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Jason Toth
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Three years ago we welcomed Wulf Moon to the task of moderating the Writers & Illustrators of the Future Forum. His efforts culminated in the Forum being awarded by Critters Readers Poll as the Best Writers' Discussion Forum of 2020, and we kept the title for a second year by winning the award again in 2021.
 
Moon is cutting back his activity on the Forum to dedicate more time to his writing ... something we are all anxious to see more of! He will still be helping out, but...
 
We are very happy to welcome back Martin Shoemaker and Kary English to the role of Forum moderators. Feel free to welcome them yourself and start asking away with any questions. They will be there to assist as needed and to help enforce the rules of the Forum.
 
We look forward to many new participants and successful careers. And stay tuned for announcements of more judge and winner AMAs!


   
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Kary English
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Hi, everyone,

Martin and I have moderated here before, and we're both happy to pitch in so that Moon can have more time for his writing.

Cheers!

Kary

WOTF: 1 HM, 1 Semi, 2 Finalists, 1 Winner
Q2,V31 - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Hugo and Astounding finalist, made the preliminary Stoker ballot (juried)
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Cray Dimensional
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Posted by: @karyenglish

Hi, everyone,

Martin and I have moderated here before, and we're both happy to pitch in so that Moon can have more time for his writing.

Cheers!

Kary

Welcome Kary and Martin. Looking forward to your posts.

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


   
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storysinger
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Welcome to the new positions Kary and Martin. The forum is in good hands as always.

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1
HM-V38/Q4
HM-V39/Q2
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Martin L. Shoemaker
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Thank you all! And I look forward to more Wulf stories.

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Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North


   
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crlisle
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Hi Kary and Martin,

Welcome! Martin, you helped me get into the Forum in the first place. And Kary, you understand new writers and their struggles. I will miss Moon as moderator, but I really look forward to reading his novels and stories! Moon did a superb job as moderator. I am sure you both will do as well.

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


   
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Wulf Moon
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Thank you, @jason, for your kind words. It’s been my honor to serve as the Forum’s moderator these past three years, and I have been thrilled to see record numbers from the Forum stand upon the WotF award stage. It’s obvious the teamwork and knowledge shared here have truly benefited the members, and I have no question whatsoever that we will see many more Forumites on the stage in the years to come. As I’ve often said, “Winners happen here!” I’ve kept a close eye on member signatures and have noted how they climb in certificate results and publishing credits the longer they are with us. This is inspiring to all that come here and participate in the Forum’s many benefits. Well done!

As mentioned, to do the moderating responsibility justice, it does take much time. Moderators must keep up with daily posts, warmly welcome new members, answer questions both public and private, approve new member posts, and occasionally deal with spammers and other issues behind the scenes to protect our peaceful environment. Many have commented both publicly and privately that this is the most encouraging writing group they have ever been in. Well, positivity is what Writers of the Future is all about; it makes sense that’s the quality of people this Forum would attract. Thanks to each of you for your part in enhancing this positive environment. Well done!

Sadly, I can no longer dedicate enough time to carry out all of these moderator duties. I love helping others succeed, but as my wife keeps pointing out, it should not be at the expense of my own writing time and projects. The most immediate of these is the Super Secrets of Writing books, which I wrote in here to help all of you, and will be published this year through Mark Leslie’s Stark Publishing Solutions. This is a big project, as it will also entail live and recorded workshops. But in order to finish it up, I have to lighten my load elsewhere. 

Thankfully, two of the most capable people I know are ready to step in: Martin Shoemaker, and Kary English. They’ve both served in this role before, so it will be a seamless transition. Please join me in thanking both for taking on the duties as moderators. Well done!

Of course, Jason Toth will still be here to take care of troubleshooting issues, and I’ll still be checking in to cheer you on, and to keep guiding those that took up my challenge this year. Joni has said she knows I’ll keep helping out as able—she does indeed know me well. I wish all of you wonderful success as you continue to apply yourselves to your writing!

May fortune favor the brave!

Wulf Moon

 

 

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David Hankins
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@wulfmoon You have indeed made this forum a welcome respite for writers, a place where we can work together and learn. Best of luck with your publishing and I look forward to reading your Super Secrets books!

Congrats to Martin and Kary and thanks for offering to resume the roles!

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


   
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Cray Dimensional
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@wulfmoon I remember you welcoming me in as new writer that didn't know proper formatting, head hopped, and drove to story. It was through yours and others you taught in forum that my writing went from R to HM. I think of this forum as family thanks to you 

I am looking forward to learning through your upcoming Super Secrets books as well as enjoying your first novel.

Thank you for all you have done for the forum.

 

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, HM, HM
V39: RWC, HM, P
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storysinger
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Posted by: @craydimensional

I am looking forward to learning through your upcoming Super Secrets books as well as enjoying your first novel.

Thank you for all you have done for the forum.

You have shortened my learning curve by years with your helpful tips and encouragement. Wulf Moon

Thank you.

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1
HM-V38/Q4
HM-V39/Q2
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Silver Ships


   
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Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
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Three cheers for @wulfmoon for doing such an expert job as forum moderator for three years!!! clapper salute sunny And thanks to Kary and Martin. I know the forum will be in good hands. 

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 in progress...
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


   
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Ease
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Brilliant news for all!

R - HM - HM - HM - HM - P


   
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KD Julicher
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Woo-hoo! Better start behaving around here or Kary 'n Martin will have to rap knuckles and take names!

 

Just kidding. Thanks for the service, guys! A forum is only as good as its moderators, and this place has some great ones!

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!


   
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Martin L. Shoemaker
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Posted by: @kd-julicher

Woo-hoo! Better start behaving around here or Kary 'n Martin will have to rap knuckles and take names!

 

Just kidding. Thanks for the service, guys! A forum is only as good as its moderators, and this place has some great ones!

I have been accused of being aggressively encouraging. I'm not sure how I got that reputation...

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Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North


   
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Posted by: @martin-l-shoemaker
Posted by: @kd-julicher

Woo-hoo! Better start behaving around here or Kary 'n Martin will have to rap knuckles and take names!

 

Just kidding. Thanks for the service, guys! A forum is only as good as its moderators, and this place has some great ones!

I have been accused of being aggressively encouraging. I'm not sure how I got that reputation...

I'm sure I have no idea...

Thanks for the time you've given to the forum and its unruly residents, Moon! And thank you, Kary and Martin, for being willing to keep us all in line. We'll all behave. Right, guys? ......right?

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
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Scott_M_Sands
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Thank you, Moon. You continue to help so many in this amazing journey called writing. We look forward to your books, be it a fresh, update version of the Super Secrets or more amazing fiction!

Kary and Martin, I've seen and heard both of you with the 318r class (among other places). Glad to have both of you with us here on the forum.

shades

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
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Posted by: @swiftpotato

We'll all behave. Right, guys? ......right?

To quote Serenity ...

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
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Posted by: @martin-l-shoemaker
Posted by: @kd-julicher

Woo-hoo! Better start behaving around here or Kary 'n Martin will have to rap knuckles and take names!

 

Just kidding. Thanks for the service, guys! A forum is only as good as its moderators, and this place has some great ones!

I have been accused of being aggressively encouraging. I'm not sure how I got that reputation...

shades

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


   
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storysinger
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I remember those day's when Martin used that emoji.

 

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1
HM-V38/Q4
HM-V39/Q2
Published Poetry
2012 Stars in Our Hearts Notions
Silver Ships


   
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