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Pumpkin
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Woohoo! I think I’m in the final stretch, the last bit of editing! I don’t think I know when to stop editing, but at least the story is getting longer and longer lol

Q3 V37: submitted after some time of staring at an unchanged word doc

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Posted : June 9, 2020 12:22 pm
DoctorJest
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Blimey, you lot are putting me to shame this time around! I'm legitimately having difficulty keeping my head together, and my momentum seems utterly fragmented and stuttering. I'm putting in a rare shift of actually making some progress at the moment, but it's been a real struggle for me to keep things shifting along for this quarter. It's frustrating, as I really like the story I'm working on a great deal, and I find it fairly easy to write it when I sit down to do so, but just giving myself the kick to actually do it has been a real challenge.

Still gunning for this quarter, but still hoping for sooner than later if I can swing it--I've submitted last minute entries more than once, but not often in a state that I was entirely delighted with. I prefer to have a little space to mull it over and fix the problems.

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 : June 9, 2020 4:50 pm
Pumpkin
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I wouldn’t worry too much, you still have twenty days to go! I find it helpful to set aside a block of time during the day specifically for writing, and your body just get used to it over time.

Q3 V37: submitted after some time of staring at an unchanged word doc

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Posted : June 9, 2020 10:24 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Blimey, you lot are putting me to shame this time around! I'm legitimately having difficulty keeping my head together, and my momentum seems utterly fragmented and stuttering. I'm putting in a rare shift of actually making some progress at the moment, but it's been a real struggle for me to keep things shifting along for this quarter. It's frustrating, as I really like the story I'm working on a great deal, and I find it fairly easy to write it when I sit down to do so, but just giving myself the kick to actually do it has been a real challenge.

Still gunning for this quarter, but still hoping for sooner than later if I can swing it--I've submitted last minute entries more than once, but not often in a state that I was entirely delighted with. I prefer to have a little space to mull it over and fix the problems.

Like Pumpkin said--don't sweat it if you're moving at a different pace. Try not to stress if things don't go according to plan; for me, at least, this year seems to defy all attempts at planning. Just do what you can, and know that simply finding time to put in the effort right now is a win. wotf007

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 : June 10, 2020 3:46 am
TimE
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I didn't like anything I had for Q2 - I think I over-planned them. So it'll be the first Q I haven't entered for a while. However, I'm almost ready for both 3 and 4.

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Posted : June 10, 2020 4:45 am
DoctorJest
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Like Pumpkin said--don't sweat it if you're moving at a different pace. Try not to stress if things don't go according to plan; for me, at least, this year seems to defy all attempts at planning. Just do what you can, and know that simply finding time to put in the effort right now is a win. wotf007

I think I have to accept that for this quarter, though at the same time, not use that acceptance to let myself off the hook for at least trying to get something ready. It'd be too easy, I think, for me to just wave a white flag and accept that it's reasonable under the circumstances, and then just let my efforts fade to a whimper. I don't mind not making it, but I think I would be frustrated if it was for a lack of trying.

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 : June 10, 2020 6:17 pm
Scafontaine
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I didn't like anything I had for Q2 - I think I over-planned them. So it'll be the first Q I haven't entered for a while. However, I'm almost ready for both 3 and 4.

Do you mean this quarter you won't have anything or last quarter? And you wrote two stories simultaneously? Nice job

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Posted : June 11, 2020 4:06 am
Scafontaine
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Like Pumpkin said--don't sweat it if you're moving at a different pace. Try not to stress if things don't go according to plan; for me, at least, this year seems to defy all attempts at planning. Just do what you can, and know that simply finding time to put in the effort right now is a win. wotf007

Nicely said!

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Posted : June 11, 2020 4:12 am
TimE
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Do you mean this quarter you won't have anything or last quarter? And you wrote two stories simultaneously? Nice job

Plus entries in two Flash comps in Scrib.

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Posted : June 11, 2020 8:41 pm
crlisle
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Thank you disgruntledpeony!!! Your encouraging words help a LOT. This 3rd quarter is proving to be difficult. At least it keeps me from hiding in my fort while waiting for 2nd qtr results.

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 : June 12, 2020 8:00 am
RETreasure
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I’m in for Q3. Best of luck to everyone. If anyone needs a crit on their story over the next few weeks, send me a message!

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 : June 12, 2020 8:13 am
HermioneLee
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Good luck, RSchibler Smile
So here's a funny thing: I began working on my draft for Q3 as soon as I submitted my Q2 entry. I kept working on it until May 18th, and then I got distracted by other stuff. But now I’m starting to worry about whether I have enough time to revise it again...

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Posted : June 12, 2020 1:51 pm
Shockhawk
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Like Pumpkin said--don't sweat it if you're moving at a different pace. Try not to stress if things don't go according to plan; for me, at least, this year seems to defy all attempts at planning. Just do what you can, and know that simply finding time to put in the effort right now is a win. wotf007

I think I have to accept that for this quarter, though at the same time, not use that acceptance to let myself off the hook for at least trying to get something ready. It'd be too easy, I think, for me to just wave a white flag and accept that it's reasonable under the circumstances, and then just let my efforts fade to a whimper. I don't mind not making it, but I think I would be frustrated if it was for a lack of trying.

I still think you can do it!!

I only wrote 1100 words in April and then rounded out my first draft a little less than a month later with 4700 words. Though I understand the feeling... each quarter (only 2 so far) I've thought long and hard about maybe just entering my current piece next quarter so I have an extra 3 months to edit it over and over while also giving myself 6 months to write the next piece - so tempting.

Anyways just trying to encourage.

Shock

Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain, or live and fight your sorrow! Now is the time to shape your stories! Your fate is in your hands! - Auron FFX
Vol 37 - X, R, R, R
vol 38 - HM, X, WIP

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Posted : June 13, 2020 4:41 am
Scafontaine
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Plus entries in two Flash comps in Scrib.

Awesome! How did those go?

This quarter has been slow going for me. With the kids jumping around and needint to be homeschooled (only another week left, yay!!!) while I work from home, I've finished my work days exhausted. I'm sure many of you understand the feeling right now...

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Posted : June 14, 2020 5:23 pm
DoctorJest
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I still think you can do it!!

I only wrote 1100 words in April and then rounded out my first draft a little less than a month later with 4700 words. Though I understand the feeling... each quarter (only 2 so far) I've thought long and hard about maybe just entering my current piece next quarter so I have an extra 3 months to edit it over and over while also giving myself 6 months to write the next piece - so tempting.

Anyways just trying to encourage.

Shock

It's all appreciated! I have been kicking myself into gear to write -- I'm still missing some key scenes, and even without them, the story is hitting 11k already, which is on the very long side for my short fiction pieces. I think I'm going to need to make some judicious edits once the full draft is together. But I do, now, have maybe 85% of that first draft together, with enough comments left to piece together most of the rest, and some plans for what some of these edits will look like.

I'm feeling much more optimistic about making the deadline today, though I think I will need a good, disciplined week in order to get everything in line, get my thematic notes nicely in tune, and be able to have it revised and give it a full out-loud read through before submitting. That said, I think I'm maybe closer to pulling all that off than I had feared I was.

Once more unto the breach!

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 : June 14, 2020 6:12 pm
Corbin.Maxwell
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Submitted my Q-3 today. Another quarter notched into my pistol grip. This is my 13th year of entering the contest and my 17th year of writing. Just before writing this post, I was looking over the list of forum members. It's filled with writers and judges I knew and forumed with since 2007. I've watched all of those with whom I started either win the contest or move on in life or unfortunately pass away into death and hopefully into a better world than this one. I used to be writer buddies with Kary English, and I received a Semi-Finalist from K.D. Wentworth just before she passed away. Jeff Carlson, a winner of the contest about ten years ago, critiqued parts of my book and gave me some good advice. He died of cancer a couple years ago as did my book and the hopes I held for it.

I read the names of so many who had joined the forum and posted their thoughts and well-wishes for the other forumites every quarter. And I discovered quite a few who have given up writing. Even some winners. Those writer-heroes who had conquered the ultimate goal of this contest and then for whatever reason left the path of the beam and abandoned the quest for their personal Dark Tower.

I write this post with a bit of sadness in my heart. If only all could've won and carried on with their writing careers as they dreamed when first joining WOTF. If only those few good souls who left us too soon could be with us this day and all the days following. Be grateful for the opportunity to write and to submit and to live your life among this company of good and passionate people.

I ain't cut out to be no Jesse James.

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Posted : June 15, 2020 9:58 pm
TimE
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I think I stopped polishing before I wore the shiny bits down - and I'm in.
I won't look at it again now until after the results have been announced.
Well, I won't look at it again this quarter.
Okay, I won't look at it again this week.
Well, maybe one more time today.
Damn! Who moved those commas around!

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Posted : June 16, 2020 2:50 am
Dustin Adams
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Hey Corbin,

Looking back I signed up almost a decade ago and at that point felt like I was late to the party. Not many of us still kicking around from that time. Preston had to go and win...

I didn't know KD Wentworth well, but subbed to her when the sparks were new and fiery. After either or so years, just this past quarter I critiqued a story I'm sure she would have loved.

Let's win this thing already so we can stop being the old timers and make way for the new. wotf011

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 : June 16, 2020 6:52 am
Reuben
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Thanks Corbin for your wise and encouraging words. I totally agree with you Dustin, I'm rooting for both of you...So long as you save spot #3 for me : )

I just finished my revising my own Q3, a long and ardous process of finally agreeing that some of my critiquers may have been right. I still kept the main story though, don't know if it's any good. If anyone is interested in giving me a bit of feedback before I send it in it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if anyone needs any feedback and wants to send it to me, that would also be appreciated, although maybe not so greatly... Smile

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 : June 16, 2020 10:36 am
DoctorJest
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Old timers are awesome, though. I look forward to being one, eventually, with a view to hopefully being an old timer who has something that they actually did and can give decent advice about, rather than sitting in the corner, muttering about how I coulda been a contendah while sipping grocery-store vodka until I pass out.

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 : June 16, 2020 2:09 pm
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 : June 16, 2020 4:56 pm
TimE
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I just finished my revising my own Q3, a long and ardous process of finally agreeing that some of my critiquers may have been right. I still kept the main story though, don't know if it's any good. If anyone is interested in giving me a bit of feedback before I send it in it would be greatly appreciated.

Even though you've assigned the first 3 places to Corbin, Dustin and yourself - and excluded me - I'll take a look (if I haven't already.)

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Posted : June 16, 2020 8:25 pm
Dustin Adams
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I'm not in for Q3, so you guys can wrestle over the top three spots. wotf001

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 : June 17, 2020 1:27 am
Dustin Adams
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I'm in. wotf040

Sweet!

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 : June 17, 2020 1:27 am
Pumpkin
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And I’m in too wotf042 phew, pressing that button was nerve wrecking.

Q3 V37: submitted after some time of staring at an unchanged word doc

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Posted : June 17, 2020 11:09 am
Corbin.Maxwell
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I'm not greedy. I'll settle for just one spot and leave the others to whomever the judges choose. I have a Q4 ready but not sure I want to submit that one unless I can't push out something I like better.

I ain't cut out to be no Jesse James.

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Posted : June 17, 2020 2:35 pm
JVAshley
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Congrats on all the submissions. You all rock! fistinair

I don't know if I will get one in this time. I have been deep into novel edits which are going well but are slow.

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Posted : June 19, 2020 2:52 am
crlisle
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Submitted for Q3 and already writing for Q4.
Phew! What a horrible week this has been. I started on 3 stories until I finally chose which one to send.
It feels SO good to have this done!
I love the story I submitted! And I am loving my next 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 : June 20, 2020 11:21 am
Rey Nichols
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Submitted for Q3 and already writing for Q4.
Phew! What a horrible week this has been. I started on 3 stories until I finally chose which one to send.
It feels SO good to have this done!
I love the story I submitted! And I am loving my next story.

I felt exactly the same way when I turned my Q3 in. I'm already 3k deep into my Q4 story, which started as a flash fiction exercise of all things.

Good luck everyone!
I can't wait to see how well we all do Smile

HM: 5
R: 1
www.reynichols.com

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Posted : June 20, 2020 11:50 am
LoyalRam
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Thanks for the answer.

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." ~ Leo Tolstoy

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