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by disgruntledpeony
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Empathy Problem
Replies: 1
Views: 369

The Empathy Problem

So, I was doing my morning reading on my lunch break at work and came across a lovely little Cracked article that triggered something tangentially related in my brain. http://www.cracked.com/blog/why-your-brain-cant-empathize-with-large-tragedies/ If you don't want to read the article, the long and ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19427

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

carmarky wrote:*frantically rereads first two pages for the 500th time*
*finds glaring grammatical error several pages in* wotf020

See, that's why I never read my entries after I submit them until I know the results. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19427

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Tomorrow is Thursday. It feels like a Thursday kind of week. *cracks knuckles* I got a rejection from Asimov's the other day. I'm ready for it. You guys all saw Dave's latest post about what AJ (Algis Budrys) taught him? It's all about contest entries, you can assume last Q, so freak out and go rea...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 138
Views: 7990

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Do most of you who are submitting for the competition also simultaneously submit to publishers, magazines, anthologies, etc? I guess if you’re good (and lucky) you’ll either chalk up a win in the competition or make some sales. We don't submit duplicates of the same story to multiple locations (sim...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 138
Views: 7990

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Sooo, when do the butterflies subside? Never. But they do get older and less energetic the more you submit. The first submission is the hardest, so congratulations on making that first leap. Agreed. The more stories you have out on submission, the easier it gets to deal with them. Eventually, you m...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19427

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

morganb wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:It varies. Considering how many entries the contest has been getting, we might not need to sweat until November or December.


November starts next week! LOL


~Morgan

That still gives us a week off. wotf019 Seriously, though, I'm more inclined to expect late November than early November.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19427

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

jbaugher001 wrote:So,

This is my first time entering since 2014. In general, when do rejections start rolling out so I can start sweating?

It varies. Considering how many entries the contest has been getting, we might not need to sweat until November or December.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Form vs Personal Rejection
Replies: 12
Views: 1063

Re: Form vs Personal Rejection

Yep, that's a polite form. I've gotten the same one, myself. A personal rejection usually involves the editor mentioning your story in some way (for example, saying that they liked the story but the characters seemed a little flat, explaining that the word count was too high for what they're accepti...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2490
Views: 461964

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello, Phillip! Nice to meet you. wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19427

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

KD Julicher wrote:So... it's Thursday! The first Thursday I've felt like we might have a chance of seeing results. Probably way too soon, right?

We shall see. *steeples fingers, glares at e-mail*
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 22
Views: 3176

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

Agreed. Not spam just a focused account. I've always been afraid to click on the link because it just looks sketchy, and there's no intro or anything in the posts -- just the hyperlink. Has anyone actually followed the link? Does it work? Looks like code that would blow up my computer! lol ~Morgan ...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 16
Views: 1332

Re: Why Do You Write?

I refuse to make this choice. It's not fair. wotf004
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: WilliamHawk
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: WilliamHawk

I got a PM saying someone would be on it, but haven't seen the results yet.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 42
Views: 2672

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

I think this is good encouragement for all of us, especially if you've sold some things, that we should be writing with publication in mind, instead of the "well, I'm just not there yet," mindset. Exactly. wotf007 wotf010 I guarantee that part of the reason I haven't sold any of my WotF s...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 42
Views: 2672

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

I think this is good encouragement for all of us, especially if you've sold some things, that we should be writing with publication in mind, instead of the "well, I'm just not there yet," mindset. Exactly. wotf007 wotf010 I guarantee that part of the reason I haven't sold any of my WotF s...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 42
Views: 2672

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

Even Rs can be publishable. I've sold 3 out of 5 Rs so far, and only 1 out of 5 HMs. I do feel my HMs are better than my Rs in general, so it is just a matter of market really. I second that it's a matter of market, often. I've sold 6 out of 14 HMs (two of my HMs were the same story, just edited), ...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 42
Views: 2672

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

Even Rs can be publishable. I've sold 3 out of 5 Rs so far, and only 1 out of 5 HMs. I do feel my HMs are better than my Rs in general, so it is just a matter of market really. I second that it's a matter of market, often. I've sold 6 out of 14 HMs (two of my HMs were the same story, just edited), ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19427

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I keep forgetting to report in here, but I submitted on September 29th, and I just received the confirmation a few minutes ago, so I'm in for Quarter 4! I first entered the contest 10 years ago this quarter, and I've only missed one quarter since--this is my 40th entry wotf024 Wow, that's determina...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 18973

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I wasn’t excited about mine until yesterday when I finally started to get into the setting and the characters. I took Dave’s recent blog with the seven elements he looks for and taped it over my desk. I started much earlier this quarter! I should be open for a swap in a week or so if anyone is inte...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 18
Views: 2155

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Chris533 wrote:Interesting - but - my two page story turned into 20!


Yeah, that'll happen. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Age Limit?
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Age Limit?

I read over the rules on the main site and didn't see any age restrictions for either part of the contest, although I'm not overly familiar with the illustrator's side of things.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Sense of Belonging
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: A Sense of Belonging

My Q3 finalist may have been along those lines, but in order to understand what sort of advice you're looking for I'll need more context. Feel free to PM or e-mail me so we can have a more in-depth discussion.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 22
Views: 3176

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

Williamhawk keeps dumping all kinds of spam everywhere. It's not even remotely writing related anymore. Please help.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

I have a novel outlined that I've been poking at listlessly. I think it's time to kick myself in the pants, get this thing out of my head, and send it in before the deadline.
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2490
Views: 461964

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome. wotf013 I wouldn't say non-genre fiction is 'normal'; I think mainstream fiction and non-fiction are the appropriate terms.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19427

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

When I saw the 4 in 35! post on the Forum, I thought it was the perfect excuse to wait to submit, but my critique group gave me the "A Dead Line Is A Dead Line" speech. They instructed me me to Get It In! Yes, definitely! Get it in. 4 in 35! isn't meant to keep people from getting 4 (or e...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 964893

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Only 107 posts to go. Jeebus! wotf015
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19427

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

One more pass tomorrow, and then I'll send mine in. I'd do it now, but it's late here in Michigan, and there's a few descriptions I know I'll be able to refine after I've gotten sleep.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 138
Views: 7990

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I'm in! My weak spot seems to be Q2. It's the only quarter I've missed since I started, but I've missed it two years running.

No excuses, this year. We'll get it done! wotf024

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