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Dustin Adams
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Time for a fresh start? Of course! This is your first peek at Volume 39. Winners will celebrate in LA (hopefully) in April of 2023. So get a'writing that awesome story now!

Q1: October 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Q2: January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022
Q3: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Q4: July 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Results and link to the winners will post when judging is complete.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 6 SilverHM. 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, 2021 5:43 am
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Álex Souza
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I hope this boosts you all up. Hey, ho! Let's go!

In for V38 Q3 and Q4.
Critters MPC x3
Slush reader for The Common Tongue Magazine.
Debut short-story "Invisible Bodies" published in HyphenPunk.

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Posted : September 2, 2021 1:56 pm
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AliciaCay
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@alexvss 

I ♥ the Ramones!

 I should play this song every time before I sit down to write. It's got good energy! lol.

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, FINALIST, HM, SHM
V38: SF, X, tbd
Ten story publications! (including Air and Nothingness Press, Third_Flatiron, and three with WordFire Press ♥)
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Posted : September 3, 2021 1:24 pm
Cray Dimensional
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I think I may try out expanding a KYD for the quarter. First I have to do some KYDs.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : September 3, 2021 1:30 pm
Álex Souza
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@craydimensional KDY meaning...?

In for V38 Q3 and Q4.
Critters MPC x3
Slush reader for The Common Tongue Magazine.
Debut short-story "Invisible Bodies" published in HyphenPunk.

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Posted : September 3, 2021 1:35 pm
Cray Dimensional
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@alexvss Actually it KYD, Kill Your Darlings. It it an exercise Wulf Moon put together in Super Secrets to chop down a 1000 word story to 250 words. The 250 words forms the heart of a larger story. I haven’t tried using this technique before for a WoTF entry. But, “If you do what you always did. You get what you always got.” Henry Ford. Right now I have gotten Rs and I would like at least HMs. So I am willing to try something new.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : September 3, 2021 5:37 pm
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Álex Souza
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@craydimensional So I gathered, and this seems like an interesting technique. There are some episodes from Writing Excuses that may help trim down a manuscript. There's a very recent one, "Tell, don't show", and you can use the search engine to find more.

In for V38 Q3 and Q4.
Critters MPC x3
Slush reader for The Common Tongue Magazine.
Debut short-story "Invisible Bodies" published in HyphenPunk.

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Posted : September 3, 2021 6:08 pm
RETreasure
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Seconded. I wouldn't have gotten all those certs without the help of other forumites - and I'm here to pay it forward now! PM for crits Smile Highly encourage people to take advantage of Alicia's offer, too. Her crits are like surgery - she goes in with a scalpel and cuts away all the dead matter, leaving the story fresh and glowing and alive! 

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : September 4, 2021 1:58 pm
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DoctorJest
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I have the bones of the story I'm hoping to write for this Q1 now, outlined in my brief three-act sketch. I think it should be on the shorter side overall for my stories too, which will be nice, as I think I'm due a shorter one after a couple of longer entries. My writing rhythms are all kicked to splinters at the moment, so everything has been feeling like a real effort, but it's starting to take root again just a smidgen.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 -nix-/-nix-/15% done
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : September 4, 2021 10:44 pm
czing
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My Q1 is written. It is a significant overhaul of something that had been growing dust bunnies in the virtual closet of my hard drive because I couldn't get it to feel right. I finally realized the problem about a year ago but not how to really 'fix' it. Recently it came to me and I think it is now really close to the story I want to tell (although strangely far from but also close to the original seed that started it out - sort of like it took a sharp turn but stayed somewhat parallel). Who knows now I might go back to the original seed and write a completely different take on it and then I'll have another quarter covered Smile

I figure at some point I'll have a short personal anthology worth of stories that all sprout from that one original seed (I have actually got three other stories that also came out of it - two of which are also gathering dust and waiting for me to return to them). Guess I have a lot to say about that idea.

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 -SHM; Q3 - P

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Posted : September 5, 2021 11:04 am
DoctorJest
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Posted by: @czing

...(although strangely far from but also close to the original seed that started it out - sort of like it took a sharp turn but stayed somewhat parallel).

I have a story that veered so far away from the original seed that the original title stopped making any sense for a while, though I kept it nonetheless. Later revisions meant that it made sense again, though it has exactly zero resemblance to the original idea. Which is probably good, because the story is much better than its original idea.

I also occasionally get multiple stories from a single seed--two of my previous published stories were actually siblings in that regard, though again, they're nothing at all alike.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 -nix-/-nix-/15% done
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : September 5, 2021 2:47 pm
MountainSpud
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@czing, that's great!

In a similar vain, I have a story that I started but abandoned last quarter in the middle of a sort-a plot culdesac. I pantsed my way there. I now realize that while I got a cool concept, the world-building and character development are seriously lacking. I plan to spend some time fleshing out both and then thoroughly outline my way to the end. Generally, a pantser, and when I do outline it's cursory, I'm excited to push myself to give the other process a try.

R X 3
HM X 3
SHM X 1

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Posted : September 6, 2021 8:03 am
czing
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@jeschleicher I am also mostly a pantser - I have to write to discover my characters and world details - I've never found any success trying to outline from the start. But I have been moving to trying to outline longer pieces after I have written enough to discover the basics. But that has mostly been on hold (writing during this last year and half has been hard and I have mostly just focused on editing when I find I have the mental energy for writing).

With that said - I am just about to sit down to write and am thinking of writing something new - so maybe I'll try a little outline exercise.

 

@doctorjest - like you my stories that have all come out of that one story seed are very different. The style and the pattern of where that seed grows and what it does to characters are all very different. Amazing how many directions one idea can take you!

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 -SHM; Q3 - P

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Posted : September 6, 2021 8:40 am
babooher
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Last night I was thinking I need to focus on my Masters this quarter. And, that's still true, but I had an idea last night that I think I might be able to squeeze in anyhow.

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: Waiting, Q4: WIP

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Posted : September 20, 2021 12:48 pm
pdblake
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I've said it before but I can highly recommend Ken Rand's 10% solution to help KYD. 

www.pdblake.co.uk

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Posted : September 20, 2021 1:15 pm
Wulf Moon
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Posted by: @pdblake

I've said it before but I can highly recommend Ken Rand's 10% solution to help KYD. 

I'll be talking about him in my KYD article coming up in DreamForge on October 15th. Smile

 

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Posted : September 20, 2021 5:43 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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Posted by: @aliciacay

Otherwise, we're here cheering you on! You got this! fistinair  

How immensely encouraging it is to find people who want nothing more than to genuinely support you.
Shout out to you guys-you seriously rock (with 'Hey, ho! Let's Go!' still playing in background)
clapper clapper  

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : September 20, 2021 6:21 pm
earthkeeper
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I've got the idea for my Q1 fleshed out. I just need to start putting it on paper and see how far I get. I've also got a few ideas already simmering for Q2 and beyond.

"Trust is like a shop. Difficult to build, but surprisingly easy to ruin. But when it is strong and true, there are few things in this world that make you feel stronger."
V37: HM
V38: X,R,P,P
V39:

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Posted : September 27, 2021 4:49 pm
Cray Dimensional
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I’m trying to decide between the two KYDs I wrote up so far. I don’t think first is long enough, and second has room to grow if I use as opening. I’m wondering if I should do another KYD before I decide.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : September 27, 2021 6:43 pm
David Hankins
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@craydimensional 

I say do another KYD while you decide. All that can happen is that you continue to improve your skills as you mull the problem over. Or, maybe, you’ll end up with another idea you love. 

V38 Q2: HM
V38 Q3: Submitted
V38 Q4: Submitted

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Posted : September 27, 2021 6:52 pm
AliciaCay
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Posted by: @axeminister

Time for a fresh start? Of course! This is your first peek at Volume 39. Winners will celebrate in LA (hopefully) in April of 2023. So get a'writing that awesome story now!

Q1: October 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Q2: January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022
Q3: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Q4: July 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Results and link to the winners will post when judging is complete.

Oof, Dustin. This is just cruel.

(LOL) winking  

 

~A.

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, FINALIST, HM, SHM
V38: SF, X, tbd
Ten story publications! (including Air and Nothingness Press, Third_Flatiron, and three with WordFire Press ♥)
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : September 29, 2021 3:48 am
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RETreasure
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Posted by: @aliciacay
Posted by: @axeminister

Time for a fresh start? Of course! This is your first peek at Volume 39. Winners will celebrate in LA (hopefully) in April of 2023. So get a'writing that awesome story now!

Q1: October 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Q2: January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022
Q3: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Q4: July 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Results and link to the winners will post when judging is complete.

Oof, Dustin. This is just cruel.

(LOL) winking  

 

~A.

Right?! I’m never ready and Dustin swoops in with the next quarter! 

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : September 29, 2021 3:53 pm
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Cray Dimensional
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Lol. With all the writing tips in my head my mind keeps wondering if I can write that. 1st QTR will be fun.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : September 29, 2021 4:47 pm
DoctorJest
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I'm stumbling and stuttering to a start for this quarter--it's not going smoothly, but it is going, so I guess I'll take that for now.

Addendum--actually, to hell with this, I'm setting this one aside while it's not clicking. Everything I'm putting down is garbage that's going to need colossal edits, and is making me feel like I'm free-wheeling backwards right now. I'm going to look through my idea notes and see if there's anything else I can work on for the time being instead, then return to this later and see if it starts to flow more then.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 -nix-/-nix-/15% done
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : September 29, 2021 9:00 pm
Dustin Adams
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Hey, I'm only the messenger!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 6 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : September 30, 2021 3:28 am
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storysinger
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I went through the same thing recently(@doctorjest). The story I was working on just wouldn't flow the way it needed to.

I went to my kyd files and found something that worked a lot better. Now I'm ready to sub today.

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1

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Posted : September 30, 2021 5:44 am
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DoctorJest
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I'm working up another option, one I'd considered for Q4 but set aside and then completely forgot about. No hard words down yet--I had a sketched opening that I wrote when I was first thinking through the idea, but after brainstorming it today, I realised that it's completely wrong for the story that needs to be told. I've got quite a bit of research to do to make sure that this one comes together well, but I really like the idea of it, and I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into this one. I don't know why I was struggling so much with the other one, but this at least gives me a new outlet until I can figure that out.

(Addendum: actually working up that one in parallel with another that I had a title and very general idea for. That one is probably a longer shot to get to the point of a finished story though.)

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 -nix-/-nix-/15% done
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : September 30, 2021 10:24 pm
Joe Benet
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Posted by: @rschibler

Seconded. I wouldn't have gotten all those certs without the help of other forumites - and I'm here to pay it forward now! PM for crits Smile Highly encourage people to take advantage of Alicia's offer, too. Her crits are like surgery - she goes in with a scalpel and cuts away all the dead matter, leaving the story fresh and glowing and alive! 

Rebecca's crit was quite good too! Thanks!

4xHM: Q?'16, Q3'17, Q4'18, Q1'19

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Posted : October 1, 2021 6:32 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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@wulfmoon 
Wulf and Lost Bard both encouraged me to read this. I'm going through the kindle version now. So far it's been really helpful.  grinning  

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : October 2, 2021 8:17 pm
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Scott_M_Sands
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@doctorjest 
Fair enough. The only time I'd push through with something like that is if I haven't written for a bit and I'm struggling to write anything. Just writing something for a while is often enough to get the juices going again. Then it's "This is garbage" (if it is) and it's easier to write something else.

And I only finished/subbed my Q4 a couple of days before close. I'm only just starting to think about Q1. happysigh  

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : October 2, 2021 8:21 pm
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