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AliciaCay
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I know I'm late to the game, but...

wotf056

Now, for a quick note of thanks...

So, I don't post on here a lot, I'm more of a lurker. Even if you don't know me (which is sad because I'm way cool) I know many of you by your names and posts, and do know I'm silently rooting for and encouraging each of you.

I could do an entire post, and likely will one day, on all the things this contest has done for me, and I haven't even won yet. But... that's not why I'm posting today.

I enter the contest every year. Haven't missed one in 5+ years. Last year, I was busy running around the country and turning my life upside down, and my results showed that with three rejections and only one SHM. This year, yes because of The Great Pause, I have spent more time at home, and therefore more time writing, and therefore able to put more time/effort/craft into my WotF stories. I think the difference shows. This year (Vol 37's entries) I got two SHMs, one HM, and my very first Finalist story. But...

Having more time to write isn't the only reason, in my opinion, that I've done better this year. I want to give a little shout-out to a few people and acknowledge a certain writing conference.

After said life was turned upside down in 2019, I returned home and had to put things back together. So, I needed and applied for a scholarship to the Superstars Writing Seminar (founded in part by several of the WotF judges: KJA, Farland, Sanderson, and Flint to name a few)
Then, I won. YAY! I was selected to attend in February of this year as a recipient of the scholarship (I was one of only two Writers of the Future sponsored scholarships to that conference, so yes, another thing this lovely contest has done for me), and was able to attend for the first time.

I can say, without hesitation or embellishment, that writing conference changed my life.

Not only did I leave with a head full of valuable information and a heart full of inspiration, but I met several people there from this here very forum. We have remained in contact, and while I'm not 100% sure they would be comfortable with me calling them out by their names (I don't mind doing that if they don't mind ;), they know who they are. I am grateful to have met you lovely, beautiful humans. You are all truly Superstars! ♥

And since meeting them, those lovely people have offered me writing (and life) advice and been an unending well of inspiration. They are more talented than they believe, funnier than you can imagine, and brilliant in so many ways. I often feel like that little duckling waddling at the the back of the line just trying to keep up with the big ducks. Although, these same lovely people continue to assure me that I do actually have something to do with the writing of my stories (ha!), and that we're sitting at the same (round) table. But... they say nice things like that all the time (I told they were beautiful humans!) #bigducks #OR4L #ohyesIdid

Anyway. There is more to this group than meets the eye. I love these forums and the friends I've made here, and should any of you ever get the chance to attend Superstars, I cannot recommend it enough. It will be back in 2022.

I'll leave you with my favorite Heinlein quote: (He's talking about life and probably writing, too 😉 )
"Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you--if you don't play, you can't win."

A thousand thanks,
Alicia Cay ♥

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, tbd
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : November 17, 2020 5:10 pm
Dustin Adams
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Posts: 984

Alicia,

Thanks for sharing your journey. It's very cool you got to meet some folks from here face-to-face. Now we just need to get you to LA for another superstars(ish) conference!

And grats on the silver. You really did rock v. 37.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : November 18, 2020 11:40 pm
chuckt
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Posts: 419

So, Henkel said grats, but didn't offer his final placement...
I believe there's a girl in glasses we're also waiting to hear from...

Sorry, I'm still getting over my emotional blow.

I didnt win. I'm finalist. Nothing more

Sorry man. SIgh.

36: R, R, R, SHM
37: R, HM, R, HM
38: HM, R, ?

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Posted : November 18, 2020 11:41 pm
Dustin Adams
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Posts: 984

Hi all,

I changed my original post to reflect the link to the winners, as well as a hefty copy/paste of all the names.
118 silvers this quarter. Insane. That's more than there used to be HMs!

Here's the link again:
https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writ ... volume-37/

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : November 18, 2020 11:42 pm
chuckt
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Posts: 419

Guys!!! I apologize for not posting my final results here sooner. Was at fyrecon all weekend and actually got my second call during Wulf’s class.

I.... did not win.

Joni told me I was number FOUR and said some nice things about my story the judges had told her. Oooh it stung this time. A bit of an emotional roller coaster. But *Shrug* that’s publishing, and honestly listening to everyone talk about desensitizing rejection at the con helped. It happens. It’ll continue to happen. As long as we’re on the path and continue to walk, we will get there. I’ll keep the faith and continue to enter. Who knows what the next story will hold? What YOUR next story will hold?

You guys are rockstars!

Also, huge congratulations Galen and Chris!!!! What a quarter!!!

Sorry Brittany. 🙁

36: R, R, R, SHM
37: R, HM, R, HM
38: HM, R, ?

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Posted : November 18, 2020 11:42 pm
Wulf Moon
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Alicia, thanks for sharing your results and the value of Superstars. It was wonderful to see you and many others from the Forum make it to that powerful writing conference, with, and without scholarships. I am happy the writing ring I set up for you guys continues on. You are a power group! One ring to rule them all!

Galen, Brittany, and Christopher, you were there! Three of you from the WotF Forum made FINALIST! I do believe that's a first in the Forum's history. WELL DONE!!! Brittany, sorry you got the no-go call while in my Fyrecon class. You carried on like the trooper you are! We will coin a new saying for you: FOURTH time is the charm. Smile
While we were doing the WotF panel at Fyrecon (thanks to those from here that attended!), Dave commented on how many more honors, especially Silver HMs, he had to give out this past quarter. He couldn't believe the caliber of all the entries, truly stunned! You guys were a big part of that, and they know it. Go back and read my Forum results tabulation. Awesome showing!

Here's to next quarter! Write hard, perfect your craft, and keep aiming for that bullseye! YOU'VE GOT THE POWER!

Wulf Moon
Forum Moderator

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Posted : November 19, 2020 7:51 am
LDWriter2
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Just for any counting you may do, even though it has been months since I could sign on I did enter this quarter and it was rejected. Thought I would do better because another editor liked the story but another complete reject.

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 : December 17, 2020 3:46 am
Dustin Adams
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Received my SF crit today.

The story is a memory transfer story - known as a frequent story type submission. Dave suggested I up the game in that genre to say something new. This goes to the fantasy discussion in the V.38 Q2 thread. Imagine how many fantasy stories Dave has seen. Bring something new!

The ending was sort of open-ended. Another critbit was the story didn't close the thread. Dave suggested it be closed. I reallllly debated this, even having written an ending that chose one way, and the other. Ultimately I left it open. I stick by my choice, but do consider how your story ends. I think he felt somewhat unsatisfied, and I have to agree with that feeling when I'm reading stories in the volume. I like things to close up tidy.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 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 4, 2021 6:06 am
CCrawford
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Received my SF crit today.

The story is a memory transfer story - known as a frequent story type submission. Dave suggested I up the game in that genre to say something new. This goes to the fantasy discussion in the V.38 Q2 thread. Imagine how many fantasy stories Dave has seen. Bring something new!

The ending was sort of open-ended. Another critbit was the story didn't close the thread. Dave suggested it be closed. I reallllly debated this, even having written an ending that chose one way, and the other. Ultimately I left it open. I stick by my choice, but do consider how your story ends. I think he felt somewhat unsatisfied, and I have to agree with that feeling when I'm reading stories in the volume. I like things to close up tidy.

That's very helpful. Thanks for sharing these insights!

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, HM, ??
Indie author of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth), and the in-progress Leyward Stones series--including my serial, Macchiatos, Faerie Princes, and Other Things That Happen at Midnight, currently available on the new Kindle Vella platform. The Vella story is also available through my Patreon, along with side stories, behind the scenes content, and in-progress drafts of other books from my Leyward Stones world.
Website: http://ccrawfordwriting.com. I also have a newsletter and a blog!
Upcoming short story publication in DreamForge Anvil, sometime in 2021!

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Posted : February 4, 2021 6:15 am
Reuben
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Thanks, Dustin!

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 : February 4, 2021 6:25 am
storysinger
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Thanks for sharing your experience Dustin. My latest sub is open ended. Doh! wotf004

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 : February 4, 2021 7:32 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Received my SF crit today.

The story is a memory transfer story - known as a frequent story type submission. Dave suggested I up the game in that genre to say something new. This goes to the fantasy discussion in the V.38 Q2 thread. Imagine how many fantasy stories Dave has seen. Bring something new!

The ending was sort of open-ended. Another critbit was the story didn't close the thread. Dave suggested it be closed. I reallllly debated this, even having written an ending that chose one way, and the other. Ultimately I left it open. I stick by my choice, but do consider how your story ends. I think he felt somewhat unsatisfied, and I have to agree with that feeling when I'm reading stories in the volume. I like things to close up tidy.

Good insights, Dustin!

As far as my SF goes, Dave enjoyed the visuals and plot, but he wanted more information about the viewpoint character's backstory, needs, and wants. The internal stuff matters, folks! (This remains one of my biggest struggles as a writer--getting the internal character stuff out of my head and onto the page. 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
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 4, 2021 11:34 am
MrH
 MrH
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I've been peddling my chiasmus wagon a lot, still think I'm spelling it wrong, but it's top notch.

I started planning a new story. Had a vague idea, got a page made a big v, noted try fails and resolution places then dot pointed the first half. For the last half, up the right hand side of the v, I simply reversed the events of the first, not completely literally, of course, but enough for the story to mirror itself. Bazinga.

You could try a similar thing for internal issues. Just make a blank page with places for the 7 points or what have you, then just scrawl in random emotions, what not, in some vaguely logical manner. Then write the story around it. The story should then anchor well to the character and their life.

Actually I may use that angle myself. Go get your own, ha ha.

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Posted : February 5, 2021 8:16 am
simplify
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Against all probability, I managed to submit to last quarter, woo! For the last year or so, every time the end of a quarter was approaching I told myself, "THIS TIME I'll finish this story that I've been chewing on for forever," and every time, the deadline sailed by with my story still sitting unfinished in its dusty folder and me going, "I am an idiot." wotf002

37Q4 I fiiiiinally managed to finish my submission by going into writer lockdown for 48h and doing nothing but writing and editing and occasionally snacking and dosing until I submitted it about 30min before the deadline. wotf001

Hopefully this means I've broken my WOTF-block now wotf004 On to vol 38!

Congratulations on finishing and getting your story in on time! Deadlines push you to get 'er done. Best of success with it!

Thank you! Yes, there's definitely some secret voodoo magic that makes deadlines super effective against the two great foes of the aspiring writer... procrastination and other life priorities wotf007

Vol 35 Q1: R
Vol 35 Q2: HM
Vol 37 Q4: P

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Posted : March 5, 2021 7:40 pm
simplify
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Against all probability, I managed to submit to last quarter, woo! For the last year or so, every time the end of a quarter was approaching I told myself, "THIS TIME I'll finish this story that I've been chewing on for forever," and every time, the deadline sailed by with my story still sitting unfinished in its dusty folder and me going, "I am an idiot." wotf002

37Q4 I fiiiiinally managed to finish my submission by going into writer lockdown for 48h and doing nothing but writing and editing and occasionally snacking and dosing until I submitted it about 30min before the deadline. wotf001

Hopefully this means I've broken my WOTF-block now wotf004 On to vol 38!

Very well done!!!! I have been in that boat occasionally. It's a hard one to jump out of. (I subbed just a couple mins before the deadline this Q....) V38 here we come!

P.S. Did you mean "dozing"? Or am I missing something....

Yes, "dozing" was meant.... though that typo had me LOLing when I realized what it could mean! wotf019 But no, no "dosing" going on, just a good old snooze.

Did you submit to Q1 Vol 38? I managed to, but now the Q2 deadline is already less than a month away and I got nuthin'... better get on that! wotf007

Vol 35 Q1: R
Vol 35 Q2: HM
Vol 37 Q4: P

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Posted : March 5, 2021 7:44 pm
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