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Dustin Adams
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https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-2nd-quarter-winners-announced-for-volume-38/

 

And the winners are:

First Place – M. Elizabeth Ticknor from Michigan
Second Place – John Coming from Ohio
Third Place – Azure Arther from Texas

 


 

Finalists:

Brandon Argetsinger from New York
Victoria Lea Dixon from Kansas
Nate Givens from Virginia
Noah Linwood from New Jersey
Michael Simon from Canada

Semi-Finalists:

A.M. Aikman from Florida
Bret Booher from Indiana
Seth Bradford from Virginia
Bryan Crystal-Thurston from Connecticut
S.M. Djock from Minnesota
J.C. Pillard from Colorado
Matt Poll from Canada
Anthony St. Clair from Oregon

Silver Honorable Mentions:

Dustin Adams from New York
L.D. Albano from Washington
M.F. Alfrey from United Kingdom
J.D. Anthony from Oregon
Hannah Azok from Australia
Robert Bagnall from United Kingdom
Samantha Balliet from California
Shullamuth Ballinger from Colorado
Shirley Bear Fedorak from Malaysia
Len Berry from Missouri
Caleb Bishop from Missouri
Edward Black from Washington
Paul Blake from United Kingdom
Daniel Blatt from California
Chris Bracalente from New Zealand
Mark Braidwood from Canada
Evan Cantor from Colorado
Michael Capozzi from New Jersey
Ron Carnell from Michigan
Sheila Chambers from Florida
J.Y. Choe from South Korea
John Coffren from Maryland
Russ Colson from Minnesota
S.D. Cotta from Oregon
Brian Crenshaw from California
Marco Cultrera from Canada
James Cummins from Virginia
Dean N. D’Amico from New Hampshire
Michael DeCarolis from Florida
Anthony Douglas Deskins from Indiana
James Dodds from Washington
Nathan B. Dodge from Texas
Frank Dutkiewicz from Michigan
Carl Duzett from Utah
Jenna Eatough from Utah
Tim Emery from United Kingdom
Patricia A. Ezell from Georgia
S Finn from New York
Jennifer Lesh Fleck from Washington
Jason D. Francois from United Kingdom
Katharina Gerlach from Germany
Catherine Girczyc from Canada
Lilla Glass from Washington
Michelle F. Goddard from Canada
Justin Greer from Pennsylvania
Phillip Hall from Virginia
Kelly A. Harmon from Florida
Paul E. Harmon from Arizona
NV Haskell from Kentucky
Christopher Henckel from New Zealand
Peggy Hendry from Arizona
Ian Hill from Oklahoma
Jacqueline Holland from Illinois
Ann Honebrink from Kentucky
Randy G. Hughes from Utah
Jared A. Jackson from Utah
Russel Jarvis from Indiana
Kent A. Jones from Minnesota
Ronald W. Kaiser from New Hampshire
Darya Kand from Russian Federation
Nathan Landrum from Kentucky
Karen A. Lin from California
Bonner Litchfield from North Carolina
Sean Mabry from California
Edward Mack from Connecticut
Anna Madden from Texas
Robert J. McCarter from Arizona
Francesco Moramarco from United Kingdom
Morgan J. Muir from Utah
Sheldon J. Pacotti from Texas
Brett Peterson from Missouri
Susan Pieters from Canada
Michael Quicho from Maryland
Glenn Rosado from Florida
Michelle Rose from Oregon
Edward Sammons from Florida
David Samuels from California
Michael Scherer from North Carolina
John Eric Schleicher from Montana
Marcus Schmidt from California
Ian Schutzman from California
V. Shalace from California
Joseph Sidari from Massachusetts
Sandra Siegienski from Oregon
Kyeli Sky from Oklahoma
Blake Soder from Iowa
Allison Sommers from Oregon
I Stanhope from Tennessee
Kelley Stead from Florida
Francine Taylor from Oregon
Joel Thomas from California
Dylan Townsend from United Kingdom
Rebecca E. Treasure from Texas
Crystal Troback from Canada
Stephanie Turner from Canada
Scott Pohaku Vilhauer from California
Jillian Wahlquist from California
Jared Walters from Tennessee
Alex Washoe from Washington
Aaron Werntz from Texas
Stan Werse from New Jersey
Avery Whelan from Estonia
Robert Luke Wilkins from California
William R.D. Wood from Virginia
A.P. Worland from Australia
James Yu from California
D. Reese Yutko from Georgia

Honorable Mentions:

R.C. Abbott from Canada
Christopher Abel from Michigan
Linda Maye Adams from Virginia
Storm Adams from Arkansas
Nick Aires from Canada
Ivan Akins from Tennessee
Victory Alexandra from Alabama
Anna Alieva from Spain
Anthony Allaway from Ohio
Van Alrik from Idaho
H.S. Arcturus from Florida
Mel Ashey from Utah
Wayne Austin from Australia
Jen Bair from Armed Forces Post Office
Tom Barbados from Japan
Daniel Barlekamp from Massachusetts
Laura Barnes from Maryland
Catherine Barrett from Kentucky
Micah Bates from Oregon
H. Baumgardt from Wisconsin
Vincent Baverso from Pennsylvania
Christopher Baxter from Utah
Cassandra Beals from Wisconsin
Madison Bee from Pennsylvania
Katherine Bell from New York
Jake Benson from United Kingdom
Ryan Benson from Georgia
Philip Benz from Oregon
E.M. Bird from Virginia
Lazarus Black from Washington
Spider Blake from Utah
Rob Bleckly from Australia
Melissa Bobe from New York
Mike Boggs from Philippines
Victor Bondar from New Jersey
Kylie Brewer from Missouri
David Bridge from United Kingdom
Z.T. Bright from Utah
Jaylon Brooks from Georgia
Ed Buchan from Canada
S.D. Bullard from Louisiana
Lily Burkin from Nevada
Christopher Busch from California
Paul Butler from New York
Cari Buziak from Canada
Jack Calverley from United Kingdom
Jarrid Cantway from Iowa
Joseph Carrabis from New Hampshire
Zach Case from Pennsylvania
Katelyn Cassens from Minnesota
E.N. Chaffin from Arkansas
Richard Chalk from United Kingdom
Steve Chatterton from Canada
Charles Q. Choi from New York
Jason Christensen from Nebraska
Krystin Christy from Arizona
Brad Christy from Texas
Megan Clifford from New York
Franny Cochran from North Carolina
Kelly Lynn Colby from Texas
Logan M. Cole from Florida
J.D. Cole from Arizona
Catherine J. Cole from Florida
Rowland Cook from United Kingdom
Scott Coon from California
Michael Costello from Massachusetts
Yelena Crane from Pennsylvania
Crystal Crawford from Florida
Robert Cunningham from Texas
Kate Dane from Minnesota
Kiran Das-Goel from California
Madeline Dau from Florida
Emily Dauvin from Canada
Merle Davenport from Oklahoma
Ruby Davis from North Carolina
Kevin Davis from Florida
Marco de la Roche from New York
Lance Dean from California
Sue Denver from Pennsylvania
Justin Dill from Canada
Michael Anthony Dioguardi from New York
Brittany Maylyn Du Bois from Maryland
Wade Dunham from Canada
Joshua Dyer from West Virginia
Didrik Dyrdal from Norway
William Eckel from Oklahoma
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki from Nigeria
Mahmud El Sayed from United Kingdom
Julene Elias from Idaho
Mason Engel from California
Richard Errington from Connecticut
Thomas Farringer-Logan from Oregon
Hudson Fathers from Canada
Caitlin Finley from Texas
Samuel Finn from Washington
Helen Firmin from United Kingdom
Neil Flinchbaugh from Texas
CL Fors from California
Alex Fox from Massachusetts
Scott Franzen from Minnesota
Lindsay Fudim from New York
T.S. Gallows from Arizona
Jared Garrett from Utah
Henry Gasko from Australia
Andre K. George from Colorado
Sadie Gibson from Georgia
Melva L. Gifford from Utah
KC Gilman from Virginia
Peter Glazebrook from United Kingdom
Carley Gomez from Missouri
J.C.G. Gordon from Louisiana
Mark Gordon from Florida
William Grace from Colorado
J.B. Granger from Maryland
Robin Rose Graves from New York
Thomas J. Griffin from Tennessee
Will Gronefeld from Ohio
Ray Gwinn from California
Ka’ena H. from Hawaii
Maryann Haaser from Michigan
Anaid Haen from Netherlands
Doug Hamilton from Ohio
David Hankins from Iowa
Dan Hankner from Iowa
Alex Harford from United Kingdom
Michelle Henrie from Utah
Louise Herring-Jones from Alabama
Carlton Herzog from New Jersey
Alicia Hilton from Illinois
Ben Patrick Holden from United Kingdom
Mark Howard from Arizona
Drake Hughes from North Carolina
William Humble from Texas
Gary Hurtubise from Canada
Gregory R. Hyde from Colorado
Mitchell Inkley from Utah
Zala Jam from California
Corinthian James from Idaho
K.L. Jardine from New Mexico
Mira Jiang from Texas
Jakob Johnson from California
Eli Jones from Oregon
Thomas Jones from Massachusetts
William Paul Jones from California
Emmanuel Joseph from California
Dave Kavanaugh from Netherlands
Angela Kayd from Massachusetts
John Keane from United Kingdom
Iulia Keeley from Florida
D A Kelly from Nevada
Glenda Kotchish from Virginia
S.E. Kramer from District of Columbia
Micaela Kreuzwieser from Ohio
Kalen Kubik from Kansas
Eric Lahti from New Mexico
Ed Lang from Texas
L.C. Lara from Texas
Mariana Latouche from Costa Rica
Adrian Law from New Mexico
Kevin Lazarus from Utah
Sussu Leclerc from United Kingdom
Adam Lemma from Pennsylvania
Robert M. Leonard from Virginia
John Libenzon from Canada
Akis Linardos from Greece
Candice R. Lisle from Missouri
Kess M. Little from Washington
S.A. Locket from California
Dane Lozano from Philippines
Cully Mack from United Kingdom
Mender Mae from Australia
William Mangieri from Texas
Mark Philip Manifesto from California
Charley Marsh from Wisconsin
Django Mathijsen from Netherlands
R.C. Matthews from Pennsylvania
Marcas McClellan from Hawaii
M.P. McEndree from Minnesota
Sky McKinnon from Washington
Joshua Harley McKnight from California
Jessamin McSwain from Missouri
Lauryn Mercredi from Canada
Dom Michaels from Idaho
Elaine Midcoh from Florida
Theresa Miller from Idaho
Isaiah Miller from Utah
Devin Miller from North Carolina
Sancia Milton from California
Mark Minson from Utah
Mikayla Mislak from Maryland
Kat Mixon from Illinois
Kristine Morris from Massachusetts
Aaron Moskalik from Michigan
Ethan Nahte’ from Arkansas
Ethan Needham from Arizona
Jan Nerenberg from Oregon
Dallas Nicholls from Canada
Rey Nichols from North Carolina
Scott Nicholson from California
Notley Nix from Texas
L.E. Nolby from Minnesota
Melody Ocampo-Rhoades from California
Riley Odell from Colorado
Ari Officer from Illinois
John M. Olsen from Utah
Chynna Pace from Georgia
Cherise Papa from Texas
Hugo Paradis from France
Jerry Parker from California
Geoff Parker from Michigan
Benjamin Pask from Australia
P.S. Patton from California
Courtney Pederson from Virginia
Eric Pierce from Michigan
Madeline Pine from Washington
Caroline Poirier from Michigan
Nika Pokrovsky from Israel
Caleb Posten from Texas
Kathleen Powell from Missouri
Rajeev Prasad from California
Ed Prestwood from Arizona
T.H. Ray from Texas
Adrian Rayner from United Kingdom
Lore G. Reasonover from Georgia
Sascha Reinhard from Germany
Geoffrey Reiter from Pennsylvania
Trish Renee from Michigan
S.L. Reno from Texas
Sonya Rhen from Washington
Vincent Riddle from Utah
Elizabeth Ring from Utah
Dhyane Robinson from Canada
Jay Rosenkrantz from California
Ashley Ruggiero from Colorado
Jason Russell from Alaska
Swetha S. from India
Lorenzo Samuel from Florida
Scott M. Sands from Australia
Brandon Sanford from Washington
Lynne Sargent from Canada
Cody Schroeder from Missouri
Frank Schulaner from Hawaii
Adeline J. Schultz from Illinois
Penny Leigh Sebring from Colorado
A.B.S. Sharpnack from North Carolina
Peter Sharrai from Virginia
Meagan Shelley from Virginia
Pierre-Alexandre Sicart from Taiwan
Avery Simmons from Virginia
Cass Sims Knight from Oregon
Aiden Siobhan from North Carolina
Emily Smith from Nebraska
Jefferson McGregor Snow from Utah
Timofey Solovyev from Russian Federation
Dan Solum from Washington
S. Songweaver from California
Joshua P. Sorensen from Utah
Corey Stedwell from Washington
Carolyn Ivy Stein from Tennessee
J.K. Stephens from Florida
Haley M. Stevens from Wisconsin
Eric Stever from Idaho
Alexandra Stone from Indonesia
Kit Summers from Michigan
A. Sundeen from New York
Sophia Tao from Washington
Mark Tomlinson from Illinois
S.C. Torrance from California
Matias F. Travieso-Diaz from Virginia
Howard Tseng from Oregon
Roderick D. Turner from Canada
Edgar Ube from Philippines
Nickolas Urpi from Virginia
Devin Vandriel from Arizona
Amber C. Velez from Arizona
Jan Paolo Villaverde from Poland
Alex Vrettos from United Kingdom
Shannon Walch from Germany
Jade Wallace from Canada
Eric Wayne from Vermont
Robinne Weiss from New Zealand
Olga Werby from California
Galen Westlake from Canada
Iris Whelan from Maryland
Sarah Willett from Iowa
Cliff Winnig from California
Peike Wu from China
Mike Wyant Jr. from New York
J.E. Zarnofsky from Utah
Lauren Zwicharowski from Virginia

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Topic starter Posted : November 30, 2020 9:52 pm
LDWriter2
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I already have the story written. One I tried already but it probably needs a critique or ten. Maybe I can improve on it.

Working on turning Lead into Gold.
Four HMs From WotF
The latest was Q1'12
HM-quarter 4 Volume 32
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Posted : December 26, 2020 11:13 am
DoctorJest
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I just today finished my revisions for my Q2 entry. It's not a new story, but it is new to the contest, and I've made some extensive changes to the story before preparing to submit it. I'm giving some serious consideration to submitting it as soon as the window for Q2 is open, to buy some time to work on some more challenging ideas that I have for Q3.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 / Q4.V38 currently in crit/revision stage
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 : December 31, 2020 6:19 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I honestly have a glut of stories I want to sub to WotF; unless I get surprised by a sale, I already have the rest of my submissions year planned out.

I probably won't be writing fresh shorts next year unless one grabs me by the lapels and mugs me in an alley. I've got other writing and artistic projects to work on for the first few months of the year, and once those are set I'm going to focus my writing efforts on finishing the novel that keeps screaming my name. wotf019 wotf018 wotf042 (I've got half a rough draft in screenplay format! Just need to get to the point where I can finish it up and convert it to prose.)

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)
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Posted : December 31, 2020 6:58 am
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I honestly have a glut of stories I want to sub to WotF; unless I get surprised by a sale, I already have the rest of my submissions year planned out.

I probably won't be writing fresh shorts next year unless one grabs me by the lapels and mugs me in an alley. I've got other writing and artistic projects to work on for the first few months of the year, and once those are set I'm going to focus my writing efforts on finishing the novel that keeps screaming my name. wotf019 wotf018 wotf042 (I've got half a rough draft in screenplay format! Just need to get to the point where I can finish it up and convert it to prose.)

Great for you! I really envy you for being able to write "a glut of stories" that are eligible for wotf!! Good luck on finding all of them a home! wotf010 wotf010

Honestly, writing short stories is very difficult for me, since I have more experience with writing novels, and writing novels is just so different from writing short stories! I tend to make my short stories a bit (or maybe more than a bit) redundant because I did that while writing novels. I guess that’s a huge no-no in short stories, and I’m trying to fix that bad habit of mine.

And wow, I'm not the only one who writes drafts in screenplay mode and then converts it to prose? For some reason, that makes me feel kind of relieved!

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Posted : January 1, 2021 1:07 am
Disgruntled Peony
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And wow, I'm not the only one who writes drafts in screenplay mode and then converts it to prose? For some reason, that makes me feel kind of relieved!

Not the only one at all. wotf007 I don't do it with every story, but it really helps me gain momentum if I'm getting stuck on details (which is especially a risk for me on larger projects).

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 : January 1, 2021 3:36 am
HermioneLee
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And wow, I'm not the only one who writes drafts in screenplay mode and then converts it to prose? For some reason, that makes me feel kind of relieved!

Not the only one at all. wotf007 I don't do it with every story, but it really helps me gain momentum if I'm getting stuck on details (which is especially a risk for me on larger projects).

Totally agree. Screenplay format is much easier and quicker to write wotf008
And the part about gaining momentum, I can definitely relate to that

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Posted : January 1, 2021 2:17 pm
DoctorJest
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And I'm in for Q2--probably the earliest entry I've put in, but I wanted to tie this off this month to ease the pressure on myself a little bit.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 / Q4.V38 currently in crit/revision stage
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 : January 18, 2021 4:27 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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And I'm in for Q2--probably the earliest entry I've put in, but I wanted to tie this off this month to ease the pressure on myself a little bit.

wotf010 Good job! I've got a few potential options to send in, but I'm waiting to see if I get one of them back from another market in February before I make my final decision.

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 : January 18, 2021 11:44 pm
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I have an idea I'm excited about. I've spent more time plotting than normal - now got to reel it back in to s/s length!

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Posted : January 19, 2021 12:43 am
Dustin Adams
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And I'm in for Q2--probably the earliest entry I've put in, but I wanted to tie this off this month to ease the pressure on myself a little bit.

Totally jealous.

I am about to hit my slow time of year for work, so I should be able to focus in and write - and crit in Feb.
But nowhere near done, let alone submitting... wotf009

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6x Silver
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Topic starter Posted : January 19, 2021 1:25 am
RETreasure
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I have no idea what I'm sending for Q2 yet. I'll wait until March and see what's available that Dave hasn't seen.

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 : January 19, 2021 2:13 am
MrH
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Wow. Sending early good idea? Why not spend 2+ months on another piece, then submit the best? Although this does give 5+ months for the next one, but a pro shouldn't need that. If your flat out elsewhere in life I get it.

I've got this month's story written, now onto major first editing, chiasmus-fun. It may go over a month, but should be close enough to allow me three stories to choose from by the due date.

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Posted : January 19, 2021 6:43 am
DoctorJest
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Wow. Sending early good idea? Why not spend 2+ months on another piece, then submit the best? Although this does give 5+ months for the next one, but a pro shouldn't need that. If your flat out elsewhere in life I get it.

I've got this month's story written, now onto major first editing, chiasmus-fun. It may go over a month, but should be close enough to allow me three stories to choose from by the due date.

Yeah, down-time is at something of a premium right now. I generally do wait until the deadline, even if only to do further reads and revisions, but this buys me a little mental peace that I need at the moment.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 / Q4.V38 currently in crit/revision stage
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 : January 19, 2021 7:20 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Sending early can be a good idea if only because the judges will be fresher when they read it, but you want to make sure your story is in tip-top shape, of course. I'm fortunate in that I actually managed to write extra stories for a few months during the summer last year, and I have some older stories I've revised enough to consider resubbing. (I'm especially glad to have a backlog of stories built up because I've had to focus almost all of my attention on the twins and self-care over the last couple months. I haven't had time or energy to write since the end of November, although I have been listening to Brandon Sanderson's lectures online and doing other writing-adjacent things.)

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 : January 19, 2021 8:14 am
Reuben
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And I'm in for Q2--probably the earliest entry I've put in, but I wanted to tie this off this month to ease the pressure on myself a little bit.

*buries head under pillow, turns over and goes back to sleep.* I haven't started thinking about my q2 yet, although I'm writing new. I need to finish three stories that are in various states of completion first, and revise a fourth. If things go well, maybe next week...

Sending early can be a good idea if only because the judges will be fresher when they read it, but you want to make sure your story is in tip-top shape, of course.

You sure about that? I heard that Joni sends all the entries at the end of the quarter; right now Kary's judging q1. Not that submitting early isn't a good idea, though--it forces you to stop thinking and overthinking the story and focus on the next one. Ideally it might be better to keep it till the end, but what ends up happening often is that you could just get hung up on fixing the story you've already written that you push off writing the new one. (Which, incidentally, is what happened to me this past quarter, and I'm paying for it now.)

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 : January 19, 2021 10:19 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Sending early can be a good idea if only because the judges will be fresher when they read it, but you want to make sure your story is in tip-top shape, of course.

You sure about that? I heard that Joni sends all the entries at the end of the quarter; right now Kary's judging q1. Not that submitting early isn't a good idea, though--it forces you to stop thinking and overthinking the story and focus on the next one. Ideally it might be better to keep it till the end, but what ends up happening often is that you could just get hung up on fixing the story you've already written that you push off writing the new one. (Which, incidentally, is what happened to me this past quarter, and I'm paying for it now.)

I mean, I can't be sure, but it's an educated guess. It makes sense to me that submissions would be read in the order they're received. (I can't guarantee this is how it's done, but it seems to be the way most magazines operate.)

In the end, the most important thing is that you enter something you're happy with. I have a lot of stories saved up right now, and I like submitting early when I can because it takes that stress off my back. (The twins are two now, so I need all the stress removal I can get. wotf019 )

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 : January 19, 2021 5:06 pm
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(The twins are two now, so I need all the stress removal I can get. )

Terrible two's times two, how do you find the time to write? wotf017

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Posted : January 20, 2021 6:00 am
Disgruntled Peony
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(The twins are two now, so I need all the stress removal I can get. )

Terrible two's times two, how do you find the time to write? wotf017

I don't! wotf019

Actually, my husband watches the kids and lets me have quiet time for an hour or so after he gets off work. It's not enough for a deep dive, but it helps. Nap times have been very touch and go for awhile (they've gone down to one a day), but we shifted the boys' morning nap back to an afternoon nap last week and that seems to be working better (they're napping for two to two and a half hours again instead of one to one and a half hours). Just need to get it through my head that that's a safe creative time again and I'll be able to get more 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, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : January 20, 2021 8:38 am
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"Terrible two's times two, how do you find the time to write?"

It's called television.

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Posted : January 25, 2021 4:08 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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"Terrible two's times two, how do you find the time to write?"

It's called television.

I'm trying to follow the "only half an hour of TV a day" rule, and they rarely sit still through a whole episode of Mr. Rogers anyway. I call the twins my little dragons for a reason--they're cute, but they definitely have a wild side. wotf019 Things will get better once the weather warms up enough that they can play outside regularly again.

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 : January 25, 2021 4:17 pm
MrH
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I read up on Mr Rogers recently.

Have you tried Bob Ross? The joy of painting? Worth a try. Everyone likes "happy little trees".

I'm currently painting on girls on bikes, not that I don't like trees, just not as much as Bob Ross.

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Posted : January 26, 2021 10:55 am
babooher
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Posts: 95

Doing some research for my next short. Please don't judge me, Google.

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 : January 26, 2021 1:36 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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I read up on Mr Rogers recently.

Have you tried Bob Ross? The joy of painting? Worth a try. Everyone likes "happy little trees".

Bob Ross will come later, but it's on the list. XD

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 : January 26, 2021 3:42 pm
Dragonchef
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Things will get better once the weather warms up enough that they can play outside regularly again.

If you don't have one already, invest in a large trampoline (and get those long ground staples to keep it grounded in the wind) . It wears them out nicely - did for all five of mine.

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Posted : January 28, 2021 1:15 am
Dragonchef
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I am in for Q2 v38 as of 01/17

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Posted : January 28, 2021 1:17 am
babooher
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Posts: 95

Good job, Dragonchef!

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 : January 28, 2021 3:30 am
RETreasure
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I am pretty sure I've settled on what I'm sending in. I'm waiting on a crit, and then I'll probably sub just to get it off my mind.

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 : January 28, 2021 3:52 am
TimE
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I am pretty sure I've settled on what I'm sending in. I'm waiting on a crit, and then I'll probably sub just to get it off my mind.

You regularly offer for everyone. Can't imagine your short of critters, but I'll take a look if you want one more.

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Posted : January 28, 2021 3:57 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Things will get better once the weather warms up enough that they can play outside regularly again.

If you don't have one already, invest in a large trampoline (and get those long ground staples to keep it grounded in the wind) . It wears them out nicely - did for all five of mine.

I'll take that under consideration when they're a bit older. We have a little slide playscape outside at the moment, which works great when it's not cold out. I have no doubt we'll be slowly but surely expanding our outdoor toy repertoire in the coming years.

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 : January 28, 2021 4:23 am
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