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by RSchibler
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 22
Views: 4227

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

Agreed! I can’t read his posts but still get notifications for them. Can we please throw him off the island?
by RSchibler
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 27695

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I wasn’t excited about mine until yesterday when I finally started to get into the setting and the characters. I took Dave’s recent blog with the seven elements he looks for and taped it over my desk. I started much earlier this quarter! I should be open for a swap in a week or so if anyone is inte...
by RSchibler
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 13955

Re: Story Titling

I’m on my fourth quarter for the contest and the titles get easier every time. I try to go for something that is both a hook that entices the reader to be curious about what I’m getting at and that, upon finishing the story, will have some kind of deeper meaning. I just renamed my Q3 sub to put it o...
by RSchibler
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 27695

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I wasn’t excited about mine until yesterday when I finally started to get into the setting and the characters. I took Dave’s recent blog with the seven elements he looks for and taped it over my desk. I started much earlier this quarter! I should be open for a swap in a week or so if anyone is inter...
by RSchibler
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Question on Server
Replies: 1
Views: 574

Re: Question on Server

If you make him a “foe” you can’t see his posts. I also vote for expulsion though.
by RSchibler
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 764
Views: 213099

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Got a personal rejection from F&SF last night. That’s pretty delightful, for me. I got a form rejection from them a few months ago on a different story. I still want that first sale, of course, but like you guys said, this means I’m on the right track. Just keep writing, finishing, and submitting!
by RSchibler
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

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

Unfortunately it looks like they aren’t taking what I’m selling (young adult). Best of luck to anyone who goes for it!
by RSchibler
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

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

Thank you! I guess I’ll give it a go, then.
by RSchibler
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

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 mov...
by RSchibler
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 13039

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

katsincommand wrote:Already eyeing my next two entries...

Likewise. I had a brain flash last night for a setting, so now I have work in mind for Q1 and Q2. I’m not one of those people with hundreds of stories pouring out of my head, so this challenge will be really good for my creative juice maker.
by RSchibler
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 13039

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

*tosses hat into ring*
by RSchibler
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 25857

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I’m in. I have mixed feelings about this story. On one hand, I really believe in it, but on the other, it gave me fits. On the gripping hand, at least I’m in and can move forward with my Q1 sub and other work. Best of luck to all!
by RSchibler
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 764
Views: 213099

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I've sent several stories out to Flash Fiction Online this year. None have been accepted yet, but I've received personal feedback on two of them. In my last one, Suzanne Vincent emailed to say my story made it into the final round of reviews, wasn't selected, but if I was interested, she'd be happy...
by RSchibler
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 25857

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm probably going to be writing down to the wire myself, by which I mean the day before the contest deadline. The last day submission issues encourage me to treat the deadline as one day sooner.


Agreed. I'm giving myself to Thursday.
by RSchibler
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 25857

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I’m in the midst of completely rewriting mine, there’s plenty of time, right? I hope to have it finished before the wire, but we’ll see what happens. My children don’t always cooperate! Good luck to everyone still working on their submissions!
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 27695

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I am unprepared. Of course, at this rate, I might miss Q4 and go right to Q1. I'm still drowning in boxes so writing hasn't happened in a few days.
by RSchibler
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: RIP Dr Pournelle
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

Re: RIP Dr Pournelle

Heart wrenching news. I'd be lying if I didn't say meeting him was a motivating factor for me. RIP and thanks for the stories.
by RSchibler
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 25857

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I've got a first draft down if anyone is up for a swap! Happy writing.
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 33113

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

wotf055

And I've never been so happy! I started writing in January because I've always wanted to and this feels like such validation for all the many hours I've devoted in the last eight months! Good luck to those still waiting!
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 33113

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:...So, I just got the call.

You know.

That call.

Joni's got an awesome voice.

wotf058

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

I'm just gonna curl up in the corner over here for the rest of the night and twitch wotf010
by RSchibler
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 33113

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Ah that makes sense. Thanks. No R today. Another thursday survived so far. Or I speak too soon haha. I received my Q3 rejection at 11:30pm on July 8, I checked earlier. *twitch* Did anyone else have a heart attack when they got Dave's writing tip email earlier? I'm a little on edge wotf001 the emai...
by RSchibler
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 25857

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Started mixing up my Q4 submission this morning- the disparate storylines finally congealed. Let's hope it bakes into something good. I have almost a whole month to finish, more than enough time, right? It'll keep my mind off twitching about Q3.
by RSchibler
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Query letter critique?
Replies: 1
Views: 772

Query letter critique?

Good evening. I'm sure you're all busy tomorrow and I wish you the very best traffic and weather! I'm in Nebraska and am so excited. After the great solar event, though, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in swapping me a story in exchange for reading over my query letter. I finished my n...
by RSchibler
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 33113

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

KristyEmber wrote:Wow, this is quick! Commiserations for the early Rs. They are so rough to see after all the work that goes into an entry. Peony, I caught your paranoia and also checked my spam folder. Still nothing. Phew!

Regular spam folder checking, indeed
by RSchibler
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 33113

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

*twitch, twitch*
by RSchibler
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848811

Re: Success!

Randy Hulshizer wrote:I have a tiny story up today at Every Day Fiction:

https://everydayfiction.com/a-slice-best-served-hot-by-randy-hulshizer/


Very nice. I enjoyed it.
by RSchibler
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 2900

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

So, I moved my stuff into the nursery, but that will soon be occupied too. I think we may have missed your most obvious point. You said that your nursery is about to be occupied. That said, you might as well put in all away for the next five years. I have a reasonably sized house, but my kids’ have...
by RSchibler
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 7
Views: 1395

Drafting

I've noticed a lot of people talking about numbered drafts, or saving each edit under a different file name. Since I started writing, I've just kind of edited as I went, changing things piecemeal based on notes I made to myself while thinking about the story or with deliberate beginning-to-end and e...
by RSchibler
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45473

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Just in case anyone was wondering where I was, the answer was one of Greece, the Greek Islands, Montenegro, Croatia or Venice, depending on when you were wondering. And if anyone was wondering what happened to my entry: wotf056 I had the nerve to tell Joni this was somewhat disappointing. She told ...
by RSchibler
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 2900

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

I just assembled a desk today! (Worst Allen wrench I've ever worked with!) I now have my own writing space! Before this, I was relegated to the kitchen table or my husband's desktop, which I use for editing since it has three monitors. I have my desk tucked in a corner where I get lots of natural li...

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