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Dustin Adams
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Just got my second R...hope I can finally break my streak of Rs next quarter

That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.

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 : July 14, 2020 11:21 pm
Dustin Adams
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HM for me also, which I'll happily take, under the circumstances!

Right, I think you said you were concerned about the R... Grats on the HM!

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 : July 14, 2020 11:22 pm
HermioneLee
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Just got my second R...hope I can finally break my streak of Rs next quarter

That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.

Great idea! But what’s 450?

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Posted : July 14, 2020 11:27 pm
Dustin Adams
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I got an HM. First ever. When I saw the email I was like...wait a minute...that can't be right, 'cause I suck. Right? Everyone knows I suck. I mean, *I* know I suck, and that's basically everyone. So what's with these "judges" saying I don't suck? I don't know how to process this!

Anyway, I can resubmit an HM, right? I REALLY like this story and there's definitely room for improvement in it.

Grats!!!
I remember that same feeling. A professional writer, with actual books on the market, in bookstores 'n stuff, read my lil story and said it's good? Wha?

But keep in mind it's a story to story basis. YOU don't suck, ever. Even Rs don't mean stories suck. I've read plenty of great stories that didn't fit *this* market. I've seen stories sell pro at other markets. Straight R here, $0.08 a word there.

So totally reply to Joni and get that certificate in the mail and hang that sucker up. I look at my first one all the time.

Here's hoping we'll eventually have to build a shelf to hold the (from what I hear) very heavy trophy!

p.s. yes, you can re-sub an HM, but I personally recommend writing a few new ones first, then revisit with fresh and more experienced eyes to see if you want to revise - or keep writing new...

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 : July 14, 2020 11:28 pm
Dustin Adams
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Posts: 997

Just got my second R...hope I can finally break my streak of Rs next quarter

That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.

Great idea! But what’s 450?

Because I like providing links. Smile
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1074

It's basically the first two pages. We exchange and look for anything that may cause Kary or Dave to oust the story right away.

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 : July 14, 2020 11:32 pm
Dustin Adams
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HM for me. I was hoping this story would reach a little higher after these edits, but I'll take it.

Grats and darn. I enjoyed the heck out of that story.

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 : July 14, 2020 11:41 pm
HermioneLee
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That's the spirit! Let's exchange 450's this quarter and see if we can both up our game.

Great idea! But what’s 450?

Because I like providing links. Smile
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1074

It's basically the first two pages. We exchange and look for anything that may cause Kary or Dave to oust the story right away.

Wonderful idea!
Of course I’ll do it (if you don’t mind your story being critiqued by a 15 year old

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Posted : July 14, 2020 11:49 pm
Dustin Adams
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I'm a life-long learner with no restrictions on who may teach me.

When you're ready, send a PM and we'll swap e-mail addresses. Smile

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 : July 15, 2020 12:00 am
HermioneLee
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I'm a life-long learner with no restrictions on who may teach me.

When you're ready, send a PM and we'll swap e-mail addresses. Smile
Ok wotf008
I might do it in August or September, not sure if that’s okay with you

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Posted : July 15, 2020 12:08 am
Dragonchef
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To all those HMs and SHMs - Congratulations! You must be so proud.
wotf009

To all of you fellow writers out there who received Rs - Lo Siento Mucho! But, it is only a step in the grand path. You WILL do better, so keep at it!
wotf042

And finally to Becky: OMGosh - SUPER CONGRATS to you. A Semi-Finalist! You so deserve that.
wotf053 wotf049 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf026 wotf047

As for me . . . I haven't heard bupkis.
wotf012 wotf018 wotf020 wotf23

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Posted : July 15, 2020 12:09 am
Dustin Adams
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I'm a life-long learner with no restrictions on who may teach me.

When you're ready, send a PM and we'll swap e-mail addresses. Smile
Ok wotf008
I might do it in August or September, not sure if that’s okay with you

Yup!

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 : July 15, 2020 12:13 am
chuckt
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wotf057

Wow.

Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals.

Way awesome.

Is your story available to read somewhere?

Do you have your critique already or does that come later?

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

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Posted : July 15, 2020 12:49 am
angelslayah
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RE-RE-REJECTED!
Ok, so I've only been writing fiction again since, oh, less than a year. I've always been an extrovert and I donhaveta tell YOUSE how solitary the pursuit can be -but the pandemic kept me home, so...

Here's my practice:
Within 24 hours of receiving any rejection, I review, correct any small flaws, and turn the story around and submit elsewhere
I find this fun, like a game. When I get a rejection, something in me goes "oh goody!"
After four rejections on the same tale (haven't got there yet) I plan to start submitting to non-paying markets, for the byline merely

I guess I kind of got this system from the arduous process of job hunting. I learned, doing that: If it's not fun, it won't get done!
GAMIFICATION, ya'all!

journalist

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Posted : July 15, 2020 1:29 am
storysinger
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Congrats to all that got anything better than the R I received.
Now let's get to creating the winning stories for the next quarter.

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 : July 15, 2020 1:32 am
Disgruntled Peony
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wotf057

Wow.

Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals.

Way awesome.

Is your story available to read somewhere?

Do you have your critique already or does that come later?

I can't speak for story availability (although I'd expect Becky will wait for her crit and then send her story to other markets). I can, however, speak from experience on the crit situation! It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months for Becky to get her crit. (I don't remember how long it took me to get mine, exactly, but I do remember it was longer than I expected.)

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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Posted : July 15, 2020 1:38 am
Santana
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My crit came ages after I'd had my SF results notification through, though that was a few years ago and the system might have changed. Worth the wait, though.

SF x 1
SHM x 2
HM x a few
R x a few more

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Posted : July 15, 2020 1:45 am
RETreasure
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wotf057

Wow.

Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals.

Way awesome.

Is your story available to read somewhere?

Do you have your critique already or does that come later?

I can't speak for story availability (although I'd expect Becky will wait for her crit and then send her story to other markets). I can, however, speak from experience on the crit situation! It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months for Becky to get her crit. (I don't remember how long it took me to get mine, exactly, but I do remember it was longer than I expected.)

Thanks DP. Yeah the story wouldn't be available to read as that would make it impossible for me to try to find a paying home for it. I am hoping I don't have to wait too long, I am eager to read what Dave has to say. I know Wulf has credited his SF crit for a sale!

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 : July 15, 2020 1:46 am
Reuben
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AND IT'S NOT EVEN THURSDAY!! wotf020

R.

Oh well, I was expecting it, and it only goes up from here.

IN other news...

CONGRATS BECKY ON SEMI-FINALIST!

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm ~ Winston Churchill
V37: R, R, R, HM
V38: SHM

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Posted : July 15, 2020 2:25 am
WillShadbolt
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Got an R. Didn't do that ale/beer thing but now I'm noticing another one of Dave's pet peeves in the first two paragraphs. I'll also post this in the critique forum, but would anyone want to do an exchange?

R, HM, R, Pending

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Posted : July 15, 2020 2:56 am
Dustin Adams
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Will,
I'll look at the 450 (first two pages). If that's cool with you.

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 : July 15, 2020 2:58 am
WillShadbolt
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Thanks! I'll send it over shortly--just want to give it a quick read through/edit first.

R, HM, R, Pending

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Posted : July 15, 2020 3:06 am
Dustin Adams
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Send as it was so I can see what Kary/Dave saw. PM me for my e-mail. Smile

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 : July 15, 2020 3:09 am
empressed
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Just got the email from Galaxy Press. For a first time entry, I'll take it. Good luck to the rest of you!

Dear Writer,

Congratulations! Your story has been judged and is an Honorable Mention for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest 2nd quarter (entries received between January and March.

For a first time entry, that's an amazing win, Kizernix. Bask in the glow and congratulations!

Victoria Dixon
Author of Mourn Their Courage
a 2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalist
A Tribble Ate My Lunch: a Star Trek Cookbook (unpublished)
R=22
HM= 6
SHM=1
Finalist=1

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Posted : July 15, 2020 6:18 am
empressed
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HM for me as well. Not the first one, but I think Dave mentioned my story in his Monday article. Both an ouch and a learning experience, but I already suspected I should have trimmed more. Apparently it needed more than trimming. Wish I understand what, because I thought it had what the article suggested. I realize my story may be one of hundreds that resemble his remarks, but still. . . beginning to feel either stooopid or at least irredeemably ignorant. wotf017

Victoria Dixon
Author of Mourn Their Courage
a 2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalist
A Tribble Ate My Lunch: a Star Trek Cookbook (unpublished)
R=22
HM= 6
SHM=1
Finalist=1

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Posted : July 15, 2020 6:18 am
TimE
 TimE
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HM for me as well.

If yours is the one I read, I really rated it. Shows what I know!

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Posted : July 15, 2020 6:23 am
empressed
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You read one of mine, I don't recall which. LOL And it did get an HM, so I can't say you were off. Just that there were better stories neither of us have read. And your critique was really helpful, so without it, I might not have got the HM. I just hope I can get to the next level soon.

Victoria Dixon
Author of Mourn Their Courage
a 2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalist
A Tribble Ate My Lunch: a Star Trek Cookbook (unpublished)
R=22
HM= 6
SHM=1
Finalist=1

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Posted : July 15, 2020 6:26 am
Scafontaine
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Grats and darn. I enjoyed the heck out of that story.

Aw, thanks. Nice of you to say! Congrats on the Silver!

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Posted : July 15, 2020 6:37 am
empressed
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wotf057

Wow.

Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals.

Congratulations, Becky! That's awesome. (Doing the happy dance for you.) Was this one I read? I want to go back and reread it...

Victoria Dixon
Author of Mourn Their Courage
a 2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalist
A Tribble Ate My Lunch: a Star Trek Cookbook (unpublished)
R=22
HM= 6
SHM=1
Finalist=1

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Posted : July 15, 2020 6:53 am
JVAshley
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YEAH!!! So many placed in Q2!!!
A special CONGRATS to Becky!!! wotf009

R for me - But that was no surprise.
It was not a WotF story, but I had it, liked it, and didn't want to go without submitting while I edited the novel. Last Quarter, I didn't even make that. Hopefully, edits will be done in the next month then I can get back into the WotF game with more focus.

But CONGRATS again to all of you who placed and keep writing to ALL!!!  fistinair

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : July 15, 2020 7:35 am
mrtevebaugh
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Big R for me. Congrats to everyone that placed!

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