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Books / Re: Children's Books Recommendations
« on: August 23, 2011, 07:04:55 AM »
Little Green Stocking Cap is the one complete story posted. I have previews up at Fairy Tales but the full tales are only available in the book. Information on how to purchase the eBook anthology is located on the front page of my website.

Books / Re: The Complete Borders Implosion
« on: August 21, 2011, 09:12:21 AM »
We need a bricks-n-mortar that is a destination. A cross tween a Hastings and a CC's Coffee.

Books / Re: Children's Books Recommendations
« on: August 21, 2011, 08:24:05 AM »
The Mad Scientists Club 1965 by Brinley.

Of course a shameless plug for my self published fairytales would fit here. :P

As of now I've never read the Alcatraz novels or Scibbler, so my honest answer has to be Way of Kings. I predict that Scribbler will likely top it when I get around to reading it. This is mostly because the better characterization.

Movies and TV / What was that Anime!!!?
« on: August 07, 2011, 02:11:47 PM »
I saw a series some time ago about artificial humanoids who "blossom" when they fall in love. They then become weapons similar to Pokemon except that they are perfectly capable of killing humans. A young man is refused admittance to Uni in Tokyo and begins collecting females who all wish to be his wife. In the end, he uses his growing army to destroy the company that created the humanoids.

Can anyone help me with the name of the series?

Writing Group / Re: work for hire - HELP!
« on: June 25, 2011, 05:41:16 AM »
Well that depends on your ability and the genre. A fair amount seems to me may be 3-5K advance and 1% on gross sales. Flat rate, might be 10-15 k initially and if it works out then increase the amount as you become a famous best seller.

Okay I'm late responding to this. I apologize.

I think you have a good narrative voice over all. You are not wasting time taking readers on tangents. You introduce the character early and and let us know where she is and her condition from the start.

The tradition of starting a book with a short introduction of the subject and the narrator is long and valued. Jordan did not invent it. And it really only has fallen out of fashion amongst the ADD and lost-gen readers. BUT it really has to come naturally from you, Don't try to make it happen if it isn't how you naturally start a story when you are telling one aloud. Practice telling stories aloud, it'll surprise you what you learn about your own narrative voice.

However I think that having a rape scene as the first page of a novel is going to be a hard sell anywhere but an erotica publisher. Most males just don't go for that, so you lose a lot of market share if you haven't already made them fall in love the character BEFORE she gets put in that situation.

Moving back and giving us a chance to get to know her first will help.

Everything Else / Re: Goodbye from T-Square!
« on: April 17, 2011, 08:48:08 PM »

Everything Else / Re: Goodbye from T-Square!
« on: April 17, 2011, 08:03:40 PM »
fyi: Eerongal there appears to be a spambot, since every post contains a shameless plug. Its likely just checking context clues for the conversation and trying to post something that sounds relevant, so i wouldnt pay attention to anything it says.


Movies and TV / Re: The Hobbit Movie
« on: April 17, 2011, 07:58:59 PM »
I wonder where the rest of that vBlog will be posted.

Movies and TV / Re: The Hobbit Movie
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:38:26 AM »
Of course the fact they already have the LoTR trilogy to draw on, some of the grunt work will probably go much quicker than usual.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: March 17, 2011, 01:59:56 AM »
Just reread Dragonsdawn by Mc Caffery. Was nice.

Just finished The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

Rothfuss is incredible. He is a rare good author in a period dedicated to shlock, yet seemingly genuinely self deprecating and humble about his work. "A Wise Man's Fear" is a sophomore novel and you might expect certain predictably disappointing shortfalls in such. From the terse yet poignantly humorous dedications to the bookend afterward, you should be pleasingly surprised. The secondary story, told in intercallary vignettes is easily as compelling as the greater epic told in Kwothe's colorful narratives.

Rothfuss apologizes for the time taken to write this second volume in what promises to be as rich and grand as Jordan and as literary as Steinbeck. But he needn't have. The time taken shows in the quality of the writing and the obvious measures taken to overcome the Sophomore Slump. One can only hope that Rothfuss has produced a "schema" such that others may follow his example. In writing he has proven to be as painstakingly efficient and creative as any Artificer in the "Fishery". "The Wise Man's Fear is a solid continuation of "The Name of the

My only real complaint was, where the name of the wind was very nearly a character in the book of that name, a wise man's fear is part of a thread that is nearly tangential, and only mentioned once. Though I suspect a good deal of the unresolved bits in this book relate to it and are really foreshadowing, he doesn't connect them to the fear in any direct way. That doesn't detract from the substance of the book in any way, but it stood out as an oversight because of the precision with which "A Wise Man's Fear" is constructed.

It's a good read, go ye forth and act accordingly.

Movies and TV / Re: The Hobbit Movie
« on: March 12, 2011, 03:35:06 AM »
I got an update from the horse's mouth that the Hobbit is supposed to be the whole book, while the second movie will be material from sources like Farmer (Jiles of?) Hamm and Simarillion.

Reading Excuses / Re: A note on critiquing.
« on: February 02, 2011, 02:23:50 PM »
Another very helpful tool for sharpening your efforts is the run a beat sheet, or pacing chart.
This is a very helpful tool for tightening your work and deciphering those vague phrases like "punch up the drama" or "tighten your subplot".

Reading Excuses / A note on critiquing.
« on: February 02, 2011, 12:39:17 PM »
Most of us have some background in writing or literature, while others have picked up the basics through hard work and observation. And while I don't remember anyone having too much trouble with critiquing, I thought a quick and dirty primer on the subject might be helpful. You can find a good run down of the major don'ts (not donuts) at: Critical Reason

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