Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby KD Julicher » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:43 am

I'm in. Good luck everyone! Now it's time to plot my NaNovel...
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby preston » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:07 pm

I'm in. Good luck, everyone. I'm expecting to see more forumite finalists this quarter. Yeah, I'm talking to you! wotf009

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby LDWriter2 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:09 pm

I am done. I will send it in tomorrow night. Just to make sure I don't think of anything or remember something I need to change.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby vsutherland01 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:32 pm

I am in.

I worked hard on this one and I am proud of what I wrote, but now it's time to move on and get ready for the next quarter. I am sure I forgot some embarrassing typo or some huge plot hole lol.

Good luck everybody!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby reigheena » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:22 am

I'm in. I think it's a long shot, but hey, a long shot is better than no shot!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby RSchibler » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:26 am

I’m in. I have mixed feelings about this story. On one hand, I really believe in it, but on the other, it gave me fits. On the gripping hand, at least I’m in and can move forward with my Q1 sub and other work. Best of luck to all!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:51 am

I'm... getting there?

I figured out how to fix the climax scene, but now I need to go through and do my final polish. Cutting down prose, bringing out internal conflicts, making sure people don't glare at each other or arch their eyebrows every other paragraph.... wotf001

I should be ready by Friday.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:43 am

I'm in.
I am seriously hoping for an HM this time around. It would be my first for a story that did not go through a gauntlet of critiques.
This one is all me save the 450.
Fingers crossed! (but not too tightly. 4 in 35!)

I wasn't going to enter, but disgruntledpeony (Liz!) told me I could get something in, right? I had two weeks.

So I did.

Thanks Liz!
Regardless of outcome, I'm in with something new.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:55 pm

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm in.
I am seriously hoping for an HM this time around. It would be my first for a story that did not go through a gauntlet of critiques.
This one is all me save the 450.
Fingers crossed! (but not too tightly. 4 in 35!)

I wasn't going to enter, but disgruntledpeony (Liz!) told me I could get something in, right? I had two weeks.

So I did.

Thanks Liz!
Regardless of outcome, I'm in with something new.


Woot! wotf007 wotf010 Best of luck, sir. I'm glad you made it.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby AliciaCay » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:10 pm

Anyone else get that knot in their stomach when they hit the submit button?

Anyway, I'm in for Q4 as of today!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby Jeremyteg » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:26 pm

Good luck everyone! wotf010

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby Smithr73 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:50 am

IN as of this morning. Great feeling about this one, but then again I have a great feeling about every entry. Fingers crossed. Good luck to everyone.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby Corbin Maxwell » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:02 pm

I sent my entry off today. First one in over five years I think. Good luck to everyone.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby AliciaCay » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:29 pm

Smithr73 wrote:IN as of this morning. Great feeling about this one, but then again I have a great feeling about every entry. Fingers crossed. Good luck to everyone.


Yay - good luck!! wotf007


Corbin Maxwell wrote:I sent my entry off today. First one in over five years I think. Good luck to everyone.


Nice! Good luck wotf007
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby Tamlyn » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:58 pm

Officially NOT in.

But I'm getting back into writing/editing mode so hopefully I will have something awesome for next quarter. And I'll make sure I start it in October in case I get sick for the next two months again >>
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby amyhg » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:00 pm

vsutherland01 wrote: I tend to imagine that is what I am doing, adding important details, it's why my stories end up in the 9K-10K range. People on this forum tell me I need to cut a lot of it, too much world building haha. I am doing my best to take that advice to heart. I want to get down below the 7K range like you.


I think it's actually more about if the details are pertinent than having too many. Dave likes vivid world-building, but not an encyclopedia. From what I've seen in past WOTF Anthologies, most winning stories fall in the 8,000-10,000 range. However, many have higher words counts. Though, I haven't come across any with more than 14,000 words.

My winning story started out at 14,000 words and got rejected twice before winning. The main changes I made were, 1. rewriting two major scenes to be both vivid and pertinent to the plot (not just vivid), and 2. deleting details that I originally considered "interesting tidbits for readers to wonder about." This story takes place in a complex novel-verse I've been working on for years so I had lots and lots of tidbits. However, I discovered from critics that these tidbits were actually unnecessary details that distracted the reader from important questions related to the plot. Instead of thinking, 'Wow, this family really loved this guy so why is he leaving?' readers were thinking, 'Why's this guy leaving in a car excavated from an archaeological site?'

Anyway, thought I'd throw in my two bits. ;)
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:45 pm

One more pass tomorrow, and then I'll send mine in. I'd do it now, but it's late here in Michigan, and there's a few descriptions I know I'll be able to refine after I've gotten sleep.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby Thomas Woodward » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:51 pm

I just submitted. Good luck everyone!

And thank you to Dustin and Ellie for your critiques on my first 450 wotf008


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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby morganb » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:18 am

I'm officially submitted! I'm just hoping Dave likes my story well enough to read the whole darn thing. lol

Next up? Revising a flash fiction story, then it's back to my story for Q1...

Good luck everyone.



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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby vsutherland01 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:05 am

amyhg wrote:
I think it's actually more about if the details are pertinent than having too many. Dave likes vivid world-building, but not an encyclopedia. From what I've seen in past WOTF Anthologies, most winning stories fall in the 8,000-10,000 range. However, many have higher words counts. Though, I haven't come across any with more than 14,000 words.


Thank you this is very helpful!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby JVAshley » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:55 am

I've been out of the WotF game for a while, working on a novel, but I'm back. I've missed checking in on all of you.

When I saw the 4 in 35! post on the Forum, I thought it was the perfect excuse to wait to submit, but my critique group gave me the "A Dead Line Is A Dead Line" speech. They instructed me me to Get It In! They are right, of course. I can always think of reasons to wait and things to change.

So the next 16 hours will include a 15 year old's birthday party/sleep over, a little sleep, and the final edit of my soon to be Q4 submission.

Good Luck & Good Writing!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:36 am

JVAshley wrote:When I saw the 4 in 35! post on the Forum, I thought it was the perfect excuse to wait to submit, but my critique group gave me the "A Dead Line Is A Dead Line" speech. They instructed me me to Get It In!


Yes, definitely! Get it in. 4 in 35! isn't meant to keep people from getting 4 (or even 1) in 34. wotf011

I'm in. Already bloody nervous about it. Ahh well. Onward and upward!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby LDWriter2 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:00 pm

As of yesterday I am in


Redone opening and all. I like the story and have already made it as good as I could. The opening is now better and shorted than the original one. I have solid descriptions and action. But so did I last time. And again this is my writing so...
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby thegirlintheglasses » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:51 pm

I'm in... on to the next story.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby katsincommand » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:33 pm

Did the best I could with the time I have. I'm in. :) Portal's still open.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby AndrewDWallin » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:53 pm

I'm in with a little over an hour to spare, assuming I did my timezone conversion correctly. Portal was open and I got a submission confirmation message, so I think I'm good to go.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby JVAshley » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:00 pm

I just hit submit with 6 minutes to spare. I hope Q4 V34 submission closes at Midnight PACIFIC time. wotf005
Good Luck to all who entered.

And good writing to everyone for the next quarter. I am about to have a glass of wine and go to bed!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby JVAshley » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:02 pm

Thanks disgruntledpeony for the validation to go ahead.
I will see you on the forums for 4 in 35!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby Dustan Moon » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:35 pm

Congratulations to all those that made the deadline. Deadlines are pressure, but they are also motivation to finish, and as a friend in the tailoring industry once told me, their favorite saying is, "Done is beautiful."

Congrats to the forumite that submitted after a five year hiatus. Submitting takes courage. Building inertia by submitting every quarter makes it easier than starting from a dead stop. Like I said earlier, even if it's a trunk story, send it in and keep that ball rolling! Dustin, good on you to write fast and fresh and not let the quarter slip by. Lots of energy in fast pieces too, and you don't have time to doubt yourself and rework them to death.

I'm in, and had four hours to spare. And that had nothing to do with a Fleetwood Mac tribute concert last night, nor the fact that I LOVE to dance, promise! And a CURSE on Word's new spell checker that decided since I'd thrown in a few Spanish words for flavor, it should totally convert me over to Spanish and not recognize words like THE and AND and A. I kept resetting language, but it intuitively KNEW I did not really want to do that, since I had a smattering of Spanish in almost 17,000 words of ENGLISH. Sheesh. I had to trust I kud spell gud and sent er in as is.

Party on! Best wishes to all!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Postby LDWriter2 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:30 pm

Well, I say congrats to the one who has submitted after five years.

And to everyone else.

There are some good writers here who know what Dave has stated he wants so someone should get in, at least a bunch of semi-finalists from here.
Working on turning Lead into Gold.

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HM-quarter 4 Volume 32
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