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by wilderness
July 18th, 2012, 12:27 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JULY
Replies: 110
Views: 19959

Re: The Coffee Shop - JULY

It's so sad when the Coffee Shop chatter dies! Totally! I spent quite a bit of this month just brainstorming what needs to be fixed in the draft I completed in June. Now I'm revising and I'm at about the halfway point of the book. I don't think I can revise the whole thing this month since I'm out ...
by wilderness
July 16th, 2012, 2:11 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: THE IRON-JAWED BOY AND THE CRY OF THE BANSHEE
Replies: 24
Views: 7959

Re: Query: THE IRON-JAWED BOY AND THE CRY OF THE BANSHEE

I think you are getting close. I would still try to make your sentences shorter and leaner. More in the middle-grade style. Hope this helps! Dear Ms. Agent: Ten-year-old Ionikus Reaves dreams of the days before the Draft, when his mother was still alive and his father wasn’t forced to fight in some ...
by wilderness
July 14th, 2012, 12:00 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: THE IRON-JAWED BOY AND THE CRY OF THE BANSHEE
Replies: 24
Views: 7959

Re: Query: THE IRON-JAWED BOY AND THE CRY OF THE BANSHEE

Overall, I really like this. I think you can tighten a few things up but it seems that the major points are there. Good voice, too. Good luck! Dear Agent-lady-dude: Ten year old Ionikus Reaves dreams of the days before the Draft, when his mother was still alive, and his father and sister weren’t off...
by wilderness
July 13th, 2012, 8:33 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 98385

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

So happy to hear that so many Bransforumers have good news coming in from all areas of life. Congrats to all on all the awesomeness being reported! This weekend I got the covers for my two upcoming novels. For those of you who've been around here for a few years, you may remember me going through t...
by wilderness
July 13th, 2012, 8:32 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 98385

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

CharleeVale wrote:I just got my first full request!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!


CV
Nice!!
by wilderness
July 13th, 2012, 8:32 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 98385

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

writersink wrote:This is the first time I can SQUEE! I won a writing competition and got money for it! I got paid to write!
Congrats!
by wilderness
July 13th, 2012, 6:17 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: J.K. Rowling's new book - The Casual Vacancy
Replies: 34
Views: 13123

Re: J.K. Rowling's new book - The Casual Vacancy

The cover for the book was just released today. I think I'm becoming a conspiracy theorist after all. The cover is kinda "meh" and the blurb remains so..."blah." They've confirmed the e-book will be 19.99 and the hardback 35. Everything about this release is so weird . It almost feels like an exper...
by wilderness
July 13th, 2012, 2:56 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Death's Catalyst
Replies: 15
Views: 4660

Re: Query: Death's Catalyst

Hi Brian, It's easier if you post the edited version in a new post (same thread) so we can view the progression of your query. You can always link to the latest version in the original post if you're worried we can't find it (but it's really not that hard to find anyway). Please stick to the forum c...
by wilderness
July 12th, 2012, 2:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: If writing was a person....
Replies: 10
Views: 2077

Re: If writing was a person....

Philabuster wrote:If writing was a person I'd ask him why he never leaves me alone when I'm busy and why he never hangs out when I'm not.
Haha, nice!
by wilderness
July 12th, 2012, 2:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: If writing was a person....
Replies: 10
Views: 2077

Re: If writing was a person....

I'd go to coffee with her and then we'd laugh about what a fricking bee-yatch she was. And then we'd do that passive aggressive thing where I'd be like "No, I'm just kidding...Actually, no I'm totally serious...kidding..." She would act the same about my prose. And we'd laugh some more. We're frenem...
by wilderness
July 11th, 2012, 3:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JULY
Replies: 110
Views: 19959

Re: The Coffee Shop - JULY

I gotta agree with Sommer -- I absolutely love Scott Westerfeld! Mark -- If anything, I think there is still a relative lack of YA/middle-grade books for boys, leaving you in a sweet spot! It's always good to be submitting something there isn't enough of :) Meanwhile, earlier this month a bunch of u...
by wilderness
July 9th, 2012, 12:43 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Tidal Wave - YA Fantasy
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

Re: Tidal Wave - YA Fantasy

Venice met the boy who killed her on the fourteenth of June.  I think you could fix the ambiguity by saying: On the fourteenth of June, Venice met the boy who killed her. On the fifteenth she kissed him. On the twenty-fourth she found out he was cursed. On the twenty-ninth she tried to break it wit...
by wilderness
July 9th, 2012, 12:26 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Family interference
Replies: 21
Views: 4545

Re: Family interference

So quite often I get this: Partner: "Shouldn't you be writing?" Me: "Um, I did like 1000 words earlier today." Partner: "Then do another 1000." Ha! That's different. My husband is very supportive. We both have our own projects/interests/pursuits/whathaveyou and we usually agree when we're going to ...
by wilderness
July 9th, 2012, 12:20 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Characters with accents
Replies: 22
Views: 3527

Re: Characters with accents

I don't mind the use a little, but I say less is more. Just a few token words to get the idea. If you're putting so many misspellings and accent marks that it looks like a foreign language, that's too much. One exception could be if the protagonist also hears it like a foreign language and can't qui...
by wilderness
July 2nd, 2012, 8:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: National Novel Writing JULY - Word Count Challenge
Replies: 11
Views: 2010

Re: National Novel Writing JULY - Word Count Challenge

Hmm, no word counts for me this time. I've only got about 2 weeks to work with in July, but here are a few goals I came up with: 1. Finish reading Story by Robert McKee and use the principles for (2) -- Completed on 7/9 2. Layer in the subtext for my main theme/meaning 3. Perfect my pitch (verbal an...