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by J. T. SHEA
April 18th, 2011, 1:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What to do with parents?
Replies: 16
Views: 3019

Re: What to do with parents?

The absentee YA and MG parent archetype could be as much an opportunity as a problem. Long before I ever heard of it I used it in my YA Steampunk Trilogy as a plot device. Jimmy, my teenage protagonist, strives to join a great sea-borne expedition in search of a lost city. He eventually gets on boar...
by J. T. SHEA
April 18th, 2011, 11:58 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: A Publisher dealing with American Indians
Replies: 11
Views: 1660

Re: A Publisher dealing with American Indians

Just use Irish characters instead. I hereby grant you all full permission to use elements of our culture, religion and heritage (which we no longer guard with high explosives, so don't worry) and the names of our deceased persons (but do print a warning at the beginning of the book about my grandunc...
by J. T. SHEA
April 16th, 2011, 3:24 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: YA Fantasy "Hidden in Plain Sight" First Two Pages
Replies: 5
Views: 1708

Re: YA Fantasy "Hidden in Plain Sight" First Two Pages

Good stuff, Wordranger! Your opening pages are both matter-of-fact and portentuous in the best sense of the word. Childhood vs adulthood. Peripheral vs central. Freedom vs authoritarianism. Plenty of dualities established early. You start with a bored kid and end (this section) with the King of the ...
by J. T. SHEA
April 16th, 2011, 2:12 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: YA Horror - 600 Words *Edited*
Replies: 14
Views: 4039

Re: YA Horror - 600 Words

Interesting, Falls Apart. I love the first sentence. Talk about high concept right out of the gate! And it rhymes! I first assumed a murderous reality show, but the word 'fictitious' does undercut that expectation. As for Akila's point, perhaps you could call Rajan an Indian-American? My grandmother...
by J. T. SHEA
April 15th, 2011, 12:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chapter Word Counts
Replies: 11
Views: 1242

Re: Chapter Word Counts

My edits are to to remove the superfluous 't' I have an unfortunate habit of adding to Margo's name. Sorry, Margo!
by J. T. SHEA
April 15th, 2011, 12:20 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The Future Has Happened Already: E-books are now #1 format
Replies: 6
Views: 2501

Re: The Future Has Happened Already: E-books are now #1 format

Now hold on just a cotton-picking moment there, David! 29.5% of the market? Certain important categories no doubt, but the overall book market? No way! Not unless maths have changed. I was helping my nine year old nephew with his maths yesterday and two plus two still equaled four. And if the Irish ...
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 11:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?
Replies: 19
Views: 6613

Re: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?

Science Fiction Dieselpunk indeed, Mike R. But Steampunk is a more generally recognized umbrella descriptor.

Thanks, Cookie. If I don't finish book three soon MY head will explode!

Amen, Wordranger! You know what they say, reality is just a crutch for those who can't handle SF and Fantasy!
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 6:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?
Replies: 19
Views: 6613

Re: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?

Mike R., my YA trilogy has aliens and spaceships and is set on a colony planet. But its humans and their steamships and trains and airships and flying boats and biplanes and submarines and Art Deco skyscrapers are more important to the plot. So it's Steampunk, or more exactly, Dieselpunk, both of wh...
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 5:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: megalomania as motivation
Replies: 16
Views: 5777

Re: megalomania as motivation

Selfish bratty hero, Mike R.? A good challenge indeed!

Of course you're speshul, Margo!

Sommer, I agree. Seriously! C. S. Lewis and others have warned that sincere do-goodery can become the worst form of tyranny, and the appetite for power over others much worse than any mere greed for wealth.
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 3:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chapter Word Counts
Replies: 11
Views: 1242

Re: Chapter Word Counts

Margo, Akila's question was about a variation in chapter length between 6,000 and 8,000 words, which I do not consider significant. Akila also gave the reason for the extra words, that the chapter is all on one subject and stands together well. As it happens, I agree with you versus very long chapte...
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 3:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: megalomania as motivation
Replies: 16
Views: 5777

Re: megalomania as motivation

'Selfish bratty bastard', Mike R.? You say it like it's bad!

You too, Margo! What's wrong with 'Mwahahaha 'I do it cuz I'm insane.'? It worked for Ghengis Khan and Stalin and Mao.
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 2:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you keep a journal?
Replies: 8
Views: 1145

Re: Do you keep a journal?

Notes, ideas, I did this, I did that, dreams, blog comments and posts like this one, all that and more goes into my diary, which is a computer file, but not online or for publication. Several hundred thousand words each year, much more than my novel writing. 'The Collected Tweets of Charlee Vale, Vo...
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 2:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: another ludicrous story idea: cyberpunk parody
Replies: 4
Views: 663

Re: another ludicrous story idea: cyberpunk parody

What's not to like, JohnDurvin? What happens next? Write it quick!

And Wordranger is right. Space Monkeys would make it perfect. Space Monkeys would make ANYTHING perfect. My next project is MOBY DICK AND SPACE MONKEYS. You should see those little guys make with the harpoons!
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 2:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Wahoo Moment!
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: Wahoo Moment!

Sounds a bit like the 'Morning Pages' recommended by Julia Cameron? Better perhaps for pantsers and morning people than planners and evening people like myself. I do have such treasured moments, just not in the morning.
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 2:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: megalomania as motivation
Replies: 16
Views: 5777

Re: megalomania as motivation

In my case it's mainly the cape. I look good in black. Of course, I've also been ruthlessly gathering power since I was about two. Superiority complex? Wanting to be in charge of everything and have everybody do what I say? All that too! And of course I'm dissatisfied with the way things currently a...