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by RSchibler
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 24
Views: 2197

Re: Quarter 1 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

Submitted 12/28/18

Rejection 4/18/19
by RSchibler
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 25974

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I'm in.
by RSchibler
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 968
Views: 35640

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

I'm in for the quarter. I almost completely rewrote a former piece, and added about 4k words, but still counts as revised. Best of luck to those of you writing up to the deadline - I think this is the closest I've ever come to the cutoff. Thanks to all who helped with swaps.
by RSchibler
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First 450 swap
Replies: 0
Views: 717

First 450 swap

I'm looking for someone who hasn't read this piece to glance over the first 450 words and see how it grabs them.
by RSchibler
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 7004

Re: Contest Questions

You should send in a complete story that fits the word count. If you don't have anything that is under 17k words, either edit them down (although the closer to that limit they are, they harder of a sell they're going to be), or write something that is :)
by RSchibler
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I just finished a massive rewrite of my story. It could *almost* count as a fresh piece, but that would be cheating.

I'm open to critiques for anyone who wants eyes on their story. Send them my way.

Good luck all.
by RSchibler
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 968
Views: 35640

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

I tried a 3 POV story for Q3 and got a rejection. The story had other issues, but trying to weave in three POVs for a short story was a challenge!
by RSchibler
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 25974

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I agree, five or so solid critiques is enough to know if the same issue is bugging multiple readers. I don't take every piece of advice from every reader, but I do consider it all. I've been lucky to find really excellent swap partners through this forum.
by RSchibler
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 25974

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I'm a terrible over-editor. I don't know how to NOT edit my stories. I'm always poking at them, seeing if I can make them live. Like the good doctor, though, I tend to create monsters instead of paragons. On the topic of editing, I've cleared my reading queue (I believe, poke me if I haven't gotten ...
by RSchibler
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 968
Views: 35640

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

I think it's important to make the reader ask questions, speculate, and get intrigued right away. The best hooks make promises to the reader, drawing them into the tale. Things like: this problem will be hard to solve, or this character has an interesting issue, or this setting is rich and will be f...
by RSchibler
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 968
Views: 35640

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

I say we draw straws. Only way to keep things fair.

I reworked an R, and it's 2/3 a new story. I'll make it my Q1 submission, and then it's only a 1/3 of a story resub rate for the year.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

YAAAAY!!!!
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 968
Views: 35640

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

I'm down for the glass-three-quarters-full challenge. I know I won't have time for Q1, but I can do the other three.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Brittany that's FANTASTIC! Congratulations! Kiss those baby cheeks and cheer! Woo-Hoo! Always a joy when there's a forumite finalist.
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mythology, Anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Mythology, Anyone?

I have written two stories inspired by Welsh mythology :)
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 86
Views: 5604

Re: 4 in 36

I'm going to do my best but working on historical fiction is, well, work. Who knew? I'm hoping to wrap up the book in time to squeeze a rewrite into Q1 but I'm full on in the murky middles and wrestling with plot bears. But I plan to make the attempt and not break my streak.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Story, Rejected
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: First Story, Rejected

MattDovey wrote:Look at it this way: you need two things to be a writer--rejections and acceptances. You've got the rejection now, so you're halfway there, right? Right!


Matt, if you're telling me it's supposed to be a 1:1 ratio I've got a huge pile of acceptances headed my way.

Aaaaaaaaaaany minute now...
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: High fantasy rewrite
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: High fantasy rewrite

Always
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Story, Rejected
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: First Story, Rejected

Send it my way.
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Silver Honorable Mention Crits
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

Re: Silver Honorable Mention Crits

Always up for swaps.
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Congratulations KristyEmber. That's a great accomplishment. It's hard not to want that shiny shiny finalist, but a semi-finalist is JUST off the mark as I'm sure you know. You'll certainly sell the story elsewhere AND you get a personal critique from Dave. Pretty shiny. I wonder if that means the fi...
by RSchibler
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

You definitely should include HMs to your author's bio and market your work. I'm sure it will land you some publications. Don't you think so? The standing advice around these parts is that an Honorable Mention is essentially still a rejection. It's a good rejection, and shows ability and progress, ...
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 1881

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Entered Sept. 11
HM November 15
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

HM here. Satisfied.

Congratulations to everyone who placed and my encouragement to those that did not. Keep at it!
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

There once was a group with the itch
To make worlds from words and get rich
But every three moons
They’d stop in their swoons
With their heads put together, and twitch
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Oh definitely. But I’m wondering if the timing is auspicious or coincidence.
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Does mentioning the contest in the writing tips count as a "peep"?

If so, PEEP.
by RSchibler
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 22502

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

The cure to twitching is writing new stories and sending them out to other markets. Soon, you'll have so many pans in the fire, it won't matter so much if this dish flops. You've got plenty more cooking! Ding! Order up! ~Moon~ This is so true. I’m working on a novel, always edit and turn around my ...
by RSchibler
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1047460

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Shake and Bake. And I helped!
by RSchibler
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story
Replies: 5
Views: 1149

Re: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story

2) A reviewer's job is to tell you what's not working for them in the story. Their job is NOT to tell you how to fix it -- that's your job. I once got a critique back on one of my stories, and the reviewer basically told me I needed to just rewrite the entire story from beginning to ending, and als...

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