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by chuckt
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Chuck - I think you took out some of your strongest lines in this last version. That's what was bothering me about my first try - it was skeletal. And Wulf said HEAD not SKULL. For instance, the line "He felt a guilty relief when she went silent" sent chills down my spine and is altered e...
by chuckt
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Liz's second shot was an inspiration. Here ya go. I think this works better. The stars twinkled at the ship. Indifferent. They should be streaking by. Lee and Allison were in the tank room. Lee had his head in his hands. Allison was weeping. No matter what they tried, the Nomura would not re-form th...
by chuckt
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882726

Re: Success!

disgruntledpeony wrote:I've sold a second story to Flame Tree Press!

http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fan ... ic-fantasy


Congrats Liz. Success breeds success!
by chuckt
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

I do like it! Nice going. In a way, its a rewrite of the scene instead of just cutting words. I should look at mine again and see if I can do the same and tell the story from a different perspective that lends itself to less words.
by chuckt
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Thanks Brittany. I put my Q3 in a few days ago. A fresh story.
by chuckt
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Thanks Wulf. I understand Liz and Becky's angst. Time is tight right now. I may have a little more elbow room because I've got my Q3 in already. We all appreciate your willingness to help and I look forward to your comments. Frankly, I don't like my 250. I just don't think it has an emotional impact...
by chuckt
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

I took another whack at it. It was a lazy day today. I had time and my plate is full for most of the week. Sadly, I still don't think it works as well as the 500. I like my Haiku better. :) Lee couldn’t believe what he was seeing. The stars should be blurry streaks. Instead, they twinkled back. Then...
by chuckt
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Pretty sure you were kidding about the Haiku, but just in case. :)

Starship lost in space
Its engine stopped and quiet
Kismet brings it home
by chuckt
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

250 exactly. The stars should be blurry streaks. Instead, they twinkled back. The warp bubble had collapsed. “Lee! What the hell happened?” Allison asked over the comms. “We’ve dropped out of warp.” “I’m at the Nomura tank.” Lee made his way to the tank. The Nomura wouldn’t respond to Allison. Dark ...
by chuckt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Fabulous. It's just as good. If you had a gun to my head, I couldn't tell you what was cut.
by chuckt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Multiple Entries From Same Login
Replies: 5
Views: 971

Re: Multiple Entries From Same Login

I tried but it would not allow me to create a new login. So I used my Q2 login. Joni assured me she had my story. Just email her at contests@authorserviceinc.com to make sure.
by chuckt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 403
Views: 15679

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Mine's humour. I'm taking the same route going with humour. If feels like a sort of gamble, given how subjective it can be. Anyone else out there going for humour this quarter? Yes! I am too. At least I hope it is funny. I agree. I think it's risky. They say they want humorous stories but I don't s...
by chuckt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Thanks again Wulf. Can't believe I still left one of this awful tags in there. Maybe the title should have something to do with stars since that is what I use to open and close the story. "Twinkling Stars: Death and Life" Becky: Wow! Cutting your tale in half really made a difference! I li...
by chuckt
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

I thought you already gave it away. Double the length. To 2000?

And I look forward to reading your story in the Fall.
by chuckt
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Good suggestion Becky. I like it. Thanks.
by chuckt
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

So the title I have so far is "Shall we Sleep in the Cold, Dark Deep"
by chuckt
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Oh what the heck. I did it and here it is. I figure it's not really the same story at 500. I'll post the title separately. Dr. Mann Chiu Lee felt it before he understood. The warp bubble had ceased its warbling hum. He moved to the nearest port. The stars should be blurry streaks. Instead, they twin...
by chuckt
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18322

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

... I recall submissions require a different log in each time. Hope this helps. Yes-that is what confused me. It says you need a new login but it wouldn’t let me create one for Q3. It allowed me to submit using my Q2 login info. But Joni said she has my story so I guess it’s alright. Peony says som...
by chuckt
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18322

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Put a chill on the twitching. I emailed Joni today to make sure I submitted my Q3 correctly (I got confused by the instructions to create a new login??). I also asked about Q2 results and she said another month from now “probably” By the way. You shouldn't need a new login to put in your Q3. Anyone ...
by chuckt
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Okay, keeper of the blood-book, I am in for the Q3! I held off, per Wulf's commandments, until I was sure I had no better story to submit. This will be my first entry of a story written for the contest. (My Q1 and Q2 were fresh, just not written with the contest in mind). Thank you everyone, and Wul...
by chuckt
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 7039

Re: Contest Questions

The grammar in your post was pretty good. Maybe get a copy of English Grammar A Complete Course which is a high school textbook. I've got one and even look at it occasionally. You can get a used copy for next to nothing on Amazon. Another good one is Strunk and White, Elements of Style. Okay, yeah, ...
by chuckt
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 403
Views: 15679

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Well, I guess it is time to do the final edit or two on my Q3 and join Milo in submitting. My other possibility isn't quite cooked.
by chuckt
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

I will do the exercise but I bet I shouldn’t post it? No way not to reveal the entire story if I cut it in half. Interesting exercise Wulf.
by chuckt
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Thanks for the critique Peony. Appreciate it and good points.
by chuckt
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Y'all are great. Just tough enough. Get too gentle with me and I'll miss the point. wotf004 Okay-glad it's not a "as you know Bob," but I agree. Too much at once. I held back the title just to make it less "out there" and also because I'm not quite sure about what I have so far. ...
by chuckt
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Thanks Wulf. Ugh! I knew about dialog tags. Hard for a noob to keep all this stuff in his little head: dialog tags, "ly" words, repetition of words and structure, to-be verbs . . . "Ack!" the writer exclaimed forcibly. wotf001 I decided to go back a little further and give you th...
by chuckt
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

So here is part of my story--the part that may contain an "as you know Bob." Maybe other problems as well. They were many lightyears from their destination and at a dead stop. The nearest comms panel barked to life. “Lee! What the hell happened?” Allison called. “Allison,” Lee paused. “We’...
by chuckt
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18322

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Why is nobody twitching? Oh, I'm twitching, but I can't afford to twitch too much because I need to finish my Q3 (which is proving to be a tough write). I am a bit though another R is a near certainty for me. I knew nothing about the contest when I did my Q2 and it crosses some lines--one line I wo...
by chuckt
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 974
Views: 35936

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

Poop! Sorry Moon. I'm liking this story and seems clear to me now that you guys are correct-since the public can view the forum posts, it would be publication and I'd like to try submitting it to the flash market (not to WotF). But I do thank you for posting the exercise challenge. It was a great mo...

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