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JVAshley
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JV Ashley, you're welcome.

I didn't know you were writing a novel. You might want to scope out THE FIRST FIFTY PAGES by Jeff Gerke. It's on Amazon.

As far as music listening appreciation, if you write fantasy, you might check out SLEEPSONG - Lullaby from a Secret Garden, and fantasy/horror, I'd suggest COME, LITTLE CHILDREN. Both are easily found on You Tube.

Best of luck with the novel and your Q4.

Thank You Retro!
I've bookmarked those to listen to while editing tomorrow--after jury duty. I'm printing out a edits I made today on my Q4 to do line edits while I wait through the jury selection process. Just doing my civic duty--and my WotF duty--at the same time.

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Posted : September 17, 2019 12:59 pm
Peter_Glen
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You might want to scope out THE FIRST FIFTY PAGES by Jeff Gerke

Sweet ... I have a serious problem with the start of my current serial novel (but not sure what the issue is or how to fix it)... this might help to iron it out ty Smile

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Posted : September 17, 2019 1:42 pm
Henckel
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Hey, speaking of serial novels, I'm listening to "Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius" on Audible. I got this to help with my ongoing Firefly withdraw.

...and and wow, these book do the trick.

They don't have any sort of deep and meaningful messages. They don't move my in any sort of spiritual way.... they're just flat-out fun and exactly what I was looking for.

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : September 17, 2019 2:38 pm
Peter_Glen
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Hey, speaking of serial novels, I'm listening to "Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius" on Audible. I got this to help with my ongoing Firefly withdraw.

...and and wow, these book do the trick.

They don't have any sort of deep and meaningful messages. They don't move my in any sort of spiritual way.... they're just flat-out fun and exactly what I was looking for.

the audible credits have been piling up so gonna check it out Smile

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Posted : September 19, 2019 12:42 pm
Henckel
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totally worth it. The first "episode" isn't all that, but does a good job of setting the stage for moving the series forward. From there, each one just gets better and better.

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : September 19, 2019 12:45 pm
Henckel
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Oh, Peter. see you're in Taz. Look east. Can you see me waving? I'm wearing a blue hat.

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : September 19, 2019 12:47 pm
Peter_Glen
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Oh, Peter. see you're in Taz. Look east. Can you see me waving? I'm wearing a blue hat.

Hi Neighbor!

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Posted : September 20, 2019 1:24 am
JVAshley
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Henckel & Peter Glen, I am inordinately delighted by the last two posts. wotf001

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Posted : September 20, 2019 4:04 am
Reigheena
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And I am in as of a few minutes ago. Now to start draft 2 of my Q1 story.

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Posted : September 20, 2019 5:14 am
storysinger
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Congrats reigheena on your sub. I made a lot of headway on my Q4 today and I love my story's direction. I am stoked.

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 : September 20, 2019 8:27 am
DoctorJest
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My story is done, but I'm tinkering with the language choices in a couple of places to tighten the thematic points. I was tempted to submit already, but resisted the urge to do so until I've finished this pass properly, so more likely to submit early next week.

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 : September 20, 2019 8:57 am
Disgruntled Peony
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My story is done, but I'm tinkering with the language choices in a couple of places to tighten the thematic points. I was tempted to submit already, but resisted the urge to do so until I've finished this pass properly, so more likely to submit early next week.

I'm in about the same place. I feel really good about this one, which is probably a dangerous place to be but I don't care. wotf008

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 : September 20, 2019 9:04 am
JVAshley
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My story is out for critique. I'll clean it up next week and possibly post it Days--Hours even before the deadline. wotf010

As apposed to Seconds which is my usual style. wotf017

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Posted : September 21, 2019 3:03 am
MichaelKingswood
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I have the guilt of leaving my novel alone. I wanted it to be finished by the end of the summer, and I am only a little over halfway through with its edits.

Oh, do I know that feeling. Aside from procrastination and distraction by other projects, my issue is that at 60k words into the latest novel, one that I've been wanting to write for a while as the start of a new series that I've been pushing off for what feels like forever, I'm realizing I'm probably only a third of the way done. Which is what I thought at 40k words. So the end keeps moving further away, it seems.

Ugh.

Oh well.

Off to distract myself with this week's short story. wotf001

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Posted : September 21, 2019 6:02 am
Retropianoplayer
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JV Ashley,

I think you addressed the post. I never posted anything about writing a novel, especially half-way.

You probably meant someone else. I only recently posted about Belgian dark chocolate.

Best,

Retropianoplayer

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Posted : September 21, 2019 8:52 am
Retropianoplayer
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Ah, I finally figured it out!

Michael thought your post was mine.

I still stand with THE FIRST FIFTY PAGES, however, to aid and assist in your novel creation.

And I'll always stand with Belgian dark chocolate.

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Posted : September 21, 2019 8:56 am
LDWriter2
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Okay, mine is done. I will be sending it in tomorrow or Monday. Tomorrow will be a bit busy with a couple of different things to do. Ohhh, boy some major changes: rewrite first thousand words or so, changed sentences, deleted at least a 1500 words probably more like at least 1750, moved things around, added a few sentences.

I think it's better but wotf017 I thought it wasn't that bad to begin with. Thanks to two people here it has improved though. Not sure if I helped one of them that much with his story-not for WotF. Not much I found I could advise him on. I hope that was because it didn't need much except a little tweaking. Not the first time I critiqued a story and wasn't able to find many suggestions for changes. It was good already and, at least to my knowledge, didn't need more.

Anyway, we shall see.

Working on turning Lead into Gold.
Four HMs From WotF
The latest was Q1'12
HM-quarter 4 Volume 32
One HM for another contest
published in Strange New Worlds Ten.
Another HM http://onthepremises.com/minis/mini_18.html

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Posted : September 21, 2019 1:02 pm
LDWriter2
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And now to redoing, at least the opening, of a SF story about a chef. I need it for an anthology about speculative food, and to work on a short tale about an Apocalypse. Need to put some danger in it or effort of some type. Then I hope to write one about outdated tech that may or may not be working. None of these are contests but still I want to try them all.

Working on turning Lead into Gold.
Four HMs From WotF
The latest was Q1'12
HM-quarter 4 Volume 32
One HM for another contest
published in Strange New Worlds Ten.
Another HM http://onthepremises.com/minis/mini_18.html

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Posted : September 21, 2019 3:07 pm
einstein36
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Done....latest story submitted for this quarter...
Onward now:)…

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Posted : September 22, 2019 1:13 pm
mrtevebaugh
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So I thought I was done with my Q4 submission. But now I am four weeks in on Dave's Writing Enchanting Prose class and madly trying to apply what I have learned to my story. Just not enough time! Guess I will just have to submit it as is when the day comes and hope for the best like every other time.

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Posted : September 22, 2019 1:40 pm
vjalrik
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I'm in.

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 : September 22, 2019 5:12 pm
DoctorJest
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And I'm in as well -- that's Q4 done and dusted! First time I've gone 4 in 4, so I'm pretty pleased about that. 🙂

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 : September 23, 2019 3:59 am
Wulf Moon
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And I'm in as well -- that's Q4 done and dusted! First time I've gone 4 in 4, so I'm pretty pleased about that. 🙂

Congratulations, Doctor Jest! THAT is the pathway to a win, whether here or elsewhere.

Good to see so many making deadlines. That's the mark of pro writers. Speaking of deadlines...

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As Tim Gunn would say, "Make it work."

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Posted : September 23, 2019 4:08 am
Henckel
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I'm in for Q4. wotf049

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : September 24, 2019 11:25 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I'm in! I was originally planning to wait until Sunday, but my husband read my story out loud to the babies and the energy was so infectious I did a few quick final edits and hurled it toward the portal at full speed.

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 : September 24, 2019 2:06 pm
Henckel
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I'm in!

Good work!!!!!! wotf010

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : September 24, 2019 2:07 pm
LDWriter2
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Posts: 1267

I be in this quarter

Working on turning Lead into Gold.
Four HMs From WotF
The latest was Q1'12
HM-quarter 4 Volume 32
One HM for another contest
published in Strange New Worlds Ten.
Another HM http://onthepremises.com/minis/mini_18.html

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Posted : September 24, 2019 3:12 pm
JVAshley
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CONGRATS, einstein36, vjalrik, DoctorJest, Henckel, disgruntledpeony, LDWriter2, and all those who submitted earlier!!!
wotf010

I am working on the novel this week and letting the crits for my Q4 simmer until the weekend. Then a Fix and a Polish and I might even be in a day early. wotf001

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Posted : September 25, 2019 5:24 am
Henckel
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CONGRATS, einstein36, vjalrik, DoctorJest, Henckel, disgruntledpeony, LDWriter2, and all those who submitted earlier!!!
clapper

I am working on the novel this week and letting the crits for my Q4 simmer until the weekend. Then a Fix and a Polish and I might even be in a day early.  giggle

You got this.

You can do it  fistinair

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : September 25, 2019 5:44 am
einstein36
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Posts: 69

Thank you.....I sweated, paced, and more, but I think in the end, we are all winners...:)

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Posted : September 25, 2019 6:57 am
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