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AliciaCay
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Posted by: @pdblake

I wrote my q4 in a couple of days and edited the following up week. It was one of those stories that just jumped up and wouldn't go away until I'd written it down. 

oh man, I love (writing) those kinds of stories! That's so awesome.

~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 : September 18, 2021 6:36 pm
MountainSpud
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While letting my 4th quarter submission breathe, I got started on another story and surprisingly, happily, finished the first draft in less than a week, which is much faster than I usually finish that draft. I largely credit my speed to two things: 1) I initially hand-wrote the story. I'd never done this before and rather enjoyed the intimacy of seeing the ink dry on notebook paper. With the change in process, I came to my writing desk excited, fired up. I plan to do the same for my next story. 2) Each day, I began my writing session with a warm-up of 10 minutes of free-writing whatever came to mind w/o any care to what I scribed. I never read what I wrote. It was liberating! It got the juices flowing. I heard of other writers doing this before but never gave it a go. Recently, I read, really consumed, the book Spellbinding Sentences by Barbara Baig. It's fantastic! Free-writing is one of many writing exercises she suggests.   

R X 3
HM X 3
SHM X 1

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Posted : September 19, 2021 4:42 pm
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AliciaCay
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Posted by: @jeschleicher

While letting my 4th quarter submission breathe, I got started on another story and surprisingly, happily, finished the first draft in less than a week, which is much faster than I usually finish that draft. I largely credit my speed to two things: 1) I initially hand-wrote the story. I'd never done this before and rather enjoyed the intimacy of seeing the ink dry on notebook paper. With the change in process, I came to my writing desk excited, fired up. I plan to do the same for my next story. 2) Each day, I began my writing session with a warm-up of 10 minutes of free-writing whatever came to mind w/o any care to what I scribed. I never read what I wrote. It was liberating! It got the juices flowing. I heard of other writers doing this before but never gave it a go. Recently, I read, really consumed, the book Spellbinding Sentences by Barbara Baig. It's fantastic! Free-writing is one of many writing exercises she suggests.   

Nice! Wow. I'll check out that book too. Thanks for the recommend.

 

~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 ♥)
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : September 19, 2021 7:16 pm
babooher
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The dirty draft of my Q4 is finished. Now to polish and get it critiqued.

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 : September 19, 2021 8:48 pm
Morgan
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Posted by: @jeschleicher

While letting my 4th quarter submission breathe, I got started on another story and surprisingly, happily, finished the first draft in less than a week, which is much faster than I usually finish that draft. I largely credit my speed to two things: 1) I initially hand-wrote the story. I'd never done this before and rather enjoyed the intimacy of seeing the ink dry on notebook paper. With the change in process, I came to my writing desk excited, fired up. I plan to do the same for my next story. 2) Each day, I began my writing session with a warm-up of 10 minutes of free-writing whatever came to mind w/o any care to what I scribed. I never read what I wrote. It was liberating! It got the juices flowing. I heard of other writers doing this before but never gave it a go. Recently, I read, really consumed, the book Spellbinding Sentences by Barbara Baig. It's fantastic! Free-writing is one of many writing exercises she suggests.   

Barbara has some wonderful free writing lessons on her blog: Where Writers Learn

"If you can do it for joy, you can do it forever."
- Stephen King
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Posted : September 20, 2021 7:36 am
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DoctorJest
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And, in! I'm actually really happy with the finished result, which owes no small amount to some wonderful critiques, so now it's time to try and not get my hopes up too high. laughing Time to get moving properly on V39.Q1, that should serve as a suitable distraction...

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 -nix-/-nix-/15% done
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, 2021 11:43 pm
Morgan
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Posted by: @doctorjest

And, in! I'm actually really happy with the finished result, which owes no small amount to some wonderful critiques, so now it's time to try and not get my hopes up too high. laughing Time to get moving properly on V39.Q1, that should serve as a suitable distraction...

Nice! And it always helps when YOU are happy with your own work. I've finished stories before and said to myself, "Sheesh, I'm glad that's over with."

clapper  

 

"If you can do it for joy, you can do it forever."
- Stephen King
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Posted : September 21, 2021 5:14 am
AliciaCay
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Seven days left until takeoff! I know most of us, if not all of us, have subbed a story, then read it again a week or so later and found that one ugh-ugly typo! Or omgosh, how did I not see that word was missing! Ahh! LOL
If you want last minute eyes on for proofreading--not a critique of the story--help finding unwanted added words, missing words, commas, forgot that end quotation mark, etc. Shoot your story at me and I'll look over it and help you submit a cleaner manuscript! ♥

PM me and I'll send you my email address.

Best of LUCK to everyone! eeep! this is getting exciting.

 

~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 ♥)
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : September 23, 2021 6:24 pm
Donovan Cedars
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Woo! Got finally mine in on something other than the last possible moment! That's a first for me! Maybe my incorrigible procrastinator days are finally behind me.

 

Probably not.  Definitely not. But hey, it's good to know its possible, at least. giggle  

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Posted : September 23, 2021 8:58 pm
Dustin Adams
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Posted by: @derbestin

Woo! Got finally mine in on something other than the last possible moment! That's a first for me! Maybe my incorrigible procrastinator days are finally behind me.

 

Probably not.  Definitely not. But hey, it's good to know its possible, at least. giggle  

My earliest sub was the 23rd of the 3rd month. We're tied for the earliest subs evar!

Seriously, if I ever subbed in say, month two, my head would explode. 🤯 

 

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 : September 24, 2021 6:16 am
JVAshley
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I have been out of the short story ring while I finished edits on a novel. It is ready to go out of submission now, and I have completed the first rough draft of a short story. By my usual time line of skidding in at the last minute, I am early on this one. 

Wishing you all the best of luck.

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : September 24, 2021 12:22 pm
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Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @derbestin

Woo! Got finally mine in on something other than the last possible moment! That's a first for me! Maybe my incorrigible procrastinator days are finally behind me.

 

Probably not.  Definitely not. But hey, it's good to know its possible, at least. giggle  

Getting in a week early is pretty solid. Great job! clapper  

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, 2021 2:27 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @axeminister
Posted by: @derbestin

Woo! Got finally mine in on something other than the last possible moment! That's a first for me! Maybe my incorrigible procrastinator days are finally behind me.

 

Probably not.  Definitely not. But hey, it's good to know its possible, at least. giggle  

My earliest sub was the 23rd of the 3rd month. We're tied for the earliest subs evar!

Seriously, if I ever subbed in say, month two, my head would explode. 🤯 

 

I felt the same way until last year, when I started writing during baby naps, and suddenly I had more fresh stories than I did WotF submission windows. Which was weird, let me tell you. whoa At that point I started treating it as a race with myself and started getting in as early as possible instead. Not sure if that helped, hindered, or was a neutral factor in my contest results, but it felt good not to have to stress about whether a story would be entered on time. That said, I definitely wouldn't recommend it for everyone, as it routinely results in four to six month waits for results and that can be, uh, stressful. uh-oh  

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, 2021 2:33 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @jvashley

I have been out of the short story ring while I finished edits on a novel. It is ready to go out of submission now, and I have completed the first rough draft of a short story. By my usual time line of skidding in at the last minute, I am early on this one. 

Wishing you all the best of luck.

Go go go! typing  

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, 2021 2:34 pm
MountainSpud
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@jvashley Looks like you're right on schedule. With a novel to boot, that ain't too shabby! Happy revising with the short! And go get em' on them novel submissions! salute fistinair  

R X 3
HM X 3
SHM X 1

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Posted : September 24, 2021 8:03 pm
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MountainSpud
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Not sure if that helped, hindered, or was a neutral factor in my contest results, but it felt good not to have to stress about whether a story would be entered on time.

I might give that strategy a shot. It'd be nice to not worry about that deadline. I got a first draft of a story written for an anthology call. As first drafts go, I like it. It needs some cleaning up and some other eyes to compensate for my blind ones, but I like it. Then again, WOTF is my numero uno market, so  shrug  

R X 3
HM X 3
SHM X 1

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Posted : September 24, 2021 8:09 pm
Donovan Cedars
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Maybe this is a silly question that has already been answered, but did everyone get a confirmation email when you submitted? I seem to recall getting them for earlier quarters, but haven't yet seen one for this go around. I see a confirmation of sorts on my entry profile; maybe the new entry process makes a confirmation email unnecessary?

I dunno, now I'm just second-guessing myself on everything. Did I submit the right file? Did I dot every figurative 'i' and cross every metaphorical 't'? Did I irreparably bungle up something simple and now the judges are all going to take turns laughing at me? This contest is one of the best things I've ever stumbled across, but it does quite the number on my anxiety levels!

giggle

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Posted : September 24, 2021 8:14 pm
Dustin Adams
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And with my 1000th post - I'm in!

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 : September 25, 2021 6:52 am
dommichaels
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@derbestin

No, but I asked the site administrator in a post on the new system and he confirmed that if you saw the acknowledgement on the screen, you were in. Joni said the same thing. So rest assured and carry on grinning . And best of luck!

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

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Posted : September 25, 2021 9:16 am
LDWriter2
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I sent in my story last night. A brand new one. Hopefully one of my best but I have said that before and either I was wrong or my best is not good enough no matter what I learn.  But with this new system does they still send out a got it e-mail immediately? 

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 25, 2021 9:43 am
Prate Gabble
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In.

After giving the humor piece a rest and reread, I was completely satisfied with it. That rarely happens.

Continuing work on the next piece.

Still available for crits.

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Posted : September 25, 2021 9:54 am
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Wulf Moon
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@ldwriter2 It will send confirmations one day when they finish tweaking it. It does acknowledge you are in when you submit. If you want an emailed confirmation as well, Jason Toth will be happy to send you one. Best of success!

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Posted : September 25, 2021 10:09 am
LDWriter2
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@wulfmoon   Thank you. I wanted to make sure my story went through okay, with this new system. 

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 25, 2021 3:38 pm
David Hankins
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Posted by: @axeminister

And with my 1000th post - I'm in!

Ooh, nicely done. Good luck Dustin!

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

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Posted : September 25, 2021 3:42 pm
MountainSpud
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& I'm in! happysigh   Good luck everyone! salute  

R X 3
HM X 3
SHM X 1

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Posted : September 25, 2021 4:01 pm
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Cray Dimensional
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Good luck everyone! I'm moving on to thinking about v39 and 1QTR ideas with a KYD. Now that I am on the chopping, I started asking my self if the story would be better from the other character's POV. Oh well I have time to explore options and more prompts.

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

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Posted : September 25, 2021 6:15 pm
czing
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Posted by: @craydimensional

Good luck everyone! I'm moving on to thinking about v39 and 1QTR ideas with a KYD. Now that I am on the chopping, I started asking my self if the story would be better from the other character's POV. Oh well I have time to explore options and more prompts.

My story that I'm pretty sure I'll enter for v39 Q1 went through a pretty big overhaul including a POV change. I fully expect it to be done pretty soon and I'll maybe send it out to some of the quick markets first before entering it to see if I can get any personal rejection notes Smile

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

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Posted : September 26, 2021 8:24 am
JVAshley
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@disgruntledpeony Yes, ma'am. typing  

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : September 26, 2021 10:26 am
JVAshley
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Posted by: @lost_bard
Posted by: @axeminister

And with my 1000th post - I'm in!

Ooh, nicely done. Good luck Dustin!

You are a Trooper, Dustin!

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : September 26, 2021 10:28 am
Morgan
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All right, gang...I'm in for Q4. This is the first time I've entered the contest in a couple of years. Sure feels good to be back.

Good luck, everyone!

"If you can do it for joy, you can do it forever."
- Stephen King
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Posted : September 27, 2021 5:09 am
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