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by marilyn peake
December 10th, 2009, 12:55 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Internet and Background Research for Writing
Replies: 12
Views: 2938

The Internet and Background Research for Writing

Do you conduct background research for your writing on the Internet? If so, what are some of the most interesting sites you’ve visited? I do a lot of background research on the Internet when I’m writing. One of my favorite sites - because it’s so unique – is the one for the International UFO Museum ...
by marilyn peake
December 9th, 2009, 4:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you write the same genre you read?
Replies: 46
Views: 12492

Re: Do you write the same genre you read?

Great question! I read across all genres, but especially science fiction, fantasy, and lots of literary fiction. So far, I've written science fiction and fantasy, some of it with literary style prose.
by marilyn peake
December 9th, 2009, 4:25 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Your own website?
Replies: 27
Views: 5327

Re: Your own website?

I've had a website for years and find it extremely valuable. I get something like 10,000 visits to it per month, even though I haven't done any book promotion for a while. I have several domain names: one for my own name, and several for the names of my middle grade fantasy adventure novels. Right n...
by marilyn peake
December 9th, 2009, 1:28 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Books and Movies Based on Them
Replies: 16
Views: 4424

Re: Books and Movies Based on Them

Mira, Well ... yeah ... the movie of THE ROAD was scary and dark, very dark actually, but with hope - like the book. It was definitely Cormac McCarthy. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE was somewhat dark, like its book, but it was also really sweet and very funny at times. Showed the wild nature of kids bef...
by marilyn peake
December 8th, 2009, 10:33 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Books and Movies Based on Them
Replies: 16
Views: 4424

Books and Movies Based on Them

Just wondered if anyone here has seen the movies for THE ROAD or WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE , and what you thought of them. THE ROAD is one of my absolutely favorite books and I wasn't at all disappointed by the movie. I thought it was excellent! I thought Viggo Mortensen as the Man and Kodi Smit-McP...
by marilyn peake
December 8th, 2009, 10:13 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Facebook vs. Twitter
Replies: 23
Views: 4328

Re: Facebook vs. Twitter

Twitter used to suck me in big-time. Now, I only check it once in a while. I follow a number of people with interesting news in their tweets - authors, TV personalities, news reporters, literary agents. Got some great info about writing contests, steampunk cakes, how to make awesome Halloween costum...
by marilyn peake
December 8th, 2009, 8:39 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Small Press Publishers
Replies: 8
Views: 2133

Re: Small Press Publishers

lovelylj, That's very thoughtful of you to put together a list of publishers for writers. I'd just like to add my two cents and highly recommend that writers check author sites like Preditors & Editors http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors before actually submitting to any publisher. Small press pu...
by marilyn peake
December 8th, 2009, 4:18 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: To e-book or not to e-book?
Replies: 18
Views: 3155

Re: To e-book or not to e-book?

My own small press books are available in both paperback and eBook, including eBook for the Kindle and Nook. I'm delighted to have my books in eBook format. In seconds, people can download my eBooks, so I have a much better chance of making an immediate eBook sale than an immediate paperback sale. Y...
by marilyn peake
December 8th, 2009, 3:58 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4480

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

Holly Black http://www.blackholly.com writes short YA fantasy novels. Neil Gaiman http://www.neilgaiman.com writes some amazing short fantasy - I love The Graveyard Book - really excellent! There's also Bones of Faerie http://www.simner.com/bonesoffaerie by Janni Lee Simner http://www.simner.com . A...
by marilyn peake
December 8th, 2009, 3:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When I grow up I want to be...
Replies: 19
Views: 3879

Re: When I grow up I want to be...

When I was little, I wanted to be a writer. By high school, I couldn't imagine being anything else other than a writer. In college, I decided to pursue other avenues, but ended up enthusiastically writing a 100-page Masters Thesis in graduate school when I only needed to write 50 pages. That should ...
by marilyn peake
December 7th, 2009, 11:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Outline or Out of the Mist?
Replies: 50
Views: 12000

Outline or Out of the Mist?

What type of writer are you - do you outline beforehand, or does your story seem to arise out of the mist? I'm definitely an "out of the mist" type of writer, although I usually have a strong sense of where the story will generally lead and how it will end. I tried outlining, but found that too limi...
by marilyn peake
December 7th, 2009, 10:34 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Awesome YouTube Videos
Replies: 3
Views: 1287

Re: Awesome YouTube Videos

Here's a funny YouTube video created by professional filmmakers with live actors for the Twisted Tails anthologies in which I have short stories published. I love this video because it was made in the style of the old science fiction B movies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWHfII_beq4.
by marilyn peake
December 7th, 2009, 10:20 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Monkeys vs. Bears
Replies: 63
Views: 23108

Re: Monkeys vs. Bears

Monkeys. Because they've traveled into space. Seriously.
by marilyn peake
December 7th, 2009, 10:08 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Post Your Favourites
Replies: 24
Views: 6926

Re: Post Your Favourites

Right now, I'm reading the steampunk novel, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, and am really enjoying it. Some of my favorite novels: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Encounter with Tiber by Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Secret Life...
by marilyn peake
December 7th, 2009, 9:53 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?
Replies: 49
Views: 8197

Re: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?

Cormac McCarthy. He's so much more about writing than promoting, wrote THE ROAD in only three weeks, went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for it, acted like the writing was much more important than the prize, does things in his own way and is successful through methods that run completely contrary to pop...