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by Ishta
April 18th, 2010, 10:19 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 147428

Re: What are you reading now?

Finished ARTEMIS FOWL and MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS; am beginning THE HUNGER GAMES. And lots and lots of picture books, as well as Judy Moody and Clementine and re-reading Encyclopedia Brown and dipping into a few early chapter books of the 7,000-word-variety to refresh my sense of structure and pa...
by Ishta
April 18th, 2010, 10:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do your reading habits influence your writing?
Replies: 13
Views: 5108

Re: How do your reading habits influence your writing?

I want to clarify my initial post. When I posted this topic, I wasn't really talking about writing to suit a trend (vampires, for example). I was talking about writing to suit an audience, or not. By this, I mean more than one thing: a) You could read really super-literary stuff like Ulysses and wri...
by Ishta
April 15th, 2010, 2:40 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Young Adult Fiction
Replies: 15
Views: 2559

Re: Young Adult Fiction

More on this when I've had some sleep, but: what really bothers me about YA today is that a lot of 12 and 13 year old kids are reading it. 15, 16, fine. 12?!?!? No.
by Ishta
April 14th, 2010, 1:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do your reading habits influence your writing?
Replies: 13
Views: 5108

How do your reading habits influence your writing?

A post about kids and books got me thinking: I know there are all sorts of different tastes out there, and I am generally not one to judge based on what someone is reading. What works for me might not work for you, and vice versa, and that's okay. However, I do have my own tastes and preferences, an...
by Ishta
April 13th, 2010, 9:48 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Music or quiet when you write?
Replies: 64
Views: 16919

Re: Music or quiet when you write?

Quiet. Music makes me want to dance, or gets me thinking about the lyrics, or puts me in the mood for activity, and writing is a sitting-still-and-thinking-about-my-MS-not-those-lyrics kind of thing. I get a lot of ideas from music, but for the writing I need quiet.
by Ishta
April 10th, 2010, 1:46 am
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 25793

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

Emily, I agree with you that it is unfair to compare YA fiction to adult fiction. I think that this comparison is a large part of why so many people don't understand what made Twilight such a success - it's written for teenagers, but we adults are trying to understand it. I think Ms Meyer really rel...
by Ishta
April 10th, 2010, 1:13 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Critique Groups vs Online Writing Workshops
Replies: 9
Views: 1622

Re: Critique Groups vs Online Writing Workshops

I'm in an online critique group that I found through a message board at SCBWI's website. It works really well, and we give each other great feedback - always positive mixed with the constructive. We upload our MSS to the server, download everyone else's, critique them, and upload the critiqued MSS b...
by Ishta
April 10th, 2010, 1:05 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11581

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

Great discussion. An earlier post - the one that pointed out that the "classics" are riddled with adverbs - has me wondering if the "avoid adverbs at all costs" rule is more a reflection of current trends in literature, and will fade or strengthen over time, perhaps as different types of books (lite...
by Ishta
March 30th, 2010, 2:03 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Which book have you read the most number of times?
Replies: 90
Views: 13874

Re: Which book have you read the most number of times?

Winnie the Pooh, both books, countless times.

Also Sense and Sensibility, The Phantom Tollbooth, Animal Farm, and Lord of the Flies.
by Ishta
March 26th, 2010, 9:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Weird names
Replies: 24
Views: 3691

Re: Weird names

No, weird names don't put me off unless they seem really contrived. (Renesmee, anyone?) But then again, I've had a weird name all my life, (Ishta Mercurio, pronounced EESH-tuh mer-KEER-ee-oh), and even though EVERYBODY botches it when they try to say it the first time, I've come to treasure the uniq...
by Ishta
March 21st, 2010, 7:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing as you go: really that bad?
Replies: 24
Views: 4080

Re: Editing as you go: really that bad?

I'm a get-it-all-down-now-before-I-forget-it kind of writer. For shorter manuscripts, like PBs, I edit as I go, but for the novel I'm working on I have to just type what I'm thinking while I'm thinking it and go back and fix it later. (I do correct spelling and punctuation errors as I go, though; I ...
by Ishta
March 20th, 2010, 1:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Creating Names
Replies: 6
Views: 1162

Re: Creating Names

I have an astrological baby name book that has proved helpful.
by Ishta
March 19th, 2010, 11:21 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Kids and reading
Replies: 17
Views: 8205

Re: Kids and reading

Maybegenius, I agree with much of what you have said. Social pressures play a big role in how kids conduct themselves and in the choices they make, and boys are definitely pressured to participate in "active" things like sports and bicycles and skateboards. Whenever my neighbors learn that we haven'...
by Ishta
March 19th, 2010, 9:43 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Kids and reading
Replies: 17
Views: 8205

Re: Kids and reading

This post has me thinking about this in all sorts of directions. First, a number of people have said that they got "turned off from reading" towards the end of elementary school because the texts that they were assigned in class weren't interesting. However, these texts are widely recognized as some...
by Ishta
March 19th, 2010, 8:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Glad I Didn't Give Up
Replies: 13
Views: 2152

Re: Glad I Didn't Give Up

Congratulations! That's quite an achievement. Kudos!