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Postby morshana » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:56 pm

Glad your mom is okay, Martin.
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:13 pm

Thanks, Jeanette!
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Postby WriteToLive » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:36 pm

Welcome new members.

Btw, if you're wondering why I'm really late, it's because I'm in the middle of my last semester at UT while in the next round of resubmissions for most of my works. Ay ya!

PS: To Martin's Mom: Get Well Soon.
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:48 pm

WriteToLive wrote:Btw, if you're wondering why I'm really late, it's because I'm in the middle of my last semester at UT while in the next round of resubmissions for most of my works. Ay ya!


Great news! Go! Go! Go!

PS: To Martin's Mom: Get Well Soon.


Thanks! She's better today.
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Postby Kevin Ikenberry » Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:03 pm

Hi everyone,

My name is Kevin Ikenberry and I'm a science fiction writer. I've been fortunate enough to actually sell a short story last year and I've finished my first novel and trying to find a home for it now.

In Q4 of last year I entered the contest for the first time and received an Honorable Mention for a novelette I wrote about the first team to climb Olympus Mons called "Ascent." It's taken me a while to get to the blog, but I'm glad I'm here!

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:20 pm

Welcome aboard, Kevin! "Ascent" sounds like one I want to read! I hope it's available somewhere soon.
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Postby WriteToLive » Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:32 pm

Intriguing concept. Sounds like an excellent story.

Also, welcome to the forums.
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Postby Alex Kane » Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:44 pm

Kevin Ikenberry wrote:Hi everyone,

My name is Kevin Ikenberry and I'm a science fiction writer. I've been fortunate enough to actually sell a short story last year and I've finished my first novel and trying to find a home for it now.

In Q4 of last year I entered the contest for the first time and received an Honorable Mention for a novelette I wrote about the first team to climb Olympus Mons called "Ascent." It's taken me a while to get to the blog, but I'm glad I'm here!

Kevin

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Postby Alex Kane » Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:46 pm

WriteToLive wrote:Welcome new members.

Btw, if you're wondering why I'm really late, it's because I'm in the middle of my last semester at UT while in the next round of resubmissions for most of my works. Ay ya!

PS: To Martin's Mom: Get Well Soon.

You graduate this semester too, Michael?

You ought to add me on Facebook so we groan to one another about how miserable our lives are at present and how dramatically they're going to improve in May, hehe.
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Postby hazlett » Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:52 pm

Kevin Ikenberry wrote:Hi everyone,

My name is Kevin Ikenberry and I'm a science fiction writer. I've been fortunate enough to actually sell a short story last year and I've finished my first novel and trying to find a home for it now.

In Q4 of last year I entered the contest for the first time and received an Honorable Mention for a novelette I wrote about the first team to climb Olympus Mons called "Ascent." It's taken me a while to get to the blog, but I'm glad I'm here!

Kevin


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Postby morshana » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:35 am

Hi, Kevin! Welcome aboard!
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Postby s_c_baker » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:56 am

Aloha, Kevin. Welcome. wotf007
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Postby dantzel » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:33 pm

Hi! My name's Dantzel - I write fantasy and sci-fi. I have several short story submissions out right now, include WOTF, and am currently working on a children's fantasy novel. I've been lurking for several months now, and decided I should probably stop stalking the forums, because that's creepy.
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:37 pm

dantzel wrote:Hi! My name's Dantzel - I write fantasy and sci-fi. I have several short story submissions out right now, include WOTF, and am currently working on a children's fantasy novel. I've been lurking for several months now, and decided I should probably stop stalking the forums, because that's creepy.


Welcome aboard, Dantzel! And we're SF/Fantasy/Horror authors. Creepy is fine with us.
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Postby dantzel » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:52 pm

Ha! Yes, but then you wouldn't get to hear my sweet voice.
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Postby morshana » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:01 am

Welcome, dantzel!
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Postby Patrick S. McGinnity » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:28 am

Welcome to all the new folks I've missed!
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Postby joshpotter » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:15 pm

Hullo All.

My name is Josh, and I'm a fledgling writer living in Arkansas. I've only just started writing sci fi and fantasy over the past year or so, and although I've submitted a number of pieces in that time, I haven't sold anything as of yet. My pending Q1 submission is my first WOTF submission, though, so here's hoping!

Many, many thanks to everyone here in the forums-the volumes of extremely useful information that I've found here is what convinced me to stop lurking, something I've never done in a forum before. I'm only slightly overcome with shaky nervousness.
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Postby morshana » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:29 pm

Welcome, joshpotter! Great to have you! =)
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Postby J. Evelyn Douglas » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:05 pm

Hello everyone!

I'm Jude, and I actually stumbled across the contest looking for scholarship opportunities online. I'm actually looking into applying for the Music Production program through Full Sail University online, and then after that, I want to look into their Creative Writing for Entertainment masters program. I'm honestly a little intimidated because it seems like everyone here has already got some literary footing, and I'm just a kid who has some ideas and a keyboard. It's worth a shot though, right? I've always been really fond of Sci-Fi and Fantasy literature, and I've got a concept already fleshed out and started, so I'm going to give it my best shot to get it done by the deadline at the end of the month.

I'm hoping to learn a thing or two around here on the forums that will help me with my submission. Not too sure where to start but I'll be scouring the sub-forums anyway for any useful information. I'm sure there's plenty. :)

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:12 pm

Welcome aboard, Josh and Jude! Best of luck in the contest and in all your creative endeavors!
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Postby morshana » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:45 pm

Welcome, Jude!
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Postby Patrick S. McGinnity » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:02 pm

Well met!
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Postby soulmirror » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:06 am

Hey, Jude. wotf008
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Postby Patrick S. McGinnity » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:19 am

soulmirror wrote:Hey, Jude. wotf008


Damn! How did I miss that?
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Postby dantzel » Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:44 am

Jude, no worries. That's the whole point of the contest, and the worst that can happen is that you won't win.

How I wish I had started submitting when I first read about this contest in 2002... *le sigh*
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Postby Patrick S. McGinnity » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:16 am

dantzel wrote:Jude, no worries. That's the whole point of the contest, and the worst that can happen is that you won't win.

How I wish I had started submitting when I first read about this contest in 2002... *le sigh*


Totally agree. The fact that you are here, now, is huge. I decided to "get serious" about writing in 1997 or so, when I was your age, and I'm sure I first heard of the contest 4 or 5 years later, but my first submission wasn't until 2008! The motivation to write something for every quarter is so very helpful. There is a ton of good advice on writing and the biz here on the forums, but to paraphrase what Martin is so fond of saying, the thing is really to write. Write a lot. Write often.

And my own spin on that is that you also have to read. A lot. And often. Seek out the authors that most intimidate you with their skill, and study them. For me right now that is China Mieville and Jeff Vandermeer , but everyone finds their own, and they change as your writing does.

Best of luck this quarter, and in the future! (That last bit didn't sound so Buzz Lightyear in my head.)
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Postby DavidK » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:13 pm

Kevin Ikenberry wrote:Hi everyone,

My name is Kevin Ikenberry and I'm a science fiction writer. I've been fortunate enough to actually sell a short story last year and I've finished my first novel and trying to find a home for it now.

In Q4 of last year I entered the contest for the first time and received an Honorable Mention for a novelette I wrote about the first team to climb Olympus Mons called "Ascent." It's taken me a while to get to the blog, but I'm glad I'm here!

Kevin


Good to see you finally made it here, Kevin. You'll meet a lot of great folk!

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Postby Grayson Morris » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:18 pm

Welcome, new folks! Great to have you here. Jump on in and post away!
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Postby gower21 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:33 pm

Welcome to all the newcomers (even the creepy ones!!).


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