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by Margo
May 18th, 2010, 12:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A Question on Mixed Tenses
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: A Question on Mixed Tenses

Can you post the text? Sure. I suspected that might be necessary for people to see where I'm going. It's UF, by the way. Evan had loved his parents right up until the moment he had lost himself to his true nature, to the lineage he had denied most of his life. They knew that now, Gwen and Connor, t...
by Margo
May 18th, 2010, 12:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Embarassing lines in my book
Replies: 15
Views: 2353

Re: Embarassing lines in my book

Um, yeah, I have one every bit as good as that, but it's too horrid to post. I was trying to get inventive with a verb to replace 'grab' and came up with a turn of phrase that belongs only in hardcore porn, so sayeth a major editor. I'll let everyone imagine what the phrase might have been. It's one...
by Margo
May 18th, 2010, 12:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A Question on Mixed Tenses
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

A Question on Mixed Tenses

I'm mortified that I have to ask this question, but my research has been painfully unhelpful. I'm desperate. Help? Question: Is it ever okay to mix past tense with present perfect? I'm working on a project in the first person, past tense. At one point my MC is conveying something that happened befor...
by Margo
May 9th, 2010, 7:44 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What do you "do"?
Replies: 41
Views: 5978

Re: What do you "do"?

I've held a few different jobs (emergency dispatcher, private security, 7-11 clerk, horse trainer etc...). Now, I just write. It is my day job :) Emergency dispatcher? Like 911? Police, fire, ambulance, or a combination thereof? I spent 3 years as an emergency services dispatcher, answering police ...
by Margo
April 30th, 2010, 2:48 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: It's Finally Happened: The Hive Mind Is Discussing One Book!
Replies: 11
Views: 4187

Re: It's Finally Happened: The Hive Mind Is Discussing One Book!

But.....it's so dark!!!! Which is just another reason I adored it. I've probably recommended American Gods more times than all the others books I've ever recommended combined. Since you had trouble getting through it in print, I'd suggest the audio version (such a great audio performance). It actua...
by Margo
April 28th, 2010, 4:55 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What do you "do"?
Replies: 41
Views: 5978

Re: What do you "do"?

I supervise a staff of counselors, and they and I work with heroin addicts. I'm going to grad school so I can do more of that. Iiiiiinteresting. I did my grad school practicum hours in a 6-month inpatient substance abuse program for pregnant women and mothers - mostly meth but also the occasional h...
by Margo
April 27th, 2010, 8:54 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The Multi-Genre Writer and an Agent
Replies: 11
Views: 2128

Re: The Multi-Genre Writer and an Agent

So, Blondie, would you be doing fiction and non-fiction in all four? And is there one or two that you think you might be writing in more than the others? Or perhaps the better question is which one would your first queryable project be in? Since I am doing agent research (though not in any of those ...
by Margo
April 27th, 2010, 8:50 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What do you "do"?
Replies: 41
Views: 5978

Re: What do you "do"?

Resource analyst. I help my employer decide how to spend a few million here, a few million there, and keep track of legislation that would change the way they have to do things. Boring but extremely low stress most of the time, which is good because stress makes it harder for me to write. The awful ...
by Margo
April 27th, 2010, 3:24 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The Multi-Genre Writer and an Agent
Replies: 11
Views: 2128

Re: The Multi-Genre Writer and an Agent

Thanks Margo. ...However, as I look through agents, I don't often find them repping more than one..maybe 2.. of the genres I like to work in... Perhaps I just need to broaden my search? Which "agent search engines" do you suggest? I am still curious about the protocol for querying the same agent wi...
by Margo
April 26th, 2010, 10:01 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Kick-Thyself Moments
Replies: 19
Views: 7038

Re: Kick-Thyself Moments

I have two that don't entirely fit the bill (the faux pas were not with agents), but they might make people feel better. 1) I told an author on an online writing group that I thought her work was great and she was thoroughly publishable. At that point (I later learned) she had about 8 books out alre...
by Margo
April 26th, 2010, 9:55 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The Multi-Genre Writer and an Agent
Replies: 11
Views: 2128

Re: The Multi-Genre Writer and an Agent

Unless you have very specialized genres, you should be able to find at least a handful who handle both of your genres. I have been looking for an agent who reps both my genre and a genre that tends to tinge my work just a little. The readers of the two genres also tend to read across both the genres...
by Margo
April 26th, 2010, 9:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Write a query before you're done with the book?
Replies: 25
Views: 7257

Re: Write a query before you're done with the book?

Writing a query prior to finishing the ms and submitting that query before finishing the ms is a fail with every agent I have ever spoken to (and all those I have ever known to address the topic in a blog). Writing a query for the purpose of improving your focus while you write is a great idea. I re...
by Margo
April 23rd, 2010, 12:49 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Best TV show of all time?
Replies: 48
Views: 6887

Re: Best TV show of all time?

Oh, good, I'm not the only one to immediately think Firefly and Babylon 5 (especially when watched on DVD in a short period of time). The first series of True Blood also kept me up way too late on work nights. I couldn't get into Battlestar Galactica because I was too busy with grad school right whe...
by Margo
April 22nd, 2010, 1:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Use of suddenly
Replies: 12
Views: 2078

Re: Use of suddenly

I can't think of any instances in my reading or writing wherein I thought "suddenly" was the strongest word choice. Weak is pretty much the perfect term. Finding "suddenly" on lists of words editors never want to see again nailed the coffin shut for me. In general, those words and phrases that just ...
by Margo
April 16th, 2010, 4:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Overused Cliches
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: Overused Cliches

Try these (several listed):

http://www.sff.net/paradise/lists.htm