Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:02 pm

RSchibler wrote:wotf056 wotf056 It’s Thursday!


Well done, Becky! YOU JUST LEVELED UP AGAIN!

Congratulations! Silver HM means you were in Dave's final stack. It means you wrote professionally. Well done!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:03 pm

officer wrote:HM for me. My first submission so I am excited! Thanks to Moon and other forumites for all the great advice in the Super Secrets thread. Now where to send my 13,000-word behemoth?!


To get an HM on your first try? That is quite an accomplishment, Officer! Well done to you and to all that submitted!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:05 pm

Corbin Maxwell wrote:Silver HM. In the top 50 stories out of thousands. Which makes my day.


Nice work, Corbin! That's top 50 out of the best aspiring writers IN THE WORLD. You were in Dave's final stack! Well done!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby LambentTyto » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:07 pm

Honorable Mention for me. I wish we knew how many entrants, because that's basically like top 10%, right?
"I don’t really understand what I just saw back there, but it sure as hell looks like a shortcut to gettin’ us killed."--Booker DeWitt

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:07 pm

Dragonchef wrote:
Thomas Woodward wrote:Congrats Becky and Peony!!!

wotf009 wotf010
Ditto that from me. You guys seriously ROCK!
Congrats to ALL you guys who entered this quarter. Now let's work harder.
I got an HM . . . when I expected an R. Needless to say, I am elated!
wotf047
It's time to get busy again (had my knee replaced 3 weeks ago - still recovering) on Q1v37.


Congrats, Dragonchef! Sorry about the knee. Hoping you'll be back on your feet in no time!

Cheers!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:08 pm

LambentTyto wrote:Honorable Mention for me. I wish we knew how many entrants, because that's basically like top 10%, right?

Last quarter, it was top 2%. Not sure about this one.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby LambentTyto » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:10 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:
LambentTyto wrote:Honorable Mention for me. I wish we knew how many entrants, because that's basically like top 10%, right?

Last quarter, it was top 2%. Not sure about this one.


Wow, that's not much. But how do you know that?
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:11 pm

LambentTyto wrote:Honorable Mention for me. I wish we knew how many entrants, because that's basically like top 10%, right?


Joni keeps the total number of entries secret so as not to discourage aspiring writers from entering. But Dave has publicly said "thousands" each quarter, so it's out there. As to 10% of all entries, that's not really true. HMs are merit based. They are not percentage based. As Kevin J. Anderson once told me at the Seattle WotF gala, "Even getting one HM is a BIG DEAL. They don't give those things out lightly."

Enjoy!

~Moon~
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Corbin Maxwell » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:14 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
Corbin Maxwell wrote:Silver HM. In the top 50 stories out of thousands. Which makes my day.


Nice work, Corbin! That's top 50 out of the best aspiring writers IN THE WORLD. You were in Dave's final stack! Well done!

~Moon~


Thank you very much.
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: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:16 pm

chuckt wrote:SHM That’s encouraging. I’d rather win of course but I’ll take it.

So excited for Liz!


Heh, proud of you, Chuck. I know you've been doing the work! Well done! YOU JUST LEVELED UP!

To make Dave's final stack means he had to decide between VERY good stories. It's often very fine points that separate out the finalists. Keep submitting guys! You're there! Getting an SHM and above means you were a final contender this past Q. It means you can do it again!

All the beast!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Corbin Maxwell » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:18 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
LambentTyto wrote:Honorable Mention for me. I wish we knew how many entrants, because that's basically like top 10%, right?


Joni keeps the total number of entries secret so as not to discourage aspiring writers from entering. But Dave has publicly said "thousands" each quarter, so it's out there. As to 10% of all entries, that's not really true. HMs are merit based. They are not percentage based. As Kevin J. Anderson once told me at the Seattle WotF gala, "Even getting one HM is a BIG DEAL. They don't give those things out lightly."

Enjoy!

~Moon~


This makes my 11th HM. My first wasn’t even called an HM. They were called quarter-finalist, but I guess that was a bit misleading so it was changed.
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.

The only easy day was yesterday.




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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:23 pm

Corbin Maxwell wrote:
Wulf Moon wrote:
LambentTyto wrote:Honorable Mention for me. I wish we knew how many entrants, because that's basically like top 10%, right?


Joni keeps the total number of entries secret so as not to discourage aspiring writers from entering. But Dave has publicly said "thousands" each quarter, so it's out there. As to 10% of all entries, that's not really true. HMs are merit based. They are not percentage based. As Kevin J. Anderson once told me at the Seattle WotF gala, "Even getting one HM is a BIG DEAL. They don't give those things out lightly."

Enjoy!

~Moon~


This makes my 11th HM. My first wasn’t even called an HM. They were called quarter-finalist, but I guess that was a bit misleading so it was changed.


Corbin: I believe quarter-finalist was actually the old term for semifinalist back in AJ's day (Algis Budrys). Feel good about that. :)
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby dosmax » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:40 pm

HM for me. My fifth one. It feels like a bit of a comedown after the SHM in Q2. Any tips for getting off the HM train and leveling up?

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby CCrawford » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:42 pm

(I tried to post this once before but it vanished so if this duplicates, sorry...)

Congrats to the finalists (yay, disgruntledpeony!!!) and SHM and HMs!

R for me this time, but that just means I get to keep trying! :)

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Thomas Woodward » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:43 pm

Congrats to everyone, whether you placed or not. I just sent my HM out to Asimov's. The best way to move on is to send it out to the next market. wotf011
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby CarolynIvyStein » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:46 pm

Honorable Mention for me 11/23 making my second HM and one R.

Onward!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:51 pm

LambentTyto wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:
LambentTyto wrote:Honorable Mention for me. I wish we knew how many entrants, because that's basically like top 10%, right?

Last quarter, it was top 2%. Not sure about this one.


Wow, that's not much. But how do you know that?

Joni said so in a friend's HM e-mail last quarter.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:51 pm

dosmax wrote:HM for me. My fifth one. It feels like a bit of a comedown after the SHM in Q2. Any tips for getting off the HM train and leveling up?


Write a better story than anyone else. : )

It takes time (see the WotF Pournelle video). Every story is your practice session. But you can improve your practice sessions by studying the basics and making sure you execute them properly. Having a pro critique your writing also helps, because they know how to create professional work and can show you where it's not working in your story.

Keep at it.

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:56 pm

Remember, semifinalists now come later, so if you haven't gotten the call but have no results in the next few days, it's very possible you're a semifinalist.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Corbin Maxwell » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:57 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
Corbin Maxwell wrote:
Wulf Moon wrote:
Joni keeps the total number of entries secret so as not to discourage aspiring writers from entering. But Dave has publicly said "thousands" each quarter, so it's out there. As to 10% of all entries, that's not really true. HMs are merit based. They are not percentage based. As Kevin J. Anderson once told me at the Seattle WotF gala, "Even getting one HM is a BIG DEAL. They don't give those things out lightly."

Enjoy!

~Moon~


This makes my 11th HM. My first wasn’t even called an HM. They were called quarter-finalist, but I guess that was a bit misleading so it was changed.


Corbin: I believe quarter-finalist was actually the old term for semifinalist back in AJ's day (Algis Budrys). Feel good about that. :)


It wasn’t that far back. 2006 or so.
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: Q4 Volume 36

Postby jbaugher001 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:16 pm

HM for me -- darn I really believed in this story.

On to the next one ;)

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby SwiftPotato » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:17 pm

jbaugher001 wrote:HM for me -- darn I really believed in this story.

On to the next one ;)


Hey, that's still really good! Congrats on the certificate!
R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:19 pm

wotf056 wotf056

This is my first silver. I'm pretty happy about that.

My sincere congratulations to everyone who enterd.
(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:35 pm

jbaugher001 wrote:HM for me -- darn I really believed in this story.

On to the next one ;)


Keep believing! I highly recommend sending your story to other markets. Whether it sells or not, getting an HM means it's definitely got potential.

Henckel wrote:wotf056 wotf056

This is my first silver. I'm pretty happy about that.

My sincere congratulations to everyone who enterd.

wotf047 Congratulations, Henckel!

Dude, there are a lot of silver HMs among the forumites this time around. It's super exciting!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:54 pm

Henckel wrote:wotf056 wotf056

This is my first silver. I'm pretty happy about that.

My sincere congratulations to everyone who enterd.


Congrats! Yes, there are a few of us this time and I think we've all gotten help from Wulf. Thanks Wulf. You've been incredibly generous with your time and talent.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:56 pm

chuckt wrote:
Congrats! Yes, there are a few of us this time and I think we've all gotten help from Wulf. Thanks Wulf. You've been incredibly generous with your time and talent.



Indeed. Thanks Wulf. wotf009 It's greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to the HMs and the SHMs! Commiserations to the Rs - it's rough to get that email. Use it as motivation to write an even better story for Q1! And special congratulations to DisgruntledPeony on her FINALIST! Woohoo!
V34: R, HM, R
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:06 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:Congratulations, Henckel!

Dude, there are a lot of silver HMs among the forumites this time around. It's super exciting!


Your great peer review helped helps.

And congratulations on making Finalist!!!!! That's super awesome!
(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby thegirlintheglasses » Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:43 pm

Congratulations guys! Finalist and SEVERAL SILVERS!!!!!! You guys rock.

Another HM for me. :) Fingers crossed for Liz! Really hope we get someone from last year's challenge on that stage!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:13 pm

R for me

Congrats HMs and SHM! Particular congrats, Henckel! I read your story and you deserve it.
disgruntledpeony, my hopes are pinned to you!!! wotf024
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:29 pm

So Liz will probably hear in a week to ten days?
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