Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:14 pm

We interrupt this program for a Fall service announcement: September 30th at midnight, Volume 37 turns into a PUMPKIN! If you don't want to be SQUASHED, you need to get your stories in! Don't be GOURD by the deadline!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby babooher » Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:26 am

I've been working on revisions. Think I'll be getting mine in at the bell.

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby DoctorJest » Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:22 pm

And, submitted!

Incidentally, I am finding that out-loud reading of stories can really take a toll on the voice. My throat is still sore from yesterday. This was an unexpected development, and gives me a new-found respect for the work my friend does when he's recording audiobooks! However, it did uncover a few things in need of fixing, and definitely helped the finished story.

Now I get to take a breath, rest a couple of days, and then get started on the next one. I'll at least have a few days to think over which one it should be!
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Geez, this is a bit of a long breath. Maybe I should try writing instead.

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby MiloMinderbinder » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:14 am

I'm in with an offbeat tale.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:31 am

Your avatar isn't helping my diet.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby D.Kav » Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:47 pm

I submitted a couple weeks ago. For what it's worth, I really really really want to win this time. Worked my butt of on this story. Guess we wait and see...

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby vjalrik » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:48 pm

I'm in
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby RabenWrites » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:56 am

I’m surprised how nervous I am, even though the stakes are so low.

Is there any sort of feedback in the form rejections letting you know if you messed something up with the submission process itself? I’ve never submitted anything anywhere, just found shunn’s formatting guide and will be doing what I can to follow it, but still worry about tripping over a technicality.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Agathon » Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:37 am

RabenWrites wrote:Is there any sort of feedback in the form rejections letting you know if you messed something up with the submission process itself?.


All I've ever gotten was an email acknowledgement the next day, submission received.

I'm going to get one of those tomorrow, according to plan...
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:33 am

Dr. Jest, glad you're reading your stories out loud. That's a secret from an old friend that's no longer with us, Ken Rand's THE TEN PERCENT SOLUTION. It's a good one.

Milo, quirky and offbeat is good. It means you're taking risks, and risks can pay off with huge dividends if you play them right.

RabenWrites, no, there's no feedback on rejections. Imagine Joni having to write thousands of personal notes on each rejection...every...quarter....
You followed Shunn's. You kept it plain and professional. Even if you did not, Kary English, the first reader, would still check to see if you had a good story under that polyester suit. But if it gets too funky, she has to reject it. The 300 sent in the ring to Dave are gladiators, and they're dressed to kill.

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:41 am

Get your stories in, Forumites! You can do this! Last quarter of the contest year! And it's not too late to write a fresh story! A couple of years ago, at noon on this very day, I sat down to write a new story. My first draft was done at 11:15 pm the next day--I hadn't even read it through when I handed it to my wife to proof. At 11:45 I snatched it out of her hands, whipped through her typo marks, loaded it into the portal form, and pushed submit at 11:56 pm on the last day in the last hour in the last minutes of the contest year. I did not allow myself to throw in the towel, I did not let my fear that I wouldn't make it shut me down. I finished a story. I sent it in before the deadline.

That was my winner.

Get your stories in! It's the only way to win!

All the beast to our Forum! May we rock Q4 in Volume 37!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Agathon » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:20 am

I hit the submit button three minutes ago! I have stories submitted for Q3, Q4, and two others to magazines. Four times the waiting! I hope I never get used to it!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:35 am

True story:

This is maybe 10 years ago. A good friend is a manager at Mohonk Mountain House in NY. Stephen King is a regular for when he needs to get away and finish his novels.

Next day at the complaint desk a customer is raging: "I didn't sleep a wink because that Mr. King was up all night reading his novel aloud!"

His. Entire. Novel.

Since I heard that story I read everything aloud before submitting. It's a good habit to get into.
I also print it in a different font so I can see things I don't catch from familiarity.
I always catch something new.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Eagerink » Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:06 pm

Dustin Adams wrote:True story:

This is maybe 10 years ago. A good friend is a manager at Mohonk Mountain House in NY. Stephen King is a regular for when he needs to get away and finish his novels.

Next day at the complaint desk a customer is raging: "I didn't sleep a wink because that Mr. King was up all night reading his novel aloud!"

His. Entire. Novel.

Since I heard that story I read everything aloud before submitting. It's a good habit to get into.
I also print it in a different font so I can see things I don't catch from familiarity.
I always catch something new.


Wow!!!! wotf010 wotf015 I may just have to try that......
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby babooher » Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:09 pm

I've got one more person to look over what I think is my final draft and then I'm submitting. Definitely different than anything I've tried before.

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby babooher » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:31 pm

I'm in.

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Beth Powers » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:33 pm

I submitted earlier today!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby RabenWrites » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:09 pm

And my first submission is in! At this point I don’t even mind the results. The dopamine from hitting submit will carry me through this one. Expectations can go up next volume.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:55 am

In!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:35 am

On 9/30...
Fingers crossed for all forumites who entered Q4!
Good luck :)

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby reigheena » Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:51 am

After:
1 year of work
4 major drafts (which include scrapping the entire second half, and changing the POV)
3 rounds of beta readers

I am in.

I expect my rejection in three months.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:53 am

reigheena wrote:After:
1 year of work
4 major drafts (which include scrapping the entire second half, and changing the POV)
3 rounds of beta readers

I am in.

That's a lot of work! Congrats on finally finishing and submitting it
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Reminds me of a story I wrote that went through ten revisions...
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby KD Julicher » Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:46 am

Get those stories in! Pre-congratulations to the eventual Q4 winners, I look forward to meeting you!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby chuckt » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:03 am

Last day kiddos. I'm polishing, pondering, and spicing her up.
36: R, R, R, SHM
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Valiant » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:13 am

Just submitted. Didn't think I would be able to write a new story for this quarter due to health issues, so it feels like quite an accomplishment this time around.

Good luck everyone!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby CCrawford » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:18 am

Valiant wrote:Just submitted. Didn't think I would be able to write a new story for this quarter due to health issues, so it feels like quite an accomplishment this time around.

Good luck everyone!


Great job, Valiant! That really is an accomplishment.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby IStanhope » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:26 am

I submitted a few weeks ago, but it still feels surreal to me. Congrats and best of luck to everyone participating in this quarter!

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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:27 am

Dustin Adams wrote:In!

YES!
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby RSchibler » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:42 am

I can do turnarounds today—as of right now. My queue is currently empty. So for you last minute subbers I can do last minute crits if anyone needs! Obviously if I get twelve emails I’ll have to prioritize.
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Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Postby Shockhawk » Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:14 pm

I caught a cold and was quarantined for fear of COVID so I cranked out 3,500 words in the last two days. I read it out load one time and then sent it in.... no proof readers :(... I was gonna take a break this quarter because we moved (which always takes a ton of time on both ends - packing and then unpacking and getting settled).

Anyways I'm glad I entered a story after all but I don't have a lot of high hopes for it to win this time around... maybe after I get it proofed by a few individuals I can resend it again in the future as a polished story... still have lots of hope for last quarter though :)
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