Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

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Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:52 am

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Q1: October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Q2: January 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021
Q3: April 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021
Q4: July 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021


Results and link to the winners will post when judging is complete.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby LouisD » Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:13 pm

I already have the story written. One I tried already but it probably needs a critique or ten. Maybe I can improve on it.

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby DoctorJest » Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:19 pm

I just today finished my revisions for my Q2 entry. It's not a new story, but it is new to the contest, and I've made some extensive changes to the story before preparing to submit it. I'm giving some serious consideration to submitting it as soon as the window for Q2 is open, to buy some time to work on some more challenging ideas that I have for Q3.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:58 pm

I honestly have a glut of stories I want to sub to WotF; unless I get surprised by a sale, I already have the rest of my submissions year planned out.

I probably won't be writing fresh shorts next year unless one grabs me by the lapels and mugs me in an alley. I've got other writing and artistic projects to work on for the first few months of the year, and once those are set I'm going to focus my writing efforts on finishing the novel that keeps screaming my name. wotf019 wotf018 wotf042 (I've got half a rough draft in screenplay format! Just need to get to the point where I can finish it up and convert it to prose.)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby HermioneLee » Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:07 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:I honestly have a glut of stories I want to sub to WotF; unless I get surprised by a sale, I already have the rest of my submissions year planned out.

I probably won't be writing fresh shorts next year unless one grabs me by the lapels and mugs me in an alley. I've got other writing and artistic projects to work on for the first few months of the year, and once those are set I'm going to focus my writing efforts on finishing the novel that keeps screaming my name. wotf019 wotf018 wotf042 (I've got half a rough draft in screenplay format! Just need to get to the point where I can finish it up and convert it to prose.)


Great for you! I really envy you for being able to write "a glut of stories" that are eligible for wotf!! Good luck on finding all of them a home! wotf010 wotf010

Honestly, writing short stories is very difficult for me, since I have more experience with writing novels, and writing novels is just so different from writing short stories! I tend to make my short stories a bit (or maybe more than a bit) redundant because I did that while writing novels. I guess that’s a huge no-no in short stories, and I’m trying to fix that bad habit of mine.

And wow, I'm not the only one who writes drafts in screenplay mode and then converts it to prose? For some reason, that makes me feel kind of relieved!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:36 am

HermioneLee wrote:And wow, I'm not the only one who writes drafts in screenplay mode and then converts it to prose? For some reason, that makes me feel kind of relieved!

Not the only one at all. wotf007 I don't do it with every story, but it really helps me gain momentum if I'm getting stuck on details (which is especially a risk for me on larger projects).
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby HermioneLee » Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:17 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:
HermioneLee wrote:And wow, I'm not the only one who writes drafts in screenplay mode and then converts it to prose? For some reason, that makes me feel kind of relieved!

Not the only one at all. wotf007 I don't do it with every story, but it really helps me gain momentum if I'm getting stuck on details (which is especially a risk for me on larger projects).

Totally agree. Screenplay format is much easier and quicker to write wotf008
And the part about gaining momentum, I can definitely relate to that
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby DoctorJest » Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:27 pm

And I'm in for Q2--probably the earliest entry I've put in, but I wanted to tie this off this month to ease the pressure on myself a little bit.
WotF: R:0 / HM:8 / sHM:3 / SF:0 / F:0
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby disgruntledpeony » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:44 am

DoctorJest wrote:And I'm in for Q2--probably the earliest entry I've put in, but I wanted to tie this off this month to ease the pressure on myself a little bit.

wotf010 Good job! I've got a few potential options to send in, but I'm waiting to see if I get one of them back from another market in February before I make my final decision.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby TimE » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:43 am

I have an idea I'm excited about. I've spent more time plotting than normal - now got to reel it back in to s/s length!
Some HMs More Rs - I keep thinking I'm getting closer, but perhaps not.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:25 am

DoctorJest wrote:And I'm in for Q2--probably the earliest entry I've put in, but I wanted to tie this off this month to ease the pressure on myself a little bit.

Totally jealous.

I am about to hit my slow time of year for work, so I should be able to focus in and write - and crit in Feb.
But nowhere near done, let alone submitting... wotf009
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby RSchibler » Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:13 am

I have no idea what I'm sending for Q2 yet. I'll wait until March and see what's available that Dave hasn't seen.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby Mr H » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:43 pm

Wow. Sending early good idea? Why not spend 2+ months on another piece, then submit the best? Although this does give 5+ months for the next one, but a pro shouldn't need that. If your flat out elsewhere in life I get it.

I've got this month's story written, now onto major first editing, chiasmus-fun. It may go over a month, but should be close enough to allow me three stories to choose from by the due date.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby DoctorJest » Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:20 pm

Mr H wrote:Wow. Sending early good idea? Why not spend 2+ months on another piece, then submit the best? Although this does give 5+ months for the next one, but a pro shouldn't need that. If your flat out elsewhere in life I get it.

I've got this month's story written, now onto major first editing, chiasmus-fun. It may go over a month, but should be close enough to allow me three stories to choose from by the due date.


Yeah, down-time is at something of a premium right now. I generally do wait until the deadline, even if only to do further reads and revisions, but this buys me a little mental peace that I need at the moment.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby disgruntledpeony » Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:14 pm

Sending early can be a good idea if only because the judges will be fresher when they read it, but you want to make sure your story is in tip-top shape, of course. I'm fortunate in that I actually managed to write extra stories for a few months during the summer last year, and I have some older stories I've revised enough to consider resubbing. (I'm especially glad to have a backlog of stories built up because I've had to focus almost all of my attention on the twins and self-care over the last couple months. I haven't had time or energy to write since the end of November, although I have been listening to Brandon Sanderson's lectures online and doing other writing-adjacent things.)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby Reuben » Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:19 pm

DoctorJest wrote:And I'm in for Q2--probably the earliest entry I've put in, but I wanted to tie this off this month to ease the pressure on myself a little bit.


*buries head under pillow, turns over and goes back to sleep.* I haven't started thinking about my q2 yet, although I'm writing new. I need to finish three stories that are in various states of completion first, and revise a fourth. If things go well, maybe next week...

disgruntledpeony wrote:Sending early can be a good idea if only because the judges will be fresher when they read it, but you want to make sure your story is in tip-top shape, of course.


You sure about that? I heard that Joni sends all the entries at the end of the quarter; right now Kary's judging q1. Not that submitting early isn't a good idea, though--it forces you to stop thinking and overthinking the story and focus on the next one. Ideally it might be better to keep it till the end, but what ends up happening often is that you could just get hung up on fixing the story you've already written that you push off writing the new one. (Which, incidentally, is what happened to me this past quarter, and I'm paying for it now.)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby disgruntledpeony » Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:06 pm

Reuben wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:Sending early can be a good idea if only because the judges will be fresher when they read it, but you want to make sure your story is in tip-top shape, of course.


You sure about that? I heard that Joni sends all the entries at the end of the quarter; right now Kary's judging q1. Not that submitting early isn't a good idea, though--it forces you to stop thinking and overthinking the story and focus on the next one. Ideally it might be better to keep it till the end, but what ends up happening often is that you could just get hung up on fixing the story you've already written that you push off writing the new one. (Which, incidentally, is what happened to me this past quarter, and I'm paying for it now.)

I mean, I can't be sure, but it's an educated guess. It makes sense to me that submissions would be read in the order they're received. (I can't guarantee this is how it's done, but it seems to be the way most magazines operate.)

In the end, the most important thing is that you enter something you're happy with. I have a lot of stories saved up right now, and I like submitting early when I can because it takes that stress off my back. (The twins are two now, so I need all the stress removal I can get. wotf019 )
If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby storysinger » Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:00 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote: (The twins are two now, so I need all the stress removal I can get. )


Terrible two's times two, how do you find the time to write? wotf017
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 38

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:38 pm

storysinger wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote: (The twins are two now, so I need all the stress removal I can get. )


Terrible two's times two, how do you find the time to write? wotf017

I don't! wotf019

Actually, my husband watches the kids and lets me have quiet time for an hour or so after he gets off work. It's not enough for a deep dive, but it helps. Nap times have been very touch and go for awhile (they've gone down to one a day), but we shifted the boys' morning nap back to an afternoon nap last week and that seems to be working better (they're napping for two to two and a half hours again instead of one to one and a half hours). Just need to get it through my head that that's a safe creative time again and I'll be able to get more done.
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