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by amoskalik
Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 25815

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Feeling a bit confused this morning. Last night I got the Holiday greeting email from Joni, but in it she said to not forget to finish my submission as it showed as a draft, yet I got my confirmation email on November 10th. Anyone else get a strange comment from Joni like that? I tried in inquiring...
by amoskalik
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 25815

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Ishmael wrote: As Plato remarked about the refusal of good men to undertake the burden of government - if you won't do it, somebody worse than you will.


Ah, I see. Of course they didn't have high explosives in Plato's day, or twitter, both of which appear to amplify the dangers.
by amoskalik
Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 25815

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

The succinct history of a Victorian War as given in 1066 And All That " The Zulu War Cause: The Zulus. Zulus exterminated. Peace with Zulus." These methods are no longer considered PC (except in The Kremlin). True, but PC is no longer considered PC apparently. We are returning to an age o...
by amoskalik
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3880
Views: 735537

Re: Success!

Awesome first sale!
by amoskalik
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 79308

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Congrats, Athena, on the published finalist. That means you have a chance to go to the workshop twice!
by amoskalik
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 25815

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Like high explosives, unicorns are underutilized in writing. Thank Celestia My Little Pony came along to change all that...
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Is this format confusing?
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Re: Is this format confusing?

Also, don't underestimate the value of white space on a page. Large blocks of text can be very intimidating to your readers even if they aren't confusing.
by amoskalik
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Forum Members' Published Stories of 2016
Replies: 18
Views: 10591

Re: Forum Members' Published Stories of 2016

My year wasn't as impressive as all that, but still some publications to be proud of: Ghosts in the Machine – 940 words, Nature, vol. 529: Jan. 7, 2016 Harold’s social security check is late again. Can he prove he’s still alive? The Last Words of the Platonic Form Circle While Trying to Compute Its ...
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: V34 Q1 critiques?
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: V33 Q1 critiques?

I'm willing to take a look. I don't have anything ready to be critiqued at this time but I'll take a rain check for Q2 if that's alright. I'll send you a PM with my email.
by amoskalik
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 27226

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I took an HM and made minor modifications. Streamlined the opening a bit, fixed the ending to create greater resonance.
Early round R. wotf017

The story has since been accepted elsewhere (although not published yet).
by amoskalik
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: opening sequence
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: opening sequence

My primary suggestion is spend some ink developing the main character more. As it stands he does not even have a first name. Who is he, what is he leaving behind (beside his dog and his science partner)? What are they developing in their lab (some kind of robot I gather, but why is it special? What ...
by amoskalik
Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Idioms and Tone
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Idioms and Tone

Whenever there is a rule like don't use cliches, don't use adverbs, don't use passive voice it is because inexperienced writers abuse them and therefore they become associated with novice writing, so you are correct to be cautious. However, the only real rule is, does it work? If as you say, the idi...
by amoskalik
Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3880
Views: 735537

Re: Success!

I enjoyed your story very much, Dr. Bob. Well done.
by amoskalik
Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hungry Puppies
Replies: 4
Views: 8156

Re: Hungry Puppies

It's the culture wars. Perhaps this is overly simplistic, but I believe the culture wars are a generational thing. Specifically it's the Boomer generation who has taken politics to the level of personal identity. Don't get me wrong, the Xers and the Millenials have been sucked into the conflict as w...
by amoskalik
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3880
Views: 735537

Re: Success!

I just sold a story to The Society of Misfit Stories.
by amoskalik
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hungry Puppies
Replies: 4
Views: 8156

Re: Hungry Puppies

Consider me a hungry puppy then although I do enjoy a good philosophical debate as long as no one loses an eye (or a career) in the process.
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 25815

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm making progress with edits, but this story has been fighting me every step of the way. I don't know why it insists on being so bloody ornery. wotf027


I'm not even a third of the way through my first draft. My WIP is a long hard slog through swampy terrain.
by amoskalik
Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3880
Views: 735537

Re: Success!

Congrats Emily!
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 199921

Re: Five Minute Rant

I'm at 126 days. They must have lost their slush readers or something because they are now slower than Tor used to be.
by amoskalik
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Grinder Restored from Back-UP....
Replies: 3
Views: 7899

Re: Grinder Restored from Back-UP....

It was painful for me. I had over a dozen entries to redo... but not nearly as painful as it must have Been for David Steffen and crew scrambling to restore what they could (been there).
I love their free service and am forever thankful to them for providing it.
by amoskalik
Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3880
Views: 735537

Re: Success!

Congrats to all with stories out--our forum is awesome!! So I'll add that my story is out in Perihelion today!! It was a SHM awhile back. And I see some other forumites are in this issue, too. Very cool! http://www.perihelionsf.com/1611/fiction_7.htm Oh hey, congrats TOC neighbor. My story is out t...
by amoskalik
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3880
Views: 735537

Re: Success!

MattDovey wrote:I have a new story up at Flash Fiction Online this month, "Quartet of the Far Blown Winds", and I've written a blog post to accompany it :)

Congrats to everyone else rocking it right now. 2016 could do with some good news.


Amen to that. And congrats!
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V33 Q4 Guessomancy
Replies: 9
Views: 1478

Re: V33 Q4 Guessomancy

Congrats Dustin!
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 32173

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

And, back in the real world, it took all of two days for Interzone to spin my current semi-finalist (form) but it appears The Grinder is down so I can't record it. I can also report that my last HM (as amended) had the unusual distinction of being personally rejected twice by Cosmic Roots, who firs...
by amoskalik
Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 32173

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Congrats Jeanette! So did you get two calls or just one saying you were finalist but not the winner?
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 32173

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Congrats to all those who placed!
by amoskalik
Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3880
Views: 735537

Re: Success!

hlf wrote:Story out today at Persistent Visions. Art's Chair

Yeah, yeah, another Camelotian (Arthurian?) tale. But it's my version so it involves a Barcalounger and a sledgehammer. And probably profanity.


Congrats!

I just sold my first reprint to QuickFic.
by amoskalik
Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 25815

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Moon, my friend, you are welcome to as much thunder as you can acquire! The interesting thing for me was this latest Charlie involved such a detailed explanation that I found something to disagree with. I recall sending him one of my HMs and having it promptly bounced with the ignominious "did...
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 32173

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

disgruntledpeony wrote:This is a lot more fun than hiding under a table. wotf013 I'm gonna see if I can find time to draw up the banner myself in the next few days (maybe tomorrow after truck). Love the design and color choices, amoskalisk!


Thanks! I look forward to seeing your version.
by amoskalik
Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 32173

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Here's my first lame attempt... https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/8CcVVtE7HTxZP2Lhq7zLfjEkDhiLh_jvlGrV9SR9NtxxtPoJz7-fw5x8P3APH6PQJvXY-tuunAY1yjFhkJMmxZnCzlwh-mByzOqk77rgZTJ7CWlsBkLSMLraF2_VrEDknjnxPcNVE9_sy5hSbvUy-9Xb0e-uXjJTIxYz4o4hx2D8gro_SO05HtSfBTeQ3RmSDb9lTZNPdPosKtqs_CkOx-_rwApTKimNFEBg9uvZLy...

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