Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby KD Julicher » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:13 am

Results are in! I did not win.

On to next quarter!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby preston » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:57 am

KD Julicher wrote:Results are in! I did not win.

On to next quarter!


Darn! You'll get 'em next time!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby amoskalik » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:05 am

Commiserations KD.
Congrats Julie! (I think. I see an acceptance on the Grinder...)
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby s_c_baker » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:38 am

Two winners have decloaked in another (private access) writing group I'm part of, but I don't think they're part of this forum. (Unless they are?)

Here's hoping we'll see the results soon!

I am very disappointed that KD didn't win. Keeping my fingers crossed for the published finalist announcements (if they make those things? I don't know). Although I know so many of the finalists that I feel like any finger crossing I can do for anybody will be counter-productive.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:09 am

s_c_baker wrote: Keeping my fingers crossed for the published finalist announcements (if they make those things? I don't know).

Last year I found out it wasn't me when WotF posted the lineup on PRWeb.
Then again, Zach found out a different way. wotf011
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby Randy Hulshizer » Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:35 am

Congrats Jon Lasser and Julie Frost! (As posted on the Grinder) wotf010
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby juliecfrost » Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:39 am

wotf059

I got the call last night at Eric James Stone's "Unforgettable" book launch party. Unforgettable, indeed!

I am laughing so hard, you guys. I cannot believe I won the Contest with this story. It opens in the morgue. It stars a (probably--he never gets a formal diagnosis, but, well, I think it's pretty obvious) clinically depressed werewolf who goes on a quite purposeful murder spree. Dave famously "hates" werewolf fiction.

I, uh, guess he liked this one.

This was my 29th entry.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby amoskalik » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:17 pm

juliecfrost wrote:
This was my 29th entry.

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29! Well deserved for quality I'm sure, but even more so for perseverance. Congrats again!

Just wondering, winners in the past have been extremely cagey about the content of their stories until the anthology is published. Are you allowed to disclose the nature of your story or were those others being purposely opaque for their own quirky reasons?
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby juliecfrost » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:26 pm

amoskalik wrote:
juliecfrost wrote:
This was my 29th entry.

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29! Well deserved for quality I'm sure, but even more so for perseverance. Congrats again!

Just wondering, winners in the past have been extremely cagey about the content of their stories until the anthology is published. Are you allowed to disclose the nature of your story or were those others being purposely opaque for their own quirky reasons?


I think the first place winners have to be cagey because they still haven't awarded the Gold Prize. But I figure everyone's going to know it's mine anyway, because I am That Werewolf Writer, after all. And mine was a third place. wotf017

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby emilymccosh » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:26 pm

juliecfrost wrote:wotf059

I got the call last night at Eric James Stone's "Unforgettable" book launch party. Unforgettable, indeed!

I am laughing so hard, you guys. I cannot believe I won the Contest with this story. It opens in the morgue. It stars a (probably--he never gets a formal diagnosis, but, well, I think it's pretty obvious) clinically depressed werewolf who goes on a quite purposeful murder spree. Dave famously "hates" werewolf fiction.

I, uh, guess he liked this one.

This was my 29th entry.

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER SURRENDER.


Oh man, congrats Julie! A werewolf story, wow! wotf026

Isn't this the story you thought would get a straight rejetion???
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby MattDovey » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:31 pm

amoskalik wrote:Just wondering, winners in the past have been extremely cagey about the content of their stories until the anthology is published. Are you allowed to disclose the nature of your story or were those others being purposely opaque for their own quirky reasons?


As Julie says, we have to be cagey, because the 1st place stories are still being judged blind for the Golden Pen award. 2nd and 3rd place winners can talk about their stories all they like, but if a 1st place winner lets slip, it might compromise the anonymity for the annual prize judges and disqualify them.

Not that "I wasn't told not to be cagey" means anything--I only knew to ask Joni if I should keep quiet because I'd seen something to that effect mentioned a few days before in an article about Stewart, and Jon only knew today when I mentioned he probably shouldn't be sharing his winning title on Twitter.

Thankfully, judging is complete already by the time the workshop week rolls around, so we don't have to keep our secrets once we're all hanging out talking about stories. That would have been impossible.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby LawrenceVanHoof » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:45 pm

29? Wow. Congratulations, Julie.
Oops, where did that idea go? I had it a minute ago....

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby juliecfrost » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:44 pm

emilymccosh wrote:
juliecfrost wrote:wotf059

I got the call last night at Eric James Stone's "Unforgettable" book launch party. Unforgettable, indeed!

I am laughing so hard, you guys. I cannot believe I won the Contest with this story. It opens in the morgue. It stars a (probably--he never gets a formal diagnosis, but, well, I think it's pretty obvious) clinically depressed werewolf who goes on a quite purposeful murder spree. Dave famously "hates" werewolf fiction.

I, uh, guess he liked this one.

This was my 29th entry.

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER SURRENDER.


Oh man, congrats Julie! A werewolf story, wow! wotf026

Isn't this the story you thought would get a straight rejetion???


Yes. Yes it is.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby Tamlyn » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:56 pm

Bad luck, KD, but yay, grats, Julie!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby emilymccosh » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:41 pm

juliecfrost wrote:
emilymccosh wrote:
juliecfrost wrote:wotf059

I got the call last night at Eric James Stone's "Unforgettable" book launch party. Unforgettable, indeed!

I am laughing so hard, you guys. I cannot believe I won the Contest with this story. It opens in the morgue. It stars a (probably--he never gets a formal diagnosis, but, well, I think it's pretty obvious) clinically depressed werewolf who goes on a quite purposeful murder spree. Dave famously "hates" werewolf fiction.

I, uh, guess he liked this one.

This was my 29th entry.

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER SURRENDER.


Oh man, congrats Julie! A werewolf story, wow! wotf026

Isn't this the story you thought would get a straight rejetion???


Yes. Yes it is.


WOW
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Postby bobsandiego » Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:05 pm

A big wet congratulations from soggy San Diego to all the winners.

Yes, perseverance pays.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby s_c_baker » Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:18 pm

Wooohoooooo, Julie! wotf004

Thankfully, judging is complete already by the time the workshop week rolls around, so we don't have to keep our secrets once we're all hanging out talking about stories. That would have been impossible.

In fact, I'm lead to understand they put our story titles on our name badges.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby scott.parkin » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:18 pm

s_c_baker wrote:In fact, I'm lead to understand they put our story titles on our name badges.


They did for v31. But yes, by workshop week all judging is complete and selections made, so everyone can chatter without reservation. It was kind of fun as a third prize winner to watch the firsties be all paranoid.

I had read one of the first prizewinners before it won, but was threatened with painful death if I let any details slip. I had to wait for press check (got a copy of the book that was still literally *hot* off the press---straight off the conveyor from binding and trimming) to read the others. The amount of giggling on the bus back from the press as folks read Dan Davis' "The God Whisperer" for the first time was an absolute treat.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby preston » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:23 pm

juliecfrost wrote:wotf059

I got the call last night at Eric James Stone's "Unforgettable" book launch party. Unforgettable, indeed!

I am laughing so hard, you guys. I cannot believe I won the Contest with this story. It opens in the morgue. It stars a (probably--he never gets a formal diagnosis, but, well, I think it's pretty obvious) clinically depressed werewolf who goes on a quite purposeful murder spree. Dave famously "hates" werewolf fiction.

I, uh, guess he liked this one.

This was my 29th entry.

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER SURRENDER.


Yay, Julie! Way to go!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby storysinger » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:07 am

Congrats Julie. wotf010 That was a long time to persevere.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby Dustin Adams » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:12 am

29 stories is also a tribute to the continuation of Learning Your Craft.
I don't have 29 stories total. (Unless you count flash stories)
Julie has submitted, i.e. written, edited, polished, mailed/transmitted -- 29 completed stories.

That's just... lots of practice.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby Galen » Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:00 am

Wow - A story with its own backstory. Many reasons to look forward to reading it. But especially knowing that it was a submission 29.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby Ishmael » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:04 am

Submission 29? 29? What is it about this number around these parts? wotf011

Well done Julie, commiserations KD and look at the standard of grammar you need to be a winner!
s_c_baker wrote:In fact, I'm lead to understand they put our story titles on our name badges.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby s_c_baker » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:58 am

That's one of those words I can never spell! wotf001

(Like recommend, which I always put two "c"s in, and harassment, which I always put two "r"s in...)

ETA: Steel yourself for more bad puns, though. You know how those things go around here... wotf011
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby MattDovey » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:54 am

s_c_baker wrote:In fact, I'm lead to understand they put our story titles on our name badges.


I am chagrined that I have won with the shortest title I've ever entered with now. My two HMs were "(Perhaps the Answer is) That We Question at All" and then "Of All The Worlds I've Walked In (This One with You is my Favourite)", and an earlier entry had "The Rutted Paths Our Minds Must Take".

I, er, can't say much more than that about the current, but they won't need to produce an extra badge for the title to fit onto, disappointingly.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby KD Julicher » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:58 am

MattDovey wrote:
s_c_baker wrote:In fact, I'm lead to understand they put our story titles on our name badges.


I am chagrined that I have won with the shortest title I've ever entered with now. My two HMs were "(Perhaps the Answer is) That We Question at All" and then "Of All The Worlds I've Walked In (This One with You is my Favourite)", and an earlier entry had "The Rutted Paths Our Minds Must Take".

I, er, can't say much more than that about the current, but they won't need to produce an extra badge for the title to fit onto, disappointingly.



So I'm assuming that it was you, not Stewart, that named a certain story that opened with a horde of undead weasels?
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby MattDovey » Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:50 pm

KD Julicher wrote:So I'm assuming that it was you, not Stewart, that named a certain story that opened with a horde of undead weasels?


Ha! Yes, that was my idea initially. Though in my defence, I later offered a board of ten titles (most of which were shorter) and Stewart's considered opinion was still for "How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart's True Love".

We're hoping it telegraphs the nature of the story ;)
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Postby juliecfrost » Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:19 pm

wotf001 I wonder if I can get them to put "That Werewolf Writer" on my badge. /troublemaker

I crunched some numbers and put them in a blog post, if anyone cares to read them and draw what conclusions there are to be drawn.

Mostly, I'd imagine, that I am actually, as Jim Butcher would put it, "psychotically persistent."

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Postby gower21 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:37 pm

scott.parkin wrote:
s_c_baker wrote:In fact, I'm lead to understand they put our story titles on our name badges.


They did for v31. But yes, by workshop week all judging is complete and selections made, so everyone can chatter without reservation. It was kind of fun as a third prize winner to watch the firsties be all paranoid.

I had read one of the first prizewinners before it won, but was threatened with painful death if I let any details slip. I had to wait for press check (got a copy of the book that was still literally *hot* off the press---straight off the conveyor from binding and trimming) to read the others. The amount of giggling on the bus back from the press as folks read Dan Davis' "The God Whisperer" for the first time was an absolute treat.


Every year will get something the year before didn't get and it will make each year suuuuppper annoyed. The year after us got Kobo eReaders AND deserts in the theme of their story AND OSC. The year after got to have story titles on their name tags and Peter Wacks to give a talk that helped them all get on the USA Today Bestsellar list. I can't remember if they did make the USA Today or got like seriously close. I heard they had incredible sales numbers and really hustled it.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 32

Postby gower21 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:42 pm

ALSO

CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!! You guys rock.

And to those who have gotten bad news take a look at Julie who has the right attitude. Don't wait for WOTF to start your writing career. There are a lot of entrants who didn't win that went on to have fabulous careers, some way better than the winners themselves.

When I was entering, Annie Ballet was also entering and she was so close every single time. She now makes six figures writing. Um. Be a Ballet. Grab your career and make it happen. Enter while you can, but don't think a rejection will in any way slow you down.


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