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by A.M.Kuska
April 4th, 2010, 4:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

The Breakout Novel Handbook

Does anyone else have this book? I purchased it after reading the book it is a companion guide too, and so far I love the idea of it. I just wondered if anyone else has it, and how it has changed/not changed your writing?
by A.M.Kuska
April 4th, 2010, 12:05 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Just got a new puppy...
Replies: 36
Views: 8930

Re: Just got a new puppy...

You asked for it. I suggest you put on your anti-cute shades and brace yourself...he's got a way of winding people around those little paws of his.

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by A.M.Kuska
March 23rd, 2010, 10:57 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Just got a new puppy...
Replies: 36
Views: 8930

Just got a new puppy...

My writing has suffered tremendously. I've written 255 words over an entire weekend. All of those words written while hubby was romposing with pup. Despite the damage to my word count, he's a pretty cool guy. He consistently goes poo on the pad. (We're working on the whole pee thing.) He comes when ...
by A.M.Kuska
March 13th, 2010, 10:53 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Suburban Fantasy Query
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

Re: Suburban Fantasy Query

Yes Erica, it does makes sense. :) I've never been so excited about a story idea in my life. It's hard to write a sensible query when I just wanna scream random words that describe the story and jump up and down. >.<
by A.M.Kuska
March 12th, 2010, 10:48 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: Playing God
Replies: 8
Views: 1958

Re: QUERY: Playing God

I love it. ^^
by A.M.Kuska
March 12th, 2010, 10:25 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Does this opening hook you? *Jelly Beans for replies!
Replies: 24
Views: 3732

Re: Does this opening hook you? *Jelly Beans for replies!

Vitiosus calmed his breathing as he was escorted out into the centre of the village square by a few guards dressed in midnight black armor. He had to look cool, unemotional. The mail that protected his chest clattered slightly as he walked and his father’s glare burned into his back. He had no choi...
by A.M.Kuska
March 12th, 2010, 10:09 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Suburban Fantasy Query
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

Re: Suburban Fantasy Query

Dear Mr./Ms. Agent, When thirteen-year-old Elizabeth finds out her mother has leased their estate for the summer, she is furious. The guesthouse isn't much bigger than a mobile home, and it's features are so primitive the kindest word Elizabeth can come up for it is, “Quaint.” Still, Elizabeth is ce...
by A.M.Kuska
March 10th, 2010, 5:40 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Suburban Fantasy Query
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

Re: Suburban Fantasy Query

aaah, and now it's crystal clear to me where I went wrong. The boy isn't a toddler, he's just not old enough to be called a man. I'll rework this query so it's clear the unicorn talk isn't coming from a baby's mouth.
by A.M.Kuska
March 10th, 2010, 5:11 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Suburban Fantasy Query
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

Re: Suburban Fantasy Query

Actually, harsh critiques make me gloat and carry the printed version around like a prize bone...I love the chance to improve my work. I do like your thoughts, and I think they're constructive, but I'm gonna need a little help with your first comment. You say I need a stronger hook, but a few more d...
by A.M.Kuska
March 10th, 2010, 1:55 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Suburban Fantasy Query
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

Re: Suburban Fantasy Query

Thank you, I found your response very helpful Ahalaw! I edited my query to correct the missing word. How embarassing, I thought I'd caught all those little errors. I'm glad you mentioned the size of the query. Most of the articles on querying I have read suggested keeping it short, and three paragra...
by A.M.Kuska
March 10th, 2010, 1:39 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Suburban Fantasy Query
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

Suburban Fantasy Query

Rip it up. ^^ I'm a certified member of the masochistic thick skin club. --- Dear Mr./Ms. Agent, Elizabeth Brooke laughed when Peter, the boy she gave riding lessons to, claimed he was a unicorn. At least she did until a team of uniformed bounty hunters began crawling around her house, asking questi...
by A.M.Kuska
March 10th, 2010, 12:18 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: A BROKEN MIRROR -- new query
Replies: 15
Views: 2670

Re: A BROKEN MIRROR -- new query

Great suggestion Ghost, the idea gave me tingles. O.O
by A.M.Kuska
March 9th, 2010, 11:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: You Know You're a Writer When...
Replies: 26
Views: 5059

Re: You Know You're a Writer When...

1. You hear voices in your head (hmm, maybe it's just me). Please, it's not voices. It's dialog. 2. You jot down notes everywhere and on anything. (napkins, cell phones, notebooks, the back of your hands) Don't be silly. I have a notebook in every room, in my car, in my purse, at my work, as well a...
by A.M.Kuska
March 9th, 2010, 11:09 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Good Books - Bad Endings
Replies: 39
Views: 6195

Re: Good Books - Bad Endings

Nick wrote:
A.M.Kuska wrote:Animorphs
Most evil ending in the history of ever.
Thank you! You are now my favorite forum member.
by A.M.Kuska
March 9th, 2010, 11:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query (Revised 2x) - YA
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Re: Query Practice (YA novel)

Soon to be sixteen-year-old Clara Moreno is intrigued by the antagonistic mumblings of her classmate Edwin against the current dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, ‘Captain General, Savior of the Nation,’ according to most at her posh, Catholic school. Counting sixteen-year-old all as one word, this s...