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Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« on: December 18, 2012, 05:53:45 PM »
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I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012, 09:51:16 AM »
So excited!  Must write something new for this, because I don't think I have anything around that meets the guidelines, either prev published, submitted to prev contest, or too long.

Was hoping the word count would be 750 words like the EP contest--but 500 is a worthy challenge.  Some of the favorite stories I've written are 500 words, but they are HARD!

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 03:36:54 PM »
Whew, just finished the first draft of an entry. Very excited. Unblinking is right, 500 words is hard. But I made it work. Here's hoping...

I do hope PodCastle's Flash Contest goes back up to the 750 word count, though. I already have two fantasy stories for that contest cut, trimmed, squeezed, hacked, wasted, and bled down to 750 words. I don't think I could make them any shorter.
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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012, 10:59:41 PM »
I think PC wants the 500 word limit as well.  Sorry to potentially burst your bubble.

Keep bleeding it? :P
I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 03:34:16 AM »
I think PC wants the 500 word limit as well.  Sorry to potentially burst your bubble.

Keep bleeding it? :P

Are you sure? Last I heard they were thinking of 750 but hadn't decided for certain.

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 12:40:40 AM »
Hot diggity!  I'ma write me a coupla 500-word stories!
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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 12:56:57 PM »
*rubs hands together gleefully*
Excellent. Any excuse to be creepy is a good excuse indeed.
First story already done. Now for second creepy inspiration....come on brain...
Brains....BRAINS!!!
I love 500 words. It keeps everything from getting all bogged down and messy in my head...unless, of course, I want it messy. BRAINSSSSSS.
Now, I'm just being silly. Time to slither off and think some more.

Thanks, BDoomed for taking on this monumental task!
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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2012, 12:53:50 AM »
PC really hasn't decided.

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 09:08:20 PM »
I'm quite excited for this contest.  I had a ton of fun running the last one, and I hope I can make this one just as fun, if not better!
I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2013, 09:10:43 AM »
I just got a bunch of first drafts for my first story (technically, my 7th draft) and I think it's mostly done.  I'm pretty pleased with it, especially since it's my first attempt at horror.  Horror is hard, Horror and a 500 word limit is damn hard. 

I've got my second idea for a story but it'll require a ton of research, and is a big gamble with regards to the audience.  Really excited for this!

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2013, 10:13:35 AM »
Still contemplating what I want to write.  Haven't been in much of a writing spirit for the last month or so, hopefully can get back into it before the deadline!

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 04:05:29 PM »
Submitted story #1!

Story #2 is in a draft and out at first readers. Plenty of time to revise it and send it in.  :)

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2013, 04:51:14 PM »
I'm quite excited for this contest.  I had a ton of fun running the last one, and I hope I can make this one just as fun, if not better!

Are you doing microflash again for each segment?
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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2013, 05:41:51 PM »
Hard at work!  Was working on it this morning, about 2/3rds of the way done when I checked my word count and found it...  at 950.  Oh Crom, this is going to be hard.

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2013, 06:07:20 PM »
I'm quite excited for this contest.  I had a ton of fun running the last one, and I hope I can make this one just as fun, if not better!

Are you doing microflash again for each segment?

Yup yup! :D I had a lot of fun doing them last time, they are generally unobtrusive, and some people seemed to like them!
I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2013, 07:15:48 AM »
I'm very disappointed in myself for not having tried my hand at writing a flash story for Escapepod, so I'm jumping into this one.  This would be my second real attempt at writing fiction.  It's going at a snail's pace, but I should have a working story by the start of next week. 

Can't wait to have it torn to pieces.

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2013, 02:02:32 PM »
Yep, I'm in too.

I've got two stories I want to use - one is a 3,000 word short story I wrote for nanowrimo that I'm going to try to shrink down to 500 words... so far the going is pretty rough... and the other is one that I'm writing just for the contest.  I'm done with the second draft on it, but I'm running into the problem that my wife is usually my editor and she REALLY doesn't like horror.  Are any of you using editors?  My daughter is actually a pickier editor than my wife is, so she would be an option except that this is horror and horror can be kind of disturbing.  I'm not sure I want her editing my stuff. 

How do horror writers find editors that like horror, but don't want to participate in the Pseudopod contest?

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2013, 07:05:24 PM »
http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/writing-advice-from-famous-authors

some actual good advice, I love the mark twain quote at #16

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2013, 04:07:54 AM »
Some advice from one of my favorite authors these days.

http://www.slideshare.net/PatrickEMcLean/how-to-kill-a-word
I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?

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Re: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2013, 11:29:45 AM »
I am amused that both those links used Stephen King quotes about editing. They're compelling quotes, but boy does he not follow them.  I'm not convinced he has an editor.
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