2012 Forum Anthology Contests

Discussion in 'Writing' started by N. E. White, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Ummm, should I start praying you don't win? ;)

    By the way, for those of you who have been accepted (by your peers! bask in the glory), I'm tackling the final edit for some, and the first edit for the second batch, this coming week. For those of you who have received my edits and did not respond, I will simply accept all my edits without your approval (don't worry, I didn't change much). For those second batches, expect to see my revisions (that will need your approval or arguments against - don't worry, I'm a push over) sometime during the second week of October.

    Anyway, did you all send me bios and story blurbs? I seem to only have a paltry few...

    Sorry for posting this in the thread. I thought to send an email to you all but that seemed more cumbersome...for some reason. Plus, I kind of wanted to publicly shame a few into responding. :D
     
  2. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    LOL I'm a pussycat really - and I probably won't win anyway... :eek:
     
  3. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    :rolleyes: (where's the emoticon playing a tiny violin...)

    Spare us, Pete. We expect great things from you. :)
     
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    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    LOL that's the problem, you do - and sometimes you don''t get them! This month's flash has gone down well, but I've entered ones before that have been as popular as a fart in a two-man spacesuit....
     
  5. norm

    norm We parley for nobody

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    This might be a little late in the game, but I thought I'd share.

    I went to Nuit Blanche on Saturday, which is a big annual art festival that takes place on the streets of downtown Toronto. There was an exhibit called "Museum for the End of the World" that was. . . Well, interesting. Most of this stuff just seems like weird nonsense to me, but maybe some of you might find it to be just the inspiration you need for a contest entry. The first link is video from the exhibit, the second is a photo slideshow. I apologize for the quality, I shot it all using my phone:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA-oInfqC7w

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch7-g6J-JzM

    Anybody know what the coding is to get a preview window for each link?
     
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  6. Wilson Geiger

    Wilson Geiger Greymane

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    Not just you. I feel like most of that probably went right over my non-fine arts head.
     
  7. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    I maintain that most modern art is proof that you really can fool some of the people all of the time.
     
  8. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Yeah, sorry norm, but that was pretty horrid.

    I have a question for you all. One of our recent winners happens to live on the other side of the pond. I guess the first three all came from this side and I didn't notice any weird spelling (i.e. colour vs color, or organised vs organized).

    I remember the question came up before and I just pushed it aside, thinking I would deal with it when it came up. Well, it has come up.

    Do I edit one way, and change all the U.K. spelling to American spelling (or vice versa) or leave the spelling in their "native" dialect and just make a note of it at the beginning of the anthology (or in the introduction)?

    I like the idea of leaving the spelling localized. Adds a bit of flavor (or is that flavour) to the anthology. What do you all think?
     
  9. MrBF1V3

    MrBF1V3 aka. Stephen B5 Jones

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    I'd go with you on that. Leave the spelling the way it was written. This is an international group, it is to be expected.

    Oh, and about the edits. I put that stuff on the back burner, and forgot I had a back burner. If you don't hear from me in the next few days your edits will be just fine. I will also look to see whether I might have written a bio a/o story blurb. I doubt it, if I don't find any evidence I'll just do it.

    B5
     
  10. Igor

    Igor Ze vriter

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    I would keep the stories as they are and mention the international nature of the contest. That's the beauty of the whole thing.
    Igor
     
  11. Fung Koo

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    Presumably there will be a small author bio, which might mention where they're from. I would say it should be in the version of English used by the writer. There's no such thing as "the right English," no matter what anyone says!
     
  12. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Sound good. I'll leave the British spelling alone, but co-ordinate is gonna change to coordinate (likewise for any other non-essential hyphens). ;)
     
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    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Hey Everyone,

    For those of you who are keeping track (and fretting over your final draft), deadline for the Fire section of the anthology is tomorrow (Friday in my neck of the woods) 7 PM PDT. I'll be putting up the entries soon after so we can all get to reading the entries. :)
     
  14. Wilson Geiger

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    Pft. I met your real deadline, so I've been done fretting for weeks. ;)
     
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    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    I know. Sorry about that. Completely my fault. You have to admit, though, for never having done anything like this before, I think I've managed quite well.

    I'm just now starting to populate the document with all your stories, bios and blurbs, and even with the formatting all messed up, it is looking good! Can't wait to get in on my Nook to test it out in ePub format...
     
  16. G.L. Lathian

    G.L. Lathian G.L. Lathian

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    I think I speak for everyone in saying that you've done an amazing, spectacular, incredible and fantastic job.

    The time and dedication it takes to do what you've done is a bit intimidating. Every person that's entered into this competition should be grateful for what you've done, because without your help, this whole thing wouldn't have happened.

    Thanks for being completely unselfish. It's a trait not many people have.
     
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    Wilson Geiger Greymane

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    Oh, please don't take me the wrong way, Nila! You've done a fantastic job! Even if I don't make it, I'm excited to see the finished product. :)

    This is all you, in the end. This doesn't happen without you volunteering your time freely.
     
  18. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Not at all! I hadn't meant to come across as defensive. My apologies.

    And thank you for your kind words, Cononomous, but I am not being unselfish. I'm learning a lot during this process that I hope will translate to my own writing. It is interesting being on the other side of the fence of this whole process, too. I'm learning lots. :)
     
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    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Not at all! I hadn't meant to come across as defensive. My apologies.

    And thank you for your kind words, Cononomous, but I am not being unselfish. I'm learning a lot during this process that I hope will translate to my own writing. It is interesting being on the other side of the fence of this whole process, too. I'm learning lots. :)
     
  20. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    Seconded! When does TMSO Publishing Inc open for business then? :D


    <edit> and why can't I get smilies to work any more??