Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby nreavis » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:07 pm

After several rewrites, breaking up with my manuscript in the parking lot of the grocery store (literally happened, don't ask), an alien abduction (might be lying-but I did watch Galaxy Quest today), and a quest to save the world (I'm definitely lying about this one), at just over 10k words, I have finally submitted my entry for Q2.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:41 pm

Waiting on a bit more feedback and then it's on to final edits. This will be the longest original story I've finished, which means its markets will be severely limited, but that's okay. I learned a lot from writing it.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BeeW » Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:32 am

Been distracted with the world around us all going to hell. But my classes have all moved online, my work is now to be done from home and I'm doing my best to isolate. Suddenly a week to finish my entry doesn't seem too bad.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby R.A.Krueger1 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:32 am

Well, with my son now being home for at least the next 4 weeks, my writing is taking the backseat to keeping him educated and entertained. My submission for this quarter isn't done yet, and at this point I doubt it will get done. But I'm ok with that. We are getting opportunities to do all the little things together we don't get to do when we are busy running around.
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy!

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:00 am

Just submitted mine! Came down to 12K. I started twitching the second after i pressed the submit button...
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BrandieJ » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:46 am

I haven't been here in awhile, but I have been working on a new story. Now I am concerned it might be too dark. Any advice on how dark is too dark? It's a fantasy horror piece, but I think the ending is optimistic.

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:30 am

BrandieJ wrote:I haven't been here in awhile, but I have been working on a new story. Now I am concerned it might be too dark. Any advice on how dark is too dark? It's a fantasy horror piece, but I think the ending is optimistic.

I think that as long as the ending is good, the judges won’t really care about how dark it is (as long as there’s no excessive violence or sex, like David Farland said)
Good luck on your submission
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BrandieJ » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:47 am

HermioneLee wrote:
BrandieJ wrote:I haven't been here in awhile, but I have been working on a new story. Now I am concerned it might be too dark. Any advice on how dark is too dark? It's a fantasy horror piece, but I think the ending is optimistic.

I think that as long as the ending is good, the judges won’t really care about how dark it is (as long as there’s no excessive violence or sex, like David Farland said)
Good luck on your submission


Thanks. I guess I'm trying to figure out if the violence is too violent. It is relevant to the plot, so I don't feel it's gratuitous.

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:50 am

BrandieJ wrote:
HermioneLee wrote:
BrandieJ wrote:I haven't been here in awhile, but I have been working on a new story. Now I am concerned it might be too dark. Any advice on how dark is too dark? It's a fantasy horror piece, but I think the ending is optimistic.

I think that as long as the ending is good, the judges won’t really care about how dark it is (as long as there’s no excessive violence or sex, like David Farland said)
Good luck on your submission


Thanks. I guess I'm trying to figure out if the violence is too violent. It is relevant to the plot, so I don't feel it's gratuitous.

Just write what you love! Be yourself. I always tell myself this when I face problems with writing :)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby empressed » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:15 am

Is anyone out there experienced with electrical engineering? Even just working with toys and what not. Normally, I'd ask my hubby or brother-in-law for help, but they're both buried in higher work loads than usual due to C-19. A week and a half to go... Argh!

I'll be happy to critique/proof/edit in exchange.

Thanks, Tim! Forgot about that!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BrandieJ » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:51 am

Thanks HermioneLee!

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby TimE » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:48 am

empressed wrote:Is anyone out there experienced with electrical engineering? Even just working with toys and what not. I've got a scene where I've ……. but I don't know if it's believable. Normally, I'd ask my hubby or brother-in-law for help, but they're both buried in higher work loads than usual due to C-19. A week and a half to go... Argh!

I'll be happy to critique/proof/edit in exchange.


For me, it's believable. But if you like, compare yours with Dave F's 'Hellfire on the High Frontier' in vol 32. He has a clockwork gambler / gunman. At a glance the guy chasing it refers to it as all springs and gears -- and one he's previously met joked 'Us clockworks, we got souls same as the rest of y'all. Ours are just wind-ups.' I'm not going to read it all again, but I don't recall any detailed explanation. Doesn't need it. Neither does yours.
You could buy Vol32 or buy just the story, if you want.

Another point though is to take care not to make your story identifiable to you with what you post - hence I deleted a section from what I quoted from you.
You've got a great story, don't worry too much and don't spoil it with techy details that would be difficult to write and might draw my attention to the unbelievability.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Woodstock Writer » Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:04 pm

Just editing my next entry wotf008

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:14 pm

BrandieJ wrote:Thanks HermioneLee!


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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby WriterGirl0426 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:37 pm

R.A.Krueger1 wrote:Well, with my son now being home for at least the next 4 weeks, my writing is taking the backseat to keeping him educated and entertained. My submission for this quarter isn't done yet, and at this point I doubt it will get done. But I'm ok with that. We are getting opportunities to do all the little things together we don't get to do when we are busy running around.
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy!

Ditto that for me. Working from home and trying to keep a third-grader with ADHD focused, motivated and occupied is quite the challenge. Doubtful I'll make a round 2 submission either, but you never know. I probably need it now more than ever, but finding time to write is slim pickings. LOL

But you said a mouthful about opportunity to do all those little things together we'd never otherwise get to do. Time with my child while he's still a child, and at an age where it matters. I need to take advantage of that with my whole being. So... yeah. :) Well said. And you stay safe and healthy, too.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby chuckt » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:28 am

Well, if you don't have a new story ready, send them the best thing you have in your trunk! I will have to do that this quarter.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:57 am

I'm in! First time in two years.
I feel like I should post in the Success! thread...
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:39 am

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm in! First time in two years.
I feel like I should post in the Success! thread...


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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby JVAshley » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:52 am

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm in! First time in two years.
I feel like I should post in the Success! thread...

Excellent Job, Sir Dustin! wotf009
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby KD Julicher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:10 am

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm in! First time in two years.
I feel like I should post in the Success! thread...



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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Andy Dibble » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:14 am

If anyone want me to review their piece, PM me. I can turn around within a few days. I might ask that you give me feedback on the first few scenes of a piece I've been struggling with.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:53 am

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm in! First time in two years.
I feel like I should post in the Success! thread...


Well done, Dustin! Glad you made it in! Best of success with it!

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby RSchibler » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:03 pm

Andy Dibble wrote:If anyone want me to review their piece, PM me. I can turn around within a few days. I might ask that you give me feedback on the first few scenes of a piece I've been struggling with.


I sent mine in already, but please feel free to PM me your piece. I'd be happy to take a look as a reader and a writer. I have a few pieces in the wings that aren't going to WotF, too, if you'd want to swap.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:42 am

I'm in!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:01 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm in!


Great news, Liz! I hear it's a good one!

Cheers!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:04 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm in!


Great news, Liz! I hear it's a good one!

Cheers!

It's also my longest submission yet (although well within the confines of the contest). I learned a lot writing it, in any case, so whatever happens I'll be happy.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:21 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:
Wulf Moon wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm in!


Great news, Liz! I hear it's a good one!

Cheers!

It's also my longest submission yet (although well within the confines of the contest). I learned a lot writing it, in any case, so whatever happens I'll be happy.


Pushing our limits helps us to think outside the box, creating truly unique stories and ways of telling a story. Winning stories cannot be mediocre. They must be striking. They must have depth. Give Dave something he hasn't seen before and do it in a way that impresses him both emotionally and stylistically, and you are well on your way to winning over, not just him, but the four finalist judges.

You gave it your all, and then some. It's out in the outer reaches of "and then some" where our winners lie.

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dragonchef » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:53 am

Finally in for Q2 - thanks to Author Services.
WotF submission page was not liking me at all.
GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT to Joni, for all her help.
R = 6
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:04 pm

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! THREE DAYS LEFT!

YOU CAN'T WIN IF YOU AREN'T IN!

DON'T LET Q2 PASS YOU BY! YOU CAN DO THIS!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BrandieJ » Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:46 am

Working on a story I think I can get in before the deadline, but I'm a bit concern about the opening. Much of the supernatural stuff doesn't happen till later in the story, but I know the judges need to know right away that these stories are sci-fi/fantasy. Any tips on how much to foreshadow? How to be clear that there is sci-fi/fantasy at work, even if most of the reveal is coming later?


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