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by DoctorJest
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 65905

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

And, turns out my current Q2 is about to become my Q3. Twists and turns...
by DoctorJest
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 47706

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Blargh, I just discovered I'm probably going to be working very late for the next three weeks, which completely blows my plans for editing this story out of the water, I don't feel like I'll have resolved my issues with it by then. I have a fall-back position though, another story I had sidelined to...
by DoctorJest
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 58660

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Lightspeed is the same, I think -- I've received the regular "it didn't quite work for me" one, and the "it's nicely written and I enjoyed reading it, but overall it didn't quite win me over" one.
by DoctorJest
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 65905

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Do you plan to query your novel or indie-publishing? I'm going indie way on my first novel. So, that means I'm not out of WOTF contest until I've sold 5000 print copies? I'm purposefully delaying my novel launch to try my hand at the contest. My current plan is to query, but I'm still researching i...
by DoctorJest
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Escalation is king, no doubt. It's an emotional rollercoaster -- no good if the first rise and fall is the biggest and best one, all the rest will feel like a bit of a let-down after that.
by DoctorJest
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 65905

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Gahhh, you guys are leaving me in the dust! I'm still trying to finish my Q2, which is driving me crazy today because all I'm having is thoughts about what to do with my budding novel. This is objectively unhelpful. On the up side, if you guys show up in Hollywood without me, you'll be close enough ...
by DoctorJest
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 58660

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Even at Future Science Fiction Digest, where I'm an editor, I can tell you it's highly annoying to be moved to read a story at that length that shows promise, and then, after investing a significant amount of precious time, discover it fails by the end. There's a good reason for this bias. Many sto...
by DoctorJest
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I've taken four weeks to let it simmer, and now I'm back to do my revisions and make a draft 2 -- though this time around, my first sweep of "revisions" is going to be sticking the various pieces I wrote together into one vaguely coherent whole, and then editing it so that I have one story...
by DoctorJest
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

So, I now have my story concepts for the next two quarters -- that feels awesome to me. :-) I've been novel-writing in the gaps while I'm letting the second story rest, but I'm looking forward to the third quarter entry, as it'll be the first time I set out to try and write a comic short story in an...
by DoctorJest
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 47706

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'm in the Pending Edit stage of my Q2 entry, which is the stage where I put it aside, ignore it for a few weeks, and then work on my novel draft instead. That's going fairly well at the moment, insofar as I haven't stared at it and yet been compelled to stab myself in the eyes with my pen, which I ...
by DoctorJest
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I can haz a first draft. My Q2 is properly underway! (I saw a quote from Neil Gaiman popping up on that MasterClass thing online -- something to the effect of, "The purpose of writing your second draft is to make it look like you knew what you were doing when you wrote the first one." This...
by DoctorJest
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I have a real fondness for manuscripts in Courier, myself. I get that people may feel that they're outdated and don't apply, but there's just something about it that appeals to me on a level I'd have a hard time explaining. (Wouldn't want to read a book printed in that, mind you...) I'm mid-draft fo...
by DoctorJest
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 47706

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

(Speaking of which, am I wrong in thinking that one Patrick Rothfuss might have had success with a piece of a novel in the past?)
by DoctorJest
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Terry Pratchett was so witty, every sentence was a play on words, and most of those sentences were hilarious. I felt that he was to humorous novels what Gary Larson was to comics. He spun world society like a top and gave us views from angles only he could identify, and we'd chuckle and say, you kn...
by DoctorJest
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Humor typically has to get in and out quick to be funny (unless you're Terry Pratchett). The thing with Pratchett is, if you took out all the humour, it'd still be good. Not all humour writers do that, including a good many pretty successful ones. I think that's why it never feels like it overstaye...
by DoctorJest
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 58660

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

And just submitted also. :-) Mine's also a three-day effort, the first time I've ever tried this...
by DoctorJest
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

And I'm in also, a fresh story for Q1!

I also have my outline for Q2 roughed out, so I'm ready to roll on the next one too...but I think I'll take a short break first.
by DoctorJest
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 47706

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'll be editing close to the deadline for Q1, but I already know the story I'll be writing for Q2. I have an outline already sketched, but it's very broad.
by DoctorJest
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Well that was an interesting experience! I just completed the first draft, and...well, it's not the story I expected it to be, even half way through, and I think that's a really good thing in the end. I'm curious to see how well it fares -- I normally give my work a lot more TLC in the weeks before ...
by DoctorJest
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 58660

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I've very nearly finished my first draft. I've never tried submitting this way before, so if nothing else it'll be an interesting experience...
by DoctorJest
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Yeah, I'm thinking there'll be no swaps for me this time around... :-D There is something about over-thinking a story. I've done that with the original idea a lot, but having put myself close to the deadline (I'm working on my first proper draft right this minute) I'm just writing it, and hell, whet...
by DoctorJest
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I'm going to be trying a more wing-it approach to this submission. I do layer my stories a little, so the edit cycle has value, but I think it's definitely worth keeping in mind the energy of the first version -- I know when I've lost writing in the past and tried to reproduce it, I've never been ab...
by DoctorJest
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Thanks for this! This last point has just prompted a complete rewrite of my opening, but so far I like the new version a lot. I lose a lot of nice details from the original, but those don't necessarily add to the story anyway.
by DoctorJest
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 58660

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I understand about the stress of the deadline, but I think you can do it. I'm also willing to bet that your rewrites will be better than the previous draft, because that is how these things tend to go in my experience. If you get to a point where you're interested in and/or willing to trade critiqu...
by DoctorJest
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 58660

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I just looked over my draft, and realised that I have some major conceptual issues that are going to mean I'm about to do some massive rewrites of this story. I'll not get to keep a significant chunk of what I've done, but hey ho -- better than sticking with something that doesn't feel like it's nai...
by DoctorJest
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Back In Action!

(...and I shall endeavour not to stick those last two words back together again.)
by DoctorJest
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 101
Views: 23117

Re: 4 in 36

All you can do is try, right? :-) My last sub was at the end of v.33, but I'm still going to tilt at this full steam and do my damnedest to make it stick.
by DoctorJest
Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3494
Views: 369135

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Okay, deal. I'm in on this insanity too.
by DoctorJest
Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 101
Views: 23117

Re: 4 in 36

Right -- Thanksgiving's down, and so it's time to get full steam into editing my Q1 submission. I have the bones of the story down, and my first edit sweep is some refinements, a whole lot of next-sweep edit notes, and essentially sanity-checking everything to make sure it still stands up... I'm pre...
by DoctorJest
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 58660

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I have my draft pinned down, so now it's all tweaking and refinements. Looking good to be ready to roll in time for the quarter close.

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