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by RSchibler
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 8923

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

I’m in as well, and my Q3 is mentally plotted and ready to write. Hope everyone finishes up their stories with minimum difficulty and much inspiration!
by RSchibler
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10849

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

For about an hour I felt ahead of things. So, you know, thanks.
by RSchibler
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8671

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I'm in! Now I'm ready for results for Q1! I can't twitch on two for too long or I'll go batty.
by RSchibler
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Paper submissions tend to come out in the last wave. If you included email you'll get the results that way but it takes time to sort it out. I did my first sub that way. So when the first wave comes out - typically all rejections - you have to wait to know if it's an honorable mention or higher or a...
by RSchibler
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

TLBenjamin wrote:I know that results for Q 1 are always late, but I was hoping to hear something by this week or next. Based on I see here, nobody has received word yet.

Based on the last 2 years, expect them in early April. It floods in here when they come out, though.
by RSchibler
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809013

Re: Success!

Late to the party, but I loved it. I hope you don't mind if I pick it apart for characterization and setting homework!
by RSchibler
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Thirded. I feel really lucky that I found the contest and the forum so early in my writing journey. It set me on the path of regularly producing polished work and submitting it instead of endlessly fiddling with one or two things. Having a deadline is motivating!
by RSchibler
Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2524
Views: 465246

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Girl, six kids? I can barely write with two. You're a super hero! I've found that my best ideas come when two disparate ones smash headlong into one another and create something freakish and new. That's how it's done! Welcome to all the newcomers and good luck! This is a very friendly and helpful gr...
by RSchibler
Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

rachelwrites wrote:I more or less live my life in a state of nervous preoccupation, but March 1st + Thursday = extra twitches, no?
Or maybe it's just buckets of caffeine.


I'm wotf011 not wotf011 twitching wotf011 it's wotf011 just wotf011 coffee

Still thinking it'll be April, but I have lots of hope/fear!
by RSchibler
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Rules of Writing

These are all great. Never self-rejecting is a huge one. Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing submitting to pro magazines at all, but if I’d never taken the chance, how would I know they wouldn’t buy it? Besides, by starting at the top, someday I WILL get a sale there. Same with WoTF. My Q4 last year w...
by RSchibler
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202270

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Got what I’m calling a second tier rejection from Analg today, after over 100 days. I was invited to resubmit with something else, so I’m calling it a win! For a bare novice like me, the little signs are really encouraging.
by RSchibler
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Rules of Writing

I was poking around and stumbled on Heinlein's Rules of Writing. I reread them occasionally, and have a handwritten version on one of my notebooks. (If you haven't read them http://sfwriter.com/ow05.htm is a link) Got me thinking, what kinds of rules and guidelines do you folks use? I have Heinlein'...
by RSchibler
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Fairy Tale Rewrite
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Fairy Tale Rewrite

I asked a similar question recently (retellings is the thread name) and the general consensus was that while it might be a hard sell for various reasons, anything can work if it’s done well enough. I personally decided to set aside my retelling idea in favor of something else.
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Yay verily yay. It is known. wotf019

Results tend to come on Thursdays. But any day can be a Thursday, it's just typically Thursdays.

Superstitious? Not us!

Edit: I've never gotten results on a Thursday either wotf017
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Is there a term for analyzing Dave's actions and public statements as it relates to WoTF? Perhaps a specialized subset of Rejectomancy? There should be. wotf001 Venus is in the second house and the ashes fall from the third wheel, therefore it is known that a Thursday approacheth. Yay verily yay. w...
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

FWIW he sends that blog out every quarter (that I've been subscribed to the emails) around the end of the judging period. I'm not sure it always indicates he's almost done.
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 8923

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

Q2 is well on it's way to finished, and I finished my prep file for my Q3 today!

I thought I had a Q4, but one of Dave's blogs specifically mentions that idea as being played out, so I'm trying to come up with something else. I've got some time, yet.

How's everyone else doing?
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8671

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

My Q2 is about ready to submit, waiting to hear back from a few partners. After a rest period and a final polish, I'll submit mid-March. That will mark my one year mark for participating in the contest! Hope everyone else is doing just as well!
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

You crazies all hungering for results wotf030

*licks finger and tests the wind* It doesn't have the feel of a Thursday, to me.
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I’m not ready! Last year it was March. I’m not ready, I have to focus! *hunkers protectively over Q2 submission”
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 7216

Re: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions

Good to know. If Analog or Asimov's kicks my subs back before the window closes, I'll retool and resubmit! Thanks for sharing.
by RSchibler
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Re: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange

Standing offer to critique for any forum members. Send it my way.
by RSchibler
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 8923

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

I finally started writing today. I should have a first draft by the end of the week if anyone is interested in a swap.
by RSchibler
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19830

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm getting antsy, and it's frustrating. I know better than to get antsy. This is invariably the longest quarter to wait for results. wotf019 This month just seems very... I don't know, very long to me--mostly for reasons that have nothing to do with writing. I dislike January as a rule. This year,...
by RSchibler
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 609

Re: Q2 Volume 35 Story Swaps

I am always available for story swaps, consider it a standing offer to all forumites. I aim for fairly quick turnarounds as well. I have this story drafted, but have not started writing yet. I hope to have a first draft NLT early February, but am not overly concerned with swapping equity. Send me yo...
by RSchibler
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: Conflict & Tension

Thank you all for the thoughtful responses. (that was indeed the post I remembered) I think the conclusion of "Why not both!?" is where I'll focus with the writing. Low level character conflict in the opening scene, even if not plot level, can compliment the reader-scene conflict until we ...
by RSchibler
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: Conflict & Tension

morganb wrote:I have to disagree with the notion that every sentence must be jam-packed with tension.


I'd have to look up the exact phrasing, but he emphasized the value of conflict. Tension was my phrasing. It's a good point that the tension should ebb and flow.
by RSchibler
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Conflict & Tension

I have been working on imbuing conflict and tension into my scenes and stories. There was a blog post, by Matt Dovey I believe, talking about how every sentence should be jam-packed with conflict. Conflict comes up again and again as a fundamental element of excellent storytelling. Is it still confl...

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