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TimE
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And now . . . on to the next quarter waiting period. Though, it is a long way off.

Q2 belongs to you and me, doesn't it Dragon? I think my Q2 must be original enough to get a little higher... It's a long wait.

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Posted : April 19, 2019 7:59 am
Dragonchef
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Q2 belongs to you and me, doesn't it Dragon? I think my Q2 must be original enough to get a little higher... It's a long wait.

Yes! Yes it does.
fistinair
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Posted : April 19, 2019 9:49 am
TimE
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Steady on Dragon. Down boy. Down. ...bloody dragons. Tails that long should not be wagged!

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Posted : April 19, 2019 8:31 pm
Dragonchef
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Tails that long should not be wagged!

What are you saying, TimE Keeper? I'm acting like a dragon in a china shop?
wotf007

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Posted : April 19, 2019 10:58 pm
TimE
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Could be worse, I suppose. With your breath - it could be a dragon in a fire-work factory

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Posted : April 20, 2019 1:08 am
Dragonchef
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Could be worse, I suppose. With your breath - it could be a dragon in a fire-work factory

Okay, now THAT I am definitely going to try.

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Posted : April 20, 2019 1:16 am
JVAshley
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With your breath - it could be a dragon in a fire-work factory

I'd like to see that! wotf010

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : April 20, 2019 5:01 am
LDWriter2
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Good luck in your move, LDW2 (sounds like I'm addressing a droid)! Hope it goes well and nothing breaks in transit.
Congrats getting your Q2 in.
May the Force be ever in your favor . . . or something like that.

Thanks. My initials and that I am a writer too. Actually a private joke meaning I am the second best writer on the original forum I invented that name for. I wasn't, obviously but wotf017

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Posted : April 21, 2019 11:11 am
chuckt
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Looking at recent prior years, Q2 results have come out anytime late May to early July. Is there any info out there that might narrow that window?

36: R, R, R, SHM
37: R, HM, R, HM
38: HM, R, ?

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Posted : April 23, 2019 5:48 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Looking at recent prior years, Q2 results have come out anytime late May to early July. Is there any info out there that might narrow that window?

It varies based on how busy the judges are. So... not really? wotf004 Sorry.

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, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Topic starter Posted : April 23, 2019 6:36 am
thewritescott
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I did it again.

I thought I submitted for Q1. But it was actually Q2. The way WOTF tracks time still confuses me.

Looking forward to the final Q1 results so I can begin to twitch properly.

Scott Hughey
WOTF HM X 4
http://www.amazon.com/author/thewritescott

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Posted : April 23, 2019 10:29 am
Obi-Wan Nobody
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I'm in for Q2 with my first WOTF submission. Sorry for announcing with delay, I'm in newbie mode. wotf009

36: Ø, R, Ø, R.
37: HM, R, R, R.
38: R, ?

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Posted : April 29, 2019 7:25 am
Beth Powers
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Looking at recent prior years, Q2 results have come out anytime late May to early July. Is there any info out there that might narrow that window?

I checked my numbers, and I've gotten results as early as May 19th (that was in 2008) and as late as Sept 13th (I'm a little suspicious of this one, but it was in the time of paper submissions (2010) and it was an HM, so that might be why it took so long). Throwing out these outliers, it looks like most of my responses have arrived between May 26th and July 25th, so your timeframe is probably a good guess! But as always, Thursdays are unpredictable!

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Posted : April 29, 2019 3:17 pm
BrandieJ
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I submitted a story I really liked a few weeks ago, but after listening to some of the podcasts and interviews, I'm starting to think it might have been too dark. Guess I'll just wait and see...

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Posted : April 30, 2019 8:37 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I submitted a story I really liked a few weeks ago, but after listening to some of the podcasts and interviews, I'm starting to think it might have been too dark. Guess I'll just wait and see...

I skirt the line of too dark with this contest a lot. wotf019 My SF and F were both on the dark side, though. Dark isn't necessarily bad, so long as you keep the YA audience in mind.

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, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Topic starter Posted : April 30, 2019 11:27 am
BrandieJ
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I submitted a story I really liked a few weeks ago, but after listening to some of the podcasts and interviews, I'm starting to think it might have been too dark. Guess I'll just wait and see...

I skirt the line of too dark with this contest a lot. wotf019 My SF and F were both on the dark side, though. Dark isn't necessarily bad, so long as you keep the YA audience in mind.

Glad to know I'm not the only one! I'm really not sure if this one was too dark or not. I usually write YA, but this was a deviation. Should be able to keep that in mind for future pieces.

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Posted : April 30, 2019 3:05 pm
Wulf Moon
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Posted : May 1, 2019 5:29 am
OldDarth
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Interestingly enough just finished a tale in Vol 35 that is fairly dark - The Damned Voyage by John Haas.

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Posted : May 1, 2019 1:45 pm
Wulf Moon
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Interestingly enough just finished a tale in Vol 35 that is fairly dark - The Damned Voyage by John Haas.

Dave has said two things he does not get enough of are horror and humor. So if you can write it well, and make it obvious that's what it is on the opening page, your odds get better of being sent on. Just remember, as has been pointed out, this book is sold to a YA market as well as adult. John Haas' story was extremely well written, and, while dark, did not have excessive splatter and gore.

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Posted : May 4, 2019 3:32 am
LittleRed
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Just chiming in to the "dark" discussion to say, while not a winner, my semi finalist for the first quarter of 2019 was/is folk horror. Lots of dark imagery. No real gore, except the final scene which has the threat of violence/gore and ends just before it starts. Could it have gone further without the ending? That's anybody's guess. I'm looking forward to the critique notes.

UPDATE - aft critique. So not the darkness or the violence or the dark ending/death of my protagonist. Not the few sensual descriptions of his wife. Just one too-lengthy exposition of my cult's history did me in. "... though this was a small thing, in a contest this tight, it was just enough to bump you into semi-finalist place."

YIKES -- face/palm -- and very helpful as I"m honing a longer version to sub out in the big bad world. Not to mention a little lump of backstory in another story currently out in the world. Off to do some judicious trimming.

Onward and upward  fistinair

If this world holds no wonder, it is no place for me.

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Posted : May 4, 2019 6:16 am
TimE
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Hey Dragon, I thought Q2 belonged to you and me. Don't tell anyone else, but I'm beginning to get worried. Not only are regular finalists still in the game, we have new SHM, SF and F people coming through and the volume of entries has risen. Eeek!
If you could find Kary and Dave's addresses, I could send them some Brit delicacies - haggis, tatws pum munud and Enville ale to wash them down. You're the chef, watcha reckon?

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Posted : May 16, 2019 7:53 pm
TimE
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UPDATE - aft critique. So not the darkness or the violence or the dark ending/death of my protagonist. Not the few sensual descriptions of his wife. Just one too-lengthy exposition of my cult's history did me in. "... though this was a small thing, in a contest this tight, it was just enough to bump you into semi-finalist place."

That's interesting. Thanks for posting. That exposition's sometimes difficult to get around.

In a s/s, with a new concept, situation or whatever that needs some explaining - how do you get around that exposition? As you know Bob's don't work. (My first HM was a story I didn't think had a chance because of the exposition.)

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Posted : May 16, 2019 7:55 pm
Dragonchef
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Hey Dragon, I thought Q2 belonged to you and me. Don't tell anyone else, but I'm beginning to get worried. Not only are regular finalists still in the game, we have new SHM, SF and F people coming through and the volume of entries has risen. Eeek!
If you could find Kary and Dave's addresses, I could send them some Brit delicacies - haggis, tatws pum munud and Enville ale to wash them down. You're the chef, watcha reckon?

TimE: I've been worried since I got some critiques back. Leaves me thinking I am not the writer I was hoping to be. But I will keep on typing with all the critiquer words of wisdom, and Wulf and Preston's sage advice. Maybe after 25 years of trudging my fingers through the lonely Valley of Topenga Canyon I might come back a winner. Up for a road trip?

"Tatws pum munud" - Are you Welsh? Had to look that one up. Sounds awesome, except that I am on a no-carb diet at the moment. But you weren't offering it to me. The judges? Perhaps they can be swayed by extravagant dinner fare (but maybe leave out the haggis and serve the stew with some bangers-just my humble opinion).

See you on the other side, my brother!

(I am wondering why there is no NAIL-BITING EMOJI )

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Posted : May 17, 2019 12:46 am
TimE
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English, but looking for meals that sounded more exotic than fish and chips.

I think this might be a long road trip you and I are on. To paraphrase: we're going to need a bigger car.

My expectations are too low to get into nail-biting.

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Posted : May 17, 2019 1:17 am
Dragonchef
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To paraphrase: we're going to need a bigger car.

Or a vehicle with really big tires and 4-wheel drive.

My expectations are too low to get into nail-biting.

Low expectations - Yeah, I'm with you. With each 'R' and each critique I feel my expectations knocked down a peg or three. But, that's a good thing. Humility is essential, I think, for us to work harder, study more, make all our mistakes work for us instead of against us. Then maybe the road trip won't be so long and we can lay out the linen spread and dine on "Tatws pum munud" and whatever else we can come up with.

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Posted : May 17, 2019 1:55 am
RETreasure
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Fight on! My first round through critters 2 years ago was brutal. So brutal I haven’t touched that story since. But I wrote the next one, and the one after that, and incorporated what I learned into each one. If we don’t know where we’re weak, we don’t know where to grow! Onwards!

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
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Posted : May 17, 2019 1:59 am
LittleRed
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That's interesting. Thanks for posting. That exposition's sometimes difficult to get around.

In a s/s, with a new concept, situation or whatever that needs some explaining - how do you get around that exposition? As you know Bob's don't work. (My first HM was a story I didn't think had a chance because of the exposition.)

I've toyed with many different ways to sneak in some backstory, this particular one was an excerpt - 4 paragraphs - from a fortean style magazine article my protag was reading. The crit said it was good, but too long. I've also used snatches of a radio show/interview, diary excerpts, and the transcript from found video --- with varying degrees of acceptance/success.

On this story I've trimmed the article excerpt to less than half its length - and we'll see what the big bad world has to say when I sub it.

If this world holds no wonder, it is no place for me.

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Posted : May 17, 2019 10:15 am
RETreasure
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Be careful of posting details about your stories - the contest is anonymous.

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 : May 17, 2019 10:39 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Be careful of posting details about your stories - the contest is anonymous.

I think this is about her SF, which can't be resubmitted.

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, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Topic starter Posted : May 17, 2019 11:30 am
LittleRed
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Thanks guys for the warning but disgruntledpeony is right --- this is my SF - so no resubbing for me.

If this world holds no wonder, it is no place for me.

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Posted : May 17, 2019 12:24 pm
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