Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby SwiftPotato » Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:20 pm

I'm right down to the wire, but I'll make it - just have a last sweep for grammar and clarity and then I'll submit. Probably tomorrow just to make sure I stay cool.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby WillShadbolt » Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:33 pm

I'm in! For the first time I'm not submitting the final day of the quarter--just the second to last wotf013

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:10 pm

I did final mark-ups yesterday. Edits today. Polish tomorrow.
But...barring computer failure...I will be in before the bell rings.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby simon_graeme » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:38 pm

thegirlintheglasses wrote:
Sounds super cool and congrats --but I'd edit out your story specifics here. Don't want your masterpiece dq'd. I'm finishing mine as well. Down to the wire. Wish you luck wotf009


I edited. Does that mean you have to edit your comment too for the same specifics? wotf019
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby simon_graeme » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:39 pm

And I'm in as of 10:35 pm EST

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby SwiftPotato » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:12 pm

Officially in as of 11:11pm EST - good luck to everyone still polishing, you can do it!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Thomas Woodward » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:48 pm

Just submitted. Good luck everyone!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby OwenTyme » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:54 pm

I wasn't planning to submit anything for Q4, but getting results for Q3 inspired me to dust off a piece I wrote a few months ago to flesh it out just a tad bit more. I got that submitted yesterday.

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:46 pm

OwenTyme wrote:I wasn't planning to submit anything for Q4, but getting results for Q3 inspired me to dust off a piece I wrote a few months ago to flesh it out just a tad bit more. I got that submitted yesterday.


Latch on to the inspiration and don't let go. wotf009

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby SCAFontaine » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:27 am

Just submitted.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby JESchleicher » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:08 am

I just submitted. Now on to Q1 V37. wotf024 Best of luck everyone!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:26 am

Whew! I'm in. My first entry without a really bad rookie mistake (that I know of). My Q1 lacked a good opening. Q2 started with the character waking up. And my Q3 went in without its headline! I really like this story. I'll be disappointed if it does no better than R even though I know the competition for HMs is fierce and I'm still a noob.

Congrats to everyone else who is in. Good luck!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:35 am

I'm in as of a few minutes ago. Best of luck to everyone already in and to those still polishing their entry, the clock is ticking.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:36 am

Results were mid-November last year. wotf007 I don't guess we will get that this year.

I wonder if Q4 has the highest number of submissions? Everyone trying to get one in the current year? Pretty sure I read there is a drop-off in Q1.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:44 am

chuckt wrote:Results were mid-November last year. wotf007 I don't guess we will get that this year.

I wonder if Q4 has the highest number of submissions? Everyone trying to get one in the current year? Pretty sure I read there is a drop-off in Q1.

From what I understand, Q4 tends to be the busiest.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Eagerink » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:27 pm

After much hard work and some loss of sleep this past week, I'm in! Just watched the lady at the post office postmark it for today. Yay!

Good luck everyone!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby DoctorJest » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:48 pm

Eagerink wrote:After much hard work and some loss of sleep this past week, I'm in! Just watched the lady at the post office postmark it for today. Yay!

Good luck everyone!

Whoa, so retro!

Actually, I always loved paper submissions. It gave the whole process of sending in a story a little bit of an event feel. But convenience wins out, in the end. I think my last paper sub was to a little magazine that still only takes paper.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Eagerink » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:06 pm

DoctorJest wrote:
Eagerink wrote:After much hard work and some loss of sleep this past week, I'm in! Just watched the lady at the post office postmark it for today. Yay!

Good luck everyone!

Whoa, so retro!

Actually, I always loved paper submissions. It gave the whole process of sending in a story a little bit of an event feel. But convenience wins out, in the end. I think my last paper sub was to a little magazine that still only takes paper.


Yeah, I've never submitted on paper before. It was kinda cool, heheh. This story had a particular reason I needed to mail it in (that I won't say for fear of being rejected) so of course I go scouring the rules and discover that it only has to be postmarked on the 30th, not arrive then. So fingers crossed it gets there, and hopefully they will notify me when it does.... Also, it says if you supply the return postage they will send it back to you, so I thought that sounded cool. wotf013 wotf022
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby DoctorJest » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:23 pm

Yeah, a lot of the paper sub markets were that way, both for short fiction and novel pitches. You could either provide a small envelope pre-paid for just the response, or a larger one if you wanted the whole manuscript back. I did the latter when it was difficult for me to print things like that, but switched to the former later on, after I got a decent and cheap to run mono laser printer.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:32 pm

I'm in as of 8:00 CDT wotf024
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Eagerink » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:41 pm

DoctorJest wrote:Yeah, a lot of the paper sub markets were that way, both for short fiction and novel pitches. You could either provide a small envelope pre-paid for just the response, or a larger one if you wanted the whole manuscript back. I did the latter when it was difficult for me to print things like that, but switched to the former later on, after I got a decent and cheap to run mono laser printer.


Interesting. As a younger person who sometimes feels out-of-place in the modern world, I like hearing about how things used to work. :D
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby mrtevebaugh » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:51 pm

I really need to stop waiting until the last minute, but I'm in.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby thegirlintheglasses » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:55 pm

I JUST SUBBED! GAHHHHHHH!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:50 pm

thegirlintheglasses wrote:I JUST SUBBED! GAHHHHHHH!


Woo! Hoo! wotf024

Good work to you and everyone.

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby SueD » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:10 am

I just barely made it in with 11 minutes to spare. That was an interesting experience trying to write like a crazy person on the last day.I cut it so close, I had to search and replace placeholder names with ones from the internet name generator, lol. https://www.name-generator.org.uk/

It was kind of cool though to see what I could do with a deadline. I felt like one of the old time magazine pulp writers!

I only had time for a quick proofread and polish. Hopefully I caught the spelling errors and smoothed out the phrasing enough.

The story is good though. Nice character arc and crazy original.

We'll see how I do!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby AlexH » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:42 am

I spent 4 hours cutting 5% of the words and smoothing some prome and got in at 6:30pm UK time, just before I went out for the evening. I usually submit on the penultimate day, so it was late for me.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Eagerink » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:19 pm

SueD wrote:I just barely made it in with 11 minutes to spare. That was an interesting experience trying to write like a crazy person on the last day.I cut it so close, I had to search and replace placeholder names with ones from the internet name generator, lol. https://www.name-generator.org.uk/

It was kind of cool though to see what I could do with a deadline. I felt like one of the old time magazine pulp writers!

I only had time for a quick proofread and polish. Hopefully I caught the spelling errors and smoothed out the phrasing enough.

The story is good though. Nice character arc and crazy original.

We'll see how I do!



I submitted with 10-11 minutes to spare one time too. It's really pushing it, but it does feel so good to see what you can accomplish if you really really try. wotf010

good luck!
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A light that doth not depart;
and his look, or a word he hath spoken,
Wrought flame in another man's heart...
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:57 pm

Congrats to everyone that entered. Now the long wait begins.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:11 pm

Eagerink wrote:
SueD wrote:I just barely made it in with 11 minutes to spare. That was an interesting experience trying to write like a crazy person on the last day.I cut it so close, I had to search and replace placeholder names with ones from the internet name generator, lol. https://www.name-generator.org.uk/

It was kind of cool though to see what I could do with a deadline. I felt like one of the old time magazine pulp writers!

I only had time for a quick proofread and polish. Hopefully I caught the spelling errors and smoothed out the phrasing enough.

The story is good though. Nice character arc and crazy original.

We'll see how I do!



I submitted with 10-11 minutes to spare one time too. It's really pushing it, but it does feel so good to see what you can accomplish if you really really try. wotf010

good luck!


Exactly what I've been talking about. wotf001

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:27 pm

I know, objectively, that it's not time to twitch because the Q3 winners haven't even been announced.

I know this.

I'm still twitchy tonight.
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