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by xouba
December 5th, 2011, 3:45 am
Forum: Books
Topic: "Jacob Wonderbar" in Spain
Replies: 1
Views: 908

"Jacob Wonderbar" in Spain

Hi, I didn't know where to post this, so forgive me in advance if this isn't the right place. Thanks :-) So me and my wife were wandering through FNAC's (a popular tech, book, music and movies store here in Spain) children book section, and I saw this: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1496559/Jacob_Wonderbar...
by xouba
July 30th, 2011, 2:33 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: How to sell PDF versions of weblog articles?
Replies: 3
Views: 2232

Re: How to sell PDF versions of weblog articles?

It sounds like you're looking for Scribd . Almost: after reading about it, seems the Scribd store is only available in the USA. So no cookie for me, because I'd like my potential buyers to be able to buy from Spain, whence I'm from. Anyway, if it wasn't for that, it'd be perfect. Thanks for the sug...
by xouba
July 30th, 2011, 6:46 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: How to sell PDF versions of weblog articles?
Replies: 3
Views: 2232

How to sell PDF versions of weblog articles?

Hi, I was writing computer articles (about Linux, to be precise) for a paper magazine until a few months ago, when it folded and closed shop. But as I still have the writing bug, and I enjoyed writing those articles, I decided to create a weblog and publish there the articles that I'd like to write ...
by xouba
April 29th, 2011, 6:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you "warm up" before writing?
Replies: 18
Views: 4288

Do you "warm up" before writing?

I'm usually never in the mood for writing. But sometimes, I can "warm up" by posting on forums (like this), replying email or commenting on my friends' Facebook posts. After that, I feel the long gone pang of an idea, the urge to write something meaningful. Am I the only one? Do you consciously "war...
by xouba
April 29th, 2011, 6:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Overheard at My Last Power Lunch with Donald Trump
Replies: 7
Views: 1459

Re: Overheard at My Last Power Lunch with Donald Trump

Point well taken. Still trying to figure out how to add a URL in this forum. Let me try this ... http://www.amazon.com/dp/0425240975?tag=buccomsboo-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0425240975&adid=0APVQT4K55Z4T01SGM48& Minor suggestion: use an URL shortener, like http://bit.l...
by xouba
January 5th, 2011, 2:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Short story series?
Replies: 24
Views: 3913

Re: Short story series?

The series "Song of Fire and Ice", by George R. R. Martin, is written somewhat like this. Each chapter is a character's POV. It works very well, or else the series wouldn't be so famous. But the problem is when you hate some of the characters, and skim through their chapters. It happened to me, at l...
by xouba
December 13th, 2010, 6:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: All that paper...
Replies: 30
Views: 4132

Re: All that paper...

So I saved my money, and bought a 9 inch, touchscreen computer, along with a program that allows me to write on PDFs. The screen can be flipped and closed over the keyboard, which transforms it into a tablet. The end result is that I can do everything I could with paper, but now it's on screen, so ...
by xouba
November 1st, 2010, 2:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Famous planners and famous pantsers
Replies: 13
Views: 3969

Famous planners and famous pantsers

Hi, not having yet done anything resembling "writing seriously", I can't decide if I'm a planner or a pantser. I think I'm more of a planner, even if only out of unhealthy perfectionism. Now, how do famous authors fare? Are there more planners or more pantsers? The only example I know is Stephen Kin...
by xouba
October 17th, 2010, 3:42 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help with character motivation
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Plot help with character motivation

There are great ideas here, and I'll think about them carefully. Thanks everyone! :-)
by xouba
October 16th, 2010, 5:17 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41271

Re: Share your opening sentence!

My First Sentence: "It has been two hours since I crashed on this strange planet, and I could feel the desert blow my long black hair across my face, as I reflected on what happened before the crash." My honest opinion: get rid of "my long black hair". Say only "my hair". One never talks about his ...
by xouba
October 16th, 2010, 5:14 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help with character motivation
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Plot help with character motivation

Hi! I turn to your massive wisdom to ask for some help. I've got a problem with my MC's starting motivation. All looks logical and sound, but I can't "feel" it. It doesn't grab me by the neck and force me to keep on reading, so to speak. The setting is a somewhat classic medieval age. The MC is an o...
by xouba
October 11th, 2010, 2:17 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs

You know, I'm going to be honest. I've never read one. I have to say, I tried Kipling, and couldn't hack it. Is Borroughs better? He wrote Tarzan, right? Right, Tarzan is his most popular work. He also wrote countless other, grouped by "saga": Pellucidar, Barsoon (Mars), Caspak ... You have may of ...
by xouba
October 10th, 2010, 5:48 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Am I the only one that loves Edgar Rice Burroughs books? I know that most of them couldn't pass a semi-serious scientific examination. Most of them have plot holes. Most of them have 2D, archetypical, plain characters (specially the main characters). But even so, every time I start reading some of t...
by xouba
October 9th, 2010, 6:51 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How much outlining is too much outlining?
Replies: 9
Views: 1687

Re: How much outlining is too much outlining?

I've tried using in-depth outlines before, and I've found that once I outline I no longer feel any urge to write the story. It feels done to me. I've told the story, in however abbreviated a form, and have no desire to then go write it in a more narrative form. That's what happened to me the last t...
by xouba
October 8th, 2010, 5:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How much outlining is too much outlining?
Replies: 9
Views: 1687

How much outlining is too much outlining?

This has probably been asked many times, but this time is different because ... ok, it's not different, but bear with me, please :-) I've never written more than a few short stories, and now I want to write something a bit bigger: nothing too scary, maybe a novella or the like. Something that you co...