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babooher
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I made a soft goal to have three offerings awaiting judgment at the same time. It helps me not worry about getting results and keeps me focused on getting more work done. I want the contest to be a step along the way, not a final destination.

That said, getting unknown callers around now makes me twitchy.

Write on, fellow travelers, write on, write on!

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 : October 13, 2021 9:05 am
TGio
 TGio
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@babooher I like how you use the word 'offerings', it makes me think our stories are something we make to try to appease the gods for good harvest or something.

"This story pleases me mortal, here have some sweet corn" "No, this one would bore me to tears if i could cry. Here's a flood, hope you can swim."

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Posted : October 13, 2021 9:41 am
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angelslayah
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Posted by: @tiinag

This story pleases me mortal

"Feeders of Vaal"

Feeders of Vaal

journalist

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Posted : October 13, 2021 5:10 pm
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Scott_M_Sands
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Posted by: @babooher

That said, getting unknown callers around now makes me twitchy.

Absolutely, Babooher! I get random numbers call my phone infrequently (ridiculously annoying). I try to check the area code if I can. Hard to do, though. When I get an important call for my writing one of these days, I hope I actually take it-or they leave a message.

 

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : October 14, 2021 5:43 am
Scott_M_Sands
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I may have found the 'who' for one of my previous quotes. Reading an article by Orson Scott Card, he points out his belief that "writers are not competing with each other at all," and how "every good story encourages its audience to read more stories."

Again, a wonderful perspective. Thanks, Orson Scott Card!  toast  

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : October 14, 2021 5:47 am
Cray Dimensional
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Posted by: @scott_m_sands
Posted by: @babooher

That said, getting unknown callers around now makes me twitchy.

Absolutely, Babooher! I get random numbers call my phone infrequently (ridiculously annoying). I try to check the area code if I can. Hard to do, though. When I get an important call for my writing one of these days, I hope I actually take it-or they leave a message.

 

Alas endless calls of car warranties expiring. Would be nice to get something different.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : October 14, 2021 6:58 pm
Prate Gabble
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I don't get unknown callers with my new service. However, Scam Likely appears to be a friend of mine, now.

Twitches haven't visited me since a Q2 story was finally resolved in August one year.

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Posted : October 14, 2021 10:17 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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@kent 

Consider yourself fortunate, Prate. On a bad day, I might get 4 or 5 calls from spam numbers. Some even show up with only 1 or 2 digits difference from numbers I know. That's no accident. Dodginess!
I think it merits my writing a story about a phone scammer, just like Chaucer tells the two gambling duded in 'A Knight's Tale'.

They scammed my phone for a day. They shall be scammed for eternity!  fistinair  

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : October 15, 2021 3:24 am
Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
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And now for bananas dancing while we go to pop our popcorn and take in the gala posts! Really looking forward to hearing how the workshop week is for our winners... Smile

bananarama bananarama bananarama bananarama bananarama  

popcorn

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Posted : October 15, 2021 10:11 am
Cray Dimensional
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At least with Gala week there is something to keep our minds from twitching.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : October 15, 2021 2:53 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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@physa 
Yep. I'm sure their posts will be informative and exciting!
I need to check when the ceremony is ...

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : October 16, 2021 6:00 am
AliciaCay
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John Goodwin, President of ASI, is already posting pictures of the winners arriving in Hollywood. Be sure to follow @WOTFContest on FB for extra little peeps on top of the blog posts that they'll be putting out on their site.

Also, one of the winners (his story in Vol.37—The Plot Armor—is one of my favorites in the entire anthology!) has said he will be doing little blog posts on his author website about his week in Hollywood.
So, if you're like me and you enjoy absorbing all the inspiration from the winner's adventures, be sure to pop onto his site and read through. lukewildman.com -- or on his author FB page: @luke.a.wildman.writer

Yay! This is my favorite time of year—Autumn and WotF workshop week— LOL  clapper  

 

~A. ♥

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, FINALIST, HM, SHM
V38: SF, X, tbd
Ten story publications! (including Air and Nothingness Press, Third_Flatiron, and three with WordFire Press ♥)
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Posted : October 16, 2021 5:29 pm
Wulf Moon
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Posted by: @craydimensional

At least with Gala week there is something to keep our minds from twitching.

You can stop twitching. No phone calls will be going out this week. Enjoy the gala!

 

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Posted : October 17, 2021 1:00 am
Scott_M_Sands
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Posted by: @aliciacay

(his story in Vol.37—The Plot Armor—is one of my favorites in the entire anthology!)

Definitely one of my favs for the anthology! A fun tone with excellent descriptions. salute  

Thanks for the heads up re his author website. I'll be sure to check that out.

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : October 17, 2021 3:40 am
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Sinsyne
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Posted by: @aliciacay

John Goodwin, President of ASI, is already posting pictures of the winners arriving in Hollywood. Be sure to follow @WOTFContest on FB for extra little peeps on top of the blog posts that they'll be putting out on their site.

Also, one of the winners (his story in Vol.37—The Plot Armor—is one of my favorites in the entire anthology!) has said he will be doing little blog posts on his author website about his week in Hollywood.
So, if you're like me and you enjoy absorbing all the inspiration from the winner's adventures, be sure to pop onto his site and read through. lukewildman.com -- or on his author FB page: @luke.a.wildman.writer

Yay! This is my favorite time of year—Autumn and WotF workshop week— LOL  clapper  

 

~A. ♥

What sorcery is this! I wanted to give the story a look after two recommendations here, but volume 37 isn't even published yet.

Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
Terry Pratchett

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Posted : October 18, 2021 1:33 am
storysinger
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(@sinsyne)What sorcery is this! I wanted to give the story a look after two recommendations here, but volume 37 isn't even published yet.

 

I'm not sure of the requirements for getting an advance copy, but I was offered a chance to read an electronic copy of v37.

I read every word of the anthology, very good storytelling. sippincoffee  

 

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 : October 18, 2021 5:04 am
AliciaCay
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Posted by: @sinsyne

What sorcery is this! I wanted to give the story a look after two recommendations here, but volume 37 isn't even published yet.

Your comment made me LOL.

Oh, I'm sorry, I should have mentioned that. I  received an ARC, in exchange for leaving an honest review. There are some outstanding fantastic stories in Vol. 37 (as there are in all of them!), and I am wagering my guess at which story will win the Golden Pen! winking  

I hope everyone has pre-ordered their copy of Volume 37 so you can get it shipped as soon as it's released. This is an awesome collection, ya'll! The first story alone—ahh—so good! ♥♥♥

 

~A.

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, FINALIST, HM, SHM
V38: SF, X, tbd
Ten story publications! (including Air and Nothingness Press, Third_Flatiron, and three with WordFire Press ♥)
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Posted : October 18, 2021 4:18 pm
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Scott_M_Sands
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@sinsyne 

Same as Storysinger and Alicia, I got an ARC from galaxy Press. I'm buying the book anywho, but it was great to read the stories before they came out. There are some EXCELLENT stories in there. For any would-be-writers, it's a no brainer. Want to win this contest? The book shows you what they're after. More importantly, these stories are just delightful to read
Now that I've read them all, I look forward to giving it a short break. I'll probably go back and read a few of my favorites again.

@AliciaCay, we can't call out names/details as such, but I too have my favourite story. I wonder if it will get the golden pen? 

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : October 18, 2021 5:16 pm
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Cray Dimensional
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@scott_m_sands @AliciaCay that sound like an awesome gig. Some of us will just have to wait to read. giggle  

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : October 18, 2021 6:26 pm
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crlisle
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I got the ARC too! These stories are amazing! And such variety!

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 : October 18, 2021 7:06 pm
Dustin Adams
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I got a note from Amazon saying my book will be delayed until December 22.

Anyone else?

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 : October 19, 2021 8:11 am
storysinger
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Alright Dustin. A third star at the one thousand post mark, cool. toast  

I pre-ordered my book at B&N. I haven't been notified of any delay, but I'll be happy to check.

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 : October 19, 2021 1:07 pm
storysinger
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I called B&N. That turned into a waste of time. The young lady informed me my book would arrive on Nov. 2.

AsIf!

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 : October 19, 2021 1:40 pm
Sinsyne
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Posted by: @aliciacay

Your comment made me LOL.

Oh, I'm sorry, I should have mentioned that. I  received an ARC, in exchange for leaving an honest review. There are some outstanding fantastic stories in Vol. 37 (as there are in all of them!), and I am wagering my guess at which story will win the Golden Pen! winking  

I hope everyone has pre-ordered their copy of Volume 37 so you can get it shipped as soon as it's released. This is an awesome collection, ya'll! The first story alone—ahh—so good! ♥♥♥

 

~A.

I might check it out once released, right now I only have a hodgepodge of twelve previous volumes I snagged off ebay and a German used book seller. Pretty much their entire stock. I'm surprised how little presence Germany has in WotF, we're the third largest book market worldwide but there's like three people who place each quarter.

Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
Terry Pratchett

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Posted : October 19, 2021 8:28 pm
Dustin Adams
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Posted by: @storysinger

Alright Dustin. A third star at the one thousand post mark, cool. toast  

I pre-ordered my book at B&N. I haven't been notified of any delay, but I'll be happy to check.

@storysinger That's my 3rd 1000th post. I keep getting pruned, then I hit 1000 again.

My first go at it was epic. Each subsequent milestone has been less interesting. Eventually I'll just post the poop emoji. 😎 

 

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 : October 20, 2021 7:44 am
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David Hankins
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Posted by: @axeminister

That's my 3rd 1000th post. I keep getting pruned, then I hit 1000 again.

My first go at it was epic. Each subsequent milestone has been less interesting. Eventually I'll just post the poop emoji. 😎 

 

Yeah, what’s up with that? I noticed on your first 1000 post when you were in for Q4 and then suddenly you were at 997 again. Have you been posting spam? Did Wulf have to talk to you about your questionable content?

V38 Q2: HM
V38 Q3: Submitted
V38 Q4: Submitted

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Posted : October 21, 2021 3:39 am
Joe Benet
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Posted by: @axeminister

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Q3: April 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021
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Results and link to the winners will post when judging is complete.

Sooo ...

We're three weeks past the end of Q4. My impression is that results for a Qx historically post around a week or so after the end of the Qx+1 quarter. I know there's an on-going event, and the contest is epicPopular, but have any Q3 results posted yet? I'm running out of fingernails.

 

4xHM: Q?'16, Q3'17, Q4'18, Q1'19

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Posted : October 21, 2021 7:59 am
dommichaels
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@axeminister I got the same notice from Amazon. Christmas present, I guess!

V37 Q3 - HM, V37 Q4 - HM, V38 Q1 - HM, V38 Q2 - HM

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Posted : October 21, 2021 8:02 am
dommichaels
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@joebenet Wulf indicated it would be a week or two after the Gala, which makes sense. My Q3 wasn't fully formed (I've finished it now, though, and am very pleased with the rewrite). So I'm looking forward rather than back. 

Carry on, and keep writing, focusing on the craft. WotF isn't just a contest, it's a fount of resources and support. If I haven't said it before, thanks to all those who make it so!

V37 Q3 - HM, V37 Q4 - HM, V38 Q1 - HM, V38 Q2 - HM

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Posted : October 21, 2021 8:06 am
Dustin Adams
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@lost_bard 

What, you don't want to buy my *censored* pills?

Haha. This might get flagged.

Actually I was just about to hit 2000 posts on the old forum. They must prune due to age, or possibly a lack of content, like if I just post a smiley, which I probably have dozens of. So I'm back under 1k again. Ah well, keeps me motivated, I guess.

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 : October 22, 2021 7:07 am
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