Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby LDWriter2 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:55 pm

Mine is done or redone as the case might be.
Well, not quite
It's resting in the story critique exchange forum.
Working on turning Lead into Gold.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby katsincommand » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:21 am

I've revised a story and it's out for critique, and I only just realized I already submitted it to WOTF and received a rejection. I wonder if I should give it another shot here, or revise my humorous urban fantasy for the contest... oh, decisions decisions!
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Postby Imagination Vortex » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:29 pm

I've already submitted a story but decided to try my luck with the art again this quarter. I'm putting the polishing touches on one and now I've got to decide if I should submit 2 older ones or create 2 new ones. The one I just finished now took me so long to make I'm thinking of just trying my luck with a few of the older ones. But there's still a month left so maybe I'll come up with something!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby Dustin Adams » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:53 am

I'm so embroiled in my work I haven't written a word.
I've got an anthology to edit.
A novel to finish with a goal of December on Amazon.
My country's 500th anniversary to plan.
My wife to mur...

Nevermind.
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Postby Randy Hulshizer » Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:14 am

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm so embroiled in my work I haven't written a word.
I've got an anthology to edit.
A novel to finish with a goal of December on Amazon.
My country's 500th anniversary to plan.
My wife to mur...

Nevermind.


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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:35 am

Randy Hulshizer wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:I'm so embroiled in my work I haven't written a word.
I've got an anthology to edit.
A novel to finish with a goal of December on Amazon.
My country's 500th anniversary to plan.
My wife to mur...

Nevermind.


Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything.


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In all seriousness, I haven't had time for progress either. I think I finally have an evening that's unspoken for tonight, however.
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Postby LDWriter2 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:09 pm

katsincommand wrote:I've revised a story and it's out for critique, and I only just realized I already submitted it to WOTF and received a rejection. I wonder if I should give it another shot here, or revise my humorous urban fantasy for the contest... oh, decisions decisions!



Has the old story changed any? In other words have you made it better? Sounds like you did so I say give it another try.

A humorous UF sounds good too so in this case either way would be good. But you did work on the old story and got it ready for something.
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Postby katsincommand » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:51 am

LDWriter2 wrote:
Has the old story changed any? In other words have you made it better? Sounds like you did so I say give it another try.

A humorous UF sounds good too so in this case either way would be good. But you did work on the old story and got it ready for something.


It doubled in size and I fixed serious holes in the relationship in the story and story logic, and made the antagonist more scary. The plot itself hasn't changed, just revealed so much more nicely with the changes I made. The humorous story I might submit to UFO5 opening in April and if it doesn't sell there, then submit it to the contest. So looks like I'll have two quarters all set by next week.... (knocks on wood, throws salt, best laid plans....)
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:19 pm

I'm no longer certain the story I intended for this quarter will be done in time. It's supposed to be a short piece and easily written, but I haven't figured out how to end it yet. Without an idea of how to resolve the conflict, I keep staring at the half-blank first page instead of moving forward. wotf004 Tried writing a detailed outline. It helped, right up until the point where I keep getting stuck.

Oh well... If nothing else, I can finish revising the story I submitted a couple of quarters ago and toss that one back in.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby alpha » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:04 pm

I'm in a similar boat, Peony. Just haven't come up with a 3rd act to do the first 2 acts justice. I've got something servicable in my head, but it's lackluster. Doesn't make me say, "Damn, that's awesome," like my first two acts did.

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Postby amoskalik » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:43 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm no longer certain the story I intended for this quarter will be done in time. It's supposed to be a short piece and easily written, but I haven't figured out how to end it yet. Without an idea of how to resolve the conflict, I keep staring at the half-blank first page instead of moving forward. wotf004 Tried writing a detailed outline. It helped, right up until the point where I keep getting stuck.

Oh well... If nothing else, I can finish revising the story I submitted a couple of quarters ago and toss that one back in.


When I get stuck like this, I find doing some research helps. Maybe explore some deeper aspect of the world or characters. For instance find a historical figure the resembles a character and read about them. Usually something jumps out eventually.
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Postby emilymccosh » Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:17 pm

Ah, you know you're a writer when you get depressed along with your characters...
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby LDWriter2 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:22 pm

About time for me to revise my story one last time before sending it in.
Working on turning Lead into Gold.

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The latest was Q1'12
HM-quarter 4 Volume 32
One HM for another contest
published in Strange New Worlds Ten.
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Postby Ivy Fairhaven » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:54 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm no longer certain the story I intended for this quarter will be done in time. It's supposed to be a short piece and easily written, but I haven't figured out how to end it yet. Without an idea of how to resolve the conflict, I keep staring at the half-blank first page instead of moving forward. wotf004 Tried writing a detailed outline. It helped, right up until the point where I keep getting stuck.

Oh well... If nothing else, I can finish revising the story I submitted a couple of quarters ago and toss that one back in.


I find that it helps to brainstorm alone or with a writer friend, then pick the one you dislike least and write it. You can always change it later when you come up with a better idea.



My Rough draft is finished! Now I just have to re-write a scene because it wasn't epic enough, make the ending awesome instead of lame, fix the structure, make my characters' arcs more noticeable and not cop out on the moral of my story.

Then I have to do a line edit or two. Then have my computer read it to me a couple times. And do another line edit. And a final read through.

But all that is a laundry list and easy enough to finish by the 30th. Right? Right?
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby Ishmael » Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:58 am

Of course, right!

And I am coming to terms with the fact that I have nothing for the BBC competition (max 8,000) that's longer than 2,000. My first year of eligibility and I either have to enter a very short story or pass. Hm!

But that deadline is Friday and the deadline here is still three weeks away. Fortunately I'm in already.

Hey Stewart, are you in for the BBC? (Eligibility criterion is commercial publication in the UK).
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby kentagions » Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:44 pm

Anyone interested in a full story crit exchange for this quarter? I have less than 3,000 words. I'm willing to crit more. PM me or email me.

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Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:56 pm

Sadly, I don't have a swap, but I'll critique yours at that length.
Need to get my head back in the game. A crit will help.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby kentagions » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:19 pm

Dustin wrote:
Sadly, I don't have a swap, but I'll critique yours at that length.
Need to get my head back in the game. A crit will help.

Cool. I'll owe you one.

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Postby emilymccosh » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:24 pm

Well, I've decided I'm probably going to skip this quarter. I have nothing else ready to send other than the story I've been working on. As it stands, I can submit my story now and probably get an HM, or I can wait another three months and work on it to my heart's content, and probably get a semi of a finalist.

It's worth the wait. wotf003
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby kentagions » Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:21 pm

Of the four stories I've worked on the most, one has received an HM and three have received Rs. I got an HM for a story that I worked on for three consecutive days, a total of twelve hours from start to sub.

So I guess what I'm telling you is that my self-editing kinda sucks. wotf024

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Postby storysinger » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:13 pm

I finally found a beginning that works as a lead to my story. The rest of it is written now I can edit and merge the two.
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Postby pdblake » Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:59 am

I'm in. Didn't write it specifically for WOTF but it's a good fit.

Had one of those moments when I revisited a story from a couple of months ago, thinking it had gone terribly wrong whilst I was writing it, only to discover that, after a smidge of editing, it's really pretty good.

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Postby Ivy Fairhaven » Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:09 am

kentagions wrote:Of the four stories I've worked on the most, one has received an HM and three have received Rs. I got an HM for a story that I worked on for three consecutive days, a total of twelve hours from start to sub.

So I guess what I'm telling you is that my self-editing kinda sucks. wotf024


There is a book called Self Editing for Fiction Writers that really helped me with my editing.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby morshana » Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:17 pm

I haven't been on here in ages. Debated whether to post, but I have finally submitted to WOTF again. I think it's been about two years? Yikes, time flies. Lot of changes in my life the last two years. Have a new baby (9 months old today). I've still been writing, just not many short stories, and fell off the wagon on submitting them. Got around to doing that again. I also wrote the second book in my latest series (no idea how I did that, but started it when my baby was about 3 months old, and took about 3 months to write it). The first book in that series I wrote the previous year. Guess I just needed a break from short stories for a little while. wotf007

Hope you are all well. Wish you all luck this quarter!

Feels sort of weird to be back... like an episode of the Twilight Zone. Lot of faces I recognize, some new ones I don't. And strange to see that Every Day is Still Thursday in regards to the wave of rejections... (with fond memories of late-night crazy posts and chocolate-fueled Kitty rampages)
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Postby Ishmael » Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:57 am

Welcome back. We veterans have to stick together you know! wotf007
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Postby george nik. » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:48 pm

Welcome back, Jeanette! wotf007
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Postby Dustin Adams » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:13 am

WB Jeanette!

Hope we're cool.
And grats on the baby! How ever did you write a book during that time?! Amazing. wotf015
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Postby morshana » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:32 am

Hi Ishmael, George, and Dustin! So good to see you all here. wotf007

Of course we're cool, Dustin! No idea how I wrote the book. lol Well, I do know, and it wasn't easy. I just knew that if I'm going to get all these books done, I can't make up excuses anymore. Sort of do or die mentality. So I got up early (sometimes 4:30am; usually 5am) to write, and wrote every single time the baby napped, and often kept writing after the baby went down for the night (sometimes as late as midnight+). And I made sure I did this every day for 3.5 months. I did take some days off, but not much. Also, I just kept pushing forward. Didn't do my normal looping (meaning lots of editing out of every writing session). Book came in at 181k words, too. I'm in the editing process now, but that's taking longer than the writing, but only because I'm not as focused and taking a break to live before I start the third book. wotf007 Also might be harder now that the little one doesn't nap as much. With my other two kids, I didn't get any writing done for two years, and then it was only world building and a few short stories. Certainly didn't have any energy or brain power to write a novel. (The other two are 19 months apart.)

Congratulations to you all on your successes, too!

I've missed you all. *sniff*
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Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:02 am

Wait a tick...
The quarter ends in two weeks... wotf018
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Postby amoskalik » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:02 am

Dustin Adams wrote:Wait a tick...
The quarter ends in two weeks... wotf018


Yeah, yikes. I don't think I'm going to make it this quarter. Makes me sad because I've gotten HMs in both prior Q2s.
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