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by amoskalik
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 2744

Re: Poems for Pleasure

And in response to another FB inspiration: A Golden Retriever Planet of the Apes was just a fairy tale, Not a chance that it could ever come true, Gorillas out to get me, Chimps all on my side, Talking primates dyeing their hair blue! Then I saw her face! Hey - my girlfriend's a gibbon From outer s...
by amoskalik
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734785

Re: Success!

Wow, great things going on. Congrats HL and Tamlyn.
by amoskalik
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734785

Re: Success!

Congrats George, on both stories.
by amoskalik
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734785

Re: Success!

I just had a story accepted at Centropic Oracle after 32 rejections. 33rd times a charm wotf007
by amoskalik
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734785

Re: Success!

Congrats, George and Dustin.
by amoskalik
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734785

Re: Success!

Thanks, Philip, Aaron and J'nae Rae! Congrats, Philip and Aaron! My first published story in the year is in Fifty Flashes . Aaron is there too, along with many other well-known names. Thanks for posting George. I hadn't realized this was out. And I see alphabetical author order puts me at the top w...
by amoskalik
Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734785

Re: Success!

Congrats Ishmael.

I have a new success (I think). SF2 Concatenation wants to include my Nature story "Ghosts in the Machine" in their "Best of" listing. No money associated but I see that the latest story they've included is Hugo nominated, so good company.
by amoskalik
Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 27022

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I'll have to see if I can pull myself out of my grief and get this current one ready in time. Anyone have tips on how to write while grieving? I lost a very dear friend last night. My condolences. I've heard others say it is very hard to write while grieving and I've heard some say it actually help...
by amoskalik
Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 27022

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Yep, it's officially one of those quarters. wotf027 I've got writer's block--or, more accurately, writer's boredom. My brain has decided to hate the story I'm working on, just on general principle. I probably just need to give myself a good kick in the pants and finish the current draft so I can ma...
by amoskalik
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734785

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: 3876
Views: 734785

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: 1186

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: 1186

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: 9046

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: 3876
Views: 734785

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: 16
Views: 10288

Re: Empyreome Magazine

Love the art work.
by amoskalik
Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734785

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: 25664

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: 2744

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: 2744

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: 32089

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: 2744

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: 2744

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: 3876
Views: 734785

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: 10571

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: 1164

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: 1164

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: 3876
Views: 734785

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: 25664

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...

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