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Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby emilymccosh » Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:46 pm

Well, I plan on trying to write for this anthology. It's had some awesomely funny stories in the past and I would like to be part of it.

Check out the cover...it's kind of cute!

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The submission window is April 1st - April 30th, 2016.

You can read about it and submit here.

I have no plans for what I'm going to write yet. Is anyone else planning on submitting? Better yet, has anyone been accepted in the past??

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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby storysinger » Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:46 am

Thanks for the info on this project Emily. I'm currently writing a humorous story that needs somewhere to go.
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Postby Ishmael » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:16 am

Oh, I love funny scifi.

The problem is persuading editors that I can do funny.

If any editors are reading this:

I CAN DO FUNNY! wotf004
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Postby emilymccosh » Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:36 pm

Ishmael wrote:Oh, I love funny scifi.

The problem is persuading editors that I can do funny.

If any editors are reading this:

I CAN DO FUNNY! wotf004


My thoughts exactly!!
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby amoskalik » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:08 am

Humor is the most taste sensitive type of writing there is.
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Postby MattDovey » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:36 am

amoskalik wrote:Humor is the most taste sensitive type of writing there is.


Very much this. There's not much that makes me actually laugh out loud in writing--normally "wry smile" is where it tops out. What can I say, I have high standards for humour.

But I have to say, if anyone can make me laugh consistently, it's Alex. Some of his DSF stories have been absolute gold. Reckon I'm overdue for signing up for Kickstarter anyway...

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Postby Muri McCage » Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:16 pm

I've been wracking my brain for funny so I could give this a shot. Not a thing occurs. I just cannot write humor on demand. It comes organically as I write "regular" fiction quite a bit, but if I try to force it all I get is a blank mind and a blanker page. wotf017
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby storysinger » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:23 am

I've been writing in a different genre with my last two stories.

While doing so humorous things started happening in one story. Now this opportunity pops up.
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby morshana » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:09 pm

I submitted a story here and already received a rejection. However, it was a very encouraging rejection. They said that although it wasn't a good fit, they enjoyed my writing and encouraged me to submit something else during this submission window.

I don't have another story at this time. wotf003

Just under a month to see if something else comes... wotf005

ETA: Story might not have been a good fit because it was holiday themed...
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby morshana » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:27 am

I usually have to wait for funny stories to come to me, and they haven't come often in the past, but one came in pretty strong yesterday while I was in the car. Not sure if it will work yet. It goes from funny to sad/bittersweet. Will be good to keep it on the lighter side, I think.

Whether this story or any others I can manage this month make it into this anthology, I'm going to challenge myself to aim for one funny story a week. Then, at the end of the month, I'll have four new stories to send out.

Anyone else want to join me on this?

I need to get back into writing short stories again. I've been focused on novels for a while, and I don't see that letting up anytime soon. Eager to get going on the next book in this series, but until I start that book, I'll see how many short stories I can write. Need to write another story for WOTF, too, for Q3.

Rebecca? You up for this? I miss our story-in-a-day challenges.

*Stories don't have to be funny, of course, but I'm going to set that particular challenge for myself.
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby preston » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:15 pm

morshana wrote:I usually have to wait for funny stories to come to me, and they haven't come often in the past, but one came in pretty strong yesterday while I was in the car. Not sure if it will work yet. It goes from funny to sad/bittersweet. Will be good to keep it on the lighter side, I think.

Whether this story or any others I can manage this month make it into this anthology, I'm going to challenge myself to aim for one funny story a week. Then, at the end of the month, I'll have four new stories to send out.

Anyone else want to join me on this?

I need to get back into writing short stories again. I've been focused on novels for a while, and I don't see that letting up anytime soon. Eager to get going on the next book in this series, but until I start that book, I'll see how many short stories I can write. Need to write another story for WOTF, too, for Q3.

Rebecca? You up for this? I miss our story-in-a-day challenges.


*Stories don't have to be funny, of course, but I'm going to set that particular challenge for myself.



Congrats on the "please re-submit," Jeanette. Definitely a good sign! You absolutely must get another one finished while the window is open! I just sent one in. Fingers crossed that I'll at least get a personal rejection, because I have another one ready and waiting. I just sold a story to Alternate Hilarities and I've sold a few other humor sci-fi pieces, so I'm hopeful!

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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby Ishmael » Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:37 am

They're doing a very fast turnover. Here we are six days into the window and I've managed to be rejected twice. The first one got please send another and the second one got came close to being advanced to the final consideration round.

However, since Alex says he likes my style of homour it follows that what I sent in must be humorous.

Doesn't it? wotf008
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby morshana » Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:46 am

Thanks, Preston! I'll see if I can get another one done during the window. Congratulations on your other sales! And good luck for those you're submitting!

Wow, Ishmael, that's great! Have another you can send?
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby Ishmael » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:42 am

They have a one submission per session rule unless they over-rule it themselves. The second one didn't receive that.

Actually I must start looking for this rule elsewhere. I thought I must be doing really well with my second submission to Aliterate in the current window until I realised you were only allowed one!
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby amoskalik » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:15 am

Ishmael wrote: I thought I must be doing really well with my second submission to Aliterate in the current window until I realised you were only allowed one!
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I'm still on my first submission. I thought I was doing well, then I got an auto reply ten days after I submitted saying they received my story and look forward to reviewing it. Is it just me or is that incredibly slow for an auto-reply?
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby morshana » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:51 am

Ishmael wrote:They have a one submission per session rule unless they over-rule it themselves. The second one didn't receive that.

Actually I must start looking for this rule elsewhere. I thought I must be doing really well with my second submission to Aliterate in the current window until I realised you were only allowed one!
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That's too bad.

I haven't sent them another story yet. I have one outlined. I should get to it. Not sure if it's going to end up on the funnier side of things or sad/pathetic. Won't know until I write it. wotf004
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Postby emilymccosh » Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:53 pm

Well, I've finally thought through my story, written and submitted it. Let's see how fast I get the story get kicked back to me... wotf019
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby morshana » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:09 am

I had a story outlined, never got around to writing it. Been working on my book. wotf002
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Postby emilymccosh » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:02 pm

And there's my rejection. Darn.
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby morshana » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:15 am

Bummer, Emily.

Don't think I'll be getting another story to them, unless I write it today or early tomorrow.
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Postby MattDovey » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:54 am

God help us all, Stewart & I have written another Baker & Dovey tale for this. In a week. 5k words.

This one has rat-people and a dog-kingdom and snakes all fighting underground. It is, if anything, even sillier.
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby morshana » Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:39 am

MattDovey wrote:God help us all, Stewart & I have written another Baker & Dovey tale for this. In a week. 5k words.

This one has rat-people and a dog-kingdom and snakes all fighting underground. It is, if anything, even sillier.


Fingers crossed for you both!
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Postby s_c_baker » Sun May 01, 2016 8:20 pm

morshana wrote:
MattDovey wrote:God help us all, Stewart & I have written another Baker & Dovey tale for this. In a week. 5k words.

This one has rat-people and a dog-kingdom and snakes all fighting underground. It is, if anything, even sillier.


Fingers crossed for you both!

Your finger-crossing must have cancelled out our finger-crossing. We got a rejection in under 12 hours! wotf019

Not too surprised. My sense of humour and Alex's seem to be pretty much polar opposites.
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Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Postby morshana » Mon May 02, 2016 7:28 am

s_c_baker wrote:
morshana wrote:
MattDovey wrote:God help us all, Stewart & I have written another Baker & Dovey tale for this. In a week. 5k words.

This one has rat-people and a dog-kingdom and snakes all fighting underground. It is, if anything, even sillier.


Fingers crossed for you both!

Your finger-crossing must have cancelled out our finger-crossing. We got a rejection in under 12 hours! wotf019

Not too surprised. My sense of humour and Alex's seem to be pretty much polar opposites.


Oh, no!

We can all try again next year!
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