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Howard Tayler / Oh, they would pick Celeschul, wouldn't they?
« on: January 03, 2011, 07:10:27 AM »
The Toughs have so many ties to this particular world. So much history that could come back to bite them. I'm getting an inkling of what sorts of trouble they could get into...heh.  ;D

Books / Are Star Wars books worth reading?
« on: July 06, 2010, 04:01:04 AM »
Hey guys,

So, I was thinking the other day (a dangerous pastime, I know) about how really awful the Star Wars movies are in so many ways, and how I love them anyway. The world is so rich and varied and deep and generally awesome, and the writing is atrocious.

Then I realized that there are a boatload of books set in the Star Wars universe and not written by Lucas. I've avoided them on the principle that movie to book adaptations are never worth reading, but maybe I've been wrong in this particular case. Are Star Wars books worth reading, and if so, which ones?

Reading Excuses / June 8 - Ryos - Benders - Chapters 2b and 3
« on: June 09, 2010, 05:49:39 AM »
Thanks for putting up with the late submission.

So, I realized that I needed to expand chapter 2 in order to bridge to chapter 3. So, read chapter 2b as though it were tacked onto the end of the previously submitted chapter 2.

In my first submission, I had not yet decided what to call Thoracious' country, so I left {country} placeholders in the text. I have tentatively named it Nalend.

Thanks again.

Brandon Sanderson / "Running Spellcheck"
« on: May 24, 2010, 08:45:18 PM »
This is just an idle curiosity.

I've seen Brandon post to his twitter that he had to "run spellcheck" on Towers of Midnight. I've seen Patrick Rothfuss post the same to his blog, mentioning that it takes some six hours for him to spell check en entire novel.

My reaction is still "WTF? I haven't 'run spellcheck' since, oh, 1998, when they started doing it for you as you type." Is there a reason why authors don't use inline spell checking, or is it just a personal preference?

Reading Excuses / May 17 2010 - Ryos - Benders - Chapters 1 and 2
« on: May 18, 2010, 07:39:24 AM »
Here you are. "Benders" is a working title. This novel takes place just after the events of one of my previous submissions, the short story Dalrymple, the King, and the Future, though I should note that reading that story is not a prerequisite for this one. In other words, I tried to write this to an audience who hadn't read the prequel short.

Those who read DtKatF and follow the Progress and Submission Reports thread will note that Dalrymple's brain be a'talkin' again. Yes, I cut it from the short story. Yes, I'm bringing it back in the novel. AND YES, I know that most of you hated the brain. I think I have a pretty good in-world reason for bringing it back. I still think it's pretty funny. But! Please let me know if you still hates it.

Reading Excuses / Tofu, the awesome reader app
« on: May 17, 2010, 04:39:14 AM »
Hey guys,

Just thought I'd share a little gem of an app that I've recently discovered with y'all. It's called Tofu, it's free, and it's a Mac-only reader for RTF, Plain Text, and Word documents. Let's face it: reading submissions in an interface designed for writing is a pain. Tofu lays out your documents in readable columns that scroll smoothly from left to right. And, well, that's it. But! It has made reading your submissions a much more pleasant experience for me, so I thought I'd share.

At first I was a little put off by the horizontal scrolling, but then I realized that not only is that how books read, but it's also the only method that makes sense when using multiple columns.

Heh, I may well be the only Mac user in the group. If that's the case, sorry for gloating. :)

I hate genres. Genres suck.

Despite reading numerous glowing reviews, and despite receiving your numerous assurances, and despite even reading the first chapter in the bookstore before buying it, I still went into I Am Not a Serial Killer expecting something at least resembling horror. I thought it might be a little dark, and more than a little disturbing, and even fairly gruesome, but it was none of those things. (Okay, it was a little gruesome, but not in a disturbing way.)

I stubbornly continued to cling to these notions because I was told it was a horror novel, and that's what I've come to expect from horror.

The first couple of chapters are the most disturbing in the book, and not because of all the embalming. It comes from the foreignness of looking through the eyes of someone with antisocial personality disorder. Sociopathy is not something I have any experience with; it's alien and scary, and coming face to face with it had me a little weirded out.

Then, I got to know John better, and I realized just how human he is. He has a crippling disorder, but then, so do I; all humans do. We're human—we're imperfect. We all have to struggle to rise above our baser natures and be good in spite of ourselves. John has to fight harder than most, but the amazing and inspirational thing is that he does.

Yes, I'm inspired by John Cleaver. His story is uplifting, and it makes me want to be a better person. I Am Not a Serial Killer took me on an emotional roller coster—I felt bad for John, I worried for John; I gloried in his triumphs and sorrowed for his failures; I laughed and, yes, at the end I cried. It gripped me and held me tight, and I could scarcely put it down.

What it did not ever do was scare me. "Horror" my foot. I want a sticker that says "I Am Not a Horror Novel" that I can stick on the cover.

Anyway, sorry for rambling at you, but I had to type that out and post it somewhere. You know how it goes.

Dan Wells / IANASK Typos
« on: March 31, 2010, 05:50:23 AM »
Brandon's forum has a typo-reporting thread. I think it's a great idea—thousands of eyes are much better at catching mistakes than one (err, two). And, being possessed of a helpful mood, and having just caught a typo in IANASK, I came here to report it. Let me know if this falls under the "not cool" column and I'll happily quit and ignore all typos from here on out.

U.S. Hardcover, p. 27, halfway down the page: "I'm, like you're only friend in the world—you wouldn't kill me."

Dan Wells / Sample Chapters?
« on: March 06, 2010, 04:01:29 AM »
For the tl;dr in all of us, I'll get right to the point: is there a place I can get sample chapters of Dan's books?

Why? Here's the deal: I don't really like horror. In fact, I avoid it. But, smart people whose opinions I trust keep recommending I Am Not a Serial Killer. And, well, I've enjoyed a Dean Koontz book or two in the past. I bet I could take it if the book were good enough.

But I want to be sure before I drop any dough on this, and that's where the sample chapters come in. If the books were out in the US I could just go to a book store. Well, I suppose I could wait 'till the 30th, too, but I'm starting to get that itch, you know, the one were you need a book to read...and if I'm going to be buying a book, I may as well make it IANASK—that is, of course, assuming I'd enjoy it.

Which brings us back to those sample chapters. I haven't been able to find any. :(

Howard Tayler / I'm a little slow...
« on: February 07, 2010, 08:12:38 AM »
I was a little confused at first why Pranger turned Petey down so adamantly for the "rescue Kevyn's timeclone" job.

Well, I'm rereading the archives. Could it have something to do with the fact that, last time he worked with Kevyn, he set off an antimatter bomb and took out his capital ship (to say nothing of his desire never to share the same planet as Kevyn again). Adurr...yeah. I'm a little slow...

Howard Tayler / The name's Tagon. Kaff Tagon.
« on: February 02, 2010, 05:31:54 AM »
Is it me, or is Tagon channeling Bond? The formalwear, the consorting with married women, the jumping off balconies...

Kudos to Howard for using the lack of magic carbonan to ramp up the tension on something not involving bullets. Tagon jumping around the inside of a rotating space station—the dude's nuts. Remember how Schlock got smeared upon landing in Credomar?

If I were a betting man, I'd bet that the perp he's chasing isn't a thief or anything sinister. Betcha he's just a punk kid running some crazy centrifugal zero-gee parkour.

Reading Excuses / 25 Jan 2010 - ryos - To Wish Upon a Dragon
« on: January 25, 2010, 11:27:39 AM »
Hey guys!

I started this thinking I was going to write a piece of flash fiction. Hah, that's a laugh. It grew to 4000 words before it was finished with me.

This isn't the sort of thing I normally write. And, in all honesty, I don't really feel qualified to write a story like this. "So why'd you write it, Ryan?" Shoot, I dunno. Chalk it up to momentary insanity, and an irrational thirst for a challenge.

With that said, I'm a bit worried that the people in this story don't act like people should. And, I'm worried about clichés. So keep an eye out for those, if you would.

Thanks, as always, for reading and for your insightful comments.

This submission is rated PG. I'd rate it G, but honestly I think the kids would find it boring. :D

Brandon Sanderson / If the Wheel of Time were set in our day...
« on: October 11, 2009, 05:35:32 AM »
Attn: All Hands
Re: Religious Discrimination

Due to the recent passage of the Tar Valon Fair Employment Act, the White Tower can no longer continue to discriminate against any Sister based solely on her creed. Therefore, effective immediately, we formally recognize the existence of the Black Ajah and grant it full and equal standing in the Hall of the Tower. Any Aes Sedai who declares for the Black is not to be persecuted.

Let us welcome our sisters of minority religious persuasion into the fold. Together, we shall again control the world.

Elaida a'Rohan
Watcher Over the Seals
The Flame of Tar Valon
The Amyrlin Seat

...I'm a dork. :o

Rants and Stuff / Is this a Britishism I'm not aware of?
« on: September 29, 2009, 08:04:00 AM »
I need to get something off my chest.

Characters have arcs. Buildings have arches.

There, I said it. I feel better now.

Reading Excuses / Sept 28 - ryos - Dalrymple, the King, and the Future
« on: September 28, 2009, 07:47:24 AM »
Hello all,
   This story is my first experiment with discovery writing. I began writing only a couple of days after my initial idea, and plotted things out as I went, with only the vaguest idea of where the story needed to eventually go. Did the plotting suffer for it? Are the characters and worldbuilding weak? Is the setting too vague? These are questions I can't answer for myself, because I'm a poor judge of my own work.

Content Advisory: contains some mildly crude language and attempted toilet humor.

This is the entire story. It's about 4600 words. TIA for any and all comments!

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