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by oldhousejunkie
October 26th, 2011, 11:18 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Need a short description!
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Need a short description!

I think I would say: "When a strange woman confronts him, claiming **insert crazy paranoid stuff**, finish sentence."
by oldhousejunkie
October 26th, 2011, 10:24 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Setting Goals for Your Writing
Replies: 10
Views: 1167

Setting Goals for Your Writing

Since NaNo is upon us, I've become very interested in hearing how writers keep themselves motivated. Do you set daily or weekly goals for yourself? Do you decide to write so many words a day or chapters per week? I recently posted on my blog ( http://carolinewilsonwrites.blogspot.com/2011/10/has-it-...
by oldhousejunkie
October 25th, 2011, 12:10 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Article: Blogging bad idea for writers
Replies: 23
Views: 9472

Re: Article: Blogging bad idea for writers

I scanned the article. He has some valid points, but in general I disagree. He seems to be aiming at the folks who are trying to make money from their blogs (which most of us are not, I would assume). I'm slightly offended at the idea that if you like to network, then that must mean that you're not ...
by oldhousejunkie
October 25th, 2011, 11:57 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Batches, and the trap
Replies: 5
Views: 1416

Re: Batches, and the trap

Like the others said, it all depends on the level of revision you have done, the feedback received, and your confidence level. I have a tendancy to err on the side of caution, so I burned my first twenty odd queries to the majority of my "B list" agents. I sent them in batches of five. There were a ...
by oldhousejunkie
October 25th, 2011, 11:46 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query - Mad As A Hatter
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Re: Query - Mad As A Hatter

I remember this from year ago--I was very impressed! Thanks! Just to clear things up-- I've taken this out, because way too many people didn't notice, but the wording says 'his' world. As in, Emil's world. Hatter is targeting the people Emil cares about. The supernatural twist-- which is the time th...
by oldhousejunkie
October 25th, 2011, 11:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What inspired you to write in your genre?
Replies: 17
Views: 2306

Re: What inspired you to write in your genre?

I've been a history buff since I was a kid, and so the only logical choice for me was historical fiction. I think the ultimate inspiration for me was the built environment. I loved going to historical sites even as a child, and I was soon concocting what-if stories in my head about the occupants of ...
by oldhousejunkie
September 28th, 2011, 3:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: "Films fail if they stick to the spirit of the book" ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: "Films fail if they stick to the spirit of the book" ??

I think he should ammend his statement to 'films probably don't do as well when they are complete dramatizations of books.' I hate this though so so much! I would rather not have my book dramatized than see it translated into something so loose, you can barely make it out. 'Confessions of a Shopahol...
by oldhousejunkie
September 28th, 2011, 3:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When the Bad Outnumbers the Good
Replies: 8
Views: 1115

Re: When the Bad Outnumbers the Good

I feel 'ya, Brenda. I just picked up a new beta and she's tearing apart my manuscript that I had been previously querying. A lot of little newb-ish things that I thought I had resolved. But apparently not. This is my third novel too, so I'm feeling like a dork. All I can say is keep writing...keep e...
by oldhousejunkie
September 28th, 2011, 3:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Voice Problems
Replies: 13
Views: 1730

Re: Voice Problems

Hang in there. I wrote all through middle school, high school, and into college without any idea that I would eventually pursue publication. The result was stories that I love, but they had to be improved upon in terms of my writing style. I made a lot of first timer mistakes that had to be correcte...
by oldhousejunkie
September 23rd, 2011, 1:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Bransforumsfest Writing Workshop Brainstorm
Replies: 110
Views: 23103

Re: The Bransforumsfest Writing Workshop Brainstorm

Hi everyone! A bit of big-picture talk here. We currently have 14 session ideas listed, most with volunteers to moderate said subjects. Since we're talking about four and a half days in Vegas, two sessions a day, but at least an afternoon or even a whole day off for touristy stuff/on-your-own-or-wi...
by oldhousejunkie
September 1st, 2011, 2:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: question about historical fiction
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Re: question about historical fiction

You are very brave to attempt the story of real people. I think you are taking the right way though...pick a subject and people who are not all that well known, research as much as possible, and then construct off of what you know really happened. I've been pretty overwhelmed by the idea of writing ...
by oldhousejunkie
August 25th, 2011, 3:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ever Just Take A Writing Break?
Replies: 13
Views: 3770

Re: Ever Just Take A Writing Break?

Yep. It's why it took me ten years to complete my novel. I kept taking massive hiatuses. But that was probably because writing was truly a hobby and I didn't take myself seriously. Now that I do, my breaks are much shorter. Although recently I've been on a few weeks break because I moved and started...
by oldhousejunkie
August 18th, 2011, 5:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I am a bit ticked at people with no imagination!
Replies: 19
Views: 3282

Re: I am a bit ticked at people with no imagination!

:x I have been trying to talk to some folks on a physics forum concerning my world building. This is your problem. I somehow don't see writers and scientists getting along too well. We're on opposite sides of the brain! it seems that you are, essentially, describing the theory that the "Ghost Hunte...
by oldhousejunkie
August 18th, 2011, 5:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Title Confusion
Replies: 20
Views: 2748

Re: Title Confusion

Consider, rather than rewriting the second half, introducing the second love interest in the first half. Preposition him so his significance poses a promise to be realized later on, somewhat like foreshadowing, but not quite necessarily to that degree of dramatic significance for the first half. He...
by oldhousejunkie
August 16th, 2011, 9:17 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Title Confusion
Replies: 20
Views: 2748

Re: Title Confusion

There's several complications there that seem at loose ends and occur by happenstance chance. They make me feel like the second half is a different story than the first half. Like the new love interest comes along late in the plot by coincidence. The espionage angle is causal and causes effects, bu...