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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: 16604

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: 338
Views: 12534

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: 338
Views: 12534

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: 82
Views: 5081

Re: 4 in 36

Three for three, so far! One more quarter to go.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 338
Views: 12534

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: 338
Views: 12534

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: 4044
Views: 873801

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: 16604

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: 4044
Views: 873801

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: 295

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! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32325

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: 338
Views: 12534

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...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16604

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I wonder if we'll get a Thursday this week? It feels like we must be getting close... Someone said July. All I know for certain is that in the trio of rapidfire e-mails that went out, Joni was encouraging us not to wait for results before submitting again. Implies results after the start of Q4 to me.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16604

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

KD Julicher wrote:I wonder if we'll get a Thursday this week? It feels like we must be getting close...

Close, certainly, but I'll not hold my breath yet. (Aside from to dive into my final push for Q3, that is.)
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 102
Views: 2850

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I actually have an idea, a conceptualized ending (although I prefer to write start to finish, when possible, so I haven't gotten there yet), and the first scene and a half rough-drafted for a potential Q4. It kind of happened by accident while I was waiting on feedback for my Q3. I'm usually nowhere...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 338
Views: 12534

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I hate to break out the ol' dictionary, but it's the easiest way to clarify things: comedy —noun, plural com·e·dies. a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending; a dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 338
Views: 12534

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Good luck to you as well, Henckel. May your tickling stick never be free of feathers. I flicked through a few stories, classed as humour and available for free on the TOR site. Clearly, my SOH is out of alignment with theirs, so perhaps I have no chance in WotF. Do keep in mind that TOR is a differ...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4044
Views: 873801

Re: Success!

I've sold a second story to Flame Tree Press!

http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fan ... ic-fantasy
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 338
Views: 12534

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

DoctorJest wrote:Ugh, I'm struggling so much this quarter. If I get a story in at all it'll be the product of sheer bloody mindedness.

I understand. In past quarters when I had it rough like that, I'd pick a story I'd sent a year or more previously to polish and resubmit.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32325

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

Like I said, all will be revealed at the end. I would like to state, for the record, that I am much better at writing to assignment when I understand the purpose of said assignment beforehand. ...I am surprised several of you did these overnight. I said you had until Friday. I would have never won ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32325

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

Got my 250 here. Will post critiques on the 500s once I have time. (I did not like this cut. The effort to balance the bones of the story with the poetic prose needed to keep the theme killed my interest in the prose by the end.) # Cousin Coyote Meets Mother Torment, 250 word version Coyote slipped ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Multiple Entries From Same Login
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Multiple Entries From Same Login

I recently entered q2 of the contest. I subsequently entered q3 (this quarter) but I did not realise I needed to create a new login and new password for each quarterly entry. I logged in and entered using the same account as last quarter. I am now very concerned and eager to find out how this will ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 338
Views: 12534

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Wulf Moon wrote:Two week mark. The clock is ticking. Something is always better than nothing. You can do this!

I'm letting my story breathe a bit before I do my final push. At the latest, I'm starting my final draft on the 20th.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 338
Views: 12534

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I'm feeling a little pitiful at the moment. I've plotted the story and started writing it weeks ago. I could get the first draft out in a day, maybe two, if I felt human-ish again. Surgery took more out of me than I expected. I am not throwing in the towel, but as the days drag on, I wonder if that...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16604

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

chuckt wrote:By the way. You shouldn't need a new login to put in your Q3. Anyone else find the submission page confusing?

Some quarters I don't need one, some quarters I do. The submission page is glitchy as hell.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 6544

Re: Contest Questions

I am, to say the least, a 30 year old with nothing more than a high school diploma wotf017 . I have re-educated myself on grammar to the best of my ability, but this is where the dwindling confidence part comes into play. As someone who has entered the contest multiple times with varying results, I...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32325

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

Reposting with proper formatting. I initially forgot to drop the BBC in, and for some reason when I tried to edit it in later it just... wouldn't... work properly. Cousin Coyote Meets Mother Torment, Take II (500 words according to Google Docs, because I've written all of this on my phone). # Coyote...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 931
Views: 32325

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

Cousin Coyote Meets Mother Torment, Take II (500 words according to Google Docs, because I've written all of this on my phone). # Coyote slipped into Sheriff Mallory’s skin as the man traversed Devil’s Creek. Boots squelched through russet-red clay accumulated in the arroyo from recent rains. Wind s...

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