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by sbs_mjc1
November 27th, 2010, 9:01 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: THE SECOND DEATH OF JUAN LA ROCA: Revision # 2
Replies: 20
Views: 3684

Re: THE SECOND DEATH OF JUAN LA ROCA: lit fiction query

It's fifty years since Ángel Valdés led the revolution that made him leader of Caribbean Zamora. Now in his twilight years, he has respect, a loving family, and absolute power. All he wants is to die in peace and leave a stable country to his daughter Haydee. But as death draws near, Ángel starts t...
by sbs_mjc1
November 27th, 2010, 8:59 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Do I have to call Molly Hatchet Milly Ax?
Replies: 2
Views: 677

Re: Do I have to call Molly Hatchet Milly Ax?

You shouldn't run in to a copyright issues there, and if you have a specific reason for your inclusion of these details in the text, go for it.
by sbs_mjc1
November 22nd, 2010, 10:48 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing foreign dialogue....
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Re: Writing foreign dialogue....

My coauthor and I handle this two ways in our WIP. When we have a viewpoint character having a conversation in a non-English language, we just tell the reader what language and continue the dialogue in translation. When the viewpoint character doesn't speak the non-English language, but is hearing i...
by sbs_mjc1
November 17th, 2010, 5:51 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How much do you like Steampunk?
Replies: 7
Views: 1173

Re: How much do you like Steampunk?

That's pretty awesome-- everything looked tasteful and beautifully made.
by sbs_mjc1
November 15th, 2010, 7:34 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: 50 Procrastination Techniques for Aspiring Writers
Replies: 9
Views: 1765

Re: 50 Procrastination Techniques for Aspiring Writers

I do the 'check and answer email', and 'make snack'. To this list I would like to add 'get glass of whisky' (me) and 'go on a Wikipedia wander' (Michael). Actually, I don't procrastinate that frequently, since I spend most of my time doing work, etc. and am really happy to have some 'me time' to wri...
by sbs_mjc1
November 13th, 2010, 7:32 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: A battle as the opening scene in a fantasy book
Replies: 11
Views: 1417

Re: A battle as the opening scene in a fantasy book

I'm going to be the voice of dissent and say that a battle scene can work as an opening. I think you have to be very much in the character's viewpoint and intensely involved in their thoughts and emotional reactions, since this scene is also your reader's first time "meeting" the character. That sai...
by sbs_mjc1
November 11th, 2010, 5:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Huge Dialogue Blocks
Replies: 9
Views: 1294

Re: Huge Dialogue Blocks

I agree with cheekychook: describing someone's body language is a great way to break up monologues, as it gives some insight into the character. If you're in the POV of the character giving the speech, you can have bits of their thoughts there as well, especially if the thoughts are not quite what t...
by sbs_mjc1
November 10th, 2010, 8:00 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Relevent Bio Info in Queries
Replies: 1
Views: 554

Relevent Bio Info in Queries

My coauthor and I have a historical fantasy novel set in 18th century Scotland. I've published academic work on the time period we're writing about-- should I mention that in the query letter?
by sbs_mjc1
November 9th, 2010, 4:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ever Have A Character That Made You Cry?
Replies: 42
Views: 4832

Re: Ever Have A Character That Made You Cry?

Michael is quite stoic, but totally freaked when we decided to off one of the viewpoint characters (well, she's not dead but is no longer human, and not able to recover). I tend to be pretty stoic about my characters suffering, but seriously squee when they have a cute moment.
by sbs_mjc1
November 5th, 2010, 2:48 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Tricky sci-fi/fantasy question
Replies: 5
Views: 1069

Re: Tricky sci-fi/fantasy question

That would still be sci-fi, wouldn't it, since the magic is explained by technology?

I think the line for fantasy magic is that there is not scientific explanation.
by sbs_mjc1
November 5th, 2010, 2:41 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Free Online Books
Replies: 1
Views: 435

Re: Free Online Books

Yeah, I discovered that during an undergraduate English course-- didn't buy any books, but got to read some really good stuff.
by sbs_mjc1
November 2nd, 2010, 6:17 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 83080

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

Thanks, guys! I'm hoping my good luck carries through with this partial (and that my new baby daughter works out the difference between night and day so that I can get SOME sleep!). :D Congratulations! Also, I've heard that babies who don't sleep a lot turn out smarter... so that can cheer you up w...
by sbs_mjc1
November 2nd, 2010, 6:14 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How does ANYONE ever (EVER) finish a book?!
Replies: 14
Views: 1782

Re: How does ANYONE ever (EVER) finish a book?!

Margo - It's getting to the end of the story, and along the way worrying about the language, and that it's not 'literary' enough, but truthfully, primarily plot. I have 60k on my first and 80k on my second and I'm pretty confident I'll be able to use very little in the heel of the hunt, so to speak...
by sbs_mjc1
November 1st, 2010, 10:36 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Crystal Shade: Angeni (Fantasy Query) - 3rd Edition
Replies: 16
Views: 2132

Re: Crystal Shade (Fantasy)

“The present battle of the past conquest is always the key to determining the future.” Seven year old Grace loves to dream about being reborn as a guardian angel. It's not like Grace actually wants to die, but sometimes she thinks that mysterious life sounds so exciting – until it actually happens....
by sbs_mjc1
October 30th, 2010, 3:42 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Seeking crit partner for heroic fantasy
Replies: 2
Views: 1324

Re: Seeking crit partner for heroic fantasy

I'll bite-- my coauthor and I have a historical fantasy novel set in 18th century Britain and are happy for any feedback.