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Dustin Adams
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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.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
4x Silver
9x HM
Eight EDF stories. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : September 1, 2020 12:29 am
Dustin Adams
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Me? I wrote and sent the first 600 words of Q1 to my writing partner just this morning.
Let's rock!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
4x Silver
9x HM
Eight EDF stories. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : September 1, 2020 12:30 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I have a few options for Q1, depending on what I get back from where. I like options. Options are good.

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
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, ?, ?, ?
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : September 1, 2020 4:06 am
Retropianoplayer
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Dustin, according to the notches on your gun belt, you've an impressive string of victories and have been at this game since 2011.

Nine years, going on 10.

At two times a Finalist, the odds are very much in your favor for a win in either Quarter 3 or Quarter 4.

I hope you're successful.

Best,

Retro

P.S. Do you play a musical instrument?

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Posted : September 1, 2020 8:19 am
Dustin Adams
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Thanks Retro.

I'm not in 3 and I have low hopes for 4, but there's always V.38! I'm going for four.
My biggest issue is infrequent entries. Talk to Wulf about entering every quarter... till ya win.

I don't play an instrument. I'm one non-talented mo-fo. I've learned it's all about the process. Gotta love the process. I don't like the sounds I make while practicing music, so I get frustrated. I like the process of writing and exercising, so I've stuck to those two for the most part. I like working on sentences and finding the exact word. As much as I'd like to call myself a novelist, and was working toward that in the past, I don't think high word count is in the cards for me.

That said, I admire and appreciate the heck out of those who do have talent. I've been admiring talented actors lately. Especially kids. Some of the emotions these kids portray and I'm like, damn, I don't think I've even felt some of them.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
4x Silver
9x HM
Eight EDF stories. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : September 1, 2020 9:29 am
Dustin Adams
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Today: I've got my trusty pen, my trusty notebook, and I'm writing thoughts, ideas, and scenes for my Co-Q1!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
4x Silver
9x HM
Eight EDF stories. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : October 1, 2020 6:05 am
Retropianoplayer
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Dustin, best of luck. My favorite part of writing a story is the research and/or the outline. My unsolicited suggestion, lol, is before you jot down the first word, know how your story ends, see the scenes in your mind. If possible, a double climax, where the MC wins by losing, or loses by winning. Something I find helpful is matching arcs - it's not easy to do this. The arc of the A story as it goes though plot point to Act 2, and plot point to Act 3 matches the arc of the B story (emotional growth) and its inherent plot points to Acts 2 and 3.

I know there are people who are "pantsers" and achieve greatness. For me, I'd be lost without an outline, a road map to guide your story along the way.

Best,
As always,

Your friend, Retro wotf009

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Posted : October 1, 2020 7:23 am
DoctorJest
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I'm resting, to let myself take a breath and deal with some life stuff, but I have five story ideas sketched out to select from--I'm not sure if any one would be the stand-out winner, but at least I won't be without a way forwards as October advances.

Also hoping to brainstorm a few more to add to that list before it comes time to choose from them.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 3 / SF: 0 / F: 0
Currently in for Q1.V38 and Q2.V38 / Working on Q3.V38

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Posted : October 1, 2020 10:13 am
RSchibler
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Hey y'all - I've gotten a few crit requests already! Wow, I love the preparation for this quarter! That being said, I'm going to take a week or so to breathe (I did a LOT of crits last week). If you've sent me your story, it'll take me a little longer than usual turn it around. Good luck drafting all!

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: P, P
ALWAYS available for critique.

www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : October 1, 2020 10:52 am
Rey Nichols
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I finished my Q1 draft last week, it is currently making the rounds in my writing group Smile

HM: 3
R: 1
www.reynichols.com

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Posted : October 2, 2020 4:36 am
Shockhawk
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Jeez Louise... you guys are fast.

I got 300 words done so far today and feel great about that!! For me the first 1000 words are always the hardest (lots of fretting over names and places and that first sentence).

Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain, or live and fight your sorrow! Now is the time to shape your stories! Your fate is in your hands! - Auron FFX
Vol 37 - X, R, R, R
vol 38 - P, X, WIP

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Posted : October 2, 2020 7:26 am
DoctorJest
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Hell, I'm happy to just have written down an idea to think about. I'm not close to writing the first words yet.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 3 / SF: 0 / F: 0
Currently in for Q1.V38 and Q2.V38 / Working on Q3.V38

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Posted : October 2, 2020 11:39 am
Jimforxst
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Since I missed the deadline on the last quarter (was hoping to do emergency edits the night of Sept 30 ... bad idea ... ), I am now planning to submit for Q1 Volume 38 two months early. I've got a story completed. It just needs some cleanup and polish before I submit. Goal is to submit by the end of October.
Got some early readers looking at it right now and waiting for their perspectives and critiques. Once I submit though, then I can go full-boar into the story idea for Q2 AND keep chipping away at my "Epic-Novel-Project/Magnum-Opus".

Anyone else tend to submit early in the quarter to just get it done?

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Posted : October 5, 2020 9:09 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Since I missed the deadline on the last quarter (was hoping to do emergency edits the night of Sept 30 ... bad idea ... ), I am now planning to submit for Q1 Volume 38 two months early. I've got a story completed. It just needs some cleanup and polish before I submit. Goal is to submit by the end of October.
Got some early readers looking at it right now and waiting for their perspectives and critiques. Once I submit though, then I can go full-boar into the story idea for Q2 AND keep chipping away at my "Epic-Novel-Project/Magnum-Opus".

Anyone else tend to submit early in the quarter to just get it done?

Oof, yeah, emergency last-minute edits are always rough.

I tend to sub early, when I can. (I used to sub the day before the end of most quarters, but that was before the twins were born. Now I just sub as soon as I feel like a story is done.)

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
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, ?, ?, ?
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : October 5, 2020 12:22 pm
DoctorJest
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My favourite method, when I can do it, is to complete my first draft in the first month, work on something completely different during the second month, and then do final edits in the month ahead of the deadline, as that helps me come at the edits with more objectivity. It doesn't always quite work out that way, though, especially if I hit my edits phase and think "I really need to change some fundamental parts of this story for it to work the way I intended it to".

That's what happened with my last Q4 sub--it got edited, revised, reworked, thrown out, rewritten, revised again, and edited until I was at the point where I had long since lost any real sense of what was working or not working. It has good parts, I know that--whether it's good as a whole, I'm no longer certain.

I'm up to 8 ideas sketched out for the upcoming year, though--some completely new, others older stories. None are straight revisions, though. They're either rewrites if the first version didn't do the idea justice or could perhaps be improved with some key additions, or completely new stories, if the seed for an old story also presents the possibility of a completely different story than the original.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 3 / SF: 0 / F: 0
Currently in for Q1.V38 and Q2.V38 / Working on Q3.V38

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Posted : October 5, 2020 12:43 pm
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