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by J. T. SHEA
May 27th, 2010, 2:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Flashbacks (writing them, not having them)
Replies: 13
Views: 9385

Re: Flashbacks (writing them, not having them)

Flashback haters should ask themselves, are characters in novels never allowed to reminisce? Most novels ARE single long flashbacks. Interesting how many of Nathan's prologue commenters also condemned flash-forwards, the kind of 'coming attractions' teasers writers often put at the start of novels. ...
by J. T. SHEA
May 26th, 2010, 4:22 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: So I want to self publish... kinda sorta, not really
Replies: 17
Views: 3816

Re: So I want to self publish... kinda sorta, not really

What's wrong with POD for 100 copies? And I thought LSI was a POD company.

I can see no problem for a 'traditional' publisher in what you propose, but people and organizations do have odd taboos. So do make sure you can 'unpublish' the book at any time.
by J. T. SHEA
May 26th, 2010, 4:06 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Violent cartoons or t.v. shows you remember as a kid
Replies: 9
Views: 4666

Re: Violent cartoons or t.v. shows you remember as a kid

The Roadrunner and Batman. Kerrash! Biff! They made me what I am. I bet the Acme Corporation in Roadrunner inspired Jeff Bezos to set up Amazon.
by J. T. SHEA
May 26th, 2010, 2:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's the Message?
Replies: 19
Views: 3893

Re: What's the Message?

Polymath, perhaps theme or message is something best aimed at by aiming at something else. Likewise happiness! Risk beginning the story and let the theme emerge, as if by itself? Don't try to fully answer the questions of theme and message at the start. Let the story answer them. If the resulting me...
by J. T. SHEA
May 25th, 2010, 10:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: First & third person in the same novel?
Replies: 7
Views: 2609

Re: First & third person in the same novel?

Like Holly, I thought of Stephen King's CHRISTINE the moment I read Lunerit's query. But then I wondered if Lunerit was referring to mixing up the POVs in every chapter or page. CHRISTINE has three distinct acts. The first act in the first person POV of one of two young friends, describing their adv...
by J. T. SHEA
May 24th, 2010, 8:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: One Liners
Replies: 19
Views: 3907

Re: One Liners

The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN logline quoted on QueryTracker mentions Captain Jack Sparrow by name. Likewise the SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE logline. The Twoadverbs article refers only to screenplays. AND our mighty Nathan mentions Jacob Wonderbar in his single sentence pitch! But Wolfe3141 could leave out S...
by J. T. SHEA
May 22nd, 2010, 6:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: writers block or procrastination?
Replies: 4
Views: 879

Re: writers block or procrastination?

Hello, Epcaldwell. I was going to procrastinate today, but I put it off until tomorrow.
I do have a suggestion. Paragraphs! Useful, unless your real name is Gabriel Garcia Marques.
Welcome to the Forums!
by J. T. SHEA
May 22nd, 2010, 4:03 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: PREDICT THE NEXT BIG YA GENRE
Replies: 61
Views: 15887

Re: PREDICT THE NEXT BIG YA GENRE

Steampunk! Yay! Guess what my series is. Dieselpunk really, but close enough.

But is steampunk really ‘next’ or new, apart from the name? Jules Verne? But I suppose the deliberate and self-conscious retroism is the difference. Yesterday’s SF becomes tomorrow’s steampunk/dieselpunk.
by J. T. SHEA
May 22nd, 2010, 3:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: One Liners
Replies: 19
Views: 3907

Re: One Liners

Hows about:-
'Homeless rocker girl Sarah runs a gauntlet of drugs, kidnapping, rape and murder to get her next gig and make enough to escape the mean streets and return to high school and a better life.'
by J. T. SHEA
May 20th, 2010, 11:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: You have another think coming
Replies: 35
Views: 10067

Re: You have another think coming

Whatever is commonly used is often used loosely. You're probably both right, though you're 60% right and your editor 40%, according to the informal Merriam-Webster poll Holly quoted. So you win! Mira is right too. You'll get complaining e-mails no matter what you do. Today's eggcorn is tomorrow's co...
by J. T. SHEA
May 20th, 2010, 10:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Book title inspiration!
Replies: 20
Views: 8547

Re: Book title inspiration!

SUCK FINGER EVERYBODY would be my favorite too, but it might send the wrong message! Beacon22's ideas sound good. How about just HANDS OF THE PAST? Or MILLION MILES AWAY? But BRING ME BACK is not too generic, in my opinion, and what's wrong with sounding like a movie?
by J. T. SHEA
May 20th, 2010, 4:22 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: query #2: The Suburban Spy, edited
Replies: 10
Views: 1790

Re: query: The Suburban Spy

I quite like rhetorical questions. But take them out if you query Nathan! Likewise word repetition. Not a problem for me, particularly deliberate echoing, but it drives some people crazy. I agree with other commenters that you should spell out more of what happens. The setup reminds me of the movie ...