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babooher
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Oh lort, I thought I had messed up something fierce! Last night, I saw the conversation about BCS and I thought I had submitted to them, but I couldn't remember any feedback. So, I search my email, found the thread, re-read the feedback on the rejection, and then opened my submission spreadsheet. I've only been using it since last year, but I only had 1 submission to them. So, I sent them something. Today in the middle of a lecture I was giving, my brain insisted that I had subbed my WotF for last quarter and inadvertently simultaneously submitted a story. BCS says you can send in simultaneous subs so long as you let them know. I had not. So, I panic. And then I double-check my spreadsheet and see that I submitted a different story to WotF and thus, there is no problem. Long story short, that was a terrible lecture.

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: SHM, Q4: SHM
2022 Q1: SHM, Q2 RWC, Q4 RWC
2023 Q1: WIP

 
Posted : November 4, 2022 5:19 pm
K. Z. Richards
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I’m sorry if this is not the right place to ask, but where do you all find beta readers for your stories? My Q1 could use some extra eyes. 

V39:Q4 HM

 
Posted : November 7, 2022 6:39 am
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@kz_richards There's another board/sub-forum called Story Critique Exchange ( https://www.writersofthefuture.com/forum/story-critique-exchange/). Find somewhere there looking for an exchange, it create your own thread proposing one.

Avoid giving away identifying aspects of your story, because WOTF is blind judged and @karyenglish doesn't want to know who wrote what! But I recommend giving at least an idea of length.

I would offer to take a look myself, but I have a bit of a queue already and several 80+ hour work weeks ahead of me 😔 

VOL 31: R - HM
VOL 38: HM
VOL 39: HM - HM - HM - SHM
VOL 39 Illus: F/DQ

 
Posted : November 7, 2022 6:59 am
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K. Z. Richards
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@ease Thank you! I’ll check it out.

V39:Q4 HM

 
Posted : November 7, 2022 7:21 am
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Cherrie
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I’m deeply entrenched in NaNoWriMo right now and my traitor of a brain decided to start writing my Q1 short story in the shower in full detail. I guess I know what I’ll be writing in December. Gonna have to make a few notes in the meantime.

3x Finalist Illustrators
5x Semi finalist Illustrators
1x HM Illustrators
7x HM Writers
1x SHM Writers V39 Q3
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Author of the Primogenitor series: Progeny, Adaptation, Reunion Available on Amazon under CL Fors

 
Posted : November 9, 2022 12:26 pm
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Cray Dimensional
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All set for QTR1, working on some ideas for QTR2.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, HM, HM
V39: RWC, HM, HM, SHM
V40 : P
"Amore For Life" in After the Gold Rush Third Flatiron Anthology
Forthcoming “Freedom’s Song” in Troubadour and Space Princesses LTUE Anthology

 
Posted : November 16, 2022 5:00 am
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sorte001
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Does anyone's home magically become a fun place to clean whenever you're stuck on a story? *picks up vacuum and headphones* musical  

"Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to be possible and the truth doesn't." - Mark Twain
10x HM
I sometimes like to write reading analyses and blog: Website
Moody playlists for writing: Spotify playlists
And if anyone wanted company: Read and write with me

 
Posted : November 16, 2022 8:38 am
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Morgan
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Posted by: @writersaraho

Does anyone's home magically become a fun place to clean whenever you're stuck on a story? *picks up vacuum and headphones* musical  

Ha ha. I feel this one.
"How can I properly write story when my bed isn't even made?"
"Eeww gross...I can't write now with the kitchen garbage smelling like that."

 

"Writers WRITE. And they finish what they start."
— Chuck Wendig
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SFx1
HMx2
Rx4

 
Posted : November 17, 2022 6:01 am
Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
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Ode to Volume 40

What makes a story sparkle?

What makes a picture sing?

What am I missing?

What wrinkles?

obstacles?

conflicts?

Must I iron, dodge, fling?

Emotions clench and constrict

Mashing together

to shine brighter than a star.

WOTF results:
Before Moon's Vol 39 challenge, 6 R's: Vol 31 Q3, Vol 33 Q3, Vol 35, Q4, Vol 37 Q3 and Q4, and Vol 38 Q3.
For Moon's Vol 39 challenge: Q1 RWC, Q2 HM, Q3 HM, Q4 HM
Vol 40: Q1 on last round of edits...
IOTF results:
Vol 39: Q1 HM, Q2 R, Q3 HM, Q4 HM
Vol 40: Q1 just a seed in my mind
According to Winston Churchill, "success is going from failure to failure with enthusiasm"
Somehow I lost my Guthington profile, but it's me. Amy Wethington = Guthington = Physa

 
Posted : November 17, 2022 6:24 am
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empressed
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Posted by: @writersaraho

Does anyone's home magically become a fun place to clean whenever you're stuck on a story? *picks up vacuum and headphones* musical  

LOL When I'm easily distracted, it typically means EITHER 1. There's something difficult to write and I don't know how to approach it, or 2. I'm not emotionally ready to approach it. (There are other things that could be happening, too.) Ways I get around this can include busying myself physically with boring chores because that frees my brain to think, but if that's not working, set a time to five minutes of stream of conscious writing. Doesn't even have to be about your story, but try to incorporate a character. Ask them questions. "How are you?" "Do you like how your story is going so far?" You might be shocked at the answers. If that doesn't help, type in the letters "TK" and go to the next scene. There are no words in the English letters with TK in them, so a search and find is easy to find that spot. What you might find is that the scene you struggled with was never necessary and your subconscious couldn't be bothered. LOL Good luck and I hope this helps. 

 

 

Victoria Dixon
Author of Mourn Their Courage
a 2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalist
A Tribble Ate My Lunch: a Star Trek Cookbook (unpublished)
R=24
HM= 7
SHM=4
Finalist=1

 
Posted : November 18, 2022 7:07 am
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Cherrie
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I don't know how I think I'm doing NaNoWriMo, finishing my novel cover art, writing a new WOTF submission this quarter, and making new IOTF entries but I guess we'll see by end of December where the breaking point is! NaNoWriMo is going swimmingly and everything else is crouched in the background whispering about whether or not they'll get their turns.

3x Finalist Illustrators
5x Semi finalist Illustrators
1x HM Illustrators
7x HM Writers
1x SHM Writers V39 Q3
https://clforsauthor.com
Author of the Primogenitor series: Progeny, Adaptation, Reunion Available on Amazon under CL Fors

 
Posted : November 18, 2022 11:21 am
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sorte001
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Posted by: @empressed

Posted by: @writersaraho

Does anyone's home magically become a fun place to clean whenever you're stuck on a story? *picks up vacuum and headphones* musical  

LOL When I'm easily distracted, it typically means EITHER 1. There's something difficult to write and I don't know how to approach it, or 2. I'm not emotionally ready to approach it. (There are other things that could be happening, too.) Ways I get around this can include busying myself physically with boring chores because that frees my brain to think, but if that's not working, set a time to five minutes of stream of conscious writing. Doesn't even have to be about your story, but try to incorporate a character. Ask them questions. "How are you?" "Do you like how your story is going so far?" You might be shocked at the answers. If that doesn't help, type in the letters "TK" and go to the next scene. There are no words in the English letters with TK in them, so a search and find is easy to find that spot. What you might find is that the scene you struggled with was never necessary and your subconscious couldn't be bothered. LOL Good luck and I hope this helps. 

 

 

Thanks for the advice! I really want to try the stream-of-consciousness writing you mentioned. It sounds like a lot of fun because even though I know my writing won't ever be *perfect* (even when I'm drafting), I still have this perfectionist in the back of my head that is critical of every thought before the words even hit the page. laughing  

 

"Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to be possible and the truth doesn't." - Mark Twain
10x HM
I sometimes like to write reading analyses and blog: Website
Moody playlists for writing: Spotify playlists
And if anyone wanted company: Read and write with me

 
Posted : November 18, 2022 12:21 pm
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Spencer_S
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@craydimensional Awesome. Keep the stories and submissions coming!

“Stories are the collective wisdom of everyone who has ever lived. Your job as a storyteller is not simply to entertain. Nor is it to be noticed for the way your turn a phrase. You have a very important job—one of the most important. Your job is to let people know that everyone shares their feelings—and that these feelings bind us. Your job is a healing art, and like all healers, you have a responsibility. Let people know they are not alone. You must make people understand that we are all the same.”
Brian McDonald
2022: Second Place Winner V39 Q1
2021: HM, HM, SHM
2020: R
2019: SHM, R
2018: HM
2017: HM

 
Posted : November 23, 2022 5:18 pm
babooher
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Not sure if this is exactly the right place to put this, but it should work. I just wanted to leave a note of thanks for all the things I've learned from the board and the friends I've made along the way. This community is incredibly supportive and insightful and I'm forever grateful. Happy Thanksgiving!

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: SHM, Q4: SHM
2022 Q1: SHM, Q2 RWC, Q4 RWC
2023 Q1: WIP

 
Posted : November 24, 2022 7:32 am
catherine, Scott_M_Sands, Anna X and 3 people reacted
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@babooher Amen! Thank you to everyone on the forum. I've learned something from each and every one of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

VOL 31: R - HM
VOL 38: HM
VOL 39: HM - HM - HM - SHM
VOL 39 Illus: F/DQ

 
Posted : November 24, 2022 7:35 am
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storysinger
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Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a full belly. Very Hungry  

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1
HM-V38/Q4
HM-V39/Q2
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2012 Stars in Our Hearts Notions
Silver Ships

 
Posted : November 24, 2022 10:51 am
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Cray Dimensional
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I'm in. Working on a fresh story. I'm not sure whether to use it for QTR 2 yet.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, HM, HM
V39: RWC, HM, HM, SHM
V40 : P
"Amore For Life" in After the Gold Rush Third Flatiron Anthology
Forthcoming “Freedom’s Song” in Troubadour and Space Princesses LTUE Anthology

 
Posted : November 26, 2022 3:47 pm
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aivanther
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I hit a wall on story 2.  Well, not a wall, just a realization that this story I have planned will at it SHORTEST be a novellette.  Back to revising the original story.  I may also revise one that I drafted and sucked, as I had a revelation a month ago as to why it sucked, and what I need to do to improve it: I need to make my original idea a red herring.

Vol 37 Q4-SHM
Vol 38 Q1-HM Q2-DNP Q3-DNP Q4-HM
Vol 39 Q1-HM Q2-HM Q3- DNP Q4- HM
Vol 40 Q1- Revising

 
Posted : November 28, 2022 7:37 am
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Scott_M_Sands
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Just waiting on some feedback for my Q1, but shouldn't have any dramas getting it in. I hope to submit around Mid-December or earlier

"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, R, HM
V39: HM, HM, HM, HM

 
Posted : November 29, 2022 4:24 pm
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DoctorJest
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Right now, I'm tinkering with an alternate story, but one that in its current form wouldn't be a strong WotF fit. I like it, but it's deliberately going off down a different path than I would have chosen for a WotF contest submission. If it turns out particularly good despite that, I may consider it for Q2, but right now it's just a throw-away--something to write quickly, refine, and submit elsewhere.

It's looking to be fairly compact, likely 1.5k to 2k when finished, so it may well be out of the door sooner than my Q1 is polished and ready for submission.

DQ: 0 / R: 0 / RWC: 0 / HM: 11 / SHM: 6 / SF: 1 / F: 1
Rewriting Q1.V40, first draft complete
Last four: SHM • SHM • SF • HM
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle

 
Posted : November 29, 2022 7:04 pm
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Doc Honour
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Been a while since I've posted here, but not due to lack of interest. I haven't yet submitted to Q4, but it'll be the same story I did for for Q3—the DQ because I forgot to delete my byline! I will (of course) give it another pass of editing. I can ALWAYS find things to tighten, tension to add, characterizations to improve.

But what's really had me filled has been finishing my novel Not Like Us. I'm excited about it, should have it on Kindle by Christmas. In the final editing, I have deleted 3-1/2 chapters (Kill Your Darlings), about 8000 words, added about 3000 words, and made hundreds of edits. Pretty intense.

Write so long as words keep flowing...
http://www.DocHonourBooks.com
2021 FWA RPLA: Fx2
2022 FWA RPLA: 1st
V38 Q3:HM; Q4:HM
V39 Q1:HM; Q2: RWC; Q3: HM; Q4: DQ

 
Posted : December 1, 2022 6:00 am
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