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WriterDan
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This is a critique group for writers that will be entering a story for the third quarter of 2009 in the Writers of the Future contest (26th year), and do so on an early schedule.

Anyone is welcome to join. If you do though, please follow the directions for such. Currently, the group consists of me:
WriterDan

If you want to join the group for this quarter, please re-post the current names list in a reply and add your name to the bottom.

Deadlines for this quarter's crits are as follows:

March 1st: Start writing
April 21st: First drafts out for crits
May 14th: Second drafts out for crits
June 7th: Mail-in final drafts for Q03

Note: The official mail-in deadline for this quarter is June 30th; however, this group's deadlines are set up so that all entries can be mailed well before the deadline and hopefully beat the rush at the end of the quarter.

When you send out drafts for critique, please do so in a generic format so that everyone will be able to open your file. (eg. rtf, txt. Pdf is okay too, but won't allow for in-text comments.)

Sign up! And let's get busy writing!

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[This message has been edited by WriterDan (edited March 30, 2009).]


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WriterDan
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Yup, it's that time already. Man, I'm in trouble. Thought I'd still put this up anyhow. Get people thinking. Nothing wrong with that, eh?
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Well, I haven't quite got my present story polished and ready to send off but since that's in part due to a flash of inspiration and my starting of a new story for next quarter, I have to put my name down. I'm really excited about this one!


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Patrick James
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Sonofa...

That time already?!

Well, I'm in. I hope some new faces join and some old ones and some expert ones that can make my slops look good. Yeah, that would be nice.


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Maybe we should put a message up on the Open Discussion board, to let the new members who might not have wandered this far down know about us. What you think?
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Done. Good idea. We'll see what comes of it.
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What the hell...I'll throw my hat in the ring. I haven't started my story yet, but I've been noodling on it for awhile. Plus I haven't entered anything for WofF in a couple years, maybe. Time to get back on the horse.

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Hey, thanks for the invite on the general forum. I'd like to join, but I have a travel block for work coming up at start of April, till at least the 22nd, so I probably won't be able to have a finished first draft by the 21st.

Would it be ok if I jumped in late, or jumped in for the second draft deadline?

I've already started on the story, but I don't think I'll be done within the next two weeks. =(

Please let me know. Thanks!


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I'm up for it. I just started a project that would work.

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WriterDan
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So that everyone knows:

There are typically two groups that we sort into. Those that try to turn in stories by the real deadline, and those that try to turn things in a bit early (us). The regular schedule group will be starting up a thread for the next quarter in a couple of weeks. So, you can pick which group you want to join. Your choice. And, no we won't be offended if you bail to join the other group. We usually end up doing some cross-correlating toward the end of the quarter anyhow.


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Well, I'm tinkering on something that will probably turn into my next WotF entry. I've decided, however, to make it as perfect as possible before sending it in. In other words, though I have already begun, I don't care if it doesn't make it in until Q1'10. On the other hand, if it comes together in time, I'll be in with ya'll.
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Glad to see you around again, IB. Would be glad to have you around anytime.
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I'm not going to be able to make the current quarter's deadline, but I'm past first draft on the story I was going to use. So I'm in.

WriterDan
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I just finished the first draft tonight of a story that might work. I don't know what is good for WOTF, being new to all this.

It's a frothy fantasy.

Would someone like to do a quick scan of it to see if it's appropriate? It's 6500 words and the first 13 lines appear as 'Heart on a Sleeve' on the Fragments for Short Stories.

Let me know.


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I want to join. I've never done this competition and I'm scared silly to try and maybe my story really sucks, but trying can't hurt right? (this is my personal pep talk to get me to do it) I want to expand on the story I used for IB's short story contest.

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The fate of the world rests on my shoulders so I'm going to have to cancel my participation for this round of submissions.
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The fate of the world...

And I thought I told tall tales...

Well, if things clear up you know where we are man.


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Alright, if you're still taking on members, I'll give it a go.

WriterDan
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Thanks to Chris's post, I got one so I am in.


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Oh, no. Not snapper again!

(smacks forehead, thinks better of it and smacks snapper's)


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Put me in, coach!

Maybe the short I've revised half a dozen times will be WotF-worthy after a few more revisions.

WriterDan
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Add me too, I've got a couple of contenders that I am playing with that seem like they might be WoTF material!

Leslie

Oops forgot the list...

WriterDan
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IB (?)
BoredCrow
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Kitti
Snapper
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I win again!

Got my early draft done. Who wants it?


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I've got some time tomorrow. Send it over.
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Send it my way, too.
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You can send it my way too.
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Send it over to me. It'll be a nice distraction from the new puppy we got yesterday. It's like having a baby again!
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Thanks! Sent it to all that posted.

Five and half others. I'll send it only if you're ready. I am a bit early, after all.


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I'm ready for yours, snapper.
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I giggled and raised my hand. Shaking to and fro. Bubbling with excitement...

TEACHER! TEACHER! I'M DONE, TOO!

Any takers to lighten the reading load later in the month?


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If you're in the group and ready for a crit send my way, anyone(this means you, snapper. Oh, BTW this doesn't necessarily mean I am going to crit you an extra time.)

Not sure what I am going to do this quarter. I've got some stories kicking around.

Should I do a comedy, a sci-fi western, brief space opera... Any opinions. I know I am not going to send Joni that tired story I've sent her twice already. Last time it elicited a personal note from a KDW. Who is KDW?


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Me three!!

(I'm ready to send mine out, too.)


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Owasm, Kitti, and everyone else in the group: send me your story when it's ready. If I can't finish my crit the day I receive your story, I'll reply with an estimated time for my crit.

Patrick, if you can write comedy, I say that's what you should do.


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quote:
Patrick, if you can write comedy, I say that's what you should do.

Trust me he can't.

Just kidding you knuckle head. Why not a Space western opera comedy? You could be the next L Ron Hubbard.


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quote:
Why not a Space western opera comedy?

Okay, I'll do it.

But you are responsible for whatever mess this creates. I'll put that on the cover page. Dear, slush reader, please forgive the following story. The author claims no responsibility for its overall insanity and rather blames it on snapper. Also, hopes you do not think this is representative of the author's work and hopes you also forgive the typos which snapper is also to blame, for reasons I will not disclose at this time.


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Deal! As long as I get to rewrite it. I can besmurge both our reputations beyond repair in one fell swoop.

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Same goes for me. Send your stories for crit whenever they're ready.

I'm about half way through a story, hope to get it done in the next week or so.

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Why don't we have a Willing to Crit Now section, save people asking who's willing to crit when we've finished our stories. For easy reference:

If you're Willing to Crit Now, copy this section and post you name below.

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Oh how very logical!

Okay, so willing to crit now list continues:

darklight
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quote:
Deal! As long as I get to rewrite it. I can besmurge both our reputations beyond repair in one fell swoop.

This will be interesting. (Open mouth insert foot.)


Okay, so willing to crit now list continues:

darklight
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I'm willing.

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Alright! Sounds like a partnership. You write it, polish it, and send it my way. And I'll make a few insignifigant changes like changing your Action/adventure space western opera I Ron Pecs and the Squidmen Rulers of Gamma Nine to a rock and roll horror/comedy involving Mr. Osbourne and the Adams Family titled Ozzy and Hairy It. You'll hardly notice the difference.

Oh and the important thing

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Let 'em fly.

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Do you ever get the sinking feeling that you'll never get the story finished?

As they say, 'drowning, not waving.'


Just a random muse. Perhaps I'm in the wrong section?


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Hey, after a day of remastering a computer, twice, trying to get the internet to work, twice, installing anti virus software, twice, cleaning, washing, cooking meals, three times, going to the supermarket and taking care of various animals, I wrote 2,500 words and got my story finsihed! I'm so happy to have gotten a story done this early into the quarters.

So, for those of you on the 'ready to crit now' list, I'll be sending it across soon.


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Did you do anything just once that day?

Deja vu.


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quote:
Did you do anything just once that day?

Not really


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Is it too late to join? I should be done with my first draft tomorrow

WriterDan
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No problem Pixy, send me your story when its done.
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I'm done with my first hack--I mean draft.
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You can send it to me, IB.
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