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by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Mail not leaving Outbox
Replies: 5
Views: 26

Re: Mail not leaving Outbox

I offered to critique for someone but haven't heard from them, I sent my email address and checked after a few days - it was still in my Outbox and not in Sent mail. I tried again and now have 2 in my Outbox. Just for the record, during my time on the forum I've noticed that a message I've sent to ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Little did he know...
Replies: 4
Views: 28

Re: Little did he know...

I go back and forth on this one. I try not to use it in my own writing, but I don't always mind it in someone else's work--as long as it's done subtly and artfully. When done incorrectly, it can certainly break reader immersion. The specific phrase, 'little did s/he know,' I'm not fond of.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 47
Views: 1253

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

So I asked Dave recently what I should do to prepare. Here were the things he told me: -Get a flu shot -Drink tons of water because of elevation (said several people get hospitalized every year because of this) -Bring business cards and network like crazy -Make sure to buy the session recordings (I...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 47
Views: 1253

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

RSchibler wrote:Soooooo guys, guess WHAT? Joy called me as well and I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TOO! Get this, contributed by Writers of the Future! I can't WAIT to meet everyone! What an amazing opportunity!

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by disgruntledpeony
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 68
Views: 2287

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I just scrapped every bit of text from my Q1 sub and will restart tonight. Wow. That's--that's rough. wotf030 Why, if I might ask? (If you'd rather discuss it privately, feel free to PM me.) I found a way to give my first scene greater conflict and tension. But in doing so, it "changed" h...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 68
Views: 2287

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Henckel wrote:I just scrapped every bit of text from my Q1 sub and will restart tonight.

Wow. That's--that's rough. wotf030 Why, if I might ask? (If you'd rather discuss it privately, feel free to PM me.)
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Was wondering if anyone here has had any success with the supernatural/horror genre for WoTF? Would we need to write in a significant fantasy element for a story like this to have a chance? It would need to have a speculative element for WotF, whether science fiction or fantasy. However, supernatur...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Interior Dialogue
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Interior Dialogue

I am a fan of free indirect speech, which does not use italics, but you can still use italics to convey direct thoughts. I have only seen quotes used for something said aloud, whether to themselves or another person. I'm also a fan of free indirect speech, though I've experimented with italics from...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Interior Dialogue
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Interior Dialogue

How do you show interior dialogue for your main character? Do you put it in quotes? Do you italicize it? I have Googled this and just ended up confused. What is the best way for WoTF? When you say interior dialogue, are you talking thought processes or an exchange between multiple characters? (Ital...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Was wondering if anyone here has had any success with the supernatural/horror genre for WoTF? Would we need to write in a significant fantasy element for a story like this to have a chance? It would need to have a speculative element for WotF, whether science fiction or fantasy. However, supernatur...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Congratulations, Peony, on your scholarship to the Superstars Writing Seminar. Dress warm. Colorado in winter can be challenging. I'm from Michigan, so it may be colder than I'm used to but I should be okay (I have plenty of warm clothes and I know to bring layers). wotf007 It's intriguing that Swi...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thank you, everyone! I hope to see you there, Leah. wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 47
Views: 1253

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Thomas Woodward wrote:I just got a call from Joy Auburn letting me know I got the scholarship - very excited to get the opportunity to go and meet everybody!

wotf010 Awesome! We'll have to arrange a meet-up, for sure.
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 47
Views: 1253

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I waffled back and forth on this something fierce, but I ended up trying for the scholarship--and I just got a phone call telling me I got in! wotf007 Apparently, it even includes the craft day this year. wotf015 Finding the funds to get there will be an adventure, but I'm going to wait until I get ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I guess that makes sense. If the ones that made it to the very top, but didn't get selected, could go right back in, then they would rocket to the top again and it would be near impossible for other contestants to get their stories in. That's pretty much it, in a nutshell. It's kind of a mixed bles...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

SwiftPotato wrote:If I remember correctly, if your story gets semifinalist or above, it can't be resubmitted.

That's correct. Semifinalists and finalists can't be resubmitted.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Okay, here's the deal with my finalist: When I was waiting for results, I said that I knew this challenge had directly contributed to my success. That's because I literally might not have written the story otherwise. My 4th place finalist was a 3.7k weird western, 'Old Man Coyote Meets Mother Tormen...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4107
Views: 907174

Re: Success!

WillShadbolt wrote:My second sale to Daily Science Fiction is now online!

https://dailysciencefiction.com/science ... alis_SciFi

Nice! I enjoyed it. Well-written. wotf007 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Wulf, I'll be dishing out the details soon. wotf007 Possibly after sleeping, but certainly within a few days' time. Did you get a critique already? I don't get one as a finalist--only semi-finalists get critiques. Finalists are considered good enough for publication; it's just a matter of judges' p...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

My voice is fun, playful, and joyful, so this will be very challenging. Fun, playful, and joyful can work too. My finalist was primarily a wild romp (although I will grant, there was a dark undercurrent to it as well). Don't worry, Wulf, I'll be dishing out the details soon. wotf007 Possibly after ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Wulf Moon wrote:Great idea, Liz! That puts the TOC at the start of the "book." Thanks for the suggestion.

Glad to help. wotf009
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 15019

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Disgruntledpeopny, I will now put all available mojo on you being a published finalist so that you can be the forward scout. You can then report back, sharing the inside scoop for when we both place in Volume 37 and go to the Gala together! This is my new fantasy plan. wotf007 Joni didn't ask to ho...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

1. Locate each of those Super Secrets in the Table of Contents Ref: TOC is on page 58 ascending. Something I've been meaning to bring up as a suggestion--might it be possible for Wulf to edit his initial post on page one and copy/paste the TOC there? That way newcomers can navigate the thread from ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 17
Views: 643

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

I've been meaning to respond to things in this thread for days, but I've also been busy, so now you guys get a small novel. wotf019 Disgruntledpeony, I'm also waiting to see if we get to meet in April :) Doesn't look like it, unfortunately. Glad you're going to be there, though. wotf007 Disgruntledp...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 15019

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Just got the second call from Joni. Apparently, I came in 4th place. Just shy.

Ahh well.

Congratulations on the win, SwiftPotato! I'm absolutely thrilled for you. wotf007 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1897
Views: 55376

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

SwiftPotato wrote:So, I got my result, and...

wotf059

Third place! I just got the call from Joni and she told me I could "scream it to the hilltops"!

Congratulations! wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 15019

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Well, I haven't heard anything... maybe because I sent my story in, on the last day, via snail mail... :P Perhaps it has been entered in the next quarter, though it was postmarked on the thirtieth. Responses to snail mail entries tend to take longer regardless of result, if I recall correctly. Than...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 564
Views: 15019

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Retropianoplayer wrote:I'm always reluctant to post any results as I'm beginning to see this contest now as a Marathon, not a Sprint.

I can understand that. It took a long time before I decided to post my results in my signature for similar reasons. (I can't remember why I changed my mind on that, at present.)
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 17
Views: 643

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

czing wrote:I'd add one important thing is to trust yourself and your vision for your story.

Oh, absolutely. That's incredibly important (and it can be very difficult to do until you get the hang of it).
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 17
Views: 643

How to Get the Most From Critiques

I see discussions on giving critiques far more often than I see discussions on receiving them, so I thought it might be prudent to talk about how I analyze critiques once they’ve been sent to me. I should note that these tips are not meant as the be-all and end-all of how to process a critique. They...

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