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by Bohemienne
March 28th, 2011, 8:44 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: UNDER A DEAD MOON, fantasy
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Re: Query: UNDER A DEAD MOON, fantasy

Thanks so much, everyone, for the thoughtful replies! I'm working on a new draft, and will post it when I'm finished.
by Bohemienne
March 24th, 2011, 1:55 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 3473

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

I love Amanda Downum's Necromancer Chronicles, but "Isyllt Iskaldur" (the main protagonist's name) does NOT exactly roll off the tongue. I kept deciding every few chapters that I wanted to pronounce it a different way in my head... but I didn't like any of the pronunciations! Ugh!!
by Bohemienne
March 24th, 2011, 1:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A few other manuscript issues
Replies: 12
Views: 1586

Re: A few other manuscript issues

3.Single spacing - is that the way to go now? I think I read in one of Nathan’s blogs that' this might be the case? Single spacing after commas and periods, and double spacing for overall paragraph format. But always check the agent guidelines. Ahh, I think I misunderstood this. Yes, I do believe t...
by Bohemienne
March 24th, 2011, 1:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A few other manuscript issues
Replies: 12
Views: 1586

Re: A few other manuscript issues

Review the submission guidelines for the agent you're sending it to, but ultimately, unless they put something very specific about what they want to see, they are not going to reject your manuscript because you did or didn't put your name in the header/footer. Hopefully they will be focusing on the ...
by Bohemienne
March 24th, 2011, 12:46 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Horror of Hayesfield- YA HORROR
Replies: 7
Views: 1147

Re: The Horror of Hayesfield- YA HORROR

I would greatly appreciate any time taken to critique my query thus far. I will gladly return the favor, as well. When Adam travels to Hayesfield to live with his grandparents, he feels as if his luck couldn't get much worse. Now, in addition to struggling with the suicide of his best (and only) fr...
by Bohemienne
March 24th, 2011, 12:39 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: UNDER A DEAD MOON, fantasy
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Query: UNDER A DEAD MOON, fantasy

Powerful magic comes easily to Lady Fierine Calloun, the daughter of the late, great Archmage Calloun. She’s too clever to have the magic burned out of her, and too wealthy to be relegated to an undermage’s life, fueling the Empire’s factories. Smart mages know to avoid the darker magic of long-impr...
by Bohemienne
July 24th, 2010, 1:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Multi-Lingual Characters
Replies: 9
Views: 1488

Re: Writing Multi-Lingual Characters

There's a great segment in Self-Editing for Fiction Writers where they highlight John Le Carre's dialogue that's assumed to be in another language. Even though it's written purely in English, it READS like German, it SOUNDS like German to our ears! I think a lot of it comes down to word choice and s...
by Bohemienne
July 24th, 2010, 1:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Dark Protagonist
Replies: 20
Views: 2588

Re: The Dark Protagonist

I love well-written villains; as a child I always found them so much more interesting in the Disney movies than the predictable heroes! The main character of my fantasy series is an unapologetic villainess; she acknowledges it up front but tells you she wants to show you why she did what she did. I'...
by Bohemienne
July 23rd, 2010, 5:00 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Best Fantasy Books
Replies: 44
Views: 12822

Re: Best Fantasy Books

Has anyone read the House of Night series by P.C and Kristen Cast? I've bought them for the cool covers but I 'm hesitant to read them due to the amount of books P.C. Cast pumps out. It may be naive of me but I have doubts on the quality. The prose is hardly deathless, but the stories are entertain...
by Bohemienne
July 20th, 2010, 6:50 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 213
Views: 120382

Re: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog

Dear Mr. Bransford, UNDER A DEAD MOON is a 100,000-word dark fantasy epic that will appeal to fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Jacqueline Carey. A young mage turns to dark magic to restore order to her troubled kingdom, but the cure may be worse than the disease. Young noblewoman Fierine wants no part i...
by Bohemienne
July 17th, 2010, 10:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does your writing smell?
Replies: 10
Views: 1497

Re: Does your writing smell?

I always appreciate it when writers focus on senses beyond sight and sound, but on multiple occasions I've read some horrendously misguided attempts to throw in smells. One I recently read described a romantic interest as smelling like leather, cherries, soap, and mint all at the same time. Yuk! Try...
by Bohemienne
June 26th, 2010, 11:43 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Suggestions for YA Realistic Contemporary Fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 1877

Re: Suggestions for YA Realistic Contemporary Fiction

I recently read Hate List by Jennifer Brown, which was pretty good.
by Bohemienne
June 17th, 2010, 6:29 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339439

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I have a new post on reading like a writer...

http://offcentre.net/blog/?p=71
by Bohemienne
June 6th, 2010, 2:52 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339439

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

This week I wrote about the terrifying reappearance of writing tics you thought you overcame:

http://offcentre.net/blog/?p=68
by Bohemienne
May 5th, 2010, 5:36 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339439

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Part III on Critique Buddies is here: assessing structural issues in your buddy's ms.

http://offcentre.net/blog/?p=53