very interesting. My only question would be, since Dave has been the first reader of the contest for several years now, wouldn't he recognize the same story submitted more than once? I wonder...
by morganb
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: Rules of Writing

Morgan can you extrapolate about what you mean by the difference between storytelling and writing? You betcha! lol This goes back to a quote I once read from editor Chuck Adams in an interview with Poets & Writers Magazine: “To me, these are the two most important things: I want a voice, and I ...
by morganb
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: Rules of Writing

Rules? Hmmm...I guess I've never really thought about rules before, or even guidelines for that matter. I did set two writing goals for myself this year though: 1) Enter WOTF every quarter 2) Submit two new pieces of flash fiction to professional markets every month So far, so good on the first goal...
by morganb
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Fairy Tale Rewrite
Replies: 3
Views: 900

Re: Fairy Tale Rewrite

Gregory Maguire made quite a successful career from his fairy tale retellings (Wicked, Leaping Beauty, Mirror Mirror, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, etc.) I think the real key is: what new twist can you give the story to make it fresh and different? Making only a few small tweaks to the original...
by morganb
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

RSchibler wrote:Yay verily yay. It is known. wotf019

Results tend to come on Thursdays. But any day can be a Thursday, it's just typically Thursdays.

Superstitious? Not us!


Bwa ha ha! That's awesome!

My results have come on a Friday, a Tuesday, and a Tuesday, respectively.


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I really like the look of the new WOTF website. Very modern. New look for them, maybe some new results for us...?

~Morgan
by morganb
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

disgruntledpeony wrote:Oh god, it's Thursday. *braces!*


Ha ha! Relax. I'm sure we still have weeks to go! lol

~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange
Replies: 5
Views: 1120

Re: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange

michaeljwyantjr wrote:I'll be down for an exchange in a week or so. Started working on my Q2 sub in earnest and should have something ready by then.


You can PM me when you're ready and I'll take a look at it for you.


~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 921446

Re: Success!

Nice going, Preston! I subscribe to DSF and saw this come through yesterday, then read your bio about WOTF. Way to go!

~Morgan
by morganb
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I don't expect we'll hear much until probably closer towards the end of February.
by morganb
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 21017

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I pulled out an old (June 2017 timeframe) piece of flash fiction that eventually morphed itself into a 3,000 word short story. I had abandoned it after the folks at Critters crucified it because the story apparently raised more questions than it answered, which just frustrated me. In a way I guess i...
by morganb
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I had to email my story to contests@authorservicesinc.com. I'm really hoping that's the correct email address to use. Did anyone else send theirs to a different addy?

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Isn't there a thread somewhere specifically for critique exchanges? I thought I saw it once but can't seem to find it now. I've got one person currently reviewing my Q1 entry, but would like at least a couple more people to give me a content critique. Any takers? Of course I'm more than happy to ret...
by morganb
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Just finished another round of rewrites. Looks like I'm going to make it for Q1 after all, although this isn't the story I had originally intended to submit. This one is coming in just shy of 2300 words though and that concerns me. Is that too short for the contest? Should I add some more depth and ...
by morganb
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 22
Views: 5316

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

Need to give derispaka25 the old boot...


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 1488

Re: Retellings

I'd speculate that just about every story is really a retelling of some kind or another. After all, just how many really *new* ideas are there? Think how many vampire stories and ghost stories and elf/goblin/dragon stories there are -- aren't they all really based on the same premise? Yet they're al...
by morganb
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 37899

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Starting to get really worried I'm not going to make it this quarter, gang. Just seem to be SO MANY other demands on my time right now. Can't seem to get into it.


~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Thank you all!
Replies: 2
Views: 979

Re: Thank you all!

Welcome back, Martin. And thanks for everything you're doing!

~Morgan

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