Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:21 am

HermioneLee wrote:Just got my second R...hope I can finally break my streak of Rs next quarter

That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:22 am

DoctorJest wrote:HM for me also, which I'll happily take, under the circumstances!

Right, I think you said you were concerned about the R... Grats on the HM!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:27 am

Dustin Adams wrote:
HermioneLee wrote:Just got my second R...hope I can finally break my streak of Rs next quarter

That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.

Great idea! But what’s 450?
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:28 am

Chezecaek wrote:I got an HM. First ever. When I saw the email I was like...wait a minute...that can't be right, 'cause I suck. Right? Everyone knows I suck. I mean, *I* know I suck, and that's basically everyone. So what's with these "judges" saying I don't suck? I don't know how to process this!

Anyway, I can resubmit an HM, right? I REALLY like this story and there's definitely room for improvement in it.

Grats!!!
I remember that same feeling. A professional writer, with actual books on the market, in bookstores 'n stuff, read my lil story and said it's good? Wha?

But keep in mind it's a story to story basis. YOU don't suck, ever. Even Rs don't mean stories suck. I've read plenty of great stories that didn't fit *this* market. I've seen stories sell pro at other markets. Straight R here, $0.08 a word there.

So totally reply to Joni and get that certificate in the mail and hang that sucker up. I look at my first one all the time.

Here's hoping we'll eventually have to build a shelf to hold the (from what I hear) very heavy trophy!

p.s. yes, you can re-sub an HM, but I personally recommend writing a few new ones first, then revisit with fresh and more experienced eyes to see if you want to revise - or keep writing new...
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:32 am

HermioneLee wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:
HermioneLee wrote:Just got my second R...hope I can finally break my streak of Rs next quarter

That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.

Great idea! But what’s 450?


Because I like providing links. :)

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1074

It's basically the first two pages. We exchange and look for anything that may cause Kary or Dave to oust the story right away.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:41 am

SCAFontaine wrote:HM for me. I was hoping this story would reach a little higher after these edits, but I'll take it.

Grats and darn. I enjoyed the heck out of that story.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:49 am

Dustin Adams wrote:
HermioneLee wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.

Great idea! But what’s 450?


Because I like providing links. :)

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1074

It's basically the first two pages. We exchange and look for anything that may cause Kary or Dave to oust the story right away.

Wonderful idea!
Of course I’ll do it (if you don’t mind your story being critiqued by a 15 year old
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:00 am

I'm a life-long learner with no restrictions on who may teach me.

When you're ready, send a PM and we'll swap e-mail addresses. :)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:08 am

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm a life-long learner with no restrictions on who may teach me.

When you're ready, send a PM and we'll swap e-mail addresses. :)

Ok wotf008
I might do it in August or September, not sure if that’s okay with you
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dragonchef » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:09 am

To all those HMs and SHMs - Congratulations! You must be so proud.
wotf009

To all of you fellow writers out there who received Rs - Lo Siento Mucho! But, it is only a step in the grand path. You WILL do better, so keep at it!
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And finally to Becky: OMGosh - SUPER CONGRATS to you. A Semi-Finalist! You so deserve that.
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As for me . . . I haven't heard bupkis.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:13 am

HermioneLee wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:I'm a life-long learner with no restrictions on who may teach me.

When you're ready, send a PM and we'll swap e-mail addresses. :)

Ok wotf008
I might do it in August or September, not sure if that’s okay with you

Yup!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby chuckt » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:49 am

RSchibler wrote:wotf057

Wow.

Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals.


Way awesome.

Is your story available to read somewhere?

Do you have your critique already or does that come later?
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BigWig » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:29 am

RE-RE-REJECTED!
Ok, so I've only been writing fiction again since, oh, less than a year. I've always been an extrovert and I donhaveta tell YOUSE how solitary the pursuit can be -but the pandemic kept me home, so...

Here's my practice:
Within 24 hours of receiving any rejection, I review, correct any small flaws, and turn the story around and submit elsewhere
I find this fun, like a game. When I get a rejection, something in me goes "oh goody!"
After four rejections on the same tale (haven't got there yet) I plan to start submitting to non-paying markets, for the byline merely

I guess I kind of got this system from the arduous process of job hunting. I learned, doing that: If it's not fun, it won't get done!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby storysinger » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:32 am

Congrats to all that got anything better than the R I received.
Now let's get to creating the winning stories for the next quarter.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:38 am

chuckt wrote:
RSchibler wrote:wotf057

Wow.

Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals.


Way awesome.

Is your story available to read somewhere?

Do you have your critique already or does that come later?

I can't speak for story availability (although I'd expect Becky will wait for her crit and then send her story to other markets). I can, however, speak from experience on the crit situation! It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months for Becky to get her crit. (I don't remember how long it took me to get mine, exactly, but I do remember it was longer than I expected.)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Santana » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:45 am

My crit came ages after I'd had my SF results notification through, though that was a few years ago and the system might have changed. Worth the wait, though.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby RSchibler » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:46 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:
chuckt wrote:
RSchibler wrote:wotf057

Wow.

Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals.


Way awesome.

Is your story available to read somewhere?

Do you have your critique already or does that come later?

I can't speak for story availability (although I'd expect Becky will wait for her crit and then send her story to other markets). I can, however, speak from experience on the crit situation! It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months for Becky to get her crit. (I don't remember how long it took me to get mine, exactly, but I do remember it was longer than I expected.)


Thanks DP. Yeah the story wouldn't be available to read as that would make it impossible for me to try to find a paying home for it. I am hoping I don't have to wait too long, I am eager to read what Dave has to say. I know Wulf has credited his SF crit for a sale!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Reuben » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:25 am

AND IT'S NOT EVEN THURSDAY!! wotf020

R.

Oh well, I was expecting it, and it only goes up from here.

IN other news...

CONGRATS BECKY ON SEMI-FINALIST!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby WillShadbolt » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:56 am

Got an R. Didn't do that ale/beer thing but now I'm noticing another one of Dave's pet peeves in the first two paragraphs. I'll also post this in the critique forum, but would anyone want to do an exchange?
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:58 am

Will,
I'll look at the 450 (first two pages). If that's cool with you.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby WillShadbolt » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:06 am

Thanks! I'll send it over shortly--just want to give it a quick read through/edit first.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:09 am

Send as it was so I can see what Kary/Dave saw. PM me for my e-mail. :)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby empressed » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:18 am

kizernix wrote:Just got the email from Galaxy Press. For a first time entry, I'll take it. Good luck to the rest of you!

Dear Writer,

Congratulations! Your story has been judged and is an Honorable Mention for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest 2nd quarter (entries received between January and March.


For a first time entry, that's an amazing win, Kizernix. Bask in the glow and congratulations!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby empressed » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:18 am

HM for me as well. Not the first one, but I think Dave mentioned my story in his Monday article. Both an ouch and a learning experience, but I already suspected I should have trimmed more. Apparently it needed more than trimming. Wish I understand what, because I thought it had what the article suggested. I realize my story may be one of hundreds that resemble his remarks, but still. . . beginning to feel either stooopid or at least irredeemably ignorant. wotf017
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby TimE » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:23 am

empressed wrote:HM for me as well.


If yours is the one I read, I really rated it. Shows what I know!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby empressed » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:26 am

You read one of mine, I don't recall which. LOL And it did get an HM, so I can't say you were off. Just that there were better stories neither of us have read. And your critique was really helpful, so without it, I might not have got the HM. I just hope I can get to the next level soon.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby SCAFontaine » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:37 am

Dustin Adams wrote:

Grats and darn. I enjoyed the heck out of that story.[/quote]

Aw, thanks. Nice of you to say! Congrats on the Silver!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby empressed » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:53 am

RSchibler wrote:wotf057

Wow.

Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals.


Congratulations, Becky! That's awesome. (Doing the happy dance for you.) Was this one I read? I want to go back and reread it...
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby JVAshley » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:35 am

YEAH!!! So many placed in Q2!!!
A special CONGRATS to Becky!!! wotf009

R for me - But that was no surprise.
It was not a WotF story, but I had it, liked it, and didn't want to go without submitting while I edited the novel. Last Quarter, I didn't even make that. Hopefully, edits will be done in the next month then I can get back into the WotF game with more focus.

But CONGRATS again to all of you who placed and keep writing to ALL!!! wotf024
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby mrtevebaugh » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:01 pm

Big R for me. Congrats to everyone that placed!
V35: R || V36: HM,HM,HM,R || V37: HM,R,HM,HM


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