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by knight_tour
January 5th, 2010, 6:10 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?
Replies: 49
Views: 8105

Re: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?

Several years ago I was actually invited to dinner in Beijing with a writer I really enjoy - Lawrence Watt-Evans. I read his Lure of the Basalisk when I was a teen, back in the eighties. Part of me wanted so badly to go to this dinner, but I chickened out. I figured I would only have the same old bo...
by knight_tour
January 1st, 2010, 2:13 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Keeping Boys Reading
Replies: 46
Views: 9163

Re: Keeping Boys Reading

Perhaps try the Percy Jackson books. My kids love the Wimpy Kid books, but the ones they keep re-reading over and over again are these Percy Jackson books. I haven't read them myself...
by knight_tour
January 1st, 2010, 2:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4436

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

For short but good, I would go with the Earthsea books and McKiernan's Iron Tower trilogy and Silver Call duology. The McKiernan books are only for those who actually like and want more Tolkienish/D&D-type books, like myself.
by knight_tour
December 30th, 2009, 6:03 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: I am vs. I'm and so on...
Replies: 10
Views: 2125

Re: I am vs. I'm and so on...

I use mainly non-contractions in prose and mostly contractions in dialogue. There are times when I feel the character will not use a contraction due to the specific emphasis they are using, but I feel that contractions are more realistic for dialogue.
by knight_tour
December 30th, 2009, 5:52 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: NFL Sunday Celebrate or Commiserate here.
Replies: 24
Views: 5094

Re: NFL Sunday Celebrate or Commiserate here.

I'm a Colts fan, so I am disconsolate at Jim Caldwell's decision to throw the game to the Jets. That was pathetic. They are wrong to think we would crucify him if a player got injured because he played to win. Most of us fans right now cared more about trying for a perfect season than for winning an...
by knight_tour
December 30th, 2009, 4:19 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Top 5 Favorite Christmas Albums?
Replies: 17
Views: 3261

Re: Top 5 Favorite Christmas Albums?

I have tried many Christmas albums and been disappointed with most. I like some of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The two albums I love the most are: 1. The first Carpenters Christmas album (definately not the second) 2. The John Denver with the muppets Christmas album There are a few individual songs...
by knight_tour
December 30th, 2009, 4:13 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4436

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

I honestly can't understand why agents keep listing fantasy limits at 125,000 or so words. I can't recall many fantasy books I have read that are that short, except the Earthsea books. When I go to the bookstore looking for fantasy, I look specifically for long books, because that is what I like in ...
by knight_tour
December 30th, 2009, 4:08 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Do you like Hardcovers?
Replies: 18
Views: 2903

Re: Do you like Hardcovers?

I never buy hardcovers. They are too expensive, and since I move a lot they are also too heavy.
by knight_tour
December 30th, 2009, 2:16 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Keeping Boys Reading
Replies: 46
Views: 9163

Re: Keeping Boys Reading

Personally, if boys are not reading enough, I think it is on the parents. My boys read voraciously, and I think it is because my wife and I read constantly, including reading to them. Even now that they are 9 and 11, and read a ton on their own, I still enjoy reading to them at bedtime. My younger s...
by knight_tour
December 10th, 2009, 6:39 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you write the same genre you read?
Replies: 46
Views: 12359

Re: Do you write the same genre you read?

I write within my favorite genres, sci-fi and fantasy, but I read quite a lot in other genres within which I have no interest in writing, such as historical fiction, history, horror, and others.
by knight_tour
December 7th, 2009, 2:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Support Groups?
Replies: 21
Views: 5742

Re: Writer Support Groups?

I've been looking for an online support group (has to be online - I live in Cairo) so I can get help fine tuning and refining a novel I have written. However, I've not been able to find anything. I have this same issue, as I live overseas and therefore can only find friends and relatives to read my...