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by sbs_mjc1
January 27th, 2011, 2:34 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: A question on violence
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Re: A question on violence

There are quite a number of fantasy books that show violence towards children, so I'd say it won't be a dealbreaker.
by sbs_mjc1
January 10th, 2011, 8:58 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: OT: Queensland floods
Replies: 4
Views: 1844

Re: OT: Queensland floods

Thanks for posting this.
by sbs_mjc1
January 5th, 2011, 6:07 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: CLASS (Literary fiction, maybe?)
Replies: 8
Views: 1372

Re: Query: CLASS (Literary fiction, maybe?)

This is Garcia: if he dropped a pizza on the floor, and the piece that landed closest to him also landed cheese side down, Garcia would eat that slice. First. Good characterization, but irrelevant to the query. CLASS is the story of Garcia, a chronically static young man who stumbles into careers i...
by sbs_mjc1
January 5th, 2011, 12:09 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Huck Finn Gets Some Changes
Replies: 17
Views: 4680

Re: Huck Finn Gets Some Changes

I agree with the "gee, isn't it nice to sweep historical racism under the rug and pretend it never happened?" commenter. And I think the "clean version" is missing the point-- yes, there's racist language, but there are some much more important issues about race and power in the content of the book....
by sbs_mjc1
January 3rd, 2011, 12:07 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 151348

Re: What are you reading now?

Empire of Illusion by C. Hedges
The Creation of Scotland by H. Trevor-Roper
Nesting Season by B. Hendrich
by sbs_mjc1
January 3rd, 2011, 12:05 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 31895

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

mudpuppy wrote:I love ranch dressing on just about everything.
Including ice cream? lol
by sbs_mjc1
January 1st, 2011, 7:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Perspectives on historical fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 1093

Re: Perspectives on historical fiction

Lengthy descriptions without a sense of a viewpoint character's presence open rather than close narrative distance. Openings of any dramatic unit ought best close narrative distance. Endings can open it up somewhat. I agree with Polymath here: if you have a omniscient PoV, this may work. Though if ...
by sbs_mjc1
January 1st, 2011, 7:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing and Resolutions
Replies: 15
Views: 1958

Re: Writing and Resolutions

Michael and I want to get our final draft polished up and queries on their way (we're already behind schedule, but life happens...).
by sbs_mjc1
January 1st, 2011, 4:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Perspectives on historical fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 1093

Re: Perspectives on historical fiction

IMHO, slipping in lots of little details is a much more reader-friendly way to build a setting than having the description all at once. Using specific nouns helps a lot, and also showing characters going about their everyday lives. As for symbolism, I think it's fairly easy to have the characters fo...
by sbs_mjc1
December 30th, 2010, 6:27 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: REVISED Query: COZY'S CURSE (mystery)
Replies: 14
Views: 2556

Re: Query: COZY'S CURSE (mystery)

I like it so far.
by sbs_mjc1
December 28th, 2010, 5:15 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 31895

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

I can't speak for Michael-- somehow I don't think he'd want me posting random stuff about him on the internets while he's on vacation. As for me: *I don't drink caffeine *I have several forms of synesthesia (honestly not as exciting as it's cracked up to be) *I speak almost fluent Japanese, though I...
by sbs_mjc1
December 28th, 2010, 5:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Why we love bad writing
Replies: 20
Views: 5796

Re: Why we love bad writing

Do romance novels count as "bad writing"? No, of course not. Are they intellectually stimulating? Not quite. But I don't think they intend to be. Believe it or not, some authors just want to write books people enjoy and don't give a squat about making literary history. One of my aunts calls these b...
by sbs_mjc1
December 28th, 2010, 4:57 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Forgotten Gods Query (Again)
Replies: 16
Views: 2441

Re: Forgotten Gods Query (Again)

Thanks for all the help!
by sbs_mjc1
December 28th, 2010, 11:18 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Forgotten Gods Query (Again)
Replies: 16
Views: 2441

Re: Forgotten Gods Query (Again)

Once again... (Also, Holly: your advice has been great, but I'm retaining some of the details given that they're significant to placing the story in its historical context.) *** Dear Agent, Because of [personalized stuff], I would like to submit FORGOTTEN GODS, a a 96,000 word historical fantasy nov...
by sbs_mjc1
December 27th, 2010, 10:43 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Forgotten Gods Query (Again)
Replies: 16
Views: 2441

Re: Forgotten Gods Query (Again)

Thanks for all the feedback, everyone! Here is the revised version. Also, I have done academic work on this time period (including analysis of the propaganda that inspired this novel) which is currently stuck in review purgatory. Should I mention this? *** Dear Agent, It’s winter, 1745, and Scotland...