Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Henckel » Wed May 09, 2018 6:27 pm

Sataris wrote:My silver honorable had a bit of a literary bent to it - though in hindsight, I probably put too much focus on the language (at the expense of plot in particular).


Would you consider it acceptable to retain a heavy literary or lyrical bend at the cost of readability if it didn't compromise the plot?

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby preston » Wed May 09, 2018 6:31 pm

wotf059
Second place!
I still can't believe it. Got the call today at work. I screamed and cried. Joni is the sweetest person ever.
I'm ridiculously excited. This was the 47th time I've submitted. I began submitting back in 1986-1992, then again in 2009-2018. It's been a very long journey.
Here's my contest trajectory: R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R H R R R H R R H R H H H R R H H R H R R R H H R R R H R R R R F/winner!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby KD Julicher » Wed May 09, 2018 6:49 pm

Preston! I am SO THRILLED FOR YOU!!!!!

That's so, so amazing. Hoping I get to meet you this April! Wow. That is an AMAZING story.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Sataris » Wed May 09, 2018 7:07 pm

Henckel wrote:
Sataris wrote:My silver honorable had a bit of a literary bent to it - though in hindsight, I probably put too much focus on the language (at the expense of plot in particular).


Would you consider it acceptable to retain a heavy literary or lyrical bend at the cost of readability if it didn't compromise the plot?


Others may correct me on this, but for the contest i'd personally think you'd be taking a pretty sizable risk by sacrificing readability - though lyrical stories are a beautiful thing when done right. Chime by Franny Billingsley springs to mind.

That aside, CONGRATULATIONS PRESTON! So very, very deserved.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Henckel » Wed May 09, 2018 9:42 pm

preston wrote:wotf059
Second place!
I still can't believe it. Got the call today at work. I screamed and cried. Joni is the sweetest person ever.
I'm ridiculously excited. This was the 47th time I've submitted. I began submitting back in 1986-1992, then again in 2009-2018. It's been a very long journey.


Congrats Preston. Sounds like a well earned win. I look forward to reading your story :)

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Henckel » Wed May 09, 2018 9:44 pm

Sataris wrote:Others may correct me on this, but for the contest i'd personally think you'd be taking a pretty sizable risk by sacrificing readability - though lyrical stories are a beautiful thing when done right. Chime by Franny Billingsley springs to mind.


Thanks for the advice. I thought that was the case, but wanted to test my assumptions.

..and thus begins my re-write....

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby juliecfrost » Wed May 09, 2018 11:19 pm

Congrats, Preston! I'm so happy for you. Never give up. Never surrender.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu May 10, 2018 3:40 am

Congratulations, Preston! wotf007 wotf010 It's been a long journey, and I'm glad you made it!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby RSchibler » Thu May 10, 2018 4:34 am

Congratulations! That’s super!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby amoskalik » Thu May 10, 2018 5:45 am

Congrats Preston. I love it when a long timer wins!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Dustin Adams » Thu May 10, 2018 6:39 am

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Galen » Thu May 10, 2018 8:01 am

You rock Preston!! What a significant achievement!

I hope that feeling of excitement lasts a very long time.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby morganb » Thu May 10, 2018 8:15 am

preston wrote:wotf059
Second place!
I still can't believe it. Got the call today at work. I screamed and cried. Joni is the sweetest person ever.
I'm ridiculously excited. This was the 47th time I've submitted. I began submitting back in 1986-1992, then again in 2009-2018. It's been a very long journey.
Here's my contest trajectory: R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R H R R R H R R H R H H H R R H H R H R R R H H R R R H R R R R F/winner!

Never give up!
wotf026 wotf049 wotf026 wotf049


Preston -- that is the greatest example of tenacity that I have ever seen! Way to hang in there!


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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby amoskalik » Thu May 10, 2018 8:44 am

preston wrote: RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRHRRRHRRHRHHHRRHHRHRRRHHRRRHRRRRF/winner!


I imagine this is the sound you made after your phone call with Joni.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Chris533 » Thu May 10, 2018 9:03 am

preston wrote:wotf059
Second place!
I still can't believe it.


wotf010 wotf009

WOW! That was exciting. I started looking at this thread a little before your post about getting bumped up to finalist, and was really hoping you'd get picked, and then suddenly there you were!

You did it!!!!

And then, your personal story about working at this for so long. What a great inspiration!! What a great story you'll always have to tell. And Congrats!! You REALLY earned this!

Have a great year, and great time at the workshop, and probably a great career!!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Dustin Adams » Thu May 10, 2018 11:19 am

amoskalik wrote:
preston wrote: RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRHRRRHRRHRHHHRRHHRHRRRHHRRRHRRRRF/winner!


I imagine this is the sound you made after your phone call with Joni.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby preston » Thu May 10, 2018 11:43 am

Wow, you guys! Thanks so much for the congrats. I could never have done it without all of you. I learned more here on this forum and got more encouragement than anywhere else. This forum rocks, and you guys are all great. I just saw the blog they put up, and there I am!
It's a good day, a very good day.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby preston » Thu May 10, 2018 11:46 am

Many of the winners have come from this forum, so I fully expect to see some of you at the workshop! I sure hope so!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby preston » Thu May 10, 2018 11:54 am

preston wrote:I'm in! Hoping to break my long rejection streak with this one. Maybe I'll get to add another HM to my little collection. And maybe, just maybe...well, we'll see.
Good luck, everyone. Don't wait too long! The system always gets a bit wonky on the last day.



Re-posting this to let you all know...you just never know. It could happen when you least expect it. Bam!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby YM Pang » Thu May 10, 2018 12:01 pm

Congratulations, Preston! What an incredible journey it's been for you. wotf010 This is only the start, of course. Keep writing, keep submitting!

Henckel wrote:
Sataris wrote:My silver honorable had a bit of a literary bent to it - though in hindsight, I probably put too much focus on the language (at the expense of plot in particular).


Would you consider it acceptable to retain a heavy literary or lyrical bend at the cost of readability if it didn't compromise the plot?

"The Long Dizzy Down" in Volume 33 was written in a... very distinct style. Now, I'll admit, while I liked the characters and the worldbuilding, the unusual voice/style lessened the readability enough to affect the emotional impact (for me personally).

But: It's in the anthology. So Dave loved it. And the panel of judges loved it. So costing readability can still work if you have the right story that connects with that specific set of readers. So I'd say go for it. Submit what you think is the best version of the story, not what you think the editor thinks is the best version of the story (except for small/obvious things like length, profanity levels, ect.).
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Postby Dustin Adams » Thu May 10, 2018 1:16 pm

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby KristyEmber » Thu May 10, 2018 1:27 pm

Yayyyyyyy Preston! Super congrats!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

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Thanks, that saved me some work! (I can never find those lists easily for some reason)
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Chris533 » Thu May 10, 2018 1:32 pm

YM Pang wrote: So I'd say go for it. Submit what you think is the best version of the story, not what you think the editor thinks is the best version of the story (except for small/obvious things like length, profanity levels, ect.).


I was really not sure about my Q1 submission - I knew it was really a different kind of story - but I thought it worth a gamble - who knows - it might win and everyone would be talking about how such an unusual story won!!

BUT - then it got a reject.

Back to the drawing board!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby vjalrik » Thu May 10, 2018 4:28 pm

Congrats Preston!
amoskalik wrote:
preston wrote: RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRHRRRHRRHRHHHRRHHRHRRRHHRRRHRRRRF/winner!


I imagine this is the sound you made after your phone call with Joni.

Nice.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Sataris » Thu May 10, 2018 4:39 pm

welp, took some time to let everything sink in, buuut

wotf059
first place!

looks like you and I will be getting better acquainted, Preston! Congrats again!

in related news, when Joni called I gave maybe the weirdest response ever? it went something like this:

oh god thank you so much this is amazing (girlfriend screaming in background) we really needed some good news we've spent the last 2 weeks being stalked by a bear

long, strange-but-true story.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby KD Julicher » Thu May 10, 2018 5:24 pm

Sataris wrote:welp, took some time to let everything sink in, buuut

wotf059
first place!

looks like you and I will be getting better acquainted, Preston! Congrats again!

in related news, when Joni called I gave maybe the weirdest response ever? it went something like this:

oh god thank you so much this is amazing (girlfriend screaming in background) we really needed some good news we've spent the last 2 weeks being stalked by a bear

long, strange-but-true story.



Wow that's better than the winner who answered the phone with his Arnold Schwarzenegger impression.

Congratulations!

And I'm wanting to hear this story, I have a thing about bears...
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby preston » Thu May 10, 2018 5:53 pm

Sataris wrote:welp, took some time to let everything sink in, buuut

wotf059
first place!

looks like you and I will be getting better acquainted, Preston! Congrats again!

in related news, when Joni called I gave maybe the weirdest response ever? it went something like this:

oh god thank you so much this is amazing (girlfriend screaming in background) we really needed some good news we've spent the last 2 weeks being stalked by a bear

long, strange-but-true story.



Fantastic! First place, wow! Congrats! I look forward to meeting you at the workshop.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby Chris533 » Thu May 10, 2018 7:06 pm

Sataris wrote:welp, took some time to let everything sink in, buuut

wotf059
first place!

we've spent the last 2 weeks being stalked by a bear

long, strange-but-true story.


Awesome!! Congratulations. And enjoy yourself - but you will have to tell the bear story sometime -
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Postby DylCary » Thu May 10, 2018 7:39 pm

Congrats Sataris and Preston! That's awesome!!!
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