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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:04 pm 
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The Nemo 8 guidelines have been simplified, fine-tuned but basically unchanged:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/cone_z ... elines.htm

I understand that Zencore! (Nemo 7) has been recommended for a Stoker award under the anthology section, as has also at least one of its stories in the short story category.
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My entry, which I guessed would be about 3 or 4k, is now at 10,600 words and still growing. Do you have an upper limit, Des? I know you've got between 2.5k and 12k but will you allow stories outside those parameters if they can't be made to fit?

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Hi, Bob, I'll look at anything, but I guess if it is over 12000 words, I'm unlikely to be able to fit it in, however good it is.
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Hi again Des,
Hmm tonight's count is 12800 and although it's coming to a conclusion it's still nowhere near finished. Think I'm going to have to get the pruning shears out in the very near future... :shock:
Isn't it weird how a story can take on a life of its own?

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Perhaps you should turn that one into a novel, Bob, and start a new story for me. des ;-)

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des2 wrote:
Perhaps you should turn that one into a novel, Bob, and start a new story for me. des ;-)
Ironically, the story I'm working on germinated partly from an abortive attempt at a novel which I've had sitting around for over 10 years. I tracked down the original file to a floppy disk. My PC at home doesn't have a floppy drive, so I had to bring it into work to convert it.

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I look forward to it, Mike! I imagine there will be many stories with differing takes on the phrase 'Cone Zero' in the world because of this project.

There's been another review of Zencore!, btw: “Word Doctor” is a beautiful fantasy about the title healer who has been fixing the broken words of the universe

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Variations on title received so far:
Koan Zero, Con Cero, The Cone Zero Ultimatum

Anyone googled 'cone zero' yet?

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Well you have got us first place on the google chart for anyone searching on "cone zero". As TTA's publicity person I should thank you for that, and I do, but we should also mention Interzone in the thread to get full value. So that is sorted.


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The bad news is: I have an idea
(or a cunning plan, more cunning than a fox that's been to cunning university, etc)

The good news is: I haven't started it yet.
I'm hoping to get the first draft sorted next week, but i've been a bit busy with dog, niece, finishing of draft 2 of "novel" 2, work and preparing for interview. Not necessarily in that order.

And I'm not going to do it on Google's suggestions - I was never that good a physicist or engineer ;)

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Blimey, that first draft will be sooner than mine, Journeymouse! My writing is currently restricted to half-hour bursts in my lunchbreaks. At least the use of a stone-age laptop (Win95 no less) means no internet access - a distinct advantage for someone as easily sidetracked as me! :wink:

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There are benfits to being only part time employed (shame about the low income), first among them being plenty of time to indulge in "interests". On top of which, when I get an idea/bee in my bonnet, I tend to be obsessive about working on it. Thus I have all the signs of being prolific.

Doesn't mean I'm any good, of course :wink: I'm just going to have to work on the literary equivalent of the "spray and pray" method.

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I was wondering if anyone has been irredeemably put off by the guidelines?

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Can't think why they would be, Des. I shall submit this time, more in hope than expectation, though I suppose I should lay my hands on Zencore first.[/quote]


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Have finished the first draft. I started it over a week ago, but the dog-cum-muse had a little problem dictating it. We're now testing it on our lab-rats (my sister and a friend).

And I'm not as nuts as that reads. Honest :wink:

And OT comment: I got a full time job, so I shall be slowing down in the new year and the world may be saved from my crass prose. You can all breathe a sigh of relief now.

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