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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:40 am

E.CaimanSands wrote:Ack, I do hope not. As Martin says, I would think the risk is small but I should have thought and warned you or at least not linked your blog here. My only excuse is it was very late and I was half asleep and I'm a poor skim reader at the best of times.wotf005


The risk is that the new coordinating judge (whose identity we do not yet know, suspicions aside, but who is surely a busy working writer) happens to read the blog of an unknown writer and notice the identifying details. Odds: very, very low.

Or if your story gets selected as a Finalist, the risk is that one of four Finalist judges (again unknown, though we know the pool of likely judges by looking at last year's judges) happens to read that blog. Odds: somewhat higher, but still very, very low.

Nevertheless, the first thing I do when I submit an entry is go through my blog and unpublish any post that evern mentions the subject or title of that story.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby onelowerlight » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:26 am

Well, I changed the post, and the SFWA web admin took down the pingback, so I think everything's good now. If it is a problem, though, I'm the only one to blame. Thanks again for the tip!

Mine was an e-submission, btw. Not sure if that changes any of your calculations.

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Postby onelowerlight » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:31 am

And I agree; it's a great community you guys have here, very friendly and supportive even though we're all in competition with each other. But in my experience, the science fiction and fantasy community tends to be very tight-knit, both among fans and among writers, so that doesn't come as too much of a surprise.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby gower21 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:54 am

Onelowerlight-

Welcome to the forum and congrats on your hold notice!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Kary English » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:17 am

LAMPS update: Duo is still saying 9 postal subs. At least one of those is a Q3 as it's only (pease porridge hot) 9 days old.

That being said, here's what I am surmising based on a few givens:

1) I have not heard anything. No rejection, no hold pile, nothing via snail or email.

2) I submitted on paper about 6 days before the end of the quarter.

3) At least one paper sub received an email rejection, and at least one paper sub got a hold pile notice.

Ergo..

I have not been read and could still receive a straight rejection. Sigh.
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Postby gower21 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:22 am

One of the papers got a hold notice? Which one? Marina???!!

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Postby Kary English » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:31 am

Was it Francis? I'd have to comb thru the thread to find out who it was.
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Postby E.CaimanSands » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:38 am

I thought we were all e-subs too. wotf017
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:40 am

OK, I've been holding back on this until I REALLY needed it. But this thread clearly needs it.

My buddy/editor Epee Bill has an incurable disease. He's a punster. I'm not sure if even physical violence could cure him of it. And believe me, we've been tempted! (And we're fencers, so when we're tempted to violence, it involves swords.)

He's also one of my First Readers, and my confidante on contest matters. When you people drive me crazy, he's the one I vent to. (I also harbor a small hope you'll see him as a contestant some day.) And a month ago, I mentioned NNiNN (No News is No News); and somehow it set him off.

I've been shielding you from these up to now; but you've pushed me over the edge. So here they are...

We are the knights who say NNiNN!

Mrs. Brisby and the Rats of NNiNN

NNiNN's Island

NNiNNing with Sharks

Eine Kleine NNiNNmusik

NNiNNcompoop

No news? Change the channel to CNNNiNN.

Person of NNiNNterest.

NNiNNmitation it the sincerest form of flattery.

Got TWO stories waiting at Analog? That's a case of the Doublemint NNiNNs

Or is that NNiNNalog?

NNiNNy

First NNiNN, first out.

Some Enchanted eve-NNiNN

Stop the NNiNNsanity!

Got a friend hooked on Duotrope? Organize a NNiNNtervention.

Planning a NNiNNvasion?

Trying to make this meme NNiNN-visible?

Pigs! NNiNN! Space!

Spice up the WotF forum with some CiNNiNNamin.

You haven't heard anything yet? That's NNiNNcredible!

The NNiNNcredible Hulk

Stop staring at the mailbox, go out the park and play some soccer. Take your NNiNN guards.

Do you watch Castle? It stars that guy from Firefly.. NathaNNiNN FillioNNiNN

Ok, I think I'm out. Unless I can get a NNiNNfusion of NNiNNspiration
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:44 am

Congratulations Lair!
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:58 am

I know, I know... Those puns were cruel and NNiNNhuman puNNiNNshment,,,
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Postby Rebecca Birch » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:02 am

Wow. And I thought I was all cool with the knights who say NNiNN. Little did I know what was lurking beNNiNNth the surface.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Kary English » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:08 am

Well, MartiNNINN,

I'd pass you the marshmallow shooter and say you know what to do with it, but that post sounds a tad too much like Evil Martin for my liking. That guy's NNiNNcorrigible.

Besides, he / you forgot Anais NNiNN. wotf004
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby E.CaimanSands » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:09 am

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote: No news? Change the channel to CNNNiNN.



I like this one. wotf019

Gators are normally known for their patience, but yes, this being on "hold" business is even making the scaly one cranky.
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Postby E.CaimanSands » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:11 am

Kary James wrote:Well, MartiNNINN,


I like this one too! wotf006
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Kary English » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:19 am

Welcome to the WOTF Results Line,

Please listen carefully as the menu options have changed.

Press 1 for an Honorable Mention.

Press 2 for a Semi-Finalist.

Press 3 for a Finalist.

Press 4 for a top-secret list of first-reader preferences.

Press 5 if you're going postal on "Hold" status. Please note that pressing 5 doesn't actually do anything, but we thought it might make you feel better.

Press 6 for Time Travel to the date of the next blog post.

Press 7 to listen to Heinlein's Rules.

Press 8 to legally change your middle name to Freakin'.

Press 9 to send bribes of cash / chocolate / Scotch to the judges.
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:27 am

Rebecca Birch wrote:Wow. And I thought I was all cool with the knights who say NNiNN.


Now that you mention it, that one WAS yours, not his. I copied and pasted notes from an IM conversation, and that was at the start. But now I remember that I had cited you, and that was what set him off.

So blame Rebecca, everyone!
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:36 am

Wow! Duotrope now lists three acceptances! I guess the quarter's over now. wotf013
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:38 am

Kary James wrote:Well, MartiNNINN,

I'd pass you the marshmallow shooter and say you know what to do with it, but that post sounds a tad too much like Evil Martin for my liking. That guy's NNiNNcorrigible.

Besides, he / you forgot Anais NNiNN. wotf004


Touch left! (In fencing circles, that's a compliment.)
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Postby Strycher » Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:50 am

onelowerlight wrote:Hey there. I'm the guy who may or may not have disqualified himself with that last blog post.


You'll probably be okay. Like Martin said, the odds are long that any of the judges would have read that particular post, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:When you people drive me crazy . . .


Us? Surely not. We're so lovable.

We are the knights who say NNiNN!


Okay, I actually, genuinely, laughed out loud when I read that.

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Postby E.CaimanSands » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:05 am

Kary James wrote:Welcome to the WOTF Results Line,

Please listen carefully as the menu options have changed.

Press 1 for an Honorable Mention.

Press 2 for a Semi-Finalist.

Press 3 for a Finalist.

Press 4 for a top-secret list of first-reader preferences.

Press 5 if you're going postal on "Hold" status. Please note that pressing 5 doesn't actually do anything, but we thought it might make you feel better.

Press 6 for Time Travel to the date of the next blog post.

Press 7 to listen to Heinlein's Rules.

Press 8 to legally change your middle name to Freakin'.

Press 9 to send bribes of cash / chocolate / Scotch to the judges.


**Sound of scaly claws pressing 5, and pressing 5, and pressing 5.... and pressing 6... and pressing 5... and pressing 9... and pressing 5, and pressing 5... and pressing 8... and pressing 5... and pressing 5, and pressing 4, and pressing 5... and pressing 5, and c h e c k i n g .. e m a i l...**
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Rebecca Birch » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:12 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
Rebecca Birch wrote:Wow. And I thought I was all cool with the knights who say NNiNN.


Now that you mention it, that one WAS yours, not his. I copied and pasted notes from an IM conversation, and that was at the start. But now I remember that I had cited you, and that was what set him off.

So blame Rebecca, everyone!


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Postby gower21 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:17 pm

Kary James wrote:Welcome to the WOTF Results Line,

Please listen carefully as the menu options have changed.

Press 1 for an Honorable Mention.

Press 2 for a Semi-Finalist.

Press 3 for a Finalist.

Press 4 for a top-secret list of first-reader preferences.

Press 5 if you're going postal on "Hold" status. Please note that pressing 5 doesn't actually do anything, but we thought it might make you feel better.

Press 6 for Time Travel to the date of the next blog post.

Press 7 to listen to Heinlein's Rules.

Press 8 to legally change your middle name to Freakin'.

Press 9 to send bribes of cash / chocolate / Scotch to the judges.


I hate these dang phone menus....because usually my issue can just be resolved by a quick conversation with an operator, but do they list that option? Oh no, they make me go through the whole menu while I desperately press "0" and grunt into the phone my subvocal cursing when the operator says "Please call back during office hours" -- I stare at my clock wondering what timezone??

And duotrope reporting the winners? Horray! the stress is over! The sky is no longer falling! And I can finally shave my legs! (I should have never made that promise to stop shaving my legs until the quarter results came out...it's been quite itchy and summer is almost here. Geez, of all the quarters to become superstitious).

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:22 pm

Kary James wrote:Press 3 for a Finalist.


Why would anyone press anything else?
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Postby izanobu » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:24 pm

Can I press 0 for being done? No? Final entry. I'm cursed that this is dragging out so long. I'm not going to win and yet the universe wants me to stay in limbo for as long as possible. Argh.

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:25 pm

Rebecca Birch wrote:Woohoo! I'm an instigator! It's my very first time. wotf007


Careful... That tends to draw flying marshmallows!

But being an instigator is fun! Just ask my nieces and nephews! (But don't ask my brothers and sisters. They don't seem to appreciate my instigating skills nearly as much.)
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Postby E.CaimanSands » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:28 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
Kary James wrote:Press 3 for a Finalist.


Why would anyone press anything else?


I figured it must be a trick option, so I told the gator not to press it. wotf004
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Postby E.CaimanSands » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:31 pm

Rebecca Birch wrote:
Woohoo! I'm an instigator! It's my very first time. wotf007


I think I'm the only instiGator around here thank you.

(Oh dear, I must be feeling cranky, resorting to puns.)
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:34 pm

E.CaimanSands wrote:(Oh dear, I must be feeling cranky, resorting to puns.)


You've been hanging around bad influences...
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby E.CaimanSands » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:36 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
E.CaimanSands wrote:(Oh dear, I must be feeling cranky, resorting to puns.)


You've been hanging around bad influences...


That as well. wotf002
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