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by Mira
December 17th, 2012, 4:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Controversial thoughts about the school shooting today
Replies: 6
Views: 1172

Re: Controversial thoughts about the school shooting today

We all contribute if from no other failing than indifference to the sufferings of emotionally abused and neglected, maladjusted and disturbed family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and chance acquaintances. The answer is fostering a more civil and compassionate society. Socially conscious w...
by Mira
December 7th, 2012, 10:55 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Rule of Three
Replies: 15
Views: 2419

Re: The Rule of Three

Polymath, I like all of your suggestions - cue, clue, preposition, queue. I just wonder if the word 'foreshadowing' is too mysterious and unfamiliar. It suggest that you need to do something special, when really it's just dropping a subtle clue early on for what might happen later.
by Mira
December 6th, 2012, 10:46 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Anagrams of your name
Replies: 9
Views: 3778

Re: Anagrams of your name

Impressive list, John.

I got irma. That's the only word I can get from my name....I think.
by Mira
December 6th, 2012, 10:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Rule of Three
Replies: 15
Views: 2419

Re: The Rule of Three

Oh, cool. You read Sanderson! I just finished, and so I'm telling everyone I know. He's amazing. :) Well, I don't know if this helps, but what if you dropped the word, foreshadowing, and used the word "hint" instead. Sort of take the mistique out of it....? You know, I think John Durvin rang a bell ...
by Mira
December 6th, 2012, 12:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Rule of Three
Replies: 15
Views: 2419

Re: The Rule of Three

Although I like and use the Rule of Three, I think it can be way overused. There can be a surprise element if you only use two or add one for four, just because the reader is expecting three. So, I'd say think about what fits the scene, not the rule. And goodness, no, you don't want to foreshadow th...
by Mira
December 5th, 2012, 2:15 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Mental Illness in Fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 4695

Re: Mental Illness in Fiction

Hey, I know I've read some, but can't think of them right now.

Wikipedia might have some good suggestions.

Good luck!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_illness_in_fiction
by Mira
December 5th, 2012, 2:07 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: A Late Advance
Replies: 5
Views: 1452

Re: A Late Advance

Annabella, did you consult a lawyer when you signed the contract? If so, go back to the lawyer, and have him take a look at your contract for your legal rights in this situation. If you didn't use a lawyer, you might check out David at Passive Guy. He's an intellectual property laywer, and he's work...
by Mira
September 18th, 2012, 4:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: 1973 experiment on Writer's Block
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: 1973 experiment on Writer's Block

This looks interesting, but I can't get either article to open. Not sure why.

I wonder what methods he tried?
by Mira
September 18th, 2012, 4:37 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: New Service for GBLTQI Books
Replies: 1
Views: 1179

Re: New Service for GBLTQI Books

This seems cool. GLBTQQI is under-represented, and it's good to have a place for folks to go to.

Good luck, QKelly! :)
by Mira
September 18th, 2012, 4:29 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp
Replies: 11
Views: 1689

Re: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'm cool with letting readers sort through all the books to find the books they want to read. They do it with You-tube and I-tunes. and it seems to work okay. If people are concerned that folks aren't familiar with what quality literature is, however, I think that's an...
by Mira
September 18th, 2012, 4:22 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What T.V. shows are you watching?
Replies: 27
Views: 13256

What T.V. shows are you watching?

So, I was just on the movie thread, and I thought I'd expand it to T.V. It would be fun to hear about what people like. Now, I realize that serious writers never watch T.V., preferring instead to put all their energy into creating art, but just on the off chance one of you stumbled and accidentally ...
by Mira
September 18th, 2012, 4:14 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Re: All time Favorite movies
Replies: 22
Views: 8834

Re: All time Favorite movies

Wow! You and I seriously need to hang out. Some of my favorites are on both of your lists! In no particular order: 1. Some Like it Hot 2. Lord of the Rings (all 3) 3. Star Trek 4 (the one with the whales) 4. Star Trek - First Contact 5. Schindler's List 6. Ghostbusters (it's the favorite for watchi...
by Mira
September 1st, 2012, 12:08 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What type of reader are you?
Replies: 6
Views: 2027

What type of reader are you?

Hey, I found this article from another site. It's pretty fun. It talks about the different types of readers. Check it out, if you're interested: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/08/what-kind-book-reader-are-you-diagnostics-guide/56337/ I am a Cross-under Reader. Here's my blurb, so ...
by Mira
September 1st, 2012, 12:00 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Fixing Book Rankings
Replies: 26
Views: 3078

Re: Fixing Book Rankings

Doug, you said: 'B&N is fighting for survival*. Worrying about "fairness to authors" is probably a ways down on their priority list.' I agree they are fighting for survival, but I disagree that they have more important things to worry about. I think they are being really dumb if they alienate author...
by Mira
August 31st, 2012, 11:53 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Amazon - publishing e-books without rights?
Replies: 2
Views: 1520

Re: Amazon - publishing e-books without rights?

I imagine there is a HUGE mess, but I'm equally sure it's Dorchester's mess that Amazon is picking up. Amazon is being extremely fair to the authors it picked up. It is either paying back royalties due and offering an opportunity for them to publish with them, or reverting rights to the authors. See...