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by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL
Replies: 3
Views: 975

Re: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL

I think discussions of faith are plenty fair game. Bear in mind that whilst LRH is obviously associated with Scientology, Dave Farland is a Mormon and Tim Powers is a Catholic, and the other judges run the gamut all the way to atheism too. Same as anything: treat the topic with respect and you shoul...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 1469

Re: Conflict & Tension

Was it this post you were thinking of? I think conflict between the scene and the reader is absolutely possible. Conflict between what a reader expects, behaviour wise, and what your character is doing, provokes a particular kind of intrigue. Why is this sympathetically-presented character engaging ...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 5
Views: 1397

Re: Word Counts

I always go from the first word to the last word, without header or title, then work out how many # section breaks there are and subtract it, because I can't bring myself to be vague and approximate. But nearly every market just asks for "rounded to the nearest 100", so it doesn't really m...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 2859

Re: Magical Realism?

Clever about the scar on your arm. Ever tell how that really happened? Now where would be the fun in that? wotf011 Plus, choke, that story was great. Tina did a wonderful job reading it. Tina is an amazing reader. She does a lot at Escape Pod, but she also has her own podcast that's just started up...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 4304

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Thousands of examples. Ender's Game started as a short. Flowers for Algernon started as a short. Martin is just turning his Clarkesworld short Today I Am Paul into a novel. I can't think of a flash turned into a short--which arguably compete more than shorts v novels--but chances are it would take y...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 1771

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

On another note related to this thread, what do y'all do about facebook? Do you keep a separate profile for writing associates? for fans? just create a "page" for ppl to follow? I've just gained access to this incredible network of writers, but I'm not sure I want them to see my blanket F...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 2859

Re: Magical Realism?

and I appreciate your fine notes too, sir, even if the narrative is off. ;) It's fun to hear about the experience. Anyone willing to write about it is awesome-possum in my book. :) I'll take what I can get. And photographers following your every move? Nice. Love the luggage photo too lol wotf013 Ac...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 1343

Re: Retellings

I think, to be honest, the market was flooded with retellings for a while and they've become a bit... passé. Which is not to say it can't be done, but that it needs to be more than simply retelling it with a modern setting or from another character's perspective; it works best when combined with som...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 1771

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

Before I made the plunge, I poked around other author websites first. Matt Dovey's uses a service called DISQUS, which seems nice. Brandon Sanderson uses a private web design company (Blue Mountain Media) as does Patrick Rothfuss (Authors on the Web), but a lot of other writers, including David Dal...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 2859

Re: Magical Realism?

I'm for sure going to put together a bit of a diary/journal thing on the winning experience. I won't be the first to do it, but if it helps anyone it's worth it, right? Don't reckon on getting anything written up during the week, you'll be too busy! But keep notes about each day, because by the tim...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 2859

Re: Magical Realism?

I won with magical realism, albeit in an historical setting. And speaking from a PodCastle perspective (where I slush), "speculative element in the real world" absolutely counts as fantasy for our purposes. Personally I usually find it more interesting than secondary world, especially if ...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 2859

Re: Magical Realism?

I won with magical realism, albeit in an historical setting. And speaking from a PodCastle perspective (where I slush), "speculative element in the real world" absolutely counts as fantasy for our purposes. Personally I usually find it more interesting than secondary world, especially if t...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 23
Views: 2933

Re: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34

Two winners from the forum! Top showing :D

Congrats to you both! I'm sure you don't need telling, but start getting excited--you're going to have an amazing week :)
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 12
Views: 2332

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

I think it's worth making a distinction between edits after acceptance and revise & resubmit . For the former, it's usually copy-edits IME--an editor highlighting an image they think could be clearer, or striking something they think hurts the momentum, but the story is fundamentally still the s...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 1978

Re: Fixing the place up

For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page. Found it! It's under the Quick links menu in the upper left: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/search.php?search_id=unreadposts . It used to be under the thread/post list. I'll leave it where it is. Tha...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 1978

Re: Fixing the place up

The avatar limit is set to 6KiB, which is so tight I can't upload a 180x180 JPG because it is 6,968 bytes i.e. 6.8KB. Might be worth easing up on it a little bit? Bandwidth isn't that expensive anymore wotf001 (this may be why my avatar has disappeared from my posts altogether, even though it still ...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1066076

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Surely, if we're that close, we can make it by the end of the year?
by MattDovey
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 899190

Re: Success!

There's a few things to respond to in here, Amy :) I always enjoy keeping up with this thread because it's so encouraging. You'd think that seeing other people's successes and not having one to report myself would be a bummer, but somehow it's not. It is a truth universally acknolwedged that their j...
by MattDovey
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:04 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: 5036

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

Huh. Now I think about it, not a one of my other WotF entries has sold. One of my (heavily revised) HMs got onto the James White Award shortlist in 2016, but is still circulating. Two are now trunked, two are still going, and one got thrown up on my site as my first story, because it felt like it ne...
by MattDovey
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st
Replies: 9
Views: 1879

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

As a relative newcomer to the writing world, I thought it was better to have an agent first? I’m confused by this whole thing, like where they say they wouldn’t mind if, after acceptance, you went looking for an agent. Doesn’t the agent finding process take months, at best? Would this be a smart mo...
by MattDovey
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 17988

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

I learned about critters (thank you Matt!) My pleasure :) may it serve you as well as it served me! FWIW I completely agree that critiquing other people's work is far more useful than getting critiques on your own; the latter helps you fix *that* story, but the former helps you fix your craft. It f...
by MattDovey
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 227212

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

If your stories keep showing up during final reviews again and again, an editor's going to look at them and say, "This guy's consistently good enough and he's got more than one story in him. Let's publish him." At least, in my own mind that's how it's going to happen; I'm not published an...
by MattDovey
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 227212

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

For those of you getting final rounds, "so close!", etc., this Twitter thread from Apex's Lesley Connor is important reading . Once you're at that level, it's not a lack of skill or competence; it's just taste and magazine style. You are good enough: the magazines aren't big enough. You're...
by MattDovey
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: RIP Dr Pournelle
Replies: 3
Views: 1300

RIP Dr Pournelle

News broke over the weekend that Dr Jerry Pournelle, long time collaborator of Larry Niven and a WotF judge since (I believe) the very beginning, passed away in his sleep at age 84. Meeting him was certainly an experience, and I'm saddened that many of you will never have the chance now. There's few...
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1066076

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

amoskalik wrote:
storysinger wrote:
Even flabby birds squawked at the spooky snake under our woodshed.


Forever flabby birds squawked at the spooky snake under our woodshed.


Forever flabby birds lectured at the spooky snake under our woodshed.
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1066076

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Rebecca Birch wrote:A tabby cat slapped at the speckled donut on the dock.


A flabby cat slapped at the speckled donut on the dock.
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Surprise Endings
Replies: 5
Views: 1882

Re: Surprise Endings

If I had an easy answer to this, I'd be making thousands from running workshops wotf001 That said, from experience, I would say layer in more foreshadowing than you think you need. You'll think you're making it screamingly obvious, but that's because you already know; readers won't pick up on all yo...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines
Replies: 5
Views: 1934

Re: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines

Only insofar as a story with an HM must have something going for it, and has lifted itself above the noise somewhat. General advice is not to mention it in the cover letter, though; whilst an HM *is* an achievement, it's also (sorry) just a fancy rejection, and it's not good to mention other markets...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 29
Views: 4734

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Daniel Davis' v31 story was short, only 2-3k, and RM Graves' Freebot in v32 was 2.5k, for more recent examples. I don't think you could get away with shorter than that, because Dave is a plot structure nerd, and flash is too short to really work with that.
by MattDovey
Wed May 10, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 69
Views: 22734

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

The Grinder stats generally represent about 10-20% of the writing population, anecdotally speaking. However... Flame Tree have a habit of sending acceptances first, rejections after (you can see the pattern on the recent responses on the Grinder). So I suspect those of us who have not yet heard anyt...

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