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RETreasure
(@rschibler)
Gold Star Member
 

@chwalter 3 pending is a whole mood, let me tell you. Thursday Never Ends.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: (P)F, SHM, F, F
V39: SHM, SHM, P, P
Always Available for 5-page Critiques
CV & Editing Services: www.rebeccaetreasure.com
Reviews & Short Stories: www.patreon.com/rebeccaetreasure

 
Posted : August 5, 2022 6:05 pm
Dustin Adams, Cherrie, MarathonCoder and 4 people reacted
ajschultz6
(@ajschultz6)
Bronze Member
 

I'm about a third of the way through my Q4 first draft. It's a good way to stay occupied while waiting for results!

v37: Q3HM
v38: Q1R, Q2HM, Q3HM
v39: Q2HM, Q3P, Q4 In Progress
I'm available for critique exchanges via PM.

 
Posted : August 5, 2022 6:05 pm
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Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 

@axeminister I’d be happy to give a critique too. Count me in. 

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 5, 2022 6:54 pm
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
Gold Star Member
Topic starter
 

Thanks Anna.

If you and Jillian want to send me your e-mails, I'll forward the 450 for now. That way if you don't care for the style you're not stuck with an 8k monster. You can be like, thanks for letting me read your 450 ... ... ... and I'll get the hint. laughing  

2x Finalist
2x Semi
8x Silver
10x HM
Finalist #2 Read it here!

 
Posted : August 5, 2022 8:53 pm
Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 

@axeminister lol! I'll be happy to read the 8k monster. Or the 17k super monster. grinning I look forward to the 450 for now. smiley

It's anna.adamantiumskin@gmail.com 

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 5, 2022 9:52 pm
Dragonchef
(@dragonchef)
Silver Star Member
 

@wahlquistj -

Princess Wahlquistj. Has a nice ring to it.

3 HMs
6 SHMs
Umpteen Rs
Still hoping and working toward better -
One of these days, Alice . . . POW! We're going to the moon!

 
Posted : August 6, 2022 4:26 pm
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Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 

I’m not sure if it was last night or the night before, but I dreamed that I was rationalizing why my Q4 entry should get placed somewhere, even if it was an HM. I guess I’ve been thinking that much about it, that WotF has started to creep into my dreams too. 

Anyone else have dreams about the contest? If you can share them, I’d like to hear, just so I can tell myself that I’m not the only one wanting to know the results. (I know the Q4 contest hasn’t even ended yet so I’ll be waiting like another 5 months. 😆 ) 

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 3:19 am
Cherrie
(@clfors)
Silver Member
 

@rschibler I’ve been feeling that mood! With our quarter two results out I’m feeling reinvigorated though. 

But I’m torn…I’m editing my fourth novel so I was going to submit a story written earlier this year for a different venue(Didn't win) It’s a good story and suitable for WOTF but now I do have another story idea ready to write for quarter four if I decide to go that route instead…So either I polish this other one and submit or write a whole new one. 

I’ve been submitting only new stories to WOTF for a while now and getting consistent HMs. I don’t want to lose momentum but I really want this novel finished.

3x Finalist Illustrators
3x Semi finalist Illustrators
1x HM Illustrators
6x HM Writers
https://clforsauthor.com
Author of the Primogenitor series: Progeny, Adaptation, Reunion Available on Amazon under CL Fors

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 4:48 pm
Wahlquistj
(@wahlquistj)
Bronze Member
 

I’m a little over halfway through with my Q4 story first draft. It’s good. We’ll have to see if they like it. It’s been fun to see my evolution. 

I’ve always been a competent wordsmith, but finishing stories eluded me. Then I began finishing stories, but cohesive plot eluded me, except by accident. Over these last few months, I can feel the puzzle finally coming together. Now I just need to nail the flow and edit for tightness (probably the reason my Q3 story will hit the reject pile). 

This contest has been fun because I feel it is helping me become a better writer. Win or lose, it makes me write pieces I am proud of. 

V33- SF
V38- SHM, HM
V39- HM,P

 
Posted : August 11, 2022 7:05 am
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David Hankins
(@lost_bard)
Gold Member
 
Posted by: @wahlquistj

This contest has been fun because I feel it is helping me become a better writer. Win or lose, it makes me write pieces I am proud of. 

And that, right there, is the entire reason for this contest. Building the next generation of SFF authors. Have fun writing your Q4!

Winner, Volume 39, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Place
V38: HM, HM, SHM
V39: HM, 3rd Place

Published Stories:
"A Properly Spiced Gingerbread" in DreamForge Anvil Volume 7
"The Last Quest of Corbin the Coward" in Factor Four Magazine
"Reassessed Value" in Third Flatiron's After the Gold Rush Anthology

 
Posted : August 11, 2022 11:53 am
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Cherrie
(@clfors)
Silver Member
 

@wahlquistj I feel the same! I’ve grown a lot as a writer and visual artist since starting the contest and I’m getting better at finishing stories I’ve assigned to myself on a schedule as opposed to only writing from sudden inspiration. 

I’ve seen that growth you’re talking about in your writing as well! Can’t wait to read your next one!

3x Finalist Illustrators
3x Semi finalist Illustrators
1x HM Illustrators
6x HM Writers
https://clforsauthor.com
Author of the Primogenitor series: Progeny, Adaptation, Reunion Available on Amazon under CL Fors

 
Posted : August 11, 2022 4:41 pm
Joel C. Scoberg
(@joel-c-scoberg)
Bronze Star Member
 

I'm hoping to get a submission in this quarter. I changed jobs last year which entirely derailed my writing process and left me unable to write, which also stopped me hitting four quarters in a row (I hit 3!) sadness However, I changed jobs again recently and I've got back into writing and hope to finish a piece I started well over a year ago in time for 30 September. May be a bit ambitious to get a crit exchange in too giggle !!

 
Posted : August 12, 2022 2:29 pm
Dragonchef
(@dragonchef)
Silver Star Member
 
Posted by: @joel-c-scoberg

May be a bit ambitious to get a crit exchange in too giggle !!

Ambition is good . . . as long as you don't throw anyone off a cliff, or bury them in the desert, or drop them into an active volcano.

3 HMs
6 SHMs
Umpteen Rs
Still hoping and working toward better -
One of these days, Alice . . . POW! We're going to the moon!

 
Posted : August 12, 2022 2:42 pm
Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 

I totally forgot to include the word count on my submission. Is that like, bad? Sorry. ☹️ 

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 12, 2022 11:52 pm
Jason Toth
(@jason)
Silver Star Member Admin
 
Posted by: @annax

I totally forgot to include the word count on my submission. Is that like, bad? Sorry. ☹️ 

Having a word count on the first page of the manuscript is preferred, but not required for submission. Just make sure you don't put your name on it and you are under the maximum word count per the Contest rules. Good luck with your story.
 
Posted : August 13, 2022 12:22 am
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Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 
Posted by: @jason
Having a word count on the first page of the manuscript is preferred, but not required for submission. Just make sure you don't put your name on it and you are under the maximum word count per the Contest rules. Good luck with your story.

I'll make sure to remember it for next quarter. Thank you!

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 13, 2022 12:23 am
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RETreasure
(@rschibler)
Gold Star Member
 
Posted by: @annax
Posted by: @jason
Having a word count on the first page of the manuscript is preferred, but not required for submission. Just make sure you don't put your name on it and you are under the maximum word count per the Contest rules. Good luck with your story.

I'll make sure to remember it for next quarter. Thank you!

https://www.shunn.net/format/story/

This is the industry standard. Just make sure to anonymize for WotF, and triple check any market you submit to for any particulars (some places prefer Arial, or single spaced, etc).

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: (P)F, SHM, F, F
V39: SHM, SHM, P, P
Always Available for 5-page Critiques
CV & Editing Services: www.rebeccaetreasure.com
Reviews & Short Stories: www.patreon.com/rebeccaetreasure

 
Posted : August 13, 2022 1:00 am
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Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
Gold Star Member
Topic starter
 

Anna,

The story I sent you is in a format honed by years of refinement to WotF preferences. Granted, they are Dave's, but still safe. Font, margins, italics, how many lines on the first page, etc. When I start a new story I take the old one, save it under a new name, delete the text, and start typing.

I would like to know Jodi's preferences tho.

Courier or TNR?
Italics or underlines?

You know, so I can update my format. winking  

2x Finalist
2x Semi
8x Silver
10x HM
Finalist #2 Read it here!

 
Posted : August 13, 2022 9:50 am
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Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 

@axeminister 

That’s a great idea! Get it right, save as, delete text, then start typing. I’ll save a template so it’ll be easier. Thanks for the idea! 😊

Lol. Maybe Jodi will let you know what she prefers! 😁

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 13, 2022 2:43 pm
Cray Dimensional
(@craydimensional)
Gold Member
 

Working on QTR 4. Glad to have time without twitching.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, HM, HM
V39: RWC, HM, P
"Amore For Life" in After the Gold Rush Third Flatiron Anthologies

 
Posted : August 13, 2022 7:43 pm
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crlisle
(@crlisle)
Silver Star Member
 

@annax see the WoTF podcast. Jody is the current guest

2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- HM
2022 Quarters: 1st -- SHM, 2nd -- RWC, 3rd -- Pending, 4th -- WIP
To be published in: Martian Magazine
Published in: Galaxy's Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, LTUE Anthology Parliament of Wizards, Sci Fi Lampoon

 
Posted : August 13, 2022 7:52 pm
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Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 
Posted by: @crlisle

@annax see the WoTF podcast. Jody is the current guest

Oh! I'll go check it. Thank you!

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 13, 2022 10:53 pm
Jason Toth
(@jason)
Silver Star Member Admin
 

@annax here is a link to the forum that I post the weekly podcast on each week if you want to subscribe to be alerted when the new one goes up:

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/forum/interviews-entrants-judges-past-winners/writers-illustrators-of-the-future-podcast/#post-45457

Here is the link to the this weeks Jody Podcast:

186. Jody Lynn Nye, the roll of SF&F on the future of civilization

 
Posted : August 13, 2022 11:39 pm
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Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 
Posted by: @jason

@annax here is a link to the forum that I post the weekly podcast on each week if you want to subscribe to be alerted when the new one goes up:

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/forum/interviews-entrants-judges-past-winners/writers-illustrators-of-the-future-podcast/#post-45457

Here is the link to the this weeks Jody Podcast:

186. Jody Lynn Nye, the roll of SF&F on the future of civilization

Perfect! 🥰

Thank you so much for finding it for me. I’m going to go listen now. 😊

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 14, 2022 2:06 am
Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
(@physa)
Silver Star Member
 

I think I've figured out my Q4 story I want to invest my time and energy on. Just have to get it written, :). I know the characters and the situations. I'm not sure how it will end, but I do know how it will start and a good bit of the middle.

Loved the podcast with Jody Lynn Nye by the way. It helped me get over my current writing slump. 

WOTF results:
Before Moon's Vol 39 challenge, 6 R's: Vol 31 Q3, Vol 33 Q3, Vol 35, Q4, Vol 37 Q3 and Q4, and Vol 38 Q3.
For Moon's Vol 39 challenge:
Q1 RWC, Q2 HM, Q3 P, Q4 in progress...
IOTF results:
Vol 39: Q1 HM, Q2 R, Q3 P, Q4 P
According to Winston Churchill, "success is going from failure to failure with enthusiasm"
Somehow I lost my Guthington profile, but it's me. Amy Wethington = Guthington = Physa

 
Posted : August 15, 2022 11:34 am
Todd Jones
(@toddjones)
Bronze Star Member
 
Posted by: @physa

I think I've figured out my Q4 story I want to invest my time and energy on. Just have to get it written, :). I know the characters and the situations. I'm not sure how it will end, but I do know how it will start and a good bit of the middle.

Loved the podcast with Jody Lynn Nye by the way. It helped me get over my current writing slump. 

Started my next entry months ago, then life got in the way. Now, motivation is hard to come by.

Beginnings, middles and ends all have their hurdles.  Beginning - done, middle - on the way, but trouble lurks if I don't keep moving, end - quadi-done, but may change depending on middle works out.

I keep thinking of Dory's motivation, "Just Keep Swimming. Just Keep Swimming"

typing

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."~ Henry Ford

2021 - Q4 - V38 - HM
2022 - Q1 - V39 - SHM
2022 - Q2 - V39 - HM
2022 - Q3 - V39 - Submitted
2022 - Q4 - V39 - Weaving Tale

 
Posted : August 15, 2022 1:40 pm
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Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
(@physa)
Silver Star Member
 

Now that I've got my IOTF Q4 entry submitted, Hot Drink

Party Time to get my Q4 story to take off... Cool

typing Writers write! Wink  

[enters into the tent, coffee mug in hand]

[ready to wrestle characters and plot]

[to the ground]

[Ooo pretty blue smilies, pear, and black emos]

[focus! steady now]

WOTF results:
Before Moon's Vol 39 challenge, 6 R's: Vol 31 Q3, Vol 33 Q3, Vol 35, Q4, Vol 37 Q3 and Q4, and Vol 38 Q3.
For Moon's Vol 39 challenge:
Q1 RWC, Q2 HM, Q3 P, Q4 in progress...
IOTF results:
Vol 39: Q1 HM, Q2 R, Q3 P, Q4 P
According to Winston Churchill, "success is going from failure to failure with enthusiasm"
Somehow I lost my Guthington profile, but it's me. Amy Wethington = Guthington = Physa

 
Posted : August 17, 2022 12:35 pm
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Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
Gold Star Member
Topic starter
 

An excellent use of the new emojis! Smile  

2x Finalist
2x Semi
8x Silver
10x HM
Finalist #2 Read it here!

 
Posted : August 18, 2022 8:56 pm
Wulf Moon, David Hankins, Anna X and 1 people reacted
babooher
(@babooher)
Silver Member
 
Posted by: @physa

Now that I've got my IOTF Q4 entry submitted,

It took me way too long to figure out what IOTF is. I'd like to say it's because of my laser-like focus on writing, but I have to admit it's probably just stress, low IQ, or some combination of both. Good luck with your illustration and your writing @physa!

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: SHM, Q4: SHM
2022 Q1: SHM, Q2 RWC, Q4 WIP

 
Posted : August 20, 2022 11:11 pm
Anna X
(@annax)
Bronze Star Member
 
Posted by: @babooher

It took me way too long to figure out what IOTF is. I'd like to say it's because of my laser-like focus on writing, but I have to admit it's probably just stress, low IQ, or some combination of both.

Me too! I didn’t say it out loud though. It took me a long moment to figure out that IotF was the illustrator part of the contest. Silly us. 😁

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: submitted

 
Posted : August 21, 2022 1:27 am
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