Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:39 am

TimE wrote:
Dragonchef wrote:
TimE wrote:However, I've yet to see a scifi crime story make it in the CWA. Perhaps not many try and mine will stand out for being different?


Have any made it in WotF?
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby TimE » Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:55 am

chuckt wrote:
TimE wrote:
Dragonchef wrote:


Have any made it in WotF?


Ah - Crime in WotF. Don't know. Don't see why not. Can't remember the title, but there's an Asimov scifi crime novel that I love.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby thegirlintheglasses » Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:25 pm

There was a sci-fi crime one a few years back. Police officer with an addiction to a super-power inducing drug. Used it one last time to solve a crime before turning himself in. It was really cool-also broke Dave's rules about having drugs in a story. If done well...
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:36 pm

TimE wrote:Ah - Crime in WotF. Don't know. Don't see why not. Can't remember the title, but there's an Asimov scifi crime novel that I love.

And then there's Blade Runner. There was also a show on NetFlix, "Altered Carbon" (this one is very good)
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby TimE » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:05 am

The addicted police officer story sounds interesting. Don't think I have that one.

Blade Runner's one of my favourite films. Blockbuster films are often scifi. Yet, you will find literary agencies that don't handle scifi or fantasy.

There was a Brit author who wrote Crime as Iain Banks and Sci fi as Iain M Banks (or the other way round). Haven't read any of either, so don't know if he merged the two.
Seems odd that he has to use different names - but I think it was Dave F. who covered this in one of his articles. Something like book shops might order more of a crime story by a writer than a scifi. I read all sorts, though long since got tired with Crime.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby SCAFontaine » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:25 am

A good crime mystery in SFF is always fun to read!

I've got an idea for my Q3, but am not able to start writing it just yet. What with editing my novel and then finishing a novelette, I hope to get to it by mid May.

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Michael Kingswood » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:13 pm

Well, I'm in again.

10,000 word story that I wrote earlier this year. Destined to be HM #10, no doubt. wotf007


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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Dustin Adams » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:43 am

I'm inching my way back into writing with consistency. Even if just visiting the forum again and opening my stories to tinker with the openings...
I have unread messages here from July 2018. How embarrassing.

With that amazing intro, I'm here to ask if anyone has a story I can critique. For me, the writing and critiquing have always gone together. I'm not such a great reader, which handicaps me tremendously, so I make up for it with crits (aka reading).

Send me a PM if you're in need of and ready for a pair of eyes. I'll give myself a 7 day turnaround limit...
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:58 am

Not quite there yet with my own Q3, Dustin. In fact, I started a whole new beginning on it and its turning out to be two entirely different stories with the same characters. Pt.1 and Pt.2? My story the sequel? Q3 and Q4? Is that legal, or would I get disqualified for doing that?
Going a bit crazy here.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:39 am

Dragonchef wrote:Not quite there yet with my own Q3, Dustin. In fact, I started a whole new beginning on it and its turning out to be two entirely different stories with the same characters. Pt.1 and Pt.2? My story the sequel? Q3 and Q4? Is that legal, or would I get disqualified for doing that?
Going a bit crazy here.

Sounds like you might be writing a novel to me. wotf019
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:53 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:Sounds like you might be writing a novel to me. wotf019

Yeah, I thought about that. Add that to all the other novels going on i my head.

Back to legality, I wonder if using the same characters in different stories for two quarter entries is okay.
Can anyone field this question?
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:22 am

Dragonchef wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:Sounds like you might be writing a novel to me. wotf019

Yeah, I thought about that. Add that to all the other novels going on i my head.

Back to legality, I wonder if using the same characters in different stories for two quarter entries is okay.
Can anyone field this question?

I mean, I've done it before, and there's nothing in the rules against it. Should be fine.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby KD Julicher » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:25 am

Dragonchef wrote:
Back to legality, I wonder if using the same characters in different stories for two quarter entries is okay.
Can anyone field this question?


There's nothing at all in the rules about it. So you're clear there. If the story doesn't do better than an HM then I see absolutely no issue with using the same characters. With as many entries as the contest gets, there's a good chance they won't even remember your last entry.

I have a recurring gimmick that's not necessarily unique to me but I doubt anyone else is using. I don't stress that it makes my stories identifiable. Kary and Dave are consummate professionals and judge each story on its merits.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:27 am

Dustin it’s good to see you posting. I’m struggling with my story but when it’s done I’ll send it your way. Maybe having you waiting on me will motivate me to finish the darn thing.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:32 am

KD Julicher wrote:
Dragonchef wrote:
Back to legality, I wonder if using the same characters in different stories for two quarter entries is okay.
Can anyone field this question?


There's nothing at all in the rules about it. So you're clear there. If the story doesn't do better than an HM then I see absolutely no issue with using the same characters. With as many entries as the contest gets, there's a good chance they won't even remember your last entry.

I have a recurring gimmick that's not necessarily unique to me but I doubt anyone else is using. I don't stress that it makes my stories identifiable. Kary and Dave are consummate professionals and judge each story on its merits.

Well, even if they can identify a story as coming from the same author, as long as there's no identifying who said author is I'd imagine it still helps avoid bias. Plus, Dave reads so many stories, and sometimes he'll get the same story rewritten....

My stories with the same recurring characters both ended up SHMs. I really like the character from my F story, but I have resisted writing another story with him for the contest because that one went a lot farther. (On the other hand, it still didn't win, so it's probably not a big deal. I'd imagine the only one who might know would be Joni, and she's not one of the judges, so...)
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:00 am

To all those who answered the legality question . . . THANKS!

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Dustin Adams » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:36 am

RSchibler wrote:Dustin it’s good to see you posting. I’m struggling with my story but when it’s done I’ll send it your way. Maybe having you waiting on me will motivate me to finish the darn thing.

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby DaneCurley » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:03 am

Looking to get in this quarter for the first time.
Do many of you try your hand at submitting your stories to pro-markets before submitting a story here (after rejection)?

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:05 am

DaneCurley wrote:Looking to get in this quarter for the first time.
Do many of you try your hand at submitting your stories to pro-markets before submitting a story here (after rejection)?


If I have a story that will suit the contest, it typically goes here first. But I have a few that are inappropriate for Writers of the Future, so they go to the other publications. (Inappropriate because of swearing, or hopeless endings, for example). Anything that gets an Honorable Mention from here has gone out to pro-markets afterwards.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Corbin Maxwell » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:37 pm

After 12 plus years I'm still here. I don't remember when exactly I joined the forum. There was one before this one started in 2007 and I was posting on that one. I saw Brad and Kary win, plus lots of others before them. It's a strange feeling when you're writing, entering, and posting; and then watching your forum buddies win the contest and move on, leaving you behind.

So depending on how my current piece does over at F&SF will determine if I enter the contest this quarter.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:37 pm

Good luck there, Corbin 'Dallas' Maxwell. Persistence is key.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:44 am

Corbin Maxwell wrote:After 12 plus years I'm still here. I don't remember when exactly I joined the forum. There was one before this one started in 2007 and I was posting on that one. I saw Brad and Kary win, plus lots of others before them. It's a strange feeling when you're writing, entering, and posting; and then watching your forum buddies win the contest and move on, leaving you behind.

So depending on how my current piece does over at F&SF will determine if I enter the contest this quarter.

What I lack in your endurance, I make up for in opulence (post count, that is).
Maybe we'll win this in the same year and be like Preston and Wulf, contest old-timers meeting in LA.

It is interesting to watch the high post-counters win and move on. Makes one think there's a correlation.

I hope to prove that theory correct.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:53 am

Dustin Adams wrote:It is interesting to watch the high post-counters win and move on. Makes one think there's a correlation.


Let's do one better and have three forumites win and meet in LA.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:06 am

Here’s to taking every quarter wotf024
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby amoskalik » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:15 am

storysinger wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:It is interesting to watch the high post-counters win and move on. Makes one think there's a correlation.


Let's do one better and have three forumites win and meet in LA.


There are still twelve slots open for this year. Let's take them all!
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby OldDarth » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:37 am

amoskalik wrote:
storysinger wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:It is interesting to watch the high post-counters win and move on. Makes one think there's a correlation.


Let's do one better and have three forumites win and meet in LA.


There are still twelve slots open for this year. Let's take them all!

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:28 am

Finished a first draft today. Let the editing commence.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:34 pm

I just got my copy of 35 so I plan to read, summarize, and try to put something together that will have a chance to make it past Kary and on to Dave.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Corbin Maxwell » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:08 am

I remember when Kary was first entering. We used to trade stories for critique. And now she’s a contest judge.
For there is death in the sound of it, and a glamorous fatality, like silver pennons downrushing at sunset, or a dying fall of horns along the road to Ronceveaux.

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:02 am

RSchibler wrote:Finished a first draft today. Let the editing commence.

I haven't even started mine, although I've finally decided what I'll be writing. That, at least, is a good thing.
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