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by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 3:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: megalomania as motivation
Replies: 16
Views: 6150

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: 1189

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: 724

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: 734

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: 6150

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...
by J. T. SHEA
April 14th, 2011, 2:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chapter Word Counts
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: Chapter Word Counts

Yes Akila, you ARE just being a worrywart. Who says all the chapters of a book must be the same length, and why? Who even notices such things? The few people who complain about such details always remind of the scene in the movie AMADEUS where the Austrian Emperor complains to Mozart that one of his...
by J. T. SHEA
April 5th, 2011, 2:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Formatting issue .....
Replies: 8
Views: 1064

Re: Formatting issue .....

Preacher, go back to whoever told you that, hit them with an iron (not space) bar five times and indent their head. Then tell them I sent you.
by J. T. SHEA
April 2nd, 2011, 9:17 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe
Replies: 13
Views: 4348

Re: Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe

Excellent, Nathan! Just a few thoughts:- Is that really a Space Monkey in the top right corner? The guy with the small green flag could show a little enthusiasm. Both girls have crossed their arms defensively, or perhaps dismissively. What is the significance of all that? We'll find out in a year. B...
by J. T. SHEA
March 20th, 2011, 4:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does grammar matter, and will it?
Replies: 17
Views: 5975

Re: Does grammar matter, and will it?

Margot a Californian beach bunny!? Who'd have guessed? Sommer, your husband teaches COMIC BOOKS in his English class!? Does he accept very mature students? Cheekychook and Margot, I'd love to read the LOLcat bible translation, but I'm afraid Ceiling Cat would smite me. Dfj881, your blog has a photo ...
by J. T. SHEA
February 21st, 2011, 5:51 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 629
Views: 236030

Re: The Introduction Thread

May I commend Margo and Down the well and the others who have crewed the metaphorical welcome wagon here, and second (third? fourth?) their greetings to all newcomers. I never posted an intro here myself, but you'll get (more than!?) enough of me elsewhere in these Bransforums. Now, metaphorical tho...
by J. T. SHEA
February 15th, 2011, 7:41 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Habit: skipping parts or passages in a novel
Replies: 53
Views: 12383

Re: Habit: skipping parts or passages in a novel

Just a moment while I pull the little lint ball out of my navel with my Special Patented Pull The Little Lint Ball Out Of Your Navel Device. Now, where was I? Oh yes! Skipping versus padding. Down The Well, snorting coffee is all very well, but you haven't lived until you inject it. Mind you, you mi...
by J. T. SHEA
February 15th, 2011, 12:06 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: FORUM NEOPHYTE
Replies: 14
Views: 5835

Re: FORUM NEOPHYTE

I was just informed I had 'exceeded the maximum number of log-in attempts' and had to do a (barely comprehensible) captcha after ONE log-in attempt!
by J. T. SHEA
February 14th, 2011, 11:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When there's nothing going on...
Replies: 13
Views: 2071

Re: When there's nothing going on...

Add a dead blonde. I've yet to read a book that could not be improved by adding a dead blonde. Think how much better LOTR would have been if Tolkien replaced Tom Bombadil with a dead blonde.
by J. T. SHEA
February 11th, 2011, 8:18 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Steampunk Recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 2183

Re: Steampunk Recommendations

May I recommend PASTWORLD by Ian Beck? Published by Bloomsbury in 2009. It's set in a future London which has been covered by a dome and converted into a vast Victorian/Dickensian theme park, a regressed version of itself, as it were. Post Victorian technology has been mostly outlawed, and Victorian...
by J. T. SHEA
February 5th, 2011, 5:36 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Thieves and ignorance.
Replies: 121
Views: 12729

Re: Thieves and ignorance.

Thanks for your thanks, Guardian! I am glad to be of some assistance. In your first page thread I acknowledged the difficult of writing in a second language, particularly writing whole books, a task I find difficult enough in my native English. I would not normally correct people's grammar, but we a...