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Movies and TV / Day Break
« on: November 16, 2006, 01:18:36 PM »
Did anyone else watch this last night? It's your standard Groundhog Day plot, except that any injuries suffered carry over from one day to the next. And it's not funny.

I thought it was pretty intriguing. And the previews at the end promised that all the answers would be revealed in the next 11 weeks. If it were a completely open-ended show I think it would be hard to take the same day over and over again, but if they've got it totally planned out from start to finish this could be very interesting to see.

Brandon Sanderson / UPC Science Fiction Awards
« on: November 08, 2006, 09:49:14 PM »
How did you get involved in this, Brandon? Did you enter something to the contest?

Webcomics & Free Stuff / Van Von Hunter?
« on: September 30, 2006, 12:13:37 AM »
Has anyone here read Van Von Hunter? It just went through this Harry Potter parody sidestory that was pretty funny, starting the strip after this one.

I think these guys' humor works better in the strip format than it does in the book format.

Writing Group /
« on: September 17, 2006, 02:35:58 AM »
I typed 11,332 words of my .hack book today. My fingers are so dead.

Writing Group / Would someone like to read my .hack novel?
« on: September 07, 2006, 09:32:14 PM »
This message is more for people who know me than peole I've never met.

Having not done any writing recently except for manga rewriting, I'm currently doing the English Adaptation (a.k.a. rewriting) for volume 3 of .hack//Another Birth, which follows the events of the 3rd .hack video game (but from BlackRose's point of view). I'm doing this very fast since I'm under a deadline of less than 2 weeks from now, but I think it's going more or less okay. Still, I'd like some feedback I might put to use for the parts I haven't gotten to yet. Anyone interested? The book's on track to be about 49,000 words long, and I've gotten through a quarter of that. I...didn't start at the beginning, though, since I hadn't ramped up my writing yet; I started about 10 pages in and will go back to the beginning later.'s more or less YA sci-fi/fantasy. With very Japanese attitudes. And the kind of feedback I'd be looking for is things I'm screwing up, writing-wise. The story itself is set in stone.


Rants and Stuff / I can't wear my backpack in the grocery store?
« on: August 19, 2006, 05:09:24 AM »
Went to the grocery store today (major chain) on my way home from work (I walk to work) to get some flowers, and I walked in and started looking at the flowers (which are right next to the entrance), and I hear someone say something behind me, and it's a security guard. He says, "Your backpack." I say, "Huh?" He says, "Your backpack." I say, "What?" He says "Please check your backpack at the desk."

I get annoyed. I think, he's just some security guard, it's not like he's police or the TSA or anything, and it's not like it's a convention art show. I say, "No. I'm not going to do that." I turn around, ignore him, and look at the flowers again. The security guard apparently walks away. I pick what I want and start walking toward the checkout, and pass another guy visibly annoyed saying "I wear it in here every single day" who then hands his bag to the guy at the desk saying "he said I'm supposed to give this to you."

Anyway, it's pretty insulting to me to be asked to check my bag in a grocery store. What am I, some suspicious-looking teenager? Do people have to check purses too? Briefcases? Huh? There is no way I'm going to check my backpack in a grocery store. Not gonna happen.

Brandon Sanderson / Emerald City review of Elantris
« on: July 31, 2006, 06:44:31 PM »
The review is here. (Note: it contains some MAJOR spoilers, including casually throwing in one of the major things the climax hinges on, so if you haven't read the book, don't read that review.)

Wow. She really dogs on Brandon's writing style. Huh.

The philosophical stuff is sort of noteworthy, with interesting questions--if you're into that kind of thing. But I can't stand philosophy or literary criticism. Still, this is one review that is at least TRYING to look at Elantris from a philosophical/litcrit angle, which I guess is nice, if you want fantasy to be accepted as literature.

I can't tell if she liked the book, though. I guess she didn't?

Brandon Sanderson / The Final Hero? (Mistborn title page annotation)
« on: July 29, 2006, 09:07:26 PM »
I like "The Hero of Ages" better...

Everything Else / Saturn's moon Iapetus is an artificial construct!!
« on: June 22, 2006, 11:44:16 PM »
This is a very cool website with some rather astounding images from the Cassini probe.

This two-colored moon that Clarke wrote about in 2001 has a 12-mile high, 12-mile wide "wall" spanning the hemisphere in the exact center of the dark area.

And there are features that look like the ruins of an ancient civilization.

Brandon Sanderson / More for downtime thread
« on: June 12, 2006, 06:26:34 PM »
This page has an error for me in the upper left corner (it says include("sidebar/rightsideba

There are also things on that page Brandon might want to add content for (release date, etc.)

Everything Else / Picture of late BYU Korean teacher Dr. Kim?
« on: May 21, 2006, 02:03:37 AM »
A friend from my old Korean class (with Nathan Jennings) stumbled across this picture and was wondering if it was Dr. Kim (Chabong). Sure looks like him to me. What do other people think?,16989,4218-1-6-163,00.html

Books / What places should I suggest for marketing?
« on: May 12, 2006, 04:22:36 PM »
This is for Stacer and other people who know--I want to suggest some good marketing outlets to one of our marketing managers, for spreading the word on our new Pop Fiction line of YA sff books, as well as our SF novel series Crest of the Stars. What are some good websites and magazine publications that are good to reach?

There are obvious answers, like Locus, Sci-Fi Wire, the big magazines like F&SF, Analog, Asimov's, others like Realms of Fantasy...umm...New York Review of SF...but really I don't know what else.

We get our stuff covered by Publishers Weekly and ICv2 with no trouble, but the only mention TOKYOPOP ever had in a genre publication that I can recall was back in 2004 in Locus in the article about Del Rey starting to do manga. Our marketing people don't really know how to market beyond the manga/anime scene. They're contracting with an outside marketer for the Pop Fiction books, and it seems like they might have a handle on how to market YA fiction, but not genre fiction. (Though good places to suggest marketing to the YA crowd would be good as well.)

Brandon Sanderson / Warbreaker
« on: May 09, 2006, 12:07:51 PM »
So...what is it? Sequel to anything? New non-YA project?

Brandon Sanderson / Annotation + AAAGH!
« on: May 05, 2006, 10:46:38 PM »
First off, back to the old


Oh. You forgot to close your " inside the <a href=" tag

Everything Else / The philosophy of review-writing
« on: May 04, 2006, 08:52:27 PM »
I've just been in a huge fight over at where I contended that reviews should be written with the target audience in mind, and that no matter what the reviewer thinks about it personally, someone who's not going to like the movie/book/etc. should come away from the review-reading experience scared off from the movie/book/etc., but someone who IS going to like it should come away from the review encouraged to partake.


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