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by Nicole R
January 10th, 2013, 1:49 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Strangely Quiet
Replies: 8
Views: 2457

Re: Strangely Quiet

I did do quite a bit of writing over the holidays. Work, family and school kept me busy too. I'm excited for 2013 though! Lots of good writing goals on the horizon.

Brenda, congrats on getting your WIP off to critters. :)
by Nicole R
November 27th, 2012, 1:52 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: MG - Liza Marie Rumpleton: Real Fake Fortune Teller
Replies: 5
Views: 2948

Re: MG - Liza Marie Rumpleton: Real Fake Fortune Teller

I noticed a couple other questions this time around: If Liza is only nine, would she be worried about "bringing in cash" or "losing her business?" The stakes here don't have the same meaning as they would for an adult, and that might make it a little harder for young readers to relate. Now, if she's...
by Nicole R
November 19th, 2012, 3:03 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: MG - Liza Marie Rumpleton: Real Fake Fortune Teller
Replies: 5
Views: 2948

Re: MG - Liza Marie Rumpleton: Real Fake Fortune Teller

Sounds like a heartwarming and fun premise. I'm a little concerned that 25K might be too short to fully tell all of the details you mention in the query. Have you had any beta readers look at it yet? They're a great resource for pointing out areas where you can explain more or expand on the characte...
by Nicole R
November 19th, 2012, 2:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Realistic Action
Replies: 7
Views: 1592

Re: Realistic Action

Nope, I don't think this would bug me, especially if you flesh out your reasons for her actions like you did in your original post. I bought into all of those, even if the action itself doesn't seem smart. Your point about her being naive enough to still take this approach is a perfectly legitimate ...
by Nicole R
November 19th, 2012, 2:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your editing style?
Replies: 15
Views: 8059

Re: What's your editing style?

For day-to-day edits I can get by with editing onscreen, but if it's a full edit of the overall manuscript I've gotta print it out. I usually tackle edits with my trusty blue pen. ;)
by Nicole R
November 12th, 2012, 12:29 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Guilty Pleasure Books
Replies: 11
Views: 8472

Re: Guilty Pleasure Books

I felt the same way about the Inheritance Cycle (though he kind of lost me after the second book). ;) We're about the same age and, when those books came out, it was the perfect timing to push me in my own writing dreams. Kind of a "if he did it, I can too" sort of thing. So, they'll always be a lit...
by Nicole R
November 12th, 2012, 12:24 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: "Perfect" Novels
Replies: 7
Views: 2939

Re: "Perfect" Novels

For me, it's M.M. Kaye's The Far Pavilions. Absolutely breathtaking!
by Nicole R
November 12th, 2012, 12:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does anyone else have this problem?
Replies: 14
Views: 3340

Re: Does anyone else have this problem?

Ugh, finding editing time (and good crit partners) is definitely tricky. Sommer's advice about training your brain is spot on! I've found that I can edit day-to-day in only a few minutes, as long as I look down the road and find a significant chunk of time where I can take a deeper look at the overa...
by Nicole R
October 30th, 2012, 2:19 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 133820

Re: What are you reading now?

I finished up Brent Weeks' Way of Shadows a few weeks ago. It. Was. Amazing! Now, I'm reading the second book in the series: Shadow's Edge. It's interesting to see the differences in pace and approach from the first book.
by Nicole R
October 30th, 2012, 2:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How many Characters do you have?
Replies: 34
Views: 11635

Re: How many Characters do you have?

I usually have pretty large character casts (I actually haven't counted, but now I'm curious). I think you can get away with it more in fantasy, because readers are used to lots of background characters weaving in and out of the plot to interact with your primary and secondary cast. As a reader, I a...
by Nicole R
September 18th, 2012, 2:13 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA fantasy: Liar's Light
Replies: 9
Views: 2887

Re: YA fantasy: Liar's Light

This sounds like a fun adventure, and I already love the title! I also agree with what the previous commenters said, especially about clarifying whether the "evil" king is in their own kingdom or not. A few other suggestions: Twelve-year-old Calisson is quiet. Does it matter to the story that Caliss...
by Nicole R
September 18th, 2012, 1:58 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: MG: Under Sentinel Guard - Which Query Do You Like?
Replies: 8
Views: 2047

Re: MG: Under Sentinel Guard - Which Query Do You Like?

I agree with midenianscholar. I really enjoyed the first query! A few minor suggestions to make it stronger, but overall I think the first option is your best bet. Query 1: Ordinary Delete Ordinary and just start Twelve-year-old Eric... twelve-year-old Eric Ortega wakes up surrounded by hospital equ...
by Nicole R
September 18th, 2012, 12:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A Writer’s ‘If…’ (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)
Replies: 6
Views: 1806

Re: A Writer’s ‘If…’ (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

Fantastic rendition! I love the original and this one lives up to it.
by Nicole R
August 13th, 2012, 11:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Oh Crap Breast Cancer
Replies: 82
Views: 13026

Re: Oh Crap Breast Cancer

What wonderful news!! This is so uplifting for you and for all of use who've been pulling for you. SO, so happy for you!!
by Nicole R
August 11th, 2012, 11:29 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Where to Start with Sci-fi
Replies: 16
Views: 3682

Re: Where to Start with Sci-fi

It's more space opera than hard sci-fi, but In Conquest Born by C.S. Friedman is definitely worth a read!

Also, if you're expanding a bit more and want a lighter sci-fi/romance try Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair.