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by midenianscholar
July 6th, 2010, 11:56 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Absentee Parent Conundrum in Children's Lit
Replies: 32
Views: 13499

Re: The Absentee Parent Conundrum in Children's Lit

I think it's interesting that people talk about parents being protective and teens trying to escape that protective sphere to find quests, so to speak. I find the lack of healthy families in YA frustrating sometimes, and I always am encouraged when we see a good family in a novel--even if they're on...
by midenianscholar
July 6th, 2010, 11:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: First Person Blues
Replies: 11
Views: 1754

Re: First Person Blues

I encountered this when I wrote my first manuscript in first person. But I found that it wasn't the I's that was the problem--it was the way I structured my sentences. I relied too much on starting sentences in the same way, whether it was in first person or third person ("I smiled. I was happy" / "...
by midenianscholar
July 6th, 2010, 11:36 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Of the characters you've written, who is your favorite?
Replies: 41
Views: 11301

Re: Of the characters you've written, who is your favorite?

One of my all time favorites is a character who isn't a protagonist, and (as far as I know) will never have her POV in the manuscript. Her name's May, and she's a sort of Maid Marian character in one of my WIP. She's one of the most complex female characters I've written, and I just love her. She's ...
by midenianscholar
July 4th, 2010, 4:49 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query - 'When Sleeping Girls Wake'
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Query - 'When Sleeping Girls Wake'

I'm by no means an expert, but here are my thoughts. :) Dear agent; When David Harvey finds an extraordinary coin that answers questions with sounds sounds or a voice? how does he understand it? that no one else can hear, it leads him on a hunt through the city that ends with the discovery , buried ...
by midenianscholar
July 4th, 2010, 4:38 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis - The Fountain's Edge
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Re: Synopsis - The Fountain's Edge

Thank you so much for your suggestions. I think I'm getting to the final draft. Dios4vida - do you still think I can cut the stuff about Garan and the plot against the Roesils that Cedrin finds out about? I think it explains why he ends up in the castle, and also introduces the fact that Garan hates...
by midenianscholar
July 2nd, 2010, 3:03 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 97715

Re: Rejection Stats

I just started querying Wednesday night. Genre: YA (fantasy/romance) Total queries sent to date: 7 Queries still awaiting a response: 5 Rejections to date: 1 Form rejections: 0 Personalized rejections: 1 Requests for pages: 1 Requests for manuscript: 0 Ngggh! I'm so excited that someone requested a ...
by midenianscholar
June 30th, 2010, 10:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How can I improve my website / blog?
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Re: How can I improve my website / blog?

I do a bit of web design as a hobby, and work in a PR graphic design office. The first thing that caught my attention is the sliding pictures at the top--particularly that one with pixelated clip art. Which... isn't a fantastic first impression, particularly if your dealing with pixel snobs. Your si...
by midenianscholar
June 30th, 2010, 10:31 am
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis - The Fountain's Edge
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Re: Synopsis - The Fountain's Edge

But they cannot find him, and they think that Cedrin is dead. okay family, wasn't it their idea to ship him off to mystery castle? In the family's defense, Cedrin left out the enchanted/crazy lady part, so they figured it was just ruins. :P Sorry the tenses were so messed up. I wrote it in present ...
by midenianscholar
June 28th, 2010, 11:14 am
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis - The Fountain's Edge
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Synopsis - The Fountain's Edge

This is the synopsis for my YA fantasy/romance, The Fountain's Edge. I'm not sure about: - The midway "flashback" (so to speak), because it's past-tense. It needs to be there somewhere, though. - The ending, because in the ms there's a little scene where Ced wakes up, talks with Alaith and then they...
by midenianscholar
June 28th, 2010, 10:52 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 31394

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

This may sound a bit morbid, but I enjoy walking through old cemeteries, mostly the ones that are alone in some abandoned farm field, or just a random plot in the middle of suburbia where the old stones are surrounded by new houses and stores. I grew up right near a cemetery, and my family used to ...
by midenianscholar
June 28th, 2010, 10:46 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 22621

Re: How old are you?

I'm 19.
Started telling stories: 3
Started writing: 12
Finished my first "novel" (if it can be called that): 13
Finished a novel I would like to see published: 19

...yep.
by midenianscholar
June 28th, 2010, 10:44 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Mad Ideas for promoting your novel
Replies: 12
Views: 4498

Re: Mad Ideas for promoting your novel

A long time ago, when I sort of liked Eragon, I went to a book signing to meet Christopher Paolini. Like you mentioned, he'd dress up (I think as Eragon) and tour schools and libraries. I would totally do that (though, erm, not as Eragon), with perhaps a few twists. Costumes always get attention, an...
by midenianscholar
June 28th, 2010, 10:29 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Any book collectors here?
Replies: 16
Views: 2703

Re: Any book collectors here?

I don't seriously collect, but I love old books and I have an 1800's version of Pride and Prejudice, which is my pride and joy. There's a professor at my college who collects, but he has a funny way of treating his books. I barely touch my old ones for fear they will break apart. He brought in a 180...
by midenianscholar
June 28th, 2010, 10:16 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Graphic Novel Suggestions???
Replies: 13
Views: 1845

Re: Graphic Novel Suggestions???

Love, love, love THE PHOTOGRAPHER. Here are a few webcomics I follow, from the more amateur to the best known on the net. These are neat because a lot of the authors (particularly Lora Innes from The Dreamer) are really, really good about answering fan questions and blogging about their learning pro...
by midenianscholar
June 25th, 2010, 10:54 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 618
Views: 194094

Re: The Introduction Thread

I'm Alyssa, and I'm a college student in Georgia. I am almost done with my final draft (for now, anyway) of The Fountain's Edge , a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Hopefully I'll start querying soon...gulp. I also have a first draft of a YA novel called Webbed , and I'm trying to begin another no...