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by Dan_Hauer
November 21st, 2012, 3:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Anachronistic Metaphors
Replies: 7
Views: 3772

Re: Anachronistic Metaphors

I will say that there is a context issue. I would readily accept something like "Character Y talked at a machine gun pace" in the right novel with the right tone. Something like noir crime or an old hard-boiled detective character. Yeah, it would work in those contexts, but those genres tend to use...
by Dan_Hauer
November 20th, 2012, 8:44 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Major Blunder with New E-Book
Replies: 17
Views: 4668

Re: Major Blunder with New E-Book

I have to say, 10^6 words is almost unimaginably long. I say that as a reader who really enjoys sitting down with a book that's thick enough to be used as a murder weapon. I also say it as a copyeditor. If I were to contract for a project like this, it would take me at least a couple of months to fi...
by Dan_Hauer
November 20th, 2012, 8:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your editing style?
Replies: 15
Views: 8293

Re: What's your editing style?

If I'm editing my own work, I prefer to print it out and mark it up. As others have said, changing the format makes it easier to see with fresh eyes. I do a lot of work copyediting manuscripts for others, though, and in that case I find that on-screen editing works fine. Since I'm reading something ...
by Dan_Hauer
November 20th, 2012, 8:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Anachronistic Metaphors
Replies: 7
Views: 3772

Re: Anachronistic Metaphors

Bugs me, too. It's kind of like movies that use anachronistic music. The early-80s synth pieces in Peter Weir's Gallipoli really took me out of the movie. I think the reason for this is just lazy writing. People search through their brains for a piquant simile or metaphor, find one, and forget what ...
by Dan_Hauer
August 4th, 2012, 1:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Breaking up Large Chunks of Monologue
Replies: 7
Views: 2283

Re: Breaking up Large Chunks of Monologue

I think this is the best advice: 1) Write it how you want to tell it, then try to read it as a reader. What pieces are interesting, but not important? Really take the time to figure out what the purpose of the monologue is. When you find something in the monologue that doesn't serve the ultimate pur...
by Dan_Hauer
August 4th, 2012, 12:55 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Let me copyedit a chapter of your book at no charge
Replies: 0
Views: 1188

Let me copyedit a chapter of your book at no charge

I'm a semi-newbie copyeditor in the process of expanding my CV. I'm looking for original manuscripts on which to hone my skills. I will copyedit an excerpt of whatever you're working on at no charge. I'd like it if your excerpt was between 10 and 30 pages. Send me a private message, and I'll give yo...
by Dan_Hauer
August 3rd, 2012, 12:25 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Animation Character
Replies: 16
Views: 5622

Re: Favorite Animation Character

Homer Simpson.

I mean, come on.
by Dan_Hauer
August 3rd, 2012, 12:21 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 142243

Re: What are you reading now?

The Infinite Book, by John D. Barrow.

Mind-bending stuff about the nature of infinity—mathematical, physical, and temporal.
by Dan_Hauer
August 3rd, 2012, 12:00 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Are Publishers Going Too Far?
Replies: 16
Views: 6515

Re: Are Publishers Going Too Far?

Eroticizing a Jane Austen novel is definitely stupid, but I don't think it's anything to get too worked up over. Intelligent people—the kinds of people who enjoy good literature and with whom you want to discuss good literature—aren't going to read idiotic reboots of classics. Or, if they do read th...