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by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 25
Views: 3164

Re: Manuscript format question

You can use Times New Roman if you prefer, I believe Dave has said that he either prefers it or is fine with it. Use italics, not underlines. That's definitely preferred, regardless of what SMF may say. Italics instead of underlining for what type of text? The text you would usually italicize. (Man...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 25
Views: 3164

Re: Manuscript format question

You want both your title and page number in the right hand corner of the header. Otherwise, I think you've more or less got it? The only things you need to avoid including in your submission for WotF are your name in the header, your byline, and your address/e-mail. I usually write my prose in prop...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 25
Views: 3164

Re: Manuscript format question

You want both your title and page number in the right hand corner of the header. Otherwise, I think you've more or less got it? The only things you need to avoid including in your submission for WotF are your name in the header, your byline, and your address/e-mail. I usually write my prose in prope...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary
Replies: 6
Views: 2541

Re: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary

It sounds like you've got the basic concept of try/fail cycles down, but ideally the inner and outer journeys are related and your try/fail cycles will touch on both. I wouldn't recommend trying to find a standard formula for how much should be internal and how much should be external--every story i...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 23
Views: 4030

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

ellisael wrote:Man, this is really good list of thumbrules to follow.

Thank you! I've been doing this for a while. The guidelines help keep me sane. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4209
Views: 1000967

Re: Success!

Got so caught up in real life stuff that I forgot to post about this on February 29th! My second pro published short story, 'Scars of Sentiment,' is now for sale in the U.S. https://www.amazon.com/dp/178755693X/re ... AEbACJ5V9H
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Helpful Writing Links
Replies: 30
Views: 7844

Re: Helpful Writing Links

https://www.alphadictionary.com/slang/ This is a searchable dictionary of American slang. You can even specify which decades you want to search by!

I need to update the first post with the latest new links that have been posted one of these days. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 236
Views: 10590

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

In the full editor and preview there's one drop down box in the formatting section above the text window. It says normal. Click it and you get options. I like starting the next quarter each time. I try to do it on the first day of the final month of the previous quarter... This gives us 4 months fo...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 236
Views: 10590

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Oh god, I am so not ready for Q3... wotf019 Love how you formatted your intro post, Dustin!
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 409
Views: 26023

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Peter Glen wrote:A bit worried as have two new stories written and i don't think either of them would make the cut wotf018

Henckel and SwiftPotato have great points. And remember--you can always edit, and you can always ask for critiques if you feel like an outside opinion might help to improve the story.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 819
Views: 258906

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

After 8 submissions I got my first "personalized" rejection from Ellery Queen. wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 Exciting! A letter from the editor, signed by name, definitely indicates more than a generic signature of "the editors". Would seem to indicate you're getting c...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where do you get your inspiration?
Replies: 22
Views: 5913

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: 409
Views: 26023

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: 409
Views: 26023

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: 2481

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: 2925
Views: 588421

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: 1740

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: 1740

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: 2071

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: 409
Views: 26023

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: 3105
Views: 221304

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: 1145540

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: 3105
Views: 221304

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: 3485

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: 2489

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: 11702

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: 1145540

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: 1530

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: 437
Views: 36806

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>
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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

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