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by mmcdonald64
March 15th, 2010, 12:45 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 620
Views: 201449

Re: The Introduction Thread

Wow! That's so wild! Are you still in the Rockford area? I actually know and RT from there. He comes and works with us sometime in Kenosha.
by mmcdonald64
March 15th, 2010, 12:29 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does your genre make it difficult to find an agent?
Replies: 20
Views: 5932

Re: Does your genre make it difficult to find an agent?

I don't write to genre. I know that is commercially naive, but it feels more natural to let a story be what it is and try to categorize it later. I did that with my first novel. I'm still trying to figure out the genre, and I have yet to find an agent. I could blame it on my crappy queries, but I t...
by mmcdonald64
March 15th, 2010, 12:15 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Head-Hopping - what's the deal people?
Replies: 22
Views: 3785

Re: Head-Hopping - what's the deal people?

I don't mind head hopping as long as it's just two characters. I think it would be hard to follow if it was a group of people. Some of my favorite authors head hop, and like you, did it in the span of a few sentences. The author I can think of off the bat is LaVyrle Spencer. In Morning Glory, she do...
by mmcdonald64
March 14th, 2010, 10:25 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 620
Views: 201449

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hey everyone. My name's Mary. I've read the blog here many times, but for some reason, never noticed the forum link. Probably because I usually got to the blog by clicking a link someone would post. Anyway, I'm here now. I live just a bit north of Chicago, and work behind the cheddar curtain that se...
by mmcdonald64
March 14th, 2010, 10:16 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: CEDRIC (MG Fantasy)
Replies: 12
Views: 2778

Re: CEDRIC (MG Fantasy)

I know next to nothing of this genre, but I loved this opening. I was disappointed when I came to the end of the excerpt because I'd forgotten it was just an excerpt. lol. Guess I'll just have to wait and buy the book. ;-)
by mmcdonald64
March 14th, 2010, 9:17 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Pseudopath Query (SF)
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

Re: Pseudopath Query (SF)

Erica75 wrote:mmcdonald has some good points. I actually understood your query better after reading hers (um, his? I'm not sure)!
Her. :-) I should sign these posts. My name is Mary, which is so common, it's not often I get to use it as a username. I was trying to upload an avatar pic, but mine is too big.
by mmcdonald64
March 14th, 2010, 9:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures
Replies: 55
Views: 26642

Re: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures

I think the problem with a lot of gestures is that they're cliches. They're quick emotional shorthand, and so many writers use the same ones. Blah blah blah, she sighed... Really, though, how often do people actually sigh? 6-10 times an hour. Seriously. It's a biological function to keep the airway...
by mmcdonald64
March 14th, 2010, 8:41 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?
Replies: 33
Views: 11201

Re: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?

My pet peeve is when the main character on the cover doesn't look at all like how I envision them. For instance, the seventh book in a series is coming out next month, Victorious, by Jack Campbell. Throughout all the previous books, the main character, Jack Geary, is never physically described, so I...
by mmcdonald64
March 14th, 2010, 7:21 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Pseudopath Query (SF)
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

Re: Pseudopath Query (SF)

I'm going to preface my comments with the warning that I'm just another unpublished writer. However, I've been really, really studying queries and revising my own for the last four months or so. I hope I have something worthwhile to offer. Pseudopath Query (SF) Postby KaylingR » 14 Mar 2010, 11:06 ...