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by s_c_baker
Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

I think in a few cases people don't find out until the winners are announced--in which case their finalist status is final. But most of the time the phone call is to let you know you're a finalist, and in the running for the winner slots, yeah. wotf008
by s_c_baker
Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

That's correct, yep.

Semi-finalists (which are indeed e-mailed in most cases and I think on rare cases number more than 8) are semi-finalists, full stop. The winners are selected from the 8 finalists.
by s_c_baker
Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4936
Views: 915516

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

This sounds suspiciously like math, so I'm just going to go ahead and say that my score is π/0. I had an argument with my 6 year old daughter a few weeks ago about which was bigger, pi or infinity. She was convinced pi was bigger because its digits went on forever. Then she ended the argument with,...
by s_c_baker
Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

dbeavers wrote:A guy goes off network for a few days and all hell breaks lose. Good luck to the folks still in the running. For those 'Thursday' theorists out there, I got my notice at 12:01 AM UTC Thursday.


Fixed that for you. wotf007
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4936
Views: 915516

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

This sounds suspiciously like math, so I'm just going to go ahead and say that my score is π/0.
by s_c_baker
Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

KD Julicher wrote:Pretty sure Finalists/Semis have not gone out yet. For what it's worth I've heard nothing.

Sure, sure. That's exactly what I'd say in that situation, too. wotf004
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Woohoo! Quite a slew of HMs there.

Congratulations, all who received one! wotf010
by s_c_baker
Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

And here I thought it was Mrs Ishmael.

Good thing this isn't on the Quiz.
by s_c_baker
Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Excellent! Are you familiar with the "Pomodoro technique"? That's a productivity booster that basically works the same way, except the standard time allotted is usually more like 15 minutes. It doesn't work all that well for me, alas, but it's supposedly pretty darn good when it does work.
by s_c_baker
Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4936
Views: 915516

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Great, now I'll have that Lambchop song stuck in my head all day again.
by s_c_baker
Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Wow—that's quite an output! I sometimes can't tell whether I'm just a slow first draft writer, or need to turn off the part of my brain that balks at writing something I'm not confident in and have the courage to just move on. It's not like a story I think I've gotten right the first time doesn't e...
by s_c_baker
Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 4624

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware says the contest is "on her radar," by the way, and will be posting about it next week.

I'll put a link to that here when it goes up.
by s_c_baker
Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 4624

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

Not familiar with them, but I would not submit to this.

I don't feel comfortable saying why here due to the fact that they sound like they have aggressive lawyers but would be happy to mention why in a PM.
by s_c_baker
Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Mwahaha, I should have known someone more troll-ish than me would have actually tried this. I mean, not to imply that you're a troll, just have tendencies... that is... I'm gonna go over there and be quiet before I have to change my own avatar to a donkey. wotf004 I want the words of Dogberry writt...
by s_c_baker
Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

I actually did do that briefly back in like 2012 I think! But it was only me and one or two other people and we deleted them pretty quickly afterwards, so I don't think it really hit anybody's radar. wotf019
by s_c_baker
Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

toe fungus flowers
blooming in just twelve seconds . . .
Tina is gross

wotf002


(And I hope you know it hurt me to write that. wotf004 )
by s_c_baker
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 747277

Re: Success!

Huzzah!
by s_c_baker
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

gower21 wrote:New forum rule: Nobody feed Stewart's ego. With Martin running around here, too, we'll run out of space in no time.

I have Schroedinger's ego. It's both vastly huge and nonexistent until you can prove it one way or the other. wotf001
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

KD Julicher wrote:
bobsandiego wrote:Congrats on the 125K in November.
It took me about 3 months to do the 80k my novel needed.

I'm a fast writer and a slow learner.

I'm impressed by the both of you!

Now me? I'm a slow writer AND a slow learner. I don't think I've written 80,000 words total in the past two years. wotf019
by s_c_baker
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Totally agree with Stewart's last two posts. Also: while I may be jinxing myself, I'm still in, and submitted on the 30th. Keeping fingers crossed. A trip in April to meet Stewart, I mean, to go to a workshop with Stewart, i mean.... ;-) hee. Hi Stewart. You know, writing career and all. I bet you ...
by s_c_baker
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Brilliant! Just about sums it up, I reckon. It takes a huge amount of arrogance to even begin writing and think that anyone would want to spend any of their limited time in this life reading your words, and yet there's nothing quite like writing to saddle you with a crushing sense of futility and u...
by s_c_baker
Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Matt's comment reminds me of this brilliant Venn diagram: Image
by s_c_baker
Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 747277

Re: Success!

Very nice, Dr. Bob!

Giganotosaurus is also a very hard market to crack. Clap yourself on the back there. wotf007
by s_c_baker
Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

I always found that having a ton of other submissions out helped a lot.

When Writers of the Future was my only active submission, I obsessed over it. When it was only one of about ten active submissions... Well, I shared the twitching out!

Er. Maybe not so useful? wotf001
by s_c_baker
Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 747277

Re: Success!

Scott's rejections are excellent!
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Wyrm's Gauntlet writing contest
Replies: 8
Views: 1475

Re: Wyrm's Gauntlet writing contest

Hey, thanks! Round three is a lot of fun so far. My MA in English puts me in good standing when it comes to things like close reading. wotf007
by s_c_baker
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 747277

Re: Success!

Thanks, all, for the kind words about my story. And since we're talking rejections (in the Success thread? what's wrong with you people!?) I'll let you know that story received 16 rejections and 2 never-made-it-to-pub acceptances before it finally made an appearance. And like amoskalik my first sal...
by s_c_baker
Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 747277

Re: Success!

Aye, 50 rejections is pocket change. wotf007 I had a few super-small microfictive things accepted by markets with embarrassingly high acceptance rates back when I first started, but I didn't net what I consider to be my first real sale until something like rejection #200. (Currently at 571 submissio...
by s_c_baker
Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

I'm still around so far too -- no rejection letter just yet. I also wonder about the rapid rejections early in the cycle, too -- perhaps the system has some kind of filter that automatically rejects junk? You were supposed to submit a story, but you appear to have uploaded a photograph of a steel k...

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