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by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 4322

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

Hm. Another one confined to US and Canadian writers. Never mind. I think I might at last have qualified to enter the Sunday Times competition next year. So has Stewart of course. There ain't no justice. wotf016 Ha! I haven't got a snowball's chance in a volcano. (Also I am not quite sure I do quali...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 4322

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

Currently prevaricating over whether to submit an ex-HM to the James White award (published in Interzone, good home exposure, but a wash on the money front if I get shortlisted and go to the con) or start subbing it round the mags instead. It has the same eligibility requirements as WoTF, with a le...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 87186

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Long post here. TL;DR version is: Keep on submitting, and don't let rejections slow you down. For me, frustration is never knowing why. Knowing that one sentence barred an entry from the finals, how much more dedicated to clarity do you think I'll be? That's inspiring! This contest is a proving grou...
by s_c_baker
Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32
Replies: 730
Views: 87186

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Wow, that must be incredibly frustrating.
by s_c_baker
Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 4322

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

I had serious reservations about the terms of this contest, so I'm happy to see that they've updated their rules and taken out all the things I found troubling. Authors now retain all rights to unpublished stories, and the right of first refusal clause is gone too. As a bonus, the top twenty stories...
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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 4934
Views: 898825

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: 87186

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: 4934
Views: 898825

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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 4934
Views: 898825

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: 87186

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: 4322

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: 4322

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 1:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Putting this here where people will see it...
Replies: 9
Views: 2544

Re: Putting this here where people will see it...

I know a guy who knows a guy who writes term papers about kitchen remodeling for totally reasonable rates.

If anybody's interested.
by s_c_baker
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Putting this here where people will see it...
Replies: 9
Views: 2544

Re: Putting this here where people will see it...

But how will we find out about the best dentist in Clenchwarton now?! Or party buses?!

wotf005

(Oh, wait. We'll find out about it because I just made this post and the spam-bots will see it. SCORE.)
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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 3867
Views: 724182

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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 87186

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: 87186

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Matt's comment reminds me of this brilliant Venn diagram: Image

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