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by Margo
April 16th, 2010, 1:38 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: ALL of Twitter Will Be Archived at the Library of Congress
Replies: 8
Views: 2969

Re: ALL of Twitter Will Be Archived at the Library of Congress

Haha... future historians will be very, very bored. Nah, they'll give up after the first 20 pages of meaninglessness, spend the rest of the evening together in the bar, and publish a report that concludes that while certain obscure terms will forever remain a mystery it is all obviously of great re...
by Margo
April 14th, 2010, 11:26 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Show Don't Tell
Replies: 11
Views: 2336

Re: Show Don't Tell

The show-vs-tell issue looks to me much like the tension and conflict issue. At a workshop on tension, an agent mentioned that a writer can indeed have too much relentless tension, line after line, page after page...but he's never seen it...ever. In fact, the vast majority of the ms.s he sees are pr...
by Margo
April 13th, 2010, 11:48 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Have your blog reading/commenting habits changed?
Replies: 17
Views: 3665

Re: Have your blog reading/commenting habits changed?

I read fewer blogs than I used to, as I have learned that not all blogs are created equal. I comment less, having groked that sometimes the delete key has greater personal and societal value that the submit button. I read two blogs regularly and another occasionally, all belonging to writing industr...
by Margo
April 12th, 2010, 12:59 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Which celeb/s have you met?
Replies: 32
Views: 10195

Re: Which celeb/s have you met?

Gosh, I just realized how boring I am. I'm an industry groupie so I got all flushed over meeting Harlan Ellison, Donald Maass, Lisa Rector, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. I'm hoping to meet Jennifer Jackson and Colleen Lindsay. Later I gush about them to friends and family, who listen politely, ...
by Margo
April 12th, 2010, 12:13 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 11895

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

The contingency plan is: continue working on the craft of writing and keep writing. I also occasionally pause to do short stories, to change things up a bit and establish a name. Rejected manuscripts go into a trunk for a period of time, while I figure out what's wrong with them and whether they can...
by Margo
April 12th, 2010, 11:11 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Lines from Novels
Replies: 30
Views: 5780

Re: Favorite Lines from Novels

"When Love cast me out, it was Cruelty who took pity upon me." - Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey It is the last line in the first chapter and the only reason I kept reading after what had been a pretty lackluster excuse for a first chapter despite some lovely writing. It was drowning in backstory...
by Margo
April 12th, 2010, 10:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Critique Groups vs Online Writing Workshops
Replies: 9
Views: 1619

Re: Critique Groups vs Online Writing Workshops

I hate to sound even the least bit paranoid, but is there any chance at all of people appropriating one's ideas when one publishes or exchanges sections of a manuscript or a synopsis online? Seems there would always be risk associated in the cyberworld. Ideas are cheap. It's the writing that matter...
by Margo
April 11th, 2010, 11:54 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What writing disorder do you suffer from?
Replies: 49
Views: 11108

Re: What writing disorder do you suffer from?

Writing Infantilism. I love adverbs. Adjectives. Telling, not showing. Head hopping. Dialogue tags. There, I said it. Feels good. I'm paging the intervention team. Put the adverbs down; it's not worth it. There are people who love you. I'm recommending an intensive 30 day rehab, with supervised wri...
by Margo
April 8th, 2010, 7:03 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Question about manuscript readers
Replies: 17
Views: 2767

Re: Question about manuscript readers

BlancheKing wrote:@ Margo: any chance I can mooch some of your time? =D
I sent you PM! :) I thought I better tell you since I'm not PM savvy.
by Margo
April 8th, 2010, 11:39 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 22776

Re: How old are you?

I'm 40. Yes I am an ancient human who actually learned to type on a manual typewriter! Ahhh, there's nothing like that taptaptaptaptaptapDING! and the smell of fresh ink ribbon and the black smudges on your fingertips and cussing out that freaking Remington Rand while struggling to get the new ribb...
by Margo
April 8th, 2010, 11:34 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 22776

Re: How old are you?

Ink wrote:We prefer "chronologically challenged".
I prefer "chronologically enhanced"!
by Margo
April 8th, 2010, 11:26 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Question about manuscript readers
Replies: 17
Views: 2767

Re: Question about manuscript readers

@ Margo: I wish I knew you in real life, but I know what you mean by flaking out. I had one person disappear with a printout of five chapters and never got back to me. Oh and, funny joke. One of my friends (an engineer-hopeful) attempted to edit my book, read one page, tried to substitute a word wi...
by Margo
April 8th, 2010, 11:18 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2744

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

A.M.Kuska wrote:Ooooh, I'm definitely going to use this for my current and future projects. Thanks so much for sharing!

You're welcome. Let me know how it works for you.

(Another unsuspecting victim now tinged with the corruption of the dark god of templates. Exxxxxcellent. bwhahahahahaha.)
by Margo
April 8th, 2010, 11:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Scrivener and Windows Alternatives
Replies: 15
Views: 3212

Re: Scrivener and Windows Alternatives

Scribble wrote:Man, I feel like such a noob using MS Word!
Well, yah. Next thing you'll say is that your writing is available only in the latin alphabet platform and you don't bundle your writing with visual, audio, and online material for a total entertainment experience!

Sheehs. Noobs.

:)
by Margo
April 8th, 2010, 1:15 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Tracking down conferences or other ways to bump into agents
Replies: 5
Views: 1085

Re: Tracking down conferences or other ways to bump into agents

Are there any good sites that list writers conferences? In particular, I'm in Atlanta, and it seems that aside from Dragon*Con for sci-fi/fantasy geeks like me, all the big conferences are either up north or out west. Thanks. Don't overlook small conferences. I live in a mid-size cultural black hol...