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by amoskalik
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772308

Re: Success!

Congrats George. Sounds like you are a regular.
by amoskalik
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772308

Re: Success!

Congratulations to all you guys. I do enjoy it when Forumites reap well-earned success. Right now I can't sell a story for toffee, as we used to say back in the day, but I do have one nice result to share. Time's Winged Chariot made fifth equal in the steampunk section of Preditors and Editors Read...
by amoskalik
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you make an arrogant character likable?
Replies: 10
Views: 1559

Re: How do you make an arrogant character likable?

lastly, I listen to writing excuses every week. in my opinion, they are the best free resource for sci-fi fantasy writers. ...anyway im familiar with the episodes mentioned. ...but ive alwats wondered if "sympathetic" meant the others characters ability to sympathise with the character in...
by amoskalik
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you make an arrogant character likable?
Replies: 10
Views: 1559

Re: How do you make an arrogant character likable?

Wow, some great advice by both above. I'll have to read that sliders article when I get home. Combining Peony and Matt's advice, you might consider giving the reader insight into why this character is such a prick. This will create reader sympathy toward him at the outset. Then have the character ar...
by amoskalik
Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 9
Views: 9273

Re: Analog Submissions

Should I risk a query to Analog? Alternatively should I be sending for the men in white coats? wotf017 Their webpage says: Our average response time runs about two to three months. If you have not heard from us in four months, you can query us about the submission at analogsf@dellmagazines.com. ......
by amoskalik
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772308

Re: Success!

I just got an acceptance from Fifty Flashes. Always good to get that first sale of the year.
by amoskalik
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Empyreome Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 10610

Re: Empyreome Magazine

Love the art work.
by amoskalik
Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772308

Re: Success!

Congrats Dustin, Beth, George and anyone else I might have missed.
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 31636

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

I'm in. This is a retread light on the retreading, so I don't have much hope for it. Nevertheless, it is the best story I've written so far and the only one I have available so... wotf017
by amoskalik
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 3220

Re: Poems for Pleasure

He sounds like a character and in today's world that seems to sell better than substance wotf017. It's the fourth turning, if you subscribe to that theory, which means things are coming to a head (just like in the Great Depression/WWII which was the last fourth turning).
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 3220

Re: Poems for Pleasure

I'm not familiar with Jeremy Corbyn or his policies but given the faddish nature of politics around the world these days I can still appreciate the sentiment. Well done!
by amoskalik
Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 37175

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

And of course the critique promptly arrives. Fortunately no major changes suggested. One issue was raised over which I'd be interested to hear other views. If you're attempting to tell a story from the viewpoint of a character with certain perceptual limitations (in this case autism), are you justi...
by amoskalik
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 3220

Re: Poems for Pleasure

Good one, Kent.

Ishmael wrote:Oh my, you guys!
wotf010
The Times (UK) has been running a 2016 carol rewrite contest. You both should have entered!


Maybe next year wotf008
by amoskalik
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 3220

Re: Poems for Pleasure

[warning, polemic content for those offended by such things] War is peace Are you listening? Kill your mind is their mission Don't put up a fight We'll be happy tonight And wake up in a dumpy trumpkinland Gone astray is the true word Here to stay is a new world It won't be too long Before we go alon...
by amoskalik
Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772308

Re: Success!

emilymccosh wrote:Congrats to everyone!

And my Nature Futures story came out today!!

Breathe the Last Bits of Air


Congrats Emily. I enjoyed it and am now intrigued to learn more about Endgame.
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Forum Members' Published Stories of 2016
Replies: 18
Views: 11171

Re: Forum Members' Published Stories of 2016

In semi-related news, I recently successfully defended my dissertation, and I graduated from my PhD program last weekend! This is related to fiction writing successes because being done with grad school means (hopefully) having more time to write other things wotf007 Congrats! Finishing and defendi...
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tighten Your Prose
Replies: 13
Views: 1340

Re: Tighten Your Prose

All the fish examples given are valid ones. I only wish to point out that one way to tighten prose is to have your words serve double, triple, or quadruple duty whenever possible. Don't just describe the setting or the character or the backstory or move the plot forward, do all four: A wayward breez...
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:47 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tighten Your Prose
Replies: 13
Views: 1340

Re: Tighten Your Prose

My only problem with that last example is that it's a vague statement. It might be better to give more sensory detail. Perhaps something like this: The scent of fried cod hung in the air. Of course that would depend on the character and the circumstances. Someone hungry might observe: Battered cod ...
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3929
Views: 772308

Re: Success!

Congrats George!
And a general round of congrats to those who I may have missed. Keep it up everybody!
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 31636

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Look, it is a documented fact that unicorns only browse in gardens, where they consume roses, tulips and lilies. All we have to do is go out into our gardens and check. If there are teeth marks on the roses, tulips or lilies, that proves unicorns are there, but hiding. On the other hand if there ar...
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: 31636

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: 31636

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: 31636

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: 3929
Views: 772308

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: 84233

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: 31636

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: 917

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: 11171

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: 799

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.

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