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  1. 7 points
    I have cover art! NineStar Press is republishing my Witch’s Apprentice series, and Ghost’s Sight, the first book, has cover art. I’m really excited, and I can’t wait for the release date!
  2. 6 points
    So, why do “family friendly” places get so upset when you try to create a family there?
  3. 4 points
    The duodenum is a C-shaped section of the small intestine that connects directly to the stomach. Medical text books generally state that digestive juices and enzymes from the liver, gallbladder and pancreas empty into the duodenum to aid digestion. Gallbladder?! That’s literally nothing more than a reservoir for the bile given to it by the liver! Stop giving the gallbladder credit for something it doesn’t deserve! Okay, medical rant over.
  4. 4 points
    BronxWench

    Histrionics

    I think this is another case of editing via blog, and it’s unfortunate. It’s on a par with the writing advice word police, who tell us to remove “that” from a manuscript...except the Chicago Manual of Style (6-27) clearly tells us “that” is used for restrictive/essential phrases and “which” is used for nonrestrictive phrases, i.e., the sky filled with clouds that held the promise of a storm versus the sky which was blue. Look, anything used poorly is awful, I agree. But a blog or writing advice column is not the be-all and end-all for an author. The very best writing shows, not tells, and a good door slamming is a great show.
  5. 4 points
    I now follow the author dedicated to fighting her on Twitter, so I can follow the insanity without adding to her follower count. So I can be amused/baffled/angry daily.
  6. 3 points
    CloverReef

    Histrionics

    Okay, I need to talk about this because it made me angry. As things usually do when they start calling writers who do a certain thing ‘lazy’. http://inventingrealityeditingservice.typepad.com/inventing_reality_editing/2014/09/cut-plot-cliché-of-histrionic-exit.html I somewhat agree with avoiding cliche plot things, but the histrionics? We’re advising writers to cut bold actions now just because they’re dramatic? People do dramatic things. Some people slam doors when they’re angry. The little gestures like the balling of fists is good advice, but telling the writer not to have characters slam doors just seems totally counter intuitive to me. And Ending a scene on that note, when appropriate, and when it fits the characters and the circumstances, doesn’t seem lazy to me. Can I get an “Amen”? Or a “fuck you clovey”? No, really, someone tell me I’m not crazy, please. Edit: plus WTF? Since when are we telling writers to delete relevant physical actions? Edit 2: This kinda turned into a rant, but it’s meant to be a discussion lol. I’m stressed. Let me be pissy.
  7. 3 points
    I was never a fan of procedural dramas, but I used to not mind them as something mindless to watch. Now I can’t even watch them! Whole time I’m watching Lie To Me, I’m going “OMG how is this Lightman dude not in prison! That’s assault! That’s a felony!” Maybe I’m watching too much Lockup.
  8. 3 points
    It’s Friday! Maybe I’ll get a bit of work done on the story?
  9. 3 points
    Okay, so personal rant coming up… I was reading A few posts off site that a couple friends had shared and I felt absolutely disturbed by them. It might be a few years back and all, but... To have published authors who readily compare fanfic to home invasion (because (imo) free publicity is certainly the same as having someone break in and take everything), immoral (... not touching that idea...) making them want to 'barf' (excellent wording, btw), and referring to it as adultery... Are you serious? I understand the idea of not liking it (I don't agree, but that's a personal thought process and one I can't force on others)... But really? Sorry, just a little growly over this...
  10. 3 points
    Desiderius Price

    Histrionics

    I’d say just make sure it’s consistent with the character in question. Some people do physical damage when they get really angry, others will get even (ie, call out a hit), while others might just suck it up. Maybe this editor has just seen the door-slam as being overdone, but that’s also a pretty common thing in life. That said, slamming a door/phone is still among the least violent ways to show anger; which can otherwise be challenging depending on the POV. (In a first person, sure, you’ve got more options; or even more options if magic is involved...ie Harry Potter.) Still, if you’re trying to show anger, you have to slam the door on this blog
  11. 3 points
    Yes, yes ‘coincidental’. Judge: Why… Why are you making air quotes?
  12. 3 points
    Not libel if any resemblances are purely coincidental
  13. 3 points
    How did you know libel is my favorite genre of lawsuit?
  14. 3 points
    Can you say DESPERATE MARKETING PLOY? The writer in me is like, I don’t even write romance but I kinda want to now for the express purpose of stirring the pot. The marketer in me is like, weirdly impressed. Hey, it’s hard out here for a bitch
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    Wow. I just woke up so wut r werds, but wow. Very first thing that came to mind was “fuck you, now I’m gonna write a romance with cocky in the title” too. There’s like a million books titled “Alone” and somehow the suspense reading community doesn’t implode. I remember looking for a series called Raised by Wolves, and finding a million other books, but I was able to purchase the right one by looking at the authors name. If your title is distinct, sure, but then trademark the whole thing. You shouldn’t be able to trademark a single word that exists in the dictionary. It’s just greedy and mean. And I kinda wanna debate point 4.
  17. 3 points
    If this author has a trade/wordmark on “Cocky”, then they have to defend it or lose it, that’s the nature of trademarks. Now, some firms do it with grace, Jack Daniels is one that comes to mind. In this particular instance, I do think having the trademark is a bit cocky, but if you’ve got a series, you have to trademark something distinctive about it. (ie “Harry Potter”). For romance, “Cocky” would certainly be in the list of candidates … is “Sexy” trademarked?
  18. 3 points
    So for a very long time now, I had an idea for an extremely extensive Sailor Moon work, spanning at least every single arc. I had a trillion ideas that I worked through in my head, but it was just a back burner pet project. So I finally decided I should sit down and start writing out outlines for characters, arcs and my changes. I even figured out ways I could work in whole new arcs, and even started working on those. Then I began a timeline of events. It was when my timeline reached page 30 and I wasn’t even a tenth of the way done that it came to me; this wasn’t just off the rails, it had jumped from and then off multiple sets and was now running across the ocean floor, well on its way to Europe. I had completely lost sight of this being a fanfic and it was becoming an original work sometimes featuring plot elements, vaguely, from an old magical girl series. Am I alone in this? If not, did you just make it into an original work?
  19. 3 points
    Going to a respiratory specialist tomorrow. Hopefully get an appointment for the biopsy. (I apparently got 15 little balls in my lungs) but I’m still holding out hope that I’m gonna go in there and they’re gonna be like “guuurl we got you. We found out what aaaails you, queeen!! With our big city doctor sorcery! Eat these magic beans, a stalk will shoot out of your ass, and you be cuuuured bitch!” Kuz that’s how doctors talk.
  20. 3 points
    Praetor

    Pet Peeves-What can't you stand

    Well that’s unfortunate, unrealistic and highly improbable are my forte. The rules of writing are more like stable observations, everything is ultimately circumstantial. I guess my biggest personal peeve is lack of detail. A lot of internet fiction I’ve read take place in a vacuum, with the setting only vaguely described and characters who lack motivations or identities. Fan fiction tends to be especially guilty of this because novice or lazy authors may just assume we know the characters and setting. Failing to fill in the blanks makes immersing the reader into the story difficult. This makes the story inaccessible to newer readers, doesn’t convey what the author has in mind, and ultimately doesn’t build upon the established lore. Which I think is the whole point of fan fiction, never mind original works that need to be engrossing right out of the gate. Other than that, basic literacy errors that should have been corrected in grade school will turn me away. Such as spelling mistaiks, poorer grammar, missplaced!punctuation, verbing, run on sentances that go on and on and on, and sentences that end before they.
  21. 2 points
    Hope all the moms on here had a Happy Mother’s day yesterday. One of the kids I helped raise nabbed me for a Sushi Meal yesterday. Was great to spend time with her, since I hadn’t in 6 month. Really miss some of my heart adopted kids. They all grew up and got busy in their own lives.
  22. 2 points
    I made the mistake of checking out our cocky friend, and I urge you all not to do it. Seriously. Talk about ego?
  23. 2 points
    For me, the structure of having a fandom to play in gave me the courage to try to write the worlds in my head. I made my mistakes playing in someone else’s universe, which is not to say I’m not making mistakes in my own little worlds, but it feels rather nice to have them out there, warts and all.
  24. 2 points
    Oh absolutely, I wrote like 5 books of a series that was originally a fanfiction. It basically stopped being one about a few chapters in because there were SOOOO many OCs and new plotlines. And honestly? I was cool with that. It was all very organic; it felt like a graduation. I went back later and changed whatever fandom vestiges remained to make it truly original. An original series that I could potentially sell one day? Hell to the YES!
  25. 2 points
    KassX

    Pet Peeves-What can't you stand

    Pet PEEEEVES, omg you guys do not want to get me to start bitching because I will literally never stop, lol. I agree with so, so many of these. But here’s one that doesn’t happen too often but when it does, it pisses me off SO MUCH: writers who tell you not to describe your character’s physical appearance because it ‘ruins the reader’s mental image’. Fuck your image, my dude I mean look, I’m not the kind of girl to go off on three-page character descriptions from hair and eye color all the way to the single, curly hair on their left big toe, but firstly, I’ve had readers say they wish they had more physical description to picture the story better in their head and secondly, I tend to write stories set in metropolitan cities with lots of ethnic diversity. That diversity happens to be important to the story and to me! Now unless I give every POC character a ridiculous caricature of an ethnic name, that is just not going to get across without a physical description so PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU