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Dustin Adams
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Here's the link to the WotF blog:

Winners
NWFs
Semis
Silvers
HMs

Career:

1x 3rd place
2x Finalist
2x Semi
9x Silver
11x HM
7x R

 
Posted : June 20, 2019 9:34 pm
Wulf Moon
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What Dustin said. Waiting until the last 36 hours of the contest year to write your story is a FAIL. Unless it becomes your winner... wotf001

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Posted : June 22, 2019 9:36 am
czing
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I have two stories ready to go. Might give each of them a quick once over before I decide which one to submit. I know some folks advise waiting until later to submit to give more time to work on it - but I am going to turn my attention to either editing one of my novels or writing a new one so there isn't a huge chance they'll get a lot more attention before the deadline (or that I will write anything better to submit). But maybe I'll hold off entering until December just in case.

Does anyone know if magical realism ever makes the cut in the contest? If it has a chance then I might find myself deciding between three stories.

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 - SHM; Q3 - HM; Q4 - HM
v39 Q1 - SHM; Q3 - Pending

 
Posted : June 22, 2019 10:24 am
Wulf Moon
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I have two stories ready to go. Might give each of them a quick once over before I decide which one to submit. I know some folks advise waiting until later to submit to give more time to work on it - but I am going to turn my attention to either editing one of my novels or writing a new one so there isn't a huge chance they'll get a lot more attention before the deadline (or that I will write anything better to submit). But maybe I'll hold off entering until December just in case.

Does anyone know if magical realism ever makes the cut in the contest? If it has a chance then I might find myself deciding between three stories.

Carrie Callahan's "Dirt Road Magic" in WotF Vol. 35 would be considered magic realism.

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Posted : June 22, 2019 12:39 pm
czing
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Thanks Smile

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 - SHM; Q3 - HM; Q4 - HM
v39 Q1 - SHM; Q3 - Pending

 
Posted : June 22, 2019 4:36 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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I actually have an idea, a conceptualized ending (although I prefer to write start to finish, when possible, so I haven't gotten there yet), and the first scene and a half rough-drafted for a potential Q4. It kind of happened by accident while I was waiting on feedback for my Q3. I'm usually nowhere near this close until at least a month into the quarter.

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
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
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 : June 23, 2019 8:20 am
TimE
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I actually have an idea, a conceptualized ending (although I prefer to write start to finish, when possible, so I haven't gotten there yet), and the first scene and a half rough-drafted for a potential Q4. It kind of happened by accident while I was waiting on feedback for my Q3. I'm usually nowhere near this close until at least a month into the quarter.

Good to hear. A 'happy accident'.

I will finish my Q3 on time to submit, but I hold no hopes for it. Humour's difficult, perhaps I'll go serious again for Q4.

 
Posted : June 23, 2019 8:32 am
JVAshley
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I have a full outline for Q4. It will take a while to flesh out, but knowing where I am going ahead of time makes life easier. First, however, I need to give Q3 a final edit.

~ J V Ashley

 
Posted : June 23, 2019 2:11 pm
Henckel
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I'll have my Q3 ready to submit tomorrow. nothing left but three and a half months of anxiety and twitching waiting for results.

I've got a super great idea for Q4, but have found a rare motivation for a novel that's been on hold for almost a year. I'm pounding out almost 2k words a day. And I'm scared that if I pause my novel to write my Q4, I'll lose this momentum. AHHHH!!!!!!

WOTF Stats
(2014) V31 – R
(2018) V35 – HM
(2019) V36 – HM, SHM
(2020) V37 – R, HM, SHM, Finalist
(2021) V38 – SF, SHM, SHM, HM
(2022) V39 – HM, SHM, SHM, SHM
(2023) V40 - tba, tba, tba, tba

Other Achievements
(2019) Cowboy for a Day, published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Magician's Midlife Crisis, published by Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) Survived lockdown with minimal emotional scarring
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!!
(2022) Echoes of Gliese, published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine (January issue)
(2022) Heaven or Bust, published by Bag of Bones Press: 206 Word Stories
(2022) The Button Girl, published by The Academy of Heart and Mind
(2022) The Reaping of Blackroot Hollow will be published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine
(2022) ... another publication, but I can't disclose details quite yet

 
Posted : June 23, 2019 6:35 pm
Helge Mahrt
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I'll have my Q3 ready to submit tomorrow. nothing left but three and a half months of anxiety and twitching waiting for results.

I've got a super great idea for Q4, but have found a rare motivation for a novel that's been on hold for almost a year. I'm pounding out almost 2k words a day. And I'm scared that if I pause my novel to write my Q4, I'll lose this momentum. AHHHH!!!!!!

Don't lose your momentum! It's very hard to get it back (speaking from experience here). Hold on to it, push through and with 2k words per day you'll finish your novel in time to work on your Q4 afterwards. wotf008 <img src="{wotf}:wotf024:

R, HM, R
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Posted : June 23, 2019 11:03 pm
czing
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I'll have my Q3 ready to submit tomorrow. nothing left but three and a half months of anxiety and twitching waiting for results.

I've got a super great idea for Q4, but have found a rare motivation for a novel that's been on hold for almost a year. I'm pounding out almost 2k words a day. And I'm scared that if I pause my novel to write my Q4, I'll lose this momentum. AHHHH!!!!!!

I agree with the other response - keep rolling with that momentum (at least that is what I'd do). The nice thing about having your Q4 idea ready is if you do hit a little hiccup on the novel you have something to jump to - and the reverse is true as well. I personally find it better to have a few things I can work on if I get a little stumped on one of them. So you seem to be in a good spot!

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 - SHM; Q3 - HM; Q4 - HM
v39 Q1 - SHM; Q3 - Pending

 
Posted : June 24, 2019 8:19 am
Henckel
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Thanks both!!!!!

WOTF Stats
(2014) V31 – R
(2018) V35 – HM
(2019) V36 – HM, SHM
(2020) V37 – R, HM, SHM, Finalist
(2021) V38 – SF, SHM, SHM, HM
(2022) V39 – HM, SHM, SHM, SHM
(2023) V40 - tba, tba, tba, tba

Other Achievements
(2019) Cowboy for a Day, published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Magician's Midlife Crisis, published by Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) Survived lockdown with minimal emotional scarring
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!!
(2022) Echoes of Gliese, published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine (January issue)
(2022) Heaven or Bust, published by Bag of Bones Press: 206 Word Stories
(2022) The Button Girl, published by The Academy of Heart and Mind
(2022) The Reaping of Blackroot Hollow will be published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine
(2022) ... another publication, but I can't disclose details quite yet

 
Posted : June 24, 2019 9:11 am
einstein36
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I have started by 4th quarter story....and we are off :)…...

 
Posted : June 28, 2019 4:36 pm
Wulf Moon
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I have started by 4th quarter story....and we are off :)…...

But only slightly, Einstein! wotf019

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Posted : June 28, 2019 6:38 pm
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😀 Smile most definitely...

 
Posted : June 29, 2019 5:23 am
TimE
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I'm trying to work out what to write for Q4. So far, this is the best idea I've got "A post-singularity starpunk story about a space clown saving penguin-people from an asteroid strike". Dunno where the idea came from, but it's right up my street. Space clown as a surprise hero. Penguin people. And the impending tragedy. Just got to throw in a few bowler hats, rapier sticks, and helium balloons and it will have everything.

 
Posted : June 30, 2019 8:06 am
Disgruntled Peony
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TimE, I've been counseled that it's best not to discuss plotlines openly on the forum lest judges randomly pop by and the story ends up disqualified as a result. Anonymous contest and all. That said, write the story that resonates with you.

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
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
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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4th and Starlight: e-book | paperback

 
Posted : June 30, 2019 8:20 am
TimE
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TimE, I've been counseled that it's best not to discuss plotlines openly on the forum lest judges randomly pop by and the story ends up disqualified as a result. Anonymous contest and all. That said, write the story that resonates with you.

Kind of joking, DP. The penguin idea was from KDJ (I think - can't find it now) Clearly, my humour misses, better get back to trying to write without jokes.

 
Posted : June 30, 2019 8:36 am
Disgruntled Peony
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TimE, I've been counseled that it's best not to discuss plotlines openly on the forum lest judges randomly pop by and the story ends up disqualified as a result. Anonymous contest and all. That said, write the story that resonates with you.

Kind of joking, DP. The penguin idea was from KDJ (I think - can't find it now) Clearly, my humour misses, better get back to trying to write without jokes.

See, I thought you might be joking but I wanted to warn you just in case. wotf019 I don't think your joke failed so much as my sense of humor did.

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
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
Twitter
4th and Starlight: e-book | paperback

 
Posted : June 30, 2019 10:40 am
WriterGirl0426
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Thinking for Quarter 4 I'm going to give a go at fantasy/horror. I feel a bit nervous about it although it doesn't cross the line with violence or gore. I'm hoping it's a good mash-up. I suppose I'm only posting this to be sure I'm not a crazy person for trying to go this route.

Come on, Tracy! Pull on your big-girl pants!

**Original Post edited to remove any possible giveaway words** wotf011

Tracy

V34 Q3: R
V34 Q4: R
V35 Q1: R
V36 Q1: SHM
V36 Q2: SEMI-FINALIST!!!
V36 Q3: HM
V36 Q4: SHM
V37 Q1: SHM

 
Posted : June 30, 2019 2:17 pm
Helge Mahrt
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I submitted my Q3 early in the Q, so I felt sure I'd have my Q4 ready soon... Well, thanks to life and a lack of discipline here I am without a story yet. wotf001

R, HM, R
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Posted : June 30, 2019 9:01 pm
TimE
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So do we have a challenge to get Q4 in before Q2 results come out? Doubt if I can do that, I'm way too slow, but I can try.

(No penguins will be harmed in my Q4 story.)

 
Posted : June 30, 2019 10:16 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Tracy: Sounds interesting to me. I'd say go for it. Just be sure that speculative element shows up swiftly. (That info might be vague enough to keep you anonymous, but it still might be good to pare it down.)

TimE: Not that I know of? I'd... really rather not try, personally. I still need some time to decompress from last quarter. 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
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
Twitter
4th and Starlight: e-book | paperback

 
Posted : June 30, 2019 10:59 pm
KD Julicher
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I'm going to a convention this week (anyone going to SpikeCon? Say hi if you see me!) and I hope to get a Q4 plotted during the drive.

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
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V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

 
Posted : July 1, 2019 2:02 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I'm going to a convention this week (anyone going to SpikeCon? Say hi if you see me!) and I hope to get a Q4 plotted during the drive.

Sounds like fun! (The con, however, is well out of my travel range. ...There are a lot of places out of my travel range right now because babies, honestly, but anything out of state is definitely so. 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
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
Twitter
4th and Starlight: e-book | paperback

 
Posted : July 1, 2019 2:41 am
Henckel
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Posts: 455
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I'm trying to work out what to write for Q4. So far, this is the best idea I've got "A post-singularity starpunk story about a space clown saving penguin-people from an asteroid strike". Dunno where the idea came from, but it's right up my street. Space clown as a surprise hero. Penguin people. And the impending tragedy. Just got to throw in a few bowler hats, rapier sticks, and helium balloons and it will have everything.

Ha ha ha ha.

So, I love story,right.

Space clowns!!!! Ha ha ha

WOTF Stats
(2014) V31 – R
(2018) V35 – HM
(2019) V36 – HM, SHM
(2020) V37 – R, HM, SHM, Finalist
(2021) V38 – SF, SHM, SHM, HM
(2022) V39 – HM, SHM, SHM, SHM
(2023) V40 - tba, tba, tba, tba

Other Achievements
(2019) Cowboy for a Day, published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Magician's Midlife Crisis, published by Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) Survived lockdown with minimal emotional scarring
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!!
(2022) Echoes of Gliese, published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine (January issue)
(2022) Heaven or Bust, published by Bag of Bones Press: 206 Word Stories
(2022) The Button Girl, published by The Academy of Heart and Mind
(2022) The Reaping of Blackroot Hollow will be published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine
(2022) ... another publication, but I can't disclose details quite yet

 
Posted : July 1, 2019 3:01 pm
storysinger
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Read Dave's list of reasons for losing interest in a story. It could improve one's chances at success. wotf007

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HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1
HM-V38/Q4
HM-V39/Q2
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Posted : July 2, 2019 12:52 am
theGwiththecoolcans
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Finished the first draft for my Q4 story. Should have it cleaned up in a few days. My goal is to submit by the end of the week. If results for Q2 don't come out before then that'll mean I'll have 3 stories pending. Exciting! Anyone willing to swap stories? wotf008

3 x SHM
10 x HM
"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them." -Marcus Aurelius

 
Posted : July 2, 2019 6:03 am
Scafontaine
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Finished the first draft for my Q4 story. Should have it cleaned up in a few days. My goal is to submit by the end of the week. If results for Q2 don't come out before then that'll mean I'll have 3 stories pending. Exciting! Anyone willing to swap stories? wotf008

I'll swap with you, though it'll be a rain check on my story until at least end of August. Send me a PM if you'd like

 
Posted : July 2, 2019 8:23 am
theGwiththecoolcans
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Finished the first draft for my Q4 story. Should have it cleaned up in a few days. My goal is to submit by the end of the week. If results for Q2 don't come out before then that'll mean I'll have 3 stories pending. Exciting! Anyone willing to swap stories? wotf008

I'll swap with you, though it'll be a rain check on my story until at least end of August. Send me a PM if you'd like

Sounds good! I'll shoot you a PM.

3 x SHM
10 x HM
"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them." -Marcus Aurelius

 
Posted : July 2, 2019 2:36 pm
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