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Disgruntled Peony
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I have a spreadsheet to track everywhere my stories are/have been (including what WotF quarters I've entered), so I'm usually pretty good on that score.

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 : February 16, 2021 9:13 am
DoctorJest
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The point is chopping and changing is not wise and shows a lack of consistency, a habit worth kicking.

Hmm, if it was a habit, perhaps. In this case, it was born of necessity, to accommodate other demands on my time.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
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 : February 16, 2021 12:50 pm
DoctorJest
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I have a spreadsheet to track everywhere my stories are/have been (including what WotF quarters I've entered), so I'm usually pretty good on that score.

I actually have something similar, a mini webpage that I wrote and that tracks everything--so if I don't know, I can check and see what I have out (currently, I show 2 WotF entries, plus seven other stories out at eight other markets, as one market is a probable dead-letter that I'll scratch off for good in a week or two, and the second market accepts simultaneous submissions).

Honestly, I built it just because I never learned to use spreadsheets very well. I generally code what I need. It's six shades of ugly, though...

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
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 : February 16, 2021 12:53 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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I actually have something similar, a mini webpage that I wrote and that tracks everything--so if I don't know, I can check and see what I have out (currently, I show 2 WotF entries, plus seven other stories out at eight other markets, as one market is a probable dead-letter that I'll scratch off for good in a week or two, and the second market accepts simultaneous submissions).

Honestly, I built it just because I never learned to use spreadsheets very well. I generally code what I need. It's six shades of ugly, though...

Hey, whatever works for you. wotf007 Aesthetics aren't particularly much of a problem in situations like this.

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 : February 16, 2021 11:54 pm
babooher
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Completed a draft for this quarter's submission. Shared it to my writer's group. Everyone asked where the story was going. Apparently the story is going under serious revision if they can't see that it's done. Oof!

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 : February 21, 2021 1:52 pm
Dustin Adams
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Ouch. 🙁

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 : February 22, 2021 12:43 am
vjalrik
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I'm in. wotf040

Van Alrik
V33 (-- HM SHM R), V34 (SF R R HM),
V35 (HM R R R), V36 (R HM F HM),
V37 (SF HM HM HM), V38 (HM HM, Q3-Pending)
Latest sold story (10 total):
"The Church of Raw," Thuggish Itch: Scientific, Oct. 5, 2018

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Posted : February 25, 2021 3:43 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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I'm in. wotf040

wotf047 Awesome! wotf047 In my experience, it always feels good to get in with a month or more to spare.

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 : February 25, 2021 11:23 pm
vjalrik
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wotf047 Awesome! wotf047 In my experience, it always feels good to get in with a month or more to spare.

This is my first time - definitely a nice feeling. Now I just need to make sure I don't procrastinate starting the next one...

Van Alrik
V33 (-- HM SHM R), V34 (SF R R HM),
V35 (HM R R R), V36 (R HM F HM),
V37 (SF HM HM HM), V38 (HM HM, Q3-Pending)
Latest sold story (10 total):
"The Church of Raw," Thuggish Itch: Scientific, Oct. 5, 2018

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Posted : February 26, 2021 2:51 am
babooher
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Getting ready to submit this quarter and I realized I did something dumb on last quarter's submission. I put page numbers in, but not title and page numbers. I normally add my name when I put the title for submissions to publications, but I spaced it for WotF. I guess when I get the big R, I can quickly have next quarter's submission ready.

Oh well, I'm in this quarter.

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 : February 26, 2021 4:39 am
Wulf Moon
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Getting ready to submit this quarter and I realized I did something dumb on last quarter's submission. I put page numbers in, but not title and page numbers. I normally add my name when I put the title for submissions to publications, but I spaced it for WotF. I guess when I get the big R, I can quickly have next quarter's submission ready.

Oh well, I'm in this quarter.

Not a big deal. That won't get you rejected--leaving your name in those headers will. : ) But yes, title goes in the header along with the page number on each page in the upper right. Except on page one, select "Separate First Page" in your word processor.

Of course, if your title is "Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler," you might want to shorten it after the first page. : )

Best,

Moon

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Posted : February 26, 2021 5:48 am
babooher
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Thank you, Mr. Moon. I read your story last night. Made me want to up my language game. I snooped in your Super Secrets and saw secret 0, and I felt like I left my cuff links at home.

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 : February 26, 2021 6:22 am
sorte001
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Hello! Is there anyone looking for a critique swap? It's about 3500 words.

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Posted : March 1, 2021 5:38 am
babooher
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sorte001, I've sent you a PM.

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 : March 1, 2021 5:47 am
sorte001
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Much appreciated! wotf009

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Posted : March 2, 2021 2:01 am
Wulf Moon
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Thank you, Mr. Moon. I read your story last night. Made me want to up my language game. I snooped in your Super Secrets and saw secret 0, and I felt like I left my cuff links at home.

Thank you!

As for SUPER SECRET #0, I added that one later, and had to use zero to do so! It's surprising how many get that wrong, even my editing clients after I say read Shunn's Guide first before sending me their manuscript. Then I fix it to help them out, and the next time, it's still wrong. I think everyone wants to pretty their manuscripts up because proper manuscript format is so plain. But dressing for success is dressing right for the occasion, and there is indeed a proper format, with a few variations from publisher to publisher.

Anyhow, glad the Secrets helped you find your cufflinks.

The name's Ba. Ba Booher. Smile
All the beast!

Wulf Moon

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : March 3, 2021 6:38 am
Dustin Adams
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But dressing for success is dressing right for the occasion, and there is indeed a proper format, with a few variations from publisher to publisher.

This.
I've worked with some folks who've been around and they like to write in a certain format. OK. Work in your sweatpants, but when it's time to present yourself, dress up.

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2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
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Topic starter Posted : March 3, 2021 7:20 am
TimE
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I'm in.

Now playing with a few ideas for Q3.

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Posted : March 8, 2021 10:34 pm
babooher
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Good luck!

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 : March 9, 2021 12:36 pm
TimE
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Good luck!

Thanks - seems like we have to write better just to get HM these days. The competition is getting harder in terms of number of entries and quality. But that's got to be good, right?

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Posted : March 9, 2021 8:48 pm
scribblesatdusk
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I only just finished my 1st draft of the story for this quarter. So those others of you worried seeing all these "ins" there's still plenty of time!

V36:Q3 HM
V37: Q3 R, Q4 SHM
V38: R,HM, ?

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Posted : March 15, 2021 1:57 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I only just finished my 1st draft of the story for this quarter. So those others of you worried seeing all these "ins" there's still plenty of time!

This, it is true! 16 days is more than enough time to write and edit a story if you have sufficient time and energy to invest during that time period.

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 : March 15, 2021 5:43 am
earthkeeper
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Finally got myself entered for Q2. I missed out on last quarter due to work and grad school taking up a huge block of my time, but I made sure to dedicate some time for tweaking my ideas. I wanted to build on what I learned from my Q4 submission last year, which was honestly my first ever short story. Had my beta reader and writer's group go over the draft and help me with ideas for improvements to the final edits. Overall, I'm way more confident in this story than I was in my first. Good luck everyone!

"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

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Posted : March 15, 2021 6:32 am
Wulf Moon
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Good job, earthkeeper78!

I hope you took the WotF Online Course as well. It helps you visualize the elements of a working story.

Best of success!

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : March 15, 2021 7:07 am
babooher
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Good luck, earthkeeper78! Are you preparing for Q3 yet?

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 : March 15, 2021 7:32 am
earthkeeper
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Good luck, earthkeeper78! Are you preparing for Q3 yet?

I've got a few ideas I'm tossing around upstairs. The biggest problem is trying to decide on which one I want to develop next. I'm just thankful that at the end of April, I'll have a lot more time to dedicate to writing since the semester will be over.

"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

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Posted : March 15, 2021 7:43 am
TimE
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Finally got myself entered for Q2.

Good luck earthkeeper- got to be an environmental story with that name?
(don't say anything that will identify it!)

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Posted : March 15, 2021 8:27 am
earthkeeper
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Finally got myself entered for Q2.

Good luck earthkeeper- got to be an environmental story with that name?
(don't say anything that will identify it!)

Not really, but I actually am a bit of an environmentalist irl. It's more a story that deals with issues like bullying, abuse of power, and marching forward even when life deals you a bad hand. I took a lot of my own thoughts and experiences from being bullied as a kid and built them into my MC.

"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

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Posted : March 15, 2021 9:02 am
crlisle
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I am in for the 2nd Quarter! Yay! And I already have an idea for my 3rd Quarter story.

2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- Pending, 4th -- Pending
"Invasion" to be published in Daily Science Fiction
"The Last Dance" to be published Feb. 2022 in the LTUE Anthology, Parliament of Wizards
"My Ten Cents" published in Sci Fi Lampoon, vol. 2, Dec. 2020
"Never give up. Never surrender." - Galaxy Quest

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Posted : March 16, 2021 9:51 am
Wulf Moon
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I am in for the 2nd Quarter! Yay! And I already have an idea for my 3rd Quarter story.

Well done, Candice! May the Force be with you!

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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