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by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where do you get your inspiration?
Replies: 22
Views: 5562

Re: Where do you get your inspiration?

Apparently, I never actually posted in this thread. O_o Was sure I had. In any case, my inspirations are wide and varied. Books, both fiction and nonfiction; movies and TV (though not as often these days, because the twins have severely limited my TV time); music; conversations with friends/family; ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 178
Views: 17372

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Finally managed to get my story in semi-decent shape for a first draft. It's still got a ways to go, but I think it's on the right track...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 178
Views: 17372

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Just submitted for Q2 Volume 37. I worked very hard on this story. My editor looked at it twice for me and I did revisions both times. It came to 5,700 words. How does Joni keep all these quarters straight? My head is spinning right now. Waiting for results for Q1 Volume 37 and now Q2 Volume 37. An...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do the judges have a preferred style?
Replies: 11
Views: 2158

Re: Do the judges have a preferred style?

My general recommendation is: Write what you love. My more specific recommendation is: Write what you love, first and foremost, but checking out the last few anthologies to get an idea of the sorts of things the judges have accepted in the past is probably not a bad idea. Some judges have a hard pre...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2876
Views: 576534

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I would first like to extend my heartfelt welcome to all of the newbies that have arrived of late. This is a good place to be, and I hope you all find yourselves comfortable. Have some cookies and cocoa. *passes out snacks* Hello everybody! My name is Mark Taverna. I have sold a few Sword & Sorc...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Do you need three try/fail cycles if you're also making your character make a big sacrifice?
Replies: 4
Views: 1531

Re: Do you need three try/fail cycles if you're also making your character make a big sacrifice?

RusticBohemian wrote:Wow! Those notes were super helpful. Thanks so much.

No problem! wotf007 (Also, in case you haven't seen, I sent you a PM.)
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Do you need three try/fail cycles if you're also making your character make a big sacrifice?
Replies: 4
Views: 1531

Re: Do you need three try/fail cycles if you're also making your character make a big sacrifice?

Honestly, I think the easiest answer I have to this question is to repost my notes on the class I just took with David Farland, the coordinating judge: # When I was at Superstars, I attended David Farland’s Craft Day class, “How to Write the Perfect Short Story”. Dave announced, right out of the gat...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Non-Winning Finalists (where to find them)
Replies: 6
Views: 1852

Re: Non-Winning Finalists (where to find them)

I recently put Warspawn , which is a non-winning Finalist, up on my website. I really enjoyed this story. It had some great worldbuilding (a war golem choosing to live a life of peace? I'm in!) Thanks for sharing it!! wotf007 Same here. It was also interesting to read the prequel after (also on Liz...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 178
Views: 17372

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Today I finished what is either the first or third draft of my story, depending on how you look at it. (The first two docs were VERY rough. This one is at least legible as prose all the way through.)
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2928
Views: 189326

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Okay, this post is going to be a monstrosity, but here goes. # When I was at Superstars, I attended David Farland’s Craft Day class, “How to Write the Perfect Short Story”. Dave announced, right out of the gate, that the title of the course was deceptive. There is no perfect short story, because per...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1131273

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

BeeW wrote:Wow... picking random pages of this thread is like opening a time capsule!

I can absolutely believe that.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2928
Views: 189326

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I was the one who said "mermaids frozen in an iceberg"! I was so thrilled by what Jonathan Maberry did with it. wotf007 (For the record, my write-up on Dave's short story class will be coming by the end of the week at the very latest. I've been very busy since I got home, and while I've ma...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: I'm looking for a specific type of fantasy novel.
Replies: 9
Views: 3292

Re: I'm looking for a specific type of fantasy novel.

morganb wrote:Pretty much anything else from Neil Gaiman. American Gods or Good Omens or Neverwhere or Anansi Boys. I recommend all of them.

You beat me to it! wotf019 I'll see if I can find any other options hiding on my bookshelf during the boys' next nap.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What to put in a bio?
Replies: 12
Views: 2180

Re: What to put in a bio?

Ok, here is what I came up with: Candice R. Lisle is new to writing science fiction, but has always been a fan. Her hobby is watching sunsets from her downtown loft balcony in Salt Lake City, Utah. I think this is on the right track, but it could use a few more details. Potential things you could t...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 93
Views: 10350

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

So, I'm only halfway through the Seminars, but I can safely say that this has definitely been an educational, enlightening, and overwhelming experience (but the good kind of overwhelming, for the most part). I've already taken something like 20 pages of notes, I've practiced pitching a story, I've g...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1131273

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Galen wrote:Why don't escaped convicts make good writers?

. . . Because they never finish their sentences.

That is awful, sir.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A quick question about commas in dialogue
Replies: 4
Views: 1346

Re: A quick question about commas in dialogue

There should be a comma after the word shrugged, yes. wotf008
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 434
Views: 31219

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:This is the quarter we don't hear about until after the awards, right?
No worries, it's only... <counts the months on the calendar>
<hides>

Yeah, the wait for Q1 results always makes Q2 a really hard focus for me. Dave's been posting things that suggest he's reading, though... wotf017
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Non-Winning Finalists (where to find them)
Replies: 6
Views: 1852

Re: Non-Winning Finalists (where to find them)

I recently put Warspawn, which is a non-winning Finalist, up on my website.
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2876
Views: 576534

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello my name is Alaina (Lainy is a nickname), and I'm, umm, new here! I live in Michigan with my spouse and our grumpy cat/writing partner, Gary. I was shocked to realize, as we slipped into 2020, that I've written my only complete novel as part of NaNoWriMo 2010. I want to stop playing and step u...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions about Word Scheme
Replies: 2
Views: 1416

Re: Questions about Word Scheme

12 point font; Courier is preferred. One inch margins. Double-spacing, as opposed to single or 1.5 spacing, essentially means that there is a full line of space after every line of text. Most word processors have a tool that will let you change the spacing automatically rather than having to enter t...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Covers
Replies: 10
Views: 1532

Re: Covers

There's also the idea of using contrasting colors on the color wheel to catch the eye. When I worked at Hollywood Video, it was pretty easy to notice that at least half the DVD covers were basically some variation of blue and orange.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 93
Views: 10350

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Randomly did the 16 personalities quiz. I'm here to join the ranks of the INFPs (and also the filking, because that sounds like fun). wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 985029

Re: Success!

Have you tried Escape Artists? It seems like something that might work in a podcast. And they say (paraphrasing) they want more women authors to submit. It's been to Podcastle and Cast of Wonders, both. Honestly, I've sent it to every pro-paying magazine I could find that it qualified for over the ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 178
Views: 17372

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

My current plan is to finish up the story I started in Q1 and had to shelve because Reasons. (Mostly, figuring it out was just slower going and I knew I couldn't do it while balancing Superstars prep and all of the other things on my plate.)
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 985029

Re: Success!

Yay! Glad you hit your minimum. Warspawn was a great story! I love it. It hasn't sold somewhere? I don't get this business sometimes. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. wotf007 I got a lot of personals on it, but no acceptances. (It's also the story where one market said I hadn't put in enough interna...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1131273

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

storysinger wrote:wotf015 , I just noticed this thread has surpassed the one million views threshold.

And we're 6 posts away from 5k!
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous Submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 2688

Re: Simultaneous Submissions another question

I would like clarification on simultaneous submissions: 1. For example, if I submit a short story to WoTF, do I wait for the judging to be over for that quarter before submitting it somewhere else? 2. If I submit a story to another contest which allows me to keep all rights, do I wait for the judgi...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 985029

Re: Success!

This isn't quite the standard type of success, but I'm posting it here regardless. I've been running a fund-raising campaign of sorts to fund my trip to SSWS, and I hit my minimum target goal of $1000 this week! I've posted 'Warspawn,' my first WotF finalist, on my website as a combination celebrati...

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