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by amoskalik
Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 16714

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

Ishmael wrote:
E.CaimanSands wrote:Actually, Gator has already written her own spoof Happy Snappy Gator slate.


What a scandal that will be,
Down with fishes! One, two, three!
Like to see them add a 'gate'
To the Happy Snappy Gator Slate!

wotf011


I like that:
Gator Slate Gate.
It has a Happy Snappy sound to it.
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 16714

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

The most exhaustive commentary on what's going on is here, from someone who turned down a Hugo nomination: http://www.blackgate.com/2015/04/04/a-detailed-explanation/ If you don't have the time to read what is essentially a 5000-word essay, here's a much shorter commentary on things from Charlie Ja...
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 16714

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

E.CaimanSands wrote:
bobsandiego wrote:I am very sad to see America's Political Civil War has come to the Hugos....


Yup, that's exactly what I was thinking.


I missing something. What are you guys referring to?
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3933
Views: 772824

Re: Success!

I have a new piece of flash fiction out today at Every Day Fiction. Like a Lover's Hands. I read this, I got it right away at first thinking the bird was a familiar but understood soon enough. At the end the twist is understandable - I got it. So; I want to know why the comments on the site by peop...
by amoskalik
Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3933
Views: 772824

Re: Success!

Rebecca Birch wrote:I have a new piece of flash fiction out today at Every Day Fiction. Like a Lover's Hands.


Beautiful story.
by amoskalik
Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4945
Views: 936310

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I was working on a flash piece that marries game theory with the constraints relativity places on interstellar colonization. I shelved it though. The story itself was flat. Maybe I'll give it another go in a few weeks.
by amoskalik
Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 715
Views: 192110

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Based on the crumpled sheets of paper all around me, I can fit way more than 3 try fail cycles into 250 words.
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Board PHP problems
Replies: 38
Views: 11197

Re: Board PHP problems

Don't forget Permanently Honored Parasites (otherwise known as politicians).
by amoskalik
Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1130
Views: 209245

Re: Five Minute Rant

It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I like to imagine that rejections, while disappointing, still have positive value, especially for those of us starting out. How is that? Well, if you have zero name recognition and zero sales you have to get your foot in the door somehow. If publishers are ...
by amoskalik
Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3933
Views: 772824

Re: Success!

Ishmael wrote:I'm pleased to report that my story THE OLD MAN ON THE GREEN (2100 words) has been published today on T Gene Davis's Speculative Blog.

wotf007


Nicely done. It is refreshing to be reminded that deep point of view and nonstop action are not the only way to write an entertaining story.
by amoskalik
Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: STRING OF TEN CONTEST
Replies: 18
Views: 4692

Re: STRING OF TEN CONTEST

I'm out as well.
by amoskalik
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 715
Views: 192110

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I received a personal rejection from F&SF. CC Finlay had some nice things to say and this is my first personal, so I am happy about it.
On the Grinder it says 60% are personal from him. Wow. He's awesome.
by amoskalik
Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: STRING OF TEN CONTEST
Replies: 18
Views: 4692

Re: STRING OF TEN CONTEST

OK, I'm in the AE micro contest as well.
by amoskalik
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: STRING OF TEN CONTEST
Replies: 18
Views: 4692

Re: STRING OF TEN CONTEST

Thanks for this. I've been meaning to get back into flash and this was a fun challenge. I've just submitted my entry.
by amoskalik
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Favorites from WotF anthologies
Replies: 19
Views: 7036

Re: Favorites from WotF anthologies

I've only read V 28, v 30 and half of V 29 so far, but of those the most memorable was "My Name is Angela" (Harry Lang),

Gerald Warfield's "The Poly Islands" was an excellent read as well.
by amoskalik
Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4945
Views: 936310

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I should try to write 100 word stories again as a warm up exercise ... Dandelion Dreams With a puff, the girl set the seeds free. They burst forth in a white cloud, floating in the cool morning air. Most drifted down to disappear into the dewy grass, but the one with ambition caught the first breeze...
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4945
Views: 936310

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

When did I become the kind of writer that wastes 1100 words at the start of a short story on atmospheric scene setting and description? I used to get dinged by readers for a lack of detail and description because I was so focused on my plot and this past week at my writers group meeting I read out ...
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:08 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 31
Replies: 51
Views: 14592

Re: Quarter 4, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 3

Got an R. wotf017 (this story was a long shot.)
by amoskalik
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4945
Views: 936310

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Sadly, Aaron, that awful movie had a lot to answer for. You don't want to get me started on how unhistorical it was and not a lot of Scots are familiar with anything beyond romantic fiction. Suffice it to say that, after I watched it, my comment to Mrs Ishmael was a single two-syllable word of whic...
by amoskalik
Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4945
Views: 936310

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

The economics of an independent Scotland makes no sense. They don't even know what currency they're going to have for goodness sakes. And yes, as Ishmael says, there's already been evidence of business fleeing the country. And yes, Martin, currently Scotland does very well as it gets more money per...
by amoskalik
Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4945
Views: 936310

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

And I'm posting here because I'm worried sick and struggling to remain my usual charming, calm and personable self. I'm not sure where else to go or what else to do. Today is referendum day in Scotland. Tomorrow morning I could wake up to find that the place I have called home for decades is about ...
by amoskalik
Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Mike Resnick, Barry Malzberg, and the SFWA
Replies: 44
Views: 9722

Re: Mike Resnick, Barry Malzberg, and the SFWA

I recently ran across this thread. I have no intention of reigniting a debate that most of the participants would likely agree is best put to bed, but I did want to say that if all public discourse was done at this level, the world would be a far more civil and productive place. I am in awe of all o...
by amoskalik
Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Frozen
Replies: 5
Views: 1550

Re: Frozen

I think you nailed it. I watched the movie a little closer after I made my first post and it was quite clear that Elsa had the killer dress, while Anna could have been anyone from the period. She didn't stand out. Anna did have more personality, but so did all her cohorts. Again, the more stoic Elsa...
by amoskalik
Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Frozen
Replies: 5
Views: 1550

Frozen

First, I'd like to admit that, yes, I am way behind the curve on pop culture. My four year old daughter, like all four year daughters everywhere, has become a Frozen fanatic. She can sing all the songs from heart (and in tune). She is planning her fifth birthday with a Frozen theme. None of this is ...

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