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by amoskalik
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805848

Re: Success!

Jeremyteg wrote:My story, The Broken Karwaneer, is now free to read on Beneath Ceaseless Skies! Check it out: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/ ... karwaneer/


Wow. Great story. The ending is very profound.
by amoskalik
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966599

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Ishmael wrote:The flabby birds balked at the speckled donut on the dock.


The flabby birds balked at the speckled donut under the dock.
by amoskalik
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805848

Re: Success!

Congratulations Jeremy! Apparently story sales are like London buses: you wait ages and then two come along at once. After 'The Ship of Theseus', my story 'The Black Horse' has been accepted by Third Flatiron for their anthology Strange Beasties . This one adds to my embarrassingly large number of ...
by amoskalik
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966599

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

How about we play "Change One Word" to get this thread to 5000 posts faster.
Take the sentence below and change a single word:
A tabby cat slapped at the speckled fish on the bench.
by amoskalik
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 39970

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I haven't been on for a while, so one big congrats to everyone who placed!
I'm going to be in Q4, I swear. This story has only taken 7 months so far to write...
by amoskalik
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 7
Views: 992

Re: Drafting

I start each story with it's own folder. I usually end up with four or five draft files storyI, story II ,etc. by the time I have a submittable story titled storyFinal. Once I start submitting, I end up with even more Final files than drafts, because some places want rtf, some want doc, some want do...
by amoskalik
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805848

Re: Success!

A little flower has blossomed in the desert. My story The Ship of Theseus (7400 words) has been accepted for August's edition of Phantaxis . I liked this story enough to write a sequel already. Because everyone admires Heraclitus, right? wotf011 Congrats! and congrats to Michael and anyone else I'v...
by amoskalik
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters
Replies: 8
Views: 814

Re: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters

I'm not answering from a editor's or a publishers point of view as I've never been either, but rather from a writer's and a reader's point of view. I say go for it. Maybe even consider using first person present, based on what you've described. I've seen first and third person mixed together before ...
by amoskalik
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805848

Re: Success!

I just had my first story published by pod cast in The Centropic Oracle. I really like what the narrator did with this piece.
http://centropicoracle.com/library/F0017_FreshAndFinite.php
by amoskalik
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805848

Re: Success!

A couple of things to report here. I had a flash story, What Waits Beneath the Rainbow Sea , published recently in Every Day Fiction. Also! I'm happy to announce my first short story collection! Life Out of Harmony and Other Tales of Wonder features twenty fantasy and science fiction short stories,...
by amoskalik
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805848

Re: Success!

Randy Hulshizer wrote:
J'nae Rae wrote:wotf054
I've sold a humorous flash piece to Empyreome. Thank you Randy!

wotf024


wotf006 J'nae's story, Nine-Tenths, is now live at Empyreome:

http://empyreome.com/read.aspx?id=40


Ha, great story J'nae!
by amoskalik
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805848

Re: Success!

I dig today's DSF story by Mr. Matt Dovey. Nice role reversal. Makes you think. http://dailysciencefiction.com/hither-and-yon/alternative-history/matt-dovey/to-the-editors-of-the-matriarch-re-allegations-of-pressganging Very well written and thought provoking. Well done, Matt. I have a reprint acce...
by amoskalik
Wed May 31, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 723
Views: 201012

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

aww, thanks. XD At least when rejections tell me about the things they didn't like, I have something to work on before resubmitting. But with these, there's nothing to go on. This and another story keep getting really close - including being shortlisted two or three times - so I know they're good, ...
by amoskalik
Fri May 26, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 36152

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Congrats Jeremy. Start working on that acceptance speech.
Good luck Inky.
by amoskalik
Thu May 25, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805848

Re: Success!

Congrats everyone. The long quiet spell on this thread has finally ended!
by amoskalik
Thu May 04, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 28377

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Dustin Adams wrote:
amoskalik wrote:I've finally finished my first draft. About 11K words of hot steaming mess... but there is some goodness in there. Now if I can only make it somewhat coherent...

450 swap? wotf013


Sure! I'll send the first couple pages your way tonight when I get home.
by amoskalik
Tue May 02, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 28377

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I've finally finished my first draft. About 11K words of hot steaming mess... but there is some goodness in there. Now if I can only make it somewhat coherent...
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 4025

Re: Poems for Pleasure

National Haiku
Poetry Day is today
In case you don't know

Easily written
Haiku gathers followers
but has few masters
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 1484

Re: Dialogue

Kind of along amoskalik's line of thought, I also have a dialog question for the thread. Are verbally expressed, non-words acceptable? Let's say I show someone a great new way to make a sandwich. They say, "Huh," meaning: I had never thought to do it that way. Your father isn't paying att...
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 14
Views: 1484

Re: Dialogue

Dialog should feel real, but paradoxically, that means you will *not* faithfully reproduce the sounds that actually come out of people's mouths. If you doubt this, just read a transcription of an actual conversation or record and transcribe one of your own conversations. It will seem shockingly inco...
by amoskalik
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 4025

Re: Poems for Pleasure

A nonsense sonnet: The Doob Once I was a ponderific manube who never quixuned but slovened unherb and bood. The flitizens forblamed, "The Doob!" whilst plaincozing the conflazenous flerb whose oozenous afloze they sunderberked and lobed twoward my tuberlone and prone proze. Oh, 'twas dirks...
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 4025

Re: Poems for Pleasure

I've been taking an interest in Rattle's weekly 'Poets Respond' feature, for poetry about current news. I doubt if poetry from an idiosyncratic UK perspective will suit their audience, even were it not for my seldom writing blank verse* and never writing free verse**, two features of my work that m...
by amoskalik
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2507
Views: 463260

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Yay! Welcome everyone. It's been so long I was being to fear the forum would die a slow death.
by amoskalik
Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 39970

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Unless the story I sent to Flametree comes back in time, I may have a hard time making it in this quarter. I'd been procrastinating on editing, and then yesterday I ended up making a trip to the emergency room because of pain in my stomach and back (among other things). Long story short, I'm alrigh...
by amoskalik
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Using historical figures in a story
Replies: 5
Views: 1031

Re: Using historical figures in a story

I am working on a novel and realized I could have my characters occasionally interact with historical figures. Is this okay? I've seen this done often enough that I don't see why not. Forrest Gump is an example of a story rife with this device. As with any device, I imagine there are do's and don't...
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 39970

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I believe one of your guys once said words to the effect that you can fool some of the people all of the time? Garrgghhhh! If what you're selling matches their inherent biases, then yes. Logic and a sense of proportion don't stand a chance against such tactics. The only option remaining is what my ...
by amoskalik
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Pain, Depression, Failure...Don't Look Away
Replies: 3
Views: 941

Re: Pain, Depression, Failure...Don't Look Away

Beautiful thoughts, both of you. I've noticed since I started writing regularly that writing comes with an inherent invitation or perhaps imperative to examine every facet of life including and especially those areas that we often shy away from. This is an inward reward that brings a deeper meaning ...
by amoskalik
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 39970

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Hey! Nobody gets to mope around here unless I mope. The ******** are trying to take my country away from me again. Are we downhearted? No! Once more, into the breach dear friends, once more .... We're all dealing with populism these days. 45 just invoked Andrew Jackson. Not a fan of Old Hickory, bu...
by amoskalik
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 36152

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

To be honest, I find strength in Stewart Baker's track record. I'm down with 7 rejections in a row, if I get that win at the end. High risk, high reward. Swing for the fences and strike out. Add your own cliché, but I think for those of us who haven't achieved fame and fortune yet, it's what we hav...

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