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by kentagions
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52067

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Congratulations Wulf. Looking forward to reading your story.

Congratulations Brittany. Nearly there.

Good luck to everyone in the first quarter of 36. Write, write, write.
by kentagions
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to those who have posted and those who have not. Good luck to you all. The Forum is unique as a resource for any number of writing needs. Need advice - post a question. Need a critique - ask for an exchange. Don't worry if your question has been asked before, just ask and someone will answer...
by kentagions
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52067

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

aidanka wrote: I just wonder what is anti-dave everything? i couldn't find any article about it. could you please spare me? Ms. Pang is being a bit too self-deprecating. She is a very good writer as pro editors are finding out. Dave's list of ten reasons why he will quickly reject a story( https://m...
by kentagions
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52067

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Hope for my stories? These are my children, grown from a place of wonder. Raised with discipline to entertain anyone with a spare twenty minutes. Submitted by themselves to stand alone or fall in a critical world of capitalistic judgment. One rejection has been converted to a format I have performed...
by kentagions
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52067

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

vsutherland01 wrote: I am still at the point where my absolute best effort barely makes an HM. There is no degree of HM. The odds of receiving one are one in ten. So your story beat ninety percent of all others in a professional setting. It was read by an award winning professional author and editor...
by kentagions
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Software, Reviews & Deals
Replies: 5
Views: 3205

Software, Reviews & Deals

The hard drive on my old laptop died last week. Data has been recovered and computer switched to a solid state hard drive. Now I'm looking to replace my word processor and photo editor. Perhaps our intrepid Forumites have knowledge of these things and would care to share. I'm most familiar with Micr...
by kentagions
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 5514

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

Science Fiction

Submitted: 6/18/18

Rejected: 10/4/18
by kentagions
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1188156

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Rebecca!

wotf010
by kentagions
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Rejection
Replies: 9
Views: 3887

Re: Rejection

Hi Becky, I reread the story I believe you entered for Q2. The beginning may have taken too long to build Narrative Momentum. Check out this blog post: http://www.laurelcohn.com.au/Narrative%20momentum.html I'm still sold on the story and am stunned that it received a straight R. Best of luck, Kent
by kentagions
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the Forum, Shannon, Best of luck with your first entry, that's the biggest hurdle many writers have to get over. Many of us could sit for hours painstakingly editing every word in our stories until everything feels perfect. And in that way, I've edited the life right out of two stories. D...
by kentagions
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the Forum, LorenzoAL, You're in the right place for critiques and story exchanges. There are many people aboard who will exchange with you. The usual place to ask is on the Story Critique Exchange ( http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/viewforum.php?f=15 ). PM me for an exchange. Best of l...
by kentagions
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Go Karmstrong!

Welcome to the Forum.

It's wonderfully scary feeling when you submit. Lightning might strike on your first try.

PM if you ever need a critique.

Good Luck,
Kent
by kentagions
Tue May 29, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format
Replies: 7
Views: 4149

Re: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format

Thanks, Matt,

If the necessity arises, removing hidden file information can be done in Word 2013 and higher using the info found in this article: https://computerservices.temple.edu/removing-hidden-information-microsoft-office-files
by kentagions
Mon May 28, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format
Replies: 7
Views: 4149

Re: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format

Hi Becky, You can find the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) manuscript preparation guidelines here: http://www.sfwa.org/2008/11/manuscript-preparation/ . These are the standard guidelines that nearly every market follows when their fiction guidelines instruct the author to &qu...
by kentagions
Mon May 14, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, new Forumites,

I'm always impressed by the broad range of experience represented.

Good luck to all.

Kent
by kentagions
Fri May 11, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tiered Rejections
Replies: 4
Views: 6532

Tiered Rejections

Didn't realize that my Five Minute Rant would have quite so much interest. I wrote that after receiving a number of meaningless rejections. The old Hot and Cold game occurred to me as a - tongue in cheek - option for rejection standardization. YM Pang brought up its resemblance to the currently offe...
by kentagions
Thu May 10, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 25
Views: 7994

Re: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Love the dancing bananas.

Congratulations Preston! wotf049
by kentagions
Mon May 07, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1179
Views: 327583

Re: Five Minute Rant

amoskalik wrote: An intriguing idea. If they could actually pull it off, it would be very helpful... Thank you, glad you agree. <Pats self on back> Got something in my eye when I saw "however." This wouldn't be the traditional game, but more like a blind guy at the target end of a shooting...
by kentagions
Sun May 06, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1179
Views: 327583

Re: Five Minute Rant

Hot and Cold Has anyone played that kid's game? Kid One hides an object somewhere in a room and Kid Two tries to find it. Kid One calls out, "You're getting hotter" as Kid Two approaches the object and, "You're getting colder" as Kid Two moves farther from it. The point is for Ki...
by kentagions
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1179
Views: 327583

Re: Five Minute Rant

Get it out, man. Just let it all go.
by kentagions
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 105
Views: 19908

Re: Contest Questions

I look for results at three and a half months. *Twitch* If they're not in by three and a half months, I figure I've made the first pass. *Twitch, twitch* When results come in on the Forum, but not mine, I... *Twitch, twitch, twitch. Hide under covers while poking Refresh* When finalists announce on ...
by kentagions
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 105
Views: 19908

Re: Contest Questions

Hi PhoenixHays, Rule #6, sentence 4 states: Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. So, I have a different opinion on your entry's chances. On the bright side (if indeed it is rejected in the first pas...
by kentagions
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi Ms. Luck,
Great handle. Hope it's prophetic.

Hi SueD,
Sorry about the litigation. <Rim shot>
Very cool being able to meet the winners.

Welcome to the Forum!
by kentagions
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello Rider and Y.M.,
Thank you for joining. Hope you both find the community you're looking for, here.
Best of luck in the contest,
Kent
by kentagions
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 105
Views: 19908

Re: Contest Questions

Hi manchowder1, Rule #3 states the answer to both questions: All entries must be original works by the entrant, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification. Exc...
by kentagions
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 9
Views: 4475

Re: Rules of Writing

When reading to critique a manuscript: Assume the manuscript is perfect the first read through. I could lie, tell of the rules I really want to follow, but don't always. I like to plot, but have never plotted the same way twice, and sometimes not at all. I like to allow two weeks for a manuscript to...
by kentagions
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Grace,
Good luck!

Kent
by kentagions
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Blake, Yes, an R is a rejection. Most rejections come in the first wave of results, which is why we all hope to hear results later. It comes in the form of an email from Joni informing one that: "Your story has been judged and did not place..." It is kind and offers the author a ch...
by kentagions
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where do you get your inspiration?
Replies: 22
Views: 9035

Re: Where do you get your inspiration?

What is the most logical conclusion to a current trend? = Setting/milieu What are the two most incongruous ideas (one SF and one character oriented) I can smash together to create the core problem of a story? How will a character with certain traits react if she/he is forced into a situation where n...
by kentagions
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 728974

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Phillip and other newcomers, posted or not, Post. Post now! Don't just mine old threads for tidbits (though there are lots of healthy tidbits), but ask your own gripping questions. Maybe there's someone on the Forum who wasn't here for the last thread that dealt with your quandary. Maybe you...

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