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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: 934
Views: 32576

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: 934
Views: 32576

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...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

Word count after taking out title and such is 1001. Over the stated limit by two words would be a reject in WotF, and in some Flash competitions and pro zines. And it puts editors in a bad mood. They don't like it when people don't follow their guidelines. Even small infractions. Google Docs is lyi...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16772

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

wotf018 The Twitching has officially set in. Anyone want to join me under the table? I made a pillow fort to wait out the rejections. Pillow forts are the best. *offers up fuzzy blankets and hot cocoa* I brought mimosas and macarons. I'm not twitching yet, not bad, but who doesn't like mimosas and ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

Thank you for the critique, Becky. Very much appreciated. wotf007 I worried about the use of 'colloquially' at the time. May change it in the final version. I was, perhaps, a bit slow or subtle when introducing the problems in this piece. Got caught up in the sensory immersion aspect. Good point on ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

I don't generally have time for line by line critiques these days, but I wanted to at least give general critiques and tips for everyone who posted. DISCLAIMER: If I touch on things others have said, don't be disheartened--firstly, because I've not read others' critiques on your story in order to av...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

I went back and forth about whether to post this here or try to publish it elsewhere, but I've been wanting something new to post on my website and I think this will fit the bill. (Sidenote: I generally don't use interobangs, but the one in this story seemed to fit better than italics because of how...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

I've been working on the flash challenge, but I'm not yet certain if this thing I'm writing actually is flash or if I've inadvertently discovered something larger. I'm writing by the seat of my pants, and I'm at 893 words with no concrete idea how to get from where I am to my intended ending. Might ...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

I managed to make some progress on my Q3 yesterday, and I've potentially got some extra hours opening up today, so I may be able to write a flash piece after all. No promises, but it's definitely something I want to try if I can.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16772

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I knew nothing about the contest when I did my Q2 and it crosses some lines--one line I would be too embarrassed to admit. wotf004 It's all good. The entries are anonymous, and you can always fix it or send it elsewhere if it does get an R. Mid June at the earliest don't you think? Depends on what ...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

The dragons and I seem to be cycling through illness after illness right now (summer colds, WHEE). This makes writing even harder than it otherwise would be, if only because my head currently feels like it's full of pudding. I think I can still finish my Q3 in time, but I'm struggling with that as i...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16772

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

thewritescott wrote:Why is nobody twitching?

Oh, I'm twitching, but I can't afford to twitch too much because I need to finish my Q3 (which is proving to be a tough write).
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

wotf009 I will have this on your desk ASAP, sir. Won't posting it here preclude the ability to submit it for publishing, though? Interesting thought. Maybe. Personally I wouldn't count it. No many will see it and fewer will read. There is no publishing intent. And it will quickly sink into the page...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16772

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

V31 Q2 - rejections reported on May 26th. Perhaps we should be twitching after all. I've looked at Dave's podcast - Hook - check; Fresh idea - check; Engages from page 1 - check; etc - but I've thought that with previous stories. This one was only my second story written specifically for WotF. My l...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 340
Views: 12891

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Searched for it on Netflix - found out it was on Prime. Damn. I like everything Gaiman writes. Pratchett - not so much. Sheen and Tennant tend to add something to a part. It is, in fact, on Prime. My husband has a Prime account, so we got lucky there. They do have a 30 day free trial, and Prime Vid...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 340
Views: 12891

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

TimE wrote:I guess the Good Omens series is going to bring a plague of stories involving angels and demons.

Possibly. wotf019 The book is amazing, and the first two episodes (which are all I've had time to watch thus far) are appropriately delightful.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon May 27, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 340
Views: 12891

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Rough prose draft finished. Now I just need to make it not suck. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Fri May 24, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Over-thinkers Anonymous
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: Over-thinkers Anonymous

So, lately my problem is keeping ONE story idea. I start a story. It's a cool story, I like it. Then I get an idea that changes the idea slightly, and I think 'Ok, that's cool. That works'. I re-start the story. But it doesn't stay there. It keeps morphing and mutating and then before I know it, I ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu May 23, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16772

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

TimE wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:My brain randomly decided to start twitching today. Whee!


I'll admit to glancing at the Quarterly results thread - if you're going to twitch that long, you're at risk of being put away!

I survived Q1, I can survive Q2. XD
by disgruntledpeony
Thu May 23, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16772

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

My brain randomly decided to start twitching today. Whee!
by disgruntledpeony
Tue May 21, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 340
Views: 12891

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Corbin Maxwell wrote:My last one I did a lot of rewriting. Cut like 7k. Took me over a year to write it. 18 months for an R.

Believe me, I've been there. I also almost completely rewrote my finalist, so... *shrugs*

Keep writing. That's the key.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon May 20, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 340
Views: 12891

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I've been mentally working on a fresh idea for Q3. Early this morning it began to gel. Time to let it flow. wotf042 Go go go go go! One of the twins got sick the day before they turned six months old (cold plus pneumonia in one lobe of one lung) and still has some minor symptoms, although he's most...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon May 20, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 6567

Re: Contest Questions

I thought it was interesting, because I was thinking about pro rates and looking at the prize payout for WOTF. Third place pays $500. Depending on how long your story is, that could either be a pro rate, or not. If your story is 10,000 words, that's only $0.05 per word, which isn't a pro rate payou...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri May 17, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 16772

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

RSchibler wrote:Be careful of posting details about your stories - the contest is anonymous.

I think this is about her SF, which can't be resubmitted.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon May 13, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 6567

Re: Contest Questions

This is certainly putting the cart before the horse but I have a question about the prizes. It looked to me (after doing a little searching) - that there is a workshop for 12 writers and 12 illustrators - I assume that is the top 3 each quarter. But despite assuming I have the following questions i...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon May 13, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma

Have you tried the 'Clear Formatting' option? There's usually one of those. Starts you over from scratch, but that might be preferable? (I'm not super good at figuring out this kind of thing without a visual reference.)
by disgruntledpeony
Sat May 11, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 226
Views: 79940

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Something I'm confused on: If we're supposed to be keeping these confidential - no names, no titles, whatever - how does swapping my story bit with Writer X's story bit, and critiquing on each other's work remain confidential? I know that I got Writer X's work, and Writer X knows they got my work.....
by disgruntledpeony
Wed May 08, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

It wasn't my intention to derail anything or undermine anyone else's spirits. I certainly wasn't trying to undermine the challenge. I made the mistake of voicing some private thoughts and concerns in a public space, and it turned out to be a bad call. My apologies to everyone.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon May 06, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 934
Views: 32576

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

A trick I've found to work for me, and maybe would for others as well, is the reminder to self that there are no crappy ideas. Have an idea for a story? Write it. Bugger whether people would like it or not, just write it. Write them all. Even if the drafts aren't complete. Then, when you want to si...

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