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by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25941

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Facets of a story that distinguish an automatic decline due to utter guideline noncompliance (recipe, joke, prank, whim, non-fantastic, non-prose content), to also-ran to honorable mention to finalist, etc., to quarter win, place, or show, to annual grand winner? Relevant, timely, timeless, lively h...
by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Bigger Piece or One-Shot?
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Re: Bigger Piece or One-Shot?

Consider the reverse? Excerpts from novels that stand alone and hold up to scrutiny and appeal are few and far between though exquisite. Ralph Ellison's " Battle Royal " excerpted from The Invisible Man is an example of excellence (Houston Community College hosted PDF). How does the excerp...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Software, Reviews & Deals
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Software, Reviews & Deals

Word's overall issue is appearance and intent for user friendliness and consequent less accessibility and control. WordPerfect's Reveal Codes feature outstrips all others for ease and function access to format codes. WordPerfect is lean and clean for format codes. Word, in terms of format and style,...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 2110

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

I got an email that concerns me. I entered for the 3rd quarter but the email I got was titled: Congrats - Your story received Honorable Mention 2nd Quarter Then it opened up as: Dear Entrant, Your story has been judged and is an Honorable Mention for the 3rd quarter . Congratulations!!! Has there b...
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25941

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm in. Not sure if it is sci fi (Wikipedia's attempt to define "sci fi" wasn't much help), but I'm in. A workable definition for science fiction is most anything not real-world extant of a scientific or technological nature. "Hard" science fiction is especially about probable, ...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 1751

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

Freelance editor: up to five dollars per proofread SMF page, more for heavier edits, is my bread-and-butter income for eighteen years now, about $30 average net per work hour. The field's pay, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ranges from $15 to $50 per hour, $25 mean, a few $100-plus out...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 1751

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

A writing teacher specifically? A curriculum vitae for a writing teacher would include teaching credits, education credits, and publication credits. For one-on-one in-person, mail or email, or all, teacher-pupil correspondence, time exclusive to the correspondence would be billed at at least $40 per...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25941

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

The WotF contest, science fiction and fantasy, fiction overall favor classic comedy's "happy endings" to a factor of about six out of ten; conflict resolution, about nine of ten. Farland has noted he loathes downbeat stories and outcomes fraught with ennui and angst for the sake of downbea...
by orbivillein
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 28547

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So... Do writers normally get these notifications or is this something new? Either way, can one speculate that receiving this notification means they have achieved at least HM? Submission progress notifications throughout WotF contest history have been episodic and erratic. Submission management so...
by orbivillein
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 28547

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So... Do writers normally get these notifications or is this something new? Either way, can one speculate that receiving this notification means they have achieved at least HM? Submission progress notifications throughout WotF contest history have been episodic and erratic. Submission management so...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Format of computer folders, files, and programs
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Format of computer folders, files, and programs

SMF originated from typewriter standards, one monospaced typeface of one type size and no format decorations, like bold and italics, etc., only capital case and lowercase roman type. Back when, a typewriter companion template's edges included a straight edge and a scalloped edge. The straight edge f...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Researching SF&F Fans
Replies: 5
Views: 1661

Re: Researching SF&F Fans

I no longer participate in any surveys. Recent and current events have shown those are motivated by malign agendas and for abuses. Even otherwise benevolent surveys presuppose wanted results: petitio principii , "begs the question," circular logic that assumes the conclusion at the outset ...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Format of computer folders, files, and programs
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Format of computer folders, files, and programs

For general information, anymore, many publishers prefer SMF typescripts' main typeface be Times New Roman. New Courier is the traditional SMF typeface circa twentieth century up through 1990. Typeface preference and mandate varies among the Big Four fantastic fiction novel publishers and the many s...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 28547

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Author Services switched submission management software to WizeHive's Zengine for volume 35 2018, as late as for the fourth quarter. New login criteria though old logins could be entered as if for the first time. New software, expanded submission management plugins, ostensibly, more economical, effe...
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions
Replies: 5
Views: 1034

Re: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions

Other word processor software also includes text-to-speech applications, includes WordPerfect and Acrobat distiller apps, the Dragon, of course, supported by several browsers, too.
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 28547

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

For the record, I submitted on June 21st and received my first pass email on Sept. 4 at 2 AM. (Joni never sleeps apparently.) Time sent or time received? Detroit, Universal Time Code Minus Four (EDST, Greenwich Mean Time, and DST impact, too) Hollywood, UTC-7 2 a.m. Detroit local time, Hollywood lo...
by orbivillein
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2727
Views: 529116

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi all, I'm new here, so still feeling my way through the forum. I've written for years, but only in the last few have I tried to do anything with my scribblings. At the moment I have a handful of short stories, three of which have been published online. One is still out, one is on the revision tab...
by orbivillein
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Format of computer folders, files, and programs
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Format of computer folders, files, and programs

Grammar principles about proper noun and common noun, respectively, initial capital case, lower case all; and title of an overall facet or subfacet, respectively, italics, quote mark brackets. jDoeDD214.pdf, unique file name and extension folder, common noun. Tent Junk Folder, proper noun. Away Docu...
by orbivillein
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Up, Creator, Reader?
Replies: 0
Views: 1222

What's Up, Creator, Reader?

Read a recent novel created by a standout celebrity fiction writer. Many grammar issues, errors, language shortfalls. Contributor acknowledgments recognize a likewise industry stalwart editor of the novel and a publisher, known for lax craft and grammar standards. None of the former would be named h...
by orbivillein
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2727
Views: 529116

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi Guys, I'm new to the community. I have been an aspiring author for a long time, but I just discovered WOTF, a week ago. I plan to submit some manuscripts real soon. I know that the next deadline is October 1. I have a question. Is Supernatural Horror considered Dark Fantasy? Would stories from H...
by orbivillein
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25941

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Other labels for "secondary world fantasy," "alternate world," and "secondary settings" include "high fantasy," "low fantasy" for otherwise real-world setting milieus, and "metaphysical." Reimagined, reinvented, or innovated fantasy creatio...
by orbivillein
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 4387

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

The bane of self-publication is a dearth of competent composition aptitude and editorial correspondence adjustment thereof. Not that the publication industry anymore exercises as much editorial input as in the past. The onus shifted elsewhere, somewhat to agents, somewhat to freelance editors, sever...
by orbivillein
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25941

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Assessments of contest winner stories for years focus on story type: hard or soft science fiction? alternate world or history science fiction? epic fantasy? secondary setting fantasy (J.R.R. Tolkien's coin for alternate world)? contemporary fantasy (metropolitan, municipal, urban, suburban, rural, o...
by orbivillein
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 4387

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Followers are an important indication of future revenue performance and a practical measure of a writer's appeal reach. Say a writer publishes and lives in a region where the local newspaper circulates a fiction story to twenty thousand subscribers, newspaper readership, the community populace is ei...
by orbivillein
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 4387

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Orbivillein, if I understand correctly, what you're saying is the common practice (no longer the legal practice?) for a novel derivative of a shorter work is to include an acknowledgement thanking the first publisher, but because the rights for the shorter work have reverted back to the author (ass...
by orbivillein
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25941

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Whaaat...? You mean you get to REVISE your story before it's actually published, if you're one of the quarterly winners? ~Morgan Not that I'm aware of. I'd just assumed that Dave (or someone) made final edits or such before final version is published. I was just wondering to what extent their chang...
by orbivillein
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25941

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

-- So my question to all of you is this: how would you suggest immersing myself in this (or other sff) writing community? I have no friends in the "real world" that are also writers. I feel I need the support of like minded people. --- Develop a vocabulary list of grammar, craft, expressi...
by orbivillein
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Agonizing Mistakes
Replies: 9
Views: 1466

Re: Agonizing Mistakes

Overall publication attitudes generally dismiss a few obvious typographical mistakes. Otherwise, common and oblivious grammar faults and errors might litter a typescript, and publication attitudes disparage. Part of those former and latter sensibilities' derivation is due to widespread realization a...
by orbivillein
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1971

Re: Flash Fiction

According to a July 17, 2017 forum post by preston, here, the shortest ever contest winner is "The Disambiguation of Captain Shroud" by Gary Shockley, first place 1988 contest year second quarter, and Golden Pen winner, is in volume V, 1989, pages 404 to 406, about a thousand words length.
by orbivillein
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1971

Re: Flash Fiction

Flash fiction of greatest appeal and, consequently, publication success potential, entails the narrowest focus of event, setting, character, and dramatic movement, plus, of course, emotion and tone, or transformational emotional attitude toward a timely and timeless, relevant social topic. Flash's g...

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