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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:03 am

Welcome aboard, Jeff! Or maybe that should be "Welcome into the light!" Good luck!
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Postby Ember » Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:27 am

Welcome Jeff! Happy de-lurking! Good luck with Q3 and Q4!
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Postby george nik. » Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:37 am

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Welcome aboard, Jeff! Or maybe that should be "Welcome into the light!" Good luck!

But, Martin, you are still in the dark, I see.

Maybe we ought to have a rescue operation.
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Postby Jeff Bowles » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:28 am

Thanks for the welcome! I already know how friendly folks around here can be, as well as how a lot of other things are customarily done in these parts. I am a bit sketchy on one thing, though: story exchange. Tell me if I've got this right. You post up the notice (in the appropriate conference, of course) that you'd like to swap crits, and then people either ping you or email directly if they're interested? Is this correct? I'd like to get some feedback on my Q1 contender, and I figure who better to ask than those who know the contest best.

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Welcome aboard, Jeff! Or maybe that should be "Welcome into the light!" Good luck!

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Postby morshana » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:43 am

Jeff Bowles wrote:Thanks for the welcome! I already know how friendly folks around here can be, as well as how a lot of other things are customarily done in these parts. I am a bit sketchy on one thing, though: story exchange. Tell me if I've got this right. You post up the notice (in the appropriate conference, of course) that you'd like to swap crits, and then people either ping you or email directly if they're interested? Is this correct? I'd like to get some feedback on my Q1 contender, and I figure who better to ask than those who know the contest best.

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Welcome aboard, Jeff! Or maybe that should be "Welcome into the light!" Good luck!


Welcome, Jeff!

You are correct on the story exchange. People generally post it first in the appropriate thread. Then exchange e-mail addresses through PM (unless you've already done that for previous stories or what-not). wotf007

ETA: In the appropriate thread, or create a new one in the Writing section. Just remember not to post anything specific about your story beyond a general word count. wotf008
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Postby Jeff Bowles » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:08 am

Ah, but I have another question for all of you, this one more in terms of critique strategy (strategomancy?). When, in anyone's experience, is the best time to request a story exchange in the life cycle of any given quarter? I mean, it seems to me that for a Q1 entry, October's not as good as November's not as good as December. How many people actually have a Q1 ready and itching to go? I do, of course, but that's only because I'm obsessive about my writing and have a mile-long rejection-letter rap sheet to prove it.

morshana wrote:Welcome, Jeff!

You are correct on the story exchange. People generally post it first in the appropriate thread. Then exchange e-mail addresses through PM (unless you've already done that for previous stories or what-not). wotf007

ETA: In the appropriate thread, or create a new one in the Writing section. Just remember not to post anything specific about your story beyond a general word count. wotf008

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Postby gower21 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:15 pm

Jeff Bowles wrote:Ah, but I have another question for all of you, this one more in terms of critique strategy (strategomancy?). When, in anyone's experience, is the best time to request a story exchange in the life cycle of any given quarter? I mean, it seems to me that for a Q1 entry, October's not as good as November's not as good as December. How many people actually have a Q1 ready and itching to go? I do, of course, but that's only because I'm obsessive about my writing and have a mile-long rejection-letter rap sheet to prove it.


Welcome Jeff--I'm glad you've delurked. So I guess now since you know all us, we just have to get to know you! I think you'll find, posting in the critique section that we have exchanging going on all times of the quarter. In my opinion, the best place to start is in the 450 exchange (we exchange the first two pages of a story and get feedback on the beginning, then we try to get whole story exchanges from that point). Second choice is posting the word count and a request for PM if interested (don't forget to state what your willing to exchange for-- equal word count, or story for story regardless of length, first born child, marshmallow ammo, or state secrets) . Some of us have constant need for critiques, so you'll alway get a few bites.

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Postby s_c_baker » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:31 pm

Strategomancy?

Isn't that a board game?

If you're looking for full exchanges, you'll probably get more hits towards the end of a given quarter, but there are plenty of people who aren't horrible procrastinators.

... Well, okay, there are at least two or three. Probably. wotf001

You could always offer a rain check crit, too. We procrastinators love anything that will help us put off writing. wotf008
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Postby dantzel » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:46 am

Welcome, Jeff!

I believe Stewart is STILL putting off sending anything back to me, so he could do with threats or promises of harassment. wotf004
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Postby AncientAutumn » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:40 am

Jeff Bowles wrote:this is my first post here, I have actually been following the forum as a super-secret spy for quite some time.

Thank you Jeff for outing yourself first. Its good to know I wasn't alone in cruising the forums incognito. wotf007

Hello everyone!
My name is Adam, and I too have been hanging around the forum for a month or two now.

My submission for Q3 is the first time I have ever submitted to the WOTF contest. (Hope that acronym is right) wotf005
So I have basically been checking my email, along with the forum, on a daily basis for any hint of results.

I also agree with Jeff that you all seem really nice, and I appreciate all of info you have given me about the contest, even though you didn't know it. wotf010
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Postby morshana » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:59 am

Hi, Adam! Welcome aboard! wotf007

Good luck with your Q3!
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Postby Kary English » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:32 pm

Hi, Darth and Adam,

Welcome aboard and good to see you.

You'll need these safety goggles, designed to highest steampunk specs, to protect against flying marshmallows and a case of sardines to distract the resident Gator. There's a T-rex wandering about in the quarterly threads, so mind your step. Oh, and here's a milk carton for each of you. Please check the picture on the back. Our forum mascot has gone missing. He's a spaceman stick figure in bunny slippers, and his name is Martin. If you see him, let us know, wouldja?

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Postby austinDm » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:07 pm

Kary English wrote:Our forum mascot has gone missing. He's a spaceman stick figure in bunny slippers, and his name is Martin. If you see him, let us know, wouldja?

Not to be confused with Evil Martin, who's still running amok somewhere. I know that can get confusing at times.

Also, you might want to pick up your own marshmallow shooters and/or riot gear. Q3 results *should* be coming soon, and things can get pretty hairy around here when they do... and I mean that literally. There may or may not have been a warewolf once; sightings are unconfirmed.

In other news, welcome aboard! wotf010

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Postby AMcCarter » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:24 pm

austinDm wrote:
Kary English wrote:Our forum mascot has gone missing. He's a spaceman stick figure in bunny slippers, and his name is Martin. If you see him, let us know, wouldja?

Not to be confused with Evil Martin, who's still running amok somewhere. I know that can get confusing at times.

Also, you might want to pick up your own marshmallow shooters and/or riot gear. Q3 results *should* be coming soon, and things can get pretty hairy around here when they do... and I mean that literally. There may or may not have been a warewolf once; sightings are unconfirmed.

In other news, welcome aboard! wotf010


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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:28 pm

Welcome aboard, Adam! And trust me, Evil is the way to go! wotf013

Rumor has it the T. Rex is named Quentin Q. Quinn, or Q3 for short. He has a very long digestive tract (though not, we hope, as long as Q1's).
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Postby morshana » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:05 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Welcome aboard, Adam! And trust me, Evil is the way to go! wotf013

Rumor has it the T. Rex is named Quentin Q. Quinn, or Q3 for short. He has a very long digestive tract (though not, we hope, as long as Q1's).


Goodness. I hope he produces something better than cra_. wotf005

We're going to be calling Q3 the smelly quarter. Maybe someone let the spare fish spoil? *lifts barrel lids while holding nose*
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Postby morshana » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:10 pm

Yes, Welcome to the Forum. Kary will hand out much needed supplies in preparation for results, but we recommend you stay away from the T-rex. He's suffering some minor, uh, problems. *hands out face masks* And we seem to have a lot of rotten fish. Whatever you do: DON'T....OPEN....THE BARRELS!
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Postby morshana » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:44 pm

...Martin started it. wotf007
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:00 am

morshana wrote:...Martin started it. wotf007


Excuse me? And who introduced the Tyrannosaurus to the forum?
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Postby morshana » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:07 am

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
morshana wrote:...Martin started it. wotf007


Excuse me? And who introduced the Tyrannosaurus to the forum?


I don't know...

ETA: But it wasn't me. wotf008
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Postby gower21 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:37 am

Welcome Adam! I love Fall. Not the season, but the time lurkers fall out of the abyss to land in the forum after sending off their stories to WOTF. I'm glad you made the landing safely.

Many don't make it.

Oh dear.... Do you think the T-rex or the gator could have been eating the injured on the outskirts and just never said anything? Maybe results will cough some of them up. In any case, it make it more impressive that you few have survived.

morshana wrote:
Goodness. I hope he produces something better than cra_. wotf005



This was too funny.

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Postby AndreaGS » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:08 pm

Hi all! New here! Q3 is the first time I’ve submitted writing to the contest. WOTF has always hovered on the edge of my consciousness; I’m not sure why I’ve never entered before.

Anyways, I’ve been trying and failing to break the professional publication barrier for a while now. I’m at the stage where I feel like I’m close, but not quite--which, surprisingly, is about 1000x more frustrating than the not-even-close stage. I recently self-published a short story that made the rounds with nice personalized rejections, but no sale. That’s about it as far as publication goes. I write fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

I live in sunny CA, run a blog on sustainability in the suburbs (I’m nearly ready for the zombie apocalypse), and I paint as well.

Looking forward to agonizing with the rest of y’all over in the Q3 - 29 thread! wotf011

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Postby bobsandiego » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:27 pm

AndreaGS wrote:Hi all! New here! Q3 is the first time I’ve submitted writing to the contest. WOTF has always hovered on the edge of my consciousness; I’m not sure why I’ve never entered before.

Anyways, I’ve been trying and failing to break the professional publication barrier for a while now. I’m at the stage where I feel like I’m close, but not quite--which, surprisingly, is about 1000x more frustrating than the not-even-close stage. I recently self-published a short story that made the rounds with nice personalized rejections, but no sale. That’s about it as far as publication goes. I write fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

I live in sunny CA, run a blog on sustainability in the suburbs (I’m nearly ready for the zombie apocalypse), and I paint as well.

Looking forward to agonizing with the rest of y’all over in the Q3 - 29 thread! wotf011

Welcome Andrea, have some Tronya and make yourself comfortable while we wait....and wait.....and wait.
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Postby dantzel » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:28 pm

Welcome Andrea! Hopefully you're our lucky charm and results will come tomorrow! It being Thursday and all.
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Postby morshana » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:18 pm

Welcome aboard, Andrea!
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Postby austinDm » Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:49 pm

Welcome, Andrea!

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:58 pm

Welcome aboard, Andrea! Keep plugging away!
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Postby gower21 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:47 pm

Welcome Andrea! I love your paintings. They're amazing!! I hope you enter IOTF as well.

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Postby AndreaGS » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:40 pm

Thanks for the welcome! wotf007 Boy, you guys are nice!

gower21, I don't qualify for IOTF anymore. I did some freelance work back in college, for a CCG called Sack Armies and some b&w stuff for Valkyrie magazine. Both don't exist anymore. Boo! Glad you like the art, though! I have a lot more pieces, I just haven't gotten around to uploading them.

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Postby s_c_baker » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:49 pm

Hi Andrea! There are quite a few of us here from CA. wotf008

Looking forward to seeing your writing--either in print or in the critique forum.
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