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by knight_tour
March 18th, 2011, 11:04 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Bransford Blog Bracket Challenge!!!
Replies: 110
Views: 37218

Re: Bransford Blog Bracket Challenge!!!

Nathan: Ohio State and Pitt, with no one scoring more than 70, in the final? Very interesting. Bryan has a 1, 2, 4 and a 6 in the final four. That's what I call courage. I find Vic's (Aspiring_X) trust in Georgia nice and quaint. I live in Atlanta, so I'm sure the local radio will be ecstatic if yo...
by knight_tour
March 15th, 2011, 10:37 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Bransford Blog Bracket Challenge!!!
Replies: 110
Views: 37218

Re: Bransford Blog Bracket Challenge!!!

Agh! I have ten different entries in the ESPN contest, so which one to pick? One of the saner ones with many of the top seeds going through, or one of the upset brackets? Oh well, I gambled with one of the upset brackets, with San Diego State and Syracuse making the final 4.
by knight_tour
February 4th, 2011, 11:55 am
Forum: Books
Topic: George R. R. Martin
Replies: 17
Views: 3396

Re: George R. R. Martin

Life is not like that. Death generally comes unexpectedly and for no reason. I liked it that we finally had an author who would address this fact. A great deal of real life makes no sense. Writing stuff that makes no sense usually doesn't work for many a reader. A great deal of real life doesn't wo...
by knight_tour
February 4th, 2011, 4:34 am
Forum: Books
Topic: George R. R. Martin
Replies: 17
Views: 3396

Re: George R. R. Martin

I enjoyed the first two and a half books very much. It's no small task to keep a story going with that many points of view and such an unrelenting onslaught of tragedy . I paused in my reading when I reached a certain scene and felt he had exhausted my trust with what I felt was a senseless killing...
by knight_tour
February 4th, 2011, 4:19 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339211

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I blogged about some thoughts on Nathan's First Paragraph contest -- http://tedacross.blogspot.com/
by knight_tour
October 2nd, 2010, 3:22 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Gender roles: The pressure of Prince Charming
Replies: 18
Views: 4919

Re: Gender roles: The pressure of Prince Charming

I partly wrote my epic fantasy novel to deal with an aspect of boys that I don't see nearly enough of in fantasy fiction. I have an extremely close, loving, affectionate relationship with my sons, yet I don't see enough examples of such caring fathers in the fantasies I read. My book deals heavily w...
by knight_tour
September 27th, 2010, 12:09 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339211

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

A short excerpt from my fantasy novel that might make you wince -- http://tedacross.blogspot.com/2010/09/steel-enema.html
by knight_tour
September 24th, 2010, 8:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Final Battle...does it have to be a cliche?
Replies: 16
Views: 5038

Re: The Final Battle...does it have to be a cliche?

For some reason I find battle scenes very easy to write. I have put a couple examples from my book either on my blog or on Authonomy and people really seem to like them. For the record, my MC does not kill the big baddie. It makes perfect sense in my story how an elderly mute ends up being the big h...
by knight_tour
September 18th, 2010, 4:21 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339211

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

My take on the latest trend to make speculative fiction covers look like romance novels -- http://tedacross.blogspot.com/2010/09/romantasy.html
by knight_tour
August 21st, 2010, 2:13 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Agenting needs to evolve
Replies: 53
Views: 14596

Re: Agenting needs to evolve

Down the Well, I agree with you. I am not suggesting any huge 'fix' for writing is necessary. I do think it is a bit sad that the professional feedback that is so essential to rapid development is almost completely lacking in writing. In any other art it is relatively easy for an upcoming talent to ...
by knight_tour
August 20th, 2010, 2:19 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Agenting needs to evolve
Replies: 53
Views: 14596

Re: Agenting needs to evolve

I tutored several classes of primary schoolers on writing for one semester. The one who had the strongest writing skills and natural talents followed her own way. Like the readers I also tutored, all she needed was one prompt to grow on. Ask questions and find your own answers wherever you may. She...
by knight_tour
August 20th, 2010, 1:17 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Agenting needs to evolve
Replies: 53
Views: 14596

Re: Agenting needs to evolve

The admonition for writers to read, read widely is both mentoring and mentorship. Literature study and response is a mentoring process. Writers writing about writing, from Aristotle to Zelazny, is mentoring. Writing workshops and retreats, online writing discussion venues, writers conferences, manu...