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by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1610
Views: 47438

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

chuckt wrote:
Corbin Maxwell wrote:
FYI: writing to the point costs between $200 - $600. Something to think about.


I got mine off Amazon couple months ago for $40 but I see now the cheapest option is $133. Strange.

Prices on out of print books can fluctuate greatly. You got lucky, sir. wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 21253

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Is this how the results progress? 1. Joni phones the finalists. Finalists are requested not to disclose their status, so they go semi-silent in the forum. 2. Email notifications of Rs, HMs, and SHMs (If people start reporting receiving these and you didn't get a call from Joni, you know you aren't ...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 303
Views: 9648

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Submitted my Q3 this morning. My Q4 turned into a book. I’m at 20k with a ship-load of material still to write. You submitted your Q4 instead of your Q3, if you submitted it this morning. Q3 ended on June 30th. I guess I’m confused. It comes with the brain damage. Then I guess my other entry was fo...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 303
Views: 9648

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Corbin Maxwell wrote:Submitted my Q3 this morning. My Q4 turned into a book. I’m at 20k with a ship-load of material still to write.

You submitted your Q4 instead of your Q3, if you submitted it this morning. Q3 ended on June 30th.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 21253

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Wulf Moon wrote:I wouldn't start twitching until the end of July.

Too late. wotf004 (Usually having multiple submissions out lessons the twitching for me, but I've got several stories that have been floating in the ether for longer than normal and it's starting to make things worse instead of easier.)
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 21253

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'm not twitching. Why would I be twitching? I'm--I'm not-- wotf039 LOL... I'm also not compulsively checking my email account twice every day (more on Thursdays) and hoping NOT to have a new message there... wotf037 I usually check here first. If there is no chatter about results coming in, then I...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 303
Views: 9648

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I can't speak for everyone here, but I've never been able to afford any kind of writing workshop. I've made do with how-to books and practice, thus far. I'm glad you're able to invest the time and money into such a course, but it's important to remember that an ever-increasing number of people thes...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 21253

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'm not twitching. Why would I be twitching? I'm--I'm not-- wotf039
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 303
Views: 9648

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Four original fresh stories in one contest year is not an impossible goal. It's a simple start toward growth, and all new writers need to start somewhere, set reasonable goals that push themselves, and keep moving forward in their skills. In truth, most of us need to be writing much, much more. Imp...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1064819

Re: Book about Sci-Fi writers

Humboldt Steve wrote:Amazed this thread is still active.

It does lurch back to life every so often.

Speaking if which! Happy 4th of July and/or Thursday, as appropriate.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 525007

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Pen-Prince wrote:Thanks Mr Wulf. My autocorrect kept correcting that to wolf. That thing where you have your credits under your post, how is it done? Sorry. I'm a bit dim about these things.

If you go into your User Control Panel, there's a spot where you can edit your signature. Welcome to the forum! wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Helpful Writing Links
Replies: 23
Views: 3355

Re: Helpful Writing Links

http://phobialist.com/ I don't know how helpful people will find this in general, but at the very least it's interesting. (I swear, I'll take the time to update the master list again one of these days. wotf019 )
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 303
Views: 9648

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'm going to a convention this week (anyone going to SpikeCon? Say hi if you see me!) and I hope to get a Q4 plotted during the drive. Sounds like fun! (The con, however, is well out of my travel range. ...There are a lot of places out of my travel range right now because babies, honestly, but anyt...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 303
Views: 9648

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Tracy: Sounds interesting to me. I'd say go for it. Just be sure that speculative element shows up swiftly. (That info might be vague enough to keep you anonymous, but it still might be good to pare it down.) TimE: Not that I know of? I'd... really rather not try, personally. I still need some time ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 303
Views: 9648

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

TimE, I've been counseled that it's best not to discuss plotlines openly on the forum lest judges randomly pop by and the story ends up disqualified as a result. Anonymous contest and all. That said, write the story that resonates with you. Kind of joking, DP. The penguin idea was from KDJ (I think...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 303
Views: 9648

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

TimE, I've been counseled that it's best not to discuss plotlines openly on the forum lest judges randomly pop by and the story ends up disqualified as a result. Anonymous contest and all. That said, write the story that resonates with you.
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 21253

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I turned in Q3 So I AM READY! Bring on the Twitching for Q2!!! That's how it works, right? You have to turn in the current quarter before you get to twitch about the previous one, or am I doing it wrong? Not this quarter, you're not. wotf019 Hmm... So I now have two stories in the contest at the sa...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21921

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

JVAshley wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:It's not so much a trajectory as a spatter pattern, if we're being honest.

wotf019 Love that peony!

Glad to amuse. wotf007 wotf009
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21921

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Ya know, just looking at your trajectory (SHMs, SFs, and F) I can't help but to admire your commitment. I suspect your on the cusp of a win. It's not so much a trajectory as a spatter pattern, if we're being honest. wotf019 Also, I daren't get my hopes up. Even if I make finalist again, the odds ar...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 100
Views: 6914

Re: 4 in 36

Three for three, so far! One more quarter to go.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1610
Views: 47438

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

In with a fresh story on 6/27.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21921

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

And I'm in.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21921

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I completely agree. While there's nothing but good intent behind advice, not all advice is the right fit for all people. I felt the same way listening to one of the WOTF podcasts. I forget who was being interviewed. Some advice about not overpolishing your stories because they'll just come out look...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897787

Re: Success!

I've neglected to post it here, but last summer Mad Scientist Journal published a classified ad where I imagined a mad science organization looking to hire a mad engineer to actually put their mad science into practice. It's out of exclusivity, so I put it on my site. https://jonficke.com/2019/03/2...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 21253

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Anyone read Dave's tip today? Sounds like he's close to finishing judging (unless this is a recycled tip, I've read similar thoughts from him before.) https://mystorydoctor.com/powerful-openings-2/ - for anyone who wants to read the tea leaves. My thoughts on the matter are: I'm 90% certain it's a ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897787

Re: Success!

https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/hs-fs/hubfs/9781787556942.jpg?width=244&name=9781787556942.jpg I'm happy to report my fourth Flame Tree acceptance. This one is for 'Detective Stories', due out in November. It's a second outing for my two Victorian policemen, MacAndrew and Smithers, whose f...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Question about resubmission--same readers?
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: Question about resubmission--same readers?

Same readers. I know what the e-mail said, but if the previous story got an R I'd definitely recommend some editing. Read it over, make sure there aren't any major spelling/grammar problems, check for plotholes, make sure your personal info is removed, etcetera. You've still got time. :)
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1610
Views: 47438

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

check your Properties too. What do you mean by this Wulf? I am sure that if you look in the metadata of the file, you could see my name. Is that disqualifying? I've seen no mention of that. I never thought of trying to figure out how to get that off. There's a way to remove that metadata. I'm not s...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21921

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

One... more... pass... but not tonight, because good lord, my head feels ready to explode. I'm so close. I want to finish it. But I also want to produce my best work, and I can't do that with grey matter leaking out my ears. Will do my best to get the story in tomorrow, because if I don't manage tha...

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